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  • In Ferguson, activists in search of a revolution

    10/19/2014 4:59:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 19, 2014 | Amanda Sakuma
    FERGUSON, Missouri — It took seven University of Pennsylvania students piled into a rental van nearly 16 hours to drive to St. Louis. They had raised $600 in three days from a Go Fund Me account that was supposed to last them through the weekend. They slept wherever they could crash for free — the basement of a St. Louis couple’s home, or packed on the floor of a church at night. But once in Ferguson, it was nothing like the war zone they had seen splashed on their television screens exactly two months earlier. Instead of armored vehicles blocking...
  • Ferguson on Knife Edge of More Violence After Grand Jury Evidence Leak Showing Struggle

    10/18/2014 9:26:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 140 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 18, 2014 | by Justin Glawe
    A grand jury may decide not to indict the officer who shot Michael Brown. If that happens, Ferguson will explode again. The Rev. Carlon Lee, pastor of Flood Christian Church in Ferguson, Mo., was sending out links to a New York Times story Friday night to friends, family and community members who have spent the last two months absorbed in the events surrounding the death of teenager Michael Brown. The story cited forensic evidence offered by federal officials that showed Brown’s blood on officer Darren Wilson’s uniform and gun, which was found to have been fired inside Wilson’s patrol car....
  • Ferguson Has Awakened a Larger Struggle for Racial and Economic Justice in America

    10/15/2014 10:35:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Root ^ | October 15, 2014 | Peniel E. Joseph
    There’s a social-justice movement taking hold across the nation. Michael Brown’s death, which turned Ferguson, Mo., into a battleground this past summer, has helped catalyze a larger struggle for racial and economic justice in America. And St. Louis, where 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer, has witnessed roiling street demonstrations that recall the heyday of the civil rights and black power eras. Taking a page straight from the civil rights era, activists launched a “weekend of resistance” that featured civil disobedience, direct action protests, tense standoffs with police and arrests. The issues raised—ending...
  • ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams Heads To Ferguson October

    10/12/2014 5:05:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    MTV News ^ | October 12, 2014 | Britt Julious
    The actor documents the St. Louis protests on social media. Some celebrities simply tweet about what moves them, while others, like “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams, get right on the front lines. Jesse, along with members of the Question Bridge: Black Males video project team, joined protesters from across the country who traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, this weekend for #FergusonOctober, which seeks justice for the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and victims of police brutality like him. “We’ll be archiving the thoughts and concerns of the people and recording Black males asking and answering the questions that matter to...
  • Protesters training for more civil disobedience after night of arrests

    10/12/2014 1:28:51 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 58 replies
    Fox2Now St Louis (KTVI) ^ | Oct 12, 2014 | Roche Madden
    Ferguson October organizers, the group behind a weekend of marches and panels criticizing and discussing recent police-involved violence, say they are planning more direct action Monday after another night of clashes between police and demonstrators. Seventeen people were arrested. On Sunday, the group was training protestors for more nonviolent, civil disobedience action
  • Fresh, days-long Ferguson protest begins: To erect Day of the Dead altar for Michael Brown

    10/10/2014 3:47:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WISC-TV / CNN ^ | October 10, 2014 | Greg Botelho, Michael Martinez and Sara Weisfeldt
    CLAYTON, Missouri (CNN) - Demanding "justice for Mike Brown" and other African-Americans killed by police, protesters hit the streets Friday in eastern Missouri, kicking off four days of demonstrations, discussions and civil disobedience. The event, which has been dubbed "Ferguson October" and the "Weekend of Resistance," centers on the 18-year-old Brown. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed the black teenager on August 9. Authorities have said Brown attacked the officer and tried to take his gun; Brown's camp contends the unarmed teenager had his hands in the air when he was shot. The dispute soon spilled over onto...
  • Ferguson Business Owner Calls Nighttime Protests ‘Terrorist Acts’

    10/02/2014 12:03:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    KMOX-AM ^ | October 1, 2014
    A Ferguson business owner is calling the protestors who descend on his city at night “terrorists” and says Homeland Security should be called in. The anonymous caller to the Charlie Brennan show, who KMOX confirmed is a Ferguson small business owner, says the daytime protestors are fine, but that changes when the outsiders, including elected officials from outside Ferguson, arrive after dark. “The unpeaceful protesters come out at night, trying to harm or burn our businesses down or stop the businesses,” the caller said. “And it’s time that our government called this what it is, and this is a terrorist...
  • Tension in Ferguson at 'Boiling Point,' Residents Say

