Their Last Words

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 22nd Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2wwjjnr6/
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The assassination of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri is nothing new. Such acts happen with a fair degree of regularity.

Michael Brown

Police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown at least six times. Two of those shots hit Brown in the head. He was unarmed. Dr. Michael M. Baden, who performed Brown's autopsy for the family, told the New York Times, "In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, 'You're not supposed to shoot so many times.'"

Brown's last words were "I don't have a gun. Stop shooting."

Sean Bell

Sean Bell was about to get married, and one night after his bachelor party, as he drove away with his two friends, Joseph and Trent, he side-swiped a minivan. There were four undercover cops in the van, and they suddenly began to shoot at the three unarmed men, firing a total of 50 bullets. Joseph, wounded, turned to Sean and said, "S, I love you, son." Sean replied, just before he died, "I love you too."

Eric Garner

In July of this year police officers were trying to arrest Eric Garner for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. Eric, an asthma sufferer, was put in a choke hold, and he managed to gasp his last words, "I can't breathe." The New York City Medical Examiner ruled Garner's death a homicide, saying the choke hold was probably a big factor.

John Crawford

John Crawford picked up a toy gun in the toy section of a WalMart store and paid for it with his life. Just before a cop shot him to death he called out to the officer "It's not real," and those were the last words he ever spoke.

Kimani Gray

In Brooklyn, New York, Kamani Gray was standing on a street corner when he was approached by two white police officers. The officers claimed Gray pulled a gun from his waistband, but witnesses swore that he did not have a gun. The officers shot him at least seven times. No gun was found. Kamani's last words were "Please don't let me die."

Jonathan Ferrell

Jonathan Ferrell was in a traffic accident and knocked on a door, seeking help. A video showed that when officers approached him, he held out his hands in a non-threatening manner. The officers, who never identified themselves, fired ten shots into Jonathan. As he lay on the ground bleeding to death, the officers handcuffed him, and his dead body remained handcuffed all the way to the medical examiner's office. His last words were "Lord help me."

Amadou Diallo

Amadou Diallo walked out of his apartment, and that's where he died. He was unarmed. Nevertheless, four of New York's finest pumped a total of 41 bullets into him. They later claimed they had mistaken Diallo for a serial rapist they were looking for. The last words he spoke to his mother that day were "Mom, I'm going to college."

Kendree McDade

A man named Oscar Carillo made a phony 911 call, claiming to police officers that he had been robbed at gunpoint. Later, however, he admitted he made up the entire story. The officers, responding to that bogus call, found Kendree McDade in an alleyway and began shooting after he allegedly moved his arms to his waistband. He had no gun on him, only a cell phone in his pocket. His last words were "Why did you shoot me?"

Oscar Grant

Oscar Grant was riding a subway train in Oakland, California when a police officer, for some unknown reason, forced him out of the car and onto the subway platform. Oscar was lying down when a second police officer approached and shot him in the back. The officer later testified that he meant to use his taser on Grant but pulled his gun by mistake. A court later ruled that the officers had no legal right to force Grant off the train.

Oscar Grant's last words were "You shot me! You shot me!"

What they all had in common

All of these young men were unarmed at the time they were shot dead, and all of them were black. All of the officers who shot them are white.

I read the other day that Michael Brown was shot more times (at least six) than all of the bullets the police unloaded in all of the U.K. during the past year. British bobbies fired a total of three bullets in all of 2013, and they killed no one. That's food for thought.

Links: This is what a Police State Looks Like
Understanding the Rebellion in Ferguson
In America, It's 1966 All Over Again

Michael Brown photo: St. Louis Post Dispatch
Sean Bell photo: dnainfo.com
Eric Garner photo: dailymail.uk.co
Kamani Gray photo: nydailynews.com
Amadou Diallo photo: peerie.com
Kendree McDade photo: aworldwithoutracism.org
Oscar Grant photo: postnewsgroup.com

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Crime, Killer Cops, Killer Police, Police Crime, Racism, Steve Kinsman

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar snerfu
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

So sad, these acts of violence seem to project a new side to society that appears horrifying.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Indeed it is horrifying. However, I don't think this is "a new side to society." White authority figures have been mistreating blacks ever since this nation was founded.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Steve, this was police shooting, not an execution. It's not ok to judge things in the aftermath. These things happen in a matter of few seconds. You're misusing the word execution. BTW executions are actually carried out by gangsters and many of them happen to be Black as well. Nobody seems to be focussing on that.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Some of them had every appearance of being executions, but of course it is to be expected that right wingers will always back the police, no matter what. I did not use the word execution even once in the article. You're seeing words that weren't there, for goodness sake - another common mistake made by wingnuts. Probably more whites are gangsters than blacks. Corral your racism. It blinds you.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Ah - to be honest, Steve, you might be wrong there! Word number two?

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author avatar Joyce Singha
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Having an appearance and being one are two different things.
"The execution of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri is nothing new. Such acts happen with a fair degree of regularity." This is your quote from top.
This is not racism at all. Again a misuse of the word and thrown around carelessly.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Steve, basically you just about called me a racist "Corral your racism". Two articles, written by me and another by Mohan G were deemed to be racist in nature by you! Why is dissenting opinion being loaded under racism? There are many ways of looking at a situation especially ones which have yet to be cleared up judicially. Some eye witnesses have claimed that there was a struggle etc, certainly not 'execution' or 'assassination'. This matter has to see its proper course. Using inflammatory words is not going to serve any purpose and neither is trying to shut conversation by calling people racists and bigots and what not. I could say the same thing that you are being racist by purposely disparaging mine and Mohan G's writings because we both happen to be of the Asian race BUT I am NOT going to do that because I know we are all capable and must voice differing opinions. Thanks Steve.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

I'm interested to see that you make a comparison with Police activity in the UK, where cops are not routinely armed. Neither, of course, are the vast majority of the population, criminals included.

