Chapel Hill shooting: Three young Muslims gunned down in North Carolina family home – Americas – World – The Independent

This is so horrible, and the “parking dispute” such an obvious excuse. Even if the “parking dispute” was what started it, the way the three young people were killed – executed – speaks of such a deep level of contempt that hate as an underlying reason/amplifier is pretty certain.

But I assume the media and fellow white people are already framing him a “lone madman” etc…

Honestly, I don’t know what’s more terrifying – that this was an anti-Muslim hate crime or “just a regular” triple homicide/gun violence over something so mundane.

We have a big problem in both cases.

Chapel Hill shooting: Three young Muslims gunned down in North Carolina family home – Americas – World – The Independent



Detroit cop who killed 7-year-old girl walks free after mistrial

Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley was spared a felony conviction on Tuesday over the killing of a 7-year-old girl after a jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared, according to Detroit Free Press.

Weekley shot and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones on the night of May 16, 2010, as officers executed a search warrant on the duplex her family lived in. The officers entered Stanley-Jones’s home searching for a murder suspect who was later found in the adjacent unit, throwing a flashbang grenade into the room where the girl was sleeping with her grandmother, then shooting her in the head seconds later.

The series of events was partially caught on tape by a camera crew following the officers that night. A&E producer Allison Howard, one of two people who filmed the raid for the show “The First 48,” eventually released that footage of her own accord and now faces charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Footage shot from outside the house shows officers lobbing a flashbang grenade into the living room. Seconds later a gunshot rings out.

Lawyers for the prosecution cited the footage to claim that Weekley shot the girl from outside, before even walking in to the building. Weekley’s defense insisted it was just a tragic accident and that the girl’s grandmother had attempted to hit the officer’s gun.

Weekley was subsequently charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and careless discharge of a firearm resulting in death, carrying with them the potential for 15+ years in prison. However, both charges failed to stick on Tuesday afternoon, after three straight days of jury deliberations failed to produce a conviction.

signal boost #2 because let’s be for real, had this been the pic of a little white girl surrounded by disney princesses with the words “innocent shot by cop” this would have had thousands of notes in hours, a lifetime movie, book etc. instead, mostly the poc community weeps while everyone else fails to feel as much empathy towards this kind of verdict.

This is horrible, terrible, no good, very bad, fucked up. First couple of times I saw this I didn’t reblog, because it made me so fundamentally sad, but the story needs the signal boost…

[TW: Violence] “What can men do? Men do not just need to stop being violent. The vast majority of men are not violent. But men do need to stop being silent. Calling violence against women, whether street harassment or sexual harassment or rape or murder, a ‘women’s issue’ allows men to ignore it as if we have no responsibility for it or stake in ending it. We all have grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters and female friends and colleagues. Our lives are inextricably interwoven; women’s issues of safety and equality directly affect our lives as men. Beyond that, women are humans, with the same rights to safety and freedom as men. It is therefore our moral responsibility to not remain silent or passively on the sidelines, but to be actively engaged in confronting this problem in every corner of homes, communities, and societies.”

Former NFL quarterback Don McPherson 

(via Shakesville: Quote of the Day)