Video | Michael Brown’s Parents Lesley McSpadden & Michael Brown Sr. First Interview

The graduation photo was taken in March.

Back then, Mike Brown was still just Mike Brown. A student with a football tackle’s build. Just one of the 100 or so in his senior class at Normandy High, a struggling school that had lost its state accreditation and, along with it, a measure of its pride, in an area already beset by challenges.

That day, he and the other students passed around a handful of green graduation gowns, slipping them on and off, as they posed one-by-one for pictures.

Michael Brown

A mother & father’s heartache… Lesley McSpadden & Michael Brown Sr.

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Nothing irritates & grates me more than news headlines that do not include Black peoples NAMES

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226 Responses to Video | Michael Brown’s Parents Lesley McSpadden & Michael Brown Sr. First Interview

  1. Ametia says:

    A new thread is up!

  2. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    It’s just a matter of time before there is an explosion if this keeps up. This reminds me of police brutality during the Civil Rights Movement.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Wesley Lowery ✔ @WesleyLowery
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    Was waiting to be taken away, large black man SCREAMING for help in back of police truck
    7:44 PM – 13 Aug 2014

    Wesley Lowery ✔ @WesleyLowery
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    They refused his several calls for paramedics
    7:44 PM – 13 Aug 2014

    Wesley Lowery ✔ @WesleyLowery
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    “I’m dying. I’m dying. Please call help he screamed.” They mocked him
    7:45 PM – 13 Aug 2014

  4. Heads up, folks!

    Ferguson police chief not wanting any protest after dark has historical reference to SUN DOWN LAWS.

    Sun Down towns had signs that read …N****r, Don’t Let The Sun Set On YOU.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundown_town

  5. rikyrah says:

    Imani ABL ‏@AngryBlackLady 3m
    wow. RT @TallyAnnaE: People in #Gaza are tweeting information on how to handle tear gas to the citizens of #Ferguson. Mind blown. #MikeBrown

  6. OMFG! Lizz Brown, an attorney, applied 4 job in Ferguson prosecuting attorney’s office. They asked if she’d be ok with folks saying the N-Word.

    ALL sense of hope is LOST!

  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Tweets:

    TheAnonMessage
     BREAKING NEWS: State Senator Maria Chapelle Nadal has been taken into police custody. Tear gassed at an earlier protest. #Ferguson

    Wesley Lowery
     
    Also Ryan Reilly of Huff Po. Assaulted and arrested

    Officers decided we weren’t leaving McDonalds quickly enough, shouldn’t have been taping them.

    Released without any charges, no paperwork whatsoever

    Refusing to give us any names of the officers

    Officers slammed me into a fountain soda machine because I was confused about which door they were asking me to walk out of

    Was waiting to be taken away, large black man SCREAMING for help in back of police truck

    They refused his several calls for paramedics
    “I’m dying. I’m dying. Please call help he screamed.” They mocked him

    Detained, booked, given answers to no questions. Then just let out

    Calling into Maddow soon

    Got no explaination at any point why in custody other than “trespassing” – at a mcdonalds where we were customers

    I’m emotional, but need to note: Ryan and I are fine. Have seen people in Ferguson hurt by gas/rubber bullets. This wasn’t that

    “The chief thought he was doing you a favor” – police officer tells me about release. With no charges, no police report

    It’s as if the arrest and the assaults never took place. Just opened the doors and let is out as if we’d let it go

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Wesley Lowery @WesleyLowery · 57s
      Apparently, in America, in 2014, police can manhandle you, take you into custody, put you in cell & then open the door like it didn’t happen

    • Liza says:

      They’ve lost their damn minds. Now they think they’re the in the Schutzstaffel (SS.)

  8. Frightening beyond description.

  9. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    Clive Bundy and his people point guns at the police and they get a pass and no one is arrested. African Americans form a peaceful demonstration and the SWAT teams aims guns at them and journalist get arrested. Hotdog!

  10. I don’t see any tweets from @antoniofrench nor @mattdpearce. They may be arrested. It’s out of hand! Call in the National Guard.

  11. OMG! I’m reading journalists are getting arrested. Police are aiming guns at peaceful citizens.Call in the National Guard!

  12. rikyrah says:

    Despite The Trauma It Has Suffered, Ferguson Shows Unity And A True Sense Of Community
    By: Justin Baragona more from Justin Baragona
    Wednesday, August, 13th, 2014, 4:17 pm

    Ferguson, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, has been pushed to a breaking point that few, if any, communities in the United States could bear. Besides witnessing the senseless death of a young, unarmed man who was bound for college, the town has had to deal with an outsized, militarized police presence since Brown was killed. Looting and rioting Sunday night caused serious damage and economic loss to over a dozen businesses in the community. Residents have had to deal with martial law the past couple of days, with law enforcement treating the city like a war zone.

