-----------------------I would be so ashamed to be American I would hide my head------------------------------------- and the other side of the pond Blair burning in purgatory/if not hell facing the dead he left wallowed/and the thousands wounded/
Bush and Blair melting into flames as oh the flames you say?
O yes there's flames waiting for his ilk
the purgatorial flames of eternal immanence
the flames of the crippled, maimed, blinded, deafened, the long suffering
the amputees, the homeless,
bombed out civilians and peasants,
------------------- that's the sort of, i mean it's the Kind of Eternity they've created for themselves letting hundreds of thousands die for no reason at all,
maiming and wrecking whole cultures and nations cities, unspeakable grief and suffering
whiles justifying along with their Minions Cheney Rumsfeld, Clinton the murder of hundreds of thousand s
and the burning more or less permanently destroyed cities
_____________________ IN the meantime in daily life in the United States the usual sort of terrible punishment of black people by white people continues,
and this in spite of their Black president who's also gotta be accountable for the deaths and destroyed lives he's been the head of ,
It's endemic white americans hate Black Americans .
In St. Paul, Minnesota, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the governor’s mansion to protest the fatal police shooting of African American man Philando Castile during a traffic stop for a broken tail
light. Castile, his girlfriend Lavish Reynolds and her young daughter were stopped by police on Wednesday. Reynolds broadcast the aftermath of the fatal police shooting live on Facebook in an
extraordinary video, in which she narrates the events while still inside the car next to her dying
boyfriend as the police officer continues to point the gun at her and her daughter. For more we speak
with Nekima Levy-Pounds, the president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP: "It is not uncommon to treat black victims and witnesses as criminals in these types of cases." TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. NERMEEN SHAIKH: Welcome to all of
our listeners and viewers around the country and around the world. Hundreds of protesters are gathered outside the governor’s house in Minneapolis following the fatal police shooting of African-American
man Philando Castile during a traffic stop for broken tail light. The immediate aftermath of the shooting
The police just shot him for no apparent reason. [screaming] CHILD: It’s OK, I’m right here with you. AMY GOODMAN: Joining us now from St. Paul, Minneapolis, is Nekima Levy-Pounds, President of the NAACP Minneapolis. Can you explain exactly where you are and your reaction to this latest police killing? NEKIMA LEVY-POUNDS: Right now there are several of us, dozens of us outside of the governor’s mansion here in St. Paul. We are outraged that this egregious incident
happened. Many of us were focused on the killing of Alton Sterling at the hands of the Baton Rouge
Police Department. And little did we know that this type of tragic shooting would happen in our own backyard just months after Jamar Clark was killed at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. So we’ve been here all night, camped out outside of the governor’s mansion, chanting, protesting and
calling upon the governor to issue a statement. NERMEEN SHAIKH: And can you talk about the St. Anthony Police Department, which has jurisdiction over Falcon Heights where Castile was killed? NEKIMA LEVY-POUNDS: Well, we don’t know very much about the St. Anthony Police Department. It’s a rather small department. And there is a strip of land that is in a rather strange place, right outside of the city limits of St. Paul, that the St. Anthony Main Police Department has jurisdiction over. They’re
actually a Minneapolis Police Department. It’s not the same as the, as the MPD, the Minneapolis Police Department, but they are actually located in Northeast Minneapolis. And so many of us were surprised to learn that that strip of land was their jurisdiction and that they actually were responsible for killing Philando Castile. AMY GOODMAN: What are you demanding of the governor? NEKIMA LEVY-POUNDS: Well, number one, we’re asking the governor to issue a statement saying that this type
of egregious conduct on the part of officers in Minnesota will not be tolerated. We have a very poor track record in the state of holding officers accountable. We have not held one single officer accountable for shooting an unarmed civilian in the state of Minnesota over the last decade or more. That is problematic. We do not have a public corruption unit as similar to other jurisdictions around the country. And so when an officer-involved shooting happens, we rely upon law enforcement to investigate themselves. There is no independent body that ensures that justice was served and that the investigation was carried out in a fair and impartial manner. In fact, the Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension, which is currently responsible for investigating the shooting death of Philando Castile, has not held a single officer accountable over the last several years. And so we do not trust that particular system. We want the governor to use the power that he has to appoint a body that is responsible, such as a special prosecutor and a citizen advisory board, that would look specifically at officer-involved shooting cases and hopefully, ensure accountability. NERMEEN SHAIKH: Have the police responded in any way? Have they issued a statement, the police department, or so far, any official from the city? NEKIMA LEVY-POUNDS: The same Anthony Police Department held a press conference shortly after the shooting became public. As you may have seen on the video, the police actually took the phone from Philando Castile’s girlfriend. And the way in which we were able to get access to the video was because she used an app on Facebook that caused, what I would say, is more like a live stream to take place. Had she not done that, the footage from her phone might never have been recovered. And as a matter of fact, after many of us shared the video, the video disappeared from Facebook and her whole Facebook page had disappeared for long period of time. I’m not even sure if it’s back up yet. AMY GOODMAN: This is — NEKIMA LEVY-POUNDS: And so some people have placed the video on YouTube as a result. AMY GOODMAN: This is some of the most astounding footage we have seen. Almost in real-time, it is livestreaming. She is actually protecting herself by doing this with her boyfriend dying next to her and her four-year-old daughter in the back of the car. And then when she is ordered out of the car, she, also a victim, having experienced this — she is ordered to walk backwards? Is this your understanding? And she is handcuffed? She is with her four-year-old daughter and put in a police car as her boyfriend is dying in the car? NEKIMA LEVY-POUNDS: Yes. Yes. She was being treated like a criminal, which, unfortunately, is not unusual in these types of cases. So, if you look at what happened to Tamir Rice’s sister in Cleveland, Ohio, when he was killed a couple of years ago, his sister was — his 14-year-old sister was actually tackled to the ground, placed in handcuffs and placed in the back of a squad car as she ran to her dying brother. Here in Minneapolis, after Jamar Clark was killed, there were dozens of African-American witnesses on the scene. When the police arrived, they intimidated the witnesses, they sprayed them with mace and pepper spray. They pulled guns on them and they physically pushed them. So, it is not uncommon to treat black victims and witnesses as criminals in these types of cases. AMY GOODMAN: Nekima Levy-Pounds, we thank you for being with us. Of course, we’re going to continue to follow the story. We’re going to go first, though, to Baton Rouge, find out what’s happening there, and then we’ll be joined by two people who, sadly, their books have just come out on this very issue. I say sadly because this doesn’t stop. We’ll be joined by Marc Lamont Hill who wrote the book, Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, and Mychal Denzel [Smith], who wrote, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education. Nekima Levy-Pounds, thanks so much for being with us, President of the NAACP in Minneapolis, in St. Paul right now in front of the governor’s mansion where hundreds have gathered. This is Democracy Now! democracynow.org The War and Peace Report When we come back, we’ll be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Stay with us.
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