We Beg Your Pardon Ex President Obama.

As we watched the last two presidential terms fly by we reminisced on how we were so hype to see the first Black Man take the highest office of the United States of America. But something is troubling about the blatant disregard for issues that affect Black, Native people, Muslims and Immigrants. President Obama, being a former community organizer on the southside of Chicago with a beautiful black wife and daughters just seemed like the real CHANGE we all longed for. But increased killings of black youth by police during his watch and more cops were not charged although video evidence existed. What happened Obama? We can’t forget what you did to The Great Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who was referred to as the hope of Africa. How could all this happen…we don’t know but we are sure there is a hidden hand.

Below are a few people we hoped Obama had granted clemency, pardoned, or commuted because we are sure this will never happen under Trump.

Marcus Garvey

The iconic black nationalist and civil rights advocate died in 1940, but his son and several black activists have been in recent weeks urging Obama to issue a posthumous pardon for Garvey’s 1923 conviction for mail fraud, which they say was trumped up. “The point is the injustice has been allowed to sit for [almost] 100 years. It is a continuing injustice that needs to be corrected,” said his son Dr. Julius Garvey.


Mumia Abu-Jamal

Jamal had his death sentence for murdering a Philadelphia police officer commuted to a life sentence. But his supporters have always argued about the circumstances around his conviction, including whether there was sufficient evidence to prove he shot the officer, whether all potential witnesses testified and the racial makeup of the jury.
Abu-Jamal became a cause célèbre when he was facing execution and has even written books from prison.
Obama, however, does not have the authority to commute state convictions, according to the Department of Justice. Abu-Jamal would have to be pardoned by the governor or some other state panel.


Assata Shakur

Shakur was convicted of killing a New Jersey State Trooper 43 years ago. Born Joanne Chesimard, she was a leader in the Black Liberation Army. Shakur was serving a life sentence when she escaped from a New Jersey prison 1979.
Activists such as Angela Davis have argued that Shakur was prosecuted “under highly questionable circumstances.” The National Lawyers Guild, which represented Shakur in her final trial said five members of the 15-person all-white jury had personal connections to state troopers.

“The judge cut funding for additional expert defense testimony after medical testimony demonstrated that Ms. Shakur—who had no gunpowder residues on her fingers, and whose fingerprints were not found on any weapon at the crime scene—was shot with her hands up and suffered injury to a critical nerve in her right arm, making it anatomically impossible for her to fire a weapon,” the National Lawyers Guild said in a statement on a now shuttered Change.org petition to pardon Shakur.


Leonard Peltier

Peltier is a Native American activist who has spent more than 40 years behind bars for killing two FBI agents during a shootout on a South Dakota reservation. He has maintained his innocence. After two other members of the American Indian Movement were acquitted of the killings, Peltier’s supporters believes others were coerced into testifying that Peltier was the shooter. They also say that ballistics evidence that would have cleared Peltier was withheld. “The only thing I’m guilty of is struggling for my people. I didn’t kill those agents,” Peltier said in an Amnesty International video.


Undocumented Immigrants / Muslims

Donald Trump has threatened to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build a wall on the Mexican border and possibly force Muslims to join a registry. According to experts, Obama could pardon undocumented immigrants for a variety of crimes such as overstaying a visa and crossing the border illegally. The pardon would not grant undocumented immigrants citizenship, only Congress can do that, but it could help put them on a path to citizenship.


Ramsey Orta

Mr. Orta came to us at Nation19 Magazine to spread the word about his case…we did what we could on social media but Obama could have wiped it all away.
Here are the facts: Two years ago, Eric Garner died in Staten Island after officers wrestled him to the ground, pinned him down and applied a fatal chokehold. The man who filmed the police killing of Eric Garner, Ramsey Orta, is now heading to jail for four years on unrelated charges—making him the only person at the scene of Garner’s killing who will serve jail time. The Police were never charged for Mr. Garner’s death. Orta took a plea deal on weapons and drug charges. He says he has been repeatedly arrested and harassed by cops since he filmed the fatal police chokehold nearly two years ago.


Bonus: Edward Snowden

Experts believe Obama could issue a pre-emptive pardon for Snowden as some have urged him to do for his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in case she is indicted for her e-mail scandal.

