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HRC Joins LGBTQ Organizations Standing In Solidarity With Slain Teenager Mike Brown: VIDEO

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The Human Rights Campaign along with 16 other LGBTQ organizations have penned an open letter of solidarity expressing their grief over the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager gunned down by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb.

“When communities experience fear, harassment and brutality simply because of who they are or how they look, we are failing as a nation," the letter reads. “In light of the recent events in Missouri, it is clearer than ever that there is something profoundly wrong in our country.”

Brown’s death sparked a wave of protests, public outrage, and calls for an investigation into the circumstances that lead to the shooting. Brown, 18, was known as a gentle giant by those who knew him, a description that has become a rallying cry from the communities calling for legal action against the police officer responsible for his killing.

Eye-witness accounts of the shooting differ drastically from those released by the St. Louis Police Department. According to Ferguson Police Chief Jon Belmar Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson were confronted by authorities after one of the boys allegedly forced an officer back into his cruiser, assaulted him, and attempted to take his gun. Johnson’s telling of the shooting recalls the officer approaching them, despite their insistence that they were minutes away from their destination and only wanted to go there.

“I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” Johnson told NBC. “I could see so vividly what was going on because I was so close.”

Johnson’s claims that neither he nor Brown made an attempt for the officer’s gun, and that Brown had his hands in the air when he was finally gunned down.

The officer responsible for the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave in light of the fallout following Brown’s death. Despite public calls for the publication of the officer’s name, the St. Louis County Police Department has refused, citing its desire to protect his privacy.

Read the HRC’s full letter and watch Dorian Johnson’s interview describing Mike Brown’s shooting AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. good

    Posted by: Hislv | Aug 13, 2014 6:29:35 PM


  2. Someone needs to go to prison for this killing, but of course nothing will happen.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 13, 2014 6:38:45 PM


  3. This smacks of one big cover-up. Since when do we hide the name of a police officer. He is a PUBLIC servant! By using his trusted position to kill an innocent teenager he should be held accountable. He should serve a life sentence. Let's not lose sight of the fact that Michael Brown has no life. We just keep killing kids over and over and it is always 'justified'. I'm disgusted. If I lived in Ferguson I'd be rioting.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 13, 2014 6:51:47 PM


  4. The cops are so evil. They only protect Republicans and corporations.

    Posted by: Sergio | Aug 13, 2014 6:58:05 PM


  5. At least, this puts HRC on the right side.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Aug 13, 2014 7:11:05 PM


  6. I love how HRC and the idiots on this board are willing to act as judge, jury, and executioner without having the slightest bit of hard evidence to back up their claims.

    Posted by: Raul8 | Aug 13, 2014 7:23:43 PM


  7. Raul, a dead unarmed teenager is pretty good evidence.

    The fact that there are not named the PO is very very suspect.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Aug 13, 2014 7:26:33 PM


  8. The reason the cops name isn't released is because it's been widely reported that the department has received tons of death threats and the FBI is investigating this whole thing now. What would putting his name out in this environment right now help if it's determined that he is, in fact, innocent? Would you feel better if he was killed by a vigilante?

    Posted by: Oh vey | Aug 13, 2014 7:37:00 PM


  9. It's to see that LGBTQ organizations modeling right behavior, and standing in solidarity with-- It would be nice if non-LGBTQ organizations would stand in solidarity with LGBTQs instead of defaulting between deafening silence and standing against LGBTQs.

    Posted by: Ikiryo | Aug 13, 2014 7:42:38 PM


  10. I'm very leery about this whole situation. What if this "case" comes apart later like we've seen happen so many times in the past? We've been burned by WAY too many of these stories where it turns out that the actual events were nothing like what the media sensationalized. Also, is the HRC somehow in possession of evidence that the FBI doesn't yet have?

    Posted by: Yawn | Aug 13, 2014 7:58:39 PM


  11. @Mike Right, and we know that teenagers have never been known to do anything wrong.

