Spring Valley, SC and the School to Prison Pipeline of Black girls

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The video of  Ben Fields assaulting a young black student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina is disgusting to watch as a young black student is being slammed and flipped over out of her desk. The hard reality is the place that students go on to pursue their aspirations and dreams to contribute to their country violate their basic civil liberties and becomes a pipeline to prison.This video was an example of the School to Prison Pipeline of  Black Girls. The officer there, Officer Ben Fields was a School Resource Officer. After Columbine, the influx of school resource officers in schools began happening in the early 2000. Since the zero tolerance policy has been enacted the policy by federal government was used to punish any infraction of a rule, regardless of accidental mistakes or ignorance in schools.During that time, the number of officers in schools arose from 9,000 to 400,000 SROs.

The sad thing is that the young lady was living in foster care after her mother had passed away. Statistics show that children out of foster care have a higher than likely chance to be at-risk youth and that young girl certainly was that at the moment, vulnerable and probably pissed at the world that she has to live under her conditions for the use of force to be used over a cell phone. The zero tolerance culture dominates as result of that policy that Instituted the cell phone bans, there has been more police in schools.Kimberly Crenshaw and the African American policy form have already pointed out the way that black girls are routinely pushed out of “education” due to the School to Prison Pipeline.When a student from a predominantly white neighborhood is discipline they go through all procedural steps in order to not criminalize that young student, on the other hand African American students get disciplinary action given to them based off of talking back or their attitude. These instances have caused higher suspension rates particularly among those of color and treating black kids like prisoners. When white middle class students are throwing chairs at a teacher the calm the situation down. Mass shooters of schools and churches are often racist and hate women such as the shooting in the state South Carolina.

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There have  been too many recent encounters that  black people are having to deal with as a result of police brutality such as in Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, Missouri. I don’d believe in respectability politics when it comes to talking about civil rights or micro-aggression because if that’s the case if a man feels as though his wife disrespected him and he slapped her does that give him a ride to put his hands on her?NO so miss me when you say “if you would just pull up your pants” ,analogy, “then the officers would have taking you seriously”… therefore you would have gotten shot at?!.Kidding me. That’s what’s going on with this little girl in South Carolina and The School to Prison Pipeline is particularly high in our communities.You have to look at the intersectionality of race, class, and gender. Women face high rates of domestic violence and it’s mixed in with rape culture. Sexual assault on campus often go unresolved. If this was a white female student would he have reprimanded her they way he did the young lady in the video?
There is a long history of criminalizing black people and I do believe that this officer was doing just that.As a southern State that fought to take down a symbol of hatred and go through a mass shooting in Charleston in which nine people were gunned down during church service.South Carolina has a major past of racial hatred. There is no justification for officer Fields to have done this and was improper protocol his procedures. Perhaps we should have waited for the story to turn into her being to death the way Eric Garner was choked to death in New York City by NYPD because he has improperly arrested. This young lady deserves justice for her body being dragged across a room and sustaining scars physically, psychologically, and to those young black, queer,straight, gay, lesbian, bi , cis, trans non-conforming women that experienced this in silence.

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6 Officers Arrested in the Death of Freddie Gray

Six officers involved in the arrest of Baltimore man, Freddie Gray have now been arrested in connection with his death.

State Attorney Marilyn Mosby addressed the public in a press conference earlier today to speak more about the charges that the officers face in a case that left Freddie’s spine 80 percent severed. An autopsy report ruled the 25-year-old’s death a homicide by severe trauma.

From CNN:

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby told reporters Friday that her office’s investigation, coupled with a medical examiner’s determination that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, led her to determine there is probable cause to file criminal charges. She didn’t immediately say who would be charged; a news conference continues. 

Mosby said Friday that three Baltimore police officers illegally arrested Gray on April 12. She also said that a knife that Gray had was not illegal. 

Six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Friday. 

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said.

 

According to NBC, here are the charges that each officer faces, and the maximum sentence carried for each one:

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. (the driver of the van):
Second-degree depraved-heart murder (30 years)
Involuntary manslaughter (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Manslaughter by vehicle, gross negligence (10 years)
Manslaughter by vehicle, criminal negligence (three years)
Misconduct in office

Officer William Porter
Involuntary manslaughter (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Misconduct in office

Lt. Brian Rice
Involuntary manslaughter (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Misconduct in office
Misconduct in office
False imprisonment

Officer Edward Nero
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Misconduct in office
Misconduct in office
False imprisonment

Officer Garrett Miller
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Misconduct in office
Misconduct in office
False imprisonment

Sgt. Alicia White
Involuntary manslaughter (10 years)
Assault/second degree (10 years)
Misconduct in office

Finally, a step in the right direction. Let’s hope that this marks the beginning of the end of the hashtagged names looking for justice. It took far too many for us to get to this point.

Police Release New Information About Freddie Gray’s Case.

 

freddie-gray-baltimore-police-deathAs America watches the people of Baltimore rise up against the oppression of police brutality, those of us who are not in geographical proximity to the Maryland city have still undoubtedly been affected by the stories that led to these protests and others that have occurred in recent memories.

Baltimore is angry and looking for answers in the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray, the man that was injured in police custody on April 12– which left him with his spine 80 percent severed. He died April 19. It is still unclear exactly what happened the day they arrested him, but Baltimore Police Department announced new information today.

According to newly obtained footage, the van carrying Gray made a previously unknown stop before arriving at the police station.

Via ABC News:

“Detectives say the police van picked up Gray after he ran from police. They then made one stop previously known to officers, but made another stop that police said today they did not learn about until investigating the case further. From that second stop, they made another stop before making a fourth stop to pick up another prisoner. They then went to the police station, according to Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis, who headed the Baltimore Police Department’s investigation of the case.

The announcement came as Police Commissioner Anthony Batts announced that their department had completed its portion of the investigation a day earlier than expected and handed over all information to the Baltimore State’s Attorney Office to handle the rest of the case.

Batts said 30 detectives had been assigned to the Gray investigation, and their “focus was this case and only this case.”

“We have exhausted every lead … this does not mean the investigation is over,” he said.”

 

 

Thank You: Deray McKesson Ignores Wolf Blitzer’s Attempt to Bait Him Into Speaking Negatively About the Baltimore Protests

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It is no secret that the media feeds viewers the images that they want  to be seen. They tell you what they want you to know and the thoughts the they want you to think.  Deray McKesson, however, will not be had… and he proved it during an interview yesterday with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer regarding the mass protests going on in Baltimore, Maryland.

Blitzer was obviously trying to get him to feed into the negative narrative that has flood news coverage of the events in Baltimore and he even went so far as to use the tired comparisons of the situation today to the protests led by Dr. Martin Luther King.

Thank you for swerving! Stop letting other people tell our story for us and control the conversation.

The most frustrating part of these events, especially when watching from the outside, is that you begin to see how people really feel. You begin to see that most people have not intention of trying to understand why America is in a general state of unrest, particularly in regards to police brutality and racism. It is important to know that while there are other ways to protest, the violence that people are rising against– the violence at the hands of law enforcement– has made people feel trapped and as though they need to fight their way out.  Deray articulated it perfectly when he said that one doesn’t have to  condone the actions to understand the actions.

#prayingforbaltimore