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Thursday, January 28, 2016

The MURDER of Aaron Campbell: A Targeting Cops Perspective

As some of you may have noticed, Targeting Cops took a hiatus back in August 2015. TC is now back and needless to say, much has happened over the past several months. Since it would be too much to attempt a recap of all things relevant since last August, we shall simply pick up where current events stand. As always, past stories will be revisited and new cases of police murder/terrorism shall be scrutinized. For now, we pay attention to Aaron Campbell - murdered by Portland cops six years ago.

Gone, but never forgotten: Aaron Campbell pictured here, along with new-born daughter at the time. Date unknown. 


Campbell didn't get to be quite the national galvanizing martyr that many other police murder victims would become. Nonetheless, his death was no less egregious, the circumstances no less infuriating. And here in Portland, OR, the Campbell saga stands out as one of the worse cases of sheer police menace this city has ever known. Campbell's murder has been covered here more extensively than most others have bothered to do, and with none of the racist bias that one can typically expect with corporate "news". Past entries on this can be examined HERE and HERE. Otherwise, here is a brief recap with basic facts:

On January 29th 2010 Aaron M. Campbell was gunned down by gang members of the Portland Police Gestapo(PPG). Campbell was in anguish, following the death of his brother Timothy Douglass earlier that day (due to complications from a heart transplant). A 911 call had been made later that night, reporting of a possibly suicidal man with a gun at the Sandy Terrace apartments. Within minutes, police had surrounded the apt. complex. Campbell's girlfriend and the three children they had together, were also in that apt. Police established a phone line with Campbell, and after it was determined that he had no intentions of harming anyone, he allowed his girlfriend and their children to leave the apt. Campbell then put his weapon down and agreed to leave the apt. This is the part where things get all screwed up, and to this day Portland police have never provided a clear and truthful account of what exactly happened - Campbell walked out the front door, walking backwards, hands clasped together on the back of his head. He was clearly unarmed at this point. Apparently, the cop who was on the phone with Campbell had not communicated with other police on the scene. So when Campbell emerged from the apt., it had taken several cops by surprise. Campbell was barked some orders in rapid succession. Before he even had a chance to respond, he would be shot with several "less-than-lethal" beanbag or rubber-coated rounds, shot with way more lethal live rounds, and had a K-9 sicced on him. This monumental clusterfuck would all happen in under ten seconds. Campbell's gunshot wound might not have been fatal, had he received immediate medical care. However, Campbell's limp body was instead handcuffed, and he was allowed to bleed-out for 30 minutes, while emergency medical providers were held at bay (because giving prompt life-saving treatment to someone who had just been maimed of grievously injured by police totally defeats to very purpose of police work... as we all know). Those handcuffs would not be removed from Campbell's body until his autopsy, a few days later. Funerals were held for both Campbell and his brother Timothy in February 2010. They were 25 and 23 years of age, respectively

Justice still in wait: Local activists protest Campbell's murder, while demanding accountability for killer cops.








In the six years since Aaron Campbell's murder, much as happened with the case... very little of it positive. Many protests and civil suits have been had. A few cops were "reprimanded", a few were served suspensions, and one was even fired after months of intense community outrage and media heat. Not one single criminal charge has ever been levied against any cop involved in Campbell's murder. In fact, the very idea of an indictment has never been entertained by the local district attorney. Alas, if you are reading this then you already know that. The following is a list of the criminals who had a hand in Campbell's death:

  • Officer James Quakenbush: spoke with Campbell over the phone, as well as texted.
  • Officer Ryan Lewton: shot Campbell in back with beanbag or rubber-coated lead rounds. 
  • Officer Ronald Frashour: shot Campbell in back with AR-15 military assault weapon.
  • Officer Jeffrey Elias: member of K-9 unit. Simultaneously launched his dog on Campbell, as he was being shot in the back by Frashour.  
  • Sergeant Liana Reyna:  lead command officer who all but abandoned her post and failed to take proper charge of situation.
  • Sergeant John Birkinbine: ordered Campbell out of the apt. yet failed to inform others on scene. This inept act of carelessness lead to Campbell's death, as much as the bullet Frashour put in his back.


