"Critical information such as Stewart's eyes were removed and held by Gross and were not allowed to be studied by the doctors hired by Stewart's family. His eyes were crucial because they would have shown evidence of hemorrhaging due to lack of oxygen from being strangled.
Michael Jerome Stewart (May 9, 1958, Brooklyn, New York – September 15, 1983, Manhattan, New York) was an African-American man who received recognition after his death following an arrest by New York City Transit Police for writing graffiti in soft tip marker/or using aerosol can on a New York City Subway wall at the First Avenue station.
His treatment while in police custody and the ensuing trials of the arresting officers (all of whom were acquitted) sparked debate concerning police brutality and the responsibilities of arresting officials in handling suspects. This was a widely publicized episode in New York City's history of police brutality cases.
At 2:50 a.m. on September 15, 1983, artist Michael Stewart was arrested for spraying graffiti
....As Stewart was still living with his parents, he asked the police not to call his home to wake them up.
...The officer held Stewart to the ground until the van arrived, where several officers put him inside.
....He was hogtied, bound at the ankles and tethered hands-to-feet by an elastic strap. During the struggle, Stewart's wails could be heard by 27 Parsons School of Design students from their dorm windows. A Parsons student, Rebecca Reiss, heard Stewart say "Oh my God, someone help me", and "What did I do? What did I do?"
.... The transit police supervisors deemed Stewart emotionally disturbed. Stewart was placed back into the van and transported to Bellevue Hospital to undergo psychiatric observation. Stewart arrived at Bellevue at 3:22 a.m. He was handcuffed, his legs were bound, and he was comatose.
....According to their account, he had bruises and cuts on his body. The doctors confirmed he was brain dead and had hemorrhaged in a way that suggested he had either been choked or strangled....
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Reminder: The initiation of this blog, end September 2017, was inspired by the Barbican's Basquiat: Boom for Real exhibition and the question "Why is the ratio white/black people in art galleries not the same as in the tube? ". At the time the official position was that this was a fake question and whosoever discusses it is a Russian agent aiming to seed disaccord in the bosom of the nation.
Had the conversation been opened then and there, now we would have been dealing with the issue of the day - the occupation of Honk Kong by China. Now we are not protesting were we should be protesting - at the Chinese Embassy. Allowing a new Crimea to fall at red hands while we are dealling with old rotten matters.
Now we can't ask Erdogan if he had thought how the conversion of Aghia Sofia into mosque will effect the refugees - or the Muslims as the Greeks call them - in neighbouring Greece, or in neighbouring Bulgaria for the matter. We can't even tell him that lately Muslims are mainly hurt by other Muslims, as it will eventually happen in this case.
But above all we can't tell second generation Brits, born and raised in the UK; proud with their suburban English and ignorance of their parents' tongues, not to bully newer arrivals. As they are simply fitting in by immitating the attitudes of the natives towards their parents. Attitudes witnessed in their childhood. Attitudes still going on on a daily basis.
Now, the slayer, slaughterer and robber of nations, Russia, that forced X-number of concurred peoples into speaking Russian; invented names and imposed invented history on N-number of minority groups - think for example ofThe Bessarabian Bulgarians renamed Tatars! - may play its favourite Defender of the Weak role once more and runs on RT - which still broadcasts in Arabic! As not under shortsighted orders with false pretexts about lacking funds - 24/7 Black themed films with imaginative names like Black Art, Black Music, Black Education, Black Guns blacketc bletc betc.
Unless the issues are dealt with timely and volunterily, our order of the fay will always be the wrong one.