    09/30/2014 5:08:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 30, 2014 | Aaron Mermelstein
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) FERGUSON, Missouri — Time hasn’t healed the anger here. Eight people were arrested during protests outside the police station on South Florissant Avenue on Sunday night, and residents say the tension is still palpable, nearly two months after Michael Brown was killed by police officer Darrell Wilson. At a basketball court in Forestwood Park, about a mile from where the shooting happened on Aug. 9, Tyrone Parker said he feared the community was about to hit a "another boiling point" as a grand jury weighs possible charges. “I don’t see nobody that has calmed down yet,” he said. Sunny...
  • Community still coming to grips with why Michael Brown’s body was left in the street

    09/14/2014 6:10:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Lake County Journal / The Associated Press ^ | September 14, 2014 | David Hunn and Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    The indignation was instantaneous. Neighbors in Canfield Green poured from their apartments and stared at 18-year-old Michael Brown, unarmed, face down in the street, shot dead by a police officer. Then, fueled by camera phones and social media, the outrage jumped out of this suburban apartment complex, crossed St. Louis County, traversed the country and, over the weeks, spread across the world. The Rev. Al Sharpton, preaching at Brown’s funeral two weeks later, said the teen was left in the street “like nobody cared,” as if his life “didn’t matter.”(continued)
  • Ferguson and the summer of 1967 (The “reservoir of underlying grievances” remains)

    09/14/2014 4:00:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 11, 2014 | Chuck Henson
    White man shoots and kills black man. Predominantly black population protests, riots, loots. Predominantly white police force overwhelmed. Governor calls out the National Guard. Curfew imposed. Similar events took place in Newark and Detroit in the summer of 1967. President Johnson responded by dispatching what would become known as the Kerner Commission to find the causes and propose a solution. The commission’s basic conclusion was “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.” Among its findings, the commission reported action against “local symbols of white American society, authority and property.” No single triggering...
  • Was Ferguson the beginning of a new civil rights era?

    09/14/2014 12:54:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 14, 2014 | Patrik Jonsson
    Ferguson became a Selma-like moment for the 2010s – to the extent the stark images caused a nation to stop and reflect on the state of racial relations in America. Moreover, a new generation of activists, who were not weaned on the nonviolence of the Civil Rights Era, is coming to the fore. Ferguson, Mo. — Burly, with tattoos and a bandanna over his face, Anthony Pruit stepped up to the Missouri State Highway Patrol captain trying to cool the tensions that engulfed Ferguson, Mo., in protests and riots this summer. “We hurt, we broken, and we ain’t all criminals,”...
  • Portrait of a protester in Ferguson, Missouri (Think it's sympathetic to the looters?*)

    09/12/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 12, 2014 | Trymaine Lee
    FERGUSON, Missouri— Just days after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed in a hail of police bullets, Joshua Williams found himself facing off with a phalanx of heavily-armed officers. Williams joined the swarm of angry protesters who, in the wake of the teen’s death, took over the streets not far from the scene of the killing. They chanted and yelled and hoisted protest signs in the air. The police responded with snipers positioned on top of armored vehicles and a heavy deployment of officers, many with automatic rifles slung over their shoulders. When someone from the crowd threw a rock or...
  • Wait for answers threatens fragile calm in Ferguson

    09/11/2014 10:43:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    World Magazine / The Associated Press ^ | September 10, 2014 | Lynde Langdon
    The conflict in Ferguson, Mo., might have simmered for a time, but the heat is rising again as residents lose patience with the government’s response to the shooting death of Michael Brown. The mobs of protesters that took over Ferguson streets in the nights after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, have dispersed, as has a police presence reinforced by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the National Guard. A St. Louis County grand jury is hearing evidence and will decide whether to indict Wilson on criminal charges in the shooting....
  • Ferguson isn’t my first race riot

    09/07/2014 9:16:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Financial Times ^ | August 21, 2014 | Gary Silverman in New York
    <p>Racial upheavals have always been part of the fabric of this nation.</p> <p>One of the perils of middle age is that you grow impatient with people who are too young to remember the things you do. Such has been my plight recently as world attention has focused on the continuing racial violence in Ferguson, Missouri.</p>
  • Ferguson violence: When riots are the answer (Do u need a barf alert w/that title?)

