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now i've. done all. greetings and sal you taishan august ninth as become an important date in the people's history of the united states my hawk watchers because three years ago in august ninth teenager michael brown jr was tragically shot and killed in the streets by then ferguson missouri police officer darren wilson and the humid dog days of the summer of two thousand and fourteen brown's murder in the dubious actions of ferguson city officials and its aftermath was just the match to gasoline the broad long standing racial tensions between law enforcement and black
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communities across the united states back into the headlines. killing in the violent militarized police response to the protests over his death helped lead to the exponential rise of the black lives matter movement who originally came into being after the death of trayvon martin at the hands of george zimmerman who like officer wilson was never actually held accountable for committing any crime despite having the death of a young black man on his hands after brown's death we saw the violent police killings of twelve year old tamir rice in cleveland walter scott in south carolina friday gray in baltimore and recently philander steele in minnesota just to name a few. these deaths in the bureaucratic resistance to justice surrounding them can all be traced back to that fateful august ninth two thousand and fourteen that day when the white side of the united states was forced to come face to face with the reality of the racism and institutional oppression that still goes on today and
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could no longer be written off as you know rare one off vestiges of a bygone era confined to the dusty pages of u.s. history so today let us remember august ninth michael brown jr and the countless lives who struggle we hope will no longer have to be remembered through they're trying. but through their victory as we start watching the whole. world. looks like real that is what. the bottom. line is what it looks like you know that i got. the. lyrics or. the watching the hawks i am tyrone them
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and i'm thomas a while last august ninth of march the third year anniversary of the death of michael brown many people were outraged by the events that transpired both during and after the killing of the unarmed black teen by a white police officer forcing many to question the tactics and role law enforcement and the justice system plays in our communities here's our team correspondent ashley banks with more. on august ninth two thousand and fourteen officer in a wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager michael brown in ferguson missouri brown's lifeless body lay in the street for four hours after the shooting took place which angered the community on august tenth twenty fourteen st louis county police held a press conference claiming brown was killed because he was reaching for wilson's gun later that evening protests erupted through the city now between august eleventh and august twelfth the f.b.i. announced it would join the police investigation and president barack obama addressed the shooting calling brown's death a heart breaking police were outfitted with riot gear dispersing pepper spray and
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rubber bullets as protests continue now on aug fifteenth the police department released surveillance video of brown taking part in a robbery prior to the shooting brown's family accuse the police of trying to turn as his character the very next day on aug sixteenth the governor nixon declared a state of emergency and ferguson and impose a curfew making it illegal for anyone to be on the streets after midnight fast forward a few months on nov twenty fifth two thousand and fourteen a grand jury decided not to indict officer wilson for fatally shooting brown a recent associated press investigation finds why if there are really any convictions in fatal police shootings when african-americans are the victim saying quote many jurors are simply reluctant to reject the accounts provided by police don't yet have barely president of the black lawyers association of cincinnati chimed in saying quote i think white jurors view them as not being capable of any
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wrong even when the facts show the other side the investigation also finds that racial bias is a factor saying quote studies have shown conscious and unconscious fear of african-american men plays out in numerous ways leading to the usual not guilty verdict like in the case of flatow could steal. terence crusher and sam to both shortly after officer wilson was found not guilty brown stanley filed a wrongful death lawsuit on june twenty third two thousand and seventeen ferguson's insurance company paid the family one point five million dollars the cost of brown to life studies show more than often families will receive a million dollar settlements paid for by taxpayers before they will see a conviction. three years ago to still it still hits you know i think deep everyone who actually cares about community and cares about people still hits deep but what happened in the aftermath of service per i
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want to ask you three years later where does the death of michael brown jr kind of fit historically in the struggle for racial equality and racial justice in this country or historically speaking the death of michael brown brought forth for civil rights movement black lives matter was an organizing. phenomenon so to speak one there was a poll is vehemently but conservative minds in this country but one that was embraced out of guilt of the american psyche american knows that not convicting police who are caught on camera killing a segment of your population is wrong and so this consciousness is guilt consciousness brought us to a place where it looked like we would go in the right direction this country unfortunately nov eighth of twenty sixteen sent us backward in our progress in this