More than a million people signed a petition asking Obama to pardon the former NSA contractor who revealed a massive U.S. intelligence surveillance operation to spy on Americans without a warrant.

Swowden has been granted asylum in Russia and faces the death penalty if convicted of stealing government secrets. But in a letter to Obama seeking a pardon for Snowden, Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, and Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, all said Snowden was a “human rights hero” who had acted “to hold governments to account when power is abused” by turning the information over to journalists.

“As you well know, Snowden disclosed information to journalists revealing that the NSA had overstepped U.S. statutes, the Constitution, and international law by engaging in widespread, warrantless surveillance. In response, we’ve seen a global debate that has changed government policies and profoundly affected how people think about personal privacy,” the three leaders wrote.


Hillary Clinton

Sike…just kidding. lol

The Mystery killings of Darren Seals, Deandre Joshua, and Shawn Gray.

There is an ongoing mystery surrounding the shooting of Mike Brown that is still unraveling. The recent mysterious murder of Darren Seals who was found shot in his burning car is yet another mysterious chapter of Ferguson and Michael Brown. 

Many know we report allot about police vs community and racially motivated incidents in the US. Recently we have been noticing a hidden hand that is manipulating the media by planting stories, distorting facts and funding so-called activist and racial conflicts. We cant prove anything yet but we will soon.

Last year we were in Ferguson documenting the unfortunate one year anniversary of the killing of teenager Michael Brown by police Darren Willson.  While there we had the freedom (rental car) to explore and that is what we did. We went everywhere…our crew even got arrested, shot at, and got sick from the tear gas. During the last hours of this two day crazy trip we dashed to the actual site where Mike Brown was shot. Their was flowers in the street apparently where his lifeless body laid. Next to the flowers were teddy bears and a Contruction cone which were positioned in the center of the street as light traffic passed every few minuets. As we pulled up to a parking lot directly across from the site we were approached by BBC Television and asked to sell our footage of the arrest and protest that had just taken place an hour ago with prominent activist and multi religious clergy. At that protest which was directed at the St Louis Department of Justice, no other media outlet was brave enough at the the time to jump over the police barricade like Nation19 did…so yeah we had the best footage. We denied the offer to sell the footage and proceeded to film the street. While we were changing the batteries to our cameras, two very tall large muscular white men wearing casual attire and matching baseball caps walked up and started taking pictures next to the makeshift memorial in the center of the street. But they were smiling and acting like this was a fun place to take pictures instead of the gloom and sad feeling we felt. It was weird to say the least. They acted like we were not even there. After they took a couple of pictures smiling and laughing they walked away to the same parking lot we were parked with BBC television and they drove away in a federal licensed sedan type car. We stared to walk near the street where the flowers were and an unknown black man in his late 20’s or early 30’s stood and watched us. He didn’t talk right away. He asked us where we were from…then he told us that there is more to this story than what is being played on the news but its a dangerous story to tell. He told us of a couple eyewitnesses to the shooting and friends of Mike Brown who disappeared and/or were murdered and we were shocked. We didn’t know what to make of the information and when we raced to the airport we lost one of the SD cards in the rental car never to be found that had the last few minutes of this trip.

Currently we are traveling in Asia and news has been very difficult to confirm, process, and distribute because we are about 15 hours ahead of the US. But when we finally found out about the death of Darren Seals, a Ferguson activists whom we got a chance to meet, we were saddened. He along with many others are a part of the film #Bars4Justice. So here is what we know. Maybe putting this info out can help unravel more about what is really going on behind the scenes in Ferguson. 


Deandre Joshua
20, was shot once in the head and then set on fire inside his car. He was the only person killed during the fires, looting and riots that shook the city after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in Mr. Brown’s killing. He was a childhood friend of Dorian Johnson, the friend who was walking with Mike Brown at the scene of his killing.
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Shawn Gray
23, was last seen on Thanksgiving and was reported missing by his family on Saturday, police said. Gray was found in the river about 4:15 p.m on December 3rd 2014 Wednesday near the Landsdowne Avenue overpass. The autopsy could not determine Gray’s cause of death, officials said. Gray’s death has been labeled “suspicious,” and homicide detectives were investigating. There is plenty of speculation that Shawn Gray was a witness to the Grand Jury in the Michael Brown case.
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Darren Seals
St. Louis County Police say the remains of Seals’s lifeless body, which had at least one gunshot wound, were found early Tuesday morning September 6, 2016 inside his vehicle in Riverview (6 miles away from Ferguson), which had been set aflame. Police are investigating his death as a homicide. On the night of the grand jury decision, Seals stood with Brown’s mother in front of the Ferguson Police Department building as the news that Wilson would not be charged was announced. His scene had various pieces of debris from the vehicle and what appeared to be shell casings had been left behind by police investigators.
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#Bars4Justice doc highlighting hiphop activism and police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri gets US and Canada distribution on 2 year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death