    09/05/2014 7:38:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    TV-Novosti ^ | September 5, 2014 | Tomaso Clavarino, Italian freelance journalist and photographer
    …I'm tired of bein' poor and even worse I'm black. My stomach hurts, so I'm lookin' for a purse to snatch. Cops give a damn about a negro? Pull the trigger, kill a nigga, he's a hero. Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares? One less hungry mouth on the welfare… Changes – 2Pac It's been almost 20 years since 2Pac, arguably the greatest rapper in history along with Notorious BIG, sang about the difficulties of being born black in America, and at the same time about the racism of American society. Twenty years in which nothing...
  • Playing politics with Ferguson: Will it work for Democrats in midterms?

    09/04/2014 2:01:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    US News & World Report's DC Decoder ^ | September 4, 2014 | John Feehery
    The 1968 race riots helped to recast the politics of the country. But what happened in Ferguson was not a partisan issue, and it won't be fixed by helping Democrats keep control of the Senate. In the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, race riots convulsed the country. Chicago, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Louisville endured the worst of it. Almost 50 years hence, you can still see where the damage was done. Louisville’s West Side, which was an integrated community, is now monochromatic. Some parts of Chicago’s West Side, where the rioting was the worst,...
  • Marine beaten outside Mississippi restaurant was warned it wasn’t safe for whites after Michael Brow

    09/02/2014 9:04:40 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 66 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | August 26, 2014 | David Boroff
    A 32-year-old Marine was beaten by a group of men outside of a Mississippi restaurant after he was warned it wasn't safe for white people in the wake of the Michael Brown killing in Missouri, the serviceman's friend claims. Ralph Weems, an Iraq war veteran, was in fair condition at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday. But his brother-in-law said that Weems had undergone brain surgery. The hospital would not respond to The Associated Press regarding that claim. A 22-year-old man was busted in the beating and other arrests likely are coming soon, cops say....
  • Human Rights Watchdog Demands End to America’s Racial Discrimination (United Nations)

    08/31/2014 2:06:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rmuse
    It is beyond refute that the United States is a world leader, and exceptional, in several categories, although not in those that portray the richest nation in the world in a favorable light. Oh, it is true that America’s military is without peer, American corporations pay some of the lowest tax rates in the world, and the wealthy elite holding most of the nation’s wealth pay minimal taxes compared to most other countries. However, the United States also leads the world in the number of citizens incarcerated, number of guns in the population, number of gun-related homicides, lowest median income...
  • Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality

    08/30/2014 11:30:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Firedoglake ^ | August 30, 2014 | Kevin Gosztola
    The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor protests against the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. They were also present to help with jail support for community residents. But, while working, four of the NLG’s observers fell victim to the police occupation they were trying to help Ferguson fight and were arrested. As Dennis Black, one of the legal observers arrested, commented, “Ferguson is a pilot program of what’s to come when communities respond to police brutality.” He and others had traveled from Detroit to...
  • Ferguson turns protest into political power

    08/30/2014 4:54:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 30, 2014 | Trymaine Lee
    FERGUSON, Missouri — Before Michael Brown’s death, all Taurean Russell wanted was to finish college, teach history and coach high school football. But that changed August 9, when photos of Brown’s lifeless body, shot by a cop and left sprawled in the street, kept appearing on social media. “I saw a dead body on my timeline. It kept appearing hour after hour and somebody said ‘I hope somebody gets up and does something about it,” said Russell, 30. “Then I heard his mother on TV say, ‘Why did they kill my son.’” Those words triggered something in Russell. He rallied...
  • Ferguson shooting spurs curriculum advocates to craft lesson on race (Black Panthers)

    08/30/2014 3:50:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Even though the police shooting of an unarmed man in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is only weeks old and a grand jury is still trying sort out what really happened, a Washington-based nonprofit is offering a classroom lesson plan that draws a link between the incident and the revolutionary rhetoric of the 1960s Black Panther Party. Teaching for Change says its “Teaching about Ferguson” guide can help students think critically about the shooting of Michael Brown in an Aug. 9 confrontation with police and ways they can be proactive in their own communities. “The Black Panther Party’s 1966...
  • Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.

