Cheryl Dorsey: Unfortunately, death and a settlement are required before a police department is willing to step away from over-zealous, “I’m in fear for my safety” or “I was protecting the public,” police officers who kill.
Cheryl Dorsey: The female sergeant on scene had an affirmative responsibility to take control of the officers, the situation and thus Eric Garner. The sergeant failed.
Lance Simmens: The structural racism in American society today preordained that a decision not to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown would inflame the raw passions evident in communities of color.
Cheryl Dorsey: As law enforcement officers we all understand that it’s not appropriate or justified to shoot someone just because they were trying to escape arrest. Deadly force is supposed to be a last resort – not the first resort.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Research over the last 100 years of resistance movements shows that when just 3.5% of the public mobilizes to support a movement for social, economic or environmental justice, it always wins. Many win with a smaller percentage, but no government can withstand 3.5% of the population working for transformative change.
Peter Bibring: Police violence is only one facet of a criminal justice system permeated with racial disparities, and that criminal justice system too often serves as a substitute for failures in education or mental health treatment.
Bruce Reilly: Every indicted person in St. Louis county should file a motion to dismiss their charges, citing “Equal Protection,” because they want the same grand jury treatment that Darren Wilson received from McCulloch.
Cheryl Dorsey: So now we know that if you are a passenger in a car, a pedestrian on a public street, or an innocent person in a stairwell you just might end up dead at the hands of a police officer whom you may have angered, scarred, or startled.
The leaders emphasized the group is determined to engage with law enforcement and elected officials on an ongoing basis in regard to how people of color are treated.
Justin Chapman: JPL employees with dual citizenship say NASA ‘inappropriately’ questioned their allegiance to the US.
Chris Conley: Because each community and each surveillance proposal may present a different set of issues, there is no one-size-fits-all answer as to whether surveillance is the right choice.
Rebecca Martin: As far as the current penalties are concerned, it’s worth noting that earlier the Ministry of Justice had ruled to withdraw the lawyers’ licenses—and fined them of amounts as high as 500 thousand riyals. [Their final penalty is six times that.]
Cheryl Dorsey: I am disappointed by an unrepentant and unapologetic police department that will never admit wrong-doing. I am saddened that this black life [Mike Brown] does not seem to matter.