    Posted by: Raul8 | Aug 13, 2014 8:12:27 PM


  12. Meh.

    Posted by: Derrick | Aug 13, 2014 8:32:59 PM


  13. Really?!? HRC Really?!? I am guessing they have not released the officers name because they are putting him and his family into protective custody.
    There is no right side to this. It is a tragedy all the way around. My dad was a city police man, he did not go out to work every day with "kill thoughts, " so before we judge, let us get the facts.
    And..... When has any group come to our defense ?

    Posted by: Ha! | Aug 13, 2014 8:35:18 PM


  14. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/13/1321206/-Gentle-Giant-Michael-Brown

    Anonymous has released a photo inside chief of police's house depicting his son and a confederate flag hanging on the wall

    Anonymous has also released the police dispatch tapes

    Posted by: Hislv | Aug 13, 2014 8:54:12 PM


  15. oh, and anonymous openly declaring cyber war on chief of police

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/13/amid-ferguson-protests-anonymous-hacktivists-wage-cyberwar/

    expect more stuff to be dug up by anonymous

    Posted by: Hislv | Aug 13, 2014 8:55:35 PM


  16. that was fast

    anonymous now claiming to have name of officer who murdered Mike Brown an are verifying it

    http://pando.com/2014/08/13/anonymous-hackers-claim-to-know-id-of-ferguson-police-officer-who-killed-unarmed-michael-brown/

    they have a source close to the officer

    Posted by: Hislv | Aug 13, 2014 9:00:35 PM


  17. I'm from St Louis and raise in probably the worst neighborhood in the city. I do feel the HRC is on the right side of this issue, but I also feel both sides had a part in this.

    It is crazy annoying to drive through that area and have teens walking in the middle of the street, and careless if you are trying to drive pass them. That being said this cop was totally wrong, he forgot he was a cop and turned in to a judge. Parent need to teach their kids to respect cops though.

    Posted by: Billy | Aug 13, 2014 9:07:40 PM


  18. I would think that any innocent officer on that police force would WANT the name of the officer involved made public. Until they know who was involved, ALL officers are targets. ANONYMOUS will be doing a service to all law enforcement officers in that town by making known the name of the officer involved.

    Often when a police officer is involved in a high-profile violent incident of this nature (i.e. cold-blooded murder), other violent +events in which he has been involved come to light. That allows the public to get a clearer picture of any patterns of violence involving a particular officer. The police administration typically stonewalls to try to deflect as much blame as possible for failing to properly oversee and discipline rogue officers who are routinely involved in violent incidents, and who have long records of citizen complaints.

    @Raul8: "...and we know that teenagers have never been known to do anything wrong."

    And we all know that cops have never instigated a cold-blooded murder and then lied like motherfukkers to cover it up and escape punishment. Right?

    Their story doesn't even make sense in this case. A teenaged kid is gonna reach inside a police car with ARMED police officers and start an incident? These pigs are too stupid even to be good liars. They should face capital punishment prosecution--ALL OF THEM, the one(s) who pulled the trigger, and the one(s) who are trying to cover it up.

    Posted by: LIKE IT IS. | Aug 13, 2014 9:31:34 PM


  19. @Billy: "It is crazy annoying to drive through that area and have teens walking in the middle of the street, and careless if you are trying to drive pass them."

    Kids walk in the middle of the street so that they have a better chance of avoiding ARMED gang members hanging on the sidewalks.

    You can get killed on the sidewalk by a homeboy, or in the middle of the street by a redneck bigot with a badge and a gun. Pick your poison.

    Posted by: Pick Your Poison | Aug 13, 2014 9:36:22 PM


  20. @Like it is, you refer to the cops as pigs and want them executed? Perhaps a place like Somalia is more in line with the type of society you desire.

    Posted by: Yawn | Aug 13, 2014 9:50:47 PM


  21. @pick your poison - well it's illegal to walk in the middle of the street so there's that. And it's a big problem in that area, so it's understandable that the cop would confront them for doing it. I'm not buying the "gang members will attack me if I walk on the side walk" line. Also like I said the cop was wrong, but we still need to remember to police ourselves so not to get in these kind of situation.

