Monday, September 21, 2009
Yes, you read it --- California police in Merced California have used a taser on unarmed, leggless black man in wheelchair.
The Huffington Post, The Raw Story, News One and other news outlets and bloggers are reporting on the Tasing of a black male amputee in wheelchair by 2 white officers. Victoria A Patton of the Mercedes Sun Star reports that the man who was Tasered, Gregory Williams, 40, a double-leg amputee, spent six days in jail on suspicion of domestic violence and resisting arrest, but the Merced County District Attorney's office hasn't filed any charges. Watch the video of his tasering/arrest HERE
Photo Source: Lisa Jane Merced Sun Star
Williams is black, and the two main arresting officers are white, but it's unknown whether race played any role in the incident.
Williams, who was released from jail on Friday, said he was manhandled and Tasered by police, even though he said he was never physically aggressive toward the officers and didn't resist arrest.
Williams said he was humiliated after his pants fell down during the incident. The officers allegedly left him outdoors in broad daylight, handcuffed on the pavement, nude below the waist. Williams said the Sept. 11 arrest also left him with an injured shoulder, limiting his mobility in his wheelchair.
A handful of residents in Williams' apartment complex said they witnessed the incident and supported Williams' charges. A short video clip, shot by a neighbor and obtained by the Sun-Star, shows Williams sitting on the pavement with his pants down, his hands cuffed behind his back.
A Merced police report, written by the responding officers, says that police tried to reason with Williams before the arrest, to no avail. The officers wrote that Williams was uncooperative and refused to turn his 2-year-old daughter over to Merced County Child Protective Services, among other allegations.
In the report, police also say a hostile crowd gathered as the officers tried to perform their duties.
The Merced Police Department spokesman declined to comment on the matter, saying he can't discuss it because the investigation is internal. Both the officers remain on duty. Read the excellent report on how this all happened HERE
Tasered While Black publisher says: "Let's see if President Barack Obama says anything about this! Our president was quick to support the black elite from police abuse, lets see if he is as quick to denounce this situation. by-the-way who is running the Civil Rights division at the justice department? It time for the U.S. Justice department to take the gloves off and stop the continued pre-trial electrocution of black folks in America."
The NAACP has joined the fight against tasers abuse. Black Bloggers have called for 'Congressional Taser Torture Hearings. There are many bloggers who are concerned about the growing taser-happy police state we find ourselves in. It's great to know that some cities are saying 'No' to Taser Guns. Let's get the congressional hearings going.
It would be great if you would sign the petition calling for Congressional Hearing on Taser use in our country.
African American Political Pundit
Friday, September 18, 2009
AAPP: Candidly, I have a few concerns regarding President Barack Obama and his enabling of many white Americans to be color aroused bigots.
Let's take a look back at the past few days...
Why is it that Barack Obama does not see the 'You lie' outburst as color aroused bigotry? yet, a former 'good ol boy' Democrat like former President Jimmy Carter can tell it like it is.
Why did Barack Obama distance himself from former president Jimmy Carter, rather than just taking care of the bigger economic problems of our nation? Speaking of bigger problems, Why did President Barack Obama really need to call Kanye West out of his name, and call him a Jackass? For that matter, why does President Barack Obama call out black folks but refuse to call out these white wing bigots when they subject all Americans too their collective color aroused bigotry?
OK Yes, Barack Obama is President and he is human with human opinions, but he is also suppose to be a role model for kids.
Mr. President, thanks for calling Kanye West a jackass. As if we already didn't know... I expect more of our President. I would expect this type of Sister Soldier moment from Bill Clinton or for that matter George W. Bush, not Barack Obama.
Candidly the one the Ptresident should have really called a Jack Ass is the one who called him a Liar in front of millions of Americans -Joe Wilson.
Now he is a real jackass!
AAPP says: Jimmy Carter was right when he said, "racism inclination still exists. And I think it's bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It's an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply."
Now it looks like Barack obama and Michael Steele, who blogger riPPA calls the Signifying Monkey are the apologist for white color arousal, bigotry or what some call racism. Let's call them "the racism enablers"
Get this, as reported by Reuters, Carter's remark also drew the condemnation of Michael Steele, the first African-American to become chairman of the Republican National Committee.
"President Carter is flat out wrong. This isn't about race. It is about policy," he said in a statement. "This is a pathetic distraction by Democrats to shift attention away from the president's wildly unpopular government-run healthcare plan that the American people simply oppose."
I guess Barack Obama and other national leaders will continue to play this myth that racism is not playing out 'big time' in America since Barack Obama was elected. But we don't have to listen to Barack Obama or his spokesman, lets see how its' playing out in America.
Read what one progressive black blogger has to say about all of this. Also listen to some of America's real black voices rather than the voices of bozos like Newt Gingrich or Michael Steele.
Listen to the African American Political Slugfest HERE
Let's see if the NAACP will join the already established effort of the Afrospear and Tasered While Black to gain a Congressional Taser Hearings or will they go it alone, and establish a new effort for PR purposes... Only time will tell.
According to witnesses, the man was surrendering but officials in Rockford, Ill., deny this description of events, saying Mark Anthony Barmore attempted to grab an officer's gun after they cornered him in the church.
However, both sides agree Barmore ran when officers approached him in the church parking lot, highlighting the suspicion and fear that can poison relationships between police and minority communities across the country.
"There are no national standards for the use of force (or) training for use of force," Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, said Sept. 11. MORE HERE
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The conservative advocacy group made its way from California, hosting rallies in about 30 cities. CNN has full Coverage.
"Obamacare Condense Cream of Crap soup" reads a sign in Sparks, Nevada. In Dallas, Texas, a darker mood prevails. A homemade sign with "Obama Lies" features a bold, black swastika.
As the tour moves on, Nazi imagery becomes more prominent -- and sometimes confused. One sign at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, has Obama's portrait sandwiched between pictures of Adolf Hitler and communist philosopher Karl Marx. In Canton,Ohio, Obama and Hitler adorn a sign reading "Hitler made great speeches, too."
As reported by CNN, The Tea Party Express tour has been free of violence, but occasional outbursts of vitriolic hatred toward the president combined with some menacing outward appearances often overshadow the more moderate tea partyers. iReport.com: Weigh in on health care
In Louisville, Kentucky, two young men in camouflage fatigues roamed the crowd trying to recruit new members for their militia called the Ohio Valley Freedom Fighters. They bear signs reading "AK-47s: today's pitchfork" and "Quit worrying. Start your militia training today."
In Jackson, Michigan, a young man didn't need a sign. He was carrying the real thing: A loaded AK-47 assault rifle and two loaded handguns.
"I don't want a revolution. I don't want a civil war," he said. "But it is a possibility. It's there as an option, as a last resort." More HERE
AAPP: I wonder when President Obama and his administration will take a bolder stance on these fools carrying guns at these so called peaceful rallies? It's time for the Justice Department to stop these reckless fools. But that is just one African American Political Pundit's opinion. Then again, check out the recommended arms that white groups are stock piling against black folks. Maybe, just maybe black folks should start arming ourselves - JUST IN CASE.
What is your opinion?
This whole situation is so disgusting its laughable. I wonder what Richard Pryor would say about public option health care and guns? We can get a sense of that HERE.
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