Friday Open Thread | Former NFL player completely unconscious after being slammed to the ground by police

I despise them with everything in me. Black people aren’t safe in this country as long as these slave catching thugs are policing black communities. They’re blood thirsty savages hunting & preying on black people. If you cry out in pain from their violence they either choke the life from you or shoot you.

Mass murderer Travis Reinking shot 8 people, killing 4 of them at Waffle House. Police captured him alive and he was still armed. Police didn’t fire a single bullet at him. 2 Americas, people.

While shouting “I’m not even doing nothing! I’m not even fighting back!” former NFL defensive back Desmond Marrow was grabbed by police and slammed to the ground.

According to 11Alive news, however, Marrow appeared to go limp after being pinned to the ground by three white Henry County Police officers.

Marrow was warned he was going to get tased, handcuffed first then pressed against a white truck. One officer lifted his right leg and Marrow was then thrown to the ground.

Off camera, a person can be heard saying that the incident is “unbelievable.”

An officer was seen leaning near Marrow’s head with his hands around the handcuffed man’s throat.

“I can’t breathe,” Marrow can be heard saying. The plea for help a haunting reminder of the chokehold from New York Police that killed Eric Garner.

Marrow then went completely limp.

In a Facebook post, Marrow explained that officers tried to say that he had a gun in his pocket, however, it was only a cell phone. He said that the police “knocked my teeth out, slammed me on my head and choked me out until I was unconscious. In addition I suffered a shoulder strain and a concussion.”

In a separate interview, Marrow revealed how terrifying the incident was.

“I was fully cooperating with the officers with ZERO resistance. I thought I was going to die. I was sure I was passing out or dying.”

No videos show what occurred that led to the incident. It is unclear if there is any body cam video.

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79 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Former NFL player completely unconscious after being slammed to the ground by police

  1. The cop who choked out Desmond Marrow has been fired. Now prosecute him!

    • eliihass says:

      We seriously need to press ignore on this nonentity and the white supremacists gleefully exploiting her shameless hollow nothingness, opportunism and self-loathing..

  2. rikyrah says:

    Black woman golfer: It was like we had targets on our backs
    AP National Writer

    YORK, Pa. — When she walks onto a golf course as one of the few black women on the links, Sandra Harrison fills with pride and hopes her play will dispel stereotypes and disarm her fellow players — who are often white and male.

    What she felt playing at the Grandview Golf Club as a new member in her community could not have been more opposite, Harrison said. The 59-year-old retiree said she was traumatized, rattled and hurt after she said she and the group of black women she was playing with were run off the course before police were called when a white man claimed the women were playing too slowly.

    “It was like we were playing with targets on our backs,” Harrison said. “What other reason could there be other than we were guilty of being black while golfing?”


    It’s part of golf etiquette that slow-moving players let groups behind them play through if they are holding things up, and often golf courses have employees who monitor the pace of play, letting golfers know when they are taking too long.

    The five are part of a larger group of local women known as Sisters in the Fairway. The group has been around for at least a decade, and all of its members are experienced players who have golfed all over the country and world. They’re very familiar with golf etiquette.

    “Our name implies that we want to live life in a fair way,” Harrison said. We want to be sisters in the fairway, in golf and in life.”

  3. rikyrah says:

    This is so sad.

    4-year-old boy is swept out to sea while walking on the Outer Banks with his mom

    Samantha Schmidt

    A 4-year-old boy was walking with his mother in shallow waters on a beach in Kitty Hawk, N.C., on Wednesday afternoon when a wave came crashing onto shore with ferocity.
    The current knocked the family off their feet, ripping the young boy away from his mother and carrying him out to sea. Scouring the water for her son as another wave rushed in, the mother “lost sight of him in the surf,” U.S. Coast Guard officials said. He was gone.

    At about 4 p.m., Coast Guard, police and fire authorities launched a search for the missing boy, who had reportedly been visiting with his family on vacation from their home in Manchester, N.H., police officials told the New Hampshire Union Leader.


    But on Thursday morning, Johnson wrote that all efforts were “on recovery to offer this family closure.”

    “If you happen upon something at the beach that requires a closer inspection by authorities please limit your communication to 911,” he wrote. “Continued well wishes and calls for peace are welcomed. We will pass all of them along to the family. Please continue to join us in thought and prayer as we mourn with them this tragic loss.”

    The family has not been identified, but police told the Union Leader that the boy was the family’s only child.

    On Thursday morning, a small group of local residents gathered at the beach, arranging shells in the sand in the shape of a heart. It became an impromptu memorial that grew throughout the day as more locals stopped by to pay their respects to the family. “I just wanted to reach out in some way to the parents,” Mary St. Claire Dunstan told reporter Sam Walker, of the Outer Banks Voice. “My heart is breaking for them.”

  4. rikyrah says:


    I’ve read this four times. I need someone to explain this bullshyt to me.


