While this is a lesson- I won’t tell you how to vote, I will show you attributes to look for in leaders, making connections between public officeholders and the Bible that may surprise you. It’s biblical truth about the character qualities God blesses in government officials—truth that citizens and their leaders mostly ignore at their own peril.
God Candidate Quality 1-Have Faith!
Simply put, the “elect of God” are those whom God has predestined to salvation. They are called the “elect” because that word denotes the concept of choosing. Every four years in the U.S., we “elect” a President—i.e., we choose who will serve in that office. The same goes for God and those who will be saved; God chooses those who will be saved. These are the elect of God.
The second main view is the Augustinian view, which essentially teaches that God not only divinely elects those who have faith in Christ, but God also divinely elects to grant to these individuals who have the faith to believe. In other words, God’s election unto salvation is not based on an individual’s foreknowledge, but it is based on how strong is an individual’s desire for salvation is. The ultimate winner of this election is the free, sovereign grace of Almighty God and in time people will come to understand faith in Christ because most will understand God has elected them.
God Candidate Quality 2-Our Motivation is focused
The ultimate question that we are presented with- What is our motivation focused on; God or man? In the first view (the prescient view), man has total control; man’s free will is sovereign and becomes the determining factor in earthly matters such as a political election. If we provide a God centered factor, then we understand in the end God can provide the way of making salvation real. Ultimately, this view enhances the biblical understanding of God’s true sovereignty. This view puts the Creator’s provision of salvation at the mercy of the creature; the reality of this view if God wants people in heaven, He has to hope that man will freely choose His way of salvation. In reality, the prescient view of election is no view of election at all, because God is not really choosing—He is only confirming. But, it is man who is the ultimate chooser.
God Candidate Quality 3-Solidarity with Principle
“The Ballot or the Bullet” -1964 (below), Minister Malcolm X advocates fighting for racial, economic, and social justice on all fronts, and he does not want religion to stand in the way of justice. He noted that many preachers, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are most known for their work for justice—not their religious vocations. X contends that Islam is his personal business. He finds that religious differences can hinder solidarity. X calls for keeping religion private: it should be between the person and his or her God.
It is obvious that-The speech champions Black nationalism as the key to Black economic and social progression.
Malcolm X encourages Black people to join churches and organizations that promote Black uplift, and he warns them about Black churches and organizations that promote White nationalism. Churches and organizations employing separatism can be recognized by their espousal of things counterproductive to Black uplift and solidarity. The main point of X’s speech is most people understand that our desire for satisfaction always dictates the direction of our lives–whether it be the hunger of our stomachs, the desire for material wealth or prestige, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for Christian Communities around the world, the hunger for anything outside of the will and direction of God can be an enemy-this includes the direction of those we elect.
While our hunger for God–and Him alone–is the only thing that will always bring life’s victory overall. If we are to understand how the issue that affects our leadership, we must understand how to 1) first Recognize the core of the problem, and 2) secondly we need to understand why, the problem with leadership exist, one rational to consider is people’s “questionable,” Hunger for change.
Who is God’s candidate-Bringing it home
If were are to answer the question who are “Urban Christian leaders,” or “God’s elected,” then many agree with the statement, when we say-they must be determined to demonstrate their engagement in the community and how to lead their people in essential ‘hope messages,’ in order to secure the word of truth in the presence of hardship.
At first, that may mean slower faith extension, but at some point the very declaration of the church is promoting a true community in the midst of tribalism, which may be the spiritual indication of God in which renders hope for the dying urban city.
What you and I should want (need) the people at home to think about during this election season is that when times are tough ,and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may feel like a remedy. This does not necessarily work in the real world. Definitely, what works in the real world is cooperation. Tomorrows Urban Christian Leaders must understand with clarity that what works in the real world is cooperation, business and government, foundations and universities all the same. Our communities lack collaboration, and teamwork-to the level that only ‘true leadership” can bring.
