WASHINGTON, DC — Earlier today, the National Bar Association filed a lawsuit against the City of Ferguson, MO and the Ferguson Police Department seeking any and all incident reports, investigative reports, notes and memorandums prepared by Ferguson Police officers, in-dash camera video, photographs, cellphone video and recordings in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brown.
The National Bar Association also sent a Preservation of Evidence Notice to both entities requesting that they preserve the police officers’ raw notes of all statements, observations, and data collected from the scene of the incident, specifically including the officer involved and all responding officers, officer detail logs from the crime scene, and video & photographic evidence related to the August 9, 2014, fatal shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent arrests of protestors in the City of Ferguson.
"There can be no full, fair and accurate accounting in any state or federal criminal or civil action unless any and all footage is carefully preserved," stated Pamela J. Meanes, President of the National Bar Association. "We want to ensure the family of Micheal Brown and the residents of St. Louis understand correct measures are being taken to protect evidence regarding this tragic incident."
In wake of the recent events taking place in Ferguson and across the country, the National Bar Association has developed a task force that will evaluate complaints of police misconduct and/or police brutality nationwide, an online petition has been created calling for an independent investigation for the death of Micheal Brown Jr. and an open book request has been filed in 25 cities and states for information on police actions.
The lawsuit comes days after the City of Ferguson Police Department released the name of Darren Wilson, the officer identified of shooting Brown.
Ugh… So I guess that police is coming back today. For confirmation of details, I think? I just want to curl up in my room and not be anywhere near that front door.. That was not a good feeling that I experienced.
There is a fascination with big spreads and having cards everywhere. I get it, I am 5’2” and have a slight Napoleon complex. We demand elaborate and grand tarot spreads! However nice they are, I find them both impractical and hard to learn/teach with. For example,…
A NYC grad student working on food stamps for her thesis has released a free cookbook for those living on $4/day.
SIG NAL BOO OO OO OOOST
oooooh this is so nice!
I believe it’s important to eat well, even when you’re strapped for cash. It’s good for your health and energy! This cookbook is full of delicious and healthy recipes, the ingredients of which are fairly inexpensive.
I ACKNOWLEDGE THIS WOMAN AS A FELLOW WARRIOR AND A FANTASTIC HUMAN BEING.
Boost so hard. Feeding yourself well is a challenge when you”ve got little income
2014 was one of those years that started out like “THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT!!!” and its halfway through and we have a war going on, a deadly disease has been spread, countless shootings have happened, racism is alive, more people have been…
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I SO NEEDED THIS.
Hi everyone, my name is Leah Grantham, I’m a third-year Gender/Women’s Studies student at the University of Victoria (UVic). I’m also a student activist who has worked and volunteered with a variety of groups on campus, including UVic Pride, the Native Students Union, and the UVic Women’s Centre….
I’m posting this here all proper, because I made 10% of my goal yesterday and now I am posting it here in the hopes that my followers will signal boost this and help me make my goal.
Those of you who have been following me for a long time know how my passion in life is academia. I’ve been in Women’s/Gender Studies for the past two years and it has been the best years of my intellectual and emotional development. I have a vision now, a dream of what I want to do with my life. My research and my tutoring and teaching, both in an out of the classroom, give me life like nothing else.
I’ve faced some obstacles this year, terrible ones, involving my family, my mother’s illness, my own mental health, dealing with post-traumatic stress, depression, and the aftermath of past assaults and pains, and I’ve been under/unemployed for far longer than I ever anticipated at the beginning of summer. Sheer bad luck. But I am hoping that turning 25 and being back in school will help me overcome these misfortunes and finish what I started. I want my ill mother to see me graduate. I want my professors to be proud of me. Most of all, I want to know that my dream can come true. But I need your help one last time to make that happen. My birthday’s September 1st this year. My only birthday wish is to have my tuition paid off so I can achieve my independence.
Please help if you can. Anything, signal boosting, donating small amounts, telling people about my story, they’re all appreciated help.