    Why do I need an AR-15? Because some day the government may tell me I’m not allowed to put my sick son on a plane and fly him to Italy for treatment. And believe me when I tell you I WILL be putting him on that plane. #AlfieEvans— Doctor Jesse Kelly® (@JesseKellyDC) April 24, 2018

  5. rikyrah says:

    This sums up everything.

    Glenn Greenwald has been obsessively attacking Joy Reid, claiming to be deeply offended for transgender people.

    And here he is retweeting David French agreeing with him.

    French, who writes transphobic columns calling for oppressing transgender people.— Sasha Fox (@second_sasha) April 27, 2018

  6. rikyrah says:

    As early as March 2016, Bernie Sanders and his supporters were pushing the notion that superdelegates should deny the will of the voters to flip & support him.— Hillary Warned Us (@HillaryWarnedUs) April 27, 2018

    In April 2016, Hillary superdelegates were reporting violent threats from Sanders backers to switch to him.— Hillary Warned Us (@HillaryWarnedUs) April 27, 2018

  7. rikyrah says:

    Found at another blog:

    Interesting thread about the accusations against Joy Reid:

  8. rikyrah says:

    I’ve seen enough of Twitter-on-the-Left over the past nine years.

    I’ve seen how the various factions align. I’ve seen how the bad actors act across the WHOLE gamut. And I know how female journalists [PoCs in particular] are treated.

    I give @JoyAnnReid the benefit of the doubt.

    — busy relaxing &e can’t pick-up the phone right now (@mpersandy) April 27, 2018

  9. rikyrah says:

    Watch: Roomful of Rich, White NYC Parents Get Big Mad at Plan to Diversify Neighborhood’s Schools

    Anne Branigin
    Today 12:01pm

    Anyone laboring under the delusion that New York City is a progressive bastion need look no further than the city’s school system, which remains among the most segregated in the country.

    In an effort to fight that trend, which has only gotten worse thanks to gentrification, rising income and wealth inequality throughout the city’s five boroughs, schools on the Upper West Side—one of the wealthiest and whitest sections of Manhattan—are looking to adopt a plan that would require all local middle schools to reserve a quarter of their seats for students who score below grade level on state English and math tests.

    The plan is designed to make Upper West Side schools more reflective of New York City’s diverse demographics, and make sure underprivileged students have access to the sorts of advantages and resources that the neighborhood’s well-funded schools can provide.

    Well, that plan didn’t go over so well in a room full of wealthy white parents.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Federal Agents Seized 16 Old Cellphones in the Michael Cohen Raids. Everybody’s Going to Jail

    Monique Judge
    Yesterday 8:00pm

    You know how I know Michael Cohen is either a professional fixer or one of the drug dealers from The Wire? Because when federal agents raided his office, hotel room and apartment earlier this month, they seized as many as 16 phones and other devices. You read that correctly. There were 16 phones.

    Either Cohen is working very hard in the lowrises, keeping McNulty and Bunk off of Stringer and Avon’s trail, or he had all those phones to deal with his various troublesome clients who couldn’t seem to stay out of trouble.

    No, seriously? Who has 16 old phones just lying around, waiting to be taken and imaged by federal agents who are possibly building a case against you and your biggest and most famous client, the president of the United States?

    Michael Cohen, that’s who.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Mass firing’ at conservative site RedState
    April 27, 2018 at 12:57 pm EDT

    Salem Media, owner of the influential conservative outlet RedState, froze the site on Friday and dismissed many of its writers… Multiple sources told CNNMoney that they believed conservative critics of President Trump were the writers targeted for removal.

    Said one: “They fired everybody who was insufficiently supportive of Trump.”

    • eliihass says:

      Perhaps a call from their funding source..? The Mercers..?

      Just like nobody is telling folks that the newly extra rabid right-wing Meghan McCain is married to the publisher of the Federalist (funded by the Mercers)..

  12. rikyrah says:

    On May 2, I can’t wait to celebrate my 5th #CollegeSigningDay in Philly! It’s been amazing seeing this event grow into a nationwide movement where schools and communities celebrate students for committing to a higher education. #FlashbackFriday @BetterMakeRoom

    — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 27, 2018

  13. rikyrah says:

    Why is it that an unarmed black man is able to take an AR-15 away from a white gunman in the middle of a massacre while trained cops routinely kill black men who don’t even have weapons? #JamesShawJr #WaffleHouseHero

    — The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) April 22, 2018

  14. rikyrah says:

    If the comments by the congressional aide quoted by @thehill are accurate–”[T]he speaker was dismayed by a prayer Father Conroy gave”–then a Catholic Speaker of the House fired a Catholic chaplain for praying for the poor.

