Sunday, October 19, 2014

News you will never see on FOX.

I get a lot of racists visiting my website from time to time. Unfortunately I am linked to a couple of websites with less than desirable examples of human beings, and every now and then some of their regulars like to come into the fields.









This is why I am going to post a couple of stories tonight for their benefit. Stories that I know that they would never have seen had it not been for their friendly neighborhood Field Negro.


This is because ----sadly for them--- they get all of their news from certain right wing and far right websites and cable television stations.









Just call this the things you will never see on FOX, post.









Let's take for example the case of those college kids rioting in New Hampshire. The mainstream media will call it an "unrest" because the people acting out are not Negroes. When Negroes do exactly what these out of control kids are doing it's called a riot. Because.....well... they are Negroes.





These punks aren't even creating a disturbance for any type of a just cause; they are just destroying shit and creating mayhem because they can.









Then there is the case of the Willie Horton type ad making the rounds in a congressional race in Nebraska. I thought that America had moved past those days of racial code words and dog whistles?


What ever happened to our "post-racial" ideals?






This guy's name is Nikko, not Willie, but he looks just as sinister. And he will get the job done of scaring white folks into voting for the desired candidate just fine.






Apparently Nikko benefited from a Nebraska law which allowed him to serve half of his sentence and be set free. Unfortunately for the people of Nebraska he went on a killing spree and killed four people after being released.






Now, like Willie Horton, Nikko is being linked to a candidate for office by his political opponent and Lee Terry is hoping that all the good folks of Nebraska will be outraged that his political opponent would support anything that would free such a monster.






Let's see if it works. I am betting that it will.


Finally, the supremes have decided that pole testing and other means of restricting the right of ordinary citizens is a cool thing.


They decided that the draconian laws in Texas which makes it hard for folks to go out and vote is perfectly fine,and that the fear of voter fraud is greater than the fundamental right of every citizen of this country to be allowed to vote.


"Today's decision means hundreds of thousands of eligible voters in Texas will be unable to participate in November's election because Texas has erected an obstacle course designed to discourage voting," said Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
A spokeswoman for the Texas attorney general's office, however, lauded the decision.

"We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed that Texas' voter ID law should remain in effect for the upcoming election," spokeswoman Lauren Bean said. "The state will continue to defend the voter ID law and remains confident that the district court's misguided ruling will be overturned on the merits. The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter ID laws are a legal and sensible way to protect the integrity of elections."

"Protecting the integrity of elections" for this guy means only certain people who are our ideological soul-mates will be allowed to vote.

But it's not only in Texas. The forces of  bigotry are hard at work all over the South, and they are trying to make sure that the wrong citizens don't have a voice at the ballot box.

It used to be passive, but now, given the changing demographics, they have become desperate.

"With so much at stake, the forces of voting oppression had to get busy to cover their Southern flank. The New Georgia Project registered more than 85,000 new voters and submitted the applications to the Georgia secretary of state’s office in April 2014 in time for the May primaries, but none of those voting applications were processed in time for the primaries. And with early voting starting in a week, more than 40,000 registrations still have not been processed.


After months of the New Georgia Project asking for an explanation for the delays, Kemp responded in September—by slapping them with an injunction based on 25 “fraudulent” applications his office found. It doesn’t take a voting-war vet like Lewis to figure this out. Georgia Republicans got blindsided by 85,000 new Democratic registrations in a midterm year, and now the secretary of state is playing Bull Connor to stop them from voting."  


They would argue that they are just protecting the "integrity of elections" by any means necessary.


  "The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters..."


Unfortunately that was the dissent in the Texas voter ID case.

I would love to see Clarence Thomas's medical records.
 










        













Saturday, October 18, 2014

CAPTION SATURDAY




I need a caption for this pic.


Pic from rebloggy.com

Thursday, October 16, 2014

"Donald Trump Stands by Diagnosis of Obama as ‘Psycho’", and a silly debate on cable.

Projection anyone?






