Tag Archive: Ferguson


Some Police Revenue Streams Are More Outrageous Than Others

 

 

 

 

 

” There has been a lot of news out of Ferguson lately.

  You had the release of the Justice Department report that, while clearing officer Wilson and debunking “Hands up don’t shoot,” hit the police department for racial practices which led to protests, resignations, the shooting of two police officers and, last  weekend, the arrest of Jeffrey Williams, the shooter.

  But in all the news coverage, protests, and resulting spin, there is one aspect of this story that, for several reasons, is worthy of a lot more attention before it’s forgotten:  the outrageous use of policing as a city revenue stream.

 

   From the report:

  The City’s emphasis on revenue generation has a profound effect on FPD’s approach to law enforcement.  Patrol assignment an schedules are geared toward aggressive enforcement of Ferguson’s municipal code, with insufficient thought given to whether enforcement strategies promote public safety or unnecessarily undermine community trust and cooperation.

 

  This practice sets up a perverse reward system if you are a cop, the report explained:

  Officer evaluations and promotions depend to an inordinate degree on “productivity” meaning the number of citations issued.

 

  And the courts aren’t helping either:

  The municipal court does not act as a neutral arbiter of the law or a check on unlawful police conduct.  Instead the court primarily uses its judicial authority as the means to compel the payment of fines and fees that advance the City’s financial interests.

 

  This is not a new issue to some. Rand Paul,for example, has talked about it for a while, most recently at Bowe state university in Maryland: “

 

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Sheriff David Clarke Blasts Obama, Holder, And Sharpton Over Handling Of Ferguson Situation And Poverty

 

 

 

 

 

” David Clarke, a sheriff in Milwaukee County, joined Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File to speak about Attorney General Eric Holder, President Obama, and Al Sharpton.

  The sheriff began by unleashing on Holder for his statements when he threw police officers “under the bus,” suggesting they patrol just looking to kill black people. 

“He claims he wants justice for all, but apparently he doesn’t want justice for police officers,” Clarke said.

  Then the sheriff laid into Obama for his most recent White House meeting, which Clarke classified as a “Kabuki theater.” Had he attended the meeting, the sheriff said he would have asked the president why, if he was so concerned about the anger and unrest in the black community, he did not take an action that would actually work? “

 

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Exclusive Interview: Oath Keepers Surrounded By 50 Police Told To Stop Defending Building In Ferguson From Fires

 

 

 

” Ben Swann traveled to Ferguson and sat down with Sam Andrews, the head of the Ferguson Oath Keeper operation about what the group is doing, how police have responded to them, and why 50 armed police officers surrounded a building where the Oath Keepers were protecting businesses and told them to either leave the buildings rooftop or they would be arrested. “

Ben Swann has the story

    Not content to let the police prevent them from exercising their Constitutional right to self-defense , business owners and the Oath Keepers have retained counsel who fired off a letter to the Chief of Police in St Louis . Below is a copy of the letter:

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In Defense Of ‘Antigovernment Militias’

 

 

 

 

” Why do you “need” an AR-15? Well:

  When Sam Andrews awoke on Tuesday morning, he found his wife watching a television interview with a woman whose bakery had been vandalized during the violent unrest here on Monday.

“ She said, ‘You’ve got to go help her,’ ” Mr. Andrews said in an interview on Saturday morning.

  And so Mr. Andrews, a former Defense Department contractor who is now a weapons engineer in the St. Louis area, set to work. Under the auspices of a national group called the Oath Keepers, Mr. Andrews accelerated plans to recruit and organize private security details for businesses in Ferguson, which are receiving the services for free. The volunteers, who are sometimes described as a citizen militia — but do not call themselves that — have taken up armed positions on rooftops here on recent nights.

Four Members Of Congress Put Their Hands Up In Solidarity With Ferguson Protesters, None Voted To Limit Police Militarization

 

 

 

 

 

” Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. Protests over the shooting yielded a militarized response from police. Renewed protests continued in October and again after a grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown. The Brown shooting may have been a flash point for civil rights protesters. It’s also provided an opportunity for politicians to attach themselves to the highly publicized incident and score political points for themselves.

  Yesterday, for example, four members of Congress raised their hands on the House Floor to “show solidarity with the protesters” in Ferguson. Those four are Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), and Al Green (D-Tex.). All four voted AGAINST an amendment in June that would’ve limited the transfer of military equipment from the Department of Defense to local police agencies.”

