That’s Not Love, courage or justice…

“The evidence will show in this case that this did not happen as the deputies described it,” said Cameron Sehat, attorney for Parker’s family. “Dante was not resisting and was not combative. The evidence will further show that the amount of force, specifically the application of the Taser, in the manner in which Dante was restrained was unnecessary, unreasonable and excessive.”

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VICTORVILLE — A left-behind family of a man killed by cops has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against San Bernardino County for excessive force.

courage1Dante Parker was electrocuted as many as 27 times as cops shot him repeatedly with a Taser gun, according to the lawsuit.

Dante’s five children and his wife were devastated when he died after the electrical shock.

The incident occurred shortly after  Dante dropped his children off at school.  After he left them in school, he went on a bike ride around 4 PM.

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He was riding his bike down Luna Rd when he was stopped by Officer Irwin.

Officer Irwin claimed to be responding to a report about a suspicious black male who was attempting to break into houses.

It is presumed that at some point during the questioning, an argument ensued, though the lawsuit does not specify.

At one point during the interaction, Officer Irwin began shooting Dante with a Taser gun, electrocuting his body and causing his muscles to involuntarily tighten and contract.

visions1Other cops quickly arrived at the scene and began Tasing Dante even more, at least 25 times until his body became limp and he fell to the ground.

The cops then hogtied Dante’s limp body as he begged and said “I can’t breathe.”

They then lifted him up while he was hogtied and pushed him into the back seat of a police car, face down.

Shortly thereafter, Dante’s heart stopped and he was pronounced dead.

The Sheriff Department’s defense is that Dante was “combative” with the officer, causing the officer to “fear for life.”

murderBut Dante’s family believes the police murdered their father.

The family is suing for an unspecified amount in damages.

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DA: Dante Parker’s death while in San Bernardino County Sheriff’s custody ruled justified

In this file photo, Pearl Smith, 46, of Victorville, shouts during a protest against police brutality in honor of Dante Parker on August 20, 2014 in Victorville.  Parker died while in San Bernardino County Sheriff’s custody on Aug. 13, 2014. According to an autopsy report, Parker had PCP in his system at the time of his arrest.
In this file photo, Pearl Smith, 46, of Victorville, shouts during a protest against police brutality in honor of Dante Parker on August 20, 2014 in Victorville. Parker died while in San Bernardino County Sheriff’s custody on Aug. 13, 2014. File Photo/Micah Escamilla/Staff Photographer


“The evidence will show in this case that this did not happen as the deputies described it,” said Cameron Sehat, attorney for Parker’s family. “Dante was not resisting and was not combative. The evidence will further show that the amount of force, specifically the application of the Taser, in the manner in which Dante was restrained was unnecessary, unreasonable and excessive.”

http://www.sbsun.com/government-and-politics/20140819/naacp-calls-for-accountability-in-dante-parkers-police-custody-death



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Courage

“What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
― Thomas Merton

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“It takes courage to grow up 
and become who you really are.”

E.E. Cummings


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“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin,
but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”

– Atticus Finch

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

Maya Angelou


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“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
Anaïs Nin

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


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For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it.

I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before.  I hope you meet people with a different point of view.
I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not,  I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay


 

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“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain,
and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”

Veronica Roth, Allegiant


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“The secret of happiness is freedom,
the secret of freedom is courage.”

Carrie Jones, Need

“…Who could refrain,
That had a heart to love, and in that heart
Courage to make love known?”

William Shakespeare, Macbeth



‘Have courage to use your own reason!’- that is the motto of enlightenment.”

Immanuel Kant, An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?

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“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“We must substitute courage for caution.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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We do not have to submit to fear. We can make no compromise, refuse to surrender, find a place we fit and do the best we can. 

PeaceTim Flanagan



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Dreams, dreamers and dreaming

“Hold fast to dreams /
For if dreams die / Life is a broken-winged bird /
That cannot fly.”

― Langston Hughes

Sweet Dreams…



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You may say I’m a dreamer,
but I’m not the only one.

I hope someday you’ll join us.
And the world will live as one.
John Lennon


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Langston Hughes, 19021967

raresouldotcomHold fast to dreams 
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Langston Hughes

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Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.

Albert Einstein


…“Some might think that the creativity, imagination, and flights of fancy that give my life meaning are insanity.

Vladimir Nabokov



Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”

Henry David Thoreau

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“You said, ‘They’re harmless dreamers and they’re loved by the people.’ ‘What,’ I asked you, ‘is harmless about a dreamer, and what,’ I asked you, ‘is harmless about the love of the people? Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.

Tennessee Williams


“You are never too old to set another goal or to

dream a new dream.

― C. S. Lewis



The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.


Jean-Jacques Rousseau



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All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, For they dream their dreams with open eyes, And make them come true.

D.H. Lawrence



“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

Edgar Allan Poe


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“Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together. ”

Anaïs Nin


“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results… but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.

George R.R. Martin


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“Dreams, if they’re any good, are always a little bit crazy. ”

Ray Charles



“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist


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“I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours


Bob Dylan,
Lyrics:1962 2001

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it.  To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it.  With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.”