Hip Hop Association and Third World Newsreel (TWN) have secured US and Canada distribution rights to Directors Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq’s Award winning (#Bars4Justice) documentary short – A Film shot in Ferguson Missouri capturing a glimpse into the new civil rights movement through hiphop with Talib Kweli, Common, Cornell West.

Khaaliq shot the film in Ferguson Missouri during the one year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. Mike Brown was an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri shot to death by Ferguson officer Darren Williams August 9th 2014. The film documents a benefit concert held in his commemoration orchestrated by Talib Kweli to raise money for Mike Brown’s Family. “We initially thought it would be a good idea just to capture such a great event, not knowing that it would later be produced as a film” said Khaaliq.

Roselly Torres, Director of marketing and distribution for Third World Newsreel said, “I’m so happy we found this film. TWN has been collaborating with Martha Diaz of the Hip Hop Association for many years to distribute social issue Hip-Hop media.” Khaaliq and Ali’s #Bars4Justice is a perfect fit with appearances by Academy Award winning hip hop artist/ actor Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, among many more. Some activists’ appearances include Cornell West, Bree Newsome, Rahiel Tesfamariam, Rev. Renita Lamkin, and Rabbi Susan Talve.

#Bars4Justice is set for release to the educational market in the US and Canada August 9th 2016, the 2nd year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. Ali and Khaaliq aim to help educate and address injustices caused by a lack of representation in the justice system from the eye of their lens. “Both directors will be available for presentations along with their film, ” said Torres.

The film is financed by Nation19, YoSoy and with the participation of Co-producer Ronald Sims.

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#Bars4Justice WIKI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bars4justice

#Bars4Justice is available to educational Institutions here: http://twn.org/catalog/pages/cpage.aspx?rec=1443&card=price

Awards:
Winner Best Short Documentary at the 23rd Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) 
https://www.paff.org/films/bars4justice

Winner Audience Choice Award (Short Documentary) at the Uptown Short Film Festival

Screenings:
World Premiere October 1st 2015 Phoenix, AZ – 

NAACP Private screening October 5th 2015 

November 24th 2015 – Alloy Studios – Pittsburg, PA

Pan African Film Festival (PAFF)  February 8th, 11th, 13th, 14th 2016 – Rave Cinemas Los Angeles, CA

University of Arizona Tucson February 15th 2016

Arizona State University (ASU) February 26th 2016

Uptown Short Film Festival –  May 15th 2016 – Harlem, NY 

Allied Media Conference – June 18 2016 Detroit, Michigan (Wayne State University)

Mutianyu Art Gallery Bejing China – September 2016

Milwaukee Film Festival September – September 22th – October 6th 2016 

For further information contact or media inquiries:
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909.380.2138

Jesse Williams speech at the 2016 BET Awards may offend some people.

In case you missed it, Jesse Williams dropped so many gems in his acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Awards. “If you have no interest in equal rights for Black people then do not make suggestions to those that do, sit down” said Williams.

Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been very vocal about social injustices against the Black community. In his recent interview with The Guardian he speaks about his childhood “My parents were both activists and I really connected to the social justice movement. Growing up in Chicago, that was a big part of the community that we were in and the people that were in our house,” he says. “I also lived below the poverty line for my entire childhood.”

He also spoke on his Biracial look “To some people I might be a celebrity because I’m physically attractive. We are programmed to believe that someone is attractive because they told you that blue eyes are hot. I am not going to participate in that shit,” he says. “I aim to do what I can with what I have. And I have my [looks] – you know, European beauty standards give me access to things.”

Watch what he said at the BET awards here:

 

 

 

The Oscars are wack and lacks diversity but that’s a good thing. Here is why.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars), lacks diversity and yes the #Oscarsarewack but that could be a good thing for Film makers, Actors, Actresses, Producers and Directors of Color. Here is why.

