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people's history of the united states my hawk watchers because three years ago on 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 longstanding racial tensions between law enforcement and black communities across the united states back into the headlines problems 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
freddy gray and 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 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 their tragedy but through their victories as we start watching the home. to. the. real that.
you know that i got. this. week. what are the what. are and on tap at the last august ninth marks 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 arm black teen by a white police officer forcing many to question the tactics and role law enforcement and the justice system plays in their communities here's our two 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 anger 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 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 august sixteenth the governor nixon declared a state of emergency and ferguson and impose a curfew making it a legal for anyone to be on the streets after midnight fast forward a few months on november 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 a belly president of the black lawyers association of cincinnati chimed in saying quote i think white jurors view them as not being capable of any 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 boot 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's life studies show more than often families will receive a million dollar settlement paid for by taxpayers before they will see a conviction. and joining us today are civil rights activist perry red and our to correspondent ashley banks. who three years ago. still it still hits you know i think deep anyone who actually cares about community and cares while people still hurts people what happened in the aftermath of service per i 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 of racial justice in this country who are 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 polish vehemently but conservative minds in this country but one that was embraced out of guilt of the american psyche america 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 november eighth of twenty sixteen since backward in our progress in this country. and we've seen it again and again so that last sentence almost as if a certain amount of american 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 says about it what it what are the lessons that we still haven't learned from ferguson from mike brown from tomorrow from friday great what are we still not getting unfortunately what we are getting is this cycle that continues to happen and i called the. police
first of all first of all there is the shock and then we go through the outrage then we go for the call for calm and want to community because then the in this. so you know we're happens all the time then the failure to char you know we've got more chart. but it's sure now into a. then we get on with everyone old 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. the. show 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 oh we're going to you know you need to reform investigation 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 in those reforms that were supposedly had to down by the justice system at the time you know the city of ferguson 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 the 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 legal decree with the department of justice or they were going to use illegal actions. 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 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 in there 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 the right direction i would say that's true of the entire united states right now in terms. of i mean what you saw or you know recently minnesota were flown across it was extraordinary . you know the officer basically was let go or give up think 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 officers of course in their own way and more to more to cases involve you know you know we you know we move. to plant evidence on black men and i know. to make a claim is ludicrous to the general american public until of course we see it on camera and then. you know it's amazing 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 teach people how do we get people to understand that and empathize with the black community and there's this issue especially. without tragedy or is there a way do you just have to read literally feel that tragedy if you don't get it you don't get it. i would have to say that 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 in 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. well what we've done or tactic what we do to. some effect change there is to introduce the concept younger people in to do see black and white like the australian one woman who is minnesota she didn't deserve to be shot even if she walked up behind the police car and to have the police car according to the revise the speed limits and so to introduce to why do. you two can be killed it is an institution
a lot of people are more heat more of there's a propensity to kill people more in this country even though less of been shot since michael bromwich there have been well 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 people in this country is untrue it is more likely to be proportionately blacks make up less of the population but we have been introduced to blacks and whites alike yes and that 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 to minutes left i just want to ask actually you both will start with ashley is what kim the news media corporate media do better in their coverage of civil rights tragedies and civil rights movements to bury you i have my point 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 in this incident took place if it has no relation to be answered and my second point it would be create obvious. if the media were to cover the root cause 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 there i think the media sometimes just takes the side with mike in our police department and 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 it we shootings. you know agree. thank you so much terry red
civil rights it was thank you so much actually. everyone but you know as we go to break court watchers don't forget to let us know what you think of the topics we've covered them facebook and twitter see our poll shows at our two dot com coming up we discover rather intriguing payscale or lack thereof on capitol hill and then we discover just how a cracked up immigrations and customs enforcement or ice truly is cracked it with the watch and the hawks. greenspan doesn't really seem to understand that the point of having a central bank is to try to mitigate the risks of. the swings in interest rates in other words interest rates been through financial repression and they can look this up on google there's a term for it when the central banks are financially repressed the economy is stealing from savers that's the definition. because you no
