Category Archives: Michael Brown – Ferguson

Ferguson Missouri Police Officer Charged and Sued

Some of those who support Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson wonder why the Department of Justice came so quickly to Ferguson, Missouri after Wilson killed Michael Brown, including sending delegates to Michael’s funeral. It’s because of an accumulation of complaints filed with the DOJ that allege and demonstrate a pattern of violations of civil rights, such as the one involving Ferguson police officer Jaris Hayden.

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Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson

On October 9, 2013, Ferguson police officer Jaris Hayden stopped a pregnant woman for a traffic violation. On November 12, 2014, the tables were turned and Hayden was arrested. He faces four felony charges, including sexual contact with a prisoner and acceding to corruption by a public servant. Hayden is free on a $10,000 bail.

DNA analysis confirmed pubic hair on the inmate from Ferguson police officer Jaris Hayden. Read the rest of this entry

Open Discussion Weekend

Black butterflyCaterpillars, moths, butterflies, and all creatures great and small,

While I catch-up and organize my office, feel free to use this thread to discuss anything.

Thanks to all of those who visited Blackbutterfly7 and to new subscribers.  Some might be surprised that I’m visiting posts from May, but I’m catching up.  It takes me awhile because I actually like reading, and want to read your posts.  Please forgive my delay.

There are new reports regarding Darren Wilson in which attorney Benjamin Crump has responded to.  It appears that the Ferguson police department released videos and audio of Wilson after killing Michael Brown.  The video shows no injuries to Wilson. Read the rest of this entry

No Justice. No Trust.

On this day when America honors it military personnel and veterans for fighting to maintain America’s freedom, an American couple sat before a committee in another country and spoke about police brutality in America.

Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. traveled to Geneva, Switzerland as part of a delegation of human rights advocates and spoke before a U.N. Committee against Torture.

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Michael Brown’s funeral

Lesley and Michael are the parents of Michael Brown, who was killed by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO on August 9, 2014. The county’s prosecutor took evidence before the county’s grand jury, and rumors abound that the grand jury will not indict Darren Wilson.

“We need the world to know what’s going on in Ferguson and we need justice. We need answers and we need action. And we have to bring it to the U.N. so they can expose it to the rest of the world, what’s going on in small town Ferguson” said Lesley. Read the rest of this entry

Ferguson PD Caught Lying Again – Michael Brown’s Autopsy Condemns Officer Wilson (VIDEO)

This is very informative. Thank you.

The Fifth Column

This is huge.  I wonder if the MSM will report this with as much fervor as they reported the Ferguson PD’s side?

Addicting Info

If you listened to the media reports this past week, it would appear that evidence had come forward to exonerate Officer Darren Wilson in the death of teen Michael Brown in August. It began when the St. Louis Dispatch ran an article titled “Official autopsy shows Michael Brown had close-range wound to his hand, marijuana in system” and quickly propagated throughout the net. If you read it, or the articles based on it, the impression was that the coroner who handled the autopsy had found that Michael Brown had attempted to grab Officer Wilson’s gun, and in so doing the officer was justified in the use of force which resulted in Michael’s death. They even included quotes from a forensics expert, Dr, Judy…

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DOJ Responds To “Leaks” In Darren Wilson Investigation

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Michael Brown’s mom at her son’s funeral

I choose not to use the phrase “Michael Brown case.” The reason why is because Michael Brown is not under investigation. He is deceased and thus, there is no case that can be filed against him. The investigation is into the acts of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, MO police officer currently on paid vacation because he killed Michael Brown.

A “leak” that Darren Wilson testified before the grand jury came out weeks ago. Now, the St. Louis County’s Medical Examiners autopsy has become public, followed by another “leak” of Darren Wilson’s side of the story. Some are trying to mold Wilson’s story into their interpretation of Mike’s autopsy.

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Michael Brown’s dad at his son’s funeral.

Those who know me no doubt know that I seldom get involved analyzing autopsies. I keep it simple, only discussing those things that are logically understood. In our circle of warriors are nurses, and they are able to explain medical findings in laymen terms.

