National Guard Arrives In Ferguson, But Clashes Continue
National Guard Arrives In Ferguson, But Clashes Continue[/h]
I posted here cause this shit is getting real...
FERGUSON, Mo. -- Strict new protest rules and the presence of the National Guard in Ferguson didn’t prevent fresh clashes with police on Monday night, the ninth night of unrest since unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9.
Police fired several rounds of tear gas into the crowd after a small number of protesters reportedly threw bottles at the officers. Shots were fired, and the cops ordered everyone without media credentials to disperse, then evacuated the media center as well.
"Air smells like gun powder," the Washington Post's Wesley Lowery tweeted. "Not like tear gas. Gun powder."
The National Guard, deployed to Ferguson by order of Gov. Jay Nixon (D) Monday morning, was posted at the police command center so that local police could concentrate on monitoring the protest, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson told reporters.
The evening seemed to begin peacefully, with increased restrictions on where and how people could assemble. The QuikTrip, a meeting place for protesters on past nights, was closed off. Police told people that they had to keep moving or else they would be arrested, and the streets were closed off to cars early in the evening. The festive atmosphere of previous nights was replaced with solemn protests.
But tensions quickly rose after some in the crowd reportedly threw objects at police, who formed lines and told everyone to move back. An armored vehicle moved through the crowd, and several people took off running. CNN reported that white anarchists from outside of Ferguson were the ones throwing things at police.
Some protesters, led by Malik Shabazz, who is affiliated with the New Black Panther Party, tried to calm the situation and encourage people to keep walking and disperse. "We didn't want the news tonight to be tear gas and everybody running," he added. "The news tonight is that we're here for justice, for the arrest of officer Darren Wilson, we're here for Mike Brown and his family and we want an end to police brutality."
The police moved back the line and the tension in the crowd briefly eased before tempers flared again.
As a handful of people reportedly continued to throw bottles at police and protesters defied police orders to immediately disperse, the situation again intensified. Police fired tear gas at the crowd, and one person was reported to be shot. "That was the most intense tear gas yet," ANIMAL New York reporter Amy K. Nelson tweeted. "A photog collapsed right in front of me, said canister just rolled right beneath his feet."
"Multiple gun shots. Tear gas by Quick Trip. Escalation," New York Daily News reporter Pearl Gabel tweeted.
how long can this go on?
as long as the police keep pushing they are adding fuel to the fire, if they would chill out and I think would be over soon...but they keep being bullies....who knows, I seen now there are protests in NY, the Police need to calm them selves and start living up to there oath.....serve and protect.....THE PEOPLE..... Not treat them like they are in Iraq...
bunch of dumb fucks imo
FERGUSON, Missouri, August 18, 2014– Last night, tear gas rained down on demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo. just as a curfew was to be imposed for the second night and protests turned violent.
Protestors threw rocks and kicked tear gas canisters back at police while chanting “don’t shoot.” The demonstrations stem from the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Earlier Sunday, an autopsy on Brown’s body was ordered by Attorney General Holder due to the alleged “extraordinary circumstances” surrounding his death.
In the video report, the AP states that protesters had fired back with gunshots.
Funny how the State Trooper went in and took Control and all was fine.. peaceful protests.. then the Governor gets involved and send in the National Guard and all hell breaks loose
If Michael Brown committed a felonious strong-arm robbery at a convenience store just minutes before he was shot, why didn’t anybody from the store call 911? The report was made by a customer following what appeared to be an altercation between the 6’4″ Brown and a much smaller store employee.
According to the store’s owner, police didn’t issue a subpoena for the store’s surveillance video until last Friday — the day it was provided to the media by police officials, along with the name of Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Brown a few minutes after the incident at the store. Wilson was not aware of the alleged robbery, and he was not pursuing Brown as a suspect. The fatal encounter began when Wilson rebuked Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, for jaywalking.
An excerpt of the security video shot from a different angle shows the figure identified as Brown at a check-out counter paying for the cigars before the apparent confrontation with the store clerk.
