All Hell Breaking Loose in . . . Ferguson MO?

Ferguson MO is apparently going up in flames and from what I’m seeing, the local police force is reacting in predictable but incredibly bad ways.

Yesterday, reporters from HuffPo and WaPo were roughed up and arrested.

The statement from WaPo:

The Ferguson Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Lowery’s detention.

The following is a statement on the incident from Washington Post Executive Editor Martin D. Baron:

Wesley has briefed us on what occurred, and there was absolutely no justification for his arrest.

He was illegally instructed to stop taking video of officers. Then he followed officers’ instructions to leave a McDonald’s — and after contradictory instructions on how to exit, he was slammed against a soda machine and then handcuffed. That behavior was wholly unwarranted and an assault on the freedom of the press to cover the news. The physical risk to Wesley himself is obvious and outrageous.

After being placed in a holding cell, he was released with no charges and no explanation. He was denied information about the names and badge numbers of those who arrested him.

We are relieved that Wesley is going to be OK. We are appalled by the conduct of police officers involved.

From HuffPo:

The Huffington Post called the Ferguson Police Department to inquire about the status of Reilly shortly after tweets indicated that he had been arrested. The person who picked up the phone — who identified himself as “George” — said he couldn’t give any information at this time and that there was no one who could do so. Asked for his last name, he mumbled something quickly. When pressed for the spelling of his name, he hung up.

The Huffington Post called back and again asked for information on Reilly. We were simply put through to the “Ferguson jail” voicemail. On the third try, George again insisted he didn’t have any information at this time and referred us to the city’s website for email information. When again asked for his last name, George simply hung up.

The HuffPo reporter:

“The officer in question, who I repeatedly later asked for his name, grabbed my things and shoved them into my bag,” said Reilly, who appeared on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” shortly after his release to recount the arrest. “He used his finger to put a pressure point on my neck.”

“They essentially acted as a military force. It was incredible,” Reilly said. “The worst part was he slammed my head against the glass purposefully on the way out of McDonald’s and then sarcastically apologized for it.”

As an interesting point, Reilly, the HuffPo reporter, pointed out that the police were shouting “Stop resisting” as they arrested him:

“You know you always see cops yelling, ‘stop resisting, stop resisting,’ and that’s something that happened here — but I wasn’t resisting,” Reilly said. “This is just something that these cops yelled no matter what you were doing. I let my arms go limp … wasn’t trying to resist anything.”

From what I’ve read, it sounds as if the local police are overwhelmed and over-reacting. People are getting hurt.

I have this idea in my head that a problem in our culture right now is an overabundance of fear of social disorder. Fear of terrorism so we have to do the airport striptease. Fear of crime so we militarize our police forces. It’s not a coordinated effort but it is chaotically effective in feeding exactly what it fears most. In this case, the police over-react and create contempt for the police so next time something like this happens, the violence starts sooner, the crack down comes faster and even harsher. It divides the police from the people. The police stop seeing themselves as serving and protecting the people and start seeing their job as controlling the people. It’s harmful.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on August 14, 2014 - 5:51 pm

    On cable TV, they explain the difference between a “serve and protect” police force and an “army of occupation” type force is whether the neighborhood is predominantly white or black. I don’t know, because they attacked peaceful OWS protests too.

  2. #2 by piss poor website on August 14, 2014 - 10:41 pm

    The police do not protect or serve..they are the goon squad. Short for dragoon.

    Terrorists in the case of Missouri burning.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on August 14, 2014 - 10:48 pm

    This S.W.A.T. team stuff was getting out of control years ago, but wow, those stories from the journalists are just scary. I think these are actually the sort of jobs, jobs, jobs the republicans want to create. Standing armies.

    I imagine somebody who just got back from Iraq and knows how to pilot a massive, artillery proof, assault vehicle could get on the police force pretty easily.

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on August 14, 2014 - 11:02 pm

    I wonder what kinds of nifty two-story high vehicles Utah counties got for free.

  5. #5 by brewski on August 15, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Somehow I think that if a mob started looting stores and smashing windows in the Avenues, that Glendy would be on the phone to the police demanding swift action.

  6. #6 by piss poor website on August 15, 2014 - 5:15 pm

    Here’s what obama will do about it…nothing but oral service..and then self services. No secret either.

    • #7 by Richard Warnick on August 16, 2014 - 12:56 pm

      Affordable even on reduced austerity wages.

  7. #8 by piss poor website on August 15, 2014 - 6:19 pm


    This is needed by local law enfarcement to secure and pillage donut shops.