    Despite all of this, Ferguson is keeping it together. Instead of dividing the community, these events of the past few days have brought the residents closer together. Business owners who experienced severe damage and economic loss have reopened their doors to let their neighbors know that they won’t be leaving. People from all over have joined in an effort to clean up and repair the damage that local stores and homes have suffered. More than anything, everyone has embraced each other as neighbors and friends, letting the world know that the real story isn’t about stores losing merchandise one evening. No, the story is about the real tragedy at the center of it all — the death of ‘Big Mike,’ Michael Brown, Jr.

    Below are photographs I took in Ferguson on Wednesday. Hopefully, they help convey the true sense of unity and solidarity within the community.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/08/13/trauma-suffered-ferguson-shows-unity-true-sense-community.html

  13. Chief Thomas Jackson
    Chief of Police
    Ferguson Police Department
    222 S. Florissant Road
    Ferguson, MO 63135
    12 August 2014

    Dear Chief Jackson

    USE OF LETHAL FORCE BY FERGUSON POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER

    Amnesty International is writing to convey its deep concern regarding the recent shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson Police Officer on 9 August 2014 and reports of the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters and journalists at a demonstration on the evening of 11 August 2014.

    According to media reports, Michael Brown and a friend were walking towards Brown’s grandmother’s house when they were confronted by a Ferguson Police Officer. Due to conflicting reports it is unclear at that point whether, as according to a witness, Brown and his friend attempted to walk away when the officer fired his weapon in their general direction before shooting the unarmed Brown or, as according to police statements, if a physical confrontation between the officer and Brown ensued, the end result of which being the officer shooting the unarmed Brown.

    Where use of force by the police has resulted in injury or death, a prompt, thorough, independent, and impartial investigation into the incident must be conducted. Investigations should conform to the UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. Furthermore, all officers responsible for abuses should be adequately disciplined, and, where appropriate, prosecuted.

    http://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/Letter_to_Ferguson_Police_Department.pdf

    • Liza says:

      I reckon ol’ Tom is in way over his redneck head. He’s probably still in disbelief that the whole nation cares about this. And the coward who murdered the kid has probably left town and is hiding under a bed somewhere with his assault weapons.

  14. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    One thought came to my mind was that I wonder how many asthmatics suffered asthma attacks because of tear gas being thrown last night at protestors. I have asthma and it is not a good feeling when chemicals are disbursed in the air.

  15. Ametia says:

    Missouri State Senator Tells Police Chief She Was Tear Gassed While Protesting Peacefully In Ferguson

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/missouri-state-senator-gassed-while-protesting-in-ferguson-2014-8#ixzz3AJLj92Uo

  16. Ametia says:

    Bill Raack ‏@billraack 37m

    US Atty Richard Callahan says his office will conduct investigation into civil rights violations in #MikeBrown death. pic.twitter.com/rZX0fKUlKF

  17. Liza says:

    Check this out. Very, very interesting. My heart breaks for Trayvon’s and Jordan’s parents, but they are taking their activism to the limit. They are leaders, that’s for damn sure.

    In Geneva, a bid to shame US over the killings of young black men

    August 12, 2014 10:00PM ET Updated August 13, 2014 2:00PM ET
    by Massoud Hayoun @mhayoun

    As outraged residents of Ferguson, Missouri continue to protest a police shooting that left unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown dead, Ron Davis – the father of another slain black teen in Jacksonville, Florida – is aiming to shame the United States before the United Nations for what he says are murders committed with impunity against young black men.

    Davis’ bid comes amid efforts in Ferguson to build a more-than-a-century-old civil rights movement in response to Brown’s killing that community leaders say never took hold in the Greater St. Louis area.

    At the 85th meeting of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday, Davis hopes to pressure Washington to bolster efforts to stop the phenomenon of what he and the United States Human Rights Network (USHRN), the NGO backing him, call “the criminalization of race” in America.

    The U.S. will be forced at the meeting to answer questions from Davis and the international community in what the American Civil Liberties Union told the press Wednesday was a singular opportunity to hold Washington accountable.

    Davis is angry over what he and many others say is a spate of unpunished murders of young black men across the country.