"Last night, Donald Trump used his prolific Twitter account to make this assessment of President Barack Obama’s mental health in light of the country’s Ebola panic:
@realDonaldTrump  
   
I am starting to think that there is something seriously wrong with President Obama's mental health. Why won't he stop the flights. Psycho!


When NewsMax’s Steve Malzberg confronted Trump with those words during an interview Thursday, the mogul made no attempts to back away from his statement. Calling him someone who “chooses his words carefully,” Malzberg said he was “struck” by Trump’s description of the president as a “psycho.”


RELATED: Donald Trump Wants Obama to Get Ebola (or Something)
“There’s something wrong, and nobody knows what it is, but there’s something wrong.” Trump told Malzberg. “Can anybody be that incompetent?” he asked of Obama’s handling of the Ebola issue.


“There’s something wrong,” Trump repeated again. “There’s something going on. Every decision that this country is wrong. Everything’s wrong! Everything is going wrong for the United States.”


To sum up, Donald Trump thinks something is “wrong” but he doesn’t know what it is."




Here is a guy who owns casinos and declared bankruptcy more times than I care to count and he says the guy at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is doing something wrong.






But hey, he says he doesn't know what it is. Maybe it's just the guy running the country. I wonder what it is about this particular guy? Hmmm.




But enough about the Trumpster.




JO’Reilly vs. Stewart: The ugly truth about that white privilege debateon Stewart and Bill O' Reilly had a showdown about white privilege and the thought of two white guys playing point counter point on racial issues to generate ratings just seems a bit unsavory to me.




I am disappointed with Stewart, but I don't know why I expected better from him. He is, after all, an entertainer, and at the end of the day it's all about the money.




I don't think Stewart understands the concept of "white privilege" anymore than O'Reilly does, but for purposes of their silly showdown he took the contrary position.


I  have to agree with Joan Walsh's take on it.


"At this point the whole thing feels like brand-enhancing shtick for both men. “I want you to admit that there is such a thing as white privilege,” Stewart opened, proving that he knows there’s no hope of a genuine debate or even conversation. “I just want you to say I’ve been terribly wrong about this.”


O’Reilly demands that Stewart admit there’s “Asian privilege,” his new secret weapon in the war on the war on racism.  As long as O’Reilly can show that “Asians” are doing better than white Americans — of course that’s only certain subgroups of Asians, for complicated reasons — he can prove that white Americans are blame-proof for the struggles of black Americans.


Anyway, are they really struggling? Not in O’Reilly’s world. “Maybe you haven’t figured out that there’s no more slavery, no more Jim Crow, the most powerful man in the world is a black American, and the most powerful woman in the world, Oprah Winfrey, is black.”


The truth is, if you want to understand white privilege, there is plenty of evidence to examine to prove that it exists. It’s easy. You stand in the shadow of 400 years of monstrous, inventive cruelty, and you shudder, and then you get to work for change. But if you want to deny it, there is plenty of “evidence” for that argument too, mainly “Asians” and Oprah and Obama and let’s throw in Condoleezza Rice. We’re not going to convince O’Reilly and his demographic. We have to out-organize, out-vote and out-live them.


That’s why these two men’s showdowns are getting tedious to me. It helps Stewart’s brand, it help’s O’Reilly’s brand. Stewart proves he’s superior, O’Reilly proves he’s an embattled warrior for the truth. Two white men, making their money, and everybody goes home happy. The Daily Show host even admitted at the end of the show that “it’s F-ing fun!”


I love Jon Stewart, but I have to say; it’s hard not to wonder if the guy who told the “Crossfire” debaters they were “hurting America” a decade ago might say the same about the two guys yammering last night." [Source]


Amen Ms. Walsh. Amen.






  











Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New levels of crazy, and dunces for the confederacy.

There is a serious level of crazy going around in some political circles in America.


We all get the Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS), heck there was Bush Derangement Syndrome when he was president. Your political enemies are going to dislike you no matter what. And sometimes they will take it to ridiculous levels.


Sometimes, though, it goes beyond ridiculous.


Let's take the example of Debbie Dunnegan Waters, a republican elected official in the state of Missouri. (I am starting to dislike that state more and more.)


