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May 2010 Cleveland Ohio
Cleveland FIST went to the support a student walk-out at Collinwood High School, called by the students to protest the massive school closings. The police swarmed onto the students and visciously attacked them. Two young Black women were thrown to the ground, and had their head stomped on. Another black youth was slammed against the car. The two Cleveland FIST members were told to leave the premises under threat of arrest. As we left, we were grabbed by one of the officers who began swearing at us and telling us to "keep this shit downtown."

Video of the brutality:

An Akron Ohio woman was jailed in June 2009 for videotaping an arrest and refusing to turn her camcorder over to the police.  Read the entire story.
Photography Is Not A Crime
January 27th, 2010 Tags: → 6 Comments. By Carlos Miller ... The above video proves that if you give some people a little power – regardless of ... The woman ended up spending 18 hours in jail before her charges were dropped. ... In its article on the incident, the Akron Beacon Journal interviewed a law professor ... -  
              Read the recent story of 14 year old Tevor Casey in Toledo, Ohio
       Hear Anthony Hudson, a victim of police brutality inside the Summit County
Jail(Akron OH), tell his story.
         Hear eyewitness testimony of police brutality in Akron Ohio
      On Jan 1, 2009, an unarmed Oscar Grant was shot and killed in Oakland by a former BART officer.
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      On July 5, 2008, after placing a 911 call, Jeffery Stephens was shot 22 times by the Akron Police Department. The shooting was determined to be justified. Family members continue to seek answers and demand that the Akron Police Department be held accountable for their actions.
       On August 20, 2006, Mark McCullaugh died while in custody at the Summit County Jail in Akron Ohio.  In addition to be tasered,he sustained broken bones,head trauma and anal injuries. In a civil trial the cause of death was ruled as unknown. In the criminal trial, the charges were dismissed against the deputies. The Department of Justice is investigating this case.
   Are prisons being used to help limit and/or control the black population in America?
Hear comments from Andrew Hacker and Reuben "Hurricane" Carter.

by Melissa Trujillo

BOSTON - Supporters of a prominent Harvard University black scholar who was arrested at his own home by police responding to a report of a break-in say he is the victim of racial profiling.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. had forced his way through the front door of his home because it was jammed, his lawyer said Monday.

[In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, Henry Louis Gates Jr., historian and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, poses for a photograph in his home in Cambridge, Mass. Gates has accused the Cambridge police of racism after being arrested trying to get into his own locked home near Harvard University on Thursday, July 16, 2009.  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)]In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, Henry Louis Gates Jr., historian and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, poses for a photograph in his home in Cambridge, Mass. Gates has accused the Cambridge police of racism after being arrested trying to get into his own locked home near Harvard University on Thursday, July 16, 2009.(AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
Cambridge police say they responded to the well-maintained two-story home near campus after a woman reported seeing "two black males with backpacks on the porch," with one "wedging his shoulder into the door as if he was trying to force entry."

By the time police arrived, Gates was already inside. Police say he refused to come outside to speak with an officer, who told him he was investigating a report of a break-in.

"Why, because I'm a black man in America?" Gates said, according to a police report written by Sgt. James Crowley. The Cambridge police refused to comment on the arrest Monday.

Gates — the director of Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research — initially refused to show the officer his identification, but then gave him a Harvard University ID card, according to police.

"Gates continued to yell at me, accusing me of racial bias and continued to tell me that I had not heard the last of him," the officer wrote.

Gates said he turned over his driver's license and Harvard ID — both with his photos — and repeatedly asked for the name and badge number of the officer, who refused. He said he then followed the officer as he left his house onto his front porch, where he was handcuffed in front of other officers, Gates said in a statement released by his attorney, fellow Harvard scholar Charles Ogletree, on a Web site Gates oversees,

He was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after police said he "exhibited loud and tumultuous behavior." He was released later that day on his own recognizance. An arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 26.

Gates, 58, also refused to speak publicly Monday, referring calls to Ogletree.

"He was shocked to find himself being questioned and shocked that the conversation continued after he showed his identification," Ogletree said.

Ogletree declined to say whether he believed the incident was racially motivated, saying "I think the incident speaks for itself."

Some of Gates' African-American colleagues say the arrest is part of a pattern of racial profiling in Cambridge.

Allen Counter, who has taught neuroscience at Harvard for 25 years, said he was stopped on campus by two Harvard police officers in 2004 after being mistaken for a robbery suspect. They threatened to arrest him when he could not produce identification.

