Journalist and artist Shirin Barghi has created a gripping, thought-provoking series of graphics that not only examines racial prejudice in today’s America, but also captures the sense of humanity that often gets lost in news coverage. Titled “Last Words,” the graphics illustrate the last recorded words by Brown and other young black people — Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others — who have been killed by police in recent years.
Before CNN, who just arrived, tries to skew these stories. These two men were saying “these are my tax dollars” pointing at the SWAT vehicles and police officers “This is what we go through everyday.” “This has been taken to another level” “We’re subject to this stuff on a regular basis” “Yall got gas masks on. Don’t cut it out. Show the people what’s real” “The media says we’re provoking this. We aint doin nothin” “Yall got fully automatic weapons on us. Aint nobody armed out here”.
- They’re kicking out Amnesty International. Y’all. Y’ALL. #Ferguson
- The National Bar Association has Filed a Lawsuit Against the City of #Ferguson and the Ferguson Police Department http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b493e6c4d31beda32fdaf8e2d&id=86ba2fd5ad …
- @iamsakuma live on air right now, reiterates the man in the truck was offering rides home to protesters. Tactical team charged them.
Chaos in Ferguson. Sunday night, part 4
- no, this isn’t over;
- no, these aren’t from earlier in the week;
- no, everything isn’t alright now;
- no, the police haven’t stopped brutalizing peaceful protesters;
- no, police haven’t intervened to stop the looting;
- no, police haven’t responded to emergency 911 calls for people injured by rubber bullets or children hit by cars;
- no, michael brown’s shooter still has not faced any consequences for murdering an unarmed teenager 9 days ago
On July 31, the Miami Police Department’s SWAT team stormed into a home in Coconut Grove at around 11 a.m. with a narcotics warrant.
A 12- and 13-year-old were inside the home at the time and were somehow injured. A photo released by the family showed the 13-year-old with a bloody head. Family members said he was hit with the butt of a Miami Police officer’s rifle. “He was in the kitchen, and they told him to get down, as he was looking for a place to get down, and they hit him in the back of the head with their rifle,” said Bobby McLendon, one of the boys’ father.
Another photo shows the 12-year-old with an injury in his eye after he said he took a punch to the face from a Miami Police officer.
Twelve-year-old Aaron said he was sleeping. He was in town from Georgia visiting his aunt who lives at the home. “They tried to snatch me off my bed, but my foot got caught on the side of the bed, and I couldn’t move,” said Aaron McLendon. “and they thought I was trying to refuse to go, so they punched me in my eye, and that’s when I got my foot unstuck, and then they snatched me off of my bed and took me outside.”
When asked who punched him, he replied, “The police.”