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country. and we've seen it again and again so that last sentence almost as if a certain amount of americans sort of open their eyes and realize that and understood what that meant when you talk about this oh my gosh i'm just standing back and letting this happen and what's my part in all of this institutionalized racism perry what do you think are the last and. actually i suspect it wasn't one of the lessons that we still haven't learned from ferguson from mike brown from tomorrow from friday what are we still not getting unfortunately what we are getting is this cycle that continues to happen and i call the. police first of all first of all there is the shock and then we go to the outrage then we go for the call for calm and want to communicate because then the investigation in no way happens all the time then the failure to charge now we get more charge. but it's sort of now into
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a can be then we get on with everyone hold hands it's all good alone let's have these police community interactions and then there's the amnesia time in the country where we get all about what really happened and then we're back to business as usual so what have we learned we learned we have been. doing the same thing over and over again. but we have a little show i want to ask you you know one of the biggest things you're speaking of things we've learned is you know in the aftermath. of everything that happened with michael brown of the city of ferguson the justice department came in and said we're going to you know you need to reform best to go from policing for profit from the systemic racism within the city you need to reform you know where we have three years now where is the city of ferguson out in those reforms that were supposedly had to down by the justice system at the time well you know the city of ferguson
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it's about two thirds black and during the time michael brown was shot there weren't a lot of black people and high positions there so over the last three years we've had the police chief in the city manager step down there a white males and now they've been replaced by african-american men in addition to that the seven member council that includes. the mayor. at one point during our michael brown to incident there was only one african-american on that council now we have three so that's some progress and like you said when the d.o.j. investigation came out it revealed a lot of systemic racism in that african-americans were wrongly targeted and the city they had like two options but they were going to sign a league old decree with the department of justice or they were going to face legal action so of course they decided yes we're going to sign this we go to korea we don't want to face legal action but they said that they were going to reform the police department and since then allegedly they had been working on hiring and
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training officers but as we saw in my package the associated press investigation is basically saying you can do all the hiring you want you can do all the training you want but mentally if the person is consciously or unconsciously afraid of african-american men by the way they were brought out what they see on television all of that won't matter will matter who you hire new won't matter who you train you know a lot of people are upset that the mayor is white because they're saying it's a white male he will be able to represent us in the way that we will like him to represent us because he doesn't know what we've got or he can't possibly know what we're going through some people are saying the city is moving in the right direction but a lot of people are saying it's not moving fast enough and in the right direction i would say that's true of the entire united states right now and to rule as well as it's not moving fast i mean what you saw you know recently minnesota were flown across it was extraordinary that you know the officer basically was let go or given
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to the thing of we don't want to question the police you know we never want to question their authority which to me is ludicrous in a free society you're supposed to and unfortunately we see them. with police of course in their own way and well to more to kill. you know we need. to. and i know the new. claim is ludicrous to the general american program until of course we see it on camera and. you know it's crazy isn't one of those things that i just wonder if it's going to have to start happening because i've had people in my own life that didn't understand the entire black lives matter movement or what was going on until a friend of theirs who is white was shot by the police and do you think that's kind of how it goes you you almost in total it till it happens to you don't understand until it happens to someone in your community you can't see that how how do we
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teach people how do we get people to understand that and empathize with the black community and that's this issue especially. without tragedy or is there a way do you just have to really literally feel that tragedy if you don't get it you don't get it. i would have to say about unfortunately it's hard you can't really convince someone of anything like you said unless they have experienced it themselves it has to hit home for them and with your friend obviously it hit home but when it comes to you know the police brutality this has been systemic thing that's happened for decades and this country is of course african-americans and other minorities are getting the brunt of this so they know that they live it they breathe it their mothers their fathers their cousins daughters whatever you know sons have been through these tragedies so they understand that there's a long history of this hurt but intel of course all white man a white woman experiences that is they won't get it you can be speaking with what
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we've done or tactically speaking what we do to. some of the actual change we're used to introduce the concept young to people in to do see black and white like the woman who. had to be show. even walked up behind the police car and to have the police car according to do revise the remains and so to introduce to why. you two can be killed is an institution people are more heat more there's a propensity to kill people more in this country even though less of been shot since michael bromwich there have been documented over twenty five hundred people shot in this country just over the last year one hundred thirty two bloods have been shot and killed by police and so this idea that it only happens to black
