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When the Last Train Leaves

Far fewer articles describe the other constitutional violations taking place on the streets of Missouri, and those violations are every bit as urgent as the infringements on speech and assembly. We’ve seen very little coverage of the use of tear gas and rubber bullets as constitutional violations. But the due process clause bans the police from using excessive force even when they are within their rights to control a crowd or arrest a suspect. And tear gas is in a category all its own. Not only is unleashing it into a crowd an unconstitutional exercise of excessive force, but its use is banned by international law. That’s one of the reasons Amnesty International sent a team of investigators to Ferguson. Similarly, the use of rubber bullets under the circumstances is also unconstitutional. Some kinds of rubber bullets are more unconstitutional than others, because certain types are more likely to injure and maim.

But excessive use of force is only the beginning. Pulling people out of the crowd and arresting them without probable cause (or for being 2 feet off the sidewalk) violates the Fourth and 14th Amendments, particularly when those arrests are disproportionately of black protesters. The general arrest statistics in Ferguson reveal what looks to be a stunning constitutional problem. According to an annual report last year from the Missouri attorney general’s office, Ferguson police were twice as likely to arrest blacks during traffic stops as they were whites. Emerging reports about racial disparities in Ferguson’s criminal justice system and the ways in which the town uses trivial violations by blacks to bankroll the city (and disenfranchise offenders) all represent constitutional questions. Why don’t we characterize them as such? These are not just violations of the law or bad policy. These are violations of our most basic and fundamental civil liberties.

Of course, probably the biggest potential constitutional violation of all—and eyewitness testimony suggests this as a real possibility—is the alleged use of excessive force by the police in shooting an unarmed 18-year-old at least six times. Under the law, each of those bullets must be separately justified, as necessary, even if one believes the officer’s story that Michael Brown rushed him. To be sure, the news media has covered this, but very few of us talk about the shooting as a potential violation of the Constitution. Remember, the Constitution is the foundational bargain between the people and their government, the framework on which our legal order rests. When we fail to talk about the arrests, searches, racial profiling, and government brutality in constitutional terms, we are failing to capture how profoundly the state has betrayed its promises.

Tagged as: #Words  #Ferguson 
krusca:

gingersmind:

krusca:

lmao so I’m writing to Gofundme to take down the Support Officer Wilson fundraiser and look what the captcha spells out
you’re damned fucking right im upset 
Please report to gofundme as well here’s a simple post on how to do so! 

as deplorable as it is that the campaign exists in the first place, technically he’s not doing anything wrong. He’s not lying about what the donations are going towards (as far as we know) and people are giving freely (as shitty of a reality that is).
I know we’re all pissed off with the support from racists and hate mongers for darren wilson, but there are literally no grounds by which the campaign should be shut down. That would defeat the purpose of the entire site.

mmmmmm playing around with petty technicalities like this is a similar situation to reason why westboro baptist church protesters can picket funerals and people screaming and intimidating ladies going into abortion clinics is allowed while police officers can gun down innocent people (who are *suprise* mostly african american) and said cops can get away with murder and using military grade weapons on peaceful protesters. 
we can literally spend all day going back and forth on semantics and freedoms and whatnot but guess what: at this very moment, constitutional rights and justice and equality and freedom are the very things being denied to minorities (African Americans).
A line has to be drawn. Allowing a fundraiser for a murder hiding from due justice behind his status as a cop and as a white man is morally and ethically wrong. Before jumping onto “equality” and arguments of “technically he’s not doing anything wrong”, lets see some REAL justice being served, ie Darren Wilson being put on trial for first degree murder, and THEN they can have their damned fundraiser about “legal fees” because at this point, we don’t even know if Darren Wilson will face any real repercussion for his action.  
The purpose of the site is to raise money for people in need. Darren Wilson is not in need of anything he hasn’t been charged or convicted there are no legal fees he has to face, he’s literally on paid leave with his family. Allowing Darren Wilson’s fundraiser to go on is like saying because of freedom in america, we are allowing racist, ignorant or misinformed people to perpetuate and encourage cops breaking the law to get away with any wrong doing. Legally cannot stand up in court sure, but the moral message that it gives out is disgusting and in cases like these sites like gofundme needs to be called upon to take a stand and do the right thing.   

krusca:

gingersmind:

krusca:

lmao so I’m writing to Gofundme to take down the Support Officer Wilson fundraiser and look what the captcha spells out

you’re damned fucking right im upset 

Please report to gofundme as well here’s a simple post on how to do so

as deplorable as it is that the campaign exists in the first place, technically he’s not doing anything wrong. He’s not lying about what the donations are going towards (as far as we know) and people are giving freely (as shitty of a reality that is).

