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09/07/2016 09:43 am ET | Updated 6 hours ago
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Darren Seals was found dead in St. Louis.
 

ST. LOUIS - A prominent activist who protested in the streets against police discrimination has been found dead in north St. Louis.

The body of Darren Seals, 29, was discovered early Tuesday in a burning car, police said. He had suffered a gunshot wound. 

Seals was a factory line worker and hip hop musician. He was drawn to activism over the 2014 death of Michael Brown ― an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer. Disturbed after seeing Brown’s body lying in the streets for hours after his death, he began to speak out in the media and help organize protests, becoming a leading voice within the movement.

His work has been covered in national news outlets such as The Washington Post and Al Jazeera.

Seals, who is also known as King, shared his own story of racial discrimination broadcasting a video on Facebook Live in which he claimed that Ferguson police drew guns on him and his younger brother. 

Fellow activists took to social media to mourn. Ashley Yates, who participated in the Ferguson demonstrations, wrote, “Darren King D Seals stood for Mike Brown and is and will always be a part of my Ferguson family. Rest in power, D.”

Police are investigating Seals’ death as a homicide. 

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RadioRaheem posted:

 

So, you believe the Black Lives Matter Movement is being run by Whites, or is that something that you assume because White people have donated so much money to the cause?

I've also read/heard that BLM Movement is really a front to push the LGBT agenda by-proxy, etc. 

The jury is still out on exactly WHERE the BLM Movement is going; if they are going to stay on point with demanding justice for the police harassment, brutalization, setting-up, torture, terrorism and murders of Black people in America, or if once becoming a true power-base within/for African America, they are going to deviate from that message to carry the LGBT message of injustice across the finish line, instead of that of African America.  

We may just need to give this very young, very green movement time to get its barrings; we may still be essentially at the intersection of 'wait and see'[ while supporting the movement] where the BLM is concerned.  

sunnubian posted:
RadioRaheem posted:

 

So, you believe the Black Lives Matter Movement is being run by Whites, or is that something that you assume because White people have donated so much money to the cause?

I've also read/heard that BLM Movement is really a front to push the LGBT agenda by-proxy, etc. 

The jury is still out on exactly WHERE the BLM Movement is going; if they are going to stay on point with demanding justice for the police harassment, brutalization, setting-up, torture, terrorism and murders of Black people in America, or if once becoming a true power-base within/for African America, they are going to deviate from that message to carry the LGBT message of injustice across the finish line, instead of that of African America.  

We may just need to give this very young, very green movement time to get its barrings; we may still be essentially at the intersection of 'wait and see'[ while supporting the movement] where the BLM is concerned.  

 

They are funded by George Soros...he's the one that acts behind the scenes.  When DeRay McKisson ran for Mayor of Baltimore, he needed to have a in-city 'residence' to file for the election....the house was owned by a Soros' board member 

http://www.infowars.com/cozy-b...ociety-board-member/

 

they are changing the message black citizens vs the police and shifted it to gay/trans rights.  They flipped the message to themselves.  Now, they are trying to make DeRay a civil rights leader...like Dr. King (no joke...here's the proof... 

 

Rest in Peace to Activist Darren Seals.  I know the system killed him.

  See?  This is EXACTLY what I've been screaming about.  LGBQT will be more effective than black civil rights because white people are in this group [including gay police] and have an abundance of media and political power.  It's going back to the Roman/Greek days where prevalence was given to the warrior homo who went out fought wars/made laws and less prevalence was given to the common people....especially women.  Gays gonna take over OUR civil/humans and they haven't done a thang but give an annual PARADE.  There is a big difference and the gay people are attempt to distract that and take over the whole cause.  So we have to keep the focus and not let them sabotage. Once they win?  Children will be up for game.  Pedophilism will be part of every day life in America...much like how it is in other places where patriarchal is ruled by closet gays.  Cuz to me....it's a closet gay who can stand there and watch women and children suffer and it also takes someone who literately HATE women to see them struggle as if they don't have mothers.  So I'm  just saying.  If they are given too many rights, it will override black people's right....along with women's rights.  I see it as clear as day.  And so who are we gon call?  Bruce Jenner?  Or Young Thug now seen wearing a dress on his new CD....or will it be Rodman?  Cuz that's where it's going.  But!