People of Color make up 37% of the U.S population, but purchased 46% of movie tickets(Washington Post 12/15/2015) That statistic alone proves that Movies showing diverse cast and crew are big business. This is another wake up call to establish and support institutions that promote and honor black films and the people in front and behind the cameras.

Boycotting the Oscars is not going to change anything, Establishing our own institutions will. Who in the heck is Oscar anyway…lol.

Nation19 is honored to be selected to screen our independently produced film #Bars4Justice at the 24th annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) which runs from February 4th – 15th 2016 in Los Angeles. The Festival was founded by actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover, Ja’Net DuBois (Good Times), and Ayuko Babu.
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Established in 1992 the festival honors filmmakers from all over the world and showcases the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. Last year they even held a workshop / panel with Denzel Washington! The Pan African Film Festival is the longest running event during black history and is the largest film festival in the US.

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Denzel Washing teaches a panel discussion at the 23rd Annual Pan African Film Festival in 2015.

The Oscars are wack! Support and build your own reality. If you are in LA check out the Pan African Film Festival and hang out with us!

#bars4Justice (screenings):
Mon, Feb 8
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Thu, Feb 11@6:15PM (Nation19 will be in attendance)
Sat, Feb 13@10:50PM (Nation19 will be in attendance)
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Rave Cinemas 15
3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard 90008
323 290.6636
Map to theatre

Oh, here is the trailer to our film its really dope!

A hip hop activist gives more than his talent when he comes face to face with the justice system in Ferguson Missouri. Narrated by Jasiri X with appearances by Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome.
Written, Directed, Edited, and Produced by Hakeem Khaaliq & Queen Muhammad Ali Cinematography by Hakeem Khaaliq, Co-Produced by Ronald Sims and Steve Powell Narrated by Jasiri X, Re-Recording Mixer Steve Harrison (The Audio Suite) Music by Michael Muhammad, Jorge Méndez, Jahsua, and Jasiri X Filmed on location in St Louis and Ferguson Missouri on August 9 -10th 2015. Trailer edited by Queen Muhammad Ali

 

Actual facts about Police violence against black people in 2015.

In 2015 the actual facts about the ongoing killings of unarmed black people by police in the US is more than alarming. So many lives lost. We get a ton of mail from people telling us that the police are just doing their job in high crime areas but in the facts below its the data proves otherwise.

Click on the red keys on the interactive map to view more info on a particular city.

  • In 2014, 1 in 3 U.S. police killings happened in the 100 largest cities.
  • Black people were 21% of the population and 40% of people killed by police in these cities.
  • Most unarmed people killed by police in major U.S. cities were black (56%). Fewer than 1 in 5 (19%) were white.
  • An unarmed black person living in these cities was 6x more likely than an unarmed white person to be killed by police. An unarmed black person was almost as likely as an armed white person to be killed by police.
  • The Police Homicide rate for black men in 17 cities is higher than the U.S. homicide rate. Black men in these cities have a higher chance of being killed by police than the average American has of being killed by anyone.
  • Black men in six cities face a higher chance of being killed by police than the average American has of being killed in a car accident.

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Props to our friends at MAPPING POLICE VIOLENCE a research collaborative collecting comprehensive data on police killings nationwide to quantify the impact of police violence in communities. @deray @samswey @nettaaaaaaaa @MsPackyetti

Bill Cosby arrested, Sandra Bland hung, Tamir Rice shot, the Modern Day Lynching?

Three Major court cases took place over the past few weeks. The arrest of Bill Cosby, the Sandra Bland case, and Tamir Rice case.
The Sandra Bland case where an innocent black woman was pulled over in Texas, abused by the arresting cop, and was mysteriously found hung in a jail cell with no indictment to the police department. The Tamir Rice case, where a 12 year old black boy was legally murdered in seconds by a police officer, and no indictment for the officer(s). And now the highly publicized arrest of Bill Cosby with a million dollar bail. The prosecutor even took Cosby’s passport so he could not leave the country. With unproven allegations, the endless reputation slaughter, slander, and arrest has diminished the legacy of ” Mr Bill Cosby  ” and taken him through the mud unlike white celebrities actually found guilty of acts of pedophilia, and rape. These are all examples of modern day lynchings… some cold blooded murder, and for our prestigious role models, the murder of a legacy.

