• Chelsea

    Can I get more information about that picture, if you have any? Just curious as to what reason the cop says she has for arresting that young woman.

    This information = disturbing, but not surprising. This country does not care about its Native people.

    • Shafaq Hasan

      Hello! This is actually a picture from a protest at Marquette University from April, so it would have been an arrest made at the demonstration. Here are the rest of the pictures in the album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157651772045187

      • Chelsea

        Thanks very much! I just did a search of the image on Tineye and didn’t find anything. I appreciate you linking to this for me.

        Edit: “Some protesters sat down in the street — locking arms near 16th and Wisconsin. Police arrested four of the demonstrators — two men and two women. They were arrested for disorderly conduct.”

        Yeah. Sounds about right. Absolutely nuts that our right to protest doesn’t seem to be a right whatsoever.

        • Matma Candy

          You would do better to direct your complaint at the subject of the protest and not complain about the rule of law you seek to uphold by protesting abuses under color of law. Civil disobedience can be a useful form of protest, but those who engage in civil disobedience need to have the moral, emotional and mental maturity to appreciate the guidelines offered by early practitioners.

          People who block streets know you they are disrupting civil order and must do so with compassion and understanding toward those they confront for their own purposes, no matter how high the moral ground from which they mount their campaign.

        • Multnomah

          Civil disobedience will land people of all colors in jail. African American and Native American/First Nations, Latinos, and people of other colors are treated differently according to the statistics of harm done to those specific groups. We have institutionalized a justice system where bias towards some groups is different from ‘white people’ This is true in Canada too, the United States policy for dealing with First Nations peoples and people of other colors was adopted by Canada. So as I see it if you have a group of white guys who develop legislation and policy that will reflect the views of the world from a white view point. Currently in the US, we have old white men predominately Christian who are developing legislation and policy some are so extreme they don’t believe in science as a method to solve problems, deny climate change, seem to not believe that women have the right to vote and enforcement of equal pay for equal work is completely ignored. Do not let politicians divide us or media in the US or Canada. Protect all peoples rights, demand judicial system change and use social media to tell the story as well investigative journalists, email and phone your representatives within the system and put the pressure on issues’. Use art, tell the story, use film and pressure groups make sure you have legal advice on what your rights are before a protest and respectfully make a statement I’m sitting down to use my civil rights. Respect police, they have a job to do some are not doing it properly get your camera’s out take pictures. None of us are anti-government but we want effective government. We need representation by all branches of government, to particularily protect people of all colors from oppression. Get those representatives to talk about a plan not a sound bites, talk is cheap action plans are needed. When one group of human beings is oppressed we are all oppressed.

  • the jury

    I agree with the article but feel it leaves out the WHOLE picture.

    What about the WHITE lives that are slaughtered?
    About the WHITE LIVES that are FED UP with the crimes, and being victimized?

    Whites are victims TOO!
    of crimes (caused by the such people you speak of in which those lives do matter!)

    • Hondo

      Apparently the moderator of these comments is white. My reply to your racist comments was deleted. You are the white over-privileged problem.

      • ruth

        yes I am white but we check and approve the comments between other tasks so you simply got ahead of me. I thought the comment (above) you were responding to was off the wall but I approved it because it reflects an attitude that creates an environment where such systematic state violence can occur. As for your comment you accused me of not approving, I still cannot but only because it calls the guy a name and we have a policy about that because it can get out of control quickly.

      • a mere skeptic

        I don’t think it’s fair to label jury’s comment as racist. All races suffer casualties as result of police violence. While it is not as extreme for some, it still happens and those lives still do matter. I understand that it is necessary to raise awareness about the lives of minorities who are lost, but we can’t discount the deaths of other victims on the basis of skin color.

        Each person who is unjustly killed is worthy of outrage. We’re all human beings and therefore police violence against the innocent hurts and affects us all. We’re arguing semantics. All human lives matter.

        • KT Corbin

          @a mere skeptic, then raise awareness for white victims if you feel your voices need to be heard as we are trying for our groups. Don’t try blindsiding with guilt. Minorities have to stand against blatant abuse since no one else is standing for minorities. Once we succeed in helping ourselves, we can then reach back to help others. But yes, all lives do matter. Join the fight, don’t judge!

    • midmind

      1) The article DID give context for Black/Native Lives Matter (“these killings are not isolated from the larger problem of police and societal violence….” An article must necessarily focus/narrow its subject somewhat. If you feel overwhelmed by the problem discussed in the article or seek to ignore it for other reasons, just feel that feeling and abstain from “but there are other/bigger/worse/… problems that I can about.”
      Also, you may want to get a grip on the “too” bit because it is IMPLIED when you hear Black Lives Matter (too). http://goo.gl/Z88YkS

  • Appledude

    This is a two-way street – relationship between the two groups needs to be addressed – if you are threatening to a police officer, they have to decide very quickly what to do – if they don’t act aggressively enough – they are very likely not going home alive that night – there kids no longer have a parent –

    • Hondo

      My sister’s brother, a proud Native American, was shot to death by the police last month. He was defending a pregnant woman who was being physically beaten by said police. What about the parents that no longer have a kid? This is a two-way street, one you are seeing through your rose-colored glasses.

    • cyber

      Police officers carry guns and are allowed to use tons of other weapons so I think the relationship between Native Americans and the police is pretty clear. Who is the police supposed to defend, civilians or only themselves? Native American kids lose their parents far more frequently than children of cops do.

    • thanatos8285

      And who decides whether or not they were threatening? Oh, the guy with the gun decides? Well isn’t that convenient? They’re the trained ones. They’re the ones who are supposed to assess risk accurately, deescalate situations, and protect the rights of citizens, including due process.

