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Video Justice and Blacks in America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Video Justice and Blacks in America

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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Six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death (CNN reports)

What if there were no videos? How would we be able to witness the graphic scenes of brutality committed against blacks? Many analysts argue that there would have been the usual cover-up and exoneration of police officers after ‘extensive investigations.’ As America was trying to cope with the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner it is confronted with the tragedy of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

The video showed an able-bodied man arrested by the police but what is not seen or known is the manner in which Gray died. Jerry Rodriguez is Baltimore’s Deputy Police Commissioner. He said at a news conference, ‘ when Mr. Gray was put in that van, he could talk, he was upset, and when he was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe.’

These incidents make it clear that blacks and whites live in different worlds. This is evident in two areas of life: the role of the police and the manner in which the justice system operates.   Continue reading

Black Baltimore residents aren’t ‘animals’. We punish people for killing animals

Black Baltimore residents aren’t ‘animals’. We punish people for killing animals

Jason NicholsThe Guardian News

baltimoreThe protests over the death of Freddie Gray turned violent, so white people returned to using their latest euphemism for African Americans

After massive protests in the streets of Baltimore to raise awareness about Baltimore City police practices and to demand answers and accountability in the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man whose spine and neck were severed in 4 different places while in police custody – eventually resulted in the destruction of property and serious injury to some police officers, the protesters’ frustration prompted many white people (on blogs and in social media) to refer to black Baltimoreans as “animals” for their actions.   Continue reading

Justice Department Investigating NYPD Cop Caught Killing Eric Garner on Video

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Justice Department Investigating NYPD Cop Caught Killing Eric Garner on Video

Andrew Emett, News Report
Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Wednesday that the Justice Department will conduct an investigation into the death of Eric Garner after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the NYPD officer responsible for using a banned chokehold resulting in Garner’s death. Garner is one of at least nine unarmed black people killed by police in recent months. To date, no officers have been charged with the deaths.

Around 4:45pm on July 17, Eric Garner and his friend, Ramsey Orta, were discussing where to eat dinner when a fight erupted nearby. After Garner assisted in breaking up the fight, NYPD Officer Justin Damico approached Garner and accused him of selling untaxed cigarettes. Continue reading

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