Thursday, August 14, 2014

Still Waiting, Ctd.


From the Chicago Tribune:
Police fire tear gas into crowd, detain reporters during protests in Ferguson, Mo.

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, fired tear gas, stun grenades and smoke bombs to disperse some 350 protesters late Wednesday, the fourth night of racially charged demonstrations after police shot to death an unarmed black teen.

Some demonstrators hurled rocks at police as others scattered, while smoke engulfed the area. A Reuters reporter saw two young men preparing what looked like petrol bombs in a bus-stop shelter, their faces covered by bandannas. Police said protesters had thrown petrol bombs at officers.

Protesters have gathered every night since Saturday when 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death in the mostly black suburb of St. Louis, during what authorities said was a struggle over a gun in a police car. Some witnesses say he was outside the car with his hands up.

Police have deployed camouflage-clad officers in body armor, including one manning a rifle on a tripod atop an armored car, to Ferguson.

"I've had enough of being pushed around because of the color of my skin. I'm sick of this police brutality," said one protester, who gave only his first name, Terrell, 18. "I'm going to keep coming back here night after night until we get justice."

Alderman, reporters detained 

A St. Louis alderman, Antonio French, was among some 10 people arrested on Wednesday evening, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported. French was released Thursday morning without having to post bail, telling the Post-Dispatch he had received no paperwork from police, nor explanation for his detention...
I strongly urge the Ferguson PD to keep the plight of Ferguson's oppressed citizens in the nation's headlines by continuing to ignore the advice of the most famous Missourian in American history:
"Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel." -- Mark Twain


JerryB said...

So much senseless rage and unprovoked anger from police. I can't help but wonder if steroid use by police is a factor. You just don't see many Barney Fifes in uniform anymore. Police forces these days look more like linebackers and I don't think it's from eating healthy and exercising.

Rob said...

Just what Dr. Franklin ordered -- a conversation about race:

Rob said...

Here's a conversation about race.

Neo Tuxedo said...

While I was waiting for the video to load, I read the comments, which was even more of a mistake than reading YouTube comments usually is and almost as much of a mistake as following the link had been. I don't have to go out of my way to find things that'll raise my blood pressure -- the world does a bang-up job of bringing them to me.

Never get out of the boat. This goes double if you don't even like mangoes that much.

Monster from the Id said...

JerryB is probably all too correct about 'roid-ragin' stormtroopers.

However, I suspect many of them are Barney Fife types psychologically, though not physically, and should not be trusted with more than one bullet without Andy Taylor's supervision.

Monster from the Id said...

Lucy Steigerwald is a columnist over at Like many of the regulars there, she is a Libertarian (IIRC), and so I would disagree with her on many things.

However, she has written many good columns on the militarization of police forces in the USA.

I don't know how to make links on the user-unfriendly Blogger, but here's the link attempt. She has recently focused more on war issues, so you'll need to go past the first page to find many of her cop-issues columns.