might be the rawest pic I ever seen. and he got a bag of chips in his hand
THIS IS SO FUCKING METAL
With his dreads and his american flag shirt, this is everything
I want this to be one of those photos that lasts forever you know
This photo is gonna go down in history its fuckin unbelievably powerful
Flobots gonna have some new lyrics.
according to the protester’s twitter account, he was throwing it away from children being gassed, not at the cops
on the far left of the picture, you can see a small figure (possibly two) wearing what looks like dark jeans and a black tee with a white long-sleeved shirt underneath; the white sleeve is clearly visible at child-size, child-height, the curb they’re standing on it’s far enough away for that to be an adult body
this is fucking important to know, especially given how the cops/media are twisting and misrepresenting the protesters’ actions as ‘violence’
The more I learn about this fellow, the more of a hero he becomes.
His twitter is private, but the url is “eyeFLOODpanties” so there’s a lot of reasons to like this all the way ‘round :)
(Source: functionnextdoor, via bobbycaputo)
turn of events in ferguson, missouri - 6:27 pm EST - 5:27 pm CDT (this moment)
'They're Talking To People': Tensions Ease In Ferguson As Police Change Tactics
Ferguson, Mo., saw more protests last night – but instead of meeting demonstrators with tear gas and armored vehicles, police walked with them, and posed for photos. The shift came after days of clashes sparked by the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown….
But the key difference in Ferguson Thursday was that police had changed their approach to trying to prevent a repeat of the violence and property damage that occurred Sunday. Police were heavily criticized for using tear gas, deploying heavy weapons and arresting journalists….
"When we talk about boots on the ground," [Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron] Johnson said at a news conference Thursday, "my boots are going to be on the ground. And so we are going to have a different approach and have the approach that we are in this together."
Johnson kept that promise last night, walking with demonstrators, hugging people, and representing authority in a way that’s been absent this week. The community responded with a spirited demonstration that was marked by cheers and the honking horns of passing cars.
It’s pretty amazing what happens when the police stop acting like they’re patroling a war zone. It’s incredibly sad that it took so long for politicians to come their senses and put a stop to the destructive and unconstitutional police response to protests over racism and police brutality.
Now, of course, it’s important to start dealing with the shooting that led to these protests (along with other such shootings that aren’t getting much publicity), the militarization of police around the country — oh, and the pervasive, systemic racism in American society.
(Source: NPR, via bobbycaputo)
"Our main streets should be a place for business, families, and relaxation, not tanks and M16s. Unfortunately, due to a Department of Defense (DoD) Program that transfers surplus DoD equipment to state and local law enforcement, our local police are quickly beginning to resemble paramilitary forces."
I HAVE ALWAYS HATED THIS BECAUSE SHE MAKES A RECTANGLE, NOT A SQUARE. UNLESS I’M MISSING SOMETHING, YOU CAN EXPLAIN IT TO ME BUT WTF, MIA? DON’T BE A RECTANGLE?!