Pastor Gregg L Greer, President of Freedom First International
We have to inspire a New American Citizen in urban communities who believes with no doubt that we can build the “American Dream,” with real opportunities accompanied by fundamental fairness for all and even for poor folks to work their way into it. The first order must be of principle and zeal for anyone God elected, but it has to begin and end by seeking the will of God not man. With that in mind good luck with this election season. In any case we are calling people of faith to stand up and be accountable to yourself, the secular world, and ultimately God! When the faithful stand up-then we all will instantly see the change because we now have amidst us God’s elected working on our behalf. (glg)
Peace, and Honor!
On Today July 17, 2016, many are aware of the current national news headlines detailing two cops who were killed in Baton Rouge, and multiple cops killed in Dallas, Texas last week.
In the wake of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Mike Brown in Ferguson, Freddy Gray in Baltimore, Eric Garner New York City, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and stolen lives-elsewhere, most of the time black people in city’s across America have known for some time that there is a deep rooted issue in our communities. Many of us are totally aware of the nature of police oppression and violence against the black community in urban cities. This has happened to such an extent that we as (blacks) expect from the police a regular “shake down, ” at least once in our life and for some-we’ve become immune to this treatment.
So maybe we should just start by saying a black man is three times more likely to be searched at a traffic stop, and seven times more likely to go jail than his white counterpart. Blacks make up nearly 40 percent of arrests for violent crimes, but over 60 percent of prosecutions. Everyday thousands of blacks have suffered subliminal forms of discrimination to harsh issues both inside and outside the criminal justice system. We don’t need social science research to show how striking are the racial disparities exist at nearly every level for blacks-just go into the hood and ask a black person! We have suffered from mass incarceration by ungodly arrest rates, to unheard of bail amounts for minimal crimes. One truly doesn’t need to shift through any vast body of research to find the clearest indicators of racial disparities at different phases of the American Justice
Another study, by The Sentencing Project, examines vastly disproportionate rates of incarceration for African-American Men. We should be asking ourselves why these disparities exist?
With institutional racism in Job, schools, and communities black have no choice but to push our way forward from here, and most will tell you they are long tired of being victims.
Gregg L.Greer-President, Freedom First International-S.C.L.C Member
I’ve said in the recent past- Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and others are not victims of the lopsided school systems that failed them. They are victims of a police force that overwhelmingly assumes first that most young black men are criminals followed by fear of them. They are a victims of bad legislation, like the Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that gives anyone the unfettered right to kill if they feel threatened in any way.
With institutional racism in Job, schools, and communities have no choice but to push our way forward from here.
The Father of hate will forever be lies, the forested lie that hate tells is some races are better than others. Eric A Russell-Founder of Tree of Life Justice League of IL.
Yes it’s tragic that Police officers who responded to Sunday’s shootings killed Long in a gun battle after the other officers were ambushed, police sources told CNN.
It’s sad that two of those who died were Baton Rouge police officers, said Police Chief Carl Dabadie. The gunman also killed a sheriff’s deputy and critically wounded a deputy who is “fighting for his life,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.
Another wounded deputy and police officer have non-life-threatening wounds, law officers said.
It is with this thought in mind-that we embrace the pain-that other communities are feeling, because we know this pain-it’s a way too familiar pain. This pain has slowly given rise to Black Militant groups such as the one pictured above. (Armed Black Militants Prep for War-you tube)
The pain that black’s have endured for many years-which simply says-we are victims of a certain Moral blindness– Which means every single black person in the eyes of a racist is the sign of a terrible crime from their ugly past, a reminder that their life is a fraud, that they need to simply own up to their past and make it right. Instead of denying, shifting blame, or to lie, twisting the facts and make black people into these ungodly creatures that they look down on, laugh at and yet, oddly, fear. It is a failed attempt to be at “peace,” with themselves. Can someone consider apologizing to the Black community for the long hard years of systematic oppression. Maybe the killings of cops would stop.
It is my hope and most likely a dream- that the President and others who discuss the tragic circumstances of Dallas, and Baton Rouge will spend equal time discussing the level of frustration in the black community- I will caution all that-the time came yesterday- when the black community grew tired. Please know that we don’t want to blame anyone for senseless loss of life-but please-please tell me who’s to blame for the “Hate that Hate made.”
