WARNING: I’m going to talk politics, civil rights, racism, police brutality, abuse of power, abuse of power under color of authority, murder, First Amendment, and personal freedom in this post. If you don’t like it. Don’t read it.

GRAPHIC IMAGE! African-American Teenager Michael Brown Killed by Caucasian Police Officer in Ferguson, Missouri. (Do you think this image should be censored on CNN?)

Michael Brown dead in the street in Ferguson, Missouri
Michael Brown killed by Police lays dead in the street in Ferguson, Missouri

All men (and women) are created equal.
The Constitution, the First Amendment and Personal Freedom are under attack!

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – the Preamble of the Constitution

Unarmed Man v. St. Louis County Police: "Hands Up! Don't Shoot!" Ferguson MO
Unarmed Man v. St. Louis County Police: “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” Ferguson, Missouri 2014

I learned from the last presidential election, that sharing politics on the internet is a good way to lose “friends” and “followers” who might not align with the politics that are shared.

However, as I followed the events in Ferguson, Missouri yesterday and into the night, I was left asking WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

The First Amendment of the Constitution prohibits any law abridging freedom of speech, infringing on freedom of the press, interfering with right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting petitioning for a redress of grievances. (and there’s also something about religion too)

“Article I – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (The First Amendment)

After 50 years - Progress? St. Louis County Police in Ferguson, Missouri v. unarmed protesters
After 50 years – Progress? St. Louis County Police in Ferguson, Missouri v. unarmed protesters

I watched racist police in camouflage uniforms and body armor attack unarmed protesters and journalists. They were teargassed, fired at with rubber bullets, attacked with high tech military weapons, intimidated by heavily armed police, assaulted and arrested for recording the strong-arm tactics and activities of law enforcement.

Missouri and St. Louis County, your police stormtrooper tactics are a national disgrace!

TBT: Racist Police attack unarmed Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri - except this was this week in the United States of America.
TBT: Racist Police attack unarmed Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri this week in the USA

From the Washington Post: reporter-wesley-lowery-gives-account-of-his-arrest: “As they took me into custody, the officers slammed me into a soda machine, at one point setting off the Coke dispenser. They put plastic cuffs on me, then they led me out the door.”



The mainstream television news media was absent and the reports from network news was skewed, twisted and voiced without knowledge of the actual facts. Only MSNBC was present on the scene and providing live coverage. While the network morning shows were featuring weather, traffic, diet advice and Anne Hathaway and CNN and FOX were bending the truth, MSNBC was providing a factual accounting of POLICE ABUSE IN AMERICA.

St. Louis County Police Stormtroopers in Ferguson, Missouri
St. Louis County Police Stormtroopers in Ferguson, Missouri

And while journalists were ordered out of the area, attacked, assaulted and arrested, reports and video were coming in real time on Twitter and Livestream showing the truth.

The iPhone is mightier than the corporate news media! Thank you MSNBC and Twitter.

Howard University Students "Hands Up! Don't Shoot!" in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri
Howard University Students stand in solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri

Remember Occupy Wall Street? Remember what happened to Occupy L.A.?

Occupy L.A. Unarmed Protesters v. Heavily Armed and Armored Police
Occupy L.A. Unarmed Protesters v. Heavily Armed and Armored Police
Occupy L.A. Unarmed Protesters v. Heavily Armed and Armored Police
Occupy L.A. Unarmed Protesters v. Heavily Armed and Armored Police


The Militarization of the Modern Police State
Militarization of the Modern Police State –


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UPDATED MAY 7, 2020:
A post from Wayne T. Carr:

Black people are so tired. 😓

We can’t go jogging (#AhmaudArbery).

We can’t relax in the comfort of our own homes (#BothamJean and #AtatianaJefferson).

We can’t ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride).

We can’t have a cellphone (#StephonClark).

We can’t leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards).

We can’t play loud music (#JordanDavis).

We can’t sell CD’s (#AltonSterling).

We can’t sleep (#AiyanaJones)

We can’t walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown).

We can’t play cops and robbers (#TamirRice).

We can’t go to church (#Charleston9).

We can’t walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin).

We can’t hold a hair brush while leaving our own bachelor party (#SeanBell).

We can’t party on New Years (#OscarGrant).

We can’t get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland).

We can’t lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile).

We can’t break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones).

We can’t shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford) .

We can’t have a disabled vehicle (#TerenceCrutcher).

We can’t read a book in our own car (#KeithScott).

We can’t be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover).

We can’t decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese).

We can’t ask a cop a question (#RandolphEvans).

We can’t cash our check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood).

We can’t take out our wallet (#AmadouDiallo).

We can’t run (#WalterScott).

We can’t breathe (#EricGarner).

We can’t live (#FreddieGray).

We’re tired.

Tired of making hashtags.

Tired of trying to convince you that our #BlackLivesMatter too.

Tired of dying.




So very tired





10 replies to ““HANDS UP! DON’T SHOOT!”

  1. Josh – succinct and to-the-point. I’ve been struggling under a heaviness of late. Ferguson, Cleveland, Phoenix, NYC, Chicago…what is going down? Is this my America? It doesn’t feel like it, but so what. It’s up to me to do my part and claim the better parts back. But hey, walk is more than talk. I’ll be linking my readers to your post. Well done on a subject with a visceral resonance in anyone who is paying attention. Thank you.
    Dan in Chicago

  2. Reblogged this on dan4kent and commented:
    Something terribly wrong is moving through our landscape. Shooting first has never been a good strategy, yet in Ferguson, Cleveland, Salt Lake, New York City and all across our good Country, Citizens are dying at the hands of some of the very people who have sworn to protect us. I am numb. Where has my America gone? Or maybe the better question is, ‘Who are these people and where were we when they were told they could dollars take it?’
    We, the People say differently in hundreds of different kinds of ways. Allow me to introduce Josh to you. I don’t think I’ve ever reblogged anyone before, but what he’s done in his recent post spoke to my pain and articulated my fury.
    Though I am sad this week, I am not weak. I leave you with the prayer that the hope of Bobby Kennedy, the patience of Martin Luther King and the wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi grace each of us this week.
    Until then,

    “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
    Mahatma Gandhi


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