"An elected official in Missouri is trying to explain herself after penning a Facebook post that ponders why the military hasn't deposed President Barack Obama in a coup d'etat.


Debbie Dunnegan Waters, a Republican serving as Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she had "no ill intent toward the president" when she asked why the military hasn't "taken action against our domestic enemy," who she identified as "supposedly the commander in chief." 


Okaaay then. A coup right here in America. Why not just impeach the guy?  I mean a coup can be a messy  thing.


Of course, as is to be expected, the wingnut politician soon took to social media to say that she was misunderstood.


"I just wanted to know what oath (the military) took,” Dunnegan told St. Louis Public Radio in a telephone interview. “I'm not calling the president a domestic enemy. I’m not calling the president anything. He is the president. Do I agree with what the president is doing? Absolutely not. Anybody that asks me, I’ll be happy to tell you that.”


Dunnegan also took to Twitter to say her post was being "twisted."




“Something innocent and simple got twisted into a disaster because it’s an election,” Dunnegan told the Post-Dispatch.


"Something innocent", like calling for the violent overthrow of  a democratically elected government.


And this woman was actually elected to public office. I guess they call it "fly over country" for a reason.


Finally, speaking of female republicans in public office. Down in South Carolina the governor of that fine state is defending flying the confederate flag over the state capitol.


"Fun fact: the State House of South Carolina still flies the flag of the failed state known as the Confederate States of America. Though the country was forcibly disbanded in 1865, a fair percentage of the population are still not cool with the flag due to its implications involving that slavery thing.


But one of the people who’s okay with the flag is South Carolina’s Republican Governor Nikki Haley, who defended the flag’s presence during last night’s gubernatorial debate, on the grounds that it hasn’t affected the economy. (The flag is dedicated to the men who served and died for South Carolina during the Civil War.)


“What I can tell you is over the last three-and-a-half years, I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state,” Haley said. “I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”


And why is it okay? Because South Carolina solved racism!
“But we really kind of fixed all that when you elected the first Indian-American female governor. When we appointed the first African-American U.S. senator, that sent a huge message.”


But flying that flag is sending a "huge message" as well: That you are cool with enslaving the ancestors of a large percentage of the citizens of your state.


Being an Indian American Haley should be particularly sensitive to this issue, but hey, maybe her peeps were high up in the caste system, so she has no love for the plight of those who were slaves.


Imagine the flag of the Nazi party flying over the state of Brandenburg's capitol, Potsdam.


I know. I can't either.   




  

















Tuesday, October 14, 2014

If you are worried about Ebola you can thank the NRA for not having a Surgeon General.

new captionThe good ole boys over at Breitbart are mad because we don't have a Surgeon General speaking out during this "Ebola crisis". Which, one could argue, is exactly the type of thing that we need: a Surgeon General (not a Czar Mr. McCain) during this time in America.


I was thinking to myself that they might be right, when my e-mail buddy, Greg, sent me a link to a story that I found very interesting.


"There has been no dearth of pundits using various media forums to discuss the arrival of the deadly Ebola virus in America, and they have had a fair measure of success frightening a surprisingly large segment of the population. Republicans and their conservative cabal have even combined their ISIL fear-mongering with their immigration fear-mongering to distract Americans going into an important midterm election. Except for the medical researchers and infectious disease scientists from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institute of Health (NIH), there has been precious little information from real medical professionals of any repute that could relieve the rising fear and anxiety among the population that knows little about the virus, or what precautions they need, if any, to protect themselves and their families.
 
Although experts claim there is little reason for panic of a devastating outbreak of the deadly virus in America, a recent Harvard poll revealed that 39% of American adults are worried about a large-scale outbreak and over 25% are mortified that an immediate family member will be stricken with the infectious virus and die.  What America needs at times like this is a trusted public health expert and medical professional to educate the public about the risk of contracting Ebola and reassure them that there is little to worry about and what steps to take to stay safe and Ebola-free.