Peace and Love
Have you ever seen The U.S Blue Angels who are the US Navy’s Air expedition team? If you have you have seen the awesome power of McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
This powerful unit cost US $29 Million per unit and the Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations and, since 1986, by the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. The F/A-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,034 knots, 1,190 mph or 1,915 km/h at 40,000 ft. or 12,190 m). It can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles, including air-to-air and air-to-ground, supplemented by the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon. It is powered by two General Electric F404 turbofan engines, which give the aircraft a high thrust-to-weight ratio.
The point of this narrative is that with all this technology there is one vital element that is required to be effective. A Pilot who sits behind the controls. This unit would be vulnerable without a human being-also this unit would spiral out of control and crash.
So similarly, you can posse every known gift imaginable but if you don’t allow God to guide you in using those gifts, then they are useless. More seriously you may spiral out of control and crash. As the captain of your ship, the pilot of your air craft is God. (don’t listen to the bumper stickers that say God is my Co-pilot) they are so wrong.
Imagine if Moses and Aron didn’t go into Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let my people go. Sure they were in fear but they decided to listen and follow the journey that God had prompted for them, yet as a result of their obedience The Nation of Israel benefited, Moses grow to become the leader of a new nation.
God desires the same for you, understand it will not be comfortable but if you familiarize yourself with God and then set sail into the “Airways of life.” You will find a journey that is filled with wonder and amazement. On this journey you’ll leave behind old attitudes, old relationships, old sins, and old ways of thinking. On this journey to obedience you will obtain technical gifts from God that you have never imagined or even realized,
As a favorite song of mine says-Give me the Sky and I’ll give you heaven. As long as you believe the best is yet to come.
The September 11 coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 was “A date which will live in infamy.” The attacks widely shown , on television and newspapers published shocking and sad images from the most tragic day in history, many were deemed too awful, too harsh for the public to face. Nevertheless the public was entitled to see the tragic information, that absorbed the airwaves.
Definitely, testimonies of pictures of the estimated 200 people who plunged to their death from the Twin Towers. Trapped, with nowhere to go, was a heartbreaking way to die as thousands watched, from the streets of New York, to the homes of those watching on television.
Falling Man is a photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew of a man falling from the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 9:41:15 a.m. during the September 11 attacks in New York City.
This one photo, possibly the most controversial of all: the Falling Man was worth mention, due to the fact that attempts made to formally identify the man, did prove successful. Falling Man, was Jonathan Briley (pictured below) a 43-year-old employee of Windows on the World, the restaurant on the 106th floor of the North Tower
Witnesses know Briley as a light-skinned black man, with a moustache, goatee and short hair. His co-workers believe the Falling Man is him. Michael Lomonaco, the Head Chef at Windows on the World, also suggested that the man was Briley.
His brother, Timothy, who was tasked to identify his brother, knew him by his shoes; black high-tops, similar to those pictured. According to Jonathan’s sister, Gwendolyn, he had asthma and the billowing smoke would have made it hard for him to breathe, which may have prompted the jump to his premature death.Sadly, Biley was one of the many lives lost as Statistics show 2,977 people died in the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.
Jonathan, imbued with the spirit of humility, never failed to look for an opportunity to be of service. He used his skills as an Audio Engineer in churches up and down the east coast. The quiet, peaceful spirit that resided in his 6’5 ½” frame was a beacon of light and warmth that was felt by everyone who came in contact with him. His sense of humor attested to the joy of his spirit. His patience was a source of strength to everyone he met. Jonathan’s life blessed God because of the fruits of The Holy Spirit.
People, buildings and planes and debris fell from the sky. Terrified strangers became known friends as Americans came together on one day that changed the nation and the world as we knew it- forever. Truly Heartbreaking and still unbelievable 14 years later. May they all rest in peace.
