Phoenix Rally Organized in Response to Shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson

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Community activists are organizing a rally for tonight in Phoenix to protest police brutality in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Police in the Missouri suburb have been clashing with protesters outraged over the killing of the 18-year-old black man. People in cities across the country are organizing vigils for Brown and victims of police brutality in what's being billed as the "National Moment of Silence 2014."

However, local black activist and congressional candidate Reverend Jarrett Maupin II tells New Times, "I don't know how silent it'll be."

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He says community leaders will be there to not only show solidarity with the people of Ferguson, but to take a stance against police brutality.

Although run-ins between protesters in police in Ferguson have at times been violent, Maupin says Phoenix's gathering is a peaceful rally to draw attention to a very important issue.

"People should know, Ferguson is literally on fire, but there are many cities -- including our own -- that are figuratively on fire and waiting for the next Michael Brown to be killed for things to boil over and for violence to erupt," Maupin says.

He cited heated protests of Phoenix police after the 2010 killing of resident Daniel Rodriguez by Officer Richard Chrisman, who eventually was sentenced to seven years in prison. At one point, the Phoenix police union held a BBQ fundraiser in support of Chrisman.

"[What's happening in Ferguson] could very well happen here," Maupin says. "It's happened here before. It'll happen again until we address the relationships between law enforcement leaders and the community."

The Phoenix event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Eastlake Park, at 16th Street and Jefferson Street.

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marcy
marcy

Is there a list of stores to be looted in Michael's memory?

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

The only thing that will stop this type of police violence is more riots anywhere and everywhere it occurs. It doesn't matter if Al Sharpton agrees with me. 


That may sound ugly but it's a fact.  


Businesses will get tired of it and demand the police stop beating or shooting people just like they demanded our law makers quit passing more anti-immigrant bills after the SB1070 boycott hurt their bottom line. 

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

So now after almost a week we are starting to get information that led up to the shooting death of a gentle giant innocent black man .I would like to know why it took a week for the security camera surveillance photo's showing Brown accosting the store owner wasn't immediately published after the 2nd night of rioting. We are also being informed now the officer who shot the thug was injured during the confrontation.

DNichols
DNichols

This is America, not Russia!


This was an unarmed teenage boy shot in the back running for his life, then murdered after surrendering with his hands in the air!


Police need to be demilitarized, and retrained to "Protect, and Serve", the Citizens they work for!


To: The Freedom, and Liberty given by the U.S. Constitution for "We the People" , and paid for with tens of thousands of our Fallen Heroes lives.

Bruleif
Bruleif

I want to participate in these actions. How do I get on a list to be notified of events related to this?

4MikeMike
4MikeMike

Will there be anymore rally's beside tonight?

66rock
66rock topcommenter

And Phoenix with its under 20% black community has what to do with that town in  Missouri with a 63% black community again?  I really don't see the connection, oh yea,that's right, it could happen here. Just seems like there would be better things to do with the time and effort and other issues to face like education,etc. I guess no harm done, just seems like rather silly. Just my personal opinion.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Funny, but when cops tried to control things at the Bundy Ranch, they had guns pointed at them and the potential of violence was great, yet there was no tear gas or armored personnel carriers used.  Why such a different reaction to a group of citizens in St Louis?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Here's some sane advice for the po-po: Put some undercovers in he crowd. One or two, no more. Keep the unies a respectful distance away from there. Half a dozen units, no more. Don't do anything, and I do mean ANYTHING that could even conceivably turn the crowd from completely peaceful to even slightly agitated. This will be your only warning.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@john043012 The store could've released that footage any time it wanted to. There is no law against businesses releasing its surveillance footage to the public. 


The fact is that the cop that shot Brown wasn't responding or looking for a robbery suspect seemed to go over your head. Perhaps you should take it out of your ass.

Taxpayer
Taxpayer

@john043012 I too would like to know why it took a week to release a bit of footage.


And why did it appear at the same time the man's name who shot Mr. Brown to death was finally, reluctantly revealed? People might think the police are trying to water down the fact that the finally identified Darren Wilson shot and killed an unarmed teenager.

And based on the information available, Mr. Brown may have stolen cigars, but since I don't know what words were exchanged between victim and clerk, or what happened out of camera range, (and even if I did know), I would never refer to the deceased as a "thug". Not least out of respect for his grieving family.

There are some who might say there is an expectation of greater wisdom and constraint forthcoming from the older man who shot and killed an unarmed teenager; a trained officer of the law. Those people could very well get the impression that it is he who may be the one who should be called a thug. I'm just sayin'.

shhhhhdidyouhearthat
shhhhhdidyouhearthat

@DNichols I read that there has been increased chemtrail spraying in the ferguson area over the last 4 years. the possible effects of megadoses of chemtrail on both the dead guy and the police officer warrant further investigation.

