George Frierson, a black Attorney in the United States, would go home and thank the Lord today.
Seventy years ago, on June 16, 1944, a fourteen year old black boy named George Stinney, too thin and too short for the electric chair, was made to sit atop a phone book, his feet two thin for the electrodes but connected regardless, and executed for the presumed crime of killing two white teenaged girls. The trial took just three months, there were no witnesses, evidently no documents, no appeal. The boy was black, so he had to be the one who did the killing. Blacks are Canaanites, children of Ham who was cursed by Noah in the name of the Lord, and are to be destroyed little by little . (Exodus 23:23, Numbers 33:52, Deuteronomy 2:16-17).
We do not know how this little Canaanite, just fourteen years in the good Lord’s world, suffered before he died. George Stinney was the youngest to be executed by the law, ever, anywhere, except in some Muslim Countries
His pleading, wailing parents are long dead. Probably his nephews and nieces and their offspring too are gone. Who will rejoice the finding that little George was exonerated? Attorney George Frierson and a few other blacks. Every little handout to a black, however late, is a blessing from Jesus. .
Seven decades years on, within the span of a few weeks this season, at least four blacks if not more, lay dead in God’s own Country America. (Evangelist Billy Graham coined that description for the United States. The Guy who named Kerala God’s own Country just pirated the phrase).
ON Tuesday August 5, John Crawford III, a young black man, picked up an air rifle from the rack in Beavercreek Walmart store. While he kept swinging it probably to get the feel and weight of it, his attention turned towards his girlfriend.
A customer named Ronald Richie called police and reported that a black man was carrying an AR-15 Rifle inside the Walmart store.
Now The AR-15 is a lightweight, 5.56 mm, semi-automatic rifle, with a rotating-lock bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation or long/short stroke piston operation. It in no way resembles an air rifle. You couldn’t mistake the two from a 200-yard distance. The video shows Crawford swinging the air rifle after he picked it up.
The police arrived. Before Crawford even knew that they were there, police shot and killed him.
Ronald Richie stated that he had seen Crawford loading the rifle. He had said he had seen Crawford pointing it at people. After he was shown the video outside court, he changed statement. As per the law, the witnesses are not to know what other evidences are when he makes a statement. The law could always be bent when there is the question of colour.
On September 25, a special grand jury decided not to indict the officers in the Beavercreek Walmart shooting.
The attorney for the officers involved in the shooting stated that the grand jury decision was absolutely right. “The officers acted well within their training.”
The attorney didn’t say that their training had taught them that shooting a black man under any pretext is absolutely right.
The decision may be reviewed. That’s how it stands.
The reaction to this dastardly execution was muffled. It didn’t flare up till more cold blooded executions of black men happened subsequently .
Saturday, August 9 2014, Michael Brown, all of 18 and proud of his High School graduation, was shot by a white policeman while walking down the street. Some who claimed to be eye witnesses, all black, said that Michael hard surrendered, his hands were up in the air when Darren Wilson, a white policeman (Officer in American parlance), shot him.
Joe Belmar, the police chief stated that Brown assaulted Wilson.
Wilson himself said that the heavily built Brown tried to wrench the weapon out of his hands, there was a struggle for the weapon, the boy was much stronger than him, so he pulled the trigger in self defence. That is what he said in a BBC interview.
They produced for public view two photos of the injury suffered by Wilson during the scuffle within the span of a few days. One showed a slight discoloration on the left side of his cheek, the other side one where Wilson in hospital with a deep and bleeding cut on the top of his left eyebrow and black eye. Interestingly, the photo with discolouration of the cheed shows no sign of any cut over the eyebrwo, healed or otherwise. The work of Photoshop is evident on the right photo.
Three days after the shooting, the police brought out a hazy video that was supposed to show up Brown as a cigar thief. They were presumably also shown the photo at the right.
I suppose a biased Grand Jury was impressed by the photo of the seemingly serious injury (which healed without a trace in three days) and the video where the thief was not even recognizable. The outcome was the decision that there was no need to indict Darren Wilson.
Case closed. No review. Black lives didn’t matter even when the President of the United States was a black man who had to seem neutral in such circumstances.
On November 22, Tamir Rice, a black boy of 12, Class VI, roamed a Cleveland park in South Carolina pointing his toy gun at mostly inanimate things and lazily roaming about. .
A man called 911 and reported there was a boy in the park pointing a gun at everyone. He added that the gun could be fake, a toy. The video shows that the boy was shot in 2 seconds after the police arrived.
Of the event, a ‘Concerned thinker 411’ wrote: <>
In the beginning of the video it’s apparent that a second individual was sitting inside the pavilion within plain view of the subject. I hope to god that the 911 caller sitting in the park is not that person (The other park benches in clear view of the pavilion and swings appear void of people and have a covering of snow). Presumably, the boy’s youth and the fact that the gun was really just a toy, at that vantage point, would be fairly obvious considering how much time they spent in close proximity. After playing in the snow, the subject walks off camera to our right at 15:20:53, presumably to go to the swings (according to the 911 caller, the subject was said to be at the swings). The caller stating that he didn’t know if the gun was “real or not” and the “guy” was probably a juvenile was perhaps too ambiguous. When he returns :5:44 minutes later, the second individual has departed the pavilion. A few minutes later police arrive on the scene.
Another fact is that the 911 caller stated that the subject had been pointing the gun at others at the scene. Those other people most likely had phones and did not call police because it was probably obvious to them that it was a kid with a toy gun””.
Never mind the young and handsome so proud of his looks and playful twelve-year-old lay dead.