As we all know, Ron Frashour has been the only pig to have ever received any significant punishment in this case. Every other cop involved has at best gotten an 80-hour suspension, or not faced punishment at all. The city of Portland (i.e. the TAXPAYERS) has been ordered to pay a $1.2 million wrongful death suit, filed by Campbell's family back in November 2010. Yet another multi-million dollar pay out by the city, for cops who're clearly more trouble than they are worth. Since actually charging killer cops with the felonies they commit is off the table, seems like firing these bastards would be cheaper... except not

In December 2015, the Oregon Court of Appeals ordered the city to REHIRE killer cop Frashour... with back pay. Community members and seasoned activists alike protested this latest abortion of justice, rightfully so. More info. on these actions can be seen HERE. Video of the protest can be watched HERE. And that's it. That's just it...        

Friday, August 21, 2015

Taking A Break...

Targeting Cops will be going on hiatus for, most likely, the remainder of the year. A busy life and a heavy job (with all that comes with that) are quite a lot, so thus, something has to go. Plus, attempting to keep up with even some of the police murders which take place in this wretched country every day has proven to be quite difficult. Not to mention following up on those cases. But all is not negative, as this also frees up time to take part in other creative endeavors. 

This is just a break, TC will be back. So long as police terrorists act out, there will be much to write about. Until then, consider this blog archived... but it is not going anywhere. Targeting Cops fears NO man, not even the FBI! As always, all comments will be allowed and occasionally even responded to. That goes for racist, cop-loving comments. Spam will be ruthlessly deleted.     




Friday, August 14, 2015

Straight Outta Compton: New Film Portrays World's Most Ruthless Rap Group





























Films and music are rarely covered here, but a very proper exception will be made in this case. Friday August 14th 2015 marks the nation-wide release of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON: an autobiographical film based on the most notorious and important Rap group ever, Niggaz With Attitude. N.W.A. were important because of their unflinching message of street life in 1980's Los Angeles. Many of the legendary group's songs spoke directly to life under racist, authoritarian rule for Black people in the ghettos of L.A., as well as for Blacks in America at large. Close to 30 years before Black Lives Matter, before "Stop 'n Frisk" policies were outted, police terror units cracked down on Occupy encampments with brutal calculation, The ruthless Rap group from Compton, CA told shouted tales of relentless police violence and terrorism. Theirs was a message few people wanted to hear back then. Nowadays it seems, folks can't get enough of it all. 

Classic Crew: N.W.A. back in da day. Left to right: Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E(rip), DJ Yella, and MC Ren.


Obviously, cops (being the out-right bastards that they all are) despised N.W.A. from the very beginning. And opportunistic worthless politicians (both Republican and Democrat, mostly White but some turncoat Blacks) did everything in their power to try and destroy the group and silence their truthful words. Racist, White America both loathed and feared them to no end... even though its suburban children were secretly falling in love with both N.W.A. and the burgeoning Gangsta Rap/West Coast Hip-Hop scene for which they helped pioneer. Even though they would last for only a 5-year period from 1986 to 1991, N.W.A. as a unit would prove to be the most influential Rap group ever, having released songs such as Straight Outta Compton, Fuk Da Police, and Alwayz Into Somethin', Theirs is a message that remains distressingly relevant to this day.

Watch the trailer for Straight Outta Compton HERE.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Murder of Michael Brown: One Year Ago Today

Before 'FERGUSON' became known to the entire world, John Crawford (in Beavercreek, OH) and Eric Garner (in Staten Island, NY) would both be slain by terrorist cops. Then, came the murder of 18 year old Michael Brown. Gunned down by a White cop while attempting to surrender, Mike Brown's death occurred on August 9th - one year ago today.

