    08/29/2014 3:06:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014 | Professor Carol Anderson
    When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we’ve actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless. Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African American voting strength or...
  • Despite Threats – QuikTrip Has No Plans To Rebuild in #Ferguson

    08/29/2014 2:10:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 29, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    On August 10, 2014, the Ferguson, Missouri, the local QuikTrip was looted and torched during riots over the shooting death of 18 year-old Michael Brown.The QuikTrip was completely destroyed during the Ferguson riots. Ferguson protesters later warned local business owners to rebuild: “Or it’s gonna be hell to pay” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Despite the threats QuikTrip has no plans of rebuilding in Ferguson. On August 19, 2014, the gas was removed from the tanks at the Ferguson QuikTrip. This was another sign that the QuikTrip in Ferguson will not rebuild.Destroyed QuikTrip in Ferguson removed gas from its underground tanks. The company is getting...
  • Commentary: Finding the Silver Lining in Ferguson among African Americans and Indians in America

    Amidst all the hell breaking loose in Ferguson, here is one more old scab to pick at – immigrant-black tensions in small towns and inner cities. It is a troubling image. The hazy security camera screen captures from the convenience store reinforced those fears. The store clerk was slightly built. Michael Brown, the customer holding him by the collar was a much larger man. Though the storeowner, Andy Patel, later told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch no shoplifting or robbery had occurred in his store, the screen-grab encapsulated a story of suspicion, tension, and conflict. Soon thereafter Michael Brown was gunned...
  • St. Louis County Seeks FEDERAL BAILOUT for More Than 100 BUSINESSES Harmed During #Ferguson Riots

    08/27/2014 4:09:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    On Saturday August 9, 2014, 18 year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer after he had earlier robbed a local convenience store. As a result of his death protesters in Ferguson have caused mass destruction in the community. Several dozen businesses were damaged in the looting and violence. Here is an interactive map of the attacks, shootings, lootings, and destruction. Many of the local businesses were looted not just once, but twice. Now this… St. Louis County officials are discussing disbursement of federal aid to the more than 100 businesses that suffered financial losses during...
  • Ferguson: Life in the Promised Land

    08/26/2014 8:42:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 26, 2014 | Christopher Chantrill
    The final problem for all political and religious movements is what to do after you get to the Promised Land. You've defeated the enemy, you've conquered the land flowing with milk and honey. What next? What's next is that the soldiers of the revolution should get a job, get married, and start a family. And forget all about millennial hope. But usually they don't. Instead they get angry. That's why blacks rioted in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Finally, they'd got to the Promised Land, and nothing had changed....
  • Michael Brown’s dad urges ‘day of silence’ (Nothing to "defile" the name of Michael Brown)

    08/25/2014 8:50:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    ST. LOUIS — The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a “day of silence” as he lays his son to rest Monday. “Tomorrow all I want is peace,” Michael Brown Sr. told hundreds of people in St. Louis’ largest city park during brief remarks at a festival that promotes peace over violence. “That’s all I ask.”(continued)
  • Families of Victims of US Race-Related Killings Go to Peace Rally

    08/24/2014 3:53:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | August 25, 2014
    ST LOUIS, MO, August 25 (RIA Novosti) - The protesters rallying against the police killing of an unarmed African-American teen in Ferguson, Missouri, headed to a peace festival in central St Louis on Sunday to hear the address of the parents of another victim of a race-related killing. The parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager who was shot dead in 2012, were expected to join the family of Michael Brown, 18, killed by a police officer in Missouri this month, in a rally against police violence downtown Forest Park. In light of the mass protests in Ferguson and the...
  • Ferguson Protesters: Rebuild Our Looted Businesses “Or There Will Be Hell to Pay” (Video)

    08/24/2014 2:49:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 196 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 24, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    On August 10, 2014, outraged protesters looted and torched the local QuikTrip in Ferguson after 18 year-old Mike Brown was shot dead.Now local Ferguson residents are warning officials to rebuild the businesses, “Or, there’s gonna be hell to pay.”CBS interviewed three young men in Ferguson, Missouri this week. One protester Gunny warned officials: “To be honest, if they don’t come and restore these neighborhoods for these people, like when you gotta go travel miles to Walmart and to get gas and stuff like that, it should be right here. If they don’t restore this community for people who stay here...
  • Reports: Obama to Send All-Black Delegation to Michael Brown’s Funeral