That is why I can’t help but gag when people who have no education in medical science, no education in criminal forensics, and don’t know their right from their left, purport that Mike’s autopsy confirms Wilson’s story.

(I say they don’t know their right from their left because, after the independent autopsy was released showing that Mike was shot on the right side of his body, those supporting Wilson circulated an autopsy photo that had the shots on the left side of Mike’s body.)

Oh – and let me add that they have no logic whatsoever. Effectively, we don’t need to know the details of what happened in Wilson’s vehicle because what happened there did not result in Michael Brown’s death.

It was after Wilson got out of his vehicle and shot at a fleeing Mike, that we question if it was reasonable. Once Mike ran, Wilson’s self-defense claim goes out of the window – PERIOD. 

By all eyewitness accounts, Wilson shot at Michael as he ran away, and continued shooting him as Michael stopped running, and turned around with his hands in the air surrendering.

Please allow me to add this; the leaked side of Wilson’s story is that he was unable to fire his gun more than twice while in the vehicle, because Mike was holding down the mechanism to prevent it from firing. Logically, that sounds like a young man more interested in not being shot again, rather than taking the gun.  Even the leaked story that Michael hit Wilson so hard to almost knock him unconsciousness indicates that Michael was fighting for his life — not for the gun to end Wilson’s life.

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Woman Denies Sending Tweet Regarding Ferguson Grand Jury

On September 18, 2014, I wrote a post about Darren Wilson testifying before the St. Louis County grand jury. Darren Wilson is the Ferguson police officer who, on August 9, 2014, shot 18-year old Michael Brown 6 times, twice in the head. Witnesses say that Darren Wilson shot several times as Michael ran away and it appeared that Michael had been shot. He turned around and with his hands up in the universal position of surrender. Wilson proceeded to fire until Michael was dead.

Step Down McCullough Grand juries are presented evidence by the prosecution. The accused are not present. The job of the grand jury is to see if there is sufficient evidence to indict. It is not a trial where the accused gets to appear and defend him or herself. There are reports that St. Louis County State’s Attorney McCulloch invited Wilson to testify before the grand jury.   Having no written report by Darren Wilson, the grand jury could only hear Wilson’s side of the story from his own mouth, but that is not standard procedure as the state does not (or is not suppose to) represent the accused. Read the rest of this entry

Department Of Justice Orders Ferguson Police To Stop Wearing ‘I Am Darren Wilson’ Bracelets

I also read that the DOJ informed the Ferguson police that not wearing their name tags was a violation of Ferguson Police Dept. rules, and to start wearing them.

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State Troopers watching a protest in Ferguson, MO. | CREDIT: AP/CHARLIE RIEDEL

Think Progress

A Department of Justice letter sent to the Police Chief Tom Jackson of Ferguson, Missouri on Friday instructed all officers to stop wearing “I Am Darren Wilson” bracelets. Another letter issued on Tuesday ordered members of the police department to wear readable name plates, after officers were seen wearing unidentifiable tags or none at all.

Protests have not stopped in Ferguson since officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed, in August. And in response to civil unrest, which gained steam again after Brown’s memorial was burned to the ground on Tuesday, and the use of the slogan “I Am Mike Brown,” officers were photographed wearing the bracelets supporting the officer who killed him.

The DOJ letter sent to Jackson explained that the bracelets contributed to an “us versus them” mentality and…

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About Mike Brown

Mick Brown Kindheart

By Kindheart 101

I do not mean to cause alarm,
it’s only me, I mean no harm.
Why do you look at me that way?
is color all you see today?

Yes I am brown, that’s all you see?
please look beyond, and just see me.
Let down your guard, I mean no harm.
I do not mean to cause alarm.

I hold my loved ones dear, and true,
and love my family, just like you.
I’m off to college, on my way,
I graduated yesterday.

Oh wait, you stopped your car I see,
and now you’ve grabbed a hold of me?
I turn and run, as bullets fly,
I’m hit, I turn around and cry…….

OK OK OK, I’m done,
hands in the air………put down your gun!
I do not mean to cause alarm,
I’m Big Mike Brown, I mean no harm.

