THROWBACK POST: Police Terrorism: The R.I.P. Aiyana Jones Edition

A beautiful 7-year old girl, Aiyana Jones (pictured above), was recently killed when police in Detroit invaded her home under the guise of executing a police raid. Aiyana Jones was peacefully sleeping on a couch in her home when she was fatally shot in the neck by a police officer who was reportedly raiding the house in order to “target a homicide suspect.” However, the police seemingly targeted the home of an innocent family.

CBS News is also reporting that at time of the raid, “neighbors told [the] police [that] there were children in the house, and showed them toys in the front yard.” However, the police allegedly proceeded to throw a flash grenade through the window of the home despite the warnings.

Shockingly, the whole tragic befuddling ordeal was reportedly caught on tape by a television crew that was following the police in order to film the raid for a crime show.

How will the world respond to this senseless act of police terrorism, and the stealing of an innocent life?


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Arthur McDuffie, 1979

“Arthur McDuffie was a cool brother. He was the type of brother in the hood just living life and taking it easy. His only vice was motorcycles. Well, not a vice actually, but a brother flossing on top a Kawaski in the early eighties in Miami? It wasn’t something cops took kindly to. On December 17, 1979, he popped a wheelie for the last time. Word around the campfire was that McDuffie whizzed past a cop and had the nerve to give him the middle finger. Reports conflict on whether McDuffie stopped or kept on whizzing by and said to hell with it. When he did finally stop, imagine slave drivers catching Nat Turner on his way to France. Nine cops wailed a can of whip a** on that dude. They jumped on him like he owed them money. They smashed his head with a baton until he fell into a coma and eventually died. McDuffie’s mother, Eula McDuffie told the press the obvious: ‘They beat my son like a dog. They beat him just because he was riding a motorcycle and because he was black.’

The cops ran over McDuffie’s motorcycle to make it look like he got injuries from a crash. Talk about gangster.

My relatives were out there protesting with signs blaring JUSTICE FOR MCDUFFIE. It’s sad that it took McDuffie’s head getting cracked open to get people off the stoop and out in the street demanding better conditions, but, hell, it was a means to an end. Dr. King and Malcolm would have been proud to see all those folks out there protesting for equality. This was what those cats died for. Miami was the last stop on that civil rights train, and we were hungry for change. The cops were charged and officials moved their trial to Tampa…

The trial started on March 31 and it was commotion from jump street. The defense removed blacks from the jury pool. Details about the beatdown shocked the world. Those were some cold-blooded dudes. After pulling McDuffie off the bike, they beat the brother with nightsticks and flashlights.

The one Cuban cop was the most vicious. He sat on top of McDuffie and slammed a nightstick into the back of his head. America was shocked by the news coming from paradise. The thing is, those pictures on Miami postcards of pearly white sand beaches and art deco hotels were as foreign to us as the idea that people actually had the kind of money to stay in hotels like that. Then the verdict was read.

Not guilty…

When Eula McDuffie cried in that Tampa courtroom, her tears fell on all of us.”


“They stole more than seven hundred kilos of powder that came in on the boats up the Miami River. One cop, Alex Marrero, went to prison for offering protection to one of the sugglers for $300,000. Remember him? He was the same cop acquitted of killing Arthur McDuffie back in 1980. The Miami River Cops, as they were called, made cocaine accessible to locals outside ritzy Miami Beach and Brickell Avenue.” -From, “Magic City: Trials of a Native Son” By: Trick Daddy w/ Peter Bailey

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Throwback Post Part 2: An Update On Cops Gone Wild: The Cops With Tasers Edition

A few days ago, I reported on a situation in which a young man from Louisiana was killed by a police officer who repeatedly tasered him while he was in handcuffs. Although the death, which occurred in January of this year, was ruled a homicide by the examining coroner, the wheels of justice have been slow to turn.

When I reported on Baron Pikes’ (pictured above) story last Thursday, the district attorney of Winnfield, LA had yet to decide whether the officer responsible for his murder would face a grand jury. However, today, CNN is reporting that this afternoon it was decided that a grand jury will convene on August 12th to determine what charges (if any) will be brought against the police officer involved in this case.

I hope that the grand jury in Louisiana makes the obvious and correct decision regarding the death of Mr. Pikes; unlike the New York grand jury’s decision regarding the death of Jayson Tirado.

(Originally Posted: July 28, 2008)

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Throwback Post Part 1: Cops Gone Wild: The Cops With Tasers Edition

NYC recently implemented a rule that allows city police sergeants on patrol to carry a taser. The purpose of this rule implementation is to supposedly allow the city’s sergeants an alternative to using the deadly force of a pistol. There have been dissenting voices that have stated that a taser can be just as deadly as a firearm- especially when it is improperly and excessively used. A case in point, is the beginning of the year death of Baron Pikes in Winnfield, Louisiana.

The case of Baron Pikes (pictured above) is just reaching news outlets’ radar. Mr. Pikes died in January, after he was repeatedly tasered by an arresting officer- while he was in handcuffs.

The death of the 21 year old (who was ironically- or maybe not so ironically- a first cousin of Mychal Bell of the Jena 6), was recently ruled a homicide by the Winn Parish Coroner. The coroner reached his decision after an extensive months long investigation, in which he was assisted by two nationally known forensic pathologists.

According to CNN, the coroner’s investigation determined that “[Baron] Pikes was already handcuffed and on the ground when he was first hit with the taser…[Officer] Nugent fired his Taser at Pikes six times in less than three minutes (the shots were recorded by a computer chip in the weapon’s handle). Then, officers put Pikes in the back of a cruiser and drove him to their police station- where Nugent fired a seventh shot, directly against Pikes’ chest. After he was given that drive stun to the chest, he was pulled out of the car onto the concrete. He was then electroshocked two more times. Two officers noted that he had no neuromuscular response to those last two 50,000-volt electroshocks…It’s possible that [Officer] Nugent was shocking a dead man the last two times he pulled the trigger.”

In a weak attempt to rationalize the murder, Winnfield Police Lieutenant Chuck Curry, said: “[Baron] Pikes told officers he suffered from asthma, and had been using PCP and crack cocaine.” However after performing a meticulous investigation, the coroner strongly refutes this claim, stating that “he found no sign of drug use in the autopsy, and no record of asthma in Pikes’ medical history.”

Baron Pikes’ family and community understandably want justice. Although Officer Nugent was belatedly fired in May [SIDEBAR: He is currently appealing his dismissal], no charges have been currently filed against him for this murder.]

(Originally Posted: July 24, 2008)

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