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#FreeAndrew goes global: Rallies demand Russian reporter missing in Ukraine freed

via rtamerica (RIANovosti/Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda)

Rallies in support of Russian photojournalist Andrey Stenin, who went missing in eastern Ukraine at the beginning of August and has not been heard from since, have rolled through Argentina, Spain, the UK and Serbia this week.

Buenos Aires and several other cities all over Argentina participated in the #FreeAndrew events, Rossiya Segodnya news agency reported on Sunday. The capital city held an exhibition of Stenin’s photographs, taken while on duty in hot spots around the globe – in Libya, Syria and Turkey.

Members of the Russian community in the Argentinian coastal city of Mar del Plata met to discuss the situation over the missing journalist. A separate rally was also held in Rosario, the third most populous city in the country, where people gathered in the central square carrying banners with calls to release the Russian reporter.

Earlier this week, Russians in Argentina expressed concern over the fate of Andrey Stenin and have called on the Ukrainian government to do their best to find him, the Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots in Argentina said in a statement, issued on Wednesday.

Europe stands up for missing Russian journalist

The Serbian capital Belgrade saw a rally on Friday, when dozens of people gathered in the city’s Knez Mihailova Street to draw public attention to the cause.

The activists collected signatures for a petition to the Ukrainian government, along with distributing some 3,000 photos taken by the reporter in eastern Ukraine.

“We believe that Ukraine must follow international conventions on the rights of journalists and that attacks on journalists must be stopped regardless of where they take place,” said Vladan Glišić, the leader of the anti-fascist ‘Dveri’ movement that helped organize the event.

On Thursday, during the charity photo exhibition "Humanitarian disaster in Ukraine" that opened in central London, Stenin’s work from the series named "Fratricide" went on the show. It unveils the lives of civilians, who are suffering from military operations in Lugansk and Donetsk regions.

In Madrid, about 100 cars took a drive in a flashmob in Stenin’s support. The drive kicked off on Tuesday and lasted for two days. Participants of the Spanish campaign decorated their cars with #FreeAndrew leaflets.

Russia’s Ambassador to Spain, Yuri Korchagin said “We in the embassy are all deeply concerned about Andrey Stenin’s fate and backed the idea to launch this campaign, hoping that it would help to release the journalist”.

On Wednesday, the mother of the photojournalist, Vera Stenina called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help find her son. She told RT that she addressed the ICRC “because they are looking for missing relatives. And I had hopes that I will be helped there.”

Russian photo correspondent Andrey Stenin went missing on August 5 in eastern Ukraine. Employee of Rossiya Segodnya news agency (formerly RIA Novosti) and an experienced war photographer, he was covering the Ukrainian military operation against the anti-Kiev rebels in Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Nearly three weeks after his disappearance, the whereabouts of Stenin remain unknown with Kiev silent on the matter.

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forcoloredgirlswhodgaf:

cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/cut-on-camera-cop-slices-off-young-mothers-artificial-hair

I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.
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forcoloredgirlswhodgaf:

cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/cut-on-camera-cop-slices-off-young-mothers-artificial-hair

I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.
pastel-gizibe:

forcoloredgirlswhodgaf:

cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/cut-on-camera-cop-slices-off-young-mothers-artificial-hair

I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.
pastel-gizibe:

forcoloredgirlswhodgaf:

cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/cut-on-camera-cop-slices-off-young-mothers-artificial-hair

I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.
pastel-gizibe:

forcoloredgirlswhodgaf:

cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/cut-on-camera-cop-slices-off-young-mothers-artificial-hair

I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.
pastel-gizibe:

forcoloredgirlswhodgaf:

cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/cut-on-camera-cop-slices-off-young-mothers-artificial-hair

I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.
pastel-gizibe:

forcoloredgirlswhodgaf:

cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/cut-on-camera-cop-slices-off-young-mothers-artificial-hair

I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.
pastel-gizibe:

forcoloredgirlswhodgaf:

cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/cut-on-camera-cop-slices-off-young-mothers-artificial-hair

I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.
pastel-gizibe:

forcoloredgirlswhodgaf:

cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/cut-on-camera-cop-slices-off-young-mothers-artificial-hair

I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.
pastel-gizibe:

forcoloredgirlswhodgaf:

cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/cut-on-camera-cop-slices-off-young-mothers-artificial-hair

I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.

pastel-gizibe:

forcoloredgirlswhodgaf:

cultureunseen:

Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured. 
If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!

Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoBLolqUaNg 

Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?
No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?

(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/cut-on-camera-cop-slices-off-young-mothers-artificial-hair

I get angrier and angrier everyday when I see things like this.

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On Ferguson: To be relevant is to be powerful
September 2, 2014

The murder of Michael Brown by the Ferguson Police creates an opportunity for millions of people to confront the tragic and mundane daily realities of White Supremacy and Anti-Blackness, which are part of everyday public and private life for so many people in this country. It is imperative to rethink the spectacle that has been created out of Ferguson, and to contextualize it within as many structural realities of racism that we can comprehend. 

In the past three decades, we’ve seen patterns of racist violence continue in America. Less than 25 years ago, we saw L.A. Police excessively chase and beat Rodney King, and the racially charged riots that followed. Now, we see Ferguson. Less than ten years ago, we heard “I am Oscar Grant” (after Oscar Grant III was fatally shot by BART police in Oakland). Now, we hear Ferguson. Less than 5 years ago, we saw the largest police department in the U.S.A employ racist Stop and Frisk Policing tactics, and the enormous campaigns that rallied against those tactics. Now, we rally around Ferguson. Less than 3 years ago, we saw millions of Black and Brown youth wearing hoodies declaring, “my skin color is not a crime,” in honor of Trayvon Martin. Now, we honor the memory of Michael Brown. And Ferguson. 

Less than a week after we saw protests in Ferguson, we saw the police killing Kajieme Powell just blocks away. 

This is not to compare the lives of our fallen brothers and sisters. May they rest in peace in a heaven of liberation. May their families know that their pain is important. It’s just as important as analyzing why local police departments get millions of dollars to purchase military weapons from the equivalent of the U.S. Military’s Goodwill Store, and analyzing why we don’t see the police kill White young people in the same way. These are two different ways of recognizing the trauma inflicted on those directly affected by White Supremacy; they are equally necessary in resisting the cruel and unusual force being used against People of Color by the U.S.A. 

We must look at Ferguson as another battle of resistance to make People of Color relevant to the redistribution of power in the United States. The 13th Amendment was a work in progress from when the first person was abducted from Africa and deposited as property, and not as a person, in the eyes of the United States of America. The implementation of the 13th amendment to end slavery is still in process. We need to recognize the difference between a true end to slavery and the mutations of slavery that we currently live in. 

The creation of capital through the killing of the Black body became slavery. During Reconstruction, a sense of solidarity grew between “freed” Black people and poor White people. Jim Crow made segregation laws to enforce that even the poorest White person was still not Black in the eyes of the U.S.A. 

The rise of mass incarceration has been driven by the same mechanism that drove slavery — the creation of capital through racism. The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, and non-White people are incarcerated at rates much higher than White people for all crimes, especially non-violent and petty crimes. This all only took approximately 400 years to create in this country. Dismantling this reality is not only going to take a long time but will also require numerous acts of resistance. 

Public education likes to declare that the Civil Rights movement was a victory. In fact, 50 years after the Civil Rights Act, Black men are nearly right where they started economically, but with a very high incarceration rate. 

A person does not just end up in prison as an exchange for an alleged crime. Our incarceration rates start with police forces. 

Cops (Constables on Patrol), originated in the U.S.A. as brigades of (White) people who surveilled both public and private property and searched for “runaway slaves.” Slaves were considered property of a slave owner, and if they fled for freedom they were “runaway property.” Eventually, there was too much work for these private slave brigades so every level of government in this country began to fund these patrols. These patrols became police departments. 