On Sunday morning political shows, it was left to an official with the Obama administration, senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer, to talk about the deadly Ebola virus. Obviously, Pfeiffer’s political expertise does not qualify him to reassure the public about a potential infectious disease  health crisis, and it may have led one to wonder exactly where “America’s doctor,” the Surgeon General of the United States, is hiding and why they are not stepping into the spotlight to put Americans’ minds at ease. The truth is this nation has not had a Surgeon General for a year, but not because President Obama failed to appoint an extremely qualified candidate; he did last November. However, the National Rifle Association, no Americans’ idea of an organization concerned with the health and safety or preventing even one American citizen’s death, issued an edict to Senate Republicans that a vote to confirm the President’s appointee meant an immediate end to their political career. Going into a hotly contested midterm election, Senate Republicans did precisely as their NRA masters dictated and made sure America will not have a Surgeon General unless they support spreading the epidemic of gun deaths in America.

Last November 14th, the President nominated Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, an extremely qualified candidate to replace ‘acting’ Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin. It took three months, but the Senate finally got around to holding a confirmation hearing for Dr. Murthy’s appointment. However, the National Rifle Association exerted its very substantial legislative prerogative and blocked Murthy’s confirmation because he does not recognize that the NRA is “fourth and all-powerful branch of the federal government” and called for sane gun restrictions to prevent more Americans from dying unnecessarily from the gun violence epidemic. It is exactly what a real medical professional, and highly-qualified potential Surgeon General of the United States, is supposed to do; help prevent a deadly epidemic from spreading to save American lives." [Source]

Yes, I almost forgot about the good doctor.

The NRA and the gutless cowards in Washington (dems and republicans) failed to get Dr. Murthy confirmed, and so we are left without a Surgeon General at a time when the country really needs one.

Thank you NRA.

Honestly, it's amazing how worked up Americans are getting over a disease that has killed exactly one person here at home and yet we continue to ignore the epidemic of gun violence in this country. But I digress.

"Mr. Obama's nominee for the post, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has fallen victim to congressional gridlock (he must be confirmed by the Senate) over a lighting-rod political issue: guns.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, blocked Murthy's nomination in February, arguing his non-clinical experience working with an offshoot of a pro-Obama campaign group made him overly political for the job.


Among Murthy's sins, according to his detractors: promoting Obamacare in his role as co-founder of Doctors for America, including a tweet that tweaked the NRA while making his health care argument:"


You never want to "tweak" the NRA. I don't care how many lives are at stake.









 


Monday, October 13, 2014

House Negroes with authority.

Image result for dc westby homeless man imagesDo you remember when I told you that the house Negro with authority is just as dangerous as "Mr. Charlie"?




Well recently an example of that played itself out in Washington.




"Last week Washington, D.C., police were called to investigate a suspected burglary. The police stopped a black man in a wealthy neighborhood who was minding his business and began questioning him. He told police that he had no idea why he was being stopped but believed that he was being singled out. Police told the man to sit on the ground. Jody Westby, who happened to be working from home this day, saw the police harassing a man she knew, so she told her housekeeper to record the incident and walked outside to confront the police.


Westby, an attorney and CEO of Global Cyber Risk LLC, told police that the man was a friend of many people in the area. She asked police for the address that gave the call for the burglary. When the police responded, she informed them that they weren't on the right street or in the right neighborhood. She then helped the man sitting on the ground to his feet and told police, "Please leave our neighborhood." 


As police began to leave, Westby shouted toward them, 'Just because he's black doesn't mean he's here to rob a house. He works for us. He's been in this neighborhood for 30 years."' [Source]




Lord have mercy! It took Missy coming to that poor brother's rescue for him not to be thrown in jail, or worse, shot.


I keep telling y'all; take Dave Chapelle's advice and get you some white friends. It might save your life one day.




If you are a young black man you might really need to have a white road dog to run with. Remember, you are 21 times more likely to be shot to death by the police than everyone else, so this makes sense.




Personally, as a young man, I always had at least one white wingman in my circle of friends. And there were times when I looked like that one black dude in the commercials surrounded by white folks. The thing is, though, as I got older I had to stop. White dudes are just too wild for me. They party way too hard. But I digress. (Different post for a different time.)