  8. #9 by Richard Warnick on August 18, 2014 - 9:44 am

    National Guard Ordered Onto Streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

    I’m having a 60s deja vu. What’s interesting is that people have more to protest about these days than they did then. Inequality is far worse now. As the bumper sticker says, they only call it class warfare when we fight back!

  9. #10 by Richard Warnick on August 18, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Family Attorney: Autopsy Shows Officer ‘Should Have Been Arrested’

    The autopsy showed that Brown, who was 18 and unarmed, had been shot at least six times by police officer Darren Wilson, including two shots in the head, attorney Benjamin Crump said.

  10. #11 by Larry Bergan on August 18, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    This could get real bad! At least “the news” has their war to report on now, only this one is “over here”.

  11. #12 by Richard Warnick on August 18, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    Fox Panel Defends Ferguson Police: ‘The Response Last Night Is What Needs To Happen’

    “The response last night is what needs to happen,” retired NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik told Fox News on Monday morning.

    Bo Dietl, a Fox News contributor and former NYPD detective, went even further. He argued that authorities in Ferguson must “take charge” and defended arming local precincts with unused military equipment from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars by invoking the threat of global terrorism….

    “They’re coming back, they’re coming back these extremist Muslims are coming back and they’re going to do something in the United States and you can’t fight them with pea shooters,” Dietl said.

    Just to clarify, last night police in Ferguson fired tear gas and rubber bullets at a peaceful protest, including children. Bernie Kerik went to prison on eight federal felony tax and false statement charges. Bo Dietl is the guy in the Arby’s commercials. Nuff said.

    • #13 by brewski on August 19, 2014 - 6:41 am

      From your source:

      “A day of peaceful protests devolved into a night of Molotov cocktails and tear gas in Ferguson, Missouri…

      St. Louis County police said several protesters had thrown Molotov cocktails toward the officers before authorities shot tear gas toward them.”

  12. #14 by Larry Bergan on August 18, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    What? Bernie Kerik doesn’t have his own show yet?

  13. #15 by Richard Warnick on August 19, 2014 - 11:01 am

    Ouch. Egypt Trolls U.S. About Ferguson Protests.

    Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson lectures U.S. on the respect for the right of assembly and peaceful expression of opinion. Seriously.

    • #16 by brewski on August 19, 2014 - 2:41 pm

      Throwing rocks at Chris Hayes is not the “the right of assembly and peaceful expression of opinion”. Seriously.

      • #17 by Richard Warnick on August 19, 2014 - 2:45 pm

        The point being, the government of Egypt is not really in a position to criticize us on this issue. Also, the police are using violence on peaceful protesters in Ferguson – and some people are foolishly trying to fight back. I don’t know why somebody threw rocks at Chris Hayes.

        • #18 by brewski on August 19, 2014 - 3:24 pm

          No. People show up with masks and rocks and Molotov cocktails for a reason. They are preparing for and looking forward to violence. They are criminals. Normal people would stay home.

          I can think of a billion reasons to throw rocks at Chris Hayes, although I never would and not advocate that anyone else do either.

  14. #19 by Richard Warnick on August 19, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    The World’s Most Repressive Regimes Delight In U.S. Crack Down In Ferguson. It’s not just Egypt. China, Iran, and Russia have snarky things to say about the Ferguson fiasco.

  15. #20 by Larry Bergan on August 19, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    I don’t think we can blame the countries we’ve always criticized for doing the same to us now. I have to cringe at some of the hypocritical things our secretaries of state say.

    This is the fault of bad leadership over the last 40 years. Dudes in congress who didn’t care about civil rights or were simply afraid of it.

  16. #21 by piss poor website on August 20, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    This now from the country that trains our law enforcement in anti terror tactics, keeping in mind that anyone peacefully protesting is a terrorist.

    This is the feiglin plan, coming to fruition. This is one totally insane jew. Ironically feiglin(g) in German means “coward”.

  17. #22 by piss poor "progressivism" on August 21, 2014 - 1:48 am

    This country pays lip service to the truth, favors profit over people, has forgotten WHY people gave their lives to uphold and defend the Constitution..the only godammed piece of paper to elevate the state of man, and put even the worst human practices squarely in the sights of their extinction. Under this written law of the land problems were solved, vices extinguished, and the better virtues of men defended.

    Now what? What will we get without the goddammed piece of paper? Bush shattered it, obama is burning the pieces. Fuck them both.

    More as like you’ll get a boot up your ass and like it. Or else.

    Unbelievable so, that the bottom is not yet even remotely visible.

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