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Today a grand jury in New York decided to not indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. White police Officer Daniel Pantaleo was clearly videotaped choking Garner to death as Garner pleaded for his life. Garner was unarmed at the time.
Protests are being held in New York City tonight, as well as in other cities. People are tying together protests against police brutality in the U.S., which is killing nearly 400 people a year, most of them people of color.
“Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.” #MalcolmX #ThisStopsToday #myNYPD #EricGarner #BlackLivesMatter #ferguson — at Times Square NYC. ~ Photo: Mickey Z.
Mass protests have spread across the U.S. in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to press charges against killer cop Darren Wilson. Many smaller protests have closed down highways, disrupted shopping and otherwise shown how angry people are about police brutality, racism and white supremacy.
We are following a breaking situation here in Kansas City where 10 agents with Homeland Security arrested (and later released) a local printmaker for allegedly being involved in trademark infringement of the Kansas City Royals logo. They also seized panties from a local custom underwear boutique. The printmaker also made t-shirts for Ferguson protesters. Homeland Security has also been going after other people allegedly infringing on the Royals logo.
Erik Lindquist, via Facebook: "Homeland security sent out 10 officers to fuck with me today for printing a hand drawn KC (apparently if the K touches the C you're screwed). That's right a federal agency created to protect us from terrorism is protecting a god damned corporation instead. Fuck the MLB, Royals can go to hell."
This weekend saw a fresh round of protests in Ferguson and St, Louis, Missouri. Organizers dubbed the protests #FergusonOctober. Protesters have been calling for an end to police brutality and justice for Michael Brown and other victims of police violence.
St. Louis City Hall now fully occupied by hundreds of protesters with a list of demands.
As the event to raise funds for Ryan Ronquillo’s family drew to a close and the banner reading “Justice for Ryan Ronquillo” was lowered, the crowd seemed anxious. There were about 60 people left of the 250 who came through the door for the event that was co-organized with the family and their friends, along with local hip hop artists Brer Rabbit, Sole, Molina Speaks, Stay Tuned, Jonny 5, and Time. Maybe anxiety wasn’t really the feeling going around that night. People were on edge, sure. But mostly people. The District Attorney Mitch Morrissey had just made the decision to close the “investigation”—If you can call it that—of Ryan’s assassination at the Romero Funeral home on July 2nd of this year (2014).
What began as a protest movement after 10 days of sustained defiance, has taken a couple shaky steps towards revolt. The situation here is still fluid and ripe with potential. Locally, people are surprised that similar unrest hasn’t sparked off in other cities. If it were to spread, the scope here would likely widen. It’s difficult to get a sense of how people outside the metro area interpret what’s happening here. What follows are some observations from St Louis residents and participants in the struggle who might give a clearer picture of this strange new reality.