No wonder Lebron James is so afraid to speak out. When asked about Tamir Rice he said “and to be honest, I haven’t really been on top of this issue.” Really dude? Tamir was killed a year ago and headlined in the news with national protests and you still don’t know about it? If you have a job that makes you afraid to stand up for your own people, then you are just another modern day slave.. and one day you will be on the name slaughter list just like our other greats. Athletes like Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown were much greater influences in there time and had all the peoples love because they stood up for the people.

On June 4, 1967 outstanding Black athletes gathered in the offices of the Black Economic Union in Cleveland, Ohio to support Muhammad Ali’s famously refused induction into the U.S. military.

Some may say, why should people expect so much from an athlete? Well, the answer is we don’t expect anything from an athlete, we expect something from a black father who has children, and we expect from a black man who will stand up for his own kind instead of using his influence to sell bacon burgers! I mean c’mon son!
So instead of standing up for your people, you promote toxic food that is killing your people.. #SMDH

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So we have all the slavery roles in modern times including the lynchings, the house Negro, Masa, and Nat Turner (Nation19 Magazine/APDTA). Don’t let yourself be categorized as the next modern day house negro. Remember, a man or woman who stands for nothing, will fall for anything, and will eventually cause a domino effect. So stand up!  #APDTA

 

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A GRAND JURY ISSUES NO INDICTMENTS IN DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND!

Hempstead Texas prosecutor has announced that a grand jury came to the decision to not issue any indictments in the death of Sandra Bland, the Black Woman who was found dead in her cell after being arrested for not using her signal when switching lanes.

Sandra Bland’s death sparked national outrage after a coroner ruled her death a suicide. Bland’s family and thousands of protesters alleged that Bland was wrongfully arrested and had been a victim of racism.

Remember the cop tried to drag her out of her car for a traffic signal. This is the world we live in. Watch the entire video to remind yourself how she was treated. #noJusticenoPeace #APDTA

Chicago Police spent $5 million to hide the murder of black teen Laquan McDonald …here is the video!

A judge has ruled that police must release dashcam video showing the violent death of 17-year-old old Laquan McDonald, shot 16 times by officer Jason Van Dyke last October.

Judge Franklin Valderrama ruled the video must be released on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and denied a motion from the city to appeal the decision, securing the video’s release.

The video reportedly shows McDonald carrying a knife on the southwest side of the city on Oct. 20 last year, walking as far as the width of two car lanes away from police before an officer shoots him 16 times.

Obviously they are releasing the video on the day before Thanksgiving on purpose. To avoid rioting. If the streets explode, it will be hard for even the most skeptical observer to say it is anything but justified: McDonald never posed a serious threat to officers. Despite his erratic actions that included puncturing a squad car’s tire while high on PCP, the teen was clearly walking away as the fatal shots were fired.

That night, a Fraternal Order of Police spokesman told reporters what had happened in the eyes of the officers he represents in the union.

McDonald threatened the officers, said Pat Camden, the FOP rep. The officers were in fear for their lives, this former spokesman for the Chicago Police Department asserted. Jason Van Dyke, the officer identified as the killer by the Chicago Tribune, “discharged his weapon, striking the offender.”

Such is the language of all police shootings—until an autopsy occurs, or an eyewitness comes forward, or video evidence contradicts an officer’s statement.

“The story has 24 hours and it’s basically told by the police union, and the police union’s role is to defend its members,” says Jamie Kalven, a Chicago journalist who runs the Invisible Institute, a police-accountability nonprofit.

In a July interview with The Daily Beast, Kalven stressed the importance of independent autopsies—especially in cases like McDonald’s.

“What you do have with the autopsy, though, is one wholly independent piece of evidence.”

McDonald’s autopsy is a brutal document to read. I breezed through it in a conference room at the Cook County President’s Office in May, along with the 18 other autopsies detailing the deaths of those who died at the hands of the Chicago Police Department last year. Going through them, making sure they were all there, it can be easy to forget that these were once lives and not simply stacks of paper bundled four inches high.


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McDonald’s autopsy tells us the following: One of Van Dyke’s bullets grazed McDonald’s head, causing a groove in his skull one-quarter of an inch deep, one and three-quarters of an inch long.