“The Chosen One”
by Gwendolyn Briley-Strand
Freedom is a hard bought thing
It demands a high price
It’s not bought with dust, or words or empty promises
It’s bought with one’s self
The bones, the flesh, the spirit
And once you’ve got it, you cherish it
We got to go free, or die tryin’
The family has established a scholarship in Jonathan’s name. Your tax deductible contribution can be sent to:
Jonathan E. Briley Memorial Fund
PO Box 44322
Ft Washington, MD 20749-4322
or EFT 052001633003932243631
Killing of John Crawford III is one of the historic miscarriages of justice that exist in America todate!
https://youtu.be/71VpZxAOXzk (Ritchie Actual Interview Footage)
Walmart surveillance footage was later released to the public, but not before a grand jury decided not to indict Williams on criminal charges. The video showed that Crawford – who was still on his phone – was shot from the side while apparently moving to run away from the advancing armed officers. Footage synced by the FBI with a recording of the 911 call indicated that Williams shot Crawford about one second after he and Darkow rounded a corner into the pet products aisle, where Crawford had been standing for five minutes.
Tasha Thomas was reduced to swearing on the lives of her relatives that John Crawford III had not been carrying a firearm when they entered the Walmart in Beavercreek, near Dayton, to buy crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars on the evening of 5 August.
“You lie to me and you might be on your way to jail,” detective Rodney Curd told Thomas, as she wept and repeatedly offered to take a lie-detector test. After more than an hour and a half of questioning and statement-taking, Curd finally told Thomas that Crawford, 22, had died.
On Sept. 25, 2014 Officer Williams was cleared of criminal charges by a Greene County special grand jury of five men and four women. Neither Darkow nor the 911 caller were considered for charges. Answering one paragraph, Beavercreek attorneys wrote, defendants “have no knowledge of whether all police officers are trained to understand that many 911 callers provide inaccurate or otherwise unsubstantiated information, and are notoriously unreliable eye-witnesses.”
The special grand jury heard from 18 witnesses and then voted against potential charges of murder, reckless homicide and negligent homicide against Williams. At least seven “yes” votes were needed for a charge to be approved. Grand jury votes are not made public.
Following the shooting a grand jury decided not to indict any of the officers involved. The Justice Department is conducting its own investigation. Meanwhile, the officer who shot Crawford remains on desk duty.
Crawford’s mother believes that the surveillance tape shows the police lied in their account of events, and has spoken out against the killing at a “Justice for All” march. The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Walmart and the Beavercreek police department.
- Even among die-hard police supporters and apologists, few believed that John Crawford was to blame for being shot. Most pointed the finger at 911-caller Ronald Ritchie, but it was clear that in an open carry state, and in a store that sells both guns and BB-guns, there is nothing illegal, nor even particularly out of the ordinary about handling a replica firearm, taken from the very shelves of the store.
- Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece has proposed a “John Crawford’s Law”, which would change the way toy guns look to prevent similar tragedies.
- The family is seeking more than $75,000 in damages, citing the children Crawford left behind. Wal-Mart, the city of Beavercreek and Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers are named in the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The lawsuit also names the officer who shot Crawford, Sean Williams, and his partner on the scene, David Darkow.
- Tasha Thomas, who in a harsh interrogation was falsely accused of helping Crawford smuggle the gun into the store that August, was killed in a bizarre high-speed car crash in Dayton on New Year’s Day, local media reported. (pictured left)
- To date lead activist organizations and at least one big-name civil rights heavyweight has said many nice words to support John Crawford Jr, and his family on the ground fighting against Walmart and the Beavercreek Police Department to “Release the Tape,” but none hardly ever once mobilized on the ground or the ground effort was lacking with the exception of a group of dedicated loyalist. In the meantime Walmart alines with many of the big name activist pockets financially!
To date the Family and advocacy are awaiting charges. Currently-The Justice Department has will launched an investigation into the shooting death of Crawford inside the Ohio Wal-Mart, just hours after a local grand jury voted not to indict the police officer who shot him.