    08/24/2014 5:14:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 23, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    Broderick Johnson AprilDRyan @AprilDRyan The head of the the Obama Administrations My Brothers keeper Initiative,Broderick Johnson is attending Michael Brown's funeral Monday 4:34 PM - 23 Aug 2014 72 Retweets 25 favorites The Obama administration is sending Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, an African-American who heads up an Obama initiative to help young black males, to lead the administration’s all-black delegation to the funeral on Monday of Michael Brown. Brown is the unarmed black 18 year-old robber shot dead in a confrontation by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer two weeks ago in a case that has stoked racial tensions. Johnson’s...
  • First Step for Ferguson

    08/24/2014 5:03:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    I am still not very confident about what really happened regarding the shooting of Mr. Brown on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. For all I know, the events went down somewhat along the lines as the police say. But Ferguson’s police department has been so incompetent about investigating, collating and releasing information that might make their public stance easier, one has to wonder about everything they say. How the police handled the protests and journalists — and looters — was even worse. Indeed, cracking down on peaceful protests, harassing and locking up journalists, while letting looters run wild, shows a...
  • Toure: If The Protests In Ferguson Had Been Peaceful Would America Have Listened?

    08/23/2014 3:49:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | August 23, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)TOURE: I don't know what exactly happened when Michael Brown and Darren Wilson collided but I know too well the heart ache it has caused a nation where many feel that black life is worth less. This sign saying black lives matter is so simple and so powerful and so insane that we still feel the need to say it. In the 50s, blacks march with a sign saying 'I Am A Man.' The difference between those sentiments is paper thin. Blacks are still trying to get America to see and treat black people as if black and white lives...
  • How Ferguson could be America's future

    08/23/2014 12:13:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    KPRC-TV / CNN ^ | August 23, 2014 | John Blake, CNN
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) From questions about democracy to positives coming from conflict, social scientists offer different takes. The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, have been described as a mirror into contemporary America, but they are also something else: A crystal ball. Look past the headlines -- the debates over race and police militarization that have surfaced after the killing of an unarmed black youth by a white police officer -- and one can glimpse America's future, some historians and political scientists say. No one is talking about an impending race war or a police state, but something more subtle. Unless Americans re-examine some...
  • Will Ferguson be a moment or a movement? (They are achingly desperate for a revolution)

    08/23/2014 1:46:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2014 | Professor Fredrick Harris
    When does a moment become a movement? Events such as the killing of unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., can provide the moral shock that political movements need to build their ranks and bring attention to a community’s afflictions. They can be like the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 or the beating death of Matthew Shepard in 1998 — transformative episodes that remake perceptions and force a society to abandon abhorrent practices. Or they can be like the 1991 beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers: a horrific moment that failed to create a sustained...
  • No Law, No Order: Making a federal case out of Ferguson

    08/22/2014 11:09:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The September 1, 2014 Issue | Christopher Caldwell, senior editor
    Ferguson, Mo. "I JUST SAW SOMEONE DIE OMFG,” wrote Emanuel Freeman, a teenage rap aficionado who lives in the Canfield Green housing project in Ferguson, Missouri. It was about noon on Saturday, August 9, when Michael Brown, a hulking 18-year-old recently graduated from a failing high school and 10 minutes removed from committing a strong-arm robbery, was shot dead by Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson in the street outside Freeman’s window. Freeman appears not to have seen the fusillade that killed Brown, and no uncontested account of it has emerged. But we can see from the tweets Freeman posted in the...
  • Truth and Justice Needed in Ferguson, MO [Nightly LIVE RIOT thread]

    08/20/2014 5:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 188 replies
    The following statement was released by Keith Kelleher, president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri & Kansas, in response to the shooting of Ferguson, MO, resident Michael Brown and the unrest that is occurring there:The aftermath of the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, reveals the urgent need for justice to prevail in order to bring a level of calm back to the community. The initial lack of information coming from the Ferguson Police Department and its militarized response to protesters has clearly erased any faith in local authorities to uncover the truth. To that end, the members...
  • MSNBC Wouldn’t Be This Calm If Tea Party Protesters Threw Rocks at Their Hosts

