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THE GROWING ANTI-POLICE BRUTALITY MOVEMENT

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The anti-police brutality movement is here.  It’s not going anywhere.  And as long as militarized police officers across the United States continue to brutalize and murder people with impunity, this powerful rising force will continue to grow and become stronger.

For years, I’ve been photographing anti-police brutality marches and rallies, and have witnessed the evolution of this movement.  When I first started taking pictures, you wouldn’t see as many children, housewives, and grandmothers at these events as you do today.  And you especially wouldn’t see these people holding signs that said, “…BLOOD is on your hands”, “I hate the police…”,  or “Police: It’s a Gang”.

Nowadays though, it’s a different story.  People who once supported police, no longer do, and it’s the police officers themselves who are responsible for this expanding backlash.

With the power of the internet and its ability to educate and open eyes, the American people are really starting to see how dangerous police officers are to them and their families.  For instance, six of them can murder your son on camera and get away with it.

The following photos were taken at a “Justice For Kelly  Thomas” rally that took place in Fullerton, CA, on January 18, 2014.

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KELLY’S ARMY

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Do not believe what you’ve been reading in the mainstream media about the Fullerton PD protest that happened on Saturday.  I was there, photographing the event and what I witnessed does not line up with what is being written by major news publications.

Photography, Half-Truths and the Whole Story

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Columnist Ian Jack took on the ubiquity of photography in The Guardian this past weekend, and he seems to be conflicted about photography’s role in that it only provides a glimpse of the truth and not the whole story. However what he fails to note is that, without cameras, the only thing that is certain is that we get no truths, never mind half-truths.

To prove his point, Jack refers to the incident in London April 1 at the G20 Summit where police struck Ian Tomlinson from behind, causing him to slam into the ground and later die of a heart attack. The attack, seemingly out of the blue and unprovoked, was caught on film by a bystander.

Update: A second postmortem examination shows that Tomlinson died from an abdominal hemorrhage.

Jack says the details are yet to come out about what really happened, as if the fact that Tomlinson was a part of the protest would somehow justify the brutality. That  is immaterial. Regardless of what the Tomlinson did a block away or four hours before (and all accounts have said he was not a part of the melee), he was killed by a policeman who demonstrated unnecessary force, and it was caught on video. I guess Ian Jack has never heard of the expression “The tape doesn’t lie.”

More importantly, before video surfaced of the Tomlinson attack the only half-truths being told were from the Metropolitan Police (Met) when they claimed that Tomlinson died from a massive heart attack and did not have any contact with police. According to BBC reports, Tomlinson had repeated contact with Met Police before one officer caused his untimely death.

Update: The Guardian releases new photos proving Tomlinson had prior contact with police before being assaulted.

Jack also refers to the firing last week of Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism chief, Bob Quick, after highly sensitive documents he was carrying were caught by photographers as he was going to a meeting at 10 Downing Street. The monumental gaffe forced officials to deploy a raid on al Qaeda suspects earlier than they had planned.

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Albuquerque Cop Daniel Guzman Attacks News Photographer

Did Albuquerque police officer Daniel Guzman cross the line? By the looks of this video, it sure seems so. After exchanging a few words about a media staging area, local NBC news videographer Rick Foley was putting his gear back into his car when Officer Guzman hauls off and attacks him. The officer seemed to have gotten so riled up because he wasn’t being sufficiently respected, and he unfortunately let his youth and inexperience get the best of him (he’s only been on the force for just over a year). Foley spent 90 minutes in handcuffs. Guzman’s defense was that he was “sticking his camera in my face.” As annoying as that may be, it’s nowhere near a crime. APD Chief Ray Schultz says the incident is now under review. 

Here’s Chief Schultz’s email if you’d like to drop him a line: rschultz@cabq.gov.

via RonPaulvsTyranny



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