HIS death wasn't any more or less exceptional than all the others. His hadn't even been caught on camera, apparently. Folks were already angry. There was already a deep, visceral, unshakable sense that this country was deadly for a Black person's health. Wounds from the hyper-racialized, polarizing case of Trayvon Martin were still festering (as they continue to do so). Then there was that wretched, police choking murder of Garner - captured on Ramsey Orta's mobile device, it provided the world with a nauseating, trigger-inducing snuff short of police thugs killing an innocent man... from beginning to end, in HD quality. Yet, with the murder of Brown, the camel's back seemed to have been broken. Folks had enough. Enough of bastard-ass cops simply murdering Black people and being soo thoroughly protected by a system hardwired to racism and terrorist, authoritarian state-violence. Enough of a sense that in America, Black lives didn't matter - or not as much at least. With the death of Brown, people were beginning to call out that bullshit. An already burgeoning BLACK LIVES MATTER movement would go international... and this small, largely Black suburb of St. Louis would become a major flash-point!
  
Desperate times. A protester in Ferguson holds up this sign in the midst of fire and chaos. Peaceful street actions over the murder of Mike Brown would be met with the iron fist of militarized police gestapo. In the following months (and with more police murders and grand juries refusing to indict) this fiery scene would be repeated in multiple American cities.


 













 



The murders of other innocent Black people had of course happened, earlier in 2014, as in many years prior. Best cast scenario, families of victims might receive a settlement after years of fighting and (in more high-profile cases) national attention.  Rarely were killer cops ever held the least bit accountable. Rare was it for a cop to lost his sorry-ass job for killing and innocent person. And so far as serving actual time was concerned... well statically, that never happened (the one case of BART cop Johannas Mehserle, who murdered Oscar Grant on New Years 2009 in Oakland was a rare anomaly. But that outcome came about only after immense outrage and the burn of the national spot light. And even then, the son-of-a-bitch ended up serving less than two years).

With Brown's murder, the outcome remained mostly the same: Darren Wilson, the pig who killed Brown, would go on to not face any criminal charges, and would be fully "exonerated" by a grand jury. With the murder of Brown, another vile pig with blood on his hands had gotten away with it. However, the case would spark some very tangible actions for both Ferguson and the country as a whole. Again, the murder of Brown happened in the context of other high-profile killings, either by cops or racist vigilantes. But it wasn't just that. As Brown's killing would come to reveal, The city of Ferguson, MO didn't just have a severe police problem, but a severe government problem. As of 2014, Ferguson had a Black population of roughly 67%. Yet, the police force was virtually all White. The mayor, City Council, all judges, prosecutors, and all other city officials were White. In 1970, Ferguson was 99% White. However, the demographics would shift to near-polar opposite over the subsequent 40 years, as White-flight, red-lining, divestment, neglect, poverty, and at least a couple of economic depressions would take its toll. 

By 2014, Ferguson had become a largely poor, mostly Black town dominated by White supremacist rule. Residents faced never-ending siege by the Ferguson Police Gestapo (FPG), which acted as a straight-up local gang. In the wake of Brown's murder, a Dept. Of Justice investigation into how the city operated revealed that even in the majority Black city, racial disparities were wildly out of sync. 85% of all traffic stops, 88% of all use-of-force cases (state violence) 90% of all citations (extortion), 93% of all arrests were conducted against Black residents by the police regime. Innocent people were constantly harassed. Rights were routinely violated. More likely to be searched, with or without just cause, yet less likely to have drugs or weapons than Whites. More likely to be shot and killed by cops. Same goddamned story all over the country... but the situation was especially bad in Ferguson.

BUSTED! Mary Ann Twitty(right) seen here in this photo with former cop Darren Wilson(left). The stupid bitch was fired from her job as a Ferguson court clerk for sending racist emails. The photo was reportedly lifted from her facebook page.





















That federal investigation also uncovered a barrage of racist emails swapped amongst cops that showed just what these animals really thought of Black people in general. The inquiry revealed a systemic, hard-wired pattern of racism that was casually practiced by both police and other city officials. Eventually, the released emails would result in the sacking of some cops and city employees. One of those fired city workers, Mary Ann Twitty, has since found herself a part-time temporary job in Vinita Park, another St. Louis suburb.

