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Thursday, August 14, 2014

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#Ferguson on Day Five

Yesterday, the anger in Ferguson spiked after the police chief came forward with his continued refusal to release the name of the officer who shot Mike Brown. "The officer required protection after numerous death threats had been made," he said; in the meantime the nightmarishly militarized police force keeps their heavy firearms trained Most Dangerous Game-closely on the demonstrators who more than anything just want someone to be held accountable for killing an unarmed kid.

From the New Yorker, about those tanks and that body armor: "In many instances, the receipt of these military-grade weapons is contingent on their use within a calendar year." Adam Serwer writes at MSNBC, "It is possible that, since 9/11, police militarization has massacred more American schoolchildren than any al-Qaida terrorist." People in Gaza, recognizing the same tear gas canisters in pictures, have tweeted their advice. 

From the New York Times: "On Wednesday, the St. Louis County medical examiner’s office said it would take two to three weeks to complete the autopsy of Mr. Brown, including a toxicology report, which is standard procedure in such deaths."

A casual two to three weeks to find out how many times the officer shot him! The police department also has recourse to continue withholding the name of the officer, requiring the ACLU and National Bar Association (who have filed information requests) to sue.

Here's a Pew study on racial perceptions of fair treatment: 70% of black people say that black people are treated less fairly by the police; 37% of white people agree. From Serwer's MSNBC piece: "Nerves fray when policing comes up precisely because that image of racial innocence is hard to maintain in the face of stark disparities. White men walk into department stores carrying real guns and walk out unmolested, while a black man with a toy gun is shot dead."

The police in this case seem to be deploying a sort of equal-opportunity unfairness, anyway. 

"There are no hard national standards, no binding state policies, not even a national database that tracks how often, where, and under what circumstances police use deadly force.

Oh, and of course, the reporters arrested for using their computers inside McDonalds and processed very leave-no-traces illegally and then let go. “The chief thought he was doing you two a favor,” quotes Wesley Lowery

I'm still right here on it. No one would riot for less. I believe that people are the same everywhere; either you believe the black community in Ferguson is kin to you or you don't.

Just now: Anonymous released the name of the officer.



13 Comments / Post A Comment

Julie the T

I just...this is America, huh? Everything about this makes me sick to my stomach. Thanks you for continuing to report on it - please keep it up.

14288059@twitter

@Julie the T But this is *exactly* America. Where we're so paranoid about the crack epidemic that's long past and a terrorism threat that never went past the Eastern Seaboard that we have suburban police forces better armed than our armed forces and complete lack of empathy for folks of color/less means. I can't think of anything that's more emblematic of America right now.

lyzl@twitter

It's pretty horrible that so many people are buying the "BUT THEY ARE RIOTING" line. Bullshit. First of all, if my kid was gunned down, I might riot too. Second of all, the rioting seems overblown by the police to justify this sort of action. I'm grossed out, but I'm also ashamed that I'm grossed out because this happens all the time.

Blushingflwr

@lyzl@twitter
Seriously. College kids do more damage after major sporting events. And the police brought dogs and riot gear to the first night of protests. They were anticipating violence; in fact, I think they were hoping for it.

harebell

The last line of the article got to me -- how you would behave, or how white St. Louisans would behave, if they really felt the crowds in Ferguson were kin to them.

Of COURSE they should join the protests! But also: of course they are kin to them -- literally. It makes me so sad that Americans don't think about this more. The vast majority of African-Americans are mixed race -- it's obvious because of how much lighter-skinned they are than people in West Africa -- because of the horrors of slavery they are also descended from the forebears of white Americans. They are literally kin to white Americans! They are our family and we are theirs! There is only an artificial "us" and "them"!

ugh, can't stand people sometimes.

pajamaralls

The fact that people who have served in the military and done tours in the middle east are saying that Ferguson's police force is more equipped than they routinely wear says EVERYTHING to me. That people in Palestine are giving tips on how to deal with being tear-gassed.

tofuswalkman

the twitter and article coverage here is some of the most interesting. since i don't have twitter, i check the pin every morning to see what jia has put together. please keep it coming!

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

I've been thinking about this since yesterday. Jia is agreeing with the, for lack of a better term, "by any means necessary" approach. The (decidedly small amount of) rioting and looting is understandable. I normally don't believe that rioting or looting solves anything. I still don't think that it's going to solve anything, but... does "by any means necessary" really apply when there are no means? When the police are taking "excessive force" to the levels they've taken them, all in defense of one cop who committed murder? We've seen more images of peaceful protests out of Ferguson than we have of anything else, and yet the police are still treating it like a war zone.

I honestly don't know what to think anymore. Every kind of resistance that we've seen - every expression of completely justified outrage - has been met with violence. At this point, does it even matter what the residents of Ferguson even do anymore? I stand with them. I can't not. But if I were one of them, I would be losing hope, and fast.

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