The police were not established as a response to public safety. The police were not established to help people in bad relationships, or to solve problems between groups of people. The police were created as a response in order to protect property that was already stolen through the process of slavery, and keep it safe for self-declared slave owners. When a country is founded by slave owners and founded to declare their capital independent of Great Britain — when a country is built on slavery and colonialism — what else would be the plight of this country’s public institutions? 

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"I can’t accept that. I can’t accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can’t accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy’s roommate says, “I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don’t speak Chinese!” I can’t accept that in Hercules, which I also saw this weekend, there were no people of color except for Dwayne Johnson himself and his mixed-race wife, whose skin was almost alabaster. I can’t accept that she got maybe two lines and was then murdered. I can’t accept that the “primitive tribe” in Hercules consisted of dark-haired men painted heavily, blackish green, to give their skin (head-to-toe) a darker appearance, so the audience could easily differentiate between good and bad guys by the white vs. dark skin. I can’t accept that during the previews, Exodus: Gods and Kings, a story about Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, where not a single person of color is represented, casts Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton to play Egyptians. I can’t accept that in the preview for Kingsman: The Secret Service, which takes place in London, features a cast of white boys and not a single person of Indian descent, which make up the largest non-white ethnic group in London. I can’t accept that in stories about the end of the world and the apocalypse, that somehow only white people survive. I can’t accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen."
MUST Read & Terroristic antics used on a drunk student:  
Knox County cop fired immediately after photos show brutal choking of student
By Nick Kirkpatrick via @washingtonpost (Photo credit: John Messner)
Usually, after charges of police brutality, police officials take their time reacting while they follow procedure to determine who did what. But this episode in Knoxville, Tenn., was so extreme and well-documented that the local sheriff fired the officer immediately.
Frank Phillips, a Knox County Sheriff’s officer, was fired Sunday night after a series of pictures taken by photographer John Messner were published in the Daily Mail in Britain. They showed an officer identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Phillips grabbing 21-year-old college student Jarod Dotson around the neck and squeezing him until he fell to his knees.
WBIR reports that law enforcement responded to a “disturbance” near the University of Tennessee where a house party with about 800 people had reportedly become unruly and spilled out into the street.
According to a police report, Dotson ignored repeated instructions to go inside, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Deputy Brandon Gilliam wrote in the official report that Dotson “began to physically resist officers’ instructions to place his hands behind his back, and at one point grabbed on to an officer’s leg.”
Messner, a freelance photographer who documented the incident, told The Washington Post that Dotson showed no signs of resisting arrest.
Messner’s still pictures, arranged by The Post in the GIF below, show two officers cuffing Dotson’s hands behind his back when Phillips came over and choked Dotson until he collapsed to his knees. Messner said that as Dotson was being pulled up he was smacked in the back of the head, “a snap-out-of-it kinda smack under the circumstances.”
Jarod Dotson was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. He was released from jail on a $500 bond Sunday morning.
In a press release on Sunday night, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said:

“In my 34 years of law enforcement experience, excessive force has never been tolerated. After an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, I believe excessive force was used in this incident. The investigation will now be turned over to the Knox County Attorney General’s Office to determine any further action.”
MUST Read & Terroristic antics used on a drunk student:  
Knox County cop fired immediately after photos show brutal choking of student
By Nick Kirkpatrick via @washingtonpost (Photo credit: John Messner)
Usually, after charges of police brutality, police officials take their time reacting while they follow procedure to determine who did what. But this episode in Knoxville, Tenn., was so extreme and well-documented that the local sheriff fired the officer immediately.
Frank Phillips, a Knox County Sheriff’s officer, was fired Sunday night after a series of pictures taken by photographer John Messner were published in the Daily Mail in Britain. They showed an officer identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Phillips grabbing 21-year-old college student Jarod Dotson around the neck and squeezing him until he fell to his knees.
WBIR reports that law enforcement responded to a “disturbance” near the University of Tennessee where a house party with about 800 people had reportedly become unruly and spilled out into the street.
According to a police report, Dotson ignored repeated instructions to go inside, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Deputy Brandon Gilliam wrote in the official report that Dotson “began to physically resist officers’ instructions to place his hands behind his back, and at one point grabbed on to an officer’s leg.”
Messner, a freelance photographer who documented the incident, told The Washington Post that Dotson showed no signs of resisting arrest.
Messner’s still pictures, arranged by The Post in the GIF below, show two officers cuffing Dotson’s hands behind his back when Phillips came over and choked Dotson until he collapsed to his knees. Messner said that as Dotson was being pulled up he was smacked in the back of the head, “a snap-out-of-it kinda smack under the circumstances.”
Jarod Dotson was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. He was released from jail on a $500 bond Sunday morning.
In a press release on Sunday night, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said:

“In my 34 years of law enforcement experience, excessive force has never been tolerated. After an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, I believe excessive force was used in this incident. The investigation will now be turned over to the Knox County Attorney General’s Office to determine any further action.”

MUST Read & Terroristic antics used on a drunk student:  

Knox County cop fired immediately after photos show brutal choking of student

By Nick Kirkpatrick via @washingtonpost (Photo credit: John Messner)

Usually, after charges of police brutality, police officials take their time reacting while they follow procedure to determine who did what. But this episode in Knoxville, Tenn., was so extreme and well-documented that the local sheriff fired the officer immediately.

Frank Phillips, a Knox County Sheriff’s officer, was fired Sunday night after a series of pictures taken by photographer John Messner were published in the Daily Mail in Britain. They showed an officer identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Phillips grabbing 21-year-old college student Jarod Dotson around the neck and squeezing him until he fell to his knees.

WBIR reports that law enforcement responded to a “disturbance” near the University of Tennessee where a house party with about 800 people had reportedly become unruly and spilled out into the street.

According to a police report, Dotson ignored repeated instructions to go inside, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Deputy Brandon Gilliam wrote in the official report that Dotson “began to physically resist officers’ instructions to place his hands behind his back, and at one point grabbed on to an officer’s leg.”

Messner, a freelance photographer who documented the incident, told The Washington Post that Dotson showed no signs of resisting arrest.

Messner’s still pictures, arranged by The Post in the GIF below, show two officers cuffing Dotson’s hands behind his back when Phillips came over and choked Dotson until he collapsed to his knees. Messner said that as Dotson was being pulled up he was smacked in the back of the head, “a snap-out-of-it kinda smack under the circumstances.”

Jarod Dotson was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. He was released from jail on a $500 bond Sunday morning.

In a press release on Sunday night, Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said:

“In my 34 years of law enforcement experience, excessive force has never been tolerated. After an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, I believe excessive force was used in this incident. The investigation will now be turned over to the Knox County Attorney General’s Office to determine any further action.”

MUST Read: "I’m black… They never let me forget it. I’m black alright… I’ll never let them forget it." -Jack Johnson (1878-1946) 

Happy Birthday to the first black Heavyweight Champion of the World!

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"What remains of the radical left now operates largely outside of any institutional or organized oppositional channels, in the hope that small-scale actions and local activism can ultimately add up to some kind of satisfactory macro alternative. This left, which strangely echoes a libertarian and even neoliberal ethic of anti-statism, is nurtured intellectually by thinkers such as Michel Foucault and all those who have reassembled postmodern fragmentations under the banner of a largely incomprehensible post-structuralism that favors identity politics and eschews class analysis. Autonomist, anarchist and localist perspectives are everywhere in evidence. But to the degree that this left seeks to change the world without taking power, so an increasingly consolidated capitalist class remains unchallenged in its ability to dominate the world without constraint."
David Harvey, Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (via apoliticalnonsense)