On August 5, 2015 in Beavercreek, Ohio activist will be present at the Walmart location where John was killed by Officer Williams. On that date there will be multiple participating cities nationwide! Use this Link for more information
The arrest of Sandra Bland may leave many questions and has left the masses confused once again. During the past two years many folks have marched in various cities, following grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City that failed to indict police officers who killed citizens, a frequent sign that can be seen, carried by protesters, is: “Black lives matter. “Yes, in truth the case of Sandra Bland defiantly in spirit -highlights the true nature of the problem on the public streets of urban America. It is very likely that, as often alleged, while laws need to change for everyone-but blacks in urban cities are disproportionately stopped and harassed by police more often than whites or others. This, however, is not the full picture of the harassment and threats that occur on urban sidewalks-it goes much deeper.
But, singular as it may seem, there is no turning back from the fact that laws of our country are on a collision course with change. Our government has to determine all of the problems and flaws within the race oriented system and the criminal justice system problem they are confronted. To put it more directly, no doubt-the criminal justice system issue is a serious problem in the United States!
Video: I decided to add a laundry list of possible violations of Bland rights.
After my review of the video I decided to add a laundry list of possible violations of Bland’s constitutional rights. Ms. Bland was an African-American from the Chicago area who had come to Texas for a job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University, was arrested after she was stopped July 10, 2015 for failure to signal a lane change. This list doesn’t necessarily mean that the courts will find the officer coerced, forced or lied in the statement or anything else with his report about the incident. But if the courts rule that he did act out of policy, not only is the statement inadmissible, but so too is any evidence that the police obtain as the result of it. I’m hard pressed to find in most of the video, where the officer had the level of control that his training should have dictated.
When the officer demanded loudly that Sandra Bland step out of her vehicle, Bland knew her rights and asked “Why am I being apprehended?” to which the officer simply replied, “I am giving you a lawful order” without articulating any reasonable suspicion of a crime. (Neither the stun gun nor the confrontation over the cigarette was mentioned in Trooper Encinia’s incident report according to police statement.) Why!!
It doesn’t matter whether an interrogation occurs in a jail, at the scene of a crime, on a busy downtown street, or the middle of an open field: If a person is in custody (deprived of his or her freedom of action in any significant way), the police must read the Miranda rights if they want to ask questions and use the answers as evidence at trial.
If someone is not in police custody, however, no Miranda warning is required and anything the person says can be used at trial. Police officers often avoid arresting people—and make it clear to them that they’re free to go—precisely so they don’t have to give the Miranda warning. Then they can arrest the suspect after getting the incriminating statement they wanted all along.
For more detail on these issues, see Miranda: The Meaning of ‘Custodial Interrogation.
Do you have to respond to police questions if you haven’t been arrested? Generally, no. (You typically don’t have to answer even if you’re under arrest.) A police officer generally cannot arrest a person simply for failure to respond to questions. (There are, however, situations where you might have to provide information like identification.
Video: I also decided to add a laundry list of possible violations on the video.
The video showed the officer pulling Ms. Bland over and their encounter escalating into a physical altercation in which he threatened her with a stun gun.
“I will light you up,” the trooper said, pointing the stun gun at her.
The video also confirmed an account from the family’s lawyer that the confrontation between Ms. Bland and the trooper, Brian T. Encinia, escalated after she refused his order to put out a cigarette.
But this conflicts with Officer Encinia’s seeming lies of omission in both his report and in his verbal recap to the Texas DPS dispatch.
- In fact, in frame 23:24 Officer Encinia claimed that he tried to de-escalate the situation when he encountered an unarmed woman with half of his body mass with a taser in hand.
Video: Minutes 23 through 24 the Officer produces a serious of incorrect statements that I subjectively one could conclude as lies.
Video: 25 though 34.05 video shows credible evidence of technical difficulties suggesting the possibility of editing or some undisclosed technical error combination
The audio sounds like a continuous stream of discussion between dispatch or phone and Officer Encinia, the video below shows the tow truck driver leaving his car multiple times without going back to the cab of his wrecker. The same vehicles can clearly be seen to pass multiple times. It is unknown at this time if the irregularities signal intentional editing, technical difficulties or a combination of both. A lot can happen in 2 minutes.