That didn’t mean a thing to you,
you didn’t stop till you were through.
I hit my knees, fell to the ground,
and never heard another sound.

And then a hand reached out to me,
and picked me up so I could see.
The glory, friendship and pure love,
that’s shown by all those up above………..

Thank you for greeting me, Trayvon.

Mike Brown

 

 

Darren Wilson Testifies Before The Grand Jury

FergusonFerguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown 6 times, twice in the head. The shot to the top of Michael’s head spilled his brains unto the street. Photos and videos show Darren Wilson casually standing and walking around as Michael’s blood flows like a river from his body.

Darren Wilson has been in hiding. On Wednesday, news sources reported that Darren Wilson testified before the St. Louis County grand jury.

St. Louis Today reports:

Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson testified here for almost four hours Tuesday in front of the St. Louis County grand jury investigating his shooting Aug. 9 of Michael Brown, a source with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday.

Wilson was not obligated to appear, and also has spoken with St. Louis County investigators twice and federal investigators once, the source said. The source said Wilson was “cooperative.”

New York Magazine cites the Post-Dispatch, reporting:

The Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on August 9 has finally told his story in court. Darren Wilson spent nearly four hours in front of a St. Louis County grand jury on Tuesday, the Post-Dispatch reports, despite not being required to testify. An anonymous source called Wilson “cooperative,” and said he has also given his side of the story twice to local investigators and once to federal investigators.

MSNBC has a video with an introductory line that says:

Big questions surround Officer Darren Wilson’s reported grand jury testimony. Legal expert Lisa Bloom has answers.

As Lisa Bloom says in the video, grand juries are secretive. My perspective is from that basis. Read the rest of this entry

Grand Jury Delays Decision On Whether Or Not To Indict Darren Wilson

The longer they wait, the longer people are going to believe it’s because the prosecutor is setting it up so the grand jury will not indict.

DOJ Investigation Of Ferguson Police Department

On August 29, 2014, I wrote that when searching for a copy of the $40 million lawsuit filed against the Ferguson, MO police department, that I discovered other lawsuits that name various Ferguson police officers as defendants. In that post, I also wrote that the U.S. Department of Justice has a division to receive and investigate complaints against law enforcement who violate civil rights under color and claim of official right. Considering that some citizens of Ferguson stated that no private attorney was willing to go against Ferguson, it was my opinion that their only option was to file complaints with the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.

Eric HolderToday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder held a press conference announcing that the Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the Ferguson police department. The video is below. Please note that he says the investigation includes if the Ferguson police department has violated the constitution and/or federal law.   Those are two different things under the DOJ. Read the rest of this entry

Ferguson Police Department Officer, and State Representative are Two Behind Donation Site for Darren Wilson

LA Times reports that two GoFundMe pages were setup to receive money for Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Darren Wilson was identified by the Ferguson Chief of Police as the officer who killed 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on August 9, 2014.

The two separate pages were titled “Support Officer Darren Wilson” that raised $235,750, and “Support Officer Wilson” that raised $197,620.

Because of racially offensive remarks in the comment section of one of the pages, Gofundme removed them.

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, both donation pages stopped taking donations around the same time. The pages’ organizers did not explain why. Kelsea Little, a spokesperson for GoFundMe, stated that the pages were not shutdown by GoFundMe. A Facebook Page titled “Support Officer Wilson” posted that lawyers were working on a solution as to why the GoFundMe page was shut down. Thus, there is controversy about how and why the pages were taken down.  Read the rest of this entry

White Privilege Black Burden

Ferguson Chief of Police, Among Others, Sued for $40 million

The $40 million lawsuit isn’t all. Forgive me for not being present on rtr4356mthe blog. After hearing about the lawsuit, I began to research to see if I could obtain a copy. What I did find opens the eyes more into the experience of the citizens of Ferguson. When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson, Missouri, I read that his interest was not only because of the killing of Michael Brown, but also because of other complaints against the Ferguson police department. One complaint involved the arrest of the wrong party who, when Ferguson police discovered the mistaken identity, beat the man then charged him with destruction of property because he bled on their uniforms.

