St. Louis American: One week after, clergy pray for Michael Brown – 844-292-1318 legal aid Selma Alabama

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“Know that God is good all the time,” said a woman speaking through a bullhorn on the sidewalk directly across from a shrine that marked the spot that 18-year-old Michael Brown lost his life at the Canfield Green Apartments.
Representing Bethesda Temple’s Missionary and Outreach Ministry, She offered mini-sermons in between their singing.
“We will glorify his holy name,” a small representation of the group sang fervently as the rain poured down – almost in a soulful chant-like cadence.
“It may not look like it right now, but all things work for the good of those who love the Lord,” the woman said fervently.
For many who were in the Canfield Green Apartments that morning, it appeared to most certainly not look like it.
They peeked from their front doors and stood on steps, watching as protesters and activists slowly started to convene for two different demonstrations that were to honor the life of the 18-year old boy who was shot down by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. One was a moment of prayer for Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson lead by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The other was a moment of solidarity (and march) for all of the young African American men who were casualties of police violence.
It was within the hour of the one-week anniversary of Brown’s death.
A week probably felt like an eternity to the folks who have watched their corner of Ferguson become a nonstop hotbed of protests and activity.
It was first the most disheartening of crime scenes as Brown’s body lay uncovered for hours.
Then Gatherers from across the county, city and nation convened. Along with them on this day were FBI agents, who swarmed the complex knocking on doors in search of witnesses and information related to
Brown’s death.
In this national media sensation of a story, residents’ privacy has become the unspoken of collateral damage.
Yet as they sat and watched in a stance to suggest they were guarding what was left of their personal space, residents still managed to be gracefully open to their complex playing host to protests and demonstrations.
One woman clapped along as the Bethesda group sang. Another said “how you doing” as a non-resident woman and her son walked from the parking lot getting positioned to hear The Rev. Jesse Jackson lead protesters in prayer.
A couple of them even walked down to hear Jackson uplift the hundreds of protesters who had come to hear him deliver an encouraging word in the fight for justice on Brown and his family’s behalf.
“Here we stand 50 years after the march on Selma with some unlearned lessons,” Jackson told the crowd. “Too much fear, too much hatred, too much violence and too much bloodshed. Michael lives as long as we remember him. He was robbed of the right to walk the streets where he lived. Too long we have learned to survive apart. Now we have a different lesson – let’s learn to live together.”
In the solitude of prayer, hands gripped tighter as people from various walks of life stood as one as Jackson’s words echoed among them.
“We choose life over death,” Jackson said. “We choose futures over funerals. In the end if we do not faint we will not fail.
We pray for the family of Michael Brown and we must end the violence. There is power in non-violence – whether it’s Selma, Alabama, or India, or South Africa. You must choose prayers and love over rockets and missiles. We’ve survived apart for so long – there is power in living together.”
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Michael Lee, Esq. is the owner of his own law firm, the Law Office of Michael Lee which he established in 2010. His practice is a community-action-oriented law firm specializing in criminal defense, criminal records, forfeiture proceedings, dispute resolution and non-profit corporation formation and advising. He is also co-founder of Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. Attorney Lee leads a citywide Criminal Records Expungement Project which holds monthly free clinics around Philadelphia that has helped many Philadelphians get incorrect or outdated information removed from their arrest records. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Lee is a graduate of the 259th class of Central High School, George Washington University and Drexel Law School’s inaugural graduating class. He was one of eleven Pennsylvania attorneys invited to participate in the 2013-14 class of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Leadership Institute, which prepares young lawyers for future leadership opportunities within the state bar association.
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Actual Video Footage of Police Officer Michael Slager Planting Evidence on Walter Scott – 844-292-1318 South Carolina legal aid

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A white South Carolina police officer was arrested and charged with murder Tuesday after video showed him fatally shooting a fleeing, unarmed black man in the back.

North Charleston Police Officer Michael T. Slager, 33, can be seen shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott after a confrontation on Saturday, according to The Post and Courier. Slager chases Scott and shoots at him eight times in the video recorded by a passerby and obtained by The New York Times.

Scott died there, though it wasn’t clear if he died immediately.

The graphic video raises questions about Slager’s original assertion that he used his gun because he felt endangered.

The confrontation started when Slager had reportedly pulled over Scott because of a broken taillight. It escalated into a foot chase as Scott allegedly fled because there were family court-issued warrants for his arrest. Slager pursued Scott into a grassy lot and claimed that he fired his Taser to subdue him.

Moments later, Slager reported on his radio, “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to the Times.

Earlier this week, an attorney for Slager said the cop felt threatened after Scott tried to overpower him and take his Taser. Today that attorney told The Post and Courier that he’s “no longer involved” in the case.

But first images in the video are of Slager shooting at Scott as he runs away from him. It also appears that Slager drops the Taser near Scott after he was gunned down, according to The New York Times.

