Eyewitness accounts from Ferguson MO by longtime area residents and from the National Moment of Silence 2014 rally in Chicago.
AFD 96 – Ferguson / NMOS14
Recorded late afternoon of Sunday August 17th, 2014
Segment 1 Panel:
– JP from St. Louis County: Lives near Ferguson, 10-year U.S. military veteran, 20 year county resident
– Ama from St. Louis County: Lives next to Ferguson, wife owns a business there, 12 year county resident, participant in Ferguson rallies
– Michael from South Carolina: Returning guest, host of “Pound4Pound Boxing Report” show
Segment 2 Guest:
– JP from Chicago: Co-host of the “Nerdgasm Noire” show, lifelong Chicago resident, participant in the NMOS14 rally in Chicago
What we talked about this hour:
– Longstanding tensions with police in Ferguson and the wider St. Louis County
– The geography of the Ferguson protests and manifestations of outrage
– Militarization of American police forces
– Respectability politics: Why dressing and speaking a certain way won’t save Black Americans
– National Moment of Silence events
– Personal stories of being harassed by police in the St. Louis area, including Ferguson
– Raising children under / growing up with an abusive police force
– Organizing for future change, from social media to events on the ground
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It is unfortunate that in 2014 nothing has changed in that black boys and men are not afforded the same un bias treatment by police and the justice system. Truly if officer’s perception was that he was in danger by this teenager I am sure their were other options rather than to shoot the unarmed victim multiple timse in his torso to neutralize him.
He did not have to shoot him in the head to make a kill shot. I believe he used excessive force that was not warranted.If he was that fearful maybe he should not be a policeman. The means definitely did not justify the means. Maybe the officer needs to look at another occupation.