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    Posted August 20, 2014 by
    tishjackson
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    St. Louis, Missouri
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    Your view of the Ferguson protests

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    Not only Ferguson, Missouri - My brother... Taymon Jackson

     

    What saddens me the most... My brother Taymon Jackson who was 16 years old when he was arrested for a crime non murder related, was sentenced to three life consecutive sentences who according to the courts will never see the light of day outside the prison walls. He's now 35 years old and to this day claims his innocence. But yet you have a police officer shoot and kill an unarmed teenager and still no arrest. Why is it when we as black people do anything we are arrested and asked questions later? But when they do something its innocent until proven guilty - no arrest! Just wait for court. Then they have money for fancy lawyers who plead their case and they never see a jail cell. But no not us... we sit in jail and then get a public defender who is already over worked with no incentive to help us at all. A paid state employee just doing their job. So frustrated today and in tears... Where is justice for our black men? And please don’t say my brother's case was an isolated incident too because just last year my own teenage son was harassed by the Maryland Height police in St. Louis County for about 6-7 months straight. Until I called the chief and made a complaint. But then the police a week later came into my home and arrested me for a stolen cable box that was listed on an insurance claim as damaged during a water sewer back up the previous month and had not been replaced by my insurance company yet... Right in front of my children… arrested. Said I had no warrant they were just bringing me in for questioning. But kept me over night without cause. Then had us evicted from our apartment despite not being late or behind on rent. Don’t want you to feel sorry for me just understand how black people in general in the eyes of the world are disposable objects and life with no value. Now as we sit homeless nearby all the chaos in Ferguson I can’t help but to feel anger. We did live miles away before but now so close I can’t sleep from all the helicopters and police flying past responding to the foolishness on West Florissant. Uprooted from my dwelling place because I complained about my young teenage son being harassed by police. And no I'm not a thug! I’m a mortgage banker working in the same industry for over 19 years. I am a professional... as a Black women in tears crying out for our young black boys and men... Disheartening that now we have to teach our sons what to do if they ever have interaction with police... Signing off... Good night! Lord help us all…

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