Sunday, May 24, 2015

Institutionalised Police Racism And Brutality Surface Timed To Avoid News Cycle

     This post is way off topic for this blog, but I have posted it as a matter of conscience. It has to do with crimes committed under colour of authority by police in the United States and accessorial conduct by prosecutors, judges, the Congress of the United States, the Department of Justice and the news media. Wanton killings by police in the United States have become more the rule than the exception in America, and most involve the excessive and gratuitously violent use of deadly force. 
     Last night while Tweeting on Twitter I noticed that the number one World Wide Trend was #BreloVerdict. I clicked on it, and then Tweeted the news I'd learned to my roughly 700 Twitter followers: #Breaking #News Policeman Michael Brelo gets away with murdering UNARMED Malissa Williams + Timothy Russell, killed with 137 bullets fired. Note: you'll notice in the image of the actual Tweet below that I initially misspelled "Malissa". I read that the Judge who found the killer cop not guilty had deliberately delayed the verdict until after the holiday weekend rush hour traffic was done, was on friendly terms with the prosecutor and the P.B.A., and used a description of a golf tee shot in reading his verdict.  
     Police in the United States kill many more people than alleged terrorists do, and additionally, police killings have been grossly under-reported. According to this article in The Guardian: Police killed more than twice as many people as reported by US government. They've killed an average of 928 people a year over the last eight years - 928 x 8 = 7,424 killed by police. This Huffington Post article lists American deaths from terrorism between 2009 and 2013 (five years) as 67 (13.4 per year).  928 divided by 13.4 is 69.25. You are more than 69 times more likely to be killed by police than by people the government calls terrorists. 
     The First Amendment guarantees "the right of the people peaceably to assemble , and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" yet this right was forcibly denied to the peacefull protesters in Cleveland Ohio last night. 
     The Cleveland police, in riot gear, surrounded the peaceful protesters, cutting off all routes of egress. Once they had the protesters "kettled" (trapped) they arrested them for failing to disburse. The surrounding and arresting had obviously been planned in advance. For the most part they forced the press out of the area, although prior to the mass arrests they had also been arresting legal observers and live streaming reporters, including Kris M. Wernowski (@kriswernowsky) managing producer of Cleveland Ohio news. 

     In a "bench trial", Judge John P. O'Donnell ruled policeman Michael Brelo "not guilty" despite the fact that, after more than 100 rounds had been fired, Brelo climbed up on the hood of Russel's car and shot the unarmed Melissa Williams and Timothy Russell through the windshield 15 more times at point blank range. 
     White people, of which I am one, are not generally aware of just how extreme racism and hatred are and can be in America, or perhaps I should call our country "AmeriKKKa". Many decades ago, back in my drinking days, I walked into a bar with someone I worked with who happened to be black. I had been in that bar many times before and never noticed anything unusual. This time I experienced hate stares. 
     Last night on Twitter I was stunned at the number of hateful racist and fascist (literally) Tweets on the #BreloVerdict. timeline. Some were even hawking stuff with swastikas. I BLOCKED a lot of Twitter users who were Tweeting that the unarmed black couple, Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell, had deserved to be shot and killed. 
         I took screen-shots of my own Twitter feed to memorialise some of the Tweets. I Retweeted a lot of people. The Tweets in the screen-shot images below are as they appear in the Twitter feed, with the first at the bottom and the last at the top (first below). 


I agonised over whether to include the following photos or even the descriptions of them because they are very upsetting, but in the end decided the truth is best told by them. 
HERE IS THAT GRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPH Please read the article that accompanied the graphic image of the murdered couple below was taken from: An article titled "Graphic Photo Depicting Brelo's Crime | Cop Block" by Deo Odolecki. It gives the following credit for the photo and text:  
"This photo along with this description was found on Facebook Posted by Former East Cleveland Mayor, Eric Jonathan Brewer". Here is the URL for the photo itself: the disturbing graphic photo of Malissa Williams' and Timothy Russell's bullet riddled bodies and HERE IS THAT UPSETTING GRAPHIC IMAGE 
This image is listed as "Photo: Unacredited / Associated Press" and is from the article titled: "Trial to start for lone officer charged in Cleveland chase, killings - SFGate ":

 I  especially want to  thank Kizzy Von Doll of the fashion, art, beauty and lifestyle blog The Dainty Dolls House from Scotland, UK, Twitter @DaintyDollHouse and YouTube Kizzy Von Doll's channel for Retweeting so many of my Tweets about the murders of  at the hands of the Cleveland Police.

