The Ferguson Protesters Have It Right, It’s Time To Riot

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The decision not to indict Darren Wilson with the murder of unarmed African American teen Michael Brown has sent ripples of horror across the country, and across the world. As the grim realization dawns that it is now effectively legal to kill unarmed African Americans in the US, the Ferguson protesters are right…It’s time to riot.

004 rushThroughout this case, every stereotype about black men has been thrown forward by Wilson’s colleagues and supporters to excuse what amounts to a public summary execution.

They began by saying that Brown had viciously assaulted Wilson and the officer shot in the midst of a struggle in self defense.

Here are the images of Wilson taken directly after the incident, do these look like injuries reflective of a life or death struggle to you?

In the wake of the shooting, the chief of police said the “entire scene” was just 35 feet in distance from the “car door to the shooting,”

We later found that Brown was shot a full 148 feet away from the SUV in which he was alleged to have assaulted Wilson.  This is critical; If Mike Brown fled over 148 feet away from Darren Wilson, it clearly suggests that it was Brown—unarmed, shot, missing a shoe – that feared for his life and not the other way around.  Furthermore, police are known to use a suspect’s fleeing distance from an altercation as evidence to prove they were reasonably afraid for their safety—which is required by law.

Despite this, the Grand Jury failed to indict Darren Wilson.

To put in perspective just how rare it is for a Grand Jury to take such an action:

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.

It is almost unheard of for a Grand Jury to block a case in this way.

So what did the jury hear?

Here is Wilson’s testimony in full.  In it, 6ft 4″, 15 stone, armed police officer Darren Wilson describes his encounter with unarmed, comparitively sized, unarmed, 18-year-old civilian Brown like this:

“And when I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan,”

“That’s just how big he felt and how small I felt just from grasping his arm.”

He fired his gun, and saw blood during this altercation. From this point on, we know Brown was only ever fleeing for his life.  How did Wilson describe a wounded, scared, fleeing teen?

“had the most intense aggressive face. The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked.”

The testimony reads like a textbook from “White Fright 101” – terrifyingly powerful, huge, scary black man alert!  The same boogeyman stories that allowed:

  • George Zimmerman to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin, a 15-year old boy on his way home from the store with a can of pop and some skittles in his hands – and get away with it on the grounds of self defense.
  • The fatal shooting of Tamar Rice, a 12-year old boy playing with a toy gun.
  • 22-year-old Darrien Hunt to be shot 6 times in the back and killed for carrying a toy sword from a Comicon event he had attended.

On top of this, Michael Brown was only one of five African American men shot and killed by police officers in August 2014, all of them were unarmed.

The message is clear: the US justice system does not apply justice for African Americans.

  • In parts of the country, African Americans are 74% more likely to be stopped and searched by police than whites.
  • Almost 90% of cases never go to trial and rely on plea bargains.  A 1990 study of about 1,000 cases by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found that whites did better in plea bargains.
  • Blacks are more likely to be convicted of a crime than white defendants, and once convicted routinely receive tougher sentences.

Whether as plaintiff or defendant, African Americans are royally screwed over by the law enforcement and justice systems of the US.

As one might expect when such a case of injustice is meted out on a community, African Americans and their allies across Ferguson and the wider country have hit the streets in riotous protest. It’s loud, it’s scary, damage will be done to property. St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said such ‘violence’ had “torn the fabric of the community apart”.

Obvious question: if burning some bins tears the fabric of a community apart, what do you think a cop assassinating a son of the community and getting away with it does?

What do these people expect the community to do when, time and again, their sons and daughters are murdered with impunity? Sing Kumbaya?

Equally nauseating are those quoting Martin Luther-King and Gandhi at the people driven to riot in the streets at this injustice, who really need to check their history.

In Martin Luther-King’s own words:

“A riot is the language of the unheard”

Every movement that has achieved anything throughout history had the charismatic, calm face…but also an ‘or else’. Every movement needs a credible, reliable, rational negotiator – and an unpredictable, intimidating ally; a Jekyll and Hyde.  Martin Luther-King had Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. Gandhi had Jinnah. Their every negotiation had the leverage of ‘You really want to keep negotiating this with me, or, you’ll be left to deal with them’.

But in pretty much every case, History (that history mostly written by those within the existing power structure) tends to write-out the parts played by the ‘or else’ contingent. They are white-washed from the narrative.  Complex, unclean, hard-won battles become romanticized and simplified beyond all recognition.