 

 

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Black Residents Armed With Assault Rifles Stand Guard Outside White-Owned Business During Ferguson Riots

 

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” A group of black Ferguson residents armed with high-powered rifles stood outside a white-owned business in the city during recent riots, protecting it from rioters that looted and burned other businesses. 

  After a grand jury returned no indictment against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown, protesters took to the streets and the demonstrations quickly turned into rioting. Several buildings were set ablaze, but a group of heavily armed black men stood outside a Conoco gas station.

  One of the residents, a 6-foot-8 man named Derrick Johnson, held an AR-15 assault rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near that store’s entrance. Three other black Ferguson residents joined Johnson in front of the store, each of them armed with pistols.

  In a city torn apart by racial tensions, the fact that black residents took up arms to defend a white-owned store made headlines.

  The men said they felt indebted to the store’s owner, Doug Merello, who employed them over the course of several years.”

 

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“Burn This Bitch Down!”: Mike Brown’s Stepdad Incites A Riot

 

 

Published on Nov 25, 2014

” Compilation of video from CNN, New York Times, and Adrian Hubbard covering speech of Louis Head to a crowd in Ferguson, Mo., on the evening of Nov. 24, 2014.

  UPDATE (11:55 p.m.) — The citizen journalist who recorded and uploaded the third video (seen shaking hands with Head at 4:05) is not identified in the video, but turns out to be Adrian Hubbard. His Facebook posting of the video (made Nov. 24, 11:37 p.m.; 9,300 comments so far) is here:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=… “

 

 

    With a pants-down , riot-inciting hoodlum step-father like Louis Head it’s small wonder Michael Brown was engaged in the thug life .

   Confronted about the incendiary performance by her husband on the Today Show , Brown’s mother , Lesley McSpadden excused his diatribe and blamed the democratic governor:

 

” “That he was just emotional,” McSpadden said. “I don’t feel that he stirred the crowd. The crowd was already stirred. It’s been stirring since Aug. 9.”

  Instead, she blamed Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. “I hold — I wouldn’t hold him accountable for that. That comes from a higher power, elected official and it’s called the governor… They stirred the pot. “

 

 

 

In The Immortal Words Of MLK

 

 

 

    Dr King would be so proud as the enthralled crowd proceeded to take Mr Head’s demands to heart , took to the streets and proceeded to burn their friend’s and neighbor’s businesses to the ground …

 

    Click on the map below to use the interactive feature that lists the incidents of arson , looting and violence that took place after Mr Head’s shameful performance .

 

 

Ferguson Interactive Map To Violence

 

 

   But always remember , in this day and age , it is always somebody else’s fault . The parents couldn’t have anything to do with the behavior of their son now could they , and how ignorant must one be to take out your frustrations and anger on your innocent , perhaps even sympathetic neighbors , by destroying their livelihoods ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front Line Ferguson Mike Brown Supporters Burnt The Town To The Ground

Published on Nov 25, 2014

” The Protests turned violent and quickly became an orgy of insanity, the militarized police and violent protesters made life in Ferguson a very dangerous place. “

In The Immortal Words Of MLK

    The lone woman can be seen defending her store (Papa John’s) from about the 1:10 mark , while the rest of the video is well worth the viewing as an example of the thuggish , criminal behavior on display in the pursuit of “justice” .

HT/100% Fed Up

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Published on Nov 22, 2014

” Even with the increased security in the St. Louis area several men dressed in khaki boots and pants stood out from the crowd.

  We can’t say for sure what the men have planned but we’ve previously seen groups wearing similar garb outside of events such as the Boston Bombing and Waco.

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Two FBI Agents Shot At House Near Ferguson Unrest

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Two FBI agents were shot and wounded at a house in north St. Louis County early on Wednesday, though the incident was “not directly related” to racially charged unrest in and around nearby Ferguson, an agency spokeswoman said.

One agent was shot in the shoulder and the other was shot in the leg while assisting local police in executing an arrest warrant, FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu said in a brief statement. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

“The incident is not directly related to the Ferguson protests,” Wu said, but did not elaborate further. “

 

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Anonymous Sits Down With KKK Leader Frank Ancona

 

 

 

Published on Nov 24, 2014

” Alex Poucher, a heavily involved member of Anonymous, sat down with Frank Ancona, Imperial Wizard of the Traditional American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan this Sunday. The two groups- Anonymous and the KKK- have had a feud over the last month regarding how to respond to action in Ferguson. Following the release of a controversial flyer by the KKK, Anonymous members took over the KKK’s national Twitter account. While Mr Poucher and Mr Ancona did not discuss the hacking situation, they sat down and spoke to better understand each-other and mitigate some of the tension between both groups.