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people in this country is untrue it is more likely. proportionately blacks make up less of the population but we have been introduced to blacks and whites alike yes something is going to be a struggle you know when you've got conservatives taking over school systems and yeah we're going to take over curriculum i couldn't agree more we've got about a minute or two minutes left i just want to ask you both will start with ashley what what the news media corporate media do better in their coverage of civil rights tragedies and civil rights movements to bay area i have i guess two points for that when it comes to media i think it would be best if they didn't scrutinize our criminal law is the victim we see this more often than not especially when it's an african-american victim they're pulling up their history will record of what they've done when it has nothing to do with the shooting that just just took place they i feel like this is a human being they were off their lives it shouldn't matter what happened before
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this incident took place if it has no relation to be an incident my second point it would be great obviously if the media were to cover the root causes of what's going on not just the shootings that are taking place like we covered baltimore cease fire last week and i was there talking to the community there are other issues. is there i think the media sometimes just takes the side of what the baikonur police department is saying or whoever whatever department they're saying the authorities are saying instead of going in the community and finding out exactly what is causing the shootings to you know agree on surely thank you so much terry red civil rights activist thank you so much actually articulate what i was thinking is that everyone but you know as we go to break court watchers don't forget to let us know what you think of the topics to cover them facebook and twitter see our poll shows at our two dot com coming up we discover a rather intriguing payscale or lack there of capitol hill and then we discover just how a cracked up immigrations and customs enforcement or ice truly is cracked i would
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one thousand nine hundred five congress passed its own version of the fair labor standards act which establishes overtime pay a minimum wages and employment standards for miners congress's version the congressional accountability act excluded a number of protections and defines those protected as quote any employee of the house of representatives including an applicant. for employment and a former employee but shalt not include and in turn fast forward two decades later and the only people able to participate in the congressional intern program are likely white rich and connected and extensive report from the odyssey group advocacy group a our interns released this june found that less than half of united states senators don't well pay their enter in fact barely eight percent of congressional offices ten percent of republicans and four percent of democrats regularly offer paid internships and while some offer access to other funding such as scholarships and a mere fourteen percent of congressional offices have any paid in terms what effect
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does this have on our government well it means only those with connections and money can serve as a congressional in turn the average cost of a summer internship in washington d.c. is around six thousand dollars for three months meaning less privileged and turns will have to incur debt or work other jobs simultaneously ultimately making their experience less fulfilling it means that these super white privilege and turn classes on capitol hill won't be going anywhere until we root out twenty years of partisan classism and racism we've allowed to fester in our also democracy whoa. and there you go to the dreaded to get there because you could see the good the writing is on the wall you know really blew my mind about what you were just saying there is the you know the party of the apparently claims to be for the poor that we're going to last the democrats there in terms of the capitol hill left us alone with her yeah even the republicans. and that's where you're going to get that's where you get your true. blood drives where you see business ravers and who is
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thing is that kid in that office if they're they're big and they don't have to worry about it whatever it's a favor because somebody is kids and something else and i got you this fundraiser so make sure your kid gets sent over to your nephew it's it's one out of internationally called in the film industry most higher here. my brothers sisters kid is friends with the producer or in this case the big donor the money can you give them a job on the hill but what really is interesting is that you know is the money issue on this and how you know basically you know at the end of the day the big problem is the schools you know the school credit doesn't pay your bills at the end of no and flat stipends which are some sort of the congressional black caucus and also the hispanic congressional hispanic caucus institute even though there are stipends only range from about twenty five hundred to four thousand you're still talking about if you need six thousand which is the bare minimum you're still
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talking that kids are thirty five hundred to two thousand dollars short and we actually spoke to senior congressional chief of staff senior freshness chief of staff who wish to remain anonymous but about this issue and what they told us is this school credits are are the are only in a sense incentive to d.c. area college students and by definition and they're by definition successful it definitely it leads to a pretty homogenous pool of resumes to choose from even if we try to hire more diverse applicants so what's happening is people aren't even trying it makes it unless you live in the area and you can afford to work for free you can't do it you can't do it and here's the problem and you know that you're already in a place of privilege because you're clearly already in a good school in that area a lot of this i'm looking at here is the problem with this and we're talking about earlier today is that the problem with this is that if you you know congressional staffs you would hope would be made up from people of all walks of life of the people there representing right away if you are got a problem you know back home in missouri i got a problem with. nobody up here living in the washington d.c.
