Confederate flags burned and monuments defaced as South Carolina protesters lash out in wake of racially motivated Charleston church massacre – Daily Mail

Protesters in South Carolina have begun burning Confederate flags and defacing monuments as the debate as to whether or not the flag should fly over the state’s capital intensifies in the wake of Wednesday’s brutal massacre that saw nine people murdered because they were black.

Dylann Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder after attending a Bible study class at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and then opening fire on those in attendance.

It has been reported that when asked to stop during the brutal killings, Roof said; ‘No, you’ve raped our women, and you are taking over the country … I have to do what I have to do.’ (Source: Read more)

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8 things you didn’t know about the Confederate flag – PBS

Following the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday in which a gunman shot and killed nine people attending bible study at a historic black church, the Confederate battle flag — also called the rebel flag, the southern cross and the Dixie flag  — has been the subject of contentious debate.

On Saturday, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to Twitter to call for the flag’s removal from the grounds of the state capitol in Columbia, South Carolina, and over 400,000 people have signed a MoveOn.org petition demanding that the government of South Carolina remove the flag from “all government places.”

Here are eight things you may not have known about this contentious Confederate emblem. (Source: Read more)

Dylann Roof may have been radicalized by the website of a group associated with southern GOP politicians – RawStory

The man who attacked historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston may have been initiated into the white supremacist movement by an organization that has for years been associated with Southern politicians, mostly Republican, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Dylann Roof, 21, allegedly opened fire on a Bible study Wednesday night at the culturally significant church, assassinating state senator, civil rights leader and pastor Clementa Pinckney and eight others (Source: Read more)

I’m a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing – Vox Media

The Political Agitator’s response: Damn this is a good article and tells the story. Can’t get it much plainer than this. Sad!

On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent of officers will abuse their authority at every opportunity. The remaining 70 percent could go either way depending on whom they are working with.

That’s a theory from my friend K.L. Williams, who has trained thousands of officers around the country in use of force. Based on what I experienced as a black man serving in the St. Louis Police Department for five years, I agree with him. I worked with men and women who became cops for all the right reasons — they really wanted to help make their communities better. And I worked with people like the president of my police academy class, who sent out an email after President Obama won the 2008 election that included the statement, “I can’t believe I live in a country full of ni**er lovers!!!!!!!!” (Source: Read more)