    Six months after neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, Davis’ son Jordan was killed at a gas station after he and his friends refused to lower the music in their car. The case brought against Jordan’s killer, Michael Dunn, resulted in a mistrial.

    “These things eat at you that shouldn’t have happened, and the people doing these transgressions are getting away with it,” Davis, who was joined in Geneva by Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, told Al Jazeera.

    Ron Davis hopes to direct his anger over the deaths into a solution for African-American fathers who have come to teach their children to accept police brutality as a fact of life in the United States. Davis and USHRN director Ejim Dike hope that taking U.S. race issues to the international community will create political leverage in Washington.

    “We have a lot of people directly impacted by the violence. We have exhausted our domestic remedies. We have to take this to the United Nations. We have to see if we can leverage that pressure to see if we can get people to act on this issue,” Dike said.

    “Talking about any issue as a human rights violation gets the attention of the U.S. government. It’s embarrassing for the government that champions itself as a beacon of human rights in the world,” Dike added.

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/12/ferguson-shootinggeneva.html

  18. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    Cops are PEACE officers. Yea right! How can African American people tell?

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      As a White individual I can only guess at the emotions you are feeling right now, Granny.
      I am so upset about the anti-black sentiment of many PD officers, but my family and loved ones have never experienced it.

      I have never had to be on the alert or have worries for the safety of my family. I have never had to pray that my family would never be stereotyped and profiled and harmed in the process.

      I ache for African American families that live with this pain in their hearts.

      *hugs*

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Yamiche Alcindor @Yamiche · 2h
      “@SLMPD: The public’s trust in their police department & transparency are paramount to building strong community partnerships. #slmpdstrong”

    • Ametia says:

      Not in FERGUSON, MO. “Cops & peace” in the same sentence is an OXYMORON of GIANORMOUS proportions.

  19. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Reverend Al Sharpton @TheRevAl · 22m
    Dont let irrational thoughts lead you,Dr. King’s non violent movement got results. What has violence ever gotten us?#Ferguson #KeepingItReal

  20. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Antonio French @AntonioFrench
    One pattern of the last few days: After police move the media out of the area, they become more heavy-handed and violent. #Ferguson

  21. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Retweeted by Antonio French
    St. Louis, MO Police @SLMPD
    @slmpd is not handling the shooting investigation in #Ferguson. We encourage anyone with information to contact @stlcountypd.

    Retweeted by Antonio French
    Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik
    Officer who shot + killed #MikeBrown has retained an attorney. And the body of Mike Brown has been released to his family (~@MikeRushKSDK)

    Retweeted by Antonio French
    Charles Jaco @charlesjaco1 ·
    Ferguson P.D. holding 3pm news conference. In a sane world, local broadcast outlets would carry it live. Am hoping they all will.

  22. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    I have a question. If no one knows the policeman’s name, how is he receiving death threats?

  23. rikyrah says:

    America Is Not For Black People

    Greg Howard

    The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man was executed by police in broad daylight.

    By now, what’s happening in Ferguson is about so many second-order issues—systemic racism, the militarization of police work, and how citizens can redress grievances, among other things—that it’s worth remembering what actually happened here.

    Michael Brown was walking down the middle of the street in Ferguson’s Canfield Green apartment complex around noon on Saturday with his friend Dorin Johnson when the two were approached by a police officer in a police truck. The officer exchanged words with the boys. The officer attempted to get out of his car. At this point, two narratives split.

    According to the still-unnamed officer, one of the two boys shoved him back into the vehicle and then wrestled for his sidearm, discharging one shot into the cabin. The two ran, and the police officer once again stepped from his vehicle and shot at the fleeing teenagers multiple times, killing Brown.

    According to Johnson and other eye witnesses, however, the cop ordered the friends to “get the fuck on the sidewalk,” but the teenagers said they had almost reached their destination. That’s when the officer slammed his door open so hard that it bounced off of Brown and closed again. The cop then reached out and grabbed Brown by the neck, then by the shirt.

    “I’m gonna shoot you,” the cop said.

    The cop shot him once, but Brown pulled away, and the pair were still able to run away together. The officer fired again. Johnson ducked behind a car, but the cop’s second shot caused Brown to stop about 35 feet away from the cruiser, still within touching distance of Johnson. Multiple witnesses say this is when Brown raised his hands in the air to show he was unarmed. Johnson remembered that Brown also said, “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” The officer then shot him dead.

    http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/america-is-not-for-black-people-1620169913

  24. Oh look! The FPD is leaking the officer who put 10 bullets into Michael Brown has a swollen face. Who do they think they’re fooling? If that was the case, FPD would have told us the officer’s name and we’d have a photo. That dog don’t hunt, FPD!

