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Please don't shoot. by Lecidre Please don't shoot. by Lecidre




Being black is not a crime.









The picture is inspired by the Ferguson shooting and this powerful song, Be Free by J. Cole.




On average, there are 96 cases of a white police officer killing a black person each year between 2006 and 2012. I know racism has always been a problem in the United States of America, but all the crazy things happening in Ferguson right now are so horrible and sickening. I can't believe some white people think it's okay to mistreat another human being just because of his different skin color.


If someone seems like a suspect, the police should follow the due process of law and let him be judged properly in a court. Shooting an unarmed person and trying to cover everything up by creating lies after lies is downright low and disgusting. And it's disheartening to see those peaceful protesters' effort being thwarted by the police and some gangsters.







Take care, people in Ferguson. Be safe.









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ForgottenMajesty Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What saddens me about this touching image is that this isn't what many people see. People have been lied to brainwashed by mainstream american media that black people are too pwerful and must be stopped. Darren Wilson, the pig that murdered Michael Brown said he was "like a demon."

A 18-year-old boy who begged for cops not to shoot him. A boy who didn't want to be in football, despite his size, because he didn't want to hurt anyone. A boy who was the oldest child in his family, who his own mom descibed "he loved animals, he loved people".

A boy who was lied about stealing cigars (that have mysteriously disappeared instead of being in police custody as evidence). A boy who had no marijuana in his system whatsoever. A boy who was shot in the back 6 times, who never once laid a hand on Darren Wilson. A boy shot while running (our law forbids police from killing runaway suspects), who told to his friend to run faster so he could get to safety, then gets killed and is left there for 4.5 hours, like roadkill.

Even if he was a thief, there is no reason to kill him. Shoot to wound, not to kill. Anyone who has handled guns knows not to ever put your finger on the trigger unless you intend to shoot something, and never pull the trigger until you are about to shoot.

The reason many of you don't know this? American news, media, even social sites take down the information pertaining to Ferguson and police brutality. People don't want to talk about it because our government is more likely to allow the killer of a DEFENSELESS man to walk free with a literal fortune and be treated more respectully than his victim, who is replaced by an empty chair, a picture of himself, and a grieving family at holiday dinner.

Does a child need to look like an angel, to be an angel, in order for a POLICE MAN to spare their lives?
Too many black people fear for their lives. Many are angry because of this, because they are getting killed off for the most insane of reasons, for holding a toy gun in an open-gun neighborhood (Tamir Rice), or for just holding a pack of cigarettes (Eric Garner). Some try to defend themselves from abusive husbands (Marissa Alexander), and get thrown into prison for 'assult'.
See this picture. Feel the boy's very real fear. For many of us, this is a poignant image that disappears to the back of our minds the moment we log off the computer because this isn't our reality. We never think about this, or about the society, the systems, or the people that have power and Influence to make being black a living nightmare.

Please, do not allow this to be a touching piece of art. Let this be a reminder. A wake-up call.

Taiwan. Thailand. Hong Kong. China. Mexico. Brazil. Palestine. France. Russia. And the US. These are some of many places that are be slatered with lies about the individual revolutions, uprisings, and protests.
Be smart. Get Information from people living in dangerous situations. Never trust the media that get paid by the ignorant, prejudiced, bigots that care nothing for their poor or oppressed people.

If tnere are any questions or concerns (or hate mail), please, do ask me or let me know. I am all for educating and informing the open-minded.

#staywoke #farfromover

These people just want to live in peace and safety. They're not asking for the world on a silver platter. They're asking, "please, don't shoot. Please don't kill me. I have a life to live, and I did nothing to hurt you or hinder the society that we both live in. Please. I am human, just like you. I just look different. But I want to live."

Rest in power, Michael Brown. May we never forget.
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you just said everything I wanted to rant about the Ferguson shooting. Well said! :clap:

I can't say Darren Wilson is 100% evil in this case since no one can tell what had happened that day accurately and the witnesses were telling different versions of story, but the fact that the government and mainstream media tried to cover up and blame most responsibility on Michael Brown is plain disgusting. At least they should go through a thorough investigation before they made up the "This kid had robbed a store and was high on marijuana and he attacked the police officer viciously so it was totally okay to shoot him multiple times!" lie. I don't even live in the U.S. and the whole "official story" portrayed by the police and the mainstream media is just so weird and ridiculous.

And it's sad that so many people are crazy about the dystopia hype (such as The Hunger Games and the Divergent series) but they simply hold an indifferent attitude when such unfair thing happened to people in real world. If people are furious about the fictional characters' tragic fate, why don't they actually do something to help those people who're suffering from the unfair treatment in the same country/society they live in? The double standards always baffle me.

As to the toy gun case... well, it's downright ridiculous. I don't know why the police in the U.S. often shoot a suspect's head or main torso (which contains vital organs) first whenever they sense danger. Can't they shoot the arm or leg or somewhere else? I know it's not easy, but that's why a police officer has to undertake a proper training when it comes to using weapons. 

