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Tamir Rice’s Family to Receive $6 Million From Cleveland

NBCommentary: So that’s how it’s done. To avoid a federal civil rights trial, the Rice Estate gets $6million. Meanwhile, no criminal charges against the officers that killed Tamir. For some reason this just seems a bit strange to me.

By MITCH SMITH APRIL 25, 2016

Cleveland Mayor on Tamir Rice Settlement

By REUTERS
Cleveland Mayor on Tamir Rice Settlement
Mayor Frank Jackson announced a $6 milllion settlement with the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old killed by the police, but said no price could be put on the life of a child.
 By REUTERS on Publish Date April 25, 2016. 
Photo by Tony Dejak/Associated Press. Watch in Times Video »
CHICAGO — The family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy whose fatal shooting by the Cleveland police in 2014 prompted national outrage, is set to receive $6 million from the city in a settlement announced Monday in federal court records.
The settlement, which would be the latest in a series of seven-figure payouts by major American cities to the families of African-Americans who died at the hands of officers, spares Cleveland the possibility of a federal civil rights trial that could have drawn new attention to Tamir’s death and to the city’s troubled police force. It also allows the city to avoid the possibility of an even larger judgment.
Cleveland officials said the settlement was the city’s largest in a police-related lawsuit, though under the terms of the agreement, the city does not admit wrongdoing. The $6 million figure is in line with settlements in the deaths of Eric Garner in New York and Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

Lawyers for the Rice family had been meeting with Cleveland officials to discuss a settlement since early last month. The agreement must still be approved by a probate court.

For the Rice family, which had called for criminal charges against the rookie officer who opened fire almost immediately after encountering Tamir on Nov. 22, 2014, the settlement means a significant payment and an end to civil proceedings. But it does nothing to change the decision by a Cuyahoga County grand jury last year to not indict the officer, Timothy Loehmann. Lawyers for Tamir’s estate said Monday that “no amount of money can adequately compensate” the boy’s relatives for their grief.

By Brent McDonald and Michael Kirby Smith
After Death of Tamir Rice, Pain Lingers
Family and friends of Tamir Rice, 12, struggle with their loss five months after a Cleveland police officer fatally shot the boy as he played with a toy gun in a park.
 By Brent McDonald and Michael Kirby Smith on Publish DateApril 22, 2015. Photo by Brent McDonald/The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »
“In a situation like this, there’s no such thing as closure or justice,” the lawyers, Jonathan S. Abady and Earl S. Ward, said in a statement. “Nothing will bring Tamir back. His unnecessary and premature death leaves a gaping hole for those who knew and loved him that can never be filled.”
The Rice settlement provides another example of a city choosing to settle for millions of dollars rather than to contest a wrongful-death lawsuit in court.

This month, Chicago aldermen approved paying $4.95 million to the family of a man experiencing a mental health crisis who died after being dragged from his cell in handcuffs and shocked repeatedly with a Taser. They also approved $1.5 million to the estate of an asthmatic man who died after a police foot chase; witnesses said he had been denied access to his inhaler.

Imagine If Armed Black Lives Matter Protesters Occupied a Federal Building

Imagine If Armed Black Lives Matter Protesters Occupied a Federal Building


NB Commentary: Yeah, tell me about it.