I am 62 years old, and I cannot remember ever having seen a handgun, let alone handled or fired one, other than on TV or in a museum.

The lesson is to get guns out of society, which will then become a lot safer. Unfortunately that is much easier said than done.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

It will never happen here, because of the way the Second Amendment is interpreted.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

This is a Nation outcry of such violence against racial violence that is taking place in the United States and have called for a total boycott of all joints that are run by the white community on the 8th of September 2014.

Been a victim of it in New Zealand wherein a white dominated bank called the Commonwealth Bank (ASB - Australian brand name) stole my home because I lived without my father of child and paid my mortgage singlehandedly. They threw my son and myself on the road because my only other crime of being female.
I never got my justice for it but this is what makes it so personal for me to support this cause as I live in a white dominated area of Auckland New Zealand. I only have a personal vendetta against the ones who did this to me and not the whole country as they have done this so many times before.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Great article and comments. I'm thinking that law enforcement needs more training before going out on the street. It can be a dangerous place and I'm sure they want to come home alive.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

And young black men walking down the street minding their own business want to come home alive as well.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

It would seem Steve that some areas in the USA are a law unto themselves ....and a terrible law at that .
When men cannot see beyond the colour of a man's skin it would seem their judgement is impaired beyond what is lawful to the extent that they commit even worse crimes that any they suspect others of .
When this happens I think we can all say ....God Help Us All !
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Mariah
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Cold blooded murder are the words applicable here, how could anyone say otherwise, horrific racially motivated killings, nothing less.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

How could anyone say otherwise indeed, but Joyce Singh, who comments above, has no trouble saying otherwise. Thanks for commenting Mariah.

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author avatar bronnamdi
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Most if not all the young men featured above would not have died if the police men who shot them were not carrying guns at the time they met.

The police men would still have returned to their homes because the men they murdered were not carrying guns at the time they were slaughtered.

Is this the outcome of a challenged society?

USA is daily looking for and killing those they perceive as their enemies but have not raised a finger to deal with their enemies within who they have armed with their own resources to unleash mayhem and untimely death to their own children.

Just think about this.

This is a very exceptional article.

I hope Wikinut will give their writers the chance to rate articles posted here.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Very good point bronnamdi. Thank you.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

how terrible again are these senseless killings...but what is the karma involved here...not making such atrocities right but we will never know...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you cnwriter.

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author avatar M G Singh
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Nice effort and research. AS I have written earlier US police is trigger happy. Have they a special dislike of blacks? This needs study

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, of course they have a special dislike of blacks. They often shoot unarmed blacks, but they scarcely ever shoot unarmed whites. Thanks for commenting Madan.

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author avatar joyalariwo
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

If it was merely a scuffle, how come Brown got shot several times upfront! No matter what anyone says the truth is glaring, police brutality should be totally condemned with justice fully
dispensed.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Aug 2014 (#)

Unfortunately, the police officers who shoot unarmed black men to death almost always get away with it with no punishment at all.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Aug 2014 (#)

Tragic and unnecessary deaths, but where does the blame really lie is the big question.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Aug 2014 (#)

I don't see the blame lying with the unarmed man who got shot to death.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Aug 2014 (#)

I agree with you, Steve. The victims are not to blame, but is it the law enforcement system, the training of police officers, the attitude of society in general or perhaps the American obsession with the right to own a firearm? Such an obsession could lead to people automatically assuming that everyone else is armed.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Aug 2014 (#)

It is an obsession, particularly with the right wing. Now states are passing laws allowing people to carry concealed weapons anywhere they please, into restaurants, movie theaters, even churches.

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author avatar JayeByrd
25th Aug 2014 (#)

If I was in a bank, or a bar, or a big-box store and an armed robber came in, I would really hope several other people in the establishment were carrying guns and were able to circumvent whatever might happen. If guns are illegal, only the criminals will carry guns. I believe if even a small percentage of citizens do an open or a concealed carry, it would cut crime simply because the criminals wouldn't know who did or did not have the means to stop the criminals. That's part of the reason for the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution. The rest of the reason is to reign in tyrannical government.

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author avatar Retired
25th Aug 2014 (#)

I would love to know how many times this has actually happened? In other words, how many armed robberies have been thwarted because an armed citizen pulled a gun on the robbers?

As for the 2nd Amendment, it does give reasons for what it says, but there is nothing there about cutting crime that I can see - nor about opposing tyrannical government. There is plenty about being a member of a well-regulated militia, but how many gun carriers in America can say that they are that?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Aug 2014 (#)

Excellent points John. I know of no instances where armed robbery was thwarted by gun carrying citizens.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Aug 2014 (#)

I'd rather it be like it is in the U.K., where in all of 2013 the police fired a grand total of three bullets in that entire nation, while Darren Wilson pumped at least twice that many into one man. As for reining in a tyrannical government, good luck putting our guns up against all of the government's military hardware. If the government wants to make war on the people, there is not much the people can do about it, guns or no guns.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
25th Aug 2014 (#)

In the UK the nearest we get to hearing what sounds like gunshot is a car backfiring or a firecracker on bonfire night ....so we can't imagine what it must be like to hear gunfire on a regular basis , and worse still, know whether someone has lost their life as a result of it.
It would seem Pandora's box has been opened concerning the access and use of guns in the States , that no-one can put the lid on it again .
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
25th Aug 2014 (#)

Exactly. Thank you Stella.

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