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Why Did a Black Man Get Shot and Killed by Police in Walmart for Carrying an Unloaded Air Rifle in an Open Carry State?
On Wednesday, prosecutors released security footage from the Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart where 22-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police on August 5. Also on Wednesday, a grand jury decided not to bring charges against Sean Williams, the officer who killed Crawford. This all seems depressingly normal: A black man is dead for little or no reason, everyone agrees it’s a very, very sad thing, and you can’t help but think that he wouldn’t be dead if he were white.

The August 5 incident began when Crawford picked up an air rifle in the store and aimlessly fiddled with it as he spoke on a cell phone to his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to him, police officers Sean Williams David M. Darkow were on the scene after responding to a call from a man named Ronald Ritchie, who told 9-1-1 a black man was waving a gun and pointing it at children. The full surveillance footage does not match up with that account, and Ritchie has now changed his story. The final two minutes of footage show Crawford being seemingly unaware that police were there, as he chats on his phone. And police in turn gave him no time at all to drop the rifle before shooting. Crawford’s last words—heard over the phone by his girlfriend—were “It’s not real!”
Currently, Crawford’s death is being treated as a tragedy by the authorities, but a mostly unavoidable one. According to the grand jury the cops responded appropriately considering what they heard from dispatch—who, Williams’s report says, told them that Crawford was waving around a real gun. Even if Crawford failed to obey their “repeated commands” to drop the weapon, however, the surveillance footage shows that he didn’t have any time to do so before the cops opened up.
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Why Did a Black Man Get Shot and Killed by Police in Walmart for Carrying an Unloaded Air Rifle in an Open Carry State?

On Wednesday, prosecutors released security footage from the Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart where 22-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police on August 5. Also on Wednesday, a grand jury decided not to bring charges against Sean Williams, the officer who killed Crawford. This all seems depressingly normal: A black man is dead for little or no reason, everyone agrees it’s a very, very sad thing, and you can’t help but think that he wouldn’t be dead if he were white.

The August 5 incident began when Crawford picked up an air rifle in the store and aimlessly fiddled with it as he spoke on a cell phone to his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to him, police officers Sean Williams David M. Darkow were on the scene after responding to a call from a man named Ronald Ritchie, who told 9-1-1 a black man was waving a gun and pointing it at children. The full surveillance footage does not match up with that account, and Ritchie has now changed his story. The final two minutes of footage show Crawford being seemingly unaware that police were there, as he chats on his phone. And police in turn gave him no time at all to drop the rifle before shooting. Crawford’s last words—heard over the phone by his girlfriend—were “It’s not real!”

Currently, Crawford’s death is being treated as a tragedy by the authorities, but a mostly unavoidable one. According to the grand jury the cops responded appropriately considering what they heard from dispatch—who, Williams’s report says, told them that Crawford was waving around a real gun. Even if Crawford failed to obey their “repeated commands” to drop the weapon, however, the surveillance footage shows that he didn’t have any time to do so before the cops opened up.

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poliscrutiny101:

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If Young Women Turn Out And Vote In November, We Win ~ Rachel Maddow #womenvote #WarOnWomen #VoteBlue2014 @LiberalEffects 

You have the power to change the world.

liberalsarecool:

poliscrutiny101:

If Young Women Turn Out And Vote In November, We Win ~ Rachel Maddow

You have the power to change the world.

bosxe:

perfectvic:

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This is so much better than any russian roulette or “poison cookie” analogy.

bosxe:

perfectvic:

LITERALLY MY FAVORITE

This is so much better than any russian roulette or “poison cookie” analogy.

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whitehouse:

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whitehouse:

FACT: You can’t get Ebola through air, water, or food in the U.S. Learn more about what we’re doing to respond.

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memegop:

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A message to the “drill, baby, drill” crowd. You’re idiots. Dishonest idiots.

liberalsarecool:

memegop:

Powerful explosives remove the mountain tops; the process creates thousands of tons of rubble. The dirt, rock, and toxic mining chemicals, referred to as “valley fill” are simply bulldozed into the surrounding valleys, choking streams, and burying plant life all in one fell swoop. 
‪#‎MemeGOP‬ ‪#‎UniteBlue‬

A message to the “drill, baby, drill” crowd. You’re idiots. Dishonest idiots.

gogosox:

PAUL KONERKO…one of the good guys

This guy has made me happy for a long time. Good luck Paulie and thank you for the memories,

gogosox:

PAUL KONERKO…one of the good guys

This guy has made me happy for a long time. Good luck Paulie and thank you for the memories,

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Don’t tell bisexuals they need to pick a team

Don’t tell bisexuals they are confused

Don’t tell bisexuals they’re greedy

Don’t tell bisexuals they’re one or the other sexuality if they settle down with one gender

AND FOR FUCKS SAKE IF SOMEONE WHO IDENTIFIED AS BISEXUAL BEGINS IDENTIFYING AS ANYTHING OTHER THAN BISEXUAL DON’T BELITTLE THEM FOR IT OR SAY “I TOLD YOU SO”

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