Police reports also say that responding officers performed CPR and delivered medical aid to Scott, but the video shows Scott face down in handcuffs for several minutes after the shooting. Another officer shows up and appears to give Scott aid, but never performs CPR.

Scott had been arrested about 10 times in the past, mostly for failing to pay child support or show up for hearings, according to the paper.

“He has four children, he doesn’t have some type of big violent past or arrest record. He had a job, he was engaged,” a lawyer for Scott’s family told the Times. “He had back child support and didn’t want to go to jail for back child support.”

In a statement released Tuesday night, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) said, “What happened in this case is not acceptable in South Carolina.” Senator Tim Scott (R) said “The senseless shooting and taking of Walter Scott’s life was absolutely unnecessary and avoidable,” adding that he would be watching the case closely.

The shooting in North Charleston comes on the heels of several high-profile cases of police officers using deadly force against unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, Cleveland and New York. This is one of the few times the offending officer has been charged with murder.

“What if there was no video? What if there was no witness? Where would we be without that video,” Justin Bamberg said at a presser with the family on Tuesday night. Bamburg is one of the Scotts’ family attorneys and also represents South Carolina’s House District 90.

Family attorney L. Chris Stewart called the witness who recorded the video a “hero,” saying that video evidence disproved initial reports that Scott reached for the Slager’s Taser. Stewart added that the witness is working with investigators and may eventually come forward.

Bamberg told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that the witness contacted the family following the shooting. They were the first to watch the video.

“If there was no video, I do not believe that officer would be in jail,” Bamberg said. “From what the video shows, I think that provides the necessary ammunition to hold this officer accountable.”

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, a state agency also known as SLED, was later contacted and promptly launched an investigation.

“I don’t think anybody can see that and not see that what that officer did was murder Mr. Scott in cold blood,” Bamberg said. “What would have happened if this witness did not have the courage to stand up and do the right thing and decide that what he witnessed was wrong? I’m glad we don’t have to ponder that.”

Stewart also said that they will file a civil lawsuit. The family urged the public to fight for justice legally instead of through violence.

“We can’t get my brother back,” Scott’s brother Anthony said. “I don’t think all police officers are bad cops, but there are some bad ones out there.”

“I had two brothers, now I have one,” he said tearing up. He recalled his brother as an outgoing man who served in the Coast Guard and was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
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The Palmetto State might owe its infamous reputation for dirty political tricks to one man: Republican political operative Lee Atwater.
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Police Officer Michael Slager is Why This Black Man Lives in China Actual Video – 844-292-1318 South Carolina legal aid

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A white South Carolina police officer was arrested and charged with murder Tuesday after video showed him fatally shooting a fleeing, unarmed black man in the back.

North Charleston Police Officer Michael T. Slager, 33, can be seen shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott after a confrontation on Saturday, according to The Post and Courier. Slager chases Scott and shoots at him eight times in the video recorded by a passerby and obtained by The New York Times.

Scott died there, though it wasn’t clear if he died immediately.

The graphic video raises questions about Slager’s original assertion that he used his gun because he felt endangered.

The confrontation started when Slager had reportedly pulled over Scott because of a broken taillight. It escalated into a foot chase as Scott allegedly fled because there were family court-issued warrants for his arrest. Slager pursued Scott into a grassy lot and claimed that he fired his Taser to subdue him.

Moments later, Slager reported on his radio, “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to the Times.

Earlier this week, an attorney for Slager said the cop felt threatened after Scott tried to overpower him and take his Taser. Today that attorney told The Post and Courier that he’s “no longer involved” in the case.

But first images in the video are of Slager shooting at Scott as he runs away from him. It also appears that Slager drops the Taser near Scott after he was gunned down, according to The New York Times.

Police reports also say that responding officers performed CPR and delivered medical aid to Scott, but the video shows Scott face down in handcuffs for several minutes after the shooting. Another officer shows up and appears to give Scott aid, but never performs CPR.

Scott had been arrested about 10 times in the past, mostly for failing to pay child support or show up for hearings, according to the paper.

“He has four children, he doesn’t have some type of big violent past or arrest record. He had a job, he was engaged,” a lawyer for Scott’s family told the Times. “He had back child support and didn’t want to go to jail for back child support.”

In a statement released Tuesday night, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) said, “What happened in this case is not acceptable in South Carolina.” Senator Tim Scott (R) said “The senseless shooting and taking of Walter Scott’s life was absolutely unnecessary and avoidable,” adding that he would be watching the case closely.

The shooting in North Charleston comes on the heels of several high-profile cases of police officers using deadly force against unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, Cleveland and New York. This is one of the few times the offending officer has been charged with murder.