    Posted by: Billy | Aug 13, 2014 9:59:11 PM


  22. @Yawn: Straw man argument or Freudian slip.

    Capital prosecution is not the same thing as execution, unless you believe they're guilty. But I appreciate your honesty. (Oops?)

    But yeah, cops ARE pretty much pigs.

    Posted by: Like It Is. | Aug 13, 2014 9:59:59 PM


  23. @likeitis, I knew you'd reply, so let's go with this scenario based on your own line:

    "These pigs are too stupid even to be good liars. They should face capital punishment prosecution--ALL OF THEM, the one(s) who pulled the trigger, and the one(s) who are trying to cover it up."

    Since this is what you want, I personally would like to see you ALSO say that the same standard applies to ANY minority family member who lies about a suspect's whereabouts in a homicide. The same goes for their friends, acquaintances, and anyone who gives false information about having seen or not seen something. Or anyone who lets them sleep on a couch, or gives them a sandwich. Forget things like obstruction of justice or aiding a fugitive. I want you to advocate charging them ALL with murder. Also, I presume you want to also charge their attorney with murder since, oftentimes, they consult with counsel before turning themselves in. That delays things and lets them try to "cover things up" with a defense tactic. Who needs rule of law?

    Posted by: Yawn | Aug 13, 2014 10:14:26 PM


  24. I don't understand the hollowness of that letter, especially the part about "...We call on...media to be responsible and steadfast in their coverage of this story and others like it--racialized killings that have marred this nation..."

    Two Fridays ago in Philadelphia, two guys with a grudge pulled up and shot their target--hitting him in the legs twice. A block away, 2 men and a woman sitting in a car waiting for the light to turn green got hit with some of the errant bullets. One of those men was shot in the head and is on life support. On a nearby porch, a 3-year old girl getting her hair braided was killed by more of those bullets.

    Where is the outrage over the two young black males who tore so many lives apart in 15 seconds? Apparently too many people are willing to file those killings away under the heading: Boys Will Be Boys.

    Where are the protests over the murder of that little girl? How about for the 10 kids last year under 10 years old? How about for the 1,200 shooting victims last year? Nearly 250 people were murdered in Philadelphia last year; 80% of those murders were committed by black men--75% between 18 and 34 years old. Of the shooters who didn't kill someone, 85% were black and 80% were 18-34.

    Where is the outrage on this war being waged in our cities? Where is the NAACP? Where are the gay groups? Where is the Million Onesie March for 3-year old Tynirah Borum?

    Two points must be made: The victims in the shootings are also largely black (80+%). The great majority of black people lead quiet lives and are the main victims of this subculture within their community.

    But where is the rage against the members of their own communities who so victimize them--who make them prisoners in their own homes at night?

    Last year Philadelphia police dispatched over 3,300,000 units. They handled 165,000 criminal offenses and were assaulted almost 800 times.

    How many innocent people did the Philadelphia police kill last year? Zero. And that is the norm for every police department in the country.

    I am not an apologist for the police in general and certainly not for police who abuse their power. I'm just pointing out the hard numbers (available online).

    The investigation continues in the killing of Michael Brown. If it is true that he fought the officer, then he bears the responsibility for the consequences--even if he had broken off when the cop fired. Common sense--you don't fight an armed man, cop or not.

    We expect more from police, who are trained in conflict resolution and firearms use. But when you consider the numbers, it's not the cops we have to fear. The millions of crimes, assaults and murders committed each year in this country dwarf the literal--literal--handful of police shootings. And if you don't believe that, then you are simply reveling in playing the role of the victim with your fingers stuck in your ears shouting "Nananananana, I can't hear you."

    That letter pissed me off--because of what those groups aren't doing.

    Posted by: Tatts | Aug 13, 2014 10:35:10 PM


  25. The article fails to mention multiple death threats to the police - good reason for him to remain unnamed. The policeman who shot brown had to be taken to the hospital because of injuries caused by the assault from brown.

    Posted by: Alan | Aug 13, 2014 11:27:36 PM


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