Fourth night of protests & unrest in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – Police and politicians in the St. Louis suburb where a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager have vowed to reach across the divide in a community in search of answers.

In the streets of Ferguson, though, the polite dialogue heard at community forums is nowhere to be found.Instead, officers in riot gear have clashed with people protesting the death of Michael Brown.

Wednesday saw more confrontations, and two reporters said they were detained by police before being released. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported about 10 people had been arrested, including St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who has chronicled the protests on social media.

Residents have complained about what they called a heavy-handed police presence, while County Police Chief Jon Belmar says his officers have shown restraint.

22 comments

  • Michael

    They didn’t just detain the two reporters. They arrested them inside a McDonald’s because one of them took a photo covering the story. Of course they ended up releasing them with no charges as they will for most of the people they will arrest. The police are now acting as thuggish as the looters are, but I wouldn’t expect any different from them these days.

  • Dequanze Jeraldo Samsonite

    They act like animals and savages and riot and loot their own neighborhoods. So sad their reaction. If the majority of them didn’t like they do, then people would not be so quick to think they had a gun or drugs or was about to rob someone. They have kind of created their own image of how they are viewed by others.

    • Michael

      Tell that to the news reporters that were assaulted and arrested by goons with badges for nothing. It’s amazing how a police department is ok with obtaining military weapons, military garb, and military vehicles but can’t find any need to buy freakin’ dashboard cams for their officers.

      • B

        Your right, it should be mandatory nation wide that officers have a dash cam on, or a body cam (such as the ones Arab police are now using). However they have to act with force with the public acting the way that they are, if they don’t show a strong presence these thugs will burn the city to the ground. Its an awful situation! I’m very anxious to hear what their investigation finds, though right now it doesn’t sound good for the officer and sadly I believe the officer being charged with murder is the only thing that will end this, riots will probably become worse if the officer isn’t charged. I guess my point would be these officers have no choice but to be equipped with these vehicles, weapons, armor, etc. in this situation. The only other option I see is bringing in the national guard and setting a curfew until they can learn to protest without violence. I do agree that the majority of these weapons, among other items purchased with our tax dollars is generally a waste of money, but if anything I think this just shows that those items can become a necessity in hours in such a RARE occasion that protest turn violent.
        What is your solution to control the situation, and end the rioting and looting?

      • Michael

        My solution would be to manage the protests rather than simply suppressing them. If you watch full videos of the protests, you can see that the violence begins with the faux military police. The protesters get violent afterwards, which granted is still wrong, but would they have ever done that had the police tried to de-escalate the situation.

        I recommend what they used to do back before every police department of a town of more than 50 people decided to militarize themselves. Keep the front lines packed with regular, standard uniformed officers with the goal that they keep the peace. Have a group of riot control officers dressed and ready, but keep them hidden in the back of a van or inside a building out of sight from the protesters. This way, tensions won’t rise near as much and their won’t be a big invitation to turn Ferguson, MO into Fallujah, Iraq.

  • B

    I have heard that a Huffington post reporter was arrested, and shortly released. I have not heard of a reporter being assaulted though. Can you provide a link to that story?

    • Michael

      Also, I highly recommend reading Radley Balko’s book Rise of the Warrior Cop. Whether you’re a civil rights lefty or a small government righty, the book does a great job illustrating the path we’re headed for if we don’t start rising up and holding police accountable.

      • B

        Ill check the book out, I just don’t see local governments and police departments as the bad guys federal law enforcement would be my worry. Yes there a those who are corrupt and it only takes a few for all them to get the bad reputation.
        Those reporters are clearly trying to spin this, I mean the one guy had video of one of the idiots trying to set fire to stuff, the reporters in that particular video put themselves in a bad situation between violent protesters and law enforcement, it would be wise to avoid that position unless you want to be caught in the crossfire like this. In the beginning they didn’t show what the crowd was doing behind them but I feel pretty sure a few were up to no good and the innocent protestors are caught in the middle of a dangerous situation.
        The first video in McDonald’s the man was asked repetitively to get his things and leave the store, but procrastinated, I believe intentionally to try to make the officer physically force him to leave…
        That’s just what I see here and my opinion, I like to think if they would stop their violence the police would as well and stand back watching to be sure it remained as peaceful as possible. The only way to know that though is for the people to calm down and I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
        Now the scary part of that article was the last few lines, stating some hackers had been able to retrieve the original officers name, information including home address and are threatening to release that information if its not done by officials. These thugs will string that officer up in record time if that happens, his home if not neighborhood will probably be torched hopefully his family wont be injured or killed if that info is released. Whoever the hackers are will have blood on their hands at that point and without doubt should be charged at the fullest extent. From what I understand they can keep this information private until the investigation is over at that point I would assume it would became public record? If he is not charged and found to be innocent, which I would love to hear IF there is enough evidence to back it up that is, I fear for his life. He will have to live the rest of his life in fear, this isn’t going away anytime soon. looking from the outside in I think its obvious that these people have it out for him either way, in their mind he is and always will be guilty no matter what the evidence shows.

  • Nuclear Mike

    The same old cultural story…until ALL the facts are known there can be no excuse except race for the riots. Citizens who want the process to work are over shadowed by their own people committing even more criminal acts every night.

    Presidents Bush & Obama have used HomeLand Security & the Patriot Act to create a very lethal internal police force across the Nation waiting to “play” with all the new weapons & vehicles upon us the citizens as the new perceived threat to law & order.

    Both “sides” are right & wrong…and both should back-off until the process is finished then protests for specific changes can take place…and then go VOTE!!!

  • B

    looks like MO troopers are taking over security now, I guess we’ll see how they can manage the protestors. Hopefully the violence will come to an end finally.

  • Dequanze Jeraldo Samsonite

    Tim, no they dont work, they just want their checks to arrive. We should go loot their mailbox or knock over their mailbox to keep the checks from arriving.

  • Michael

    LOL, I was beginning to wonder when the boot lickers would show up and start deleting my comments. What took you guys so long?

  • Nuclear Mike

    FYI…
    Michael Brown’s rap sheet on casenet:
    Description: Burglary – 1st Degree { Felony B RSMo: 569.160 }
    Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 1401000
    OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD
    Description: Armed Criminal Action { Felony Unclassified RSMo: 571.015 }
    Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 3101000
    OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD
    Description: Assault 1st Degree – Serious Physical Injury { Felony A RSMo: 565.050 }
    Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 1301100
    OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD
    Description: Armed Criminal Action { Felony Unclassified RSMo: 571.015 }
    Date: 11/02/2013 Code: 3101000
    OCN: AJ006207 Arresting Agency: ST ANN PD

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