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Armed Protesters March Through CWE, Chanting "Who Killed Darren Seals?"

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Armed protesters marched through the Central West End neighborhood on Sunday in a show of force following last week's murder of Ferguson activist Darren Seals

Video footage shows a group of some 20 to 30 people walking along residential streets on their way to the area's bustling business district, chanting "Who killed Darren Seals?" and "Defend black lives." Several people carrying rifles and shotguns openly declared their affiliation with Revolutionary Black Panther Party. Clad in black tactical vests, the heavily armed cadre added chants of "Fuck the pigs" and "Free us — or you die cracka." 

A protest leader in Ferguson in 2014, Seals later became known for his criticism of national Black Lives Matter groups and those activists he perceived as having ignored struggling communities like Ferguson in favor of profit and prestige. Last week, Seals' body was discovered in a burning vehicle in Riverview. He had been fatally shot before being burned. Police are treating the death as a homicide, but investigators have yet to release any new information about their leads. 

"We came out here to represent for D Seals," protester Dhoruba Shakur said in aFacebook Live video. "The man was assassinated by the police, attacked by the state." 


Shakur isn't alone in believing that Seals' death was more than just a street killing, and Sunday's protest seemed to straddle the grief, anger and suspicion that continue to swirl around the 29-year-old's death. Last week, as the news sent shockwaves through St. Louis' local protest community, theories sprouted on social media suggesting Seals was killed by police, or that the investigation is being suppressed or otherwise manipulated as a cover-up. 

In videos shot by LaShell Eikerenkoetter, protesters can be seen dragging American flags and confronting patrons using the outdoor patio of the Gamlin Whiskey House. 


"People are dying, for what? Be sad about that," Eikerenkoetter says to the gawking brunchers. "Who killed Darren Seals? Care about that. Y'all mad about a flag, and people are dying." 

Later Sunday night, a different protest group —  now lacking the Black Panther presence and firearms — showed up in the Delmar Loop. Video shows a smaller crowd entering Mission Taco, where the protesters chanted for about two minutes and left without incident. 



But it was different story at Salt + Smoke, the barbecue restaurant in the heart of the Loop. Here, the group entered the restaurant and set about chanting for a couple minutes — only to find University City Police officers were waiting at the exit. 

Dhoruba Shakur was arrested, but officers also dragged another person away in handcuffs. That's where things get hazy. 

Eikerenkoetter, who was filming the protest on the Loop as well, said in her videos that officers had grabbed not only Shakur but an uninvolved black teenager whose only crime was eating at Salt + Smoke. 

A part of the arrest was captured on video, though it doesn't clearly explain why University City officers targeted him. (The arrest footage starts about 30 seconds into the video.) 


Distraught over the seemingly random arrest, the protesters made their way to the nearby University City Police Department. On the way, Eikerenkoetter recordedseveral witness statements detailing the strange arrest and how the teenager had been slammed against a concrete planter and then roughly placed in a squad car. 

At the police station, as the video shows, about a dozen protesters waited for updates on Shakur and the teenager. A few people were allowed into the station to talk with officers, and when they exited someone announced that the police were claiming that the owner of Salt + Smoke had requested the teen's arrest. 

(It's not clear whether police actually made that specific claim, or whether something got lost as the conversation was relayed. A message left with University City Police Captain Larry Hampton was not immediately returned.) 

However, Tom Schmidt, the owner of Salt + Smoke, tells Riverfront Times that he ordered no such arrest. He couldn't have, since he was busy at overseeing the restaurant's booth at LouFest. Schmidt returned to the Loop several hours later, around 11 p.m., and he says he debriefed the staff members who had witnessed the ruckus. 

In Schmidt's telling, his staff had attempted to prevent the arrest.

"There were maybe twenty people or so in the restaurant that were protesting, so that can get confusing. I think there was a misunderstanding by the police, and [the teen] happened to be walking out while everyone else walking out," Schmidt says. "As soon as the police were getting involved our staff quickly rushed in to say 'No, this gentleman was not at all involved in this.' The woman who was actually the server of that table and the manager were very clear that this gentleman was not involved in this at all, he was just a customer. Nor were we advocating for anyone to be arrested. That was not our goal." 

Despite the staff's attempts, though, police still hauled away the teenager. Schmidt says he later spoke with a police representative about the incident. 