Here’s a question worth asking right now: What would happen if 150 armed Black Lives Matter protesters occupied a federal building?
This is exactly what an armed white militia did when they took over the headquarters at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Burns, Oregon.  Known in some circles as #YallQaeda, who are waging #YeHawd, they reportedly took the action to protest the government control of land in the West, and punishment of two local ranchers who refused to sell their land.  Specifically, Dwight and Steven Hammond, father and son, were convicted of arson on federal land.  A member of the group, Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy, said the group is “planning on staying here for years” and told the Oregonian they are “willing to kill and be killed if necessary.” Another militia member said, “I didn’t come here to shoot, I came here to die.”
Meanwhile, also joining Bundy is Ryan Payne, an Army vet who claimed he organized militia snipers to target federal agents during the Bundy standoff in Nevada last year.
Political protest, which is free speech, is one thing, as was the original protest throughout Burns.   But when you and your boys get your guns, form a splinter group and take over a federal building, that is terrorism.  And yet, law enforcement is taking a low-key approach to the whole thing.  No national guard has been called in.  Nothing to see here.  Is this not the country that seeks to end terrorism?
And while the media are all too eager to cover a terrorism story, in this case, not so much.  Some media outlets painted the ongoing armed standoff as an innocuous event, more like a campfire gathering of guys roasting marshmallows in the woods: 
When the Black Panthers walked into a government building armed, the state of California changed the gun laws OVERNIGHT #OregonUnderAttack
What is terrorism?  The FBI defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”  J. Edgar Hoover terrorized the black community for years, so the FBI should be a dependable source.
And yet, the working definition of terrorism does not apply in actual practice.  Remember, in the U.S., whether it actually counts as terrorism depends on the skin tone and religion of those doing the terrorizing.  So, black and brown people are painted as thugs, gangbangers and terrorists, in a nation that has empathy even for white mass murderers, who are captured alive.  Charleston shooter Dylann Roof—certainly a terrorist yet not called one—was even treated to Burger King on his way to jail, hours after the white supremacist had murdered nine black people at the Emanuel AME Church.  This, in a nation that has declared walking while black an offense punishable by death, as unarmed black women, men and children are shot for no good reason, left to die in a pool of their blood.
In the case of Oregon, the double standard of color coded terrorism speaks for itself.  At least one CNN expert was honest and embraced the double standard.  Law enforcement analyst Art Rodericksaid this white militia was not being treated like Black Lives Matter protesters or Muslims because they were not looting.
“This is a very rural area,” Roderick argued. “It is out in the middle of nowhere. What are they actually doing? They’re not destroying property, they’re not looting anything.”
“The last thing we need is some type of large confrontation because that’s when stuff goes bad,” he added. “And I think in this particular instance, if we just wait them out, see what they’ve got to say, then eventually, they’re all going to go home.”
Go home?  If Black Lives Matter protesters were to take over a federal building, armed to the teeth with firepower–and they certainly would not do this—they would wind up dead, or in prison for life on terrorism charges.
And it is almost fitting that Oregon provides the backdrop for this latest case of white domestic terrorism.  Known for its violent history of oppression against Native peoples, Oregon was established as a white racist utopia.  It was the only state whose founding constitution forbade black people from living within its boundaries, which was the case until 1926.  And today, Oregon is only 2 percent black.
Meanwhile, America is no stranger to white domestic terrorists.  For African Americans, the Ku Klux Klan was our ISIS.  They were praised in the White House, and controlled state governments throughout the country, including Oregon.  We faced the lynching and firebombing, and the aerial bombing of Black Wall Street.  Even today, black people fear for their lives, as America normalizes the violence against them.  This, as angry white men–uneducated, disaffected and wanting to “make America great again”—threaten to use their guns, their only manhood, against their perceived enemies.
But white terrorists are not taken seriously, because (white) boys will be boys.
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Whatever Happened to the Boycott? No Justice, No Profit!

JUSTICE OR ELSE?

In reality if there is no serious response from our people after all that marching in the streets and demanding justice, etc. Then we will not be a force to be reckoned with. The police will continue to assassinate our people with impunity and nobody should say nuffin no more.

How can we make any kind of impact or change if we are too weak, brainwashed and conditioned to stop participating in their holidays? I always say that this time of year is the most blatant celebration of white supremacy ever! White Jesus, white Christmas and giving all your money to the white man, going into debt for a capitalistic economy and it’s banksters who could care less about you or anyone in your family who suffered under police brutality. 

Marches keep them going. T-shirts give them a spike in sales. Magic markers and poster boards ring their cash registers. George Soros can bank roll it and profit from it, but does it change anything? NO! We have to hit them in their pockets. But if we are too dumbed down to do it, well, ain’t no need to be griping about how racist this country is.

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