same wrong. rules just don't hold. me. to shame. disdain comes to educate and indeed from an equals betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground. in one thousand nine hundred five congress passed its own version of the fair labor standards act which establishes overtime pay 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 and quoting an applicant for employment and a former employee but shall 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 interests what effect does this have on our government well it means only those with connections and money can serve as a congressional in term 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 massively 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 halls of democracy. but i get there 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 blue marble in the boat what you're just saying there is the you know the party of the apparently claims to be for the poor that we're going to gloss. the democrats there in terms of 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 bread and butter right that's where you see business ravers new ways 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 has kids and something else and i got you this fundraiser
so make sure your kid gets through your nephew and it's it's one out of internationally calling in the film industry must hire hero 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 there somehow 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 other 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 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's 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 less you live in the area and you can afford to work for free you can't do what you do and here's the problem 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 those i'm looking at here is the problem with this and we're talking about earlier today is that the problem there is that if you you know congressional staffs you would hope. be made up from people of all walks of life of the people they're representing right rob so if you i've got a problem you know back home in missouri i got a problem with an accident oh man nobody up here living in the washington d.c. area could relate to this oh but my in turn from over there from a lower income family who's here you know learning how politics works hopefully gets a job later taken politicise 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 into that pool to be able to do it but i think the reason this happened is even more and if it's 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 is a big deal as a matter of law but your memory and i mean i was going well one of the initiatives was to limit 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 in terms from all walks a lot going on for twenty mary past the office of 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 you know how much did this big push which cut in terms and in turn scholarship programs out only save the u.s. government about three hundred fifty thousand dollars a year great job maybe it could have cut the parents knew what their 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 guarded 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 grand 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 at american citizen who was held in detention by ice for three years thanks to a case of mistaken identity just. for monetary damages in a case of highly mistaken. all this begs the question where is the outcry over children immigrants and even american citizens facing such a surreal justice system time of the where is the outcry from some of us are lots
of hearings. because you don't see it and you don't understand the sort of the effect that the web that sort of shoots out from like this 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 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 is 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 there's a little deportation going to say will this person is the country legally you know look at the end of the day if they're afraid of deportation i mean this could happen to people who are citizens right that if it was a kid from new york i mean here. it's like if someone isn't supposedly or abide by children being used to arrest parents what's. really capture anyone's attention is the case of de vito watson so you know basically ice can view this. the detainees citizens dad's middle name you london with a not so there's a new middle name was livingston nodding at you can confuse the livingston is beyond me well this poor kid spent three years in 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 dad you know all of this. but to add insult to injury is as i said the court ruled that your watson on one leg eighty four thousand dollars after they finally sorted out saying what a lot i needed to have as i want a body ground three years and then a court ruled that watson didn't sue quickly enough because he had missed the two your stats of the potations all wrong a lot of attention the two year had passed while he was still being detained by the way because he was unknowable to afford a lawyer and he had very minimal education here's the kicker. in the court ruling that he doesn't get this money in the statue of limitations and all that they ruled that watson's case does not merit an exception to the statute of limitations because that is a rare remedy to be applied in unusual circumstances not a cure all for entirely and entirely common state of affairs did i just to submit 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 loose that or the what's what's the other side of that oh well we face a lot of cases with people who are on able to afford a lawyer in this country even though you're guaranteed legal representation in our legal system i mean either way it's a terrible sandwich terrible terrible sandwich and i like it. should be at the root of the word zero is sanskrit for and to avoid when it comes to having the consciousness to recognize the concept of zero it seems that are much more aware of the world they inhabit than we've given them credit for scientists have no. and for a while the 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 monkeys humans and birds have been able to recognise and 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 eventually the training saw the bees recognising 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 honeybee brains are not shown yet but clearly they are hopefully we can save them i mean bees long enough to learn more about they're saying no more than there are a lot i don't understand i mean it 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 love that up so it was you i am tired robot and i'm part of the watching all those hawks all that ever great.
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