"The gentleman was released shortly after, from what I understand," he says.  

Shakur was also released later Sunday night. In an interview Monday, Shakur said police charged him and the teen with trespassing and peace disturbance.

Shakur says that while he was being arrested, he watched officers approach the teen, who was recording the fracas on his smartphone.

"He was not participating in the protest whatsoever," says Shakur. "He was already in Salt and Smoke and was eating his food. [The police] asked him, 'Were you in there?' and he said, 'Yeah, I was in there.' And they just grab him.'"

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@riverfronttimes.com/" target="_blank">Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com 
Kocolicious posted:

  Wake up....like YESTERDAY!  The protests aren't WORKING!  Now what?  But!

 

What's next should be:

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN UNIFICATION

 

AFRICAN AMERICANS MOVING ALL THEIR MONEY TO BLACK-OWNED BANKS

 

AFRICAN AMERICA GOING ON A NON-ESSENTIAL SPENDING FREEZE

 

AFRICAN AMERICANS ONLY FINANCING HOMES THROUGH BLACK BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS

 

AFRICAN AMERICANS STOP BUYING NEW CARS

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN ONLY BUYING BLACK WHEN POSSIBLE

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN BOYCOTTING ASIAN BEAUTY SUPPLIES

 

AFRICAN AMERICANS BOYCOTTING EACH AND EVERY RICH AFRICAN AMERICAN, ENTERTAINER, ACTOR, SINGER, RAPPER, COMEDIAN, PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE, BUSINESS, CORPORATION, AND POLITICIAN, THAT IS NOT "GIVING BACK" OR DOING ANYTHING FOR THE 'STRUGGLE' AND AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUTH AND COMMUNITIES

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS TRANSFERRING TO HBCUs

 

DEMAND THAT HBCUs TEACH TRUE AND EXTENSIVE BLACK/AFRICAN HISTORY

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN HOME SCHOOLING OR ESTABLISHING "CHARTER SCHOOLS" AND "PRIVATE SCHOOLS" FOR BLACK CHILDREN'S EDUCATION

 

ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS REGISTERING TO VOTE

 

ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS VOTING 

 

RE-EDUCATING AND TRAINING BLACK GANGS TO BECOME PROTECTORS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES

 

AFRICAN AMERICANS ENGAGED IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES JUST SAYING "NO" TO CRIME AND ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES TO HELP BANKRUPT THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL SYSTEM

 

CREATE COMMUNITY AND/OR FAMILY BLACK/AFRICAN HISTORY CLUBS

 

AFRICAN AMERICANS 'FUNDRAISING' TO CREATE AND BUILD AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES FOR BLACK CHILDREN

 

AFRICAN AMERICA CALLING ON AFRICA AND THE CARIBBEAN AND THE ENTIRE BLACK DIASPORA TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH US

 

 

 

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he was the sixth person in that area that was shot and burned in a car.  The police didn't even investigate or use police tape to secure the scene.  I last heard that the Feds are looking into this because of a viral vid of shell casing being left behind.  Random people collecting evidence did more for the investigation than the police...yes, this is the year 2016.

RadioRaheem posted:

he was the sixth person in that area that was shot and burned in a car.  The police didn't even investigate or use police tape to secure the scene.  I last heard that the Feds are looking into this because of a viral vid of shell casing being left behind.  Random people collecting evidence did more for the investigation than the police...yes, this is the year 2016.

They didn't investigate because they know who murdered him, probably one of them/some racist cops or some racist psychopath that belongs to one of the same hate groups the racist cops in that city belong to.   

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Darren Seals is Sixth to Die Suspiciously in Ferguson

 

Upstairs from the Uhuru Movement conference at Ferguson’s Greater St. Marks Church, family, friends, and “movement” folks attended the funeral of Darren Seals, the 29 year-old activist, rapper and General Motors worker whose body was found in his car, shot and incinerated. Seals’ passing was noted on Kiilu Nyasha’s San Francisco Bay Area television show, “Freedom is a Constant Struggle,” by Cephus Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant, whose January 1, 2009, killing by a transit cop set off demonstrations that many believe mark the beginning of the current mass movement against police terror. “Darren Seals is the sixth young man since Michael Brown to be assassinated in Ferguson,” said Mr. Johnson. “It appears to be an assassination that is directly related to the police.”

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