"We do not believe that this arrest would have happened if professor Gates was white," Counter said. "It really has been very unsettling for African-Americans throughout Harvard and throughout Cambridge that this happened."

The Rev. Al Sharpton said he will attend Gates' arraignment.

"This arrest is indicative of at best police abuse of power or at worst the highest example of racial profiling I have seen," Sharpton said. "I have heard of driving while black and even shopping while black but now even going to your own home while black is a new low in police community affairs."

Ogletree said Gates had returned from a trip to China on Thursday with a driver, when he found his front door jammed. He went through the back door into the home — which he leases from Harvard — shut off an alarm and worked with the driver to get the door open. The driver left, and Gates was on the phone with the property's management company when police first arrived.

Ogletree also disputed the claim that Gates, who was wearing slacks and a polo shirt and carrying a cane, was yelling at the officer.

"He has an infection that has impacted his breathing since he came back from China, so he's been in a very delicate physical state," Ogletree said.

Lawrence D. Bobo, the W.E.B Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard, said he met with Gates at the police station and described his colleague as feeling humiliated and "emotionally devastated."

"It's just deeply disappointing but also a pointed reminder that there are serious problems that we have to wrestle with," he said.

Bobo said he hoped Cambridge police would drop the charges and called on the department to use the incident to review training and screening procedures it has in place.

The Middlesex district attorney's office said it could not do so until after Gates' arraignment. The woman who reported the apparent break-in did not return a message Monday.

Gates joined the Harvard faculty in 1991 and holds one of 20 prestigious "university professors" positions at the school. He also was host of "African American Lives," a PBS show about the family histories of prominent U.S. blacks, and was named by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1997.

"I was obviously very concerned when I learned on Thursday about the incident," Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust said in a statement. "He and I spoke directly and I have asked him to keep me apprised."

Demonstrators target Akron NAACP
Demand for justice

Familes of victims in police shootings say organization fails to show support

By Mary Beth Breckenridge
Beacon Journal staff writer

Demonstrators returned to the street Saturday afternoon to protest officials' response to cases of alleged police brutality.

This time, the target was the Akron Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which the protesters accused of failing to adequately support their efforts.

About 60 people gathered outside the chapter's office on Copley Road, chanting ''No justice, no peace'' and carrying signs with messages such as ''NAACP are we worth it?'' and ''Hold police accountable.''

They distributed fliers questioning the NAACP's response to the incidents and calling on the chapter to join their fight against what they perceive as injustice in the criminal justice system, particularly against African-Americans.

The protest was organized by friends and family members of Jeffery Stephens Sr. and Demetrus Vinson, both of whom died in shootings involving Akron police. It was one of several demonstrations held in the wake of the shootings.

Stephens was shot 22 times by police on July 5 after reportedly refusing their order to get to the ground and instead reached for a gun in his waistband.

Vinson died in March 2007 of what has been ruled a self-inflicted gunshot wound after
police stopped his car and shot him and a teenage passenger. Both families dispute the findings of investigations into the deaths.

Literature distributed by protesters also mentioned Mark D. McCullaugh Jr., who died in 2006 while an inmate at the Summit County Jail.

''Our mission is to come out here and see why they're not standing up for us,'' Vinson's mother, Beverly Vinson, said of the NAACP. She carried a sign bearing the organization's vision statement, ''to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.''

''Our rights have been violated. . . . They haven't come out like they should,'' Vinson said.

The protest became impassioned as demonstrators confronted the NAACP chapter's president, Ophelia Averitt, who had come out to meet with the group at the start of the event.

Averitt disputed accusations that the chapter has not taken a leadership role in pushing for justice.

''We've been standing up from the beginning,'' she said, noting that the chapter's first vice president, the Rev. Bruce L. Butcher, has been an advocate for the community in matters related to the Akron shootings.

Averitt said she was among those who called for the resignation of Police Chief Michael Matulavich, who left office last month when he learned his contract would not be renewed. She urged the protesters to show up at City Council meetings and push for the appointment of a successor who will be responsive to the community.

Imam Raoof Ali Muhammad listened quietly to the give and take.

He called the Stephens shooting ''a grave injustice'' and said instances of police brutality stem from a societal fear of black men. But the problem, he said, is exacerbated when blacks kill blacks.

''That justifies your enemies killing you,'' he explained.

Muhammad said the African-American community needs to take a moral position against black-on-black crime.

''Until we change,'' he said, ''there ain't gonna be no change.''

Mary Beth Breckenridge can be reached at 330-996-3756 or




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