We like our victims perfect, pacifist, poetic – not angry, urgent and ‘uppity’. We want to see candles and roses, not fire bombs and riots. The reality is, when facing an intransigent power structure that routinely kills with impunity – you’re going to need more than placards and samba drums.

The price of inequality and injustice is instability. The riots, flat-out disobedience, is the only leverage that these groups have with which to play.  White, Right America should be afraid, it should be uncomfortable and it should not get a moments peace while it refuses the same privileges to non-white America.

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26 thoughts on “The Ferguson Protesters Have It Right, It’s Time To Riot

  1. Pittsburgh man writes police chief after witnessing police brutality and seeing immediate coverup: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/27/1367284/-Pittsburgh-man-writes-police-chief-after-witnessing-police-brutality-sees-immediate-coverup?detail=email

    ‘…Today, I saw something which horrified me. I work downtown at First and Market. I was leaving with a friend of mine to get coffee when we saw and heard sirens. Suddenly, a young black man who I now know as Devon Davis ran within yards of us, being chased by police officers with guns drawn. He was almost immediately tackled by between 6 and 12 officers. A whole swarm, I didn’t count.

    But then, as he lay pinned to the ground, the officers began beating him viciously with batons while yelling to ‘stop resisting.’ He wasn’t resisting, and he kept saying ‘I’m not doing anything.’ They beat him for a long time and when they were done, he was laying in a pool of his own blood with what news reports say is a broken leg. I was only 30 yards away. The had to carry him to the police van.

    The official statement from the office of Public Safety is quoted in the Post Gazette and Trib Live says that “they found him severely injured in a pool of blood”………’

    The police brutality continues unabated.
    And ‘our’ UK Police Federation has voted for all frontline uniformed officers to be offered a Taser to provide protection from terrorists.
    Just like with Hitler’s ‘Reichstag Fire’ scam, every ‘Terrorist attack’ (cui bono?) leads to calls for more clampdowns, more money and more lethal or potentially lethal weaponry…
    Don’t believe the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ ‘narrative’; do a bit of searching!!!

  2. Hardly ‘Thugs’, nor even ‘Ne’er do wells’: ‘Millions March’ rallies roll through US demanding justice for police violence victims: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odghpS7yAw8&feature=em-uploademail

    If you’re media won’t give you the truth, check the opposition. And as ‘our’ MSM is accepted by most of us (activists) to be blatant liars, as well as not reporting essential info, I reckon it might not be a bad move to follow RT, Press TV and whatever alternative media there is out there, because our Corporation owned (or controlled) MSM tells us big time Porkies (would that it was as harmless as that).

    • Yeah, I really trust Russia Today. Funded by the government of a country that has just closed down it’s last remaining independent TV channel. You *really* think they’re giving you an objective point of view?!?!

      • They give me an often far more likely side of the discussion. Having the opposition side of the argument I have a better chance of coming to a balanced opinion. What I KNOW for a fact is our MSM lie and ignore the truth.
        Watch the following 13 minute clip: Whistleblower Dr Udo Ulfkotte, journalist on RT:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm4OUcfiM-8
        So carry on drinking the ‘Koolaid’ if you like, but don’t expect the truth.
        Also, search ‘Operation Mockingbird’.

      • all relative, but certainly more so than anything in the UK…..’cept for the column which has also been forced to close down it’s ‘TV’ output…

  3. ‘Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are. There’s only one fix.’
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/06/i-was-a-st-louis-cop-my-peers-were-racist-and-violent-and-theres-only-one-fix/

    ‘As a kid, I got used to being stopped by the police. I grew up in an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis. It was the kind of place where officers routinely roughed up my friends and family for no good reason.

    I hated the way cops treated me.

    But I knew police weren’t all bad. One of my father’s closest friends was a cop. He became a mentor to me and encouraged me to join the force. He told me that I could use the police’s power and resources to help my community.

    So in 1994, I joined the St. Louis Police Department. I quickly realized how naive I’d been. I was floored by the dysfunctional culture I encountered.

    I won’t say all, but many of my peers were deeply racist.

    One example: A couple of officers ran a Web site called St. Louis Coptalk, where officers could post about their experience and opinions. At some point during my career, it became so full of racist rants that the site administrator temporarily shut it down. Cops routinely called anyone of color a “thug,” whether they were the victim or just a bystander.

    This attitude corrodes the way policing is done….’

    I recommend people to read the whole article, which shows the writer as a very sincere and honest guy, who joined the police force to try to make things better. After five years, he gave up in disgust, and left.

    • There was another notable….made the news, was it last year or year before now? struggle with names…but Chris Dormer or similar? um, what happened there….

