Black Lives Matter

Surveillance nation: Asheville PD's monitoring of advocacy groups

So much for being the most progressive city in NC:

Asheville Police Department Chief Tammy Hooper authorized the monitoring of Black Lives Matter and Showing Up for Racial Justice in response to what she said were threats to officers after the shooting of Jai "Jerry" Williams by a white police sergeant.

The groups' organizers said they are unaware of any threats made by their members to harm police. Their groups work to raise awareness about racism and get more equitable treatment for minorities, they said. City Council members appear to have been briefed on the operation sometime after March 2018, according to statements from the elected officials and police. APD revealed the operation to the Citizen Times in May after questioning.

You know what? Between that shooting and the brutal beating of a black man for jaywalking, it is blatantly obvious any sort of monitoring or surveillance that needs to be carried out should be directed at the Police Department itself, not those citizens trying to stop such fascist behavior. And as far as this rationalization:

Resisting in the streets and at the table

The term "Iconic" comes to mind...

The dangers of resistance organizing online

Do not allow yourself to be hijacked:

The Russian troll farm suspected of trying to disrupt U.S. elections last year apparently infiltrated Charlotte during racial protests last year, BuzzFeed News reports. The online news site says the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency recruited U.S. activists to help stage protests in order to help divide the nation ahead of the 2016 elections.

Conrad James of the Raleigh nonprofit Living Ultra-Violet was among four activists who told BuzzFeed they never suspected they were being recruited by the Russians.

A good rule of thumb: If something seems too good to be true, it probably isn't true. That goes for fraud in general, and not just political stuff. The weird (and disturbing) part of this story is it wasn't just online shenanigans, there were a couple of flesh and blood perpetrators involved:

Old White Man gets slap on the wrist for assault

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And his black victim had a front-row seat:

A 79-year-old man charged with assaulting a protester in March at a Donald Trump rally received a 30-day suspended sentence and 12 months of unsupervised probation during a court appearance today.

John Franklin McGraw of Linden pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors related to an assault of Rakeem Jones. District Court Judge Tal Baggett also ordered McGraw to pay $180 in court cost and a $250 fine.

That'll teach him a lesson. Actually, he already knew our court system was horribly slanted in favor of white people. Who are (surely) just good people who, in a moment of poor judgment, made a mistake and deserve to be given another chance. Excuse me a second while I hurl...

ECU scratches the 1st Amendment off of Bill of Rights

Because catering to a redneck crowd is more important than justice:

East Carolina officials say the school will not tolerate further protests after some band members kneeled while others performed the national anthem before a game. They say they "regret the actions" taken by the 19 members who took a knee during the ceremonies before the game against Central Florida last week.

They say they expect the members of the Marching Pirates "will learn from this experience and fulfill their responsibilities." They call the protests "hurtful to many in our Pirate family and disrespectful to our country." Fans booed the protestors after the anthem was completed, and Chancellor Cecil Staton quickly issued a statement affirming the band members' right to express themselves.

If anybody should be ashamed, it's the jackass fans who are apparently so fragile something as innocuous as a person kneeling hurts their wittle feelings:

Keith Scott's Life Matters

Keith Scott's life matters.

It mattered before he was shot and killed on Tuesday.

His life mattered if he held a gun and it mattered if he held a book.

His life matters as all sides rush to judgment with the truth, half-truths, speculation, rumors, and lies.

Keith Scott's life matters just as much as the life of the police officer who shot and killed him. Yes, the officer's life matters too. Nobody has said it didn't.

Police use Black Citizens for Target Practice

August 9, 2014—Ferguson, Missouri—Michael Brown—Eleven Bullets

After the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent protests F.B.I. Director James Comey
asked
his staff to tell him how many black people are shot and killed by the police every year:

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