August 19, 2014
IS THIS REALLY WHO YOU WANT TRAYVON ASSOCIATED WITH?
Mike Brown's Family Asked To See Robbery Footage Before Police Released It To Media, But Were Ignored (JEFF SPROSS, AUGUST 17, 2014, Think Progress)
On Friday, August 15th, Ferguson police released a convenience store surveillance video that purportedly shows Brown engaged in a strong-arm robbery -- shoving a clerk to take some cigars from the store -- the same day he was killed. [...]When asked if the family believes it is their son in the video, Grey said "they haven't examined it for that purpose," but "there's no reason not to believe that it's him." Another Brown family lawyer, Benjamin Crump, also said the person in the video appears to be Michael Brown.
Trayvon Martin's Mom: 'If They Refuse to Hear Us, We Will Make Them Feel Us' (Sybrina Fulton, Aug. 18, 2014, TIME)
I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don't. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can't. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won't. What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours.
Neither kid need be dead, but one was a criminal shot by police officers. The other was an innocent gunned down by an obsessive.I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence. Of particular concern is that so many of these gun violence cases involve children far too young. But Michael is much more than a police/gun violence case; Michael is your son. A son that barely had a chance to live. Our children are our future so whenever any of our children - black, white, brown, yellow, or red - are taken from us unnecessarily, it causes a never-ending pain that is unlike anything I could have imagined experiencing.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2014 5:48 PM