We Are Taking What's Ours

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What do you think BLM Sacramento does exactly? Do you think we just shut down public intersections and chant to get news coverage? Do you think we are just here for attention? Let me help you answer those questions. We are here for change and aren’t setting for shit less. Without agitations without news coverage, we don’t get our story out and the masses only have bullshit one sided stories to depend on. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s dangerous and we refuse to have shit shoved down our throats. We are challenging the entities that have be ruling without boundaries for a while and calling them out for the stuff people have been afraid to discuss.

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CALL OUR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS LET THEM KNOW WE NEED COMMUNITY LED OVERSIGHT OF OUR SHERIFF DEPARTMENT

Right now, the Sheriff department is the only oversight to the Sheriff Department.

 

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A History of Violence: Sacramento Sheriff's Department

Under the guidance and nominal mentorship of Scott Jones, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department has repeatedly shown a history of violence.  

Adriene Ludd was shot at 59 times, suffering 13 bullet wounds in October 2015 by three Sheriff deputies. David McEntire who had killed a pastor’s son in their family home in 2012 was one of the deputies who fired on Ludd. Deputy Benjamin Green also discharged his weapon at Ludd who was lying on the ground. Deputy Troy Mohler also unapologetically “started blasting” at Ludd. Adriene never had a chance. 

In November of 2016, Edward Currie died at Sacramento County Jail while under the Sheriff’s supervision. The official cause of death, according to the Sheriff, is a seizure, but it’s hard to explain how a 31 year old Black man without a history of seizures suddenly dies of one the night of his arrest. 

Armani Lee was shot by Sac PD in February of 2017, but while in County Jail he continues to suffer abuse at the hands of the Sheriff. Sheriff deputies repeatedly taunt, threaten, place Lee in solitary confinement, and physically harass Lee who is still recovering from bullet wounds. 

Ryan Ellis was visiting family when he was arrested uneventfully by two Sacramento Sheriff deputies for an alleged restraining order violation. Five hours later, on May 6th, he was admitted to the hospital for fatal head trauma. He never made it to the jail. We still don’t know the names of the deputies involved. 

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This Ain't Justice

SacPD officers hunted Joseph Mann down in July 2016.

Not only did they discuss hitting him with their vehicle, it was actually encouraged (you can hear the disturbing exchange via the dashcam video) before they finally gunned him down in North Sacramento where eighteen bullets ripped through his flesh.

A little over four hundred fifty plus days days later (fifteen months) Sac PD has completed it's internal investigation. The information shared with the public is cause for minimal celebration at best, both officer's are "no longer employed" with the department. They shared this information with the implication that these officers somehow are no longer there because they were punished for their actions. They expect us to be moved by this, as if this is one step forward. This is nice, but this is not justice.

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We've Been Starved For Attention…..I Bet You’re Wondering Who’s Paying Attention?

 

It was Saturday, October 7th when we took the streets yet again, reminding law enforcement “whose streets.......our streets.”  But it’s bigger than reverberating the power of the people united, it is about results and at the end of the day the Sheriff’s department ain’t showing us no love.  The way the law enforcement thinks they can ignore request of the community is dumb-founding and mind blowing.  It’s just another notch in their belt that the Black community is on a starvation diet with no love or respect, hence why we showed up on Stockton Blvd in the heart of Oak Park.  The biggest joy was filling in voids where neglect had set in; folks coming out of their homes cheering us on and joining the march.  Kids on bikes and skateboards rolling, care free through streets that everyday remind them and all of us that we aren’t a factor, except when it comes to over-policing Sacramento’s Black neighborhoods.  This ain’t a game, this is about life and death.

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Own it, Be Proud of it, Protect it!

This fight. The fight for liberation. The fight to free ourselves from oppressive systems. The fight for justice for those currently suffering in these systems, is never ending and certainly not for the lighthearted. 

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Your Racist Distractions Are Nothing to Us: Our Fight is for Justice

 

The fuel for this movement lives in both the pain, sorrow, and violence of being stolen by law enforcement, incarcerated for Black existence, and traumatized by white supremacist capitalist systems that feed on Black poverty and death—as well as—the bliss, magic, and opportunity that we know develops when we love, uplift, and put our hope in Black people, ALL Black people.

This movement is driven by the loss of loved ones. There can be no distractions from that. We aren’t here for your lies and rhetoric, never, we want justice for those taken and a joyful future for those not yet created. They live in our dreams, beat in our hearts as we march, and lift our heads from a slumber of denial when we think we cannot go on facing such danger while attacking a system consumed by and created for Black subjugation.

Sacramento, your alarm clock has been ringing.

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Sheriff Scott Jones: No More Distractions

ARMANI LEE UPDATE.

Armani was shot by Sac PD undercover cops, left on the ground to die, and law enforcement contacted his family to report that he had died while he was laying on the ground in desperate need of medical attention. Armani was eventually taken to the hospital, has had multiple surgeries, and has been incarcerated since this incident. He is currently using a wheelchair while in Sacramento County Jail. After much battle from the community to get a policy passed for the timely release of footage of officer-involved shootings, Sac PD finally released videos from the Armani Lee shooting. What you will see is that all the videos released start AFTER Armani Lee was shot by Sac PD. The most recent update in this case is that Armani Lee has plead NOT GUILTY to his charges. He is going in hard to fight this system and we need to show up to bear witness! He will be facing the very officers who shot him down in the street. He has also been in solitary confinement for 2.5 months total during his time in Sacramento County Jail since the incident. He is being harassed and abused by the jail guards. Show up to his next court date to bear witness on Friday 10/6 at 8:30am: https://www.facebook.com/events/346953589090790/ and please donate to this YouCaring page to put money on his books: https://www.youcaring.com/armanilee-873493.

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Can We All Be Wrong? - Black Lives Matter Sacramento Weekly Blog

Can We All Be Wrong?
 
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For over a year now BLMSacramento, other organizations and individual community members have been in courtroom after courtroom supporting folx, for no other reason except that Law Enforcement narratives continue to cause one to further question and doubt the system.  Law enforcement has a history of pitching false narratives to local and national media outlets solely to justify the outrageous nature of their behaviors masked as FEAR.  Consequently throughout the world, Black folx are seen as the scum of the earth, no exaggeration.
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Community Control & Safety: Sac Alternatives to the Police

There is less than a mile from the freeway offramp to my home, but in that short distance I see the late stages of capitalism and white supremacy unravelling all around me. New transformer-looking Sac Sheriff’s SUVs speed past unhoused folx dehydrating on the center divider—public servants too busy detaining and searching Black neighbors to pass a water bottle to a community member in need. Sac PD rolls through being bolstered by the 30 additional officers assigned to Oak Park after an increase in community violence, but I just see them spend their time hassling and raiding encampments of neighbors solely trying to survive. Meanwhile, a woman with tears running down her checks stumbles into traffic and no one seems to give a fuck because her melanin and gender have already been ascribed guilt. …and who are Paladin Security, really, and why are they everywhere?

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