Arundhati Roy



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Many Errors by Cleveland Police, Then a Fatal One

“…Within two seconds of the car’s arrival, Officer Loehmann shot Tamir in the abdomen from point-blank range, raising doubts that he could have warned the boy three times to raise his hands, as the police later claimed.”

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Samaria Rice, right, with her daughter Tajai at Cudell Commons in Cleveland, where her son Tamir was killed by a police officer. Credit Michael F. McElroy for The New York Times
CLEVELAND — It began with a swap: one boy’s cellphone for another’s replica of a Colt pistol.

poem-truth-casino-inconvenient-truth2“One of the boys went to play in a nearby park, striking poses with the lifelike, airsoft-style gun, which fired plastic pellets. He threw a snowball, settled down at a picnic table and flopped his head onto his arms in a perfect assertion of preteen ennui, a grainy security video shows.

Then, with the gun tucked away, he walked to the edge of the gazebo. He might have been wandering aimlessly, or he might have been attracted by the sight of a squad car barreling across the lawn.

But the boy, Tamir Rice, was only 12. Now, with the county sheriff’s office reviewing the shooting, interviews and recently released video and police records show how a series of miscommunications, tactical errors and institutional failures by the Cleveland police cascaded into one irreversible mistake.”
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mike3“…Within two seconds of the car’s arrival, Officer Loehmann shot Tamir in the abdomen from point-blank range, raising doubts that he could have warned the boy three times to raise his hands, as the police later claimed.

And when Tamir’s 14-year-old sister came running up minutes later, the officers, who are white, tackled her to the ground and put her in handcuffs, intensifying later public outrage about the boy’s death. When his distraught mother arrived, the officers also threatened to arrest her unless she calmed down, the mother, Samaria Rice, said.

mike-brown…Officers Garmback and Loehmann did not check Tamir’s vital signs or perform first aid in the minutes after he was shot.”

…In 2011, a helicopter video captured police officers kicking Edward Henderson in the head even though he was spread-eagled on the ground. None of the officers admitted to wrongdoing, and none were fired, though the video showed them “kicking his head like a football,” said David Malik, a prominent civil rights lawyer who won a $600,000 settlement for Mr. Henderson, who suffered a broken facial bone.

Mike BrownMr. Malik said the city’s discipline and arbitration system heavily favored officers, making it difficult to punish misconduct. “It’s a culture of no consequences,” said Mr. Malik, who has filed or investigated potential lawsuits against the Cleveland police on more than 100 occasions.

Nearly two years after the assault on Mr. Henderson, more than 60 police cruisers and one-third of the city’s on-duty force engaged in a high-speed chase after officers mistook a car’s backfiring for gunfire. It ended when officers killed the two unarmed occupants by firing 137 rounds into their vehicle.

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A memorial near where Tamir Rice played basketball. Credit Michael F. McElroy for The New York Times
post4The deadly chase also spurred calls for a new Justice Department investigation. Released in December, that study found a pattern of excessive force, suggesting that the police were often hostile with residents and were rarely held accountable for misconduct.

Ms. Rice, 38, is awaiting explanations, and an apology. “Nobody has come to knock on my door and told me what happened,” she said. “Somebody has to be held accountable.”






 

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The January 2015 Portland Alliance

The Portland Alliance
Speaking Truth to Power
Vol. XXXV, Number 1
January 2015 or http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/2015/January

http://www.theportlandalliance.org/2015/January/
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Martin Luther King was assassinated
by the United States Government according
to the King Family civil trial verdict


mike3“Coretta Scott King: “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.”
– King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s family and personal friend/attorney, William F. Pepper, won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty of assassination/wrongful death.
The 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King:
the rest of the story:  http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/MartinLutherKing


 

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

King sought workers’ justice and dignity
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The January Portland Alliance  http://www.theportlandalliance.org/2015/January/

Love

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. ”
―Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Since the beginnings of history… traditions, rituals, superstitions and blind faith have been human protection from overwhelming forces in nature.

Mysterious, powerful, dangerous and inexplicable events were most often explained as works of angry gods.

Priests, preachers, rabbis and shamans demanded rude and painful sacrifices.

But history reveals avoidable suffering is not redemptive.  Courage, commitment and community engagement can move mountains.  Love works.


Love is a weapon of Light, and it has the power to eradicate all forms of darkness. That is the key. When we offer love even to our enemies, we destroy their darkness and hatred…  What’s more, we cast out the darkness inside ourselves.”
― Yehuda Berg


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‘True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.’
―Albert Einstein

 


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“Keep love in your heart.
A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
― Oscar Wilde

 


Love is a name for what people call God.
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So how does love speak to me?
“Love is the only sane and satisfactory
answer to the problem of human existence.”
―Erich Fromm

 


“Love takes off masks that we fear
we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”cbd6fa31e1dacf6df040eafaadc3e158.jpg
―James A. Baldwin


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“What is love? It is the morning and the evening star.”
―Sinclair Lewis

“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.”
―John Lennon

“Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.”
―Petrarch


 

voltaire.jpg“Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.”
Voltaire


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“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”

―Charles Dickens

“Love, having no geography, knows no boundaries.”
―Truman Capote

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. ”
―Martin Luther King, Jr.

“All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.”
―Leo Tolstoy


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“Who loves, raves.”
Lord Byron

Love is like a faucet, it turns off and on.”

Billie Holiday

 

 


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