“What if there was no video? What if there was no witness? Where would we be without that video,” Justin Bamberg said at a presser with the family on Tuesday night. Bamburg is one of the Scotts’ family attorneys and also represents South Carolina’s House District 90.

Family attorney L. Chris Stewart called the witness who recorded the video a “hero,” saying that video evidence disproved initial reports that Scott reached for the Slager’s Taser. Stewart added that the witness is working with investigators and may eventually come forward.

Bamberg told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that the witness contacted the family following the shooting. They were the first to watch the video.

“If there was no video, I do not believe that officer would be in jail,” Bamberg said. “From what the video shows, I think that provides the necessary ammunition to hold this officer accountable.”

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, a state agency also known as SLED, was later contacted and promptly launched an investigation.

“I don’t think anybody can see that and not see that what that officer did was murder Mr. Scott in cold blood,” Bamberg said. “What would have happened if this witness did not have the courage to stand up and do the right thing and decide that what he witnessed was wrong? I’m glad we don’t have to ponder that.”

Stewart also said that they will file a civil lawsuit. The family urged the public to fight for justice legally instead of through violence.

“We can’t get my brother back,” Scott’s brother Anthony said. “I don’t think all police officers are bad cops, but there are some bad ones out there.”

“I had two brothers, now I have one,” he said tearing up. He recalled his brother as an outgoing man who served in the Coast Guard and was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

Often times, after a serious head injury, a series of tests should be performed to determine the extent of short and long term damage on the head, brain, and spine.

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Master Falconer Michael E Beran from Bossier City Louisiana trains all birds of prey, hawks, owls, falcons and hunting dogs. Northwest Louisiana is called Sportsman’s Paradise but it could easily be called Falconers Paradise.

Falconry is an art. It requires long hours, constant devotion, finesse, subtlety and skill. The falconer must train a bird of prey to fly free, hunt for a human being and then accept a return to captivity. Falconry is the art and sport of hunting with raptors. In this modern age it is a highly regulated sport that demands time and serious commitment. Currently there are an estimated 4,000 falconers in the United States with roughly 5,000 birds. Falconry has been practiced in many forms for thousands of years by many cultures. Some speculate that falconry dates back as far as 4000 – 6000 BC in Mongolia, Egypt, and possibly Asia, however there is no concrete evidence to support that. It is known that falcons were given as presents to Chinese princes as early as 2200 BC, but these may have been for pets and not for hunting. Modern falconry, particularly as practiced in North America, has elements of many ancient practices, yet looks modern in many other ways. The modern falconry lifestyle is varied, yet the integration of the people with their raptors is common through all practices.

The North American Falconers Association is committed to improving and moving falconry forward and Is to improve, aid, and encourage competency in the art and practice of falconry among interested persons; to provide communication among and to disseminate information to interested Members; to promote scientific study of the raptorial species, their care, welfare and training; to promote conservation of the birds of prey and an appreciation of their value in nature and in wildlife conservation programs; to urge recognition of falconry as a legal field sport; and, to establish traditions which will aid, perpetuate, and further the welfare of falconry and the raptors it employs.

Shauneen is a barrister in the UK and an attorney in Louisiana USA, where she represented people facing the death penalty. She helped establish the charity Reprieve for Clive Stafford Smith and remained a board member until 2006. In 2006, with Aika Stephenson, she founded Just for Kids Law.

Shauneen was selected as a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’ in 2010; a Shackleton Leader in 2011; one of NESTA/The Observer ‘Britain’s New Radicals’ in 2012 and was elected an Ashoka Fellow in the same year (see video below). She is proud to be a board member of the charity Birthrights and the UK Chair of Global Dignity.

‘Look at the words written on the front of the Old Bailey,’ said Shauneen Lambe to hundreds of lawyers and campaigners outside the iconic central criminal court last night: ‘Defend the children of the poor and punish the wrongdoer.’ ‘I have no doubt in my mind that today the government are the wrongdoers,’ Lambe said. Mary-Rachel McCabe reports.

The director of Just for Kids Law was speaking at a rally organised by the newly formed Justice Alliance to celebrate the 64th anniversary of legal aid, introduced by the Legal Aid and Assistance Act on 30th July 1949 — and protest against the justice secretary Chris Grayling’s hugely controversial Transforming Legal Aid consultation, which threatens the removal of access to justice for thousands of people.

Lambe — who acted in the recent High Court case that ruled that treating 17-year-olds in police custody as adults is unlawful — told the rally that, whilst she is proud of the work that Just for Kids Law does, she is deeply anxious about what is happening to the legal aid system.

‘I’m really scared to live in a country where something that we hold as so fundamental is being eroded by the government and no one can see that they’re taking away the fundamental rights of the citizens. I’m scared that the courts are going to be the place that only the elite and big corporations have access to. I’m scared that it’s only going to be the individuals who can pay that get justice.’
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