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Police in Ferguson Fire Tear Gas on Protesters Standing in Their Own Backyard

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Last night police in riot gear marched down West Florissant Avenue, ordering people to leave the area and firing tear gas onto the streets. Police even fired tear gas into the backyard of a home where several people held their “hands up” in what’s become a symbol of protest over the shooting of Michael Brown.


Daily RFT caught the melee on video.

The incident occurred after police had already evacuated nearly everybody on West Florissant Avenue. Between tear gas firings, a police officer bellowed “go home” into a loudspeaker. It took about an hour, but nearly everybody within vicinity of the police left the streets.Yet a group of four male protesters remained defiant on West Florissant, screaming profanities at the police and putting their hands in the air. The police responded with threats of tear gas.

“Turn around and leave or we will deploy gas,” shouted a police officer through a loudspeaker. Residents in their backyards pleaded for the men to get out of the street. After a few minutes of prodding, they did so. But the police still decided to advance.

Standing in his backyard along with a few friends and family was 24-year-old Rich West. And after seeing the police deploy tear gas as they marched down the empty street, West and his friends felt like protesting.

“You go home! You go home!” they chanted. As the police come closer, they all put their hands up.

Once again, the police officer with the megaphone ordered the protesters to go home.

“We’re in our yard!” they responded.

At one point West walked to his fence with his hands high up in the air.

“This my property! This my property!” he shouted, prompting police to fire a tear gas canister directly at his face. He moved at the last second.

“This my shit!” West screamed irately after narrowly avoiding the gas canister. Eventually a friend grabbed him and pulled him back to calm him down.

“This is my backyard! This is my shit!” West continued screaming into the camera. He turned to the police: “Y’all go the fuck home!”

“This is our home. This is our residence,” West’s brother added. “Why do you think people say ‘fuck the police?’ Because of that shit.”

Flora Busby, West’s mother, a soft-spoken woman in her 60s, came into the backyard to see if her sons were alright.

“We in our backyard!” she said. “Why you gotta shoot us?”

Again West shouted at the police. And again they fired another gas canister into the yard — this one nearly hitting his house.

“It’s pure ignorance,” West responded after catching his breath. “I pay property taxes here. I should be able to be in my backyard any time.”

He said that regular harassment by the Ferguson police department, often in the form of traffic stops, has been occurring ever since he was sixteen years old.

“They ain’t gotta be throwing tear gas in my backyard,” added Busby. “This is my property. We were just standing back there, my son was standing back there, and I go to see about him and they threw it.”

She continued: “I’m angry about that. They shouldn’t be doing that. And they didn’t need to kill the poor little boy. ”

Contributed by Nicky Di Vinci



18 years after his death, more information on 2Pac’s 1994 shooting is still coming to light. In a recently released audio tape of a phone conversation between 2Pac and Sanyika Shakur (aka Monster), information about a plot against Pac is revealed by Pac himself.

2Pac can be heard on the recording (around 12min mark) saying that “The girl that did this rape shit, she hooked up with the niggas that shot me. It was all connected; it was a big plan. I just caught it at the end, and that’s why they shot me.” The woman he is referring to accused him on rape in 1993 a year before he was attacked and shot at the Quad Recording Studio in New York.

Does this mean Puff Daddy and co are off the hook? They were originally pinpointed as the ones who orchestrated the attack. But Pac does not go on to reveal names. breaks down the background info for us:

‘In November 1993, a woman accused Pac and his entourage of raping her in a hotel room, and took the rapper to trial on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, to which he pleaded not guilty. The day before the verdict was announced, November 30, 1994, Pac was shot five times by three men in the lobby of the Manhattan recording studio. Despite that connection (coincidental or not), the rapper initially accused Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G. and their associates of putting a hit out on him. With the alleged sexual assault occurring before the attack, and the attack coming hours before a judge gave Pac a shortened sentence, it definitely seems like someone was trying to get him locked up for a long time, and when they realized that was unlikely to happen, resorted to more violent methods of silencing the star.’

Other audio also shows Pac’s incredibly generous side and passion for making the world a better place. He reveals plans for community centers, registering voters and getting the streets clean “for the kids”. Speaking about himself and his fellow rappers, ”we got the juice, we just ain’t doing nothing with it.”

It’s a sad reminder that the good are taken from us too soon.

BY  Hip Hop My Way

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