    • Ametia says:

      Leaking? face swollen. AH HELL TO THE NAW, MOFOS!

    • Liza says:

      Yeah, do you suppose they beat him up a little for his close up?

      I smell Zimmerman.

      • Ametia says:

        Yep! This dog definitely ain’t HUNTING. Zimmerman playbook 101. The FPD have spent the last 4 days plotting and scheming to convict a dead teenager, instead of their murdering brethren.

        And don’t think for one moment they haven’t had someone on social media sights reviewing our comments so they know how to counter them with THEIR LIES

      • Me too! A fellow officer helped him out. I’m reading the shooter may be the mayor’s son. Has anyone heard this?

      • Liza says:

        No, I haven’t heard it’s the mayor’s son but that would be really interesting.

        Yeah, I suspect the whole, corrupt PD has been working on how to defend this POS. Making up the “official” story, preparing pictures and so forth. Hell, if they all weren’t as guilty as the devil they would have kicked the “rogue” officer to the curb. But when the corruption is systemic, they always believe they are the ones in control, and they can make the problem go away. And that may have been true, back in the day, but their day of reckoning might be getting closer than they think.

      • GrannyStandingforTruth says:

        The Mayor’s son??? Whoa, no wonder the St. Louis police are working overtime to cover up and all the secrecy. I am worried about the safety of that Johnson boy now. I feel like the police are going to try to frame him or do something to him. Pray for a hedge of protection for him.

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        I am also worried for Johnson’s safety. I am praying for him.

        I pray that the Lord will watch over Johnson and his family and all the precious children and families in Ferguson.

    • GrannyStandingforTruth says:

      Yea, more than likely one of his brothers in blue hit in the face. The FBI needs to do their own autopsy.
      It’s days like this that tempt me to go out and buy to play NWA.

  25. Ametia says:

    This self-hating, shuckin & buckin’ skinnin’ & grinnin’, hanky-headed, Boot-lickn Toady, NEGRO right here.

  26. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Retweeted by Natalie Jackson
    Lissette Miller @LissetteMiller

    Phillip Agnew of @DreamDefenders on @allinwithchris discussing militarized police targeting of black & brown bodies

    http://on.msnbc.com/1nNj2SG

  27. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Antonio French@AntonioFrench

    Ferguson Police to caller: “Justice isn’t here right now.” Then threatens to send the FBI to caller’s home…

    http://youtu.be/SDATg9uHjxY&rel=0

  28. Ametia says:

    Michael Brown’s Hometown Is Under Occupation

    The black residents of Ferguson, Missouri are governed by white police and they say it feels more like Gaza than America.

    FERGUSON, Mo. — The people here don’t feel like they’re living in America’s heartland; they feel like they’re living in occupied territory.

    The occupied land is small, virtually microscopic in comparison to the St. Louis metropolitan area. The neighborhoods off West Florissant Avenue, including the apartment complex where Michael Brown lived before he was gunned down by a policeman Saturday night, are where most of the city’s black population reside. Patrolling it is Ferguson’s police department of 55 officers, 52 of them white.

    “It’s like the elephant in the room,” said Yusra, 45, of East St. Louis. “We are being occupied.”
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/12/michael-brown-s-hometown-is-under-occupation.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_morning&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_morning&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet

  29. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    ALL IN 08/12/14
    “Protesters and police clash in wake of shooting death of Michael Brown”
    Chris Hayes talks with St. Louis Alderman Antonio French and Missouri Democratic State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed as tensions rise in Ferguson and protesters demand answers in the police shooting of an unarmed teen.

    http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/protesters-and-police-clash-in-wake-of-shooting-death-of-michael-brown-317631043619

  30. rikyrah says:

    Sheryl Kaye @_sherylkaye_

    Cary Ball died 04/13. Antonio Johnson died 07/13. Michael Brown died 08/14.
    3deaths @ hands of PD in 14 mnths #StLouis #Ferguson #Hazelwood

  31. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    During Jim Crow bad cops/sheriffs, under the cover of darkness, released Blacks into the hands of lynch mobs.

    Now, bad cops are boldly doing the execution of Blacks themselves!!!!!

  32. rikyrah says:

    How to channel your anger over Michael Brown’s death productively
    Opinion
    by Luvvie | August 12, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    You hear that another Black boy was killed in cold blood by a cop, and the rage goes from the top of your head and travels all the way down to the bottom of your feet.

