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Longtime Police Critic Criticizes Ferguson Protesters

Written by Devtome wiki contributor Bomac

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I have a confession. When I first hear sketchy details of police hurting civilians, although I don't make a personal decision about it right then, my mind is thinking that it is more than likely another case of police abuse. 1)

I know that many people are the opposite. In the past, I would have written that MOST people are the opposite, but there is so much police corruption these days, that I'm not so sure any more if that's the case. However, I can safely say that a lot of people will side with the cops no matter how much evidence shows that POPO 2) were the ones acting out as criminals and thugs.

I was incensed by the video of the cops who beat the living crap out of Rodney King and even more incensed when they were not charged. I become upset watching a video like this.

There is no denying that there is a racial disparity in police violence. 3) 4) These videos usually seem to be white cops beating black citizens, sometimes even black grandmothers. 5)

I am heartbroken when cops shoot and kill a homeless person without cause or brutally beat a homeless person to death – especially when videos prove the cops are nothing more than heartless murderers. I'm disgusted when their police chief holds a press conference thanking those cops for their fine service and following department procedures when they were killing the defenseless homeless individuals.

I was stunned and speechless, and didn't know what to do, say or feel when I found out about the case of the SWAT team that fired a flash grenade into a baby's play pen, badly burning his face and neck, and melting the play pen. The damage to the baby was so severe, he was put into a medically induced coma. I'm so sick and tired of SWAT teams hurting, maiming or killing people and pets when the use of a SWAT team isn't even needed in the first place… And often the wankers aren't even at the right house. 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12)

Having Said That, But...

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Larry David told Julia Louis-Dreyfus on an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm that he can't stand it when someone makes a strong statement on a topic, and then says, “Having said that, but…”, and then the person proceeds to take back everything they had just said. Well, I'm not taking back anything, but still – wiith my apologies to Mr. David – I can't help but to say it: Having said all that I wrote above, I'm in disagreement with the Ferguson protestors.

(Obviously, I disagree more with the violent protestors who are making a mockery of themselves, burning down, and/or looting businesses in their neighborhood that had nothing to do with the shooting of Michael Brown – including businesses owned by African Americans. That's just ludicrous. The other peaceful protesters, I also disagree with though, if they wanted to see Officer Darren Wilson go to prison. I believe any of them would have taken the same action Brown did if they were in his proverbial shoes. The exception might be the number of shots. I don't see the need for 12 rounds.)

Enough evidence has come forth to indicate that young Mr. Brown was far from complying, as some people have said. Multiple black eyewitnesses as well as white eyewitnesses have testified that he punched Wilson and struggled with him for control of his gun.

The thing about having a gun is that it can be used against you. That's why gun training always tells you that you don't take out a gun if you have no willingness to shoot, because at that point, you are setting yourself up to be shot with your own weapon.

However, Wilson didn't even pull his gun until Brown was trying to take it from him. That is according to both the officer's testimony and multiple eyewitnesses, some of whom were white and others of whom were black.

Unlike Trayvon Martin

Unlike the Trayvon Martin case, where the neighborhood crime watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, made a subjective judgement that the black youth appeared suspicious, at which point Zimmerman started following him, causing Martin to fear for his well being, Brown had just committed strong arm robbery. He wasn't merely coming home all innocent. He had just been acting the street thug, assaulting an innocent store clerk and stealing merchandise. He was walking in the middle of the road, hindering traffic, as well (which is what brought Wilson's attention to Brown.)

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I'm amazed at the online commentary regarding the small amount of monetary value of his theft. That is hardly the point. There is video proving the guy was robbing and assaulting people, already in thug mode before his police confrontation, and people want to downplay it because he didn't steal more merchandise? The value of the theft means nothing.

There are bloggers saying that it makes no sense that Brown would taunt Officer Wilson, let alone start a fight with him. All I can tell them is to look at the video at the hubris this huge dude shows, as he wantonly takes what he wants without paying, and then put his hands all over the clerk, pushing him away and menacingly walking toward him as the clerk backs away out of safety concerns.