    08/20/2014 3:32:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon's Editor's Blog ^ | August 20, 2014 | Larry O'Connor
    After witnessing the spectacle of MSNBC host Chris Hayes getting pelted with rocks by an angry mob in Ferguson, Mo., Monday night, I was struck by a feeling of anger and frustration. Not at the rioters. Rioters throw rocks. That’s what they do. My anger was at the despicable display of “tolerance” and “understanding” displayed by Hayes, as he lowered his expectations for civil behavior to accommodate his liberal need to be accepted by the mob. Chris Hayes and his MSNBC colleagues Rachel Maddow, Laurence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, and Al Sharpton, have spent hundreds of hours of air...
  • Daily Beast Notes Asian-Owned Businesses Bearing Brunt of Looting in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 3:23:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 20, 2014 | Ken Shepherd
    Here's a somewhat racial angle to the Ferguson, Mo., saga that you probably won't see MSNBC pick up on. The Daily Beast's Tim Mak today reported on "Ferguson's Other Race Problem: Riots Damaged Asian-Owned Stores." "Asian-Americans own a number of the stores lining West Florissant Avenue, where more than 20 businesses have suffered damage in the wake of Michael Brown’s killing," Mak noted, adding that "At least five of these stores are Asian-American-owned, according to local sources and business records. Just 0.5 percent of Ferguson is of Asian descent, according to 2010 U.S. Census data." While he made clear that...
  • Ferguson leaders pledge to change police: Seek greater number of black applicants to police academy

    08/19/2014 9:07:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Ferguson, Mo. • Ferguson city leaders urged people to stay home after dark Tuesday to "allow peace to settle in" and pledged to try to improve the police force in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. In a public statement, the city said the mayor, the City Council and employees have been exploring ways to increase the number of African-American applicants to the law enforcement academy, develop incentive programs to encourage city residency for police officers and raise money for cameras that would be attached to...
  • ‘No justice; No peace!’ chants in Ferguson are actually saying, ‘We want revenge!’

    08/19/2014 3:50:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 18, 2014 | Ernest Istook
    In Ferguson, Missouri, a desire for revenge has replaced a desire for justice. A police shooting was the first tragedy there, but more tragedies have piled on top of it. Those who complain that the officer rushed to judgment are doing their own rush to judgment themselves. They seek to dictate the consequences even without knowing. And unlike the officer, they have zero first-hand knowledge. Instead of waiting out the investigation, they’re chanting, “No justice; No peace!” as a politically correct slogan that actually means, “We want revenge!” That attitude makes bad things become worse. The police shooting of 18-year-old...
  • Jesse Jackson, Liberal Activists Launch Voter Registration Drives In Ferguson

    08/19/2014 2:39:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Patrick Howley, political reporter
    Jesse Jackson and other liberal activists are rolling out voter registration efforts as part of a coordinated left-wing push to sign up voters during the wave of violent protests engulfing Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. Racial activist and former Democratic presidential candidate Jesse Jackson met with St. Louis clergy Monday to plan a formal Ferguson voter registration drive. “Five thousand new voters will transform the city from top to bottom” Jackson explained during a stop at a Ferguson McDonald’s, where he discussed voter registration with local denizens. Liberal activists — including from the George Soros-funded...
  • Capt. Johnson Delivers a Stern Lecture to the Media in Ferguson

    08/19/2014 2:27:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | August 19, 2014 | Paula Bolyard
    In a tense, middle-of-the night press conference early Tuesday morning, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson lectured members of the media about safety and implored them to assist law enforcement in calming tensions in the city. After reporting that two individuals had been shot and several police officers injured during another night of protests in response to last week’s shooting of Michael Brown, Johnson showed members of the media items that law enforcement officials had confiscated during the previous night’s protests including a Molotov cocktail, fireworks that had been thrown into a crowd, and two guns. Johnson said the guns...
  • CNN: Revolutionary Communists and Anarchists Causing Unrest (Ferguson, Missouri)

    08/19/2014 12:51:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August 18, 2014 | Staff
    CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill reported that an “anarchist” and someone from a “revolutionary communist” group started Monday night’s stand-off between the police and demonstrators in Ferguson, MO. Hill said that tensions rose when two water bottles were thrown at police, and that one of the individuals who threw the bottles was an “anarchist,” and he was told that the other was “from a revolutionary communist group in Illinois.” He added that the protesters were not happy with the outside agitators attempting to provoke the police, stating “both were in the crowd. both white. Two people said ‘go back to...
  • The Dirty Little Secret About The Difference Between White And Black Americans On Ferguson

