The #Ferguson Crisis — America Held Hostage — Night 3
National Guard moves in as protests spread
The violence that gripped Ferguson, MO in the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson has spread to multiple cities across the US.
VIDEO: Woman struck by car at a #Ferguson protest rally in Minneapolis. http://t.co/uGj2H0IQ9U
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 26, 2014
Good size #ferguson protest crowd going up NW Couch at 14th. Police keeping barricade up to 405north freeway pic.twitter.com/LyLKXQOtJv
— #Ferguson Live (@natedrug) November 27, 2014
Day 3 of Justice Center rallies in reaction to #Ferguson decision. pic.twitter.com/jcF9x9ToNg
— Cameron Whitten (@CameronWhitten) November 27, 2014
RT @TheAnonMessage STAND OFF: Protesters in Los Angeles lie down on the street. #ShutItDown #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/Wz3q34AHgl
— lily dekillegreu (@dekillegreu) November 27, 2014
Meanwhile in Ferguson, things are quieter, but still tense:
West Florissant Avenue, a Ferguson commercial strip now being treated as a crime scene after an arson spree, was still barricaded by the police on Wednesday. National Guard troops in camouflage uniforms, who were largely limited to protecting government buildings two nights earlier, fanned out across the city, taking up positions along street corners and at intersections.
Throughout demonstrations on Tuesday night, the Guard responded to disturbances, turning back demonstrators from a drugstore that had been surrounded by the police and helping officers make arrests outside the Police Department. Although windows at Ferguson’s City Hall were shattered and a police car was flipped and burned, law enforcement officials said the more assertive response had helped curb the chaos that prevailed on Monday.
St Louis City Hall, #Missouri under lockdown after #Ferguson protesters try to storm building http://t.co/sNtQFwuXRJ pic.twitter.com/XvZVpJZl3i
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) November 26, 2014
burn RT @ryanpathughes: #PeacefulProtesters providing solutions to our nation's racial challenges #Ferguson https://t.co/WmpCeOtzC2
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) November 26, 2014
Before and after photos show extent of damage #Ferguson http://t.co/ekSUAXbL0v
— Matt Orr (@mattorrpjtv) November 26, 2014
Not fun for anybody: [email protected]: #Snow in #Ferguson. National Guard at PD. Protestors dwindling 2 about 15 pple pic.twitter.com/Pm1yJ2MClh
— Roberto Blizzard (@VeganYogaDude) November 27, 2014
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Do what L.A. did: lock ’em all up.
A FEMA camp is a terrible thing to waste.
Who came up with the catchphrase “America Held Hostage”?
Because we’re not — not all of us. In fact, it seems that it’s mainly Democrat-controlled cities which have allowed themselves (and their citizens) to be put into the position of being “held hostage”. I daresay that the majority of Americans are NOT being “held hostage”.
“America Held Hostage” sounds like typical Left/Liberal media hype from where I sit. If you are unlucky enough to live in a city where your elected representatives are allowing you to be “taken hostage”, then for goodness sake DO something about it. You are but a small minority of Americans who have elected to be victims, though. Let’s get a sense of proportion to our headlines, shall we?
I first heard the term from the Rush Limbaugh television show during the Clinton administration. If the phrase precedes that, I’m too young to know.
Holder wanted a conversation on race. Not sure the results of this conversation are going to make him happy.
If anyone bothers to read the grand jury testimony they should be appalled and demand perjury charges be filed against the liars who spread rumors, inanities, and gross lies from the very beginning of this farce. And that housing project full of idiots should be torn down. Everyone there is afraid of the drug mafia holed up in it and what will happen to them if they even SPEAK to the police. “Hands up, don’t shoot” Dorian Johnson belongs in prison. Any news source that gave credence to his lies ought to have their FCC license yanked.
I’ve heard of just such a push, but the prosecutor made a point of saying no one would be prosecuted for perjury. I think he has a simple reason for that: it would call into question his releasing 4799 pages of grand jury evidence because the entire matter would not yet be closed. That and not thinking it is worth it, politically or otherwise. That’s actual legitimate discretion, not the sort Obama’s waving around. I grant you I would take pleasure in seeing Mr. Johnson called to account for his role in stirring up riots, but it is not to be.
And there NEEDS to be ‘inciting a riot’ charges brought against Brown’s Father in Law, already a two time convicted felon. The video is all over TV, it is undeniable. ‘Burn this MF’r down ! Burn this bitch down ! Give me a mike so more people can hear me ! Burn this bitch down !’ 3rd strike rule applies. No plea bargaining.
As to Wilson – obviously, his career in law enforcement is over. Not because it should be, but because it must be. Not because he deserves punishment, but because he will be a lightning rod for the rest of his life, and that does not improve or benefit any police agency, Ferguson or elsewhere.
So – he should get :
Full vested credit in the retirement plan for 30 years of service, at Sergeant’s pay. Adjusted each year of the credited 30 so as to reflect increases in that pay or benefits over the years.
Rate calculated at full 100 % disabilty, as if a 30 year sergeant got hurt on the job. He was.
Condition: that each year, for the rest of his life, his annual rate can only stay the same or go up, it can never go down, regardless of changing contracts 20 years from now or anything else.
Condition: that at a minimum, each year from today on reflects the greater of 1)changes such as contract terms, sergeants pay, etc, that would increase his benefits, or 2)Annual COL adjustment, perhaps set at (the greater of) 3 % or actual increase.
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