A tribute graffiti, Athens, Greece.
"Τα δακρυγόνα μαζί τα φάγαμε…" (we were tear-gassed together…)
1. 17-year-old Marcel Hamer
In a video from early June that surfaced Wednesday, you can see an NYPD officer strike 17-year-old Marcel Hamer, allegedly because he thought the cigarette Hamer was smoking might be marijuana. “Mister, it was just a cigarette, sir,” Hamer says in the video. “It was just a cigarette.”
After the blow, you can see Hamer go limp while onlookers shout at the officers. “You knocked him out!” one yelled. “He knocked Marcel out!” Hamer woke up after paramedics arrived, according to The Brooklyn Paper. The officer who hit him has been suspended, while the other on the scene has lost his gun and badge. The NYPD is investigating the incident, and Hamer’s family has lawyered up, alleging he suffers from long-term injuries like memory loss, dizziness and headaches stemming from the hit.
LADY NELLIE | BLACK VICTORIANS | 1895
Nellie Franklin decked out in Victorian splendor holding a parasol. Tallahassee, Florida circa 1885-1911. Alvan S. Harper Collection, State Library and Archives of Florida.
“ When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
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Photo: The Dalai Lama @ The Vancouver Peace Summit by kris krüg