The local municipality itself worked hand-in-hand with the police to oppress the city's Black residents. Unreasonably high fines and citations over the most mundane infractions would be routinely levied against Blacks. In a city with already high unemployment, law-abiding people forced to take precious time of their jobs to meet court dates - which would get delayed or postponed. Those who couldn't pay extortion money to the White city Council had even more fines levied against them. Missed court dates over trivial matters would result in arrest warrants. People were forced to choice between working/eating/housing and doing the court's bidding. So when Mike brown was gunned down by pig Wilson for walking in a residential street on Aug. 9th 2014 with his hands up - his body left to lay in the street for four 1/2 hours - the people had had ENOUGH! 



       













Given the circumstances, it was no damned wonder people were fed up. Local citizens were now passionate activists. And in the center of it all were Brown's parents,  mother Lesslie McSpadden and father Michael Brown Sr. In November 2014, McSpadden and Brown Sr. traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to testify for a United Nations panel against torture and police state-violence. And state violence was certainly what citizens would come to face, as they protested Brown's murder. And this here was whens the situation really started to become real for everyone. Notoriously, the world would be treated to images of peaceful, unarmed marchers facing off against hyper-militarized police forces. The police were compiled from multiple agencies, including the Ferguson regime, St. Louis police, and Missouri state troopers. And they had every weapon of war afforded to police regimes at their disposal. Cops and police-planted agitators instigated chaos. Besieged crowds became rightfully violent. Mainstream media smeared everything as a "riot". And before long, people were drawing (understandable) comparisons between Ferguson and Fallujah. Indeed, the city was now resembling and occupied police/war zone.

Michael Brown Sr. and Lessie McSpadden, the father and mother of Mike Brown. Since Brown's murder, Brown Sr. and McSpadden have been tireless advocates for their slain son, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement.




















Cops with military assault weapons and armored vehicles, harassing terrorizing unarmed local people. Police-installed agent provocateurs disguised as "protesters", as well as other non-residents brought into town to agitate chaos. Police thugs tear-gassing people at random, including journalists attempting to cover events on the ground. Not to mention the always predictable corporate mainstream media, taking a few isolated acts of criminal activity and smearing the entire event as "looting", "rioting", and "thuggery". And along with that, can always count on racist reactionaries, conservative commentators, worthless cop-apologists, and a virtual army of coward-ass online trolls to reliably do their part. But amid all of this, righteous activists, those who support Mike Brown and all victims of police terror, and most importantly - the people of Ferguson, MO itself have persevered and continue to do so! Marches were held on Sunday August 9th to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Brown's murder. As always, there were plenty of bastard-ass cops. There was even a shooting that occurred later in the evening, when cop thugs tried to claim yet another victim! But over-all, the focus stayed on the memory of Brown, Ferguson, and continuous call for justice. 



https://www.rt.com/usa/311967-ferguson-anniversary-protests-solidarity/     

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Murder of John Crawford: One Year Later

2014 was something of a watershed year for police killings in America. Not to say that 2014 was exceptional (it wasn't, not by a long shot) As homicides, vicious assaults, rapes, extortion, property destruction, and other crimes by gangster terrorist cops are a common occurrence here in this Hellhole of a country. Every day, every year, going back hundreds of years since American police forces first began their original roles as armed militias and slave-catchers. Government thugs, granted legal status and protection, with badges and vast weaponry to carry out all manner of state violence.  

What's left of 2015 will be marked by a series of grim milestones. July 17th marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of Eric Garner. August 9th shall mark the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's murder, which will be acknowledged here of course. But for now, we take time to remember John Crawford


On August 5th one year ago today, John Crawford the III was gunned down by by police thugs inside a Walmart store in Beavercreek, OH, as he went about his way shopping. Unlike in other police killings, no vague nuances exist here as to whether the victim allegedly ran afoul of the law, or minor traffic violation, or fled from police, disobeyed orders, got "uppity" or anything of the sort. Summoned by a racist cop-caller (since proven to be a LIAR), gang members of the Beavercreek Police Gestapo (BPG) opened fire within seconds of arriving in the store. They gave no orders, gave no allowance for Crawford to surrender himself, and displayed no concern for his life nor the lives of other people (including children) near by. These monsters (and make no mistake, the cops involved here are MONSTERS) simply executed him on the spot! John Crawford, 22, was doomed from the moment he left home on that day. He never had a change to survive, he just never had a chance. 