    • To reiterate a point I made below, the Grand Jury was fed lying and misleading information: ‘“Shocking Mistake” Exposed in Darren Wilson Grand Jury –
      By Cassandra Rules on November 28, 2014:
      http://thefreethoughtproject.com/shocking-mistake-prosecutorial-misconduct-mike-brown-case/
      ‘..Grand Jury November 21, 2014
      “Previously in the very beginning of this process I printed out a statute for you that was, the statute in Missouri for the use of force to affect an arrest. So if you all want to get those out. What we have discovered and we have been going along with this, doing our research, is that the statute in the state of Missouri does not comply with the case law. This doesn’t sound probably unfamiliar with you that the law is codified in the written form in the books and they’re called statutes, but courts interpret those statutes.
      And so the statute for the use of force to affect an arrest in the state of Missouri does not comply with Missouri supreme, I’m sorry, United States supreme court cases.
      So the statue I gave you, if you want to fold that in half just so that you know don’t necessarily rely on that because there is a portion of that that doesn’t comply with the law.”

      At this point Alizadeh handed the jurors a new explanation of the laws on deadly force.

      “That does correctly state what the law is on when an officer can use force and when he can use Deadly Force in affecting an arrest, okay. I don’t want you to get confused and don’t rely on that copy or that print-out of the statute that I’ve given you a long time ago.
      It is not entirely incorrect or inaccurate, but there is something in it that’s not correct, ignore it totally” Alizadeh stated.

      Confused, presumably by the lack of explanation, one juror asked if Federal court overrides Missouri statutes. Her reply? “As far as you need to know, just don’t worry about that.”
      I am not a supporter of the rioting, but I am dead against the culture of impunity in the police, with their killing people, particularly people of colour.

  4. Yet another blatant case of US cops getting off with cold-blooded murder:
    Police Officer Who Killed Eric Garner in Illegal Chokehold Not Indicted:
    http://www.care2.com/causes/police-officer-who-killed-eric-garner-in-illegal-chokehold-not-indicted.html

    ‘New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo will not be indicted in the death of Eric Garner, who died last year after Pantaleo placed him in an illegal chokehold while attempting an arrest in July 2014. Pantaleo was not indicted by a grand jury comprised of 14 Caucasian and nine people of color, despite his illegal maneuver being caught on video. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, that noted the cause of death as “compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police,” according to CNN.

    Pantaleo was white. Garner was black.

    Garner, a father of six, was being apprehended by police for allegedly selling unlicensed “loose” cigarettes when Pantaleo performed the hold that would lead to his death. The incident was caught of video and released, resulting in massive public outcry.

    “The video showed Garner, 43, prone on the ground repeatedly saying ‘I can’t breathe; as officers restrained him, sometimes pressing his head on to the sidewalk,” reports Newsday. ”The images sparked outrage and prompted NYPD Commissioner William Bratton to announce that all officers would undergo special training for handling physical confrontations.”….’

    Murdered for the admittedly dastardly ‘crime’ of selling ‘unlicensed’ loose cigarettes!!

  5. @The Truth Hurts – ‘It’s shameful that this would happen in the so called democracy of the USA.’ Operative words, ‘so called Democracy’. But like the US, the UK, another ‘so called Democracy’, has the same abysmal record of cops killing people and getting away with it.
    And how about this? ‘
    “Shocking Mistake” Exposed in Darren Wilson Grand Jury –
    By Cassandra Rules on November 28, 2014:
    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/shocking-mistake-prosecutorial-misconduct-mike-brown-case/
    ‘..Grand Jury November 21, 2014
    “Previously in the very beginning of this process I printed out a statute for you that was, the statute in Missouri for the use of force to affect an arrest. So if you all want to get those out. What we have discovered and we have been going along with this, doing our research, is that the statute in the state of Missouri does not comply with the case law. This doesn’t sound probably unfamiliar with you that the law is codified in the written form in the books and they’re called statutes, but courts interpret those statutes.
    And so the statute for the use of force to affect an arrest in the state of Missouri does not comply with Missouri supreme, I’m sorry, United States supreme court cases.
    So the statue I gave you, if you want to fold that in half just so that you know don’t necessarily rely on that because there is a portion of that that doesn’t comply with the law.”

    At this point Alizadeh handed the jurors a new explanation of the laws on deadly force.

