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People have the right to not be killed by the police for a traffic stop

People have the right to not be killed by the police for a traffic stop


Anger pours through my entire being. In 2014 I had never been to a protest. Then Michael Brown was murdered, and I knew what I was watching on TV was not the whole truth. So I drove to Ferguson and reported on what I saw in the community-all the facts. It was NOT as major media was reporting it.

In 2020, I spent the entire summer covering the George Floyd protests. I watched as police officers teargassed homeless camps, brutalized protestors, and was tear-gassed myself.

I was filming in Aurora for an Elijah McClain march when a jeep tried to run us over (some people have stated they believe the Aurora PD let onto the freeway). I have written countless articles chronicling police abuse. I was part of helping create a nonprofit in my community, called Being Better Neighbors as a result.

Colorado passed SB20-217-Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity Bill. Which got rid of Qualified Immunity. Officers can now be individually sued. Denver added the Star Program, which has been so successful it is being expanded and replicated across the country.

Under STAR, no one has been arrested, and most definitely, no one has been killed.

In spite of all this “progress”, last year Christian Glass was sitting in his car experiencing a mental health crisis, and the police brutally murdered him. Today, LAPD did what police have been doing for far too long and tased Keenan Anderson to death—for crying for help. They tased him to death for a traffic accident and having a mental health crisis.

Teacher and cousin of Black Lives Matter founder ‘Tased to death’ by LAPD

In many ways, I am merely an observer. I have not had to live with worrying about my child being followed by police walking home, nor have I had to have “The Talk” with him. I am a white, middle-class woman. Which is all the more reason this work can not stop. As an individual and a publisher, I will keep fighting to change this ugly system. My feeling of our nation making progress is a state of privilege. EVERY child should have the right to walk home from school without being followed by the police.

And no one should ever be murdered at the hands of police for being black, having a mental health crisis, or walking down the street.

This is lifetime work. It is never done. This can not be forgotten, and progress is when people stop dying at the hands of the police.

source: Post.news

Muriel Vieux
American Haitian Poet

It’s the lamentation of a Black Man


Shavonne Blades grew up on the West Coast but moved to Colorado in High School. She left for California after school and returned to Colorado in 1990. She got her start in media at the age of 21 in Santa Cruz, California as an advertising sales rep. Having no experience and nothing more than a couple of years as an art college attendee she felt the bug to work in media at a young age. She learned that by helping her customers with design and marketing, their campaigns would be far more successful and has made a 30+ year career in design, copywriting, and marketing for her clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPy4MMdcfLg. She has always chosen to work in Independent Media and believes deeply in the need for true, authentic Community Journalism. She is proud that YS has never compromised journalism standards in its 20+ history and continues to print YS on paper monthly while also expanding web coverage. She has worked at 3 Alternative Weeklies and founded Yellow Scene Magazine in 2000. You can learn more about Shavonne's adventures in the YS 20th Anniversary issue: https://yellowscene.com/2020/10/08/the-yellow-scenes-red-tornado/

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