The conversation lasted about 20 minutes, but News2share is currently releasing these highlights as a representation of their exchange.

Filmed by Trey Yingst
Edited by Ford Fischer
Special Thanks to Alejandro Alvarez and Laura Thompson for Outreach

For more, go to http://News2share.com “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee Fired After Posting Pictures Of DHS Vehicles Parked In Hotel Parking Lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

” What happens in public isn’t afforded an expectation of privacy — unless you’re the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS is all about shutting down people taking photos in, around or of public structures. According to the many piles of useless paperwork compiled by the many useless Fusion Centers, the most effective terrorist weapon is any device that captures still images or video.

  The nation is loaded with phone-wielding terrorists. But thanks to the swift corrective action applied by a former Secret Service agent and the multi-billion dollar agency, guests at the Drury Park Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield, Missouri, are safe from the terrorist activity of 28-year-old US Navy veteran (and now, former hotel Houseman) Mark Paffrath.

  Mark says that on Thursday after work he snapped 2 photographs and a short video of several dozen Homeland Security vehicles in the parking garage. He then uploaded them to his Facebook page. In his post he writes “why are all the cop cars here…I wonder if it has anything to do with Ferguson”, he also included the hashtags #Ferguson #NoJusticeNoPeace.

Hooray for the First Amendment! … oh, wait.

  On Friday, shortly after arriving to work at the Drury Plaza Hotel, Mark stated that he was called to the office of Jeff Baker, the General Manager. Upon arriving Mr. Baker advised Mark that he needed to remove the photos and video from Facebook. Mark immediately complied and removed the post. Mark then continued and finished his shift.

  A private company decides to insert itself into a situation where no one — not even the DHS — needed to step in. Having achieved its goal of suppression, one would think the story ends here. But it doesn’t.”

 

TechDirt has the scoop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FBI Nabs Two Aspiring Ferguson Protesters With Guns, Explosives

 

 

 

 

 

 

” When I first heard about this story on Twitter and mentioned it, I was immediately shouted down by some left side tweeters who claimed that this was a “set-up” or a “mistake” or a report which had been “debunked” already. However, I’ve yet to find a single, reputable news outlet which is backing down on it, including not only NBC News and Reuters, but Talking Points Memo. (And if anyone was going to pull the plug, it would have been the latter.)

  What are we discussing? The FBI has nabbed two individuals heading for Ferguson who were allegedly engaged in straw purchases of guns, as well as explosives.

  Federal law enforcement officials say two men arrested Friday, now held on gun charges, are suspected of trying to acquire pipe bombs with the intent of using them during protests in Ferguson, Missouri…

  Court documents say the two men, Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Davis, were arrested after they made false statements while trying to buy two pistols at a sporting goods store in Hazelwood, Missouri. They currently face only the firearms charges, though officials say other charges are pending.

The story gets even more convoluted. “

 

Read the rest at Hot Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anonymous Seizes Ku Klux Klan Twitter Account Over Ferguson Threats

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Two Twitter accounts belonging to American racial segregation org Ku Klux Klan, @KuKluxKlanUSA and @YourKKKCentral, have been seized by Anonymous as part of the hacker-activist entity’s new campaign, #OpKKK.

  At 6:31pm PST Anonymous said it has knocked the website belonging to “Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” — the group responsible for the Ferguson threats — offline.

  ZDNet has also received an unconfirmed statement that Anonymous has compromised KKK member email accounts, and a phone harassment campaign is being conducted on KKK members. The message is in full at the end of this article. “

 

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Deadly Force ~ The Basics…

 

 

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” My goal here is to help everyone better understand the use of deadly force and why it is unfortunately necessary at times. I am not an attorney, but I do have a law enforcement background. I am a graduate of The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and in a past life held a Certification to teach the Armed and Unarmed Security Officers Course, as well as the Private Investigators Course in Virginia. Prior to all that I served in the United States Marine Corps and did a tour as a Marine Security Guard, protecting American Embassies around the world. I have carried a weapon since I joined the Marine Corps at 17 years of age.

  Law Enforcement Officers are taught about the concept of “Escalating Levels of Force.”  Most Officers have a number of defensive weapons at their disposal, that in an “ideal” situation, time permitting, can be deployed against someone who is being aggressive, or poses a threat to them. Not all people who are aggressive necessarily pose a threat, conversely not all people who pose a threat show signs of aggression before they attack. “

 

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Cardinal Fans Clash With Ferguson Protesters Outside Busch Stadium

 

 

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” At the St. Louis Cardinals’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night, Cardinal fans came face-to-face with Ferguson protestors chanting for justice for Michael Brown outside Busch Stadium.