It’s not clear why the clerk confronted Brown, and why the much larger 18-year-old shoved the clerk, if no robbery was involved. The initial police report claimed that an unnamed “patron” had contacted police to report a “stealing in progress.” In a subsequent police interview, the witness claimed that Brown had reached over the counter and grabbed several packages of Swisher Sweets cigars and tried to leave without paying them. In the video above Brown can be seen reaching across the counter — but it appears that money is left on the counter, and accepted by the clerk, before Brown calmly walks toward the exit.
According to the police report, the cigars — whether stolen or paid for — were not recovered. Despite the fact that Dorian Johnson, who witnessed the shooting, was identified in that report as a second suspect, he has not been charged.
If the cigars were paid for, Brown may have been a bully (at least on this occasion), but he wasn’t a thief. One possibility is that the altercation occurred because the clerk “carded” the 18-year-old, who was of legal age to buy tobacco products in Missouri.
8:12 pm on August 18, 2014 Email William Norman Grigg
Reason MagazineOne of the strangest things about the tense situation in Ferguson, Missouri, in which heavily armed cops, and now the national guard, have clashed with protestors in the wake of the police shooting of an unarmed teenager nine days ago, is that there have been no overhead shots of the action. We’ve seen maps of the town, with graphics explaining where the demonstrators are, and where the police have gathered. But we’ve seen none of the context-setting live aerial news photography that we typically see at major news events.
There’s a reason for that. Last week, when the protests began, the Federal Aviation Administration banned low-flying vehicles—vehicles like news helicopters—below 3,000 feet over Ferguson airspace, in order “to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.” The no-fly-zone was created at the request of local law enforcement, following a police report that a police chopper had been shot at. Yesterday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon renewed the ban, citing the same police-safety justification.
The police safety justification is hard to buy. What possible threat could a news helicopter, circling hundreds or thousands of feet above the scene, be to the activities on the ground? If anything, helicopters, which would not block emergency vehicles, which would not get in the way of cops or crowds, which would remain at a remove from the action, would be safer than the rest of the media.
No, safety isn't the issue. That's not what this is about. It’s about local law enforcement not wanting to be watched—and not wanting media to capture a complete picture of the scene.
As it stands, media can’t always follow police off the main road in Ferguson and into the side neighborhoods, where police have sometimes pushed protestors, using tear gas in residential areas. The media can’t show overhead images that give a full sense of how occupied the main part of the town is. The media can’t show an overhead shot of a street-wide column of riot cops advancing on a relatively small group protestors, which is what appears to have happened late last night.
I say "appears" because, watching multiple news networks from my home in Washington, D.C., it wasn’t possible to tell exactly what was happening. A row of armed and armored law enforcement formed up, some with shotguns drawn and pointed forward, and began to push down the street while a man with a bullhorn ordered protestors to disperse. On CNN, anchor Don Lemon attempted to describe what he could see, but he couldn't get access to the scene. And while it was happening, press were being ordered back to their designated areas, then told that they would also have to clear out from where they had set up operations. They weren't being allowed to watch. They weren't being allowed to report what they saw.
The entire chaotic night, which featured more than 30 arrests, gunshots, and heavy use of tear gas—including some that wafted into the media area, causing national news correspondents to don gas masks for their reporting—played out on TV in scattered and fragmented fashion. The overall action was never clear. We’d see something happen in one part of town, then hear reports that some separate conflict was occurring in another. But in many cases, neither reporters nor camera crews could get there.
News helicopters would have made that possible. News helicopters would let journalists and viewers follow the action, from place to place, from eruption to eruption, as it happened, providing a clearer, more coherent view than the ground-locked cameras that are being used now. It's hard to justify banning those images from being recorded and shown.