I know we’re all pissed off with the support from racists and hate mongers for darren wilson, but there are literally no grounds by which the campaign should be shut down. That would defeat the purpose of the entire site.

mmmmmm playing around with petty technicalities like this is a similar situation to reason why westboro baptist church protesters can picket funerals and people screaming and intimidating ladies going into abortion clinics is allowed while police officers can gun down innocent people (who are *suprise* mostly african american) and said cops can get away with murder and using military grade weapons on peaceful protesters. 

we can literally spend all day going back and forth on semantics and freedoms and whatnot but guess what: at this very moment, constitutional rights and justice and equality and freedom are the very things being denied to minorities (African Americans).

A line has to be drawn. Allowing a fundraiser for a murder hiding from due justice behind his status as a cop and as a white man is morally and ethically wrong. Before jumping onto “equality” and arguments of “technically he’s not doing anything wrong”, lets see some REAL justice being served, ie Darren Wilson being put on trial for first degree murder, and THEN they can have their damned fundraiser about “legal fees” because at this point, we don’t even know if Darren Wilson will face any real repercussion for his action.  

The purpose of the site is to raise money for people in need. Darren Wilson is not in need of anything he hasn’t been charged or convicted there are no legal fees he has to face, he’s literally on paid leave with his family. Allowing Darren Wilson’s fundraiser to go on is like saying because of freedom in america, we are allowing racist, ignorant or misinformed people to perpetuate and encourage cops breaking the law to get away with any wrong doing. Legally cannot stand up in court sure, but the moral message that it gives out is disgusting and in cases like these sites like gofundme needs to be called upon to take a stand and do the right thing.   

Tagged as: #Ferguson 

iwriteaboutfeminism:

200 protesters continue to march for justice on Thursday night, Aug. 21st.

Tagged as: #Ferguson 
these anons are like, "can i be racist in the rain? can i be racist on a train? can i be racist in a box? can i be racist with a fox?"
Anonymous

geeburieru:

incogneeco:

whiteoppression:

famphic:

anthotny:

postracialcomments:

lmfaoooooooooooooo Yes!

Lmao!
How can I be racist if I work with blacks
How can I be racist if one sold me slacks
I’m not racist I’m just like you. I’m best friends with a black or two.

i’m not racist, you see, it’s just a preference
i love eastern culture and its women’s deference
the west lost its way with no room for clemency
If I love Asian women, how’s that white supremacy?

i’m not a racist, i can’t be, you see
my great grandma’s grandma was part cherokee
plus one time i got called “cracker” to my face
don’t we all bleed red? i don’t even see race…

I’m not racist, blacks just need to stop complaining
Living in the past and white people blaming
I work hard, no handouts for every little fraction
If white privilege isn’t fair, then how is affirmative action?

how can i be racist? i love Asia so much!
i like karaoke and China and K-pop and such
in fact, i hate that i’m white with such passion
i wish i was Japanese so i could wear some Shibuya fashion!

liz-pls:

I’m only sharing tweets for those who are not on twitter and can’t see how passionate and outraged journalists are as they tweet from #Ferguson.

If you are on Twitter, here’s a good roster of people to follow if you want to keep updated.

werewolfau:

At a deposition, Ferguson’s former police chief revealed that his staff did not keep records of incidents in which officers used force against citizens, so long as no one died; in other words, there was no way of telling how often incidents like Davis’ happened.

remember shit like this when they talk about how mike brown’s shooter had no disciplinary record

huffingtonpost:

Wesleyan University sophomore Sally Rappaport is adding a new set of voices to the fight against victim blaming with Project “Not Asking For It.” See the full video here. 

wintergrey:

Reminder that Ferguson is a food desert and school is canceled. People’s movement is restricted. The work of the St Louis Food Bank is vital right now. Help if you can. (x)
STL FOOD BANK

wintergrey:

Reminder that Ferguson is a food desert and school is canceled. People’s movement is restricted. The work of the St Louis Food Bank is vital right now. Help if you can. (x)

STL FOOD BANK

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Police escalate the violence. Unrest in Ferguson, Part 2

[part 1]

planetfaraway:

Today’s thoughts.

define-x:

Need discreet nail art that still makes you feel like a badass? I have got you covered.

nosquirrelno:

8/19/2014 11:10 PM Ferguson

nosquirrelno:

8/19/2014 11:10 PM Ferguson

scottmcrogers:

yooooo! thats the girl who brought the milk! Look!

scottmcrogers:

yooooo! thats the girl who brought the milk! Look!

rafi-dangelo:

We’re not people really.  Our concerns are not America’s concerns.  We are just here for entertainment. We’re a convenient treasure trove of limitless creativity to be pillaged, watered down, and re-purposed for White audiences and the people getting rich from bastardized stereotypes and simplified caricatures of everything we bring to the table have nothing to say when shit gets really real.

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