Hopefully no more shooting like this happens again in this world. It's not right to judge whether a person is aggressive or not by the said person's skin color. Not all the black people are bad and evil. Sadly, many people still think black people are prone to engage in all kinds of crimes. Those racists are really pathetic.
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's unfortunate of what happened down there, but I'm not taking a side until I have clear evidence of who's right.
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's good. The mixed opinions about the autopsy could be very confusing. It seems everyone is telling a different story. 

Hopefully such tragedy never happens again. 
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Same here and if things can't be settled which if the town falls into Anarchy which I hope it doesn't, then Martial Law will have to be unfortunately brought in.

My answer for the two sides asking me to pick a side: www.youtube.com/watch?v=017fbu…
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, that reaction. One of the best scenes in that movie. :lol:

It seems things in Ferguson have quieted down a little bit these days. Or maybe people have stopped caring. The news channels are busy reporting other stuff now and the Ferguson incident is no longer the main focus. 
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So it seems.
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ChocolateQuill Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
*claps*

The lack of Ferguson art on DA is appalling to me.

Thank you for making this. 
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:iconlecidre:
Lecidre Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment. :hug:

I guess most people show their concerns about the Ferguson shooting on other social media sites like twitter or tumblr. I've seen some pics on tumblr and they're pretty amazing.
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ChocolateQuill Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
That is a relief to hear...
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Rayraygirl1 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student General Artist
This is sad. I really hope they get justice for Michael brown jr. 
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed. Everyone's life matters. No one deserves to die like that.
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Rayraygirl1 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Amen, I hope the police go to jail. Since police offers are support to pretext da citizen not harm them. 
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If the cop is truly guilty, he definitely needs to go to jail for killing an unarmed citizen. Let the judge and jury decide this case, since it's the best way to deliver justice.
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Rayraygirl1 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I hope they the right deicide on this
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here. Hopefully such tragedy never happens again in the future...
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Rayraygirl1 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I totally argee with you 
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:highfive:
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ojamajomary Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
www.pentoy.hk/%E5%9C%8B%E9%9A%…

這個也是一個不錯的分析,我在星期二的明報看到的。
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
發人深省的好文。
可悲的是,大部分的中產階級或白人對本次槍擊案仍抱持事不關己的態度。
如果沒有更多其他階級的人加入動員,這次事件很快就會被大家遺忘了......
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SariMontana Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is sad.
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What makes me even more upset is that some people still think it's okay to treat black people like that just because they "deserve" such unfair treatment. The logic is too absurd for me to comprehend.
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SariMontana Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wasn't the way they were treated as slaves bad enough? Guess not. People sicken me these days.
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some people can be real jerks. If such thing happens to those racists, I don't think they would feel too happy themselves.
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PosterGuy2014 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is racism: youtu.be/DjkiXiaOp3M
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... wow, some of those rude comments under that video clip stunned me speechless. Unbelievable.
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PosterGuy2014 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, very sad that people say such things.
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those racists should get their brains checked. Because something is very, very wrong there.
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PosterGuy2014 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All  racists should get their brains checked.  Take care
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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Curry1 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
This is so heartbreaking :( As a white person I feel ashamed. I don't know if it's rational or not, but that's how i feel. Discrimination against black people and others must end now!! That discrimination should never ever have started in the first place!!
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You don't have to feel that way. It's those narrow-minded people who tolerate racism that should be ashamed. It's not right to treat another human being differently just because that person has a different skin color. 
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Curry1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I completely agree that treating someone differently based on skin colour is very wrong! Racism and bigotry makes me both really sad and furious at the same time. On a happier note...You are a really talented artist!
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some nasty people need to get their brains checked. It's appalling that such awful things still happen to our world on a daily basis. Discrimination is just so wrong.

And thank you so much for the kind words! :hug:
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Black-Sis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Aaaah this is so saaad
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually cried a little after watching the news. And I don't even live in America. It's ridiculous that some people think another human being's life is inferior just because of that person's skin color.
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Black-Sis Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
It is very sad indeed...there were many other victims before this incident as well.
It just finally took the life of one last teenager to fight back. :(
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really hope the situation can improve after this incident. People should take such issue seriously rather than ignore the problem.
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Black-Sis Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
As long as people stick together as a group, right?
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly! :nod:
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NovaCanis Featured By Owner Edited Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist
Please don't hate me for this... >_<

But what happened in this doesn't really seem like racism? Because from what I hear, he robbed a store in the beginning and even pushed the store owner in the process. Then the cops arrived and no can really confirmed what happened with the cops. After his death, the autopsy result shows he had marijuana (or some drug) in his system. One can probably conclude that he probably did something that caused the cops to shoot at him in the first place. Which... I don't really see how it points to racism?

I'm probably going to be bombarded with hate notes for this... Kill me Now 
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there.