But banning their use is frustratingly consistent with the bullying behavior we’ve seen from law enforcement against media in Ferguson so far. Over the last week, we’ve seen clear video evidence of reporters being arrested and illegally ordered to stop filming, of cops threatening to mace and shoot members of the media, of major news network anchors being forcibly pushed from their locations in the middle of live shots. It keeps happening, even as the situation drags on. Last night, Intercept reporter Ryan Devereaux was shot with beanbags and taken into custody. On CNN, reporter Jake Tapper was struck by teargas.
At this point it seems fair to say that local law enforcement officials in Ferguson don’t like the national press. Late last night, MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin described a conversation with a law enforcement official in which the official told Melvin that the police believed that the media presence was "exacerbating"—Melvin’s word—the situation. Melvin said the official indicated that they were considering changing the way media are handled going forward.
Think about that for a minute. The cops apparently believe the media is exacerbating the situation. They want to manage the media presence. Not their own.
Let’s be fair. It’s not that the heavy media presence has no effect. But the protests, which started immediately after the shooting of Michael Brown two weekends ago, existed before the media circus began—and the local cops showed up dressed for war. That’s where the exacerbation began.
This is, of course, not a media story first and foremost. It’s a story about people who are upset because a young unarmed man was shot at least six times, and killed, by a police officer after being stopped for jaywalking. And part of the reason they are upset is that police have been so unwilling to come forth with basic information—taking days to release the name of the officer involved in the shooting, not releasing a full and detailed account of the shooting itself. The shooting details we have were released as a result of an independent autopsy, ordered by the family.
The protestors in Ferguson want to know what happened. And the people watching the protests on TV across the nation and the world want to know what is happening. That’s what the press is there for: to watch, to record, to report.
But the cops seem irritated by the presence of professional watchers, showing the world what’s happening, and have intimidated them, restricted their access, and shut down traditional points of view. They don’t want helicopters flying overhead. They don’t really seem to like allowing media any presence at all. It’s almost as if they don’t want a clear picture of what’s happening, and what they’re doing, to emerge.
Update: I've updated the post to note that police reported that a police helicopter was fired on the first Sunday night of the protests. This is still a pretty thin justification for banning news helicopters. If the issue is that helicopters over the scene draw fire, and thus need to be removed, then why are the police still flying their own chopper over the protests? And if the media are in danger from armed protestors while in helicopters, aren't they in at least as much, and arguably even more, danger when reporting on the ground?
Dirty you love this shit dont ya
the kid is a thug.
I don't love it BD....Just means more of our rights are taken away... this is turning into the Old West... Shoot First, fuck facts, ask the questions later.
He had his hands up and was unarmed.. he was not stopped for a Robbery... 6 shots (4 to the Chest- 2 to the Head)... uncalled for. For motherfucking Jaywalking.... that is what police have come to in this nation... I have video footage of professors and students getting slammed for Jaywalking in the political forum
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so you have all the facts?
didnt know that
If it isn't power- it's race, if it isn't race- it's power, and America's theme continues....
BigDaddy;780544 wrote: so you have all the facts?
didnt know that
Yes... It is fact what I posted... by MANY MANY sources.. even Main Stream Media that the masses still support for some reason
“Why armored vehicles in a Midwestern inner suburb?,” asks Cato’s Walter Olson. Why fire tear gas canisters at people standing in their own yards? “Shock and awe” tactics are fast becoming the new normal as federal policy has fed an unhealthy warrior mentality among what used to be called “peace officers”—with federal subsidies and Pentagon giveaways of military ordnance.
The clampdown in Ferguson highlights the dangers of our drift toward paramilitary policing, as well as the broader trend of law-enforcement lawlessness documented by Cato’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project.
- “Police Militarization in Ferguson — and Your Town,” by Walter Olson
- “Police Misconduct: The Assault on Civil Liberties,” by Tim Lynch
- “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces,” by Radley Balko
- “Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America,” by Radley Balko
- “Homeland Security Grants Subsidize Dystopia,” by Gene Healy
- PODCAST: “The Reality of Militarized Cops,” featuring Walter Olson