That’s one.

A 9 millimeter bullet from Van Dyke’s service weapon was recovered from McDonald’s neck.

Two.

A bullet entered McDonald’s left upper chest and came out that same shoulder.

Three.

Another entered the right side of his chest, and a “markedly-deformed, copper-jacketed bullet” was recovered from McDonald’s torso, according to the autopsy report.

Four.

Another bullet lodged in McDonald’s left elbow. Five. One in the right upper arm. Six. One in the left forearm. Seven. Upper right leg. Eight. Left upper back. Nine. Another bullet in the left elbow and one more in the right upper arm. Ten and eleven. Two more in the right arm. Twelve and 13. One in the right hand. Fourteen.

Gunshot wounds in the right lower back and right upper leg round out the report.

Fifteen. Sixteen.

“They were completely locked down on that story,” Kalven said of police and public officials in the immediate aftermath of McDonald’s death.

And for good reason: Officer Jason Van Dyke had fired 16 shots into a 17-year-old boy—prompting the extended silence in the year and 30 days since the killing. If the accounts of those who have viewed the video—including at least one witness who says 13 shots were fired after McDonald was down—the disturbing and shocking footage may cause parts of Chicago to burn with the fires of rage that consumed Ferguson and Baltimore.

“If it is released, I don’t believe there will be any riot as the mayor fears,” said former Chicago police commander and Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) whistleblower Lorenzo Davis. “But I do believe it will prompt another increase in calls for police accountability.”

Since McDonald’s death, activists and some journalists and columnists in Chicago have called for the video to be released. Throughout that time, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and officials both in city government and within the Chicago Police Department have said the footage should remain sealed from public view. As part of a $5 million settlement between the city and the McDonald family, a judge barred attorneys from releasing the video.

Another of the McDonald family attorneys, Jeffrey Neslund, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the jarring footage will prompt chaos—and, possibly, riots.

“I met with [McDonald’s mother] and Laquan’s uncle,” Neslund said in April, “and he was really concerned. He didn’t want to see their neighborhood burned.”

Today’s decision comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by Chicago journalist Brandon Smith, who filed a FOIA request in May in an attempt to force the video’s release.

When Chicago police denied the request, Smith filed suit.

“The city hasn’t submitted evidence that releasing the video would harm any investigation,” Smith told The Daily Beast on Monday. “It has basically ceded that point in our case.”

While that may be Smith’s contention, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others have cited an ongoing federal investigation as reason why the footage shouldn’t be released, saying, “There’s an appropriate way to handle when videos become public, and that procedure will be followed.”

From the beginning, Chicago police have sought to conceal information about McDonald’s death—in at least one case by apparently violating not only IPRA procedures but the Constitution when they seized security footage from a nearby restaurant without a warrant.

Eventually, McDonald family attorneys learned that police had wiped 86 minutes of footage from that tape, which doesn’t include the shooting but does show the events that led up to the fatal confrontation.

When a reporter started poking around about the missing footage, a manager at the restaurant said he didn’t realize some of the footage was going to be deleted. When pressed, IPRA released a statement:

“We have no credible evidence at this time that would cause us to believe CPD purged or erased any surveillance video,” the agency told NBC Chicago.

Davis, the former police commander and one of only two black supervisors at IPRA, countered that statement with statements made to him by IPRA employees at the time.

“There was at least a couple of investigators at IPRA who did feel like a portion of [the security footage] was erased,” he told The Daily Beast on Tuesday.

Larry Merritt, spokesman for IPRA, would not comment on the 86 minutes of video that McDonald family attorneys allege was deleted.

“All I can say right now is that the status of the case is that it is still pending,” he said Tuesday.

In addition to the reportedly missing footage, audio from the dashcam footage depicting McDonald’s death is also absent, according to the family’s attorneys. The missing audio has served to cause only more speculation into the Chicago Police Department’s actions following McDonald’s death.

Laquan McDonald was one of 19 men killed by Chicago police in 2014, according to media reports and police data compiled from open records requests filed by The Daily Beast in the past year and a half.

The 17-year-old boy’s death was by far the most egregious use of lethal force by Chicago police, a Daily Beast review found from autopsy reports, investigative findings from the Independent Police Review Authority, and statements from law enforcement regarding all 19 police-involved killings.