Anyway, when you pick your white friends be careful, because not all white people have love for the Negro.




Image result for pol danilov imageTake for instance this guy.


"A Chicago-area man was charged Saturday with stabbing a 79-year-old woman four times in the back and neck at a grocery store Friday because of her race, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.


The man, Pol Danilov, 26, was charged with attempted murder and committing a hate crime. He reportedly told police that he attacked the woman in Homewood, Ill., with a steak knife because she was black and an “easy target,” Cook County prosecutors said on Saturday, the Sun-Times writes. [Source]


The knife, with a five-inch blade, also punctured a lung of the victim, who is expected to make a full recovery, the paper writes."




Yep, it might not be a good idea to invite someone like Pol over to the family barbecue.




Poor Saul messed up; now that he has a police record he will no longer have his law enforcement career to fall back on.




*Second pic from Jezebel.com

























Sunday, October 12, 2014

Calling for a racism Czar.

It's Sunday, so I am sure that John McCain is on a television set somewhere talking up a storm on one of those Sunday morning talk shows. (Is there any other elected official in America who can give their opinion on current events? My lord!) Yep, there he is, right on cue, and now he is calling for an Ebola Czar. Huh?


I am curious senator, what exactly would this Czar do that the CDC is not already doing? I seem to remember a time when his Oness was getting the business from republicans for appointing too many Czars. Now we have a leading republican calling for a Czar to control a disease. Interesting.


Maybe what we need is a racism Czar. Heck I would argue that if it was not for racism that Liberian, Thomas Duncan, would not have been turned away from a Dallas area hospital and told to take two aspirins and call them in the morning.


Now he is dead, and everyone who he came in contact with after being turned away could be a possible carrier.


Mr. Duncan's nephew certainly thinks that racism played a part in him not getting proper treatment.


"Josephus Weeks, the nephew of Thomas Eric Duncan, said Friday that Duncan would have survived Ebola treatment had he been white.


In an interview on CNN’s OutFront, Weeks echoed accusations he had previously made about Duncan, the now-dead Liberian man who was diagnosed with Ebola after having traveled to the U.S.


He’s the only person that has died from Ebola here in America,” Weeks said. “He’s a black man. He’s poor, didn’t have insurance.”


Weeks had previously said the Texas hospital that treated Duncan was negligent in its care because Duncan was initially sent away from the hospital with only antibiotics, despite having some symptoms of Ebola.


“Had that been another name, you know, or another color, he would probably be living today and he would have survived it,” Weeks told CNN. “And that’s what’s really hurting me the most is because they treated him the way they did because of the color of his skin, and that’s very upsetting and disturbing, and know that you stand a chance if you’re white, but you don’t if you’re black.." [Source]


Hmmm, a racism Czar would be able to look into that. Are you white folks sure you don't have a hidden stash of anti-Ebola serum in a bunker out in Utah somewhere?  


A racism Czar would at least be able to tell us what the hell is going on in police departments all over the country. Particularly in places like St. Louis and New York.


In St Louis racial tensions have divided that city just in time for their annual October championship run by their very successful baseball franchise.


There are a lot of other cities like St. Louis out there: Divided by race, class, and economic opportunities. Maybe a racism Czar could help us get to the bottom of all of this.


"After crouching to the ground and dirtying her forehead and her sweater on the pavement, Vaughan — from predominantly white St. Charles County on the outskirts of St. Louis — explained that she loved Jesus and that "there’s a lot of racism here. I hadn’t had to notice it because I’m white; I think I was really naive to it all.”


She added, “I don’t know how to make people care, but I wish they would. Some of my friends have had their eyes opened, but a lot just care about the Cardinals.”


Sorry Ms. Vaughan, you can't make people care. That's a job for "Jesus" and the racism Czar.


*Pic from growingfoodandjustice.org




 



Saturday, October 11, 2014

CAPTION SATURDAY.


Please give me a caption for this picture.

Y'all have been great with these so far.


