The Situation in Ferguson, MO

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  • Sat, Aug 15, 2015 - 03:31am

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    Ferguson effect in Alabama

http://www.policeone.com/Officer-Safety/articles/8703953-Beaten-Ala-cop-says-he-was-afraid-to-use-force

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The police detective who was brutally beaten with his own handgun and had picture of the attack posted on social media by spectators, was afraid to use force of the suspect due to media scrutiny, CNN reported.

The officer, who declined to be named for safety reasons, told CNN he didn’t want to be accused of needlessly killing an unarmed man.

“A lot of officers are being too cautious because of what's going on in the media," the officer said to the news site. "I hesitated because I didn't want to be in the media like I am right now."

Details on the incident have not been fully released, but the department said the suspect was able to grab the officer’s gun and beat him unconscious. A few onlookers took pictures of the officer and posted them on social media  — praising the beating of a cop.

The six-year veteran didn’t shoot the man while he was being assaulted because of the national outcry surrounding police shootings, he said to the publication.

Chief A.C. Roper sees the celebratory reaction to be a symptom of a larger issue.

"As a profession, we have allowed popular culture to draft a narrative which is contrary to the amazing work that so many officers are doing everyday across this nation,” he told the news site.

The officer is “doing much better.” Roper told the website, and reaffirmed the department stands behind him.

http://www.policeone.com/Officer-Safety/articles/8704195-3-challenges-for-police-officers-in-a-post-Ferguson-world/

  • Thu, Aug 20, 2015 - 09:52am

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    St. Louis police shoot, kill armed suspect. Protests erupt.

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2015/08/19/st-louis-police-officers-shoot-kill-suspect/

A man who pointed a gun at police was shot and killed by officers in north St. Louis, according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.

Officers were executing a search warrant at a home near Walton and Page, Dotson said at a news conference, when two armed men ran out of the back door of the home.

One pointed a gun at police officers, the chief said.

It appears two officers fired a total of four shots – one fired one shot, the other fired three shots, Dotson said.

Both officers, who are white, were unharmed, according to a police report.

One suspect was hit, continued running, collapsed, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect was a black male in his early 20s, and he had a gun reported stolen from Rolla, Mo.

The other suspect is still at large.

Others in the house were taken into custody without incident. The house is identified as one that has had search warrants served in the past…

The shooting that left a black suspect dead drew protests, with many of the roughly 150 people who gathered at the scene hurling obscene gestures and expletives at investigators and questioning the police use of deadly force. Some chanted “Black Lives Matter,” a mantra used a year ago after the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.

“Another youth down by the hands of police,” Dex Dockett, 42, who lives nearby, told a reporter. “What could have been done different to de-escalate rather than escalate? They (police) come in with an us-against-them mentality. You’ve got to have the right kind of cops to engage in these types of neighborhoods.”

Another neighborhood resident, Fred Price, skeptical about Dotson’s account that the suspect pointed a gun at officers before being mortally wounded.

“They provoked the situation,” Price, 33, said. “Situations like this make us want to keep the police out of the neighborhood. They’re shooting first, then asking questions.”

  • Thu, Aug 20, 2015 - 10:30pm

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    CNN reporting from St. Louis

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/19/us/st-louis-police-shooting/index.html

Police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators and made nine arrests Wednesday night in north St. Louis as protests continued over an officer-involved fatal shooting of a young African-American man earlier in the day.

Police said Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, pointed a gun at them before officers opened fire.

Relations have been tense between police and some residents in St. Louis for some time now. And protesters did not appear ready to give police the benefit of a doubt a year after Michael Brown, a black teenager, was shot and killed by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis…

Police Chief Sam Dotson said some protesters on Wednesday threw bricks and bottles at officers, and eventually police tear gas filled the air.

Dotson also said a car was set on fire and some businesses were burglarized. At night, blazes were reported at houses in the neighborhood.

    Police maintained an increased presence at the intersection of Walton and Page, the site of the protests, throughout the night, Dotson said…

    Abandoned, boarded up homes line many streets in north St. Louis, where the shooting occurred.

    The crime rate is high there, Dotson said. In recent days, a business near the site of the shooting took gunfire, and someone was murdered blocks away.

    On Sunday, a 93-year-old Tuskagee Airman who lost his way pulled over in the neighborhood to call his daughter and was robbed. When he asked passersby for help, he was carjacked…

     

     
    • Sat, Aug 22, 2015 - 08:06pm

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      A black woman speaks on Ferguson, St. Louis, BLM

    Watch out for a little "adult language."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=55&v=dG7mZQvaQDk

    • Tue, Aug 25, 2015 - 09:16pm

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      St. Louis police arrest two, suspecting they are Oath Keepers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=327hdXJIP7g

    WTF?!

    • Sat, Aug 29, 2015 - 01:58pm

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      Farakhan may have his 1st of 10,000 (in Houston)

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/28/us/texas-sheriffs-deputy-shot-gas-station/index.html

    "Dark complexioned" man in custody in cold-blooded assassination from behind of white Houston deputy sheriff.