“The Guardian reported on Thursday that Timothy Loehmann, the officer who shot Tamir, was judged unfit for police work in 2012 by his then-employer, the police department of Independence, Ohio. An Independence official described Loehmann’s “dismal” handgun performance in an internal memo.”
If that is not enough, “The Justice Department also claimed to have identified “several cases” where “officers shot or shot at people who did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury to officers or others.” For example, in 2013, the report noted that police shot at a kidnapping victim after he fled from his assailants wearing only his boxers. The sergeant said he believed the victim had a weapon because he raised his hand”.
So what did the Justice department do? Take away the gun from the incompetent and trigger happy bastard?
Eric Garner, a heavily built man, was sitting in front of Bay Beauty on Bay St. and Victory Boulevard. in Staten Island, South-West of New York City, .just before 5 p.m minding his business, which was doing nothing.
Eric Garner was a ‘criminal’ who had been to court several times for the crime of selling untaxed loose cigarettes. In the United States selling guns is not a crime. Selling untaxed cigarettes is a serious crime. There is no record that Garner had not reported to the court whenever he was summoned.
A couple of policemen walked up to him.
“I haven’t done anything,” said Garner. “Why are you chasing me?”
Evidently, he had just broken up a street fight. They also say being a sufferer of multiple ailments, the father of six teenagers did, indeed, sell cigarettes to earn his keeps.
However, he wasn’t selling loose cigarettes right then. And he had not evaded court summons.
There was a scuffle when the policemen tried to take him into custody and Garner resisted – to the extent of trying to get away from them.
Unknown to the policemen, Ramsey Ota sight-seeing the island took out his mobile phone and took a video of the incident. Things are pretty clear to see and judge. This is what Ramsey had to say:
“Every time you see me you want to mess with me. I’m tired of it. It stops today!” he yelled.
Ramsey Orta, 22, who shot the video, tried to intervene, telling the cops his friend had just broken up a fight between three men and had not been selling cigarettes.
But when backup uniformed officers arrived, the cops moved in to cuff Garner, the video shows.
“Don’t touch me, please,” he said.
When Garner refused orders to put his hands behind his back, one of the plainclothes cops, wearing a green T-shirt with a yellow No. 99 on the back, got behind him and put him in a chokehold, the footage shows.
A struggle ensued as three uniformed officers joined in on the arrest, knocking the man to the ground.
He screamed “I can’t breathe!” six times before he went silent and paramedics were called “They jumped him and they were choking him. He was foaming at the mouth,” Orta told The News.
“And that’s it, he was done”. The cops were saying, ‘No, he’s OK, he’s OK.” He wasn’t OK.”
“They were choking him. He kept saying, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe! Get off of me, get off of me!’ and I didn’t hear any more talking after that,” said witness Valencia Griffin, 50, of Staten Island. “He died right there.”
Another witness, who would only give his first name, Douglas, said he’d known Garner for four years.
“He’s a very big man, very intimidating, but he’s just a big teddy bear,” said Douglas, 50. “He’s the nicest guy. I can’t believe what I saw. That’s no way to do an arrest.”
A Grand Jury decided there was no reason to try the policeman.
The Mayor told BBC that there was no racism involved; there was a policewoman standing at some distance. If racism was involved she would have intervened.
There were demonstrations all over the cities. The parents who lost their kids and the family that lost their man of the house asked for calm. Many white folks joined the demonstration. Unruly mobs joined the riots that followed and caused destruction. When millions demonstrate day after day, there cannot be much calm. There are always looters and loafers who take advantage.
It is the impression the man in the streets all over the world that unless he caused damages, he would not be heard. Unfortunately, that is not a wrong impression.
Small time actress Michelle Rodriguez tweeted:
Protestors please remember that you cant act like animals and expect to be treated like civilized citizens learn from 1992 Rodney King riots”.
What happened during 1992 Rodney King Riots?
Rodney King, was caught for a speed car chase in 1992. Four officers beat up his companions, smashed their heads against the pavement and kicked them when they came out. King refused to come out of the car. Nervously as anyone would, he tried to make it a joke with the policemen. A private citizen shot a video of the happening from his balcony.
King was beaten; his head and limbs fractured, with repeated blows to his joints at the order of the senior policeman – Sergeant Koon, the senior-most officer present.
A white-majority jury acquitted the policemen. (Not to forget OJ Simpson murder case when a black majority jury acquitted him for killing his wife and her friend). Even President Bush (Sr.), not famous for kindness, and his wife Barbarawere surprised at the viciousness of the attack on the unarmed man.
“The acquittals are considered to have triggered the Los Angeles riots of 1992. By the time the police, the Army, arines and National Guard restored order, the riots had caused 53 deaths, 2,383 injuries, more than 7,000 fires, damage to 3,100 businesses, and nearly $1 billion in financial losses. Smaller riots occurred in other cities such as Francisco, as in neighboring Nevada and as Far East as Atlanta, Georgia. A minor riot erupted on Yonge St., in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as a result of the acquittals”.
Of the riots and the deaths and destruction, a temporarily reformed King asked : “Can’t we get along?”
King lived on for another ten years, becoming a celebrity boxer in the run. He said,
“Some people feel like I’m some kind of hero. Others hate me. They say I deserved it. Other people, I can hear them mocking me for when I called for an end to the destruction, like I’m a fool for believing in peace.”
Those some people who believed that King was a fool for believing in peace turned out to be right in the Country that champions human rights.
PostScript : On Friday, the 26th, a day after Christmas in this murderous year 2014, a black man with criminal records walked up to two police officers (Ramos, white and Liu, of Chinese origin) and shot them dead point-blank.
Racism works both ways. It’s just that the more powerful race in a given time and place manages to make bigger killing