Another Reminder for Black People in the "United States"
In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, some people went to observe police activity in their neighborhood. They would learn that they have no right to observe the police and or question their actions, even in their own community. It's time to realize where we are really at and get focused. Black people must obtain and then maintain financial, political and legal influence over their communities, just as every other culture has without issue. This is not to say that only blacks should have influence over their communities. But, I do mean that blacks must obtain community strength and political influence to the degree where the idea of the police, or anyone else, violating their(our) human and legal rights is no longer viable. It is irresponsible and terminally detrimental to allow our communities to be stripped of their rights, and thus their humanity, which has been in question since black people got to this continent centuries ago. - Darryl Hell
Below is an article forwarded from Leanne Stahnke, WBAI Radio 99.5 FM in NYC. "At about 12:15am Wednesday morning, Feb 9, three men were arrested in their Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood while attempting to film police activity. Djibril Toure, Dasaw Floyd and Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele (pictured here) and are part of CopWatch, a police monitoring project organized by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. As part of this project, the men monitor police activity in their neighborhood with video cameras in response to endemic police brutality among the African American population. The men were charged with assaulting a police officer and obstruction of governmental administration. Their video camera with film was confiscated, its fate is unknown."