      Yeah, maybe that means they don’t make it home that night. Guess what? That’s the job they signed up to do. That’s an occupational hazard of being a cop. If they aren’t willing to risk their lives, they should find other professions, not shoot first and ask questions later.

  • Allison Shaw

    Shooting out of fear? Hell no, the cops are shooting Natives out of sheer hatred and because they’ve been able to get away with it for the past 200 years or so. As light-complected as I am, I’ve been on the receiving end of police harassment when I lived out west and believe me, if you’re Native, you have a bulls-eye between your eyes and shoulder blades, and one on your ass. If you’re female, you also have one between your legs because cops will rape you and call their buddies to join in on it.

    • You mean they have been able to get away with killing us since 1492. You are hated if you are Native in this occupied territory called the US. They don’t like Natives at all… this is from real time lived experience as an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibway) of mixed heritage.

  • Hondo

    By, “fast dying habit”, do you mean, one that has been spun by mainstream white liberal media in a way that makes white people sitting at home watching TV feel better?

  • Bill Parent

    Paddy Wagon. Um. Let’s change that to police van, ok?

  • Michael Howard, Dayton Alumni

    Change is surely long overdue regarding equal protection under the law in The United States of America.

  • Birkolator .

    Native People and all invited to Million Man March October 10th in D.C. United for action.

  • Michael Blake

    how about all human life matters cops are out of control. we need to get rid of the police unions and prosecutors that do not want to do there job.

  • Ray Krueger

    A line in the story, “… potential hate crimes’ as part of everyday life in border towns like Gallup, Farmington and Albuquerque” suggests flagrant hyperbole since none of those cities is closer than 100 miles from the Mexico border. Farmington is only a few miles from both Colorado and Utah.

  • Kenny

    Where I live, Yakama Rez in South Central Washington, the Toppenish-Wapato-Yakima City police routinely beat down NDNs. They have been filmed doing this to NDNs, and sued, and still get away with it. Meanwhile they just get emboldened and beat down NDNs using MMA tactics, tasers, and even after they handcuff an NDN they continue to beat on them after they have been tased 2-3 times! It’s just a matter of time till they start actually killing NDNs here also. The violence, hatred, and racism against us escalating with each new case of brutality is committed and nothing is done about it.

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  • JR

    I agree with Allison Shaw. Even though fear may be a factor, hate comes first and hate is the main ingredient that makes killing another person in cold blood seem okay. And that same fear comes from their guilt of hating this group of people: I hate you so I fear that I will/want to harm you.

  • Robert Vance

    What about crimes? If Native Americans are committing crimes at low rates, and getting killed by police at high rates, then there is a REAL problem! What are the numbers like?

    • thanatos8285

      If you think that’s relevant, you don’t understand what a problem is. There’s something called due process. It doesn’t matter if every single one of them was committing a crime. The job of police is not to execute any and all citizens who may or may not have committed a crime. Unless they were behaving in a way that clearly put lives at risk, there is no justification for killing them. So is that what you’re going to go with? That every one of them was doing something to endanger lives?

  • Ettenad

    ALL Lives Matter.
    All of us want nothing more than to fully trust all Law Enforcement Men, Women and Organizations. We want that because we are ALL Americans and Americans want our Country back, which means we want the Corruption within our borders Stopped. We are for Law Enforcement but we are Not for anyone wearing the uniforms, wearing a badge & carrying weapons who are using their positions within society to hide behind while engaging in drug trafficking, human trafficking, prostitution & many other activities which enlarge their pocket books while destroying lives instead of protecting lives. We need the Police, the Detectives & Law Enforcement Agencies put in place to serve and protect the rights and lives of All American Citizens. We need them but we need them Incorruptible. We need ALL of them to actually be who they were hired to be. At the moment part of the division American Citizens are experiencing is the Fact that Unfortunately, due to the percentage of Law Enforcement who are Corrupt, Americans feel unsure, uneasy, mistrusting and frankly live with a degree of fear of the Law Enforcement. If all Law Enforcement Agencies from Local, State to National would clean house, all Americans would be put at ease and the Trust would return over time as long as Corruption is never allowed again with all Law Enforcement Agencies. Could they all do this? Yes. Are they all willing to do this? That is the Golden Question isn’t it. We hope, we pray they will but they have to have the sincere will to clean house and keep it clean.
    * Freedom
    * Freedom of Speech (All Americans must be Educated on what Freedom of Speech is that is Defined & Set in place by our Founding Fathers)
    * Illegal & Treason to Defame or Destroy the American Flag, enforced with jail time & rehabilitation, otherwise seen as Anti American
    * Religious Freedom
    * The right to bear Arms
    * Equal Rights for Everyone who is a Legal Citizen of the USA
    * Illegal Immigration to be Eliminated
    * A Wall that surrounds our borders North & South
    * Law Enforcement of American Laws on National, State & Local following the SAME AMERICAN LAWS
    * All Elected People, Elected BY the People Work Together as a Unified Unit to Grow, Protect, Enforce National Law in order to better, strengthen, enforce growth and change what stands in the way of improving our Country which encompasses Civilians & Military
    * The right to Medical Care
    * The right to an Education
    * The right to have Housing
    * The right to Authorized, Organized Peaceful Protests. Which includes Minimum Jail time 5 years for Violence & Destruction, Obstruction of Traffic. Authorized, Organized, PEACEFUL Protests only enforced Nation Wide.
    * No More Politics & Bureaucracy, ONLY TRUTH & Straight Forward Transparent Governing
    * No More of Anything that Tears Us Apart

    As part Native American and part White it is clear that everything can be resolved and unification restored but it cannot be done without a sincere will and desire to love, to unite and to remove all obstacles in the way preventing us from falling further down the road of self destruction.