I’m Sick of…

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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’m sick of not sleeping.

I’m sick of having to watch my back when I go get dinner.

I’m sick of nightmares about my gun not working.

I’m sick of aid calls.

I’m sick of hearing officers in trouble frantically key up their radios.

I’m sick of worrying about my fellow officers.

I’m sick of worrying about good people trapped inside their homes.

I’m sick of hearing gunfire.

I’m sick of bottles and Molotovs being thrown at my head.

I’m sick of structure fires.

I’m sick of having to distinguish between press, protesters, and “real” criminals.

I’m sick of not having the same right to free speech that I’m accused of infringing upon.

I’m sick of being told I’m the problem.

I’m sick of living in a society without rule of law.

I’m sick of lectures on the first amendment from voices that want to deny the fifth.

I’m sick of the phrase, “I don’t condone it, but I understand.”

I’m sick of justifications and platitudes.

I’m sick of out of context and nonsequitor traffic stop data.

I’m sick of wondering if it’s going to get bad again tonight.

I’m sick of being called stupid.

I’m sick of shin splints from standing on the street for hours.

I’m sick of wondering if my flashlight is going to hold its charge.

I’m sick of being blamed for all of the racial problems in St. Louis.

I’m sick of being told I wouldn’t understand.

I’m sick of supposed leaders without a plan.

I’m sick of CS gas.

I’m sick of guerilla tactics but being told I’m acting too militarized.

I’m sick of waiting.

I’m sick of complacency.

I’m sick of people complaining about Bearcats and tactical units.

I’m sick of bad cops saying and doing stupid things that reflect on all of us.

I’m sick of tit-for-tat evidence being released without corroboration on social media.

I’m sick of being treated like every officer injured deserved it.

I’m sick of being told that the risks we now face are a part of the job.

I’m sick of racism.

I’m sick of denial and minimization.

I’m sick of the phrase, “Snitches get stitches.”

I’m sick of my family worrying about me.

I’m sick of the criminal justice system being held hostage.

I’m sick of reading social media for clues on what will happen next.

I’m sick of businesses being attacked for calling the police.

I’m sick of arsonists not knowing how to fact check.

I’m sick of being accused of excessive force and media suppression.

I’m sick of the media talking about tear gas but not homicides within the protests.

I’m sick of being told how many shots is acceptable to shoot someone.

I’m sick of having to take my uniform off before I go home.

I’m sick of the loudest voices getting all of the airtime.

I’m sick of national figures using this situation for preexisting agendas.

I’m sick of the goal posts constantly moving.

I’m sick of hearing how much worse everything will be if the officer isn’t indicted.

I’m sick of feeling helpless.

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139 thoughts on “I’m Sick of…

  1. Man, all I can tell you is soldier on. As you know, you have to be the clear thinker for those aren’t thinking so clearly for whatever reason. That is part of being a professional and I have no doubts that you all are doing your best to remain professionals no matter what. I know the officer who was involved in the shooting is going through his own personal hell now and my prayers and thoughts are with him and his family. My thoughts and prayers are also with the family of Michael, who are going through their own personal hell too.

    I was in the Middle East, when it wasn’t so stylish to be there (many years ago). Several times I got into the midst of some things I honestly was blessed to walk away from without a stream of B+ behind and around me. Those situations were really unpleasant, but probably the most stressful situation I was ever in was when I came home to my little quiet home town.

    It happened I was talking with a friend who ran a small shop. Four masked men stormed the door, two with guns drawn. No shots were fired and I was unarmed and the shopkeeper was unarmed as well. One of the goons ran towards me and stuck a 9mm slide operated Smith or Ruger in my face and ordered me to get down on the floor. That order went against all I was ever taught and trained for, but the man with the gun was clearly the man in charge at the moment, and I didn’t want to do anything that would further risk myself or my shopkeeper friend. After all they caught us pretty much flat footed. Fortunately for us, the robbers took only the money of the cash register. Had they been of the mind to they easily could have taken both our lives. We called 911 and the police showed up quickly, but of course the crooks were long gone.

    Why do I mention this you might ask?

    Well, in my “world” the two goons with the guns wouldn’t have faired very well in the end, but that wasn’t in my “world”. I was totally unarmed with the exception of keeping a cool head. In the “world” of that evening I was at the mercy of the goon with the pistol pointed at my face and his “crew” shall I say. It was a black police lady who was the first through the door that evening. She was clearly on full alert and did a thorough end to end sweep of the store, which was quite large for one person to address tactically, but she faced it with purpose and professionalism. Her arrival was a welcome site for this sheepdog and his retired SF buddy.

    I can tell you first hand that in such a situation you clearly don’t want a police officer to take any unnecessary risks, but nether do you want them to refuse to act out of fears that they might end up on CNN as the officer of the month or quarter if they can keep the furor stirred up that long.

