Patrick Lynch

According to Gawker, “Patrick Lynch is the 51-year-old president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest and most influential union of the New York City Police Department.

“Over the weekend, Lynch blamed Bill de Blasio for the Saturday deaths of two Brooklyn cops who were murdered by a lone gunman from Georgia.”

“’That blood on the hands,’ he said at a press conference, ‘starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor.’”

“To understand why he would say something so wrong and inflammatory, you need to delve into Lynch’s long, checkered history of issuing similarly insane statements. His public declarations over the past 15 years are essentially pro-police agitprop: Cops can do no wrong, while victims of their state-sanctioned violence always had it coming. They are also a deep well of masculine anxiety, hurt feelings, and barely disguised racism.”

More:

http://gawker.com/nypd-union-president-patrick-lynch-is-completely-nuts-1674178970

Rudy Giuliani Doesn’t Paint The Full Picture

This is a look at one of Rudy Giuliani’s most racist showings on Meet the Press, when and said cops wouldn’t have to patrol black neighborhoods if black people weren’t killing each other so much.

Sam Seder video.

Interrogation Of John Crawford’s Girlfriend

John Crawford III was a 22-year-old black man who was shot and killed by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart while holding a toy gun. The events happened on August 5th, 2014 in Beavercreek, Ohio. A 911 caller at the Wal-Mart allegedly said that Crawford was waving the gun around and pointing it at people. The gun was a BB gun.

TYT video.

Tuesday, the family of Crawford filed a civil lawsuit against the police officers involved and Wal-Mart. The family is seeking $75,000 in damages, according to the suit. Crawford’s father, John Crawford Jr., appeared Tuesday with family attorneys Michael Wright, Richard Schulte and Shean Williams at a press conference in Dayton, Ohio. “The criminal justice system has refused to hold the officers accountable, so the civil justice system must,” Wright said.

CNN: Athletes Protest Eric Garner Chokehold Death Decison

CNN’s Kyung Lah reports on how athletes are protesting the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner chokehold case.

CNN video.

159 Arrested In California Protests

According to the AP, hundreds marched through Berkeley for a third night a row Monday night, blocking a major highway and stopping a train as activists in this liberal bastion protested grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men on the other side of the country.

Protesters blocked traffic on both sides of Interstate 80 in Berkeley, while another group stood and sat on train tracks, temporarily forcing an Amtrak train to stop.

The California Highway Patrol said a large group of demonstrators destroyed a highway perimeter fence, moved into lanes and threw rocks and other objects at officers. It was claimed that it took about an hour and a half to clear the interstate, and no major injuries were reported.

CHiPs arrested 150 people on suspicion of resisting arrest, obstructing police and other charges.

Also, the Berkeley Police Department arrested nine people, including a juvenile, Officer Jennifer Coats said early Tuesday. She described the latest protests as mostly peaceful, with no injuries and no reports of looting or damaged property. Police estimated the crowd at about 1,500 people.

Police Confirm Hit-And-Run At Protest In Riverside, CA

Police confirmed that there was a hit-and-run accident outside the Mission Inn’s annual Festival of Lights in Riverside, California.  Witnesses said 3-4 people were hit by what appeared to be a BMW, but none were seriously injured. No one was taken to a hospital, it was reported.

Witnesses said the people who were struck were taking part in a protest against police brutality.

Social media exploded with reports from the scene mentioning “chaos.”

Jose Negrete tweeted, “Just saw some protesters get run over in Mission Inn avenue Downtown Riverside is crazy right now.”

Protesters said they were doing nothing but being peaceful when the car came rushing through.

More:

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/12/06/police-confirm-hit-and-run-outside-mission-inns-festival-of-lights-in-riverside/

Sam Seder Video: Republican Peter King on Eric Garner

Representative Peter King (Republican, New York) shows his callous side when speaking about Eric Garner.

Sam Seder video.

