Can we hold the peace?

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri were much more peaceful yesterday, and I think it was because Governor Jay Nixon finally decided to take control of the situation there.  The overmilitarized presence of the police appears to have been a catalyst for the violence instead of being a deterrent.  It’s just my view, but I don’t think the proper response to people angry about someone getting shot dead by police is to show up with tanks and full tactical gear like you’re going into battle.

Gov. Nixon brought in the State Police, led by Capt. Ronald Johnson, who happens to be from the local area.  I think that having someone from the area that knows the area goes a great deal towards defusing the tensions there.  It doesn’t hurt that Capt. Johnson also looks like the majority of the people there.

The St Louis Post-Dispatch had this photo, or one similar, on their front page that looks like it belonged in a war ravaged 3rd World county and not something that you’d expect to see in America.  That’s not to say that it’s not possible.  It’s just not expected.

I’m praying that cooler heads have arrived with Capt. Johnson.  Reading the news from the Post-Dispatch website makes me think that things will get better.  From the New Black Panthers helping control traffic flow in the absence of police officers, to the volunteers cleaning up the area by picking up bottles, tear gas canisters, rubber bullets, and other debris, maybe this is the beginning of calm for the area.  They definitely need it.

It’s not like we have Americans pushing messages to undermine things, such as this and this.  Why would someone think anything’s wrong with a politician who says, “This idea of no racial profiling, I’ve seen the video and it looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single origin, I should say, continental origin, might be the way to phrase that.  I just reject race-based politics, identity politics,”?  Also, who wouldn’t rally behind a civic group whose leader said, “We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug.  He is a hero! We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place. Most cops are cowards and do nothing while 90% of interracial crime is black (and non-white) on white.”?

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10 thoughts on “Can we hold the peace?

  1. So the Klan has taken the side of the shooter and has decided to make the argument a racial one.

    KEWL.

    Why do I say that?

    Because Anonymous, the shadowy hacker group, has taken it upon itself to out the shooter; they’re publishing his photo, name and work/home address/phone numbers all over the web. So for the Klan to get involved means that the Klan and Anonymous are about three steps away from a cage match. And that’s KEWL.

    This, of course, means that any Klan websites that Anonymous can find will soon be hosting the nastiest interracial pr0n you can think of. Maybe with some of that weird cartoon Japanese tentacle stuff too, and probably some drive-by virus attacks thrown in for grins. So when you hear about the Klan-Anonymous throwdown starting, do not go to any Klan websites just to see what the fuss is about. Word to the wise on that.

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      • I sure do hope that the SPLC is smart enough to not go checking up on Klan sites for a couple of weeks. Or else I hope that they’ve got some powerful antivirus software running.

        Man, when it comes to a group of online-game-tested, Mountain Dew-fueled master hackers going up against a passel of barely-literate, race-spooked, trailer-dwelling hickamabobs, I know which side my money’s on.

        And yes, I come from good hillbilly stock, so I’m allowed to say “trailer-dwelling hickamabobs.” Those of you not so ancestrally endowed must instead use the proper term “Hill-Williams” 😀

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  2. I’m sure the change in law enforcement techniques will calm the community for the moment. I think what we have to worry about now are future developments.

    If the prosecutor decides not to charge the officer, I don’t know how he’s going to explain himself successfully. People have at least a little confidence in a trial, where both sides get to make their case. Hardly anyone has much confidence in a press conference. I can see anger exploding again if people feel the police are stonewalling, even if somehow evidence turns up that what the cop did was justified.

    IMO, the official handling of this whole thing has been a PR catastrophe.

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    • PR catastrophe is an apt description. Now, they’ve released video that possibly implicates Brown in a robbery, but the police officer didn’t know he was a suspect. At the same time, it’s hush hush about the shooting.

      I also saw where someone on Twitter posted in real time what they witnessed and referenced that Brown was running from the officer because of the robbery.

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      • So the protesters went to the convenience store where the robbery took place and the looters swooped in to clean the place out. I’m sorry for the store owners; they have been victimized. The largest share of guilt in that belongs, of course, to the looters. But the police own a share. Releasing the robbery tape was despicable. This is about the police. Even if Brown had stolen the cigars, even if the officer HAD stopped him for that, stealing cigars is not a capital crime and the police don’t get to conduct ad hoc executions. It’s their conduct that’s in question, and tarring the kid doesn’t make them look any better. Again, PR catastrophe.

        I hadn’t seen anything about Twitter. I have seen several references to pictures taken by Piaget Crenshaw, which of course have not been released. Neither have the autopsy results. At this point it’s pretty clear they’re digging in to stand behind the shooting.

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        • I’m going to post the tweets from the guy who saw it later on. You can’t fake time stamps and such. There’s a story on the New York Daily News website.

          I don’t think that tape should have been released at this point. They took their time with the officer’s name, and they should have done the same thing with that video.

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    • You and I both know that they’re going to be dumb and think that they have a chance at doing battle with Anonymous. I’d suggest a family sized tub of movie popcorn and the beverage of your choice.

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