Other Problematic areas with this story.
Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, speaks with Texas Standard about the footage of the arrest, point-by-point. Here’s a transcript of the conversation, edited for brevity and clarity:
The trooper asks, “You mind putting out your cigarette please?” And Ms. Bland says, “Well, I’m in my car – why do I have to put out my cigarette?” Does she have to put out her cigarette?
No, she doesn’t have to put out her cigarette. And you wonder why the officer is even bothering with that. This is part of his escalation of the whole event that unfolded, unfortunately.
The next part: “Step out of the car.” Ms. Bland says, “You do not have the right.” He interrupts – “I do have the right, step out of the car or I will remove you.” Does he have the right, first, to order her to step out of the car? And second, to actually physically remove her from the car?
He does not have the right to say, get out of the car. He has to express some reason. ‘I need to search your car,’ or, whatever; he needs to give a reason. He can’t just say ‘get out of the car’ for a traffic offense.
Ms. Bland says, “I refuse to talk to you other than to identify myself.” Is she right or wrong.
She’s right. Unfortunately, officers don’t like it when you know the law. In this case, even if you are right, you are still in danger. And that’s what we see unfolding here.
The trooper says, “I am giving you a lawful order.” Now, is the lawful order to extinguish the cigarette, or to get out of the car, or neither.
Certainly, telling her to put out the cigarette was not a lawful order.
Just saying ‘Get out of the car,’ in and of itself, without an explanation, is not lawful. And you see him say that throughout the video without ever saying why [or] what’s .
It’s clear to me that he’s trying to assert authority that he probably does not have under the law, and he’s escalating the situation because he is upset. [He] doesn’t exercise the training that he needs to be exercising to de-escalate this situation.
“I’m gonna yank you out of here,” is what the trooper says. Can he physically “yank” her out of her vehicle?
He can’t do that either, unless she’s posing a threat to his welfare and safety. What he should have done was just wait for backup, if he couldn’t de-escalate it himself. But you don’t just pull somebody out of the car, and point that taser in her face. What if it had gone off? She’d have permanent brain damage.
She says, “Dont touch me, I’m not under arrest.” Trooper says, “You are under arrest. She says, “Under arrest for what?” He then turns to his shoulder-mounted radio, and asks for another unit. Does he have an obligation as a law enforcement officer to tell her why she is under arrest?
Yes. He needs to – it’s not clear to her what’s going on. He needs to tell her, ‘You’re under arrest because …,’ but you can’t really tell her that.
Because you can’t tell from the video that there’s any reason to have her under arrest.
She asserts her right to record this with her cell phone. That’s a right that has been clearly established. Is that true?
- She has a right to do that. But that’s another example where the officer perceives this as a challenge to his authority – and it further escalates the whole scenario.
When he says “get out of the car, or I will light you up,” he is apparently referring to the use of a taser. Is that a legitimate threat? Is that something that’s okay for officers to do in that situation?
No – here’s the situation where he is clearly violating her constitutional rights.
This is excessive force on the part of the officer – to take that taser and point it in her face and say, “I’m going to harm you.”
Taser is the last recourse to a gun. And if he can’t get her out, he can’t de-escalate it, he’s got to wait for another officer to come and talk through this.
Right now, the trooper has been placed on administrative duty. He’s not on leave, he’s still working for DPS. It’s our understanding that there is a violation of policy here – he should not have allowed it to escalate.
We are talking about a certain level of discretion that the state apparently entrusts with its troopers. Should officers have that much discretion.
He clearly exceeded that….
The discretion here is, how do you de-escalate the situation? He could have just given her the ticket and walked away.
Just like that. But he had to go through this confrontation. Of course, there are questions of race that come up here. And the fact that this is an out-of-state car moving through the town – and we know in Texas that’s a pretty typical profiling event.
