During the photo walk Saturday, we came across two separate demonstrations: The injustice treatment for a slain Native American here in Seattle; the oppression and violence in Libya. Although the demonstrations were peaceful, nonetheless; you can feel the anger and sadness of the peoples’ energy.
John T. Williams was a homeless, semi-deaf, Native American wood-carver shot and killed by a Seattle Police officer. He was shot four times after not responding to the officer’s order to put his carving knife down. The investigation later show that Mr. Williams likely did not hear the officer’s request because of his hearing problem. The police officer, Ian Burke later resigned from his position but the prosecutor did not file any charges against him. I certainly can identify with the peoples’ outcry of injustice treatment and lack of accountability from Ian Burke. Here is a video of the incident taken from the patrol car. As you can see that Mr. Williams was innocently walking across the street when the crazy cop jumped out and within 30 seconds — he shot and killed Mr. Williams.
Personally, I don’t believe Ian Burke was in great fear of his own life and safety; also the knife wasn’t open as he had claimed the reason for shooting. Okay, I will get off my soapbox now…
Here are some images I took from the protests.
While I am familiar with the country Libya, I don’t really have full understanding of its political revolution, or about Gaddafi. I usually try to stay out of discussion on politics. However, here is a link to Jolene’s post: Spotlight on Libya. Besides the great photo, she also wrote some very interesting history about the country.
Here is a photo collage of the protest images.