  A video of the confrontation was captured for Argus Streaming News.

  Near the beginning, the video shows a small group of protestors chanting “Justice for Mike Brown,” as a large group of fans chants, “Let’s go Cardinals.”

  Some fans later switch the chant to “Let’s go Darren,” referring to Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown.”

 

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Here’s The Internet’s Response To ‘Thank A Police Officer Day’

 

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” One thing you can say about 2014: it’s been a bad year to wear a badge. People around the world are fed up with abusive, militarized police—as a new memo to St. Louis police about a class designed to help officers “win the media” after shooting someone makes perfectly clear.

  Public ire spilled over once again yesterday, with the 17th annual “Thank a Police Officer Day” going about as well as the #MyNYPD hashtag campaign did back in April. The observance, conceived and promoted under the banner of lawyer Andrew M. Hale’s Whole Truth Project, is meant to further that group’s aim of combating negative assumptions about cops. 

 Instead, social media users took the opportunity to reinforce those unflattering stereotypes.

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Feds Censure Local Police, Yet Give Lethal Weapons

 

 

 

 

 

” A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry.

  That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a program under review in the aftermath of the militarized police response to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

  The Pentagon, which provides the free surplus military equipment, says its consultation with the Justice Department will be looked at as the government reviews how to prevent high-powered weaponry from flowing to the untrustworthy.

  The Justice Department has opened civil rights investigations into the practices of some 20 police departments in the past five years, with the Ferguson force the latest. The investigations sometimes end in negotiated settlements known as consent decrees that mandate reforms. Yet being flagged as problematic by Washington does not bar a police department from participating in the program.”

” One arm of the federal government is restricting the departments based on a history of constitutional violations, and the other arm is feeding them heavy weapons. That’s absurd,” he said.”

 

 

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Bill Whittle: Ferguson And The Real Race War

 

 

 

 

Published on Aug 20, 2014

” Since the shooting of Michael Brown by a white policeman and the ensuing riots and looting in Ferguson, MO, Americans have been told, yet again, that there is an epidemic of crime against black people in this country. But is there really a race war, and if so, which side is actually waging it? “

 

 

 

 

The Golf Address

 

 

 

 

 

” FORE! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible — even when it seems totally inappropriate, like moments after making a solemn statement condemning the grisly murder of a 40-year-old American journalist beheaded by ISIL.

  I know reporters didn’t get a chance to ask questions, but I had to bounce. I had a 1 p.m. tee time at Vineyard Golf Club with Alonzo Mourning and a part-owner of the Boston Celtics. Hillary and I agreed when we partied with Vernon Jordan up here, hanging out with celebrities and rich folks is fun.

  Now we are engaged in a great civil divide in Ferguson, which does not even have a golf course, and that’s why I had a “logistical” issue with going there. We are testing whether that community, or any community so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure when the nation’s leader wants nothing more than to sink a birdie putt.

  We are met on a great field of that battle, not Augusta, not Pebble Beach, not Bethpage Black, not Burning Tree, but Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard, which we can’t get enough of — me, Alonzo, Ray Allen and Marvin Nicholson, my trip director and favorite golfing partner who has played 134 rounds and counting with me. “

    While we seldom find anything to recommend in Ms Dowd’s work , being the predictable progressive mouthpiece that she is , this scathing piece on the Golfer-In-Chief deserves to be read by all …  you will be glad you did …

Policing Ferguson-Style: Officer Who Pointed Rifle At Protester And Warned ‘I Will F****** Kill You’ Is Suspended Indefinitely

 

 

 

An unnamed police officer from St. Ann, Missouri, has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely after he was caught on camera pointing an assault rifle at a protester, in Ferguson, on Tuesday night

 

 

 

” An unnamed police officer from St. Ann, Missouri, has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely after he was caught on camera pointing an assault rifle at a protester, in Ferguson, on Tuesday night.

  The officer was supposed to part of the effort to keep the peace, but instead two separate videos uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday show him pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at protestors and shouting: ‘I will f****** kill you.’

  The incident happened just before midnight on Tuesday during the latest of several protests that have followed the August 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.”

This is a follow-up piece to the events we reported on here . Here is one of the videos …

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Why can’t we get this response at the border ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Ferguson, MO And Police Militarization (HBO)

 

 

 

 

Published on Aug 17, 2014

” In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, John Oliver explores the racial inequality in treatment by police as well as the increasing militarization of America’s local police forces.”