    08/19/2014 12:07:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 19, 2014 | John Hawkins
    If you say that we should have an "honest" discussion about what's going on in Ferguson, it makes people think that hard truths are going to be spoken and we're all going to deeply disagree. But, what if the dirty little secret is that MOST people, black and white, liberal and conservative, are actually on pretty much the same page about the shooting of Mike Brown? If Mike Brown surrendered to that officer and the policeman shot him anyway, like every conservative I know, I want that cop to do hard time for it. However, I do think we should...
  • National Guard enters Ferguson streets as protests turn tense

    08/18/2014 10:54:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 18, 2014 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Tina Susman and Lauren Raab
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)National Guard troops entered the protest zone Monday night after a large crowd suddenly gathered at Ferguson and West Florissant avenues, ignoring police orders to disperse.. An hour later, the atmosphere remained tense in this St. Louis suburb, and tear gas and smoke wafted through the air. Several people were arrested. For much of the day, demonstrations over the Aug. 9 police killing of Michael Brown had been peaceful. But about 10:15 p.m. the tenor changed. About 100 people seemed to appear in the blocked-off street out of nowhere, and a few plastic water bottles flew through the air. "You...
  • Justice Department dispatches peacekeeping unit to Ferguson

    08/18/2014 9:12:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | August 18, 2014 | Michael Doyle
    The Justice Department’s chief peacekeeper is on his way to embattled Ferguson, Mo. Usually, Grande H. Lum flies under the radar. As head of the department’s Community Relations Service, the Harvard Law School graduate is an experienced mediator, more diplomat than prosecutor. The agency he heads was established under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, with the stated mission to aid communities “in resolving disputes, disagreements, or difficulties relating to discriminatory practices based on race, color, or national origin which impair the rights of persons in such communities.” “These officials will continue to convene stakeholders whose cooperation is critical to keeping...
  • Police keeping protesters on the move in Ferguson; National Guard on the scene

    08/18/2014 7:02:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | August 18, 2014 | Staff
    As darkness fell Monday night, police increased their effort to keep protesters moving -- politely telling protesters they needed to keep moving. One protester asked pointedly "Did they tell the people supporting the cop downtown to keep moving?" referring to a Sunday evening gathering in support of Officer Darren Wilson. But the crowd, smaller than Sunday night, was staying on the sidewalk and obeying officers' orders to keep moving. Carmelita Wiliams came from Dellwood to join the protests. She said she plans to be out for as many nights as it takes. "If one person is left, I want to...
  • Michael Brown Allegedly Attacked Officer Before Fatal Shooting

    08/18/2014 3:56:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 18, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Before he was shot and killed, Michael Brown allegedly bum rushed officer Darren Wilson multiple times, punched him in the face, grabbed his gun and caused it to discharge, and even taunted Wilson, saying, "You're not going to shoot me," according to a woman who claims to know Wilson's significant other. Last week, "Josie" called into KFTK NewsTalk 97.1 and said Wilson allegedly thought Brown was "on something" and felt Brown's actions were "unbelievable." CNN has since reported that her recollection matches what Wilson told police after the incident. "Josie" told host Dana Loesch that Wilson's "significant other told...
  • Cliven Bundy vs. Ferguson’s peaceful demonstrators: A tale of two protests (Perfect pretzel logic)

    08/18/2014 3:12:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Salon ^ | August 18, 2014 | Brad Friedman
    Bundy engaged in armed resistance to avoid paying fees. Compare that to peaceful protests responding to a lost life. Last Wednesday night, I had snarked on Twitter about the lack of so-called “Tea Party” “patriots” — like those brave boys and girls who, earlier this year, pointed their big assault-rifles at federal officials to protect the “right” of a scofflaw rancher in Nevada to illegally graze his cattle for free on land that he did not own — failing to show up to protect the actual rights and freedoms of so many being denied them by actual Big Government Tyranny...
  • Ferguson Volunteers Clean Up Glass, Shell Casings After Nightly Protests ("Shell Casings?")

    08/18/2014 2:47:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 18, 2014 | Yazhou Sun
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Each day when the nightly violence in Ferguson, Missouri, subsides, Erma Dupree and other volunteers descend on the tense town's streets to sweep up the broken glass, shell casings and flung bottles. Dupree, 55, has been driving from her St. Louis home to Ferguson every day since last Monday. “I clean up the streets for about three hours during the day. I don’t want to be around that area at night because of the tear gas being fired at the riots,” Dupree said. “It was just horrific. There was more broken glass than I’ve ever seen in my life,” Dupree...