IAMMikeBrown
IAMMikeBrown

@Bruleif If you go on FB find the #NMOS14 page and click on the "google docs". Look for Phoenix and then like that page. Any updates will be there. 


IAMMikeBrown
IAMMikeBrown

@4MikeMike There is a rally at 11:00 AM at the City Hall in downtown Phoenix.  Everyone is wearing red. 

IAMMikeBrown
IAMMikeBrown

@66rock There are many other things that people could do. I am not here to be rude. However, I would like to see this same comment when SB 1070 comes around again or the bill they just tried to pass saying that businesses could deny people service based on their "religious" beliefs. Amazing how people think that nothing is a big deal until it happens to you. I pray that it does not. However, I would love to see this same exact comment when the time comes. I'll be looking for 66rock " I really don't see the connection, oh yea,that's right, it could happen here. Just seems like there would be better things to do with the time and effort and other issues to face like education,etc. I guess no harm done, just seems like rather silly. Just my personal opinion." 

participantinlife
participantinlife

@66rock 

What difference whether it's 20, 63...or .001% Just what is the acceptable percentage of a population is a starting point to be considered valuable? Why not 20%? Would you tell your own kid that if he/she were part of that meaningless 20%? ("I'm sorry son, you're only part of a group too small for any of your fellow Americans to give a s###. If you'd been fortunate enough to be born into a larger percentage, it might be different. Yes, I know, it sounds weird - of course you'd still get killed while walking down the street, but it's 63!!! [i.e.here in the 20% group, your value doesn't go up to 11]

Btw, it does happen here, and increasingly, just about everywhere else too. What difference does it make whether it's here or there? All Americans count!

asyn9
asyn9

@66rock The PHX metropolitan area has about 4 million people.  Your statistics that you so brilliantly mentioned would point to the fact that there are 800,000 black people on our Phoenician community.  Now, even if police brutality were restricted to the black race, I'd say 800,000 of my brothers and sisters are worth standing up for, regardless of my race is.   The fact of the matter is, that police brutality knows no racial boundaries.  All the shades of the human skin color spectrum have experienced it.


Please take your moronic and arbitrary statistics and go raise some money for education.  I'd stand behind that.  


I do not, however, stand for sweeping an entire racial population's importance under the rug because their percentage of population falls below the 63% you seemingly think is required in order to justify peaceful action against this past week's brutality that has sparked a movement.

marcy
marcy

@WhoKnows Perhaps it is because the group of people in St Louis were doing more than standing around, they were looting and trying to burn buildings down.


iwannabelikemike
iwannabelikemike

@IAMMikeBrown @Bruleif Is your name really mike brown? that's such a coinkydink! the dead guy's name was michael brown, so yours is pretty close. I guess michael and brown are not all that uncommon as names go, but to have the same name AND have specific facebook and google information pertinent to notifications regarding event updates? that's just scary serendipity.

4MikeMike
4MikeMike

On what day? Fri or Saturday?

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@IAMMikeBrown @66rock Again, I wasn't even giving my opinion  on the issue involved.  BTW,since you brought it up, you missed my comments on the horrid shameful SB1070 here at this forum at that time. Anyone acquainted with my posts here would know I'm a Chicago Democrat who has supported and worked for years on equal civil rights,women's rights and gay rights issues.  

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@participantinlife @66rock Where did I say it made anyone "invaluable"?  I didn't, you assume something. Where did I say .it could not happen here? I didn't

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@asyn9 @66rock Such a rude response! Rather moronic of you to state that my post "sweeps an entire racial population's importance under the rug"which it does not, all your head. You do not know what I think at all since I did not state any of my views. This just seemed like an opportunity for some organization to get their press and camera time, all groups do that at every chance. I'm entitled to my own opinion, you don't have to like my opinion, I really don't care.

missionaccomplished
missionaccomplished

@marcy @WhoKnows 

I get the feeling that you missed the part of WhoKnows comment: at the Bundy ranch ..."they had guns pointed at them [agents]" versus a small town police force facing looters while

armed and dressed as if they were facing Armageddon.

And not only were the Bundy thug-morons not tear gassed or shot with real or rubber bullets - they weren't even arrested!

And the ferguson tank ridin' camouflaged adventure seekers weren't just targeting looters, they were firing tear gas at people in their own backyards.

missionaccomplished
missionaccomplished

@marcy @bunnywhiteboots 


You seem to know a lot about looting and where to do it and what one can expect on a venture in Ferguson. You obviously have a lot of experience. Are you leading a group of looters?

somanysocialills
somanysocialills

@DNichols @shhhhhdidyouhearthat posting of crack and children... you know it's just a matter of time before kids start huffing chemtrail. they'll use long snorkel-like devices to huff the 'trail. the longer the snorkel, the more pure and potent the 'trail will be, so it won't be uncommon to see kids in the inner city walking around with 20 to 30 foot long snorkels. areas of heavy chemtrail applications, like airports and shit, will see increased gang problems as locals secure and hold the turf while charging admission to suburban whites to walk around with rented snorkels and get their fixes.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@DNichols The video pictures from the convenience store speaks volumes

Taxpayer
Taxpayer

@iwannabelikemike @IAMMikeBrown @Bruleif 


Wow! Are you the same iwannbelikemike from Somewhere, USA who was always making peculiar sarcastic remarks to people who were just answering basic questions? What a coinkydink!