The McDonald story begins on Oct. 20 when police were called to an industrial area in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. There, the teen was reported by police to have been behaving erratically. Officers requested back up because they weren’t equipped with the Tasers they should have used to take McDonald down and arrest him.

McDonald was put down without the Tasers, anyway.

Van Dyke and four officers followed McDonald in their squad cars as he wandered, high on the PCP that was later found in an autopsy, waving a four-inch blade. The teen eventually teetered into the street from the side, prompting the need for officers to react, the police union spokesman Camden said. Van Dyke and other officers reportedly ordered McDonald to drop the knife.

When he didn’t comply, Van Dyke and his fellow officers tried to box McDonald in with their squad cars. McDonald responded by puncturing a tire.

What came next depends on who you believe, which is why so many have called for the release of the video that may answer the questions that have persisted since Oct. 20:

Why didn’t police wait for the Tasers to arrive?

Why did they shoot him so many times?

Why did Laquan McDonald have to die?

If the video is released—which remains up in the air because police are likely to appeal the judge’s decision—Chicago and the world may get a disturbing answer to those questions.

Michael Robbins, an attorney for the McDonald family, told the Chicago Tribune in April that the altercation “starts out as an unjustified shooting, and it turns into some kind of sadistic execution.”

A federal investigation into McDonald’s death was announced in April by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, and includes IPRA, the FBI, and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

If a federal indictment is issued—which some in legal and law enforcement circles see as an inevitability—Van Dyke would be the defendant. With none of the other officers on the scene of McDonald’s death firing their weapons, Van Dyke is the lone killer. He is solely responsible for firing 16 bullets into the teen’s body as it reportedly bounced off the pavement, according to some who have viewed the troubling footage.

“I have not seen the video,” said Davis, the veteran cop, IPRA whistleblower, and police-accountability advocate. “But I’ve talked to people who have seen it, and they were horrified by what they saw.

Officer beats and throws Black youth in her classroom: Is this child abuse?

A South Carolina sheriff’s deputy attacked a young black female high school student Spring Valley High School in Columbia.

Watch the video and you will see a school resource officer asking a student to get out of her seat. He then stands over her desk and tells the student, “either you’re coming with me or I’ll make you.” within a split second this animal grabs her and flips her over, slamming her onto the cement floor.

Then he drags her out of her chair and throws her across the room, as students watch but looking frightened. The deputy then pins her down on her stomach as he puts her hands behind her back. He tells another student, “I’ll put you in jail next.”

The officer was identified as Ben Fields.

Our sources say that this officer has a history of roughing up students.

Fields is listed on the Richland County sheriff’s department’s website as a senior deputy assigned to Spring Valley High School. On his now-deleted Twitter page, he described himself as football coach for the school’s defensive line, and a strength coach.

The Richland County sheriff’s department said it’s aware of the situation and currently investigating the attack. So far he has not been suspended or reprimanded.

In 2007, this officer Ben Fields was sued by a couple after another rough arrest in 2005.

Fields emptied a can of pepper spray on Carlos Martin, who parked next to him, according to court documents. The two started arguing after Martin was allegedly playing loud music, court documents showed. Fields arrested him.

During that arrest, Martin’s wife, Tashiana, took photos of the arrest, but Fields had his partner take her phone. She said the deputies threw her against a car and arrested her as well.

The couple sued the officer for illegal seizure, false arrest, excessive force and battery. The sheriff’s deputy claimed Tashiana ran toward the two officers swinging her arms while attempting to kick an officer in the head, according to court records. She denied the officer’s allegations.

Carlos said deputy Fields had kneed him several times after slamming him on the ground. Court documents said he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder after the arrest.

Officer name: Sr Deputy Ben Fields Spring Valley HS #: (803)699-3500 Principal Temoney: jtemoney@richland2.org

Activists discuss social injustice at World Premier screening of film in Phoenix!

 

We had such a great night at the world premier screening of our film #Bars4Justice! There were community activists, leaders, organizers, artists, and hip hop heads all there to discuss as a whole what we can do as a community to make a difference. WestCoast Kam was there and he talked about his role as an artists, hiphop and advocacy. Staring in the film is Jasiri X who flew all the way from Pittsburg, PA. There was a question and answer session with him where we spoke about his role as a hiphop activist. So we want to bring the film to your city to encourage and promote how hip hop and the arts can be used as a tool for positive change.

