I’ve seen a surge in views and comments over the last several days, most positive, but some of them negative. Most of the new responses have been directed at the post, “I’m Sick Of.” That post was largely just a collection of random heartfelt musings I had one night. It was not intended to have received quite the attention that it has in the last week, particularly when compared to other posts like “Dissonance” and “Bloody Sunday” which I feel are not only stronger posts but also much more important.
The picture above is a still image of the arson that took place at the QuikTrip on W. Florissant in Ferguson, MO. I’ve discussed the story of why QuikTrip was specifically targeted before, but it’s so important to the nature of the conflict in Ferguson that I’ll tell it again. On 08/10/2014, a rumor was spread throughout the community. The story was that employees of the QuikTrip called the police due to Mike Brown shoplifting cigarillos. The response to this rumor can be seen immediately below:
There’s a discussion going on right now, that the use of CS gas or Teargas is somehow a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention signed in 1993. The fact is that Article II of the CWC specifically exempts law enforcement use of teargas for the explicit purposes of domestic riot control.
I’m going to use this opportunity to discuss two groups of criminal justice statistics that have been regularly quoted in recent days as evidence of institutional racism within the St. Louis County area. The first group is traffic stop data. The second group is hiring data.
Even if Darren Wilson gunned him down for purely racist reasons…
I’m sick of being called a murderer.
I’m sick of “peaceful” protesters threatening to kill me.
I’m sick of being told I’m not trustworthy.
I’m sick of listening to inconsistent accounts of the same story.
I’m sick of adrenaline dumps.
I’m sick of being stuck in condition red all of the time.
I pride myself on being objective and in that vain I cannot watch something like Dan Page’s 2012 address to the Oath Keepers and in good conscience not vehemently condemn his psychopathic words. He bears partial responsibility for every officer killed or injured by an offender who watched his hate speech and felt empowered by the perception that other officers share in this insanity. He bears partial responsibility for every citizen killed or injured by an officer or other citizen acting out from the mindset he was attempting to instill.
This was how the sky looked yesterday evening.
An unsteady calm has settled over the region for the moment. However, the last time things “calmed” down to any degree was on Saturday, and in seems there’s validity to the theory that the constant rain that day reduced the violence. After all, last Sunday and the Monday that followed it were arguably the most violent days to date. Sunday, after all resulted in the activation of the National Guard. I’ve been fortunate that I personally haven’t had to be in Ferguson since Sunday Night/Monday Morning. It is interesting that while last night, Tuesday Night 8/20/14 was relatively calm, the night was rocked with severe thunderstorms.
Pictured above is a looter present in the QuikTrip on W. Florissant before it was burned down. I showed a number of officers this picture and less than half were able to identify the handgun in this man’s waistband before the image was zoomed in. This is the world in which we work.
Understanding an officer related shooting is an issue central to the Darren Wilson / Mike Brown shooting and when I delve into that specific topic soon, discussing use of force and the parts of a justified shooting will save me a lot of time.
By now everyone has seen the footage of a tactical officer demanding a reporter leave a McDonalds restaurant. Mr. Media was apparently arrested after taking his time to leave. In my opinion, which I won’t claim as humble, the reporter completely discredits himself by neglecting to mention that he had been asked to leave the restaurant by the staff. If attempting to argue a moral high ground and supposed attack on your civil rights, it might be best to include the whole story which in this case includes the act of trespassing. The reporter’s civil rights don’t trump the business’ civil rights to demand you leave when you use their restaurant as an office.