    “That does correctly state what the law is on when an officer can use force and when he can use Deadly Force in affecting an arrest, okay. I don’t want you to get confused and don’t rely on that copy or that print-out of the statute that I’ve given you a long time ago.
    It is not entirely incorrect or inaccurate, but there is something in it that’s not correct, ignore it totally” Alizadeh stated.

    Confused, presumably by the lack of explanation, one juror asked if Federal court overrides Missouri statutes. Her reply? “As far as you need to know, just don’t worry about that.”

    You couldn’t make it up…

    • yeah, you couldn’t make it up….

      but you need to be wary of that Cassandra though (and her gang)….had my own run ins with here. at best she’s bit of an idiot who’s heart is generally in the right place…..at worse she is a controlled stooge….

      big thing in america and here and pretty much everywhere now is to label their victims as ‘mentally ill’….one of many i been campaigning on. First off it’s totally absurd….there is no such thing, it can’t be ‘proved’….which is why they use it so much…in the good old days they wd just plant some drugs on you. In the UK the crazy population has been growing at 40% per annum every single year for well over a decade now….so where are all the political dissidents in this country? Obviously only a total moron would actually believe the propaganda on that….if you do try asking them….what is causing all these people to suddenly turn ‘crazy’? is the CIA still going around putting LSD in people’s bread…? ( well, they perhaps are but technology has moved on a lot since then….but that really wd be off on a tangent!)

      The big thing that is being undereported in the US at the moment is to put all these ‘people’ that have been labelled in to big blocks all together…they call it sheltered housing….where they are all drugged, under constant surveillance and abused in many other ways. They call it ‘sheltered housing’ but obviously that is a prison/ concentration camp….

      Cassandra and her gang not only approve of this but actively pushing the agenda.

      Of course you try and enter into debate with them on the reality of the subject their response is to simply ban you, censor comments and the only people who are ‘allowed’ to contact other people through her site are those that agree with her agenda. Slightly hypocritical to say the least…it is fascism. Of course this is common practice on all newspaper sites, forums and blogs….including this one. So probably further waste of my time in typing all that out again…

      But it really i all part of the control agenda though….if you can’t see it…..there is a very small % of the population that can actually a) be bothered to care, b) actually spend some time reading, commenting…or god forbid put something on a placard and start waving it about in the street- knowing full well what the pigyobs are going to do to you…by only ‘allowing’ 95% of that very small % only to communicated in ‘allowed/ approved’ ways the 5% that actually can see/ know what is really going on can’t tell anybody….hence controlled opposition in one of it’s many forms.

      & it’s not as if it’s an opinion….it’s simple facts….the full implications of which isn’t immediately obvious to people who believe ‘oh they really do all these things for our own good’….despite all the evidence to the contrary!

      I also call a spade a spade.

      sorry to go on a bit but that woman really managed to wind me up, which isn’t easy to do to someone who is going through what i been going through these 15 years.

  6. “The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win, and their participants know it. Hence riots are not revolutionary but reactionary because they invite defeat. They offer an emotional catharsis, but they must be followed by a sense of futility. Civil disobedience in its mass application has the prospect of success. It is militant and defiant, but not destructive.”
    Martin Luther King

  7. It’s never right to commit violence and destruction on the property and people of possible innocence. If the people that turn out on the streets to commit violence in the name of justice are what we are to expect…then society is in a truly sorry state. There are always other ways. The rioters I saw on the news did not look angry they looked like they were enjoying themselves…while the real protesters stayed away out of fear!

    • er, yes it is…another blinking wind up merchant at best. can the author of this blog track the IP address though…? even the incompetent monkees have figured out how to mask that by now….but still a reasonable chance you can track it back to langley, or similar….they have a whole floor of trolls employed to do just that….common knowledge for years….nothing changes without actually DOING something….there is no other option left.

  8. There are two sides to this story. The policeman acted in self defence while trying to arrest a thief. The grand jury had no option but to acquit the policeman. (That is the version I read). You cannot bend the law to appease the masses. The result is mob rule, the rioters in Ferguson are mainly looters and arsonists. Law breakers. It is unfortunate for the lad who got shot, but you shouldn’t try to rob stores

    • Looks like you need to read more.
      Even if Brown did rob that store and did assault a police officer (which I doubt) you still can’t justify him being shot dead in the street like that.

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  10. It’s shameful that this would happen in the so called democracy of the USA.

    To target the innocent is nothing new, but what’s so nauseating is how certain groups of people are getting away with murder not just taking a life but destroying all those linked to that person.

    Where’s the justice?
    Have some self respect if not for other races.

    May God give patience to the young man’s family and may true justice prevail.

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