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BREAKING: Ferguson Protesters Blocked A Freeway Monday

thepoliticalfreakshow:

People protesting the death of Michael Brownstopped traffic on Interstate 270 Monday near St. Louis.

People protesting the death of Michael Brown stopped traffic on Interstate 270 Monday near St. Louis.
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The incident was broadcasted online by Argus Streaming News. According toKMOV 4, the blockage happened near W. Florissant, the Ferguson street where most of the protesting has happened.

The protest happened about 4:30 p.m. CDT as a group of people moved onto the freeway with their hands up.

The protest happened about 4:30 p.m. CDT as a group of people moved onto the freeway with their hands up.
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The protesters were calling for Prosecutor Robert McCulloch to step down from the case, among other things.

The protesters were calling for Prosecutor Robert McCulloch to step down from the case, among other things.
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McCulloch is investigating Brown’s shooting by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. However, protesters and many community members generally have argued that his background makes it impossible for him to objectively run the case. Getting McCulloch to step aside has been one of the primary demands protesters have made in the weeks following Brown’s death.

Monday’s protest was brief; the freeway was only supposed to be shut for four and a half minutes to represent the four and a half hours Michael Brown’s body reportedly lay in the street.

Monday's protest was brief; the freeway was only supposed to be shut for four and a half minutes to represent the four and a half hours Michael Brown's body reportedly lay in the street.
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During the two weeks after Brown’s death, numerous protesters also told BuzzFeed they were particularly upset that Brown’s body was left in the street for hours. Many in the community felt that it was disrespectful both for Brown and passersby, and that if Brown had been white the situation would have been handled differently.

Earlier Monday afternoon, it looked as though the freeway blockade wouldn’t happen.

Earlier Monday afternoon, it looked as though the freeway blockade wouldn't happen.
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Protesters had discussed shutting down Interstate 270, but told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch they ultimately opted to postpone the event. “Until our demands are met it’s still on the table — some kind of highway action. When we’re ready we’ll tell everyone about it,” organizer Zaki Baruti told the paper Monday.

The call to postpone the protest came from Michael Brown’s family, the Post-Dispatch reported. The fact that some protesters opted to disregard Brown’s family’s request emphasizes the fact that the protests are populated by a diverse group of people who at times have differing views on what should happen.

Police were on the scene as the protesters blocked the freeway Monday, but members of Argus Streaming News said there were no conflicts and the protest remained orderly.

Police were on the scene as the protesters blocked the freeway Monday, but members of Argus Streaming News said there were no conflicts and the protest remained orderly.
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Source: Jim Dalrymple II for Buzzfeed News

Native teen’s slaying a ‘crime,’ not a ‘sociological phenomenon,’ Stephen Harper says

allthecanadianpolitics:

miwrighting:

Cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women should be viewed as “crimes” rather than a “sociological phenomenon,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

Rejecting a formal inquiry into the more than 1,100 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women in Canada, Harper said the issues are “first and foremost” crimes and should be dealt with by police.
“I think we should not view this as sociological phenomenon. We should view it as crime,” Harper told a crowd at Yukon College in Whitehorse on Thursday.

“It is crime, against innocent people, and it needs to be addressed as such. We brought in laws across this country that I think are having more effect, in terms of crimes of violence against not just aboriginal women, but women and persons more generally. And we remain committed to that course of action.”

#if 1100 white women went missing from isolated communities #you can be damn sure the cons would do something about that

nihileigh:

When we live in a world where you can access free content of naked consenting women in less than 5 seconds, why are people still invading the privacy of non-consenting women for nudes?

Hint: It has something to do with people feeling entitled to making any woman their personal porn, even if it violates or humiliates her in the process.

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