    You tremble because it’s another day and another one of your skinfolk murdered just for existing and just for having the nerve to be in the wrong place at the wrong time in front of the wrong bastard with a license to kill.

    Last month, it was Eric Garner. Saturday, it was John Crawford and Mike Brown. Tomorrow, it could be my brother, my uncle, my cousin. Why? Because America still doesn’t recognize the humanity of Black people. It’s that simple.

    But the rage. James Baldwin poignantly said “To be Black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.” Yes. Absolutely. It keeps you up at night. It gets your blood pressure up. It sits on your shoulders, and you walk slower because of it. What do you do as your people are being slaughtered with what is implicit permission from the system of oppression?

    What do you do with it? What do you do with all that anger? How do you feel less helpless? I’m not fully sure. But I like to feel like I can DO something even if it’s minute. Complete helplessness brings utter despair, and I can’t allow myself to fall into that. I need to feel like I can make some sort of difference, no matter how small.

    http://thegrio.com/2014/08/12/how-to-channel-your-anger-over-michael-browns-death-productively/

  33. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Why Did Michael Brown Die in Ferguson?”

    http://www.newyorker.com/news/amy-davidson/michael-brown-die-ferguson

    “In Ferguson, police compound the Michael Brown slaying with excessive force”

    http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article1206506.html

  34. rikyrah says:

    St. Louis Police Shoot Black Honor Student 25 Times

    by Aviva Shen
    Posted on May 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Protesters rallied in St. Louis, MO on Wednesday over the death of 25-year-old Cary Ball Jr, who was shot 25 times by police officers last month. Police say Ball refused to pull over for a traffic stop, eventually crashed into a parked car, and started running. According to police, Ball pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the officers, prompting them to open fire.

    Several witnesses who spoke to the family, however, say Ball threw his gun on the ground and was walking toward police with his hands up to surrender when he was shot. Some unverified reports say 7 of the 25 shots hit him in the back. Police say there was no surveillance video in the area to verify exactly what happened.

    Ball was an honor student with a 3.86 GPA, majoring in human services at Forest Park Community College, where he had been celebrated as an “emerging scholar.” According to family and friends, Ball was working to reform his life after being convicted of armed robbery when he was 17. His older brother, Carlos Ball, said Cary probably ran from the police because, as an ex-convict, it was illegal for him to possess a gun.

    The two officers have been placed on administrative leave as homicide detectives investigate the shooting, but this is hardly the first time questions have been raised over the St. Louis Police Department’s conduct. In February, a city cop was accused of choking a man in a wheelchair, who was then arrested immediately after testifying at the officer’s disciplinary hearing. A video showing a cop beating and pepper-spraying a man went viral in 2011, revealing that the cop had stayed on the force despite multiple lawsuits alleging brutality.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/05/30/2077731/st-louis-police-shoot-black-honor-student-25-times/

  35. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    It is time for the major corporations and organizations with clout and headquartered in St. Louis to END their silence and speak up and demand justice for Michael Brown and to demand transparency from the Ferguson Police Department!

    These corporations are based in St. Louis:

    Anheuser-Busch

    St. Louis Cardinals Organization

    Famous Footwear

    Hardee’s Restaurant Chain

    KangaROOS Footwear

    Ralston Purina

  36. rikyrah says:

    Ford @jobsker43
    Follow
    @jamisonfoser @Our4thEstate so the autopsy is secret, officer is secret…not smart. No transperancy. Only thinking of cop not the parents.
    10:53 PM – 12 Aug 2014

  37. rikyrah says:

    Matt Pearce ✔ @mattdpearce
    Follow
    This isn’t a riot story. My latest, on why the “hands up/don’t shoot” protest is so important in St. Louis: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-hands-up-20140813-story.html?track=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=1115915 … #Ferguson
    9:45 PM – 12 Aug 2014

  38. rikyrah says:

    Jamison Foser @jamisonfoser
    Follow
    It’s a secret how many times the cop who killed Michael Brown shot him. That’s amazing. And completely untenable.
    10:08 PM – 12 Aug 2014

  39. The police are fighting the citizens in retaliation for protesting one of the own shooting down a kid. Unreal!

  40. This guy wasn’t even protesting. He was just trying to get home. Police just see any black man walk by and it’s….get on the ground…you’re dead!

