Been Woke Stay Woke #charoltesville

Originally posted on The Secular Jurist: CHARLOTTESVILLE – Hours before a noon rally was set to begin Saturday, violent skirmishes broke out between bands of white supremacists and counterprotesters who have converged on this college town around the issue of a Confederate statue. Men in combat gear, some wearing bicycle and motorcycle helmets and carrying…

via Violent clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville — We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

What Happened to the Baby Bird? Bryd’s Baby


On July 25, 2017, Aries Kortez Clark was shot and killed by someone employed by the Marion police department.  Clark’s family originally from Phoenix, Arizona reside in West Memphis Arkansas. West Memphis is where “Tae Tae,” DeAunta Terrell Farrow was murdered over a decade ago by  Police Officer Erik Sammis he was 12.  Two officers have been relieved of duty but no one has been identified as the shooter. No information is being given.




What we do know is that Aries Clark was born March 23, 2001.  Vickie “Bryd” Clark, mother and stepfather saw him on Thursday when a judge said they were “going to place him in a secure facility.”  This action was initiated by his parents.  He was not in trouble. He was a young boy whose family was trying to get him help.  Aries ran away from the facility and then came back like most scared children who had done something they were not supposed to. The police were called to the East Arkansas Youth Services {EAYS} for an unknown emergency. No one has yet to state what the emergency was but Aries ran away 2 days prior to the emergency call.  EAYS is a community based, private, the non-profit organization that provides positive alternatives to institutionalization for children who are or at risk of becoming with the juvenile justice system. EAYS is a member and receives funding from United Way.




This facility had a duty to maintain a safe environment for Clark, and it is clear that something happened that allowed him to run away.  When he returned the police killed him.   After Speaking to Madelyn Keith, the spoke person for EAYS said she could not give much information due to HIPPA and other privacy laws but Aries Clark was not a resident at the time when he was killed.  She confirmed over the past 20 years the police had been called there before but nothing like this had occurred.  Byrd, Aries mother, confirmed she received a phone call that he had run away from the facility, but he went back because he knew the police were looking for him.  What happened to the baby bird?  His mother received another phone call from someone stating that she needed to come to the hospital because he had been shot.   His stepfather who raised him since he was 4 years old, said when he arrived at the hospital, Aries had been shot multiple times in the head, back, and abdomen.  “He was already dead.”  What happened to Byrd’s baby?  The funeral home and other people with DCS have refused to answer any questions. Byrd’s family has hired Attorney Kim Cole of Dallas, TX.  She intends to not only get answers but Justice for Aries Clark.


Bryd and her son’s family and friends walked down Broad Street in the name of her son whose life was taken because his parents tried to get him help so he would not become a part of a system, that seems to harm our children no matter what we as black folks do.


The family has been unable to receive adequate answers and emotions ran high but that didn’t stop his mother from exposing everyone who thinks they are going to cover up her son’s murder. She didn’t want a funeral for her son she wanted to walk and remember his life that she still doesn’t know, what happened to her baby?  Black Lives Matter Memphis will keep the entire family in our prayers and pray that the truth will give them all closure.  Another black baby murdered at the hands of a police officer. What happened to Byrd’s baby?  The inevitable of what fate awaits all of our black boys in a police state.  Across the bridge- another black, baby, boy gone and it didn’t matter that his step father was white because our lives are only valued by those who want them to matter. #blacklivesmattermemphis #blm #blmmemphis






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They Wanna Bury US!

Annie, a student and film photographer in the UK, publishes photos from a Black Lives Matter march in Liverpool in July 2016, triggered by the death of Mzee Mohammed, an 18-year-old black man who died in police custody. The images were shot using Kodak Ektar 100 film.

via Black Lives Matter — Discover

40 Years and 2 Families Left in Tears


Officer Martoyia Lang

On March 28, 2017, Treveno Campbell was sentenced to 40 Years in prison for the murder of Officer Martoyia Lang. Before the sentencing hearing, Lang’s family was escorted by Assistant District Attorney Alanda Dwyer and paraded past the family of Campbell who was sitting patiently outside the courtroom. Treveno Campbell had been awaiting trial in the Shelby County Jail for five years. Campbell had no prior criminal record. The judge reluctantly moved the sentencing hearing forward after rescheduling the hearing twice in disbelief that Campbell was squeaky clean and there was nothing on his record. This implied he knew an injustice had occurred. The sentencing hearing scheduled for 9 am, then rescheduled to 1 pm, did not end until almost 5 pm. Campbell was left with Forty Years and both families in tears.

