A dozen part-time UPS workers in Minneapolis took protest action on the job August 22, after discovering ties between Missouri law enforcement and a company, Law Enforcement Targets, whose shipments we handle each day.
Some of us removed the company’s packages from trucks that would deliver them to law enforcement. Others, in solidarity, refused to ferry these packages to their intended trailers.
Others posed with a sign reading “#handsupdontship.” The phrase “hands up, don’t shoot” has come to symbolize protest over the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.
We decided we could not be silent while our work was contributing to the militarized violence that police are directing at Ferguson residents in the aftermath of Brown’s death.
This is high-stakes activism. These workers are at risk losing their jobs for this. Well done, UPS folks, for sticking to your principles.
This is where unity works. The powers use Racism to divide, we must see past the games and stand together.
yo if these people get fired can we start a fund for them?
Let’s keep an eye on them. If white people can fund murders we can help out each other
- Do not forget Michael Brown
- Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
- Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
- Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
- Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $400,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
- Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
- Do not forget Ferguson
Audio reveals multiple shots, a pause, then more shots.
Six or seven shots. A three-second pause. Four more shots.
An audio file obtained by the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday is believed to have captured the shooting of Michael Brown Jr.
If authenticated, it would be the first recording of the actual incident to have surfaced since Brown’s death on Aug. 9.
Lawyer Lopa Blumenthal said her client, who lives in the apartment complex where Brown was killed, captured the shooting while recording a video text message to a friend.
Blumenthal said the man who made the recording did not want to be named. She said he came forward reluctantly and feared for his safety.
The FBI interviewed him for about an hour and a half on Monday, she said.
A private autopsy showed Brown was shot six times, but did not reveal the number of times Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fired his weapon.
The shooting has sparked nightly demonstrations and attracted world wide media attention.
Blumenthal said sympathizers to both Brown and Wilson have contacted her saying that the three second pause bolsters their cases.
But Blumenthal said she thought the recording was important.
"There was a pause," she said,"and to me a pause means time to think and contemplate."
Blumenthal would not reveal her client’s name or the exact location of his residence, except to say it was in the Canfield Green apartment complex in close proximity to the shooting.
Nor would she give out the name of the person who received the video.
But she said she was certain the recording is authentic.
"I’m 100 percent positive this is accurate," she said. "He is not doing this for the publicity. He has no motivation to lie."
Source: Stephen Deere & David Hunn for The St. Louis Dispatch