Equal Justice Under the Law – NOT

Ferguson, MO

At the Bundy Ranch standoff, so-called right-wing militia members aimed assault weapons at law enforcement officers. No arrests were made, and Cliven Bundy remains a free man. Last night in Ferguson, Missouri, an overwhelming police force including SWAT teams rampaged through residential streets firing stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets. They attacked peaceful, unarmed protesters and arrested reporters. The city never imposed a curfew, which means citizens were supposed to be allowed to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights.

Something is wrong. The media are blaming so-called “homeland security” and the militarization of even small-town police departments, which can buy a surplus MRAP from the Army for only $5,000 even if they don’t need one. Worse than that, there seems to be a trend of police use of deadly force against unarmed suspects – many of whom are being shot multiple times or shot in the back.

More info:
Ferguson Seeks Answers After Police Shooting Of Michael Brown
Does the Second Amendment Only Apply to White People?
Alderman, 2 reporters arrested as Ferguson erupts for 4th night
Did Police Use Excessive Force Against Ferguson Protesters?
Ferguson’s Police Got Free Military Gear Straight From The Pentagon

  1. #1 by Nathan Erkkila on August 14, 2014 - 6:32 pm

    I think you’re ignoring the fact that these protests turned violent very quickly.

    • #2 by Richard Warnick on August 14, 2014 - 6:37 pm

      Granted, one gas station was looted and burned the first night. However, the protests have been predominantly peaceful.

      Tonight Chris Hayes is reporting from the scene. The police have new orders, and there are no rifles pointed at law-abiding protesters.

      • #3 by Nathan Erkkila on August 14, 2014 - 7:04 pm

        At least there is some justice then. Too bad it had to come out of this mess.

  2. #4 by piss poor website on August 14, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    Um, the story goes that the goons shot an unarmed teen..that doesn’t lend itself to quiet acceptance.

  3. #6 by Richard Warnick on August 15, 2014 - 10:16 am

    “Lynch Mob” Or “Freedom Riders”: Laura Ingraham’s Take On Ferguson Protests Vs. Bundy Ranch Standoff

    Once again, Media Matters simply records what right-wing commentators are saying. Word for word.

    • #7 by Larry Bergan on August 16, 2014 - 12:30 pm

      Laura Ingraham should be banned from ever using the words “freedom” or “rider” again. Those two words used together signify anti-racism not Cliven Bundy or anything associated with him.

    • #8 by brewski on August 19, 2014 - 6:46 am

      Did Cliven Bundy thow molotov cocktails at law enforcement?

      Did Cliven Bundt smash windows, torch a gas station, or loot a tire store?

      • #9 by Richard Warnick on August 19, 2014 - 8:31 am

        They are not throwing Molotov cocktails. A few guys are throwing bottles. Believe it or not, in the Army I was trained on how to make one and throw it at a tank. If they were throwing Molotov cocktails, we’d have police in the hospital burn unit or dead.

        Look, Cliven Bundy got what he wanted. He ripped off the taxpayers for millions, his so-called “militia” got away with threatening to kill law enforcement, and he is now sitting pretty on his ranch. The people of Ferguson, by contrast, are pissed off because of the lack of justice in their town. Violence isn’t protected by the First Amendment, however the vast majority of protests have been peaceful – except for the police of course.

        • #10 by brewski on August 19, 2014 - 9:27 am

          your source said they were.

  4. #11 by piss poor website on August 15, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    Might as well face it, presented with constant failure and inability to solve any problem, America is rudderless and run amok. Just a matter of time before the tides take her to the reefs.

    Look at our skipper and know its time to man the boats or ignore his commands. The governent has gone Bligh,and when Christian appears the obvious split will commence apace.

  5. #13 by Larry Bergan on August 16, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    Radio West had a very good discussion about the evolution of the SWAT teams starting with Daryl Gates, who famously said: “casual drug users ought to be taken out and shot”, at a senate hearing during Bush Sr. presidency.

    A very upset former SWAT team member calls in and makes some good points.

  6. #14 by brewski on August 19, 2014 - 9:43 am

  7. #16 by brewski on August 19, 2014 - 10:31 am

    Your source you linked said they threw Molotov cocktails. Are you disputing your own source now?

    Chris Hayes had rocks thrown at him by masked criminals. Do you deny that?

    • #17 by Richard Warnick on August 19, 2014 - 10:37 am

      Yes. People are throwing things – maybe you would too if you were attacked. The police are firing rubber bullets, tear gas, and grenades. Last night the cops threatened to spray mace on Chris Hayes. Also there was one report of a confiscated Molotov cocktail, or anyway that’s what they called it.

      Police Threaten To Shoot, Mace Reporters In Ferguson

      I contend that most of the violence is coming from the police. And they know how to end this – all they have to do is bring a murder charge against a guy who shot an unarmed teenager six times!

      • #18 by brewski on August 19, 2014 - 2:39 pm

        I don’t think Chris Hayes attacked anyone.

        • #19 by Richard Warnick on August 19, 2014 - 2:44 pm

          I didn’t say he did.