  41. St Louis Muslim Community stands in solidarity with Michael Brown’s family

    http://occupywatchdog.tumblr.com/post/94601308420/st-louis-muslim-community-stands-in-solidarity-with

    Dear Brown family,

    On behalf of the St. Louis Muslim community, which is comprised of 18 Islamic Centers, and over 100,000 thousand Muslims from every ethnic background in the world, we would like to share our condolences regarding the loss of Michael Brown.

    We know that unarmed black men are killed at an alarming rate in this country. We recognize that all life has value. We also recognize that the officer has a right to due process.

    The Prophet Muhammad once said we must “help our brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is oppressed… [We should help the oppressor] by preventing him from oppressing others.” We thank the FBI for launching a parallel investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown and hope that a thorough investigation will be completed, the truth will be disclosed, and justice will be served.

    We will pray and stand with the Ferguson community in this time of much needed healing. The Holy Qur’an tells us that humanity is like one body, when one part of it is in pain, the whole body should wake up in a feverish state. Islam is a way of life that invites all of humanity to it in order to establish justice, build meaningful brotherhood of all people, and worship God alone with no partners. We the Muslim community in Saint Louis shares your family’s pain. Your family’s sorrow is our sorrow.

    We pray that the Most Merciful strengthens your family and the St. Louis community with patience to endure this sad time. We wish you peace and safety.

    Sincerely,

    The Saint Louis Muslim Community

    • Granny, I’ve never seen anything like this.

      • GrannyStandingforTruth says:

        SG2, I have! All my life! History is repeating itself.

      • GrannyStandingforTruth says:

        From what I gathered the police did not interview the witnesses. In fact, they ignored them. Proper procedure is to interview all witnesses right away. Smells like a coverup in the making. They’re probably reviewing the police officers records in dealing with Blacks, so they can scrub them clean.

      • GrannyStandingforTruth says:

        I was present and witnessed the first Watts Riot from the beginning to the end, the policemen that caused it, lied about that too. Yep! Many times I’ve wondered to myself, if that policemen would ever come forth and confess the truth of what happened that day, but he never did.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Granny, thank you for posting this link that shines light on the heinous elements within the police force.

      Here is a video put out by the Sanford Watch:

      http://youtu.be/wjwdaL5cJ7Q&rel=0

      We learn much from this video….we hear a policeman calling the Blacks “fucking animals”. How many of Ferguson’s police force feel this way? (Of the 53 policemen on Ferguson’s force, only 3 are Black.)

      We know that Ferguson police cars do not have dash cameras. The Police Chief said they were still in boxes and had not been installed. To me that speaks volumes!
      What does that tell you about this leader of the Police Department and his message of the type of behavior by his officers that he allows? Does he allow intimidation, threats, and misconduct by his officers? What has gone on that has never been recorded due to the absence of dash cams?

      We get insight into conditions that are felt by the Black youth from what Lesley McSpadden cries out through her tears and grief in this video:

      “You took my son away from me. Do you know how hard it was for me to get him to stay in school and graduate? You know how many Black men graduate? Not many because you bring them down to this type of level where they feel like “I’ve got nothing to live for anyway….they’re going to try to take me out anyway.”

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        I am still shaking in anger over the article you posted about the intimidation by local officer!

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        As Al Sharpton said in Ferguson today, he’s been shining the light on roaches all of his life.

        Well, the spotlight is now on Ferguson revealing the ugliness of the racism directed at Blacks by the power structures there. We have to believe that those structures can be torn down with a steadfast, organized, long term movement.

        I believe there will be a successful push to tear down that racist “building”!

        “If I Had My Way, I Would Tear This Building Down” :

        http://youtu.be/b5ziIcON2LY&rel=0

      • GrannyStandingforTruth says:

        His mother spoke the truth, especially that last sentence.

  42. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    David Kaib ‏@DavidKaib

    Don’t get to see the autopsy. Don’t get the name of the cop. No fly zone. Media out. Still haven’t interviewed the witnesses.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      I posted this again……because it cries cover-up, blackout!

      This is so devastating. It is an affront to the community which is demanding justice!

  43. Ametia says:

    That cop that EXECUTED Michael Brown Jr. probably has a record of shooting up civilians.

    BANK IT.

  44. rikyrah says:

    David Kaib ‏@DavidKaib 6m

    Don’t get to see the autopsy. Don’t get the name of the cop. No fly zone. Media out. Still haven’t interviewed the witnesses.

  45. Poor Lesley! Lift the parents up in your prayers.

    Al Sharpton joins parents of Michael Brown in rousing memorial service

    • Liza says:

      Anonymous says that a name has been leaked to them, but they are still working on verification. One way or the other, I think we are going to know the identity of the killer pretty soon.

