Iberia Parish: Where’s Al?

We all know all  about Ferguson thanx to the media and thanx to people like Al Sharpton…..I find it uplifting that there are those ‘leaders’ that feel it necessary to force the public to address such injustice……but there is a problem at least form my point of view………the problem is selective concern……

(Newser) – Louisiana State Police say Victor White III died after shooting himself while handcuffed in the back of a police car in March, an assertion backed up by the Iberia Parish coroner’s office, reports NBC News. But White’s family isn’t buying the suicide story—mainly, they say, because White had a new baby with his longtime girlfriend, a steady job, and possible college plans, and because details in the recently released coroner’s report contradict the police report. “You can’t make me understand how my son took his left hand, when he was handcuffed behind the back, and shot himself,” Rev. Victor White II tells NBC. “I don’t believe a thing they’re saying at this point.”

White and a friend were reportedly picked up by the police after reports of a fight outside a local gas station; the station manager says the two were inside the store when the fight broke out. Cops let White’s friend go, but what happened next is where the story gets murky. A police statement said an “uncooperative,” handcuffed White “produced a handgun” and shot himself in the back while in custody, even though cops said no weapon was found on White during two recorded searches before the shooting. The coroner agrees that White shot himself but says the 22-year-old was shot in the front, that there were scratches on White’s face (the police said there was no physical altercation with officers), and that the bullet went through his right chest and out his left armpit—White’s family says he was left-handed, making the suggested scenario hard for them to believe. Click for more details.

Where are the activists that thought Ferguson needed to be brought to the forefront…..where are they for this incident?

Full Disclosure:  I do not watch the Rev’s show…..to me he is still a preacher and delivers a sermon every night not a news show……I am sure he has covered this issue on his MSNBC show….but where is he in person?  He had NO problem flying into Ferguson to help lead the opposition…….

I recently read a piece about Al Sharpton that I tend to agree with……check it out……..

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/26/al_sharpton_does_not_have_my_ear_why_we_need_new_black_leadership_now/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

Give me your thoughts on the piece or the post in general……Me?  I am beginning to think that Al goes where the ratings will be greater not necessarily the most pressing of stories….I may be wrong……but that is yet to be seen.

Police often provoke protest violence, UC researchers find – SFGate

After the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson there were a few contentious nights between protesters and police…..there has been a blame going on about the violence……cops blame it on “outside agitators”….the protesters blame the cops for attacking like an occupying force……

Now some research has been done that could explain who’s fault possibly contributed to the violence on those streets of Ferguson……..

 

Police often provoke protest violence, UC researchers find – SFGate.

Ferguson Cops Come Up With An Idea

The police in Ferguson, Missouri have come up with a solution to prevent situations as they are having to deal with today.  Their solution is…..wait for it……drum roll please…..cameras on officers!  Ba-Bam!

(Newser) – Ahead of a visit from Attorney General Eric Holder today, officials in Ferguson, Missouri, say they want to make big changes to law enforcement and end the “discord and heartbreak” that has followed the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. A statement released by city leaders says it is looking at changes including requiring all police to wear cameras, hiring more African-American officers, and requiring police to live in the city, reports NBC, which notes that a petition seeking a “Mike Brown Law” to require state, county, and local police to wear cameras has now received more than 127,000 signatures.

In a St. Louis Post-Dispatch op-ed, Holder promises a full, fair, and independent investigation into the shooting. He praises the bravery of police officers who put their lives on the line, but also stresses that “good law enforcement requires forging bonds of trust between the police and the public.” Trust “requires that force be used in appropriate ways,” he writes. “Enforcement priorities and arrest patterns must not lead to disparate treatment under the law, even if such treatment is unintended. And police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.” Another person was shot and killed by police in St. Louis yesterday, but Ferguson was more subdued last night than it was the previous five nights, the AP reports. Police still made 47 arrests, but the crowds were smaller and no tear gas was fired. A grand jury will begin hearing evidence today on whether Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, should be charged, reports Bloomberg.

Better late than never.  We here on IST have been discussing that for a couple of days now….I wish I could say that it was here they got the idea….but being a realist…I cannot not.

Now I ask….will this help prevent such occurrences from happening in the future?

My thought is yes….but only if there is NO kill switch that the officer can use to blackout his actions.

Thoughts?

Sermon On The Hill

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.

 

Ferguson Gives Birth To A Helluva Idea!

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?