That is not normal behavior. That is the demeanor of someone headed for a life behind bars. It makes perfect sense to me that he would taunt a cop. He obviously wasn't thinking or operating like virtually everyone else does.

When a cop tells you to stop walking down the middle of the road, you comply. You don't turn and confront the officer, shove him back in his car, punch him in the face and then go for his gun.

How about personal responsibility? In the Trayvon Martin case, I see Zimmerman bringing everything that happened onto himself and Martin. He played cop. He didn't follow directions to just wait for the officer. Trayvon was on the phone with a girlfriend, telling how someone was following him.

I have no problem believing Trayvon ended up jumping on top of Zimmerson for his own safety. Zimmerman was at cause. Without him making judgements about a black guy in a hoodie and following him with a gun, Martin would be alive today. If Brown weren't in thug mode, he'd be alive. He brought everything that happened upon himself.

There are plenty of cases where citizens are victims to thug cops. From everything I can see, this is not one of them, and my bias is to judge cops harshly in these situations, but I have to call 'em like I see 'em.

What Else Would You Expect To Happen?

Of course the cop is going to shoot you if he can, before you get the chance to shoot him with his own gun. Cops kill innocent people and it's despicable every time it happens, but cops kill people who are putting the cops' lives in jeopardy as well. Every case has to be judged by the evidence.

On the one side, there are those people who automatically give cops a free pass for every shooting. On the other side, there are those people who automatically assume every shooting is unjustified and abusive. The reality is in the middle somewhere.

Dubious Timing Of The Announcement

The timing of the release the verdict was odd, to say the least. More riotous activity happens under the cover of night, so logic would dictate to announce it in the morning to, at least, try to stave off negative activity. Was the timing simply another example of bureaucratic ineptitude? Perhaps certain powers actually wanted rioting to take place? If so, why?

Divide and conquer is a tried and true tactic in which the elite have always used to their advantage. 13) If the powers that be can get the masses fighting amongst themselves, they can keep the heat away from the reality that a small elite group controls most of the world and owns most of the wealth, and they use the rest of us as fodder in their wars and battles to control and own more and more.

What Happened To The National Guard?

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Just like in the aftermath of Rodney King, law enforcement seems to have been greatly standing down. The National Guard has been called in for days, standing at the ready, waiting for the decision to be announced, presumably so that they could show their presence on the street to prevent violence from happening, if possible, and to stop it if it turned out impossible to prevent.

There were in the area, ready to show up, but they were never called in. The Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, Peter Kinder, spoke on the conservative radio babe, Dana Loesch's show, telling her that he was shocked that the National Guard was never put on the streets, even when the rioting had started.

He expected the Governor would call upon them as was their reason for being in the area, at the ready, but it never happened. He told Loesch he had no idea what happened, but that the Governor, Jay Nixon needed to answer for it. He could only speculate that the White House may have pressure to Nixon to not have the Guard out, and that Nixon may have let the people down by succumbing to such pressure.

Nixon has responded that neither politics, nor anyone in the Obama administration had nothing to do with it. He says he deployed them on the outskirts of town and in suburbs. The question remains, then, why did Nixon keep them out of the where the action center? What good is having the Guard is you aren't going to have them where the trouble is?

Lots Of Protestors Were Not Thugs Posing As Protestors

Tony Colombo also spoke with Loesch. He works for Missouri radio station FM Newstalk 97.1, (the flagship station of her syndicated, The Dana Show and was on reporting from the streets of Ferguson when the grand jury verdict was announced. He said he was glad to see that most of the protestors initially on the scene were not only peaceful, but they tried to talk people who were started to get violent to stop and think about what they were doing.

When things started getting hectic, Colombo and his cameraman were heading for their vehicle when three thugs approached them and demanded the camera. One of the thugs wrestled the cameraman to the ground. Colombo got into the wrestling match as well, but the culprit managed to get steal and equipment and run away.

Nobody watching what was happening got into the physical fracas, but at least a number of people came up to them after it was over to see if they were alright. Fortunately, they only suffered some bruising and scratches.

How Much Of The Criminal Protesting Is Done By Out-Of-Towners?

