U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. (via)
|—||Philly.com writer Will Bunch nails it on the head, discussing who could be the next Mandela for America or across the world. (via shortformblog)|
The city of San Francisco was enthralled last week when Batkid came to town. The Make-A-Wish Foundation made young Miles Scott’s dream of becoming a superhero come true and more than 13,000 people turned out to cheer him on. But one of those people didn’t make it home.
D’Paris “DJ” Williams, 20, had just left the Batkid festivities and was returning to his home in the city’s Valencia Gardens apartment in San Francisco’s Mission District. Williams had just ridden his bike up to his front door when he got into an altercation with a group of plainclothes police officers who were reportedly talking to him for riding his bike on the sidewalk. Photographer Travis Jensen, who witnessed the incident, told Uptown Almanac that as Williams tried to enter his home with his sister standing in the doorway with a newborn baby, officers grabbed him from behind. After searching him, officers uncovered a cupcake and juice that Williams had just purchased from a corner store and began to beat him.
Williams was then taken to a local jail. In the above video, he is seen bloody and screaming as he’s led away to a police cruiser. Meanwhile, angry neighbors who witnessed the incident were then targeted by police officers. In total four people were arrested, including, according to Uptown Almanac, an elderly HIV-positive man whose medical complications require him to use a cane that police determined was a “deadly weapon.”
Here’s another video from a different witness that shows bystanders being arrested by police:
KTVU is reporting that the District Attorney has dropped charges against Williams and another man who was arrested at the scene. A protest later followed on Tuesday at 5pm PST outside of the Mission District police station.
The SFPD later released the following statement, telling their side of the story:
At approximately 3:41 PM Friday, officers from the Violence Reduction Team, working a plainclothes assignment, attempted to stop a bicyclist in the area of Maxwell and Rosa Parks for a California vehicle code infraction. The suspect fled from the officers after they identified themselves as police. The suspect attempted to flee into a residence. The officers confronted the suspect near the doorway and requested additional units for assistance. The suspect failed to comply with lawful orders from the officers and continued to resist the officers. Reasonable force was used by the officers to effect the arrest. During this incident, multiple subjects came from the rear of the residence and formed a hostile crowd around the officers. One subject attempted to strike an officer with a cane while another suspect bit an officer. Two officers suffered non-life threatening injuries. In total, 4 suspects were arrested. 2 felony and 1 misdemeanor arrests resulted in bookings. One misdemeanor arrest resulted in a cite.
any excuse to harass
The Violence Reduction Team? Is this a joke? Ffs.
This never fails to astound me.
I feel like Ree Drummond is the living sequel to “The Help”.(via glossylalia)
As long as they are all cis, straight, and white right?
White women will always scream for female representation as long as it that representation looks only like them.
But when brown people tried to audition for the Hobbit, they were told no brown people.
Wasnt no fuckin diversity in LOTR
but why would they be in a theater for 9 hours
fucking long ass movies
I got so much hate for these whitebread movies and even more for the books
Remembering the unvarnished truth of Mandela’s words means refusing to let anybody sanitize his legacy. As the United States attempts to piggyback on Mandela’s revolutionary spirit, never forget that it was the CIA who helped jail him for 28 years. His sentiments toward our imperialist government reflect what our government remorselessly tries to keep we citizens from seeing, that indeed ”…the United States now feels that they are the only superpower in the world and they can do what they like" regardless of who we harm in the process.
Here are a few more quotes we are unlikely to see in the mainstream press:
The Twitter Mandela Hall Of Shame
truth doesn’t forget
|—||―Nelson Mandela (via 2brwngrls)|
|—||Nelson Mandela (via maarnayeri)|
"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."