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    • You obviously missed the whole point of what the message is saying!! It’s not saying they’re tired of the job! It’s saying they’re tired of critics just like you waiting to pounce. Maybe 1-2% of cops are bad leaving a whopping 98% being good, wonderful or exemplary cops out there but people only want to hear or bash the bad ones not praise all those honorable cops who place their lives freely on the line every day to help citizens. Yea, they draw a paycheck but they have to worry about the dangers of being shot or having to protect themselves or the public and then face the scrutiny of said public for a decision they have seconds to make and you have the leisure of having days to pick apart. People like youakd me sick. You need to put yourself in their jobs, face their dangers, risk your life daily. Then you’ll have the right to judge them fairly. Otherwise get off your soapbox!!

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  2. thank you for the post! It was well written and NEEDED to be written. People seem to have forgotten that cops are humans too and it’s really disturbing. I am also shocked at how little has been covered to show eveything the police in Ferguson have been put through during this nightmarish time that they did not ask for. I guess it’s easier to pain them as some villainous caricature than real people. Lately it’s somehow controversial to support Police and be thankful for everything they do for us. My husband went through the police academy and I have wrriten a blogpost also in support of Officer Wilson and Fairness: http://writingtheleftunsaid.blogpost.com Stay safe out there and keep up all the great writing!

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  3. Your sickness may well be prejudicial to your behavior. Get help, or stop doing a job that makes you sick.
    You knew the job requirements and you signed on. If you are not the problem, then stop assisting and enabling those who are a danger to society. Being a cop doesn’t give you cover to break the law.
    I’m sick of those who refuse to accept facts.
    I’m sick of power being abused.
    I’m sick of false statements by those hired to protect us.
    I’m so sick of bad behavior, I’m working to remove those who infect the environment for the real goodguys. So should you.

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    • Ahhh…let me get this straight…you’re tired of police officers assuming that because 1 black person is bad then all must be bad? Your sick of police stereotyping? But its ok for you to assume because 1 police officer is bad that all others are?…Im lovin the double standards…

      Im sick to though….
      Im sick of people thinking they no facts when all you actually know is what you read on a web page or on the News
      Im sick of the “racist” card being abused
      Im sick of false statements by witnesses
      The police are sick of bad behavior,they are working to remove those who infect the environment for the real good guys…So should you

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    • Cops don’t “sign up for” the bullshit that happened in Ferguson. And “I’m sick of…” doesn’t mean the guy’s got a sickness he needs help for. Are there some cops who are actually a danger to society? Yes, but they are an extreme minority. They’re just the ones you hear about or see videos of on the news. Do you know how many law enforcement officers are out there who are NOT the bad guys? If you’re sick of those who refuse to accept facts, how about the fact that most, not all but most, of the “abusive cop” videos you see are the result of the “citizen” committing a crime and refusing to follow the officer’s orders, putting him at unnecessary risk? The camera isn’t rolling for that part unless there’s a cop’s dash cam video available. The number of those hired to protect us who make false statements is, again, statistically low. Contrary to common belief, good cops want to get rid of bad cops as much as the public does. As this blog post suggests, they are sick and tired of all being considered and treated as the enemy. They don’t band together to protect bad cops. And to be honest, there are millions of us sick of watching the race card being played, and a good cop being accused of shooting somebody because of race, when in fact the shooting is the direct result of a suspect’s behavior, as in the Mike Brown case, and is an interaction between a cop and a suspect, not a white guy and a black guy.

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  4. I’m sick of excuses for violence.
    I’m sick of abuse of power.
    I’m sick of unjust violence directed at any person.
    I’m sick of the denial by those who blindly support factions of police who are thugs.
    The issues at hand are real!
    If you aren’t the problem, then be part of the solution.
    Expose those who have brought this Rath on your name. No excuses.

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    • Excuses for violence: a police officer defending his life is not simple an “excuse”
      abuse of power: had not been proven in the slightest
      blindly supporting police: is total ignorance to how the media has villainized police during the coverage of Ferguson

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    • I’m sick of ignorance, sitting behind a computer who haven’t walked a mile in their shoes. I was a nurse. I got assaulted, spit on, kicked, cursed at. And for what? Trying to help save their stupid junky life. Public Service is trying to help society, and people sitting behind their computers trying to enflame bad situationd are equal to arsanists. Shut up, if you can’t walk the walk yourself!