I'd like to say A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the following Fbloggers Bbloggers and Lbloggers who took the time to leave comments on my last post titled "THANK YOU 2014 Commenters, Bbloggers Beauty and Makeup Haul, No Pants Subway Ride 2015".
Miss Caitlin S. of Candyfloss and Persie and Twitter @CaitieLady08;
The hard-working (multiple jobs) fashion blogger and online marketing intern Ina R. a.k.a. Carina of Bad Taste Toast from Düsseldorf, Germany who moved to Perth, Australia in October of 2014 (three comments!!!);
The beautiful Camila Faria of Não Me Mande Flores Twitter @_CamilaF_;
Fashion blogger, fashionista editor and yoga/pilate instructor Couture Carrie of CC Loves, of Couture Carrie, and of Bikinis and Martinis Twitter @CoutureCarrie. Carrie loves spotting and sharing fashion trends and style with her readers; 
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The horse riding, art, literature, ballet and poetry loving sex education blogger Anna Louise, the author of the sexy (Blogger Content Warning) blog "Welcome to Anna's Place";  
The pretty and popular fashion blogger from Poland Ania Zarzycka of the fashion blog Fashion with blog photos taken by her sister Klaudia;  
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Jamie Rose D. from Georgia, USA of the fashion and beauty blog Petite Panoply, Twitter @PetitePanoply and Petite Panoply's YouTube channel. I enjoyed watching her outfit video Summer Outfit: Galaxy Skirt + a Polka Dot Crop Top! - YouTube;  
Beautiful fashion and lifestyle blogger from the Philippines Vanessa Mercado of Voguely Van and Twitter  @VoguelyVan of Voguely Van: Blues Clues 
Oliwia Nicz of BLOG017 and video blogging at Oliwia Nicz YouTube channel
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Fashionista, DIY and thrifting inspired blogger from the Door peninsula of Wisconsin Indy of The Fabulosity Factor Twitter @Fab_Factor;
Tasha of the U.K. fashion and beauty blog xBeYOUtifulx 
Jessica Founder and fashion blogger of the blog What To Style and Twitter @JessLouvain  
Ann of the blogs Mom's Turf and Rooms of Inspiration
Fashion beauty and lifestyle blogger from Jakarta Indonesia Winda Octavia of the blog W.I.N.D.A. Wish  Imagination and Dreams Allowed, Twitter @pure_win ,and Winda Octavia - YouTube;  
Seattle Washington Fashion blogger Tina Phan of the blog Just A Tina Bit Twitter @JustATinaBit
Kizzy Von Doll of the fashion, art, beauty and lifestyle blog The Dainty Dolls House from Scotland, UK, Twitter @DaintyDollHouse and YouTube Kizzy Von Doll's channel;  
Jeanne Christine, a lovely, young, recently engaged "Fil-Chi, twenty-something girl, born and raised in Cebu, Philippines, but now based in Adelaide, Australia" blogging about "happy-happy-joy-joy aspects" of life, including fashion travel and food at her blog Jeanne in a Bottle;   

Sony Mingoss from Spain of the blog TRèS ChIC. who loves and blogs about the world of beauty and fashion. I tried Google translate on her comment and got: "Hi Is beautiful, I just want us to let us know by GFC? I love, I hope at: 

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  1. This has been a nightmare of events. The verdict was shocking and horrible. We really need better and those police should have been charged. It just shows we still have so much further to go. You're welcome for the retweets as well. Xx

  2. Well said! It's so sad when people side with something that is obviously wrong! And what's with all of these policemen committing crimes these days? It breaks my heart :(


  3. So awful.
    Thanks for speaking up, darling!


  4. great article!!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog again :)! Looking forward to your next post!


  6. This is horrible and so disturbing. I don't understand how people can react so racist, it's disgusting!

    Rachel xx

  7. I really enjoyed reading this (obviously the topic is horrible, but you are a fantastic writer), and I agree with you 110%. Something has gone terribly wrong in our society - this is 2015 for crying out loud! Maybe if we put our petty differences behind us and focused on things that ACTUALLY mattered, we could achieve a lot of wonderful change.

  8. Horrible :(
    I really hope the world will change one day.

    By the way I just discovered your blog and I rally love the way you write.

    Anne Jennifer

  9. Hi!! How are you? Miss seeing updated posts from you!


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  11. Thanks for always stopping by my blog :)! Hope you are having a great week! <3