    — James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) April 26, 2018

  15. My brother called me to thank me for sending him some dewberries. He has already made a dewberry cobbler. He can cook. I sent him 2 containers filled. I like mine crushed and add sprinkles of sugar and a little bit of milk. Mmmmm….

  16. rikyrah says:

    Trump threatens to exert political influence over the Justice Department
    04/26/18 11:22 AM
    By Steve Benen

    At the end of Donald Trump’s odd interview on Fox News this morning, the president threw something of a tantrum on the air, in response to a question about answering questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump’s response was a lengthy tirade, leading to this:

    “You look at the corruption at the top of the FBI, it’s a disgrace. And our Justice Department – which I try and stay away from, but at some point I won’t – our Justice Department should be looking at that kind of stuff, not the nonsense of collusion with Russia.”

    As Trump tried to ramble some more, the Fox hosts rushed him off the phone, with one of them reminding the president he has “a million things to do.” That, in itself, was a remarkable moment: ordinarily, journalists talking to an interview-shy president would want to keep the conversation going as long as possible. This morning, the hosts of “Fox & Friends” themselves ended the interview, stopping a highly agitated Trump before he could embarrass himself further.

    Curious media strategies notwithstanding, it was no small development to hear the president – the subject of an ongoing investigation – talk openly about intervening with the Justice Department. In fact, Trump was rather explicit during the interview, arguing that he wants federal law enforcement officials to stop investigating his alleged crimes and start investigating his perceived foes.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Lawrence: Trump’s TV call shows he’s out of control
    President Donald Trump spent 31 minutes on T.V. building a wall of madness that shows he is dangerous. The rant has to be seen and heard to be believed.

  18. rikyrah says:

    In Arizona’s congressional special election this week, results continue to come in, and as of this morning, Rep.-elect Debbie Lesko’s (R) margin of victory is down to just four points. This is a district that Donald Trump won by 21 points, and where Republicans enjoy a registration advantage of 17 points.

  19. rikyrah says:

    ‘Our veterans deserve better’: Former VA Secretary McDonald

    Robert McDonald, former secretary of Veterans Affairs, talks with Rachel Maddow about the political pressures of privatization on the challenges of leading an organization as large as the V.A.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Trump extends abysmal track record of nominee failures

    Rachel Maddow reports on Ronny Jackson’s withdrawal from nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and notes that Jackson is Donald Trump’s 24th failed Senate-confirmable nominee.

  21. rikyrah says:

    McQuade: Trump a living law school cautionary example

    Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump’s propensity to speak without thinking through how what he is saying hurts his own case, serving as a textbook example of why lawyers ask clients not to discuss a case.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Trump stomps on own legal strategy with blurting rant on Fox News

    Rachel Maddow outlines how Donald Trump’s lawyers have been crafting a legal defense based on attorney-client privilege with Michael Cohen, only to have Donald Trump minimize his relationship with Cohen during an untethered phone-in with Fox News.

  23. rikyrah says:

    I have absolutely NO sympathy for them. They chose to associate with GARBAGE..don’t be shocked when you wind up STINKING.

    Those who associate with Trump often live to regret it
    04/27/18 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen


    Half of the top aides who came to the White House with Mr. Trump in 2017 are gone, many under painful circumstances, either because they fell out with the boss or came under the harsh scrutiny that comes with him. Some of the president’s longest-serving aides have left with bruises. His son and son-in-law have hired lawyers and been interrogated. Even his lawyers now have lawyers as they face inquiries of their own.

    Proximity to Mr. Trump has been a crushing experience for many who arrived with stellar careers and independent reputations yet ended up losing so much. Rex W. Tillerson ran the world’s largest energy company. David Shulkin was a respected doctor and a “high priest” of the medical world. Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster was an admired warrior. So was John F. Kelly. Jeff Sessions held a safe seat in Congress. So did Tom Price. Now all of them are known for unhappy associations with Mr. Trump.

    In the Washington Post yesterday, Paul Waldman added, “Think about it: Is there a single Trump aide or official who will leave the service of this president with their reputation enhanced, or at least not diminished? … Your reputation is broken the moment you decide to work for Trump.”

  24. rikyrah says:

    BROWN is the foundation for all progress made in this country over the past 50 years.


    Two Trump judicial nominees hedge on landmark desegregation ruling
    04/27/18 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous, landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, striking down school segregation, and making clear that “separate but equal” is inherently unequal. It was one of the most important judicial rulings in American history.

    With this in mind, it recently came as a surprise when one of Donald Trump’s judicial nominees wouldn’t say whether she believes the case was decided the right way.

    During her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Wendy Vitter, one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, refused to answer a Democratic senator’s questions about whether the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education Supreme Court ruling was correctly decided.

    When Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Wednesday asked whether the ruling was “correctly decided,” Vitter – who was nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana – dodged the question, saying she didn’t want to comment on any specific rulings. She claimed commenting would open up the door for critiques of her impartiality.