Friday, October 10, 2014

America dodged a bullet, and Rand reaches out.

Now that we have confirmed that there wasPalin family brawl in Alaska back in early September, and that the Palins acted like a bunch of drunken rednecks, maybe the Palin supporters can apologize to the blogger who broke the story.
 
"The report corroborates the stories told by eyewitnesses — that the Palins appeared at a birthday party in Wasilla, that they all seemed moderately-to-heavily intoxicated, and that some of the family members ended up punching people — but added a new detail: there were apparently two separate fights, one in which daughter Bristol Palin repeatedly punched the party’s host in the face.


The first incident also involved Bristol: according to the report, Track, his father Todd, and his friend Steven Lebida had decided to leave the party after “some guys were talking rudely to his sisters, making them cry,” when someone sucker-punched Lebida in the back of the head. As Todd helped Lebida up, four men allegedly descended upon Todd, causing Track to throw himself in the brawl to defend his dad. (Other witnesses said that Track was the one who attempted to start a fight.)


People alerted the host, Corey Klingenmeyer, that there was a fight going on outside his garage, and he attempted to break up the fight, when an incredibly drunk Bristol Palin approached him, furious that an unnamed woman had hit her little sister Willow. According to one witness, Bristol asked him “Who the fuck are you?” and when Klingenmeyer told her that he was the homeowner and didn’t want any trouble at his son’s birthday party, the following exchange happened:
She then told him he doesn’t own this place and that she will kick his ass. He says then that she hits him in the face.  
He says he then tells her to hit him again if it makes her feel better and she does. He says he lets her hit him 5-6 times in the face and that she was hitting pretty hard. After about the sixth punch he grabbed her fist as she punched again and he pushed back and she falls down. He says she gets up and tries to punch him again and he grabs her fist again and pushes her away and she falls down again." [Source]


And to think, they almost became the second family of the United States.  


Finally, I swear this Rand Paul guy is making a very confused person out of me. I honestly don't know what to think of the guy.


On one hand he is the only high profile member of the republican party who seems to be making a concerted effort to reach out to people of color, and on the other hand he is been known to put confirmed racists in positions of power within his inner circle.


He also criticized the 1964 Civil Rights Act, while suggesting that property rights trumps civil rights. Not good.


But now the man is going to Ferguson, Missouri for crying out loud. And recently he has criticized his fellow GOP pals for doing a terrible job of reaching out to minorities. This is something that he seems to be taking it upon himself to do.


"..Paul said. “I think in the Republican Party, the biggest mistake we’ve made in the last several decades is we haven’t gone into the African American community, into the NAACP and say you know what, we are concerned about what’s going on in your cities and we have plans. They may be different than the Democrats, but we do have plans and we do want to help.”


Well I will be.... A republican politician actually sat down with black people to see if there can be a meeting of the minds, and to see if republican policies can help the black community.  


I know that there was a "blood" moon, recently. Maybe there is a blue one tonight. 




     

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Shootings, beatings, and unanswered questions.

There was yet another shooting in the St. Louis area of a young black male by a white police officer. Shades of Ferguson?


According to the police it is not.


The police claim that the man fired at the officer and had a weapon, but the young man's family says that all he had was a sandwich.


So let's take a look at this story:


"Police cordoned off a major street in the largely African-American area as demonstrators denounced police and smashed windows on several police cars.
Some in the crowd shouted "Hands up, don't shoot," referring to the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in the suburb of Ferguson, about 16 miles away.


Some social media postings urged residents of Ferguson to come to St. Louis to join the protest in the Shaw neighborhood, police said.


Unlike the Ferguson protests, demonstrators did not attack or damage businesses and the police did not try to confront the demonstrators, move them off the street or use riot gear.


Police Chief Sam Dotson, of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, told reporters that the police showed a "tremendous amount of restraint" despite the damage to police cars.


"We will do everything we can to support everybody's right to protest and allow their voices to be heard as long as it doesn't infringe on other people's rights," Dotson said.


