New York brotha hitching a ride on this mud ball spinning in space.

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Main Source - Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball

Lyrics:
[Verse One:]

[blam] Aww shit, another young brother hit
I better go over my man’s crib and get the pump
Cause to the cops, shootin brothers is like playin baseball
And they’re never in a slump
I guess when they shoot up a crew, it’s a grand slam
And when it’s one, it’s a home run
But I’ma be ready with a wild pitch
My finger got a bad twitch, plus I’m on the switch -
— side, and step up to the batter’s box
Fuck red and white, I got on Black Sox
But let him shoot a person from the White Sox
What’s the call? Foul ball!
Babe Ruth woulda made a good cop, but he didn’t
Instead he was a bigot, dig it
My life is valuable and I protect it like a gem
Instead of cops gettin me I’m goin out gettin them
And let em cough up blood like phlegm
It’s grim [blam blam] but dead is my antonym
And legally they can’t take a fall
Yo check it out it’s just a friendly game of baseball

[Verse Two:]

R.B.I. - real bad injury
But don’t get happy you’re in jail for a century
Just as bad as bein shot in the groin
To see who’ll shoot ya, they’ll flip a coin
And watch him run for the stretch
But you don’t know the man is at home waitin to make the catch
So the outfielder guns you down
You’re out, off to the dugout, underground
I know a cop that’s savage, his pockets stay green like cabbage
Cause he has a good batting average
No questions, just pulls out the flamer
[blam] And his excuses get lamer
Once a brother tried to take a leave
But they shot him in his face sayin he was tryin to steal a base
And people watch the news for coverage on the game
Hmm, and got the nerve to complain
They need to get themselves a front row seat
Or sink a baseline for a beat
Cause television just ain’t designed for precision y’all
It’s just a friendly game of baseball

[Verse Three:]

A kid caught on, but I don’t know where the brother went
The umpires are the government
I guess they took him out the game, and replace him
with a pinch-hitter, in the scam he was a quitter
So the cops usually torment, I mean tournament
Win em I was sayin
You can’t let the umpires, hear ya speak and battle
like the other kid you won’t be playin
Cause they’ll beat you til your ass drop
A walking gun with a shell in his hand is their mascot
And when they walk around let it be known to step lightly
The bases are loaded
My man got out from three strikes
In the skull but the knife he was carrying was dull
Instead of innings, we have endings
What a fine way to win things
And hot-dog vendors have fun
Sellin you the cat rat and dog on a bun
And when you ask what is all of this called?

It’s just a friendly game of baseball 

humanrightswatch:


US: Holder Should Press for Police Reform
Human Rights Watch urged Attorney General Holder to take the following steps at the federal level:
Push for improvements in the federal collection of data on the use of excessive force by federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement. Federal law (42 USC 14142) requires the US attorney general to collect data on the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers but does not require state, local, and tribal law enforcement to submit any information to the US government on excessive force incidents. The Justice Department has not collected – or has not been able to collect – that data in any useful way. Holder should work with Congress to give incentives to state and local authorities to provide data on excessive force incidents. 
Press Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act. The End Racial Profiling Act, which had been co-sponsored by President Barack Obama when he was a US senator, is pending before the US Congress. It would condition federal funding in part on certification by local law enforcement agencies that their members had been trained to eliminate practices that result in or encourage racial profiling. Training to eliminate racial profiling may help local law enforcement officials recognize bias and how it can affect their policing decisions and interactions with community members. 
Issue updated, stronger racial profiling guidance at the federal level.  The New York Timesreported in April that the Justice Department was on the verge of issuing an updated, stronger version of its Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, first issued by the George W. Bush administration in 2003. The updated version has yet to be released. 
“The unrest in Ferguson points to broader problems of policing in the US,” Morales said. “Ferguson is calling for changes. Attorney General Holder should offer them real reform.” 
Photo: A line of police officers yells at a crowd of rowdy demonstrators during further protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. © 2014 Reuters

humanrightswatch:

US: Holder Should Press for Police Reform

Human Rights Watch urged Attorney General Holder to take the following steps at the federal level:

  • Push for improvements in the federal collection of data on the use of excessive force by federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement. Federal law (42 USC 14142) requires the US attorney general to collect data on the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers but does not require state, local, and tribal law enforcement to submit any information to the US government on excessive force incidents. The Justice Department has not collected – or has not been able to collect – that data in any useful way. Holder should work with Congress to give incentives to state and local authorities to provide data on excessive force incidents.
     
  • Press Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act. The End Racial Profiling Act, which had been co-sponsored by President Barack Obama when he was a US senator, is pending before the US Congress. It would condition federal funding in part on certification by local law enforcement agencies that their members had been trained to eliminate practices that result in or encourage racial profiling. Training to eliminate racial profiling may help local law enforcement officials recognize bias and how it can affect their policing decisions and interactions with community members.
     
  • Issue updated, stronger racial profiling guidance at the federal level.  The New York Timesreported in April that the Justice Department was on the verge of issuing an updated, stronger version of its Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, first issued by the George W. Bush administration in 2003. The updated version has yet to be released.
     

“The unrest in Ferguson points to broader problems of policing in the US,” Morales said. “Ferguson is calling for changes. Attorney General Holder should offer them real reform.” 

Photo: A line of police officers yells at a crowd of rowdy demonstrators during further protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown near Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. © 2014 Reuters