      Stay strong, Dorian. Keep your family and friends close and your lawyer closer.

  46. Ametia says:

    THE UNITED STATES MEDIA WOULD RATHER REPORT ON THE SUICIDES & DEATHS OF HOLLYWOOD ACTORS & ACTRESSES, THAN THE WHITE RACISM THAT PERMEATES AMERICA

    FERGUSON MISSOURI–UGLY CESPOOL OF RACIST POS COPS

  47. Listening to Rachel Maddow. I’m truely sick. I mean sick. She’s talking about a whistle blower in the St Louis County police depart. They had a “Lets have a black day”. A day where cops were to arrest as many black people as they could.

    Racism running very deep. “Lets have a black day?. I’m totally weak. Drained. Just brace yourselves for Ferguson.

  48. rikyrah says:

    Michael Brown’s grandfather was on Rev. Al today. I hope 3CHICS can get the video and post it.

  49. rikyrah says:

    Charles Johnson @Green_Footballs

    Confirmed: police did request the FAA shut down airspace over Ferguson: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/michael-brown-death-no-fly-zone-enacted-over-missouri-town-n179011

  50. Police won’t release details of Michael Brown autopsy, pending the results of toxicology tests. Available in 4 weeks.

    http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/local/2014/08/12/michael-brown-preliminary-autopsy-results/13961385/

  51. Ametia says:

    Unrest continues in St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was shot

    The officer involved in the incident is reportedly a six-year veteran of the force and has been put on administrative leave with pay, pending completion of the investigation. The police department is withholding the officer’s name because of threats made toward the officer on social media, Zoll, the police spokesperson, said. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson will decide when it is deemed safe to release details to the public.

    Threats on social media? How about the constant barrage of threats from Ferguson police on it’
    s black citizens?

    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/michael-brown-protest-violent-tear-gas-st-louis-suburb-ferguson

  52. rikyrah says:

    BacoNipps™ @CaballoNegrito
    Follow

    Reasons Black folks got killed by police: ● needed help ● ran ● didn’t run ● resisted ● surrendered ● breathed ● couldn’t breathe ● Black
    10:01 PM – 11 Aug 2014

  53. rikyrah says:

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971

    @PragObots @tommyxtopher I’ll call it now. Nothing in POTUS statement will satisfy Blacker Than Thou Inc. ..they’re never satisfied. Ever.

  54. rikyrah says:

    That 70s Hoe @eclecticbrotha

    The reason you plead for calm is so more folk don’t get killed. Is that so hard to comprehend, or do you just not give a fuck if more die

  55. rikyrah says:

    That 70s Hoe @eclecticbrotha

    Folk in their feelings because BHO didn’t respond to Michael Brown’s death with a “let’s burn this motherfucker down” press release.
    Retweeted by PragmaticObotsUnite

    • Ametia says:

      Tell you what, when these MOFOs go after the majority white Ferguson town officials and ask them to RESPOND, we can chat, otherwise STFU and SIT YOUR ASSES DOWN SOMEWHERE!

  56. rikyrah says:

    That 70s Hoe @eclecticbrotha

    Plus, you hate everything BHO says but whenever shit goes down you demand he say something. Make up your motherfucking mind.
    Retweeted by PragmaticObotsUnite

  57. rikyrah says:

    Reagan Gomez ✔ @ReaganGomez

    Mike’s friend has been telling this story, for about 10-13 minutes. Every detail. Not nervous. Never looking down. Answering every question.

  58. rikyrah says:

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots

    Glad @TheRevAl is focusing on demographics of #Ferguson city officials vs. demographics of the residents. @PoliticsNation #politicsnation

  59. Ferguson has a no fly zone.

  60. Where is Michael Brown’s autopsy report?

  61. Ametia says:

    Shooting death of Missouri teenager Michael Brown is ‘heartbreaking,’ Obama says

    President Obama called the death of Michael Brown “heartbreaking” Tuesday, and urged for calm in his first public comments about the incident and the unrest that followed.

    “The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time,” he said in a statement.

    “I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

    Read more at:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/08/12/obama-the-death-of-michael-brown-is-heartbreaking/

  62. I saw an old man on the front line in Ferguson facing down police saying what do we want and the crowd yells JUSTICE, when do we want it, the crowd yells NOW! An old man! Talk about a goosebump moment! They’re NOT playing!

