Pasco Washington Police shoot unarmed man fleeing from 5 officers

The stop occurred after the man was acting erratically by the roadway. Officers were responding to a complaint that the man threw a rock at a passing vehicle.

According to the Tri-city Herald, Police tried to shock him with a Taser, but it had little effect on him, said Ben Patrick, who was just yards away in the grocery store parking lot with his family when the shooting happened.

“The guy was trying to pull the Taser (prongs) out of his arm,” a witness said.

The man allegedly ran towards officers who immediately began firing at him. After being shot at the first time, the man took off running, with his hands in the air. The second video shows him trying to surrender to police when multiple shots are fired at him, killing him.

“I really thought they were just going walk up and tackle or tase him,” the witness said. “But they opened fire. His back was turned.”

“He turned around to take off running, and the cops just shot him,” she said. “All he was trying to do was walk away.”

After executing the man, in front of children, the police then cuffed his dead body.


There are plenty of eye witnesses that concur this man was not behaving “correctly”, but to execute him as he was running away, that is just cowardice. You would think that the police are trained to handle angry citizens differently than with bullets.

Austin Hip Hop 2010

My impression of Hip Hop in Austin now is one of awe. I can not even define hip hop with out saying words like: oppressed people, music, joy, dance, overcome with hope, poetry, art, culture, and other great qualities a movement has. Hip Hop has kept music alive and it can never be dead. This is more than saggy pants and fashion, it is about expressing a moment into a rhythmic flow. Painting a perfect picture of the environment or pressures endured. Experiencing life and spitting it back out in some form or another. There is one word that I wish could be said more often when describing Hip Hop anywhere: Unity. If music doesn’t bring us together, then it is tearing us apart.

Hip Hop, rap, beats, soul, jazz, blues, or any form of music that has kept a beat in a kids head, or kept a song in young persons heart and filled their life with hope and dreams of a future in music is a victory. You can do anything you set your mind, goals and actions towards doing. Believe that music is worth it, practice and find a way to make it support you. COLLABORATE! Work together, find a mentor and stick to a goal. Lend from the music industry and get other artists to feature your talent, and it does not have to be rap if you are a rapper, broaden your horizons. Find other talent and feed off of one another.

The hip hop movement is alive and well in Austin. It is everywhere and SXSW has been one great example of its place in Austin. Artists have come from hundreds of miles to perform in Austin, and it was not just about the money. Most musicians know that Austin’s SXSW is it when it comes to shows for the year. Play SXSW and feel like a rock star for a week, at least. It is also a great reminder how much competition there is in the biz. This is not American Idle, it is real life and there is no crowd of voters that will carry you through to the next round. Quite often it is one shot, so do not fail. The crowds into it, they feel your flow, they tweet you, and you get 2 sales on iTunes. SXSW is worth it. So what you did not get a major record deal for all of the effort of making it to Austin. You made it to Austin! Keep making music. The experience is worth every minute.

SXSW 2010 is kicking

SXSW Music 2010Demographics

Total conference registrants: 29,572 (31,050 w/ artist registrations)

Under 21…..1%
Under $35,000…12%

Showcasing Acts: 1,987 (575 were international)
Music Showcase Stages Participating: 88
Music Conference Participants: 11,687 (with band registrations 13,165)
Approximate Number of Music Media in Attendance: 2,346
Approximate Number of Music Trade Show Attendees: 16,400
Number of Music Trade Show Exhibit Spaces: 155
Number of Foreign Countries Represented: 49

Geographic Breakdown by Percentage of Total Music Registrants:
– Southwest 26% – International 22%
– West 21% – Southeast 7%
– Northeast 18% – Midwest 6%

• First SXSW Music Conference and Festival: 1987

• Registrants in 1987: 700

• Registrants in 2009: 12,000

• Festivals inspired by SXSW: North By 35 (NX35) in Denton, Texas; North By Northeast (NXNE) in Toronto, West By Southwest (WXSW) in Tucson, Ariz.

• Estimated direct economic stimulus (2007): $110 million US

• SXSW has been a world leader in showcasing technological advancements, tie-ins and applications related to the music industry and the digital age. The festival was on the cutting edge of the debates about Napster, torrents, social networking and more.

09:00 PM on Tuesday March 16,2010
SXSW Film Closing/Music Opening Party hosted by VH1 and YouTube
Maggie Mae’s
Music Party

Kick up your heels at the bash that officially closes the 2010 SXSW Film Conference and kicks off the 2010 SXSW Music Conference. Good company and complimentary food and beverages are sure to make this an unforgettable event.