Dotson did not identify the victim but said he "was no stranger to law enforcement." He was identified by relatives as Vonderrit Myers Jr., 18.
At the time of the shooting, Myers was wearing an ankle bracelet ordered by a court as a condition of bail in a previous gun case, according to his lawyer and police, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.


According to the newspaper, Myers was to go on trial in November on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest. The case, according to court documents, involved a high-speed car chase and crash. Myers, who had been a passenger, ran from police and allegedly tossed a .380-caliber pistol in a sewage drain, where it was recovered by police.


The police chief said the shooting in Shaw unfolded after a 32-year-old officer, working off-duty for a private security firm, confronted three black teens who fled as he drove by.


After a chase on foot, one of the teens approached the officer "in an aggressive manner," Dotson said, and refused to stop or surrender.


The two got into a "physical alteration" that pulled off the suspect's gray-hooded sweater. As the teenager ran away, grabbing at his waist, Dotson said, the officer felt that the teenager was carry a firearm.


Dotson said, however, that the unidentified officer, a six-year veteran of the St. Louis police force, did not open fire because "he wanted to be certain it was a gun."


At one point, he said, the suspect allegedly turned and "pointed the gun at the officer and fired at least three rounds at the officer." He said the suspect tried to continue firing, but his gun jammed.


The officer, who was wearing a city police uniform, responded by firing at least 17 rounds at the suspect, killing him. The officer was not injured.


Dotson said a 9mm Ruger handgun, allegedly belonging to the suspect, was recovered at the scene and a forensics search located three projectiles that had been fired at the officer.


"An investigation will decide if the officer's behavior was appropriate," the police chief told reporters.


The victim's mother, Syreeta Myers, told the Associated Press by phone Thursday that her son wasn't armed, as police contend. She said he was holding a sandwich when he was killed, not a gun.


"Police lie. They lied about Michael Brown, too," she said.


More than 20 black leaders gathered for a news conference Thursday outside police headquarters and questioned why the officer approached Myers in the first place. "This here was racial profiling turned deadly," state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed said.


St. Louis Alderman Antonio French of the 21st Ward posted on Twitter that Syreeta Myers' mother came to the scene of the shooting and fainted. "An ambulance came to attend to her," French tweeted. "There is nothing like a mother's pain at the loss of a child." [Source]


I will wait for more facts to come out before I pass judgment one way or the other about this story.


Sadly, this is where we are in this country. When you go shooting unarmed teenagers or teenagers holding a bag of Skittles, you are going to get the "side-eye" when you shoot and kill a teen you claim was armed. 


Finally, those cops up in New York were caught on tape again acting in a very unprofessional thug like manner.


This time they knocked out a teenager for having what appears to be the good collie weed on his person.
 
"A police officer apparently knocked out a Clinton Hill teen with one blow after stopping him for smoking a cigarette, hitting him so hard he now has neurological problems, according to the boy’s family.


Lawyers for Marcel Hamer say he was walking home from school down Gates Avenue with friends near Waverly Avenue around 3:30 pm on June 4, when the plainclothes cop jumped out of a blue van and accused him of smoking marijuana. He and his friends started to run, then stopped, Hamer told a registered nurse at Brooklyn Hospital Center. The cop caught up to him, pushed him to the ground, and Hamer hit his left arm on a planter rail, after which he couldn’t move it, he said, according to medical records.


A video of the incident picks up with Hamer lying in the gutter, pleading with the officer to lay off as the cop holds him by the right hand, which according to Hamer’s account in medical records is handcuffed. The undercover orders, “Turn around.”


“Mister, it was just a cigarette, sir,” Hamer says, without rolling over.


Teens, apparently friends of Hamer’s, hover nearby and the officer turns to one, still holding Hamer, and threatens him.


“Do you wanna get f----- up?” the cop says." [Video tape]


Mission accomplished, officer, you did f--- him up.


But hey, it could have been worse, at least young Mr. Hamer didn't get assaulted in his own home.


But Field, these cops were black, what do you say about that?


It makes no difference. In fact, it makes it even more egregious; they should know better.


This just goes to show you that the roots of the house run deep.