What bothers me a lot is that troopers are supposed to be the best-trained police officers we have in the state. This guy is clearly out of control – clearly shouldn’t be out on the streets dealing with people – [given] this level of escalation that he provokes.
I noted the time frames with digital Breaks (2 second drift)
8:45 – The altercation starts.
9:15 – Officer asks her to put out the cigarette, she refuses.
9:30 – Officer opens her car doors.
10:05 – Officer tells her she’s under arrest.
10:30 – Officer: “I will light you up.”
10:35 – Sandy gets out of the car.
10:44 – They leave the view of the dashcam.
12:20 – They briefly re-enter the frame.
13:20 – Struggle offscreen.
12:40 – Sandy: “You’re about to break my fucking wrist.”
13:15 – Sandy: “You’re about to break my wrist. Stop!”
14:15 – Officer tells bystander to stop filming
15:00 – Sandy claims her head was knocked into the ground.
15:50 – Sandy not heard after this point.
16:00 – Police officer claims he was kicked.
16:10 – Car is searched
22:15 – Tow truck arrives
31:05 – Officer starts talking about arrest.
32:38 – CAR DISAPPEARS
49:35 – Car is towed
Two days ago I stood and prayed with the family of 7-year-old Amari Brown (pictured, above) who was killed by a cowardly act of aggression, that just hours before snuffed out this innocent child’s life.
When any city has eight killings in two days, including the death of a 7-year-old Amari Brown, something is seriously wrong with the system. As a long-term community advocate, and Civil Rights leader who oversees many of America’s most difficult civil rights cases, Including Tamir Rice, and others-I must say regretfully I’ve seen this many times before and I will not stand by and allow children to die!
While Gun violence affects society in many ways, including higher medical costs, reductions in quality of life because of fear of gun violence and stresses on the criminal justice system. The United States has the highest rate of gun-related injuries among developed countries, as well as the highest rate of gun ownership. Psychologists and other public health scientists are working to develop effective methods to reduce gun violence, but political opposition has created barriers to government support for research.
The System Failed!
The system failed Amari, the Chicago Police Chief McCarthy said. but like Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Tamir Rice all were not victims of their seemingly racist killers alone. They were victims of the lopsided school systems that failed them. They where victims of a police force that overwhelmingly assumes first that most young black men are criminals followed by fear of them. They are a victims of bad legislation, like the Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that gives anyone the unfettered right to kill if they feel threatened in any way. The victimization extends to calls to relieve Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy of his duties, His tactics haven’t been the miracle cure for the city’s violence at all.
They are victims of a certain Moral blindness– Which means every single black person in the eyes of a racist is the sign of a terrible crime from their ugly past, a reminder that their life is a fraud, that they need to simply own up to their past and make it right. Instead of denying, shifting blame, or to lie, twisting the facts and make black people into these creatures that they look down on, laugh at and yet, oddly, fear. It is a failed attempt to be at “peace,” with themselves.
We Also Failed!
They are victims of us because we need more love in our communities! We need to love and accept our children unconditionally. Regardless of our child’s age, we have to instill feelings of acceptance and self-worth. Teach our children, by how you treat them, that they are valuable and worthy of love. It doesn’t matter if you don’t agree with every choice or interest of your child.
Over the next few weeks Freedom First International in partnership with the Guilty in Innocence Project other community groups-will begin serious conversations and initiatives around Chicago and Northwest Indiana on how to “stop the gun violence in Chicagoland” Please advise via inbox or comments section if you like to join this dialog or facilitate. The initiative is called-We Rise above Bullets! “Put the guns down Chicago.”
We must give a notice letter to the provocateurs in our society that clearly states the current state of affairs is not acceptable, and we won’t let you or anyone else destroy us and our future without a fight! Join us! Because it has to end today!
We are asking every Man, woman, child, who can to join us in our ongoing fight against Violence in Chicago, and abroad. Join our group today! by clicking this link https://www.facebook.com/weriseFreedomfirst/info?tab=page_info or you may go to http://www.greggglreer.com, http://freedomfirstinternational.net/about/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
“Peace and Love.” Reverend Gregg L. Greer