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area could relate to this now oh but my in turn from over there from a lower income family was here you know learning how politics works hopefully gets a job later taken political oh he might know but the fact is you're only pulling from this one small pool right people and you need that you need to get end of that pool to be able to do it but i think the green. then this happened even more and if this is all goes back to our good buddy newt gingrich at the end of the navy with this when he presented his contract with america which promised to lower taxes and there's a better deal as a matter of law but your memory and i mean i was going well one of the initiatives was to eliminate the l.b.j. congressional internship program which had supported internships for what almost three hundred in terms per year that brought me in that meant in terms from all walks a lot going on for twenty mary past the office of rep what represent elizabeth first told washington post back in ninety four that quote well just we'll just look within our budget and find a way to cut it maybe there's a magazine subscription we don't need maybe we can look at those small things you know that add up but how much did this big push which cut in terms and in turn
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scholarship programs out only save the u.s. government about three hundred fifty thousand dollars a year great job maybe it could a cut defense a new. public and. with the white house so laser focused on the issue of immigration perhaps it's understandable that the immigration and customs enforcement agency has been such a frequent sight in the headlines these days the agency already guard controversy earlier this year by waiting outside courthouses to pick up on documented immigrants facing traffic tickets and applying for restraining orders but in a recent investigation by connecticut connecticut's hartford corrent reporters found that ice agents have started using children yes children as bait to lure in undocumented parents for arrest and deportation proceedings meanwhile in new york city an american citizen who was held in detention by ice berg three years thanks to a case of mistaken identity just lost his court case for monetary damages in
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a case of highly mistaken logic all this begs the question where is the outcry over children immigrants and even american citizens facing such a surreal justice system talitha where is the outcry when some of us hear what someone hears me. because you don't see it and you don't understand the. sort of the fact that the web that sort of shoots out from you i guess what happens is i mean you're looking at one kid in this case it was a child the youngest of four was also facing his own immigration hearing and he was only released on the family on the condition they had promised to attend all of these meetings or all of these meetings and hearings then they show up to the meetings and hearings and they arrest that it was all it's all just part of this you know thing and this whole nightmare scenario is why a lot of local police departments don't want to work with ice and a lot of local agencies don't want to work with them because what it does is it gives this entire fear a factory ends up going into your town and that means that people aren't bringing
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their kids and for vaccinations for health concerns they are bringing their kids to school they are premium to the hospital when they need things and they're not going to tell the cops when things are happening when crimes are committed because they're afraid then the cops are going to call i s. and they're going to get arrested that's a woman gets raped or someone gets assaulted if your kids are really sick they won't go because they're afraid a man around it's a really lawless community and the world of everyone is so afraid of deportation and the police there and look even years of the deportation even if they will those persons of the country legally you know look at the end of the day if they're afraid of deportation i mean this can happen to people who are citizens right that you look at the kid from new york i mean here. it's like if someone isn't supposedly or abide by children being used to that arrest parents what should really capture anyone's attention is the case of to be you know watson so you know basically view this. the detainees citizens dad's middle name you lumber with
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another so there's a new middle name was livingston not it if you're going to confuse or livingston is beyond me well this poor kid spent three years custody because they couldn't prove that he was american citizen he was saying no i am an american citizen here's a well we don't know your you know all of this. but to add insult to injury is. the court ruled that you're watching them one leg eighty four thousand dollars after they finally sorted out saying what a whopping eighty of part of that was i want about a grand three years and then a court ruled that watson didn't sue quickly enough because he had missed the two your strategy the potations all all detention the two year had passed while he was still being detained by the way because he was on knowable before the warrior and he had very minimal education here's the kicker. in the court ruling that he doesn't get this money limitations and all that they ruled that watson's case does not merit an exception to the statute of limitations because that is
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a rare remedy to be applied in unusual circumstances not a cure all for entirely an entirely common state of affairs did i just use admit that it's a common state of affairs for them to lock up american citizens and not realize they are american citizens for three years who says that or the what's what's the other side of the oh well we face a lot of cases with people who are unable to afford a lawyer in this country even though you're guaranteed legal representation of our legal system. either way it's a terrible sandwich terrible terrible story and i like. shooting at the root of the word zero is sanskrit for and or avoid when it comes to having the consciousness to recognize the concept of zero it seems that some are much more aware of the world than have it then we've given them credit for scientists have known for a while that zero as a quantity is difficult for even humans to grass which is why children are taught zero after they've learned other numbers and until now only vertebrate animals like
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monkeys humans and birds have been able to recognise and tina but i see no science is led by scarlet howard at the r m i t university in melbourne australia discovered that when they made two platforms one with a number of shapes and one with no shapes they could teach honeybees the concept of zero using sweet and sour taste on the platforms of an. the training saw the bees recognizing the platform with zero shapes eighty percent of the time the team still hasn't figured out why honeybees comprehension of zero is similar to humans and primate but in the meantime tyrrell i think it's safe to say that honey bee brains are not shown yet but clearly they are hopefully we can save the i mean bees long enough to learn more about they're saying no more than they're letting on their stamina was zero zero we don't let them die out. all right that is our show for today remember everyone in this world we are told or a loved one to tell you why i love you i am tired robot and i'm part of the while
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watching all those hawks alter that were great. and. here's what people have been saying about rejected in the sixties full on awesome deal the show i go out of my way to lunch you know what it is that really packs a punch at least yampa is the john oliver of marty americans do the same we are apparently better than the blue. sea people you've never heard of love or death to
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the next president of the world bank so he doesn't really mean it seriously he sent us an email. the mission of news was just to go to the people. their side of the story our stories are well sourced we don't hide anything from the public and i don't think the mainstream media in this country can say that i think the average viewer knows that r.t. america has a different perspective so that we're not hearing one echo chamber that mainstream media is constantly spewing. we're not beholden to any corporate sponsor no one tells us what to cover how long the coverage or how to say it that's the beauty of our tea america. we hear both sides we hear from both sides and we question more that journalists are not getting anything.


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