Okay people, this is important. Leah’s both my roommate and my closest friend. She’s the most academically capable and talented person I know. She’s going to go places - she’s already becoming an amazing teacher and mentor, and is speaking truth to colonial power on a daily basis. But the shit she’s faced this year, compounded by a horrible job market that’s been incredibly racist and ableist against her (even from “radical” corners) has left her in a tough spot. Not getting her tuition paid and taking classes this fall will basically set her back a year and a whole lot of financial and emotional pain. I love her so much and want to see her succeed, I want to see her back in her element where she belongs. If she can get through this year I have no doubt she’ll get into grad school and get enough funding to support herself - the Canadian system is just really hard on undergrad students especially at the end of their degrees. Please donate.
Leah is one of my favorite bloggers, an amazing academic, and all around awesome person. Please consider helping her if you can.
Three weeks left until my birthday everyone! I’m almost at 50%, want to give me a birthday present by helping ensure that I’m back in school for my 25th birthday?
57%!! I’m past the $1000 mark! But I still need a bit more! Signal boost!
Ok guys I’m getting really scared now, tbh. I thought I’d have made it by now, and I’m worried now that I’m not going to make it. I had a bad, scary day and if you could signal boost and donate, that would really make a difference. My mental health is suffering from dealing with the anxiety of money, especially since I had to pay for my antidepressants, which took a pretty big chunk of change out of my account.
90%!!! Who wants to help me make it to 100% by tomorrow?
Then I’ll be ready to pay off almost all of my tuition!! I need a little more than the original, but reaching that 100% will still be a monumental goal!
Leah is super rad! Share this around pleaseeee :D
Boosting this! Education is so important and people with passion for learning even more so.
Think how great it would be to get a box filled with assorted witchy supplies once every month, it sure would make getting supplies much easier and more fun. Each one would have its own little fun theme, making…
That sounds so awesome. *A* land locked sea witches getting shells and ocean things in exchange for their local plants, urban witches that are having to spend time in the country getting care packages of all sorts of things, the possibilities are limited only by postage fees. xD I sorta do this with a friend, just sending a few charms and plants back and forth along with little letters and things. It’s always nice getting mail, and getting WITCHY mail? Oh yeah, that would be awesome. I am totally game, if anyone wants to set up la loot box penpal/exchange thing, yaaaas!
stop perpetuating the idea that someone is less valuable as a person or less deserving of respect because they cannot function enough to contribute to society in a typical fashion or do not have the means
some people cannot get jobs, get an education, or create art due to…
I think I’ve just found the solution to most witch/tarot reader or anything : having an organized notebook. Well, just wait for the third picture, you’ll have a OMYGAWD moment. Yes, we can be organized people, yes we can !
I wasn’t impressed until I saw the picture then I wenT OH MY GOD THIS IS FUCKING GENIUS
behold a genius way to organize your handwritten spreads
1- I am glorious above all things 2- Eat when hungry, sleep when sleepy, play when bored 3- Affection is given and received on my terms and only mine 4- Show displeasure clearly. 5- NO 6- Demand the things you want. If they aren’t given, demand them again, but louder this time. 7- If you are touched when you don’t want to be, say so. If they continue to touch you, make them bleed.
Rootandrock’s musing post got me thinking. I have several clients that come to me in need of an unhexing, counter-curse, or exorcism. I almost always recommend a cleansing because that helps open oneself up and clears out the muck. Sometimes though that isn’t enough and an uncrossing is needed.
What is an uncrossing?
Rootandrock said it best but essentially sometimes we are so use to living with…
“I am not Mike Brown. I am white. I am middle class. I am female. I am small. I am not considered a threat. When police see me they see someone who looks like them. They see their mothers, their daughters, their sisters, themselves. I am not at risk of being shot by police for existing while black. I am not at risk of being shot while unarmed. I am not at risk of being shot while armed with nothing more than a BB gun. I am not at risk of being shot for reaching for my wallet. I am privileged.
But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.”—: I am not Mike Brown. (via fitle-tight)
At a deposition, Ferguson’s former police chief revealed that his staff did not keep records of incidents in which officers used force against citizens, so long as no one died; in other words, there was no way of telling how often incidents like Davis’ happened.
remember shit like this when they talk about how mike brown’s shooter had no disciplinary record
Why, why, why!?! Why are they not keeping records of force used by Ferguson PD against citizens?