        • #20 by brewski on August 19, 2014 - 3:25 pm

          See #17.

          “Yes. People are throwing things – maybe you would too if you were attacked.”

          They were throwing at Chris Hayes. Maybe they saw his show and had the same impression I do.

  8. #21 by Richard Warnick on August 19, 2014 - 10:31 am

    Reports of people throwing bottles at police.

    Apparently, last night protesters also threw tear gas back at the police. And there is a report of a confiscated Molotov cocktail.

  9. #22 by Richard Warnick on August 19, 2014 - 10:42 am

    Ray Kelly Thinks Ferguson Police Department Is Out Of Hand. Even Ray Kelly thinks police in Ferguson, Missouri have gone way too far! The guy who was in charge when the police attacked peaceful OWS protesters in New York.

  10. #23 by Larry Bergan on August 19, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    This Tom Tomorrow cartoon is the best commentary I’ve seen yet about this whole mess in Ferguson.

  11. #24 by Richard Warnick on August 20, 2014 - 8:53 am

    Referring back to the title of this post, a grand jury has begun what promises to be a months-long investigation into the murder of Mike Brown. The man who killed Brown, Darren Wilson, has been politely invited to testify as a witness.

    Now for the sake of argument, let’s suppose that Mike Brown had been armed and Darren Wilson had been unarmed. If Brown shot Wilson six times in broad daylight in front of witnesses, would he be a free man two weeks later? Would they convene a grand jury or just have an arraignment?

  12. #25 by piss poor website on August 20, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    Understand that the bulk of US policing is being trained in dehumanization tactics by the IDF. That’s the isreali defense force for anybody living under a rock, which is recommended if you are living in Gaza and Palestinian, and maybe even in Ferguson, and just about anywhere USA.


    As it has been in Gaza, so shall it be here if people don’t wake up.

    • #27 by Richard Warnick on August 20, 2014 - 1:46 pm

      Interesting link. Our police have conflated peaceful citizen protests with violent terrorist attacks.

      The New York Police Department’s disclosure that it deployed ‘counter-terror’ measures against Occupy protesters encamped in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park is just the latest example of the so-called War on Terror creeping into every day life. Revelations like these have raised serious questions about the extent to which Israeli-inspired tactics are being used to suppress the Occupy movement.”

      Of course, Americans exercising their First Amendment rights are a lot easier to identify and harass. Actual terrorists don’t call that much attention to themselves.

  13. #28 by Anonymous on August 20, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    It appears terror is prevented by terror. How terrible. Where is Monty Python? “It’s a dead black guy”. “No it’s not, he’s only resting”.

  14. #29 by piss poor website on August 20, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    We’re all Palestinians now. If this barbarism continues it will end western civilization..such as it is.

    BTW there were comments with that link, but they were spammed with the link.

  15. #30 by Richard Warnick on August 25, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    The truth is catching up with the lie. Mike Brown did not rob a convenience store. This might explain why no robbery was reported by the store owner!

    Ferguson Police Busted – Attempt To Defame Shooting Victim Blows Up In Their Face (VIDEO)

  16. #31 by Larry Bergan on September 3, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    Take a look at this:

    • #32 by brewski on September 8, 2014 - 7:14 am

      A Christian revival?

  17. #33 by Richard Warnick on September 7, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    Kalamazoo, Michigan: rifle-toting white guy jaywalks, threatens police.

    Guess what happens?

    • #34 by Larry Bergan on September 7, 2014 - 4:56 pm

      And lawmakers all over the country think it’s fine to allow guns in bars. He probably just walked out of the one in the video. But I’m pretty sure he said no when the officer asked if he had been drinking. :)

      His buddies at the bar are going to be ribbing him about this one for years.

    • #35 by Richard Warnick on September 7, 2014 - 9:44 pm

      OK long story short: The apparently drunk man was brandishing a rifle (which is a crime), screaming obscenities about the police, and daring them to shoot him. The officers were very polite to the man, talked with him for 40 minutes, did not make an arrest or press charges, but they did ask him to please hand over his rifle. Which was returned the very next day.

      In other words, they handled the situation with professionalism, patience, and courtesy. I don’t know anything about the Kalamazoo P.D. but I hope they treat all suspects this nicely!

      Remember in St. Louis a guy with a knife dared police to shoot him and was riddled with bullets seconds later! You may recall it was a black guy.

      • #36 by cav - Spam Status?: Solidifying on September 8, 2014 - 10:03 am

        The presence of a knife is only ‘reportedly’ ! Hell, it may have been a cel phone, or nothing at all.

        In any event, conservative white pundit Ben Stein insisted, “He wasn’t unarmed. He was armed with his incredibly strong, scary self.” Before you dismiss this remark as the hate speech of a right-wing fanatic, consider that 47% of killer cops are routinely justified and returned to duty when they claim, without a scintilla of evidence, that they felt threatened by an unarmed “suspect” and another 36% kill with impunity based on their unsubstantiated allegations like “suspect lunged”.

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