“Who is outside?”
“What are they trying to do?”
“They’re trying to kill us.”
“Do you want to go out there?”
These are some of the exchanges between then Randallstown Maryland resident 23-year old Korryn Gaines and her child before she was shot and killed on Monday, August 1, 2016, by Baltimore County Maryland police ending an hours-long standoff with them.
Korryn Gaines’ fateful Monday began after 9:00 a.m. when Baltimore County police officers knocked on the door of the Carriage Hill apartment she was in to serve arrest warrants to Gaines and a man reported as her boyfriend, 39-year-old Kiean Courtney .
Source: The Korryn Gaines Traffic Stop Video Reveals A Lot About Her Demise — The GeoGee Experience Magazine — Medium
Over a year after Sandra Bland died in police custody, an officer involved in the case is giving the world a glimpse into how the “blue wall of silence” works inside the law enforcement industry.
Prairie View, TX, police officer Michael Kelley says that a local prosecutor and police officials suppressed facts about Bland’s initial arrest while investigating Brian Encinia, the man who actually cuffed and booked Bland. Encinia was eventually charged, but only with perjury — a decision that sparked further outrage.
Kelley got to the scene too late to see exactly what happened between Encinia and Bland during the key moments off a dash-cam video where the two are out of frame and Bland says he’s knocked her head against the pavement. But Encinia said he didn’t know what he was arresting Bland for but would come up with something, Kelley says. “She had a large mark on her head. Maybe she fell when she was in handcuffs. Maybe she got kicked,” he told the Huffington Post’s Michael McLaughlin. Read it here. –> Texas Cop Says He Was Threatened For Trying To Tell The Truth About Sandra Bland | ThinkProgress
In 2016, 136 black people have been killed by police to date—almost as many people as days have passed so far this year.
Video footage of these killings are so common that we’re all experiencing PTSD. When the last thing you see before bed is a video of a black man being shot to death by police, and the first thing you see in the morning is a video of another black man being shot to death by police, what else can you dream of, and will you ever wake?
In the nightmarish moments just after Castile was shot by a Minnesota police officer on Wednesday evening, his girlfriend Lavish Reynolds began a Facebook Live videostream.
“Stay with me,” are the first words we hear. “We got pulled over for a busted tail light in the back,” she explains. The video shows Reynolds sitting in the passenger seat, as composed as she can possibly be, as her boyfriend bleeds out next to her and her young daughter cries in the background.
Source: When Will It Stop? | Complex
A canvas tote, designed by New York-based artist Ashley B. Chew, printed with “BLACK MODELS MATTER” embedded on the front, is the purse and silent protest that is a fashion statement within itself.
With the Oscars getting hammered for not nominating any people of color, not to mention all the uproar Beyonce caused with her Super Bowl halftime performance and all the racial turmoil happening in the country, diversity is sustaining the attention it needs.
Now the fashion world is stepping up to embrace diversity with style while being a vehicle to deliver the message. Continue reading “Check Out The #blackmodelsmatter Fashion Statement”