 

For info about screening in your area contact:

get@nation19.com

909.380.2138

Filmmakers bring Ferguson to Phoenix’s Hip Hop community… Sheriff Arpaio not invited.

On October 1st, community leaders along with local and national Hip Hop artist will meet in Phoenix to discuss racial profiling, police brutality, SB1070 laws, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This will take place at a premier screening of a short film “#Bars4Justice” (view or download media kit) Presented by Nation19 and Directed by award winning filmmakers Hakeem Khaaliq and Queen Muhammad Ali. “We believe this is the perfect time to use different approaches to activism especially in the state of our society today, and encouraging advocacy through hip hop can help educate and position today’s youth locally and nationally” said Queen. The film includes cameo appearances by Academy Award® winner artist Common (Selma) along with Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, M1 from Dead Prez, Jasiri X, Cornell West, Bree Newsome, and activists from all over the country. “This film documents the new generation of civil right activists who don’t sing We shall overcome they chant… Fight the Power” said Hakeem. “Bars4Justice” was filmed in Ferguson in the midst of yet another officer involved shooting during the anniversary of Michael Browns death who was killed by officer Darren Wilson on the same day a year prior.


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With the growing epidemic of police deadly force against people of color, community activism has become a necessity.  While community activism is progressing, there is another revolution on the rise that has not yet been televised. The revolution of HipHop advocacy and the rise of MC’s rapping about social issues.

Subsequent screenings of the film #Bars4Justice are being scheduled in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New York, Honolulu, and Ferguson. To find out more about screening the film in your area contact 909.380.2138 or email get[at]nation19.com.


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Facts:
  • Since the 2014 killings of unarmed 17 year old Mike brown in Ferguson, and unarmed  34-year-old father of four Rumain Brisbon in Phoenix, 1100+ people were killed at the hands of police.
  • Arizona ranks among the highest in nation for deaths by Cops
  • No FM or AM radio station currently play conscious Hip Hop in Phoenix
  • Officer Mark Rine was not charged for the killing of unarmed father Rumain Brisbon.
  • Since then Arizona passed a law in 2015 that will shield names of police in ‘deadly force’ killings.
  • The Public Enemy music video for “By the Time I Get to Arizona” aired on MTV only one time in 1991. However, PE’s message spread:
    The NFL pulled the 1993 Super Bowl from Tempe, Arizona, and thousands of conventions and tourists followed suit. It’s estimated the state lost $350 million in revenue before voters reconsidered the referendum in a 1993 vote, re-instating the King holiday.

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What does “bars” 4justice mean?
The most popular time signature in music  is the 4/4 measure and 4 bars is usually 1/4th  of a rap verse (16 bars).


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About Bars4Justice:
Bars4Justice is a documentary film shot on location in St Louis and Ferguson. The film follows Emcee / Community activist Jasiri X who was invited to perform at a benefit concert on August 9th 2015 along with Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome. The screening and live Q&A discussion with Jasiri X on Hip Hop’s roll in activism locally and nationally will take place on October 1st 2015 at:
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Mod HQ 

2828 N. Central Ave. 
Suite 100 (First Floor)
Phoenix, AZ  85004
(Southwest corner of Central and Thomas)
602.687.9417 (Venue)
909.380.2138 (Nation19)

6:30PM to 9:00PM 

Space is limited (so come early)
Free admission
Free parking

All ages welcomed


Featuring

In order of appearance
Jasiri X
Talib Kweli
Fubar St Louis
Tory Russell (Hands up United)
Kayla Reed (OBS)
Kendra Ross
The Ferguson Poet
Cornell West
Bree Newsome
Immortal Technique
Tef Poe
T-Dubb-O
Pharaoh Monch
Bun B (UGK)
M1 (Dead Prez)
Common
Family of Mike Brown
Rev. Renita Lamkin
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
Rev Traci Blackmon
Rahiel Tesfamariam (Urban Cusp)
Rabbi Susan Talve ( Reform Congregation)
Rev Michael McBride
Protestors
Davey D
Rosa Clamente
Deray Mckesson (We The Protesters)
Andre Anderson, Chief of Police Ferguson