After Ferguson And Eric Garner Decision, Some White Christians Get On Board

RUSSELL MOORE

“African-American brothers and sisters, especially brothers, in this country are more likely to be arrested, more likely to be executed, more likely to be killed.”

This might sound like a statement from black clergy or civil rights activists, but those words came from white evangelical leader Russell Moore.

While most conservative media outlets have spoken out on behalf of the white police officers, some white Christians have grown more vocal in urging predominantly white churches to no longer turn a blind eye to injustice and to bridge the country’s racial divides.

“It’s time for us in Christian churches to not just talk about the gospel but live out the gospel by tearing down these dividing walls not only by learning and listening to one another but also by standing up and speaking out for one another,” said Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Others issued similar pleas.

“I weep & pray for his family,” tweeted Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the day before he led a prayer for justice at his school in Wake Forest, N.C. “I beg our God to bring good out of this tragedy.”

“’Love your neighbor as yourself’ means you picture yourself being choked and surrounded by five men while you say, ‘I can’t breathe,’” tweeted Scott Slayton, a white Southern Baptist pastor in Chelsea, Ala.

The Rev. Alan Cross, a white pastor in Montgomery, Ala., said the publicized video of Garner’s choke hold has moved some white Christians to speak when they might not have after Officer Darren Wilson was cleared in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

Author Barnabas Piper chose to post what others were saying about Ferguson and Garner on his blog, saying as “a young white man” he wasn’t in the best position to explain it all.

“Put yourself in the shoes of the authors and immerse yourself in the experiences they describe,” he wrote. “You and I need to do so if we want to contribute anything to stopping injustice and closing the racial gap that exists.”

The Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, co-chair of the National African-American Clergy Network, sees a growing interest among white Christians and others to speak up about the “pile on” of events capped with the Garner decision.

“It just so offends the human spirit of people of every race that it compels them to act,” she said. “We don’t have to ask young white students and young white adults anymore to act. They understand … if the system will so violate the rights of people of color today, they will violate everybody’s rights tomorrow.”

She had already witnessed an interest across races in the Ferguson events when her network’s planned letter on justice from black church leaders took on a more interracial feel.

Even before the Garner decision, the progressive Christian group Sojourners had gathered 50 leaders, including black clergy and white evangelicals, for a retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday that included a “historic pilgrimage of racialized St. Louis” and a discussion of theological implications for “our nation’s broken justice system.”

“There were white evangelicals in the room in Ferguson who were weeping when the Garner decision came down,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the Washington-based social justice group.

White Christians beyond evangelicalism added their voices to the outcry about the ruling.

“The degradation and demeaning of black life must stop,” said Serene Jones, president of New York’s Union Theological Seminary. “What the hell kind of country do we live in?”

Russell Moore, noting some of the reaction after he called for racial reconciliation in the wake of the Ferguson strife, said some white Christians see no reason to speak up for better race relations.

“I have gotten responses, and seen responses, that are right out of the White Citizens’ Council material from 1964 in my home state of Mississippi, seeing people saying there is no gospel issue involved with racial reconciliation,” he said in a podcast.  He doesn’t agree with them.

St. Louis Driver Hits Protestors With Car And Waves Gun

 

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a man was arrested Wednesday evening in St. Louis after he drove through the crowd and later waved a gun at protesters.

A protest leader said four protesters were hit. A police spokeswoman said nobody was seriously hurt.

According to the Post-Dispatch, protesters then chased and surrounded the minivan, and the driver waved a black handgun at them. At one point, protesters broke out the van’s back window. The van was dented, and police recovered a rock from the back seat. Police took the driver, a 57-year-old man, into custody.

Photos:

Motorist hits Central West End protesters

Motorist hits Central West End protesters

Motorist hits Central West End protesters

TYT video.

More:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/motorist-hits-crowd-members-pulls-gun-at-central-west-end/article_d9ccebc6-258d-5b58-9f43-a9f45b2ab84e.html