Even though Crawford's malice death by cops had largely been over-looked, at least on a national level - Targeting Cops has not ignored him. Several entries have been written him on here, including a report a grand jury's (predictable) failure to bring criminal indictments against the cops involved. That article can be read HERE. The most recent entry on Crawford' case was last month, as an update, and can be read HERE. Sadly, there was little news to have written about, other than an on-going civil suit by Crawford's family against the Beavercreek Police Terrorist regime, as well as the Walmart store at which Crawford's death had occurred.
   





























Most of what you need to know about this case can be read in the links included above. There will also be a few links to key articles left at the end of this entry. For now, here are some more basics:

On that day, Crawford was reportedly toy-shopping for a young cousin when he picked up an unpackaged airsoft bb gun off the self in the toy ailse. Crawford was doing nothing the lest bit nefarious with this toy, other than holding it in his hand - as any shopper would. 

The two filthy cops who murdered Crawford are officers David M. Darkow and Sean C. Williams of the Beavercreek Police Terrorist regime. They were responding to a false 911 call made by another shopper. That cop-calling shooper is Ronald "Ty" Ritchie, an obese, racist neckbeard who has since admitted to knowingly LYING about Crawford having a weapon, loading it, and pointing it at others in the store. As officers Darkow and Williiams blew Craford away in a hail of bullets, a panic ensued and in that process another person named Angela Williams suffered a fatal heart attack. Williams, 37, and her two young children were the only other people in that toy aisle when cops opened fire. They were standing just mere yards away from Crawford and could just as easily have been shot themselves. Williams' death has since been ruled a homicide, along with that of Crawford's. 


























This is where things in this case stand, one year later: police criminal thugs Williams and Darkow will never face criminal prosecution for taking John Crawford's life, nor directly causing the death of Angela Williams. And since Williams was the pig who fired the fatal shots, he was the only one who ever even faced a potential grand jury decision in the first place. The only (legal) recourse Crawford's family has had, was to file a federal civil suit against Beavercreek police terrorists, the city of Beavercreek, and the Walmart store in question. That suit was formally filed on December 16th 2014. It is unknown whether the family of A. Williams has initiated a similar wrongful death suit. To but frank, it has proven difficult to research any further info. regarding the deceased mother of two, and it appears that her surviving family has spent the last year stayed away from the media. Either that, or hardly anyone has bothered following up on this. A federal investigation is currently underway. The Cincinnati division of the FBI first launched their inquiry in the wake of last year's grand jury decision not to indict any of the pigs involved in Crawford's murder. The fed's probe into the shooting is embarking on a year. Yet, the head of Ohio's g-man branch - Angela Byers - has provided no details nor updates on the case. 

Pig Sean Williams has remained on desk duty since he gunned down Crawford last August. His dept. has said they will make a decision on the killer cop's fate, once that snail's pace of an FBI investigation is complete... whenever the Hell that will be. Until then, Williams will continue to enjoy his year's long paid vacation, with the full backing of his union and their lawyers. Pig David Darkow is unfortunately back on the streets, and remains as much a public menace as ever. Meanwhile, the Crawford family and supporters have commemorated the one-year anniversary of his murder. 

As for the racist sack-of-shit who called 911 in the first place...
... Many issues with this case remain frustratingly unresolved. Many questions remains unanswered. Among a few of those questions is:

- Why would Crawford, with a fucking bb gun, have been soo hastily shot in an otherwise open and carry state?

- Why has there been soo little media attention on this, one of the most egregious cases of police murder in 2014?

- And why has obese neckbeard Ronald Ritchie NOT been arrested and charged with (at the very least) filing a false 911 report and lying to police YET??? This coward has the blood of two innocent people on his hands, yet he has (thus far) managed to elude all responsibility. Ritchie's exact whereabouts are unknown at this point, as he like remains in hiding. There has been a renewed call for Ritchie to be prosecuted, however. 

One year later, Crawford's death still under review - HERE.

One year later, family still awaits justice - HERE

Action for John Crawford facebook page - HERE.
         

















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