The U.S. Department of Justice has a division to receive and investigate complaints against law enforcement who violate civil rights under color and claim of official right. I do not know, but highly suspect, that some citizens of Ferguson used that option. What gives me further reason to believe that they did is because the family of a man killed by Ferguson police in 2011, stated that every lawyer she contacted was afraid to take cases against the Ferguson police department, and news stations were afraid to report on the incident. Read the rest of this entry

Michael Brown’s Funeral Live Streamed

May he rest in peace.  May his family be comforted.

 

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Demonstrations, Protests, Marches

Demonstrations, protests, marches. Those three words have been on my mind since August 9, 2014 when Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown. I admit that I have not yet gotten over Juror B37 in George Zimmerman’s case referring to peaceful protests as “riots.”

Times have changed, and most people may not know or remember why there is a difference in the words.

Ferguson demonstration TuesdayThe citizens of Ferguson, Missouri were protesting and  demonstrating. They were protesting because the name of the police officer had not been released and that he was not arrested. However, they were also demonstrating. They demonstrated against police harassment, injustice, and a system that oppresses, denies, and violates, their civil rights. They were demonstrating against the system that Darren Wilson freely used to take the life of an unarmed 18-year old and protesting because the system appears to be protecting Wilson.

What happened next is that law enforcement turned protests andMarch 1 demonstrations into marches. If the people did not want to do anything other than march, they were arrested. This week, live stream has consisted of watching reporters watch reporters until marchers came in the area where reporters were sequestered. In my opinion, that is not freedom and it certainly isn’t freedom of speech and right to assemble. Read the rest of this entry

Michael Brown Scholarship Fund Will Honor Late Teen’s Legacy, Help Siblings Attend College

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Protestors autograph a sketch of Michael Brown during a protest, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Atlanta. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Atlanta to protest the shooting death of Brown, an unarmed man who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/David Goldman) | ASSOCIATED PRESS Protestors autograph a sketch of Michael Brown during a protest, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Atlanta. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Atlanta to protest the shooting death of Brown, an unarmed man who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/David Goldman) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

One organization is working to not only honor the achievements and legacy of the late Michael Brown, but to also help his younger siblings achieve what he didn’t have the chance to.

Brown, the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month, was a recent high school graduate. He was scheduled to start classes at Vatterott College on Aug. 11, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but was killed two days prior. The Wisconsin Hope Lab — a program that researches ways to minimize barriers for students of all…

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Another View of Ferguson — Kindness, Generosity and Compassion

Thanks for bringing us the other side; the side of kindness.

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Day after day, most of the images and stories from Ferguson, Missouri, have been depressing.

The quiet Midwest suburb appears to have devolved into a place where armored vehicles patrol streets, people can’t stop fighting, arrests are commonplace and tear gas pollutes the air.

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But there is actually good happening in Ferguson. There have been some extraordinary acts of kindness and generosity from people trying hard to hold their city together.

White, who lives in St. Louis County, walked a mile to give free water to protesters.

“We pooled together as a community to bring this,” she said. “So, we can stay…

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Exclusive: Trayvon Martin’s Mom: ‘If They Refuse to Hear Us, We Will Make Them Feel Us’

Dignity. Grace.

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To The Brown Family,

I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t. What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours.

I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence. Of particular concern is that so many of these gun violence cases involve children far too young. But Michael is much more than a police/gun violence case; Michael is your son. A son that barely had a chance to live. Our children are…

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Michael Brown’s Autopsy Report – Shot Six Times

The New York Times just reported the results of Michael Brown’s autopsy. Michael Brown is the 18-year old shot dead by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014.Michael Brown's autopsy

The report is based on the preliminary private autopsy performed today, August 17, 2014. Michael was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

 

Dr. Michael M. Baden, former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, flew to Missouri today at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. Dr. Baden found that one of the bullets entered the top of Michael’s skull, suggesting that his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused the fatal injury. Michael was also shot four times in the right arm. It does not appear that the shots were from a close range because no gunpowder was present on Michael’s body. Dr. Baden does not have access to the clothing that Michael wore when he was killed. Read the rest of this entry

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