I see :icondraculabiscuit: has already given you more info and resources about the Ferguson shooting, so I'll skip the explanation. Aside from getting information from the so-called "mainstream" media, you can also check some posts on tumblr or twitter to get the whole picture. Especially those posts sent from the Ferguson local residents.

I've been through some kind of police training, and one of the principles about using a gun properly is that you can't fatally shoot a suspect when the suspect doesn't have a gun. If the suspect is holding a knife, you can only shoot that person's arms or legs. Unless that suspect is within close range and is attempting to kill you with that knife. In Michael Brown's case, that police officer shot the unarmed teenager at least 6 times. I doubt it was necessary to pull the trigger that many times if the unarmed kid was merely charging at the officer.

Another alarming issue about black people being mistreated is the way most news media report their news. Just look at these news articles' titles and you will notice a pattern. 

Imagine a different scenario. If a black police officer shot a white, unarmed teenager to death, will they send those exceedingly armed police forces to the town and "control" the situation as well when the angry white people call for justice? Or will they simply arrest the police officer and charge him with murder? I think we all know the answer.
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draculabiscuit Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes he was in a robbery before the shooting. But when the cop stopped the two men he knew nothing of the robbery. He was telling them in a not so nice way to get on the sidewalk. And it escalated from there. It shouldn't matter if he robbed the store anyways. It was 55$ worth of shit. Not worth someones life. As for it not being a crime of racism, please watch more then just Fox news to get your information. This isn't the first time something like this has happened in this town. I understand everyone has a different view point of this. But don't get all your information from one source.
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NovaCanis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist
I did some research and the news all seem to tell different stories that led to the shooting. And looks as if the news don't even have enough evidences from the scene since there were only post-shooting videos/pictures. Can I have source to where you found your information? I didn't find any articles that matches what you said (unless I didn't research what you researched?) Also.. I apologize for just making a statement from one source :P I only recently started watching about the case. 
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draculabiscuit Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiLX0M…
explains and shows clips from the Ferguson Police Chief. I agree they do seem to lean to one side of the situation. But it gives you the actual clips of the Chief saying that the shooting had nothing to do with the actual robbery.

second: www.thedailybeast.com/articles…
another one affirming the first clip.

third: www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-Yg6f…
here is the beating that has happened in Ferguson a few years before. Even though this man did not commit any crime, they kept him imprisoned and beat him when  he simply asked for a cot to sleep on. Then charged the man with, 'destruction of city proporty' when they got his blood on it from them kicking the shit outta him.

fourth: www.thedailybeast.com/articles…
another telling of the third link.

And here is another story from TYT that talks about how this is an issue of race. Just something I find interesting. : www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjIbJe…

Also the autopsy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnsLv_…

I know I source only two different sites. But TYT actually source their material from different places. I have others but I am currently trying to find them.

Again, everyone has their own opinions on this matter. But can we both agree this guy didn't need to DIE for walking in the street? Or even if the cop HAD known about the robbery, that he didn't need to be met with such excessive force seeing as the cops knew that he didn't have a weapon. $55 worth of cigarillos is not a reason to extinguish anyones life....
Did he deserve to go to jail, YES. But not die.
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Stormsurge98 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Lecidre this is so sweet, i'm sure the people of Ferguson would appreciate this hon. :heart:

 Racism is what i hate so much, i just hate how people automatically think black people are low-life thugs or they judge other people. And you know what's worse? White people are allowed to carry guns in stores now, it's called freedom. But when a black person has a gun for safety he or she is a criminal with no right and it sucks. I originally wanted to become a cop but now that dream is broken because so many of them do stupid things or kill random people because of religion or skin color.

 Again Leci thank you for drawing this, it's really sweet of you. And best wished to the people of Ferguson.
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The fact that people are allowed to carry guns to any public place is beyond my comprehension. Sure, some people think they have a right to "defend" themselves and it's essential to keep a weapon by their side, but what if one of them suddenly loses it and uses that gun to harm other people? Or maybe a backfire might occur under unexpected circumstances and some unlucky fellows nearby will get shot. I don't know, it's crazy when people can no longer feel safe without having a real gun in their hands. 

And the racism problem is an alarming issue. Sometimes I'm shocked that some Americans think it's no big deal to treat another human being as an inferior just because of that person's darker skin color, different religion, or lower social status. It's a good thing that you didn't become a cop since the whole system seems kind of corruptive. 

I hope everything goes alright for you. We need more good things happening to this world.
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Stormsurge98 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
People who look down at others pisses me off. And hell, if i was old enough to drive i would've driven down to Ferguson and help the people and give them supplies.

 Yeah, i've lost my dream for being a cop about four months ago. So i guess i'll just be a youtuber or something else other than a cop.

 Thanks, same to you hon.
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Lecidre Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A youtuber? That sounds like an interesting job. Have you decided what kind of topic you want to share with your audience when you become a youtuber? Just curious. :XD:
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Stormsurge98 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Gamer. It seems fun. With the games i have right now i would goof around on Forza Horizon. I also could share Minecraft and Destiny.
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