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Rise Up October: Protests in New York City

According to an online database that keeps track of police killings in the United States; as of October 22nd, 2015; 966 people have been killed by cops this year alone.

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Rise Up October, a nationwide event centered in New York City, began October 22nd, 2015, and will continue for three days to bring awareness to police terror, and mass incarceration.


Organizers opened the event with a “Say Their Names” rally in Manhattan, featuring Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino spoke out against senseless police killings and read off names of those killed by officers of the law.

Friday, October 23rd, protesters held a rally calling for the shutdown of Rikers Island prison; due to accusations of corruption, sexual abuse, and violence behind bars. The Grand Finale for the event, is on Saturday, October 24th, and includes a protest and march from Washington Square Park to Bryant Park. The purpose of the events is to raise awareness about officer-involved killings, police violence, and mass imprisonment; demanding reform of the criminal justice system.

Many family members of those killed or incarcerated were in attendance to show support for the cause. Some activists, like Chris Silva of Bakersfield, California traveled across the country to New York City, to tell his brother’s story; which got very little national media attention. David Silva was found intoxicated and asleep on a busy street in Bakersfield before he was beaten to death by nine police officers and a K-9; after they put him in a restraint device.

The incident was so brutal, citizens called 9-11 on the police, telling the emergency operators the cops were killing a man. The Bakersfield Police Department  seized video of the incident, under duress, then deleted it from the cell phone of a witness. The Kern County Sheriff’s Department later called the death “accidental”, claiming David Silva died of natural causes. David Silva’s story is only one of thousands across the nation, that are just as horrible, and even worse. There is no doubt these protesters have very real issues to tackle.

The United States admittedly has more people incarcerated than any other country on earth, most of them for non-violent drug offenses. Prison conditions include violence behind bars, from other inmates and correctional officers, solitary confinement, lack of adequate medical care, contaminated water and more. Having a for-profit prison system that rewards law enforcement officers for making arrests, is a big part of the problem. The issues of police brutality and violence go hand in hand with mass incarceration, and with coordinated efforts, organizers hope to bring about change throughout the entire criminal justice system.

According to an online database that keeps track of police killings in the United States; as of October 22nd, 2015, 966 people have been killed by cops this year alone. The database  at KilledbyPolice.Net includes names, dates, ages, and links to the stories of all those killed by police. Not all of those killed are criminals, besides, in the United States we are supposedly allowed due process, that gives us a right to defend ourselves in a court of law. Due process is where the commonly used term “innocent until proven guilty” originates. Police Officers are not the judge, jury and executioner of our streets!

#RiseUpOctober #SayTheirNames

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Prison Guards Doesn’t Notice Inmate Getting Murdered by His Cellmate

Following the conviction of one inmate for killing another in an Ontario prison four years ago, Canadian authorities have released video footage that captures the behavior of a guard and other prisoners in the moments that preceded and the moments that followed the victim’s murder.

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Following the conviction of one inmate for killing another in an Ontario prison four years ago, Canadian authorities have released video footage that captures the behavior of a guard and other prisoners in the moments that preceded and the moments that followed the victim’s murder.


On October 31, 2013, Adam Kargus, 29, was choked, punched, kicked and stomped to death in a cell. Although there is no proof that the actions of his attacker, Anthony George, 32, were detected, a recording taken from the area outside of the cell appears to show a guard walk by as the incident was unfolding. Although the video released to the public blurs it out, it is reported that investigators reviewing the footage were able to see the violence taking place through the cell window. The video then cuts to George later dragging Kargus’ bagged body out of the cell towards one of the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre’s showers, without the guards noticing.

According to an autopsy done on Kargus’ remains, he reportedly died of blunt force trauma to the head, face, and neck. George told the court that he was intoxicated off of a concoction he made out of toilet water and fermented fruit when he went on his rampage. He has been sentenced to life, but may be eligible for parole in 10 years.

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5 People Finally Arrested in 1983 Racially Motivated Murder of 23-Year-Old Black Man

The family of Timothy Coggins may finally receive justice, over three decades later.

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Suspects of a racially motivated murder of a black man 34 years ago have finally been arrested in Georgia. Frankie Gebhardt, Bill Moore Sr., Sandra Bunn, Lamar Bunn, and Gregory Huffman were all arrested in connection with the murder of Timothy Coggins. Coggins was found dead on October 9th, 1983 in Sunnyside, Georgia as a result of multiple forms of trauma. All five suspects are white.


The search for the suspects went cold until March of this year when new evidence came to light. Original witnesses were re-interviewed, which also lead to new information for the case. Police stated that many witnesses were, “living with this information since Coggins’ death but had been afraid to come forward or had not spoken of it until now.”

Frankie Gebhardt and Bill Moore were arrested and charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and concealing the death of another. Sandra Bunn. Lamar Bunn and Gregory Huffman were charged with the lesser charge of obstruction.

Coggins’ family thanked the police for re-opening the case saying, “We know that there’s been tireless nights and we know that you guys have put in so many hours making sure that these people were brought to justice…The only unfortunate part in this is that our grandparents, Timothy Coggins’ parents, are not able to see this today.”

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231 People Are Dead in Somalian Terrorist Attack

At least 231 are dead in what is now the deadliest attack in Somalia’s history.

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The death toll from the bomb blast in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu has risen to 231 with more than 200 people injured, making it the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia’s history.


Hundreds more were wounded when a military vehicle packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. Doctors struggled to help terribly wounded victims, many burnt beyond recognition. Officials feared the toll would continue to climb from Saturday’s truck bomb that targeted a busy street near key ministries.

Some of the victims died in their cars and in public transportation vehicles. “There was a traffic jam, and the road was packed with bystanders and cars,” a waiter at a nearby restaurant said on Saturday. “It’s a disaster.” Erdogan Hospital, one of six hospitals that received wounded victims, said at least 127 people had been brought there for treatment.

It’s not clear who staged the bombing, but Mogadishu is a known target for al-Shabab militants battling the government. President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast. Police official, Ibrahim Mohamed, told AFP news agency the death toll is likely to rise. “There are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously,” he said.

The United States released a statement saying, “such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism.” The US military has also stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against al-Shabab.

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