MUST READ: Kansas City Ferguson Protest Perspective And Empowerment Story
TKC NOTE: More than any other media article, video or photo, THANK YOU TO GRACIOUS AND BRILLIANT TKC TIPSTERS who sent us THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT of the most recent Kansas City protest in solidarity with Ferguson. This digital missive has been forwarded throughout social media and is by far the most popular report on what happened last night. Check it:
Excerpts From Michelle's Ferguson Story
Last night I marched in solidarity with people of like minds. I was able to yell my frustrations out with the system, and I was heard. I was always able to witness some beautiful things, people from all walks of life recognizing that in America there is an issue when people of color are met with excessive deadly force. When anyone is met with excessive deadly force, it is an issue. To know that people understand that the system that politicians ask us to have faith in and to be patient is the same one denying justice.
Don't let those news articles fool you Kansas City. While there police officers who were kind to us, there were also those who were not. Also it was clear where they wanted to protect . . .
There was a period of time when I was walking from Prospect to Troost there was a cop car behind me the whole way. And I was able to draw strength from it. I appreciate not being arrested, at the same time I was prepared to be arrested.
People were arrested and they began to pick people off one by one. One of the police officers on his horse stepped on a woman and I am pretty sure broke her foot. And as she cried out in pain the officer experience no empathy he just told her to get out the street.
Or how we crossed over Troost one of the officers was flipping us off. REALLY?
They went even as far as to block us from entering the Plaza at first. When we got there one of the protestors who were having medical issues asked for bottle of water from one of the officers who was passing out water to the the police escorts. He stared at her and he opened a bottle and drank it, and then threw it at her disrespectful hitting her, myself, and a few other protestors. But you won't hear about that in the media.
But there were also the good cops, but I just can't take this "stay on the sidewalk" mess. The cops were fine with us protesting as long as we were not in the street. Some were empathetic to the cause and others voiced their support.
Thank you to my support system. I felt so much love last night and I felt so empowered . . .
Tonight's Kansas City Ferguson Link Fest:
TKC TOLD YOU SO: Worries of protests ahead of Plaza lighting
Merriam police chief believes body cameras help hold officers accountable
Ferguson residents fed up with violence
Ministers lead march to protest Ferguson, call for changes
March organizers take prayerful approach to protest
Anonymous threatens state websites
Responding To Ferguson In Kansas City
Local lawyers confused by release of evidence, grand jury proceedings
Lincoln Prep student explains silent protest during Nixon visit
Kansas City Response to Ferguson Orderly, Thoughtful
Area activists work to prevent violence and reduce stress during holiday season
President calls for long-term solutions to police, community relations
Michelle's Kansas City Ferguson Story In Full . . .
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