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video: RI Ferguson Protesters React to NY Cop Cleared After Choke Killing

Thursday, December 04, 2014


Picture of the incidenct taking from YouTube video (posted below).

Rhode Island community organizers are reacting strongly to a New York grand jury deciding against an indictment in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, who died after white police officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a chokehold, according to two law enforcement officials and reported by CNN.  

VIDEO:  See YouTube Footage of Incident BELOW

"That's incredible -- I'm really saddened by this," said Jim Vincent of the NAACP Providence Branch of the news on Wednesday.  "Didn't the coroner basically say it was murder?  Up until this point, you knew that at least in this case there would be an indictment."

"I'm shocked.  They have the film, it was obvious.  What more do you need?  Can you not believe your eyes.  I can't fathom that," Vincent continued.  "There might be things I'm missing but this looked like murder. And to choke a guy because he was selling cigarettes on the street?  I think this adds fuel to the fire -- the community already doesn't believe in the system."

Vincent was vocal during reactions to the Ferguson decision in Rhode Island, condoning the peaceful rallies but speaking out against protestors who were arrested when they took to the highway.  

Community Leaders Respond

Photo from Monday's march in Providence.

Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick, who was one of the organizers of the Burnside Park to State House rally on Monday, said she expected more reactions 

"I know major actions are planned to happen in NYC, and likely elsewhere as it is increasingly more evident to people who haven't been aware of the wide-spread police killings of unarmed Black people," said McGoldrick.

James Monteiro with the Billy Taylor House -- who recently won a Providence NAACP Award for community leadership -- said he couldn't comprehend the decision.  

"I cannot comprehend things like this because I just don't understand how we can continue to consciously allow this type of behavior," said Monteiro.  "What is it that we are trying to defend...is it the officers? Or is it that we do not want to accept that the system is not working?  Or is it that it is working for some and thats really all that matters because the some are the ones who vote, and a majority of black and brown people do not, so that's all that really matters."

"I just really am feeling emotionally deflated right now," said Monteiro. 

"It's a disappointment to say the least. It shows how there is no accountability for officers of the law regardless of what state the incident occurs. This just further fuels the disgust, fear, and anger that the community feels. I hope that this will move people to become more involved in community action and to make their voices heard," said community organizer Amy Espinal.  "I believe that this coupled with the violence that occurred last night on the Southside, will drive the community to further protest. The marginalize voice of people color, women, students, all those that recognize the brutality exerted by police nationwide and the institutional racism will now be at the forefront."



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Below are those fifteen local police departments that have obtained military supplies, listed from least to most items acquired. The list does not include acquisition records for certain tactical weapons and supplies for which the Pentagon has refused to release department-specific data. (In those instances only county-level data has been released. That data is not included below.) Records are for recent acquisitions going back to 2009 and were obtained from the Defense Logistics Agency.

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Items Purchased: 3

Summary of Equipment: Dump truck (1 unit), Snow plow plade (1 unit), Truck and tractor attachments (1 unit)

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West Warwick

Items Purchased: 5

Summary of Equipment: Shotgun barrel (1 unit), Immersion suit (1 unit, can be used for underwater operations)

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East Providence

Items Purchased: 10

Summary of Equipment: Radio sets (4 units), Miscellaneous vehicle parts (6 total units)

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Items Purchased: 12

Summary of Equipment: M84 charging handle (8 units, is part of a rifle)

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Items Purchased: 15

Summary of Equipment: Small arms sling swivel (10 units), Optical reflex units (5 units)

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Items Purchased: 17

Summary of Equipment: Digital computer systems (3 units), Flat panel monitors (10 units)

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Items Purchased: 43

Summary of Equipment: Binoculars (5 units), Ballistic protective spectacles (25 units), Sight mount (5 units)

Photo credit: Stanislas PERRIN

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Items Purchased: 49

Summary of Equipment: Armor Plate (1 unit), Survival vest pocksts (30 units)

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Items Purchased: 70

Summary of Equipment: High capacity rifle magazines (12 units), Ammunition-carrying vests (4 units), Ballistic protective spectacles (20 units)

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North Kingstown

Items Purchased: 72

Summary of Equipment: High capacity rifle magazines (27 units), Small arms storage rack (5 units), Satellite systems navigation set (4 units)

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East Greenwich

Items Purchased: 99

Summary of Equipment: Binoculars (10 units), Ballistic and laser protective spectacles (53 units), Ballistic protective spectables (30 unites)

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Items Purchased: 100

Summary of Equipment: High capacity rifle magazines (100 units)

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Items Purchased: 257

Summary of Equipment: Ballistic and laser protective spectacles (6 units), Rifle bipods (10 units), Field pack (10 units, designed for clothing rations, and additional items like ammunition), Passenger motor vehicles (3 units)

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Items Purchased: 1,604

Summary of Equipment: HMMWV (Humvee) M1165 Assembly Kit (2 units), Gun magazines (432 units), Night vision face masks (8 units), Gun silencers (54), Small arms sight mounts (6 units)

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Items Purchased: 2,389

Summary of Equipment: Armor plates (30 units), Demolition firing device (1 unit), Improvised Explosive Device training it (9 units), High capacity rifle magazines (599 units), Chemical protective suit (1 unit), High-speed tractor (1 unit), Diesel generators (2 units), Flat panel monitors (21 units)


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