Opinion from the desk of the Editor:
For decades the US has been this beacon of light and hope….that shining star of democracy where the people are free to voice their opinions and to gather for a demonstration against said government.
Our media has spent an amazing amount of time condemning and demonizing the ‘leade4rs’ that use force to quell any opposition……the ‘dictators’ use such tactics as no fly zones, arrest of journalists, prevention of assembly, curfews and the use of force against the people.
It has not been just the media solely…..no our leaders, our politicians and others have made an example of such countries as Egypt or Iran or Syria for their actions against their own people. These people stand before the world and condemn any violation of the rights of the people and in turn demand that these leaders return the country to the rule of law……it is all just so damn silly.
There have been times that the US has been just as guilty of the violation of the people’s rights as any third world country…..and the most recent is the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.
Ferguson is now under police control….the people are being bullied by the police in their newly acquired military uniforms and using their newly acquired military equipment and ordinance.
The police force operating in Ferguson is clearly out of control. Even if you were to buy the official explanation that Brown’s shooting was the result of a physical confrontation with officers, every action taken by law enforcement in the aftermath of the incident has served to undermine their own credibility and destabilize an already volatile situation. The identity of the officer who shot Brown is still being withheld, an act the St. Louis Post-Dispatch rightly describes as a violation of “every principle of transparency recommended by law enforcement experts.”
An observation of Salon’s Simon Maloy……….
That’s insufficient. Right now, law enforcement in Ferguson is the biggest threat to law and order, and there can be no reasonable hope of “keeping the peace” while the residents of the city feel they are under siege from the people charged with protecting them. Someone with the political authority to intervene – be it local politicians or Jay Nixon or Barack Obama or anyone in between – needs to shoulder the burden and make clear that abuses like those we’ve seen over the last few days will not be tolerated. President Obama, in a brief statement this afternoon, said the local authorities have to be “open and transparent,” that there’s “no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protesters,” and that the police “should not be bullying or arresting journalists.”
This situation is disgusting………..it flies into the face of everything this country stands for……..sadly this is far from over….it may not be Ferguson….but this will happen again.
As I watch the situation in Ferguson….one could think that it was Gaza or the Occupied Territories or Egypt of……any other country but not the US…..
The police cannot come up with a good plan to restore peace to this community…..
This is a good piece and makes a couple good observations……
We all know the problems and the actions that have occurred in the town of Ferguson, Missouri…..the situation got out of hand and as has happened in many locales….something needs to be done….and here is about the best idea I have heard as of yet…….
Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state,county, and local police, to wear a camera. Due to the latest accounts of deadly encounters with police, We the People, petition for the Mike Brown Law. Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state,county, and local police, to wear a camera.The law shall be made in an effort to not only detour police misconduct(i.e. brutality, profiling, abuse of power), but to ensure that all police are following procedure, and to remove all question, from normally questionable police encounters. As well, as help to hold all parties within a police investigation, accountable for their actions.
I say it is a Hell of an idea…….
What say you?
With all the trouble in Ferguson after the death of Mike Brown….Palestinians took to Twitter to help protesters deal with tear gas….instructing them on what to do when gassed…..and now the people of Palestine have sent a statement to the people of Ferguson in support…….the statement reads…….
We the undersigned Palestinian individuals and groups express our solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, a young unarmed black man gunned down by police on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri. We wish to express our support and solidarity with the people of Ferguson who have taken their struggle to the street, facing a militarized police occupation.
From all factions and sectors of our dislocated society, we send you our commitment to stand with you in your hour of pain and time of struggle against the oppression that continues to target our black brothers and sisters in nearly every aspect of their lives.
We understand your moral outrage. We empathize with your hurt and anger. We understand the impulse to rebel against the infrastructure of a racist capitalist system that systematically pushes you to the margins of humanity.
And we stand with you.
We recognize the disregard and disrespect for black bodies and black life endemic to the supremacist system that rules the land with wanton brutality. Your struggles through the ages have been an inspiration to us as we fight our own battles for basic human dignities. We continue to find inspiration and strength from your struggles through the ages and your revolutionary leaders, like Malcolm X, Huey Newton, Kwame Ture, Angela Davis, Fred Hampton, Bobby Seale and others.
We honor the life of Michael Brown, cut short less than a week before he was due to begin university. And we honor the far too many more killed in similar circumstances, motivated by racism and contempt for black life: Ezell Ford, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Tarika Wilson, Malcolm Ferguson, Renisha McBride, Amadou Diallo, Yvette Smith, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Kathryn Johnston, Rekia Boyd and too many others to count.
With a Black Power fist in the air, we salute the people of Ferguson and join in your demands for justice.
The protesters in Ferguson have sent the trouble with the police international……social media has helped so many and will keep that spot light on the situation……eventually the dinosaurs that rule this country will realize that social media is instantaneous…..the world is watching!
With the horrible news coming out of Ferguson and the military style intervention….there are facts that need to be known……
All eyes are on Ferguson, Missouri……..the daily news is not too good…….protestors are being bold and SWAT is being vicious…… since the shooting death of Mike Brown the police in Ferguson have been tight lipped about the series of events that lead to the death of the young man……the collective known as Anonymous have released the police communications call which so far the city has not wanted to release….
So if you are asking how this situation came to this….then you may want to read this…….
(Newser) – St. Louis County police haven’t released audio regarding the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, but the hacker collective Anonymous took care of that today, reports Mashable. The lengthy file released on YouTube shows the progression of events after an officer shot the unarmed teen in the suburb of Ferguson. As Mother Jones notes, the first hint of trouble comes more than nine minutes into the recording, with the dispatcher making a request for crowd control. But the circumstances were still unclear as to why at that point. Some excerpts, with the bold referring to the time of the audio recording:
- 9:35: “Ferguson is asking for assistance with crowd control …”
- 10:58: “Now they have a large group gathering there, she doesn’t know any further …”
- 11:20: “We just got another call stating it was an officer-involved shooting. … Be advised, this information came from the news ,,,
- 21:55: “They are requesting more cars. Do you want me to send more of your cars?”
- 43:55: “Attention all cars, be advised that in reference to the call 2947 Canfield Drive, we are switching over to the riot channel at this time …”
Police say they are aware of the audio and are investigating how it became public. Anonymous is also trying to identify the officer involved, reports the New York Daily News. Ferguson’s police chief has balked at doing that so far because the six-year veteran has gotten death threats. (The FBI has launched an investigation into the shooting.)
In case you are interested there is a Livestream of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri………
I have one question…..why do cops need camo?