    Farakhan may have his 1st of 10,000 warriors.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-04/louis-farrakhan-urges-black-community-rise-and-kill-those-who-kill-us

    While the US has had its share of deadly social violence over the past year, much of split along along racial lines, it has mercifully avoided a full-blown racial war. However, in recent weeks there has been a troubling increase in invocations toward even more violence, and even more deaths, which seek to achieve just that: a United States gripped in racial warfare. 

    The latest such call for violence was caught on tape just a few days ago, when on July 30 during a speech delivered at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Miami, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for black Americans to "rise up" and "kill those who kill us" if the federal government fails to "intercede in our affairs."

    Follows an excerpt from his troubling sermon:

     

     

    I am looking for 10,000 in the midst of the millions, 10,000 fearless men who say death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny.  

     

    Death is sweeter than to continue to live and bury our children while the white folks give the killer hamburgers. 

     

    Death is sweeter than watching us slaughter each other to the joy of a 400-year old enemy. 

     

    The Koran teaches persecution is worse than slaughter. Then it says, retaliation is prescribed in matters of the slain. 

     

    Retaliation is a prescription from God to calm the breaths of those whose children have been slain. So if the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us. Stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling."

    • Sat, Aug 29, 2015 - 05:30pm

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      Farrakhan

    Two questions leapt to mind while reading that.

    1.  Is such a call for murder not illegal?

    2.  Why would a Baptist church invite a Muslim extremist to address their congregation?

    • Sat, Aug 29, 2015 - 07:40pm

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      No, the first wasn’t in Houston

    I might say that the first was in Roanoke, but that isn’t true either.
    The first was in the mountains of Ararat:

    3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
    He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

    • Mon, Aug 31, 2015 - 03:45pm

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      Amazing contrasts in free speech

    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/08/30/black-lives-matter-chant-called-disgusting-by-police-leader/

    But along the way, protesters broke into a pointed refrain that has St. Paul police officers upset.

    Marchers chanted in unison, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.”

    What officers and many others find offensive is also protected free speech.  But in this particular case what is ironic is that those voicing the chant were also being protected by very officers targeted.

    http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6770

    Multiple professors at Washington State University have explicitly told students their grades will suffer if they use terms such as “illegal alien,” "male," and “female,” or if they fail to “defer” to non-white students.

    According to the syllabus for Selena Lester Breikss’ “Women & Popular Culture” class, students risk a failing grade if they use any common descriptors that Breikss considers “oppressive and hateful language.”

    "Students will come to recognize how white privilege functions in everyday social structures and institutions.”    

     

    The punishment for repeatedly using the banned words, Breikss warns, includes “but [is] not limited to removal from the class without attendance or participation points, failure of the assignment, and— in extreme cases— failure for the semester.”

    Breikss is not the only WSU faculty member implementing such policies.

    Much like in Selena Breikss’s classroom, students taking Professor Rebecca Fowler’s “Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies” course will see their grades suffer if they use the term “illegal alien” in their assigned writing.

    According to her syllabus, students will lose one point every time they use the words “illegal alien” or “illegals” rather than the preferred terms of “‘undocumented’ migrants/immigrants/persons.” Throughout the course, Fowler says, students will “come to recognize how white privilege functions in everyday social structures and institutions.”

    In an email to Campus Reform, Fowler complained that “the term ‘illegal alien’ has permeated dominant discourses that circulate in the news to the extent that our society has come to associate ALL unauthorized border crossings with those immigrants originating from countries south of our border (and not with Asian immigrants, for example, many of whom are also in the country without legal documents and make up a considerable portion of undocumented immigrants living in the country).”

    “The socio-legal production of migrant illegality works to systematically dehumanize and exploit these brown bodies for their labor,” Fowler continued.

    White students in Professor John Streamas’s “Introduction to Multicultural Literature” class, are expected to “defer” to non-white students, among other community guidelines, if they want “to do well in this class.”

    • Tue, Sep 01, 2015 - 03:57pm

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      Murder rate rising sharply in large cities

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/01/us/murder-rates-rising-sharply-in-many-us-cities.html?_r=0

    MILWAUKEE — Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few places have witnessed a shift as precipitous as this city. With the summer not yet over, 104 people have been killed this year — after 86 homicides in all of 2014.

    More than 30 other cities have also reported increases in violence from a year ago. In New Orleans, 120 people had been killed by late August, compared with 98 during the same period a year earlier. In Baltimore, homicides had hit 215, up from 138 at the same point in 2014. In Washington, the toll was 105, compared with 73 people a year ago. And in St. Louis, 136 people had been killed this year, a 60 percent rise from the 85 murders the city had by the same time last year.

    Law enforcement experts say disparate factors are at play in different cities, though no one is claiming to know for sure why murder rates are climbing. Some officials say intense national scrutiny of the use of force by the police has made officers less aggressive and emboldened criminals, though many experts dispute that theory

     

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