There is reason to believe that the criminal element among the protesters are being instigated by out-of-towners who are agitators. They are almost like insurgents. In one report I heard about several weeks back, there had been a lot of arrests one night in question, but only 3 of them were from people who actually lived in the area. It's a shame if the bulk or the violence and arson is being done by non Fergusonites, giving them a bad name.

Police Overreacted Earlier

In earlier reactions to demonstrations weeks ago, there were instances where the police acted entirely inappropriately. They gave a militarized show of force to absolutely peaceful protestors and media.

They fired tear gas at them, as well as flash bang grenades. They lined up rifle shots are the peaceful participants, with displays of red lasers, showing where the bullet holes would form if they only were to pull the trigger. That was absolutely despicable and unacceptable.

People tend to want to see things in black and white (no pun intended), but that's not how the world works. Sometimes the cops are wrong, while other times they are right. It doesn't help matters to always side with the cops. It helps them to have cart blanche in abuse of power.

Fair Is Fair (Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right)

On the other hand, it almost seems as if a lot of people don't care if Officer Wilson didn't do anything they wouldn't have done themselves, if they were in his shoes. They just want to see him convicted because of all the cops who have gotten away with murder. It's kind of like cheering for OJ because he got away with it, because you know from experience how black people are mistreated.

As a white man, I know I can't relate to how life is so different for me, than if my skin were black. I can only imagine. I can tell you, I've seen an inkling of how cops treat me differently when I've driven old beater cars as opposed to when I've driven newer, nice cars. I don't get pulled over nearly as often. That's for sure.

St. Louis County Has A Major Problem With The Court And Law Enforcement System

I recently read on article in the Washington Post (online) How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty. It's truly shocking and horrific. Towns and cities are cashed starved. They get the bulk of their budget from fining their citizens. It's one big trap living there.

The citizens are often quite poor to begin with. They find that they can't pay the fines they get, which include traffic fines, including traffic camera fines, code violations, jay walking, and more. Unpaid fines turn into warrants that turn into jail time that turn into getting fired that turn into crime, poverty, depression, hopelessness and drug abuse like alcoholism. I really urge you to read it. It's a system that makes life hellish.

The situations cited in the article are ridiculous. For instance, a man needed to go to court to pay a fine, but no kids were allowed, so he took them to his car and was arrested for child neglect, even though he had seen someone he knew waiting in the parking lot for someone else who was in court, and the person agreed to keep an eye on the kids.

It really seems like the system there is set up to keep people tied up and in debt and in jail. Add to that, the racism that we white people like to pretend is non existent, now that a black man is in the White House, and there's no reason to wonder why black people are fed up.

If Michael Brown had been the first black person killed or hurt by a white officer, Ferguson would not have been the tinder box it is. I have no doubt in my mind that a lot of cops are racist, especially in Missouri. I also know that it's not good to have mostly white cops patrol almost exclusively black communities.

There are lots of changes that need to be made at the individual and institutional levels. Imprisoning Officer Wilson is not one of them.

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5) Obviously it's not always blacks who are beaten or shot, but it seems like it's disproportionate to the population percentages. We do see white cops beating and killing white people. I don't remember seeing any videos where black cops beat or kill a white person, (or a black person, now that I think about it) but there must be some out there.
12) I'm tired of cops getting away with assault and battery and murder. It's got to stop. As you may imagine, when I first heard the news about the shooting in Ferguson, MO of the 18 year old unarmed citizen by a police officer, I was thinking it was probably another case of somebody dying because some cop was on a power trip. I have seen cops, and for that matter, private security thugs, create all kinds of problems that never would have happened if not for their stupidity and egomaniacal behavior. To me, the odds were great that the Michael Brown killing was another brick in the wall, as Pink Floyd would say. ((In Pink Floyd's, The Wall, the wall is in reference to the metaphorical wall the people build around themselves to isolate and insulate themselves from other people and situations. Every time one learns of innocent people being needlessly killed or hurt, it's easy to add another brick to the wall in hopes of getting to a place of protection from some of the realities of simply being alive.

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