The loss of an officer is in the line of duty is a tragedy, but a bigger tragedy was watching Lang’s daughter testify, force to tears based upon propaganda of an unfair trial. Lang’s mother read a statement where she called Treveno Campbell a “cop killer.” It was if she was reiterating the statements made by the prosecutors.

Alanda Dywer
Prosecutors Shelby County District Attorney’ Office

In 2012, Campbell laid asleep in a residential neighborhood where he was awakened by a commotion. Like most citizens who believe in the Second Amendment, he had a gun legally. Awakened by the commotion, Campbell reached for his gun and returned fire. Treveno was then apprehended by Memphis Police.  Based on testimony, Officer Lang was shot in between the commotion. Treveno Campbell was also shot after he surrendered to Officer Timothy Godwin. It was clear that the police enter the premises without knocking or identifying themselves empowered by a “NO KNOCK ANNOUNCE WARRANT” issued by a judge for cocaine of a suspect someone other than Campbell. He was mistakenly identified.

Courtesy of Commercial Appeal


During the trial, Black Lives Matter’s Thurgood Marshall’s Committee was asked to come and observe the trial because regular citizens and family members were being denied access to the proceedings. During part of his testimony, in the absence of the jury, Officer Timothy Godwin was permitted to take the “Fifth Amendment.” This unorthodox testimony suggested that Treveno could be innocent and the death of Martoyia Lang could have been a result of “Friendly Fire.” When officers were asked who entered the house first and what order they came into the residence {I.E. 1-2-3-4} they did not recall.


At the end of the lengthy trial, the jury to return a verdict of Second Degree murder instead of First Degree. District Attorney Amy Weirich indicted Campbell for a host of other charges including possession of marijuana. One might say the DA wanted to ensure a conviction by overcharging Campbell. Weirich recently was permitted to take a private reprimand for prosecutorial misconduct.

Amy Weirich and Mike Williams

Initially, Former MPD Director Tony Armstrong took to the news and expressed raw emotions about Lang being killed over a small amount of marijuana. During the trial, Judge Beasley rationalized his position, sentencing Campbell to the maximum sentence because he was convinced he was selling drugs and that Campbell set everything in motion. Treveno was working two jobs and in school. Family, friends and a preacher testified as character witnesses for Campbell. The judge was not moved by their testimony, and he said he had to protect the public from Campbell.

Judge James Beasley

Campbell’s Attorney William Massey intends to appeal because the officer took the Fifth Amendment. It is clear that reasonable doubt existed and Campbell should have been acquitted on the murder charge. The other person who was in the home when this occurred pleads guilty to the drug charges before Campbell’s conviction.


Tennessee’s laws and MPD’s policy on the execution of search warrants need reform. Many states have legalized marijuana, and it has become a legally acceptable for medical and recreational use. At some point, Tennessee will have to get in line with the other twenty-eight states who have legalized marijuana. Two lives were lost, and two families are now changed forever because of criminalization of marijuana and our elected officials’ confusing justice with revenge. Did the punishment fit the crime? A better question would be was there a crime? Or was this an accident from a troubled police department who needs better policy and training?

Black Lives Matter Memphis advocates for justice, and we must elect people who are competent, ethical and understand the law. No sentence the judge rendered could return Officer Lang to her family. Having a non-sympathetic District Attorney who wants to appear tough on crime by calling Lang’s family to a stand to read prepared statements that do not concur with the facts or even logic illustrates that Memphis has a deeper problem. It will not be corrected until we elect judges, and District Attorney’s that believe in following all the laws, and demand justice fairness for all even those who are perceived as “cop killer.”Venosuit

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