Seriously, is iwannabelikemike your real name? How dare IAMMikeBrown use a pseudonym on the internet!


Regards,

Nom de Plume


marcy
marcy

@missionaccomplished @marcy @WhoKnows


Like I said, the people in Ferguson were actively looting and torching buildings.  You saw pictures of people with rifles in the Bundy ranch incident, from that you presumed those rifles were aimed at cops.  That would merely be a presumption on your part.


Nobody was arrested in the Bundy incident and no looting, robbing or arson took place either.  


Any other excuses for the thuggish behavior in Ferguson?  

DNichols
DNichols

@somanysocialills 

You sound like an expert on snorkels?

Are you one of Sheriff Babeu's Jacuzzi Buddies?


Your "Fix" probably requires some posterior ointment.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@john043012 Are you a racist or just ignorant? 

The cop was not responding to or dispatched due to a  cigar theft at a QT store. But even if he was, he still had no legal or moral right to shoot an unarmed kid with his hands in the air. 

Taxpayer
Taxpayer

@john043012 

That's funny, because there was no volume on the images I saw. So I can't really say what transpired. A shove, possible the attempted theft of minor merchandise (again, NOT an armed robbery). Yeah! Let's shoot him to death!


Not yet quite ready to automatically take it as gospel reports and selected images conveniently spooned out a week after the event by a police department that has bungled this whole tragedy from the first moment.

participantinlife
participantinlife

@participantinlife @66rock 

I will add that you are correct, that no, you did not say it made anyone "invaluable".

Your dismissal of the relevance of the sizes of various black communities, to me, implies that the smaller one here in Phoenix is "not valuable", rather than "invaluable".

Remember, you never said they were "invaluable".

But I do!



missionaccomplished
missionaccomplished

@marcy @missionaccomplished @WhoKnows


You have a habit of telling people what they presume based on your own presumptions of how or why they might have made various remarks.

For example, you have explained that I saw photos of armed Bundy militia, and thus you know what I concluded. Quick easy presumption about someone you never met.

Because one reason I agree with WhoKnows is because there are trainloads of photos and eyewitness accounts that bundy thugs were very clearly pointing various high powered weaponry at agents. (I haven't seen any images of Ferguson residents carrying guns much less pointing them at officers of the law.)


Another reason you may want to dial down all the presumin' is that you don't know that I might actually have been at the standoff and witnessed it and can say firsthand that bundy militia-morons did aim at agents.


You may want to look up "presume". I don't think it means what you think it does.


john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@Taxpayer Johnson the friend and who is also in the video  has already admitted to the feds he and Brown robbed the store so that's not in contention. The issue here is whether the cop know ahead of time about the robbery and the profiles of the robbers. My guess he didn't know but Brown obvious knew and that could be why there was this altercation and why Brown became combatant

missionaccomplished
missionaccomplished

@marcy @dennis20 @john043012 


Or rather, he is inferring from multiple eyewitness accounts that the young unarmed teenager who was shot repeatedly by an older officer assumed to be trained and in possession of greater wisdom and restraint than the young man he shot to death, did in fact have his hands in the air while attempting to surrender.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@john043012 @Taxpayer No that is NOT an issue. The police chief already made it clear that the cop knew nothing of the robbery and was not responding to any dispatch as such.

Its not a mystery. It's a fact. 

Taxpayer
Taxpayer

@john043012 @Taxpayer 

I stand by my comment. I did not say Mr. Brown did not steal. Based on what I knew over 3 hours ago, I was not going to make any assumptions; something I've noticed you do quite a bit.

I have no idea what dialog was exchanged between Mr. Brown and the clerk which may have some bearing.

I am certainly not going to make "guesses" about what the victim or the officer who killed him knew. And I sure won't assume that

Mr. Brown "became combatant" with the officer.

Whether or not Darren Wilson suspected the teenager he saw walking down the street was a suspect in a theft is hardly the only issue, and, if he did it really does nothing to justify repeatedly shooting an unarmed teenager (or anyone else). In fact, it opens up even more questions regarding his "handling" of the situation.

Based on what is known (which is incomplete at best) it seems clear that it has all been mishandled with embarrassing ineptness by supposedly professional, trained PUBLIC SERVANTS.

One thing I do know: the punishment for stealing cigars is not the death penalty.

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