    This week, it happened again. Andrew Oldham, a Trump nominee for the Fifth Circuit of Appeals, was asked the same question and answered the same way.

  25. rikyrah says:

    KAPOW from Forever FLOTUS:

    “You don’t have to say anything to the haters. You don’t have to acknowledge them at all. You just wake up every morning and be the best you you can be. And that tends to shut them up” ~ Michelle Obama

    — Melanie (@PoliteMelanie) April 26, 2018

  26. rikyrah says:

    The Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower in June 2016 on the premise that she would deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton has long insisted she is a private attorney, not a Kremlin operative trying to meddle in the presidential election.

    But newly released emails show that in at least one instance two years earlier, the lawyer, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, worked hand in glove with Russia’s chief legal office to thwart a Justice Department civil fraud case against a well-connected Russian firm.

    Ms. Veselnitskaya also appears to have recanted her earlier denials of Russian government ties. During an interview to be broadcast Friday by NBC News, she acknowledged that she was not merely a private lawyer but a source of information for a top Kremlin official, Yuri Y. Chaika, the prosecutor general.

    “I am a lawyer, and I am an informant,” she said. “Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general.”

  27. rikyrah says:

    About this North and South Korean agreement:

    I think Dolt45 terrifies the North and the South. They both have come to the conclusion that Dolt45 would think nothing of the hundreds of thousands, if not millions that could be killed in Seoul, which I don’t think that the South Koreans have ever faced with an American President. Once the South came to that conclusion, and the North was like – this muthaphucka is truly crazy…
    they decided to sit down and talk. They realize that they gotta save themselves.

    • eliihass says:

      Everyone seems to be forgetting that reunification has been a huge priority for the current South Korean President – long before he was even elected… Doesn’t matter how much saber rattling from the buffoon and his new crop of military industrial complex/neocon handlers, a different So. Korean leader – including the previous past two who were rightwing, would not have resulted in such a meeting..

      About current So. Korean President Moon Jae-in:

      A former student activist, human rights lawyer, and previously a member of the Democratic United Party, was then elected the leader of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) in 2015.

      His parents were refugees from South Hamgyeong Province (currently in North Korea) who fled their native city of Hungnam during the Hungnam evacuation.

      He majored in law, was arrested, convicted, and imprisoned and expelled from the university after he organized a student protest against the Yushin Constitution. Later, he was conscripted into the military and assigned to the South Korean special forces, where he participated in “Operation Paul Bunyan” during the Axe murder incident.

      After his discharge, he passed the Bar Exam and was admitted to the Judicial Research and Training Institute. He graduated second in his class but was not admitted to become a judge or government prosecutor due to his history of activism. Moon became a private lawyer instead.

      Moon who previously narrowly defeated in 2012, was sworn in in May 2017 after the December 2016 impeachment of So. Korea’s first female president Park Geun-hye (a conservative and daughter of former president Park Chung-hee – 1963 -1979). Park’s mother was killed in 1974 by a Japanese-born ethnic Korean sympathizer of North Korea while attempting to assassinate Park’s father then President Park Chung-hee – who was later assassinated by his own intelligence chief, Kim Jae-gyu, in 1979.

      Park Geun-hye was sentenced 2 weeks ago to 24 years in prison on charges related to influence-peddling by her friend and top aide.

      Current President Moon Jae-in’s campaign promises in 2017 included his announced goal to create 810,000 public sector jobs through raising taxes on the wealthy.

      And the peaceful reunification between the two Koreas.

      He was both widely criticized and widely praised for his comments stating that his first visit if elected president would be to visit North Korea.

  28. Upper West Side parents angrily rant against plan to bring more black kids to their schools

  29. rikyrah says:

    Rep. Eric Swalwell@RepSwalwell
    Confirmed: @DonaldJTrumpJr met with a Russian spy at Trump Tower.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Meghan McCain is ridiculous 😠
    But, since she wants to sit there and defend this regime, oh well.

    • eliihass says:

      She’s a hollow, hate-filled, opportunistic idiot who’s been undeservedly propelled into seats she has not earned and has no business being in, simply because of her father’s name..

    • eliihass says:

      “…That’s when McCain snapped. The Melania apologist who just TWO WEEKS AGO INSISTED THIS STUFF ISN’T A BIG DEAL, SAYING, AND I QUOTE, “Paying off mistresses has been going on since literally the birth of our democracy,” came to Melania’s defense..”

      When your daddy abandoned his first wife and children and hooked up with your mama’s father’s bank account..

      Easy to see how one can pooh-pooh adultery and paying off mistresses..

  31. rikyrah says:

    Tell me how you really feel 😄😄😄

  32. rikyrah says:

    So, it’s Prince Louis Arthur Charles 😄

  33. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone😐😐😐

  34. rikyrah says:

    This is outrageous😠😠😠

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