  63. rikyrah says:

    DOJ Civil Rights ✔ @CivilRights

    FBI working with DOJ Civil Rights and USAO attorneys on federal inquiry into Ferguson shooting. http://go.usa.gov/PsKm

  64. rikyrah says:

    Eli Rosenberg @EliKMBC

    Just Announced: @TheRevAl will pay for #MichaelBrown’s funeral. Crowd assembled at news conference applauded. #Ferguson

  65. rikyrah says:

    from POU

    JB20005

    The more I read about law enforcement and government in Ferguson, Missouri, the more the place sounds like a 21st century Johannesburg.

    67.4% black population, 29.3% white population:

    -94% white police department

    -86% white school board

    -80% white city council

    -white mayor

    -white police chief

    -86% of all traffic stops are of black motorists

    -92% of all arrests are of black suspects.

    WTF is going on in this place?

  66. rikyrah says:

    After Shooting, a Twitter Hashtag Questions Portrayal of Blacks

    By TANZINA VEGA
    AUG. 12, 2014

    When Tyler Atkins heard about the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., he posted on Twitter a picture of himself in a tuxedo, with a saxophone around his neck, next to a photograph of himself dressed in a black T-shirt with a blue bandanna tied around his head and his finger pointed at the camera.

    Like hundreds of young African-Americans, he placed his pictures under the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, protesting Mr. Brown’s killing by a police officer and the way young black men are depicted in the news media. He said Mr. Brown’s identity was distorted and filtered through negative stereotypes, and that the same would have been done to him with the bandanna image if he found himself the victim of a similar tragedy. The first picture was taken after a jazz concert at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Tex., where Mr. Atkins, a senior, studies music. The other was taken during a recording for a rap video he made with friends for a school math project.
    Photo

    Brittney Gault posted a picture of herself at a gun range, alongside a photo of herself giving a talk.
    “Had the media gained a hold of this picture, I feel I it would be used to portray that I was in a gang, which is not true at all,” Mr. Atkins, 17, wrote in an email.

    The speed with which the shooting of Mr. Brown has resonated on social media has helped propel and transform a local shooting into a national cause, as African-American commenters draw attention to continued incidents of blacks being shot by police and the media portrayals of young black men.

    “This affects me deeply because the stories of Mike Brown, Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo and many more could have been me,” Mr. Atkins wrote, referring to the shooting deaths of blacks, some at the hands of police.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/us/if-they-gunned-me-down-protest-on-twitter.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LargeMediaHeadlineSum&module=photo-spot-region&region=photo-spot&WT.nav=photo-spot&_r=0

  67. Heads up, everyone! Don’t forget to pray for the witness in the Michael Brown shooting. Pray for Divine protection.

  68. Black leaders are calling for EVERYONE to join in prayer at 6am, 12 noon and 6pm until justice is done. Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc #FergusonShooting #MikeBrown

  69. How in the HELL in such a high profile case, can the Ferguson police depart release wrong name of officer involved in #MikeBrown shooting?

    If the Ferguson Police is that incompetent to release wrong name of officer involved in Michael Brown shooting, WTF are they doing investigating?

  70. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Ferguson police cars do not have dash cameras.

    The Police Chief said they were still in the boxes and had not been installed. What does that tell you about the leader of the PD and his message of type of behavior by his officers that he expects??

    • Ametia says:

      Of course those cameras are still in boxes. Ferguson Po Po didn’t want any evidence of them intimidating, threatening, and murdering its BLACK CITIZENS!

  71. Ametia says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5S0dZMzd0A

    Ronan: “My brother was a BIG Black guy.”

  72. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    It was so heartbreaking to listen to the video you posted, Ametia.

    I am aching for Lesley McSpadden….she is so overcome with unbearable grief.

    • Ametia says:

      Lesley couldn’t even if she tried hold back the tears. It’s gut-wrenching, and I can’t and don’t want to imagine getting news that someone had MURDERED my children.

    • Liza says:

      It is heartbreaking.

      This can’t be fixed. The best you can hope for is justice for the victim and that is an uphill struggle when the murderer is a cop. But no matter what happens, Lesley McSpadden has received her life sentence, and that is just so wrong.

      When is the day when we learn to let other people just live? I keep reading that millenials are so much less burdened by prejudice and bigotry, but I’ll be dead by the time they take over. And the resources will be gone, squandered.

      • Ametia says:

        This: ” But no matter what happens, Lesley McSpadden has received her life sentence, and that is just so wrong.” Lesley and her whole family have received a life sentence without Michael in their lives anymore. I sheer irony of it all.

        Some millenials are buying into that BS notion of We’re living in a “colorblind” society!

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