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    • I’m sick of USA being 15% blacks and blacks having 55% of crimes committed.
      I’m sick that every other race don’t cry racism around every turn except blacks.
      I’m sick of black people acting like blacks don’t commit crimes unless the police officer was black as well
      I’m sick of every black person using that happened over 100 years ago as an excuse
      I’m sick of whites getting on these forums and blabbing out racist remarks
      I’m sick of whites thinking there better than blacks

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  5. Using the media as an excuse for revealing the abuse of power, is how those who are unaffected by racial bias remove themselves. Blame anyone or anything but a lack interest in the truth.
    When the church denied abuse, the abusers continued to destroyed lives. When a community supports police violence, they too are just as culpable.

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    • That is total crap. You can still be effected and outraged by this even though you’re “not effected by racial bias” which is just your fancy way of implying that white people don’t have a valid opinion and that trying to be fair to BOTH parties involved (the officer and mike brown) is somehow condoning “abuse”. As a white person I can be outraged by the way the media has verbally crucified this officer who is a public servant with NO proof that he did anything wrong, and he has been hung out to dry and his life has been ruined. THAT is abuse of power by the media.
      http://writingtheleftunsaid.blogspot.com/2014/08/breastfeeding-and-ferguson-title-you.html

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      • People…this guy is not a police officer. He is a wanna be police officer..
        “(WS)lnlbqxlb says: Friend, you must be having difficulty reading because I’ve said repeatedly that I am not an officer in Ferguson. It would be awfully difficult to “abuse” anyone from that town even if I was so inclined, which my writing has indicated is not remotely the case. Open your mind a little and stop generalizing.”
        (WS)lnlbqxlb, your message is misleading people to have sympathy for you and your “hate” of a job you don’t own. This incident has become world news for a reason, and the actions now being taken by the city of Ferguson are proof of their culpability. “Awfully difficult to abuse anyone from that town”…really? The numbers alone speak for themselves. 22,000 residents; 33,000 citations for (2013) mostly non violent crime; 86% of citations written to people of the black community, meaning those households have an average of 3 citations per household for the lowest income residents. Ferguson makes 2.3 million dollars of revenue for their budget from vehicular tickets. Second leading income for the city. That is criminal for many reasons. Those are facts…and surely that will upset some of you.

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      • Ma’am, I said I’m not a Ferguson Police Officer. There’s over thirty agencies that have responded to these events. Numerous municipal officers from the surrounding area have been mutual aided to respond to riots and looting since this all began. I have detailed this repeatedly. Your other six comments repeating yourself have been removed. If you continue to spam the comments section you will be banned from commenting. Fair warning.

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    • I’ve been retired from working with LEO for several years now, but when I did work and knew many officers personally, all of them were very conscientious and professional about their jobs. I realize that in many barrels of apples there are 1 or 2 that are bad, but I never personally encountered any like that. My co-workers included city police officers, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers (also one FBI agent).

      I fully support all the peace officers in the state of Missouri (except maybe 1 state trooper & 1 chief of police). But I condemn many of Missouri’s politicians all the way to the governor who have no idea what a nation of laws is supposed to look like.

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      • If only Ferguson had no police at all, or if they kept only the 3 black cops, surely it would immediately become Utopia. Right?

        Ferguson has the government it elected, just like everyplace else.

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      • I left a job working with the public as a social worker in estl because I became jaded, cynical, and was not providing the best non judgmental care to my clients. It is not healthy to stay in an emotionally/mentally taxing job. I urge you to find peace and do something less stressful. We can’t all save the world even though we want to. doing what we can for as long as we can is truly enough. And stepping aside it is the responsible thing to do in those situations. The response of “will you hold my place on the line if I do” is silly. Police forces have survived for years with turnover. They will continue to.

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      • My response is not silly because the crisis is still on-going. When matters have finally and truly settled down it would be wise to expect that the number of law enforcement officers in St. Louis County will drop dramatically.

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      • @ “a” – Why are you calling the writer a “bad cop?” What has he done to make you accuse/defame him? Except be honest about what it’s like to have to deal with an unimaginable situation? There are many good people in Ferguson but unfortunately they have had to endure a heavy, and heavily armed, police presence because of the violent activities of others, some of whom came from outside Ferguson intent on making trouble and creating a violent and unlawful situation out of a peaceful protest. The writer is telling it like it is to be charged with trying to control a nearly uncontrollable situation while under a microscope and under assault. Of course he doesn’t want this. That doesn’t make him a bad cop. Hopefully he’ll stick it out as the situation gets back to normal. Unfortunately, as history has shown, people may respond badly if/when Officer Wilson is exonerated and not charged. The violence in Ferguson may not be over yet.

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  6. I always wondered if Nazi soldiers had remorse while doing their job, it never occurred to me the fealt like shit the whole time, thanks for the insight.

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    • Actually, a lot of Nazis DID feel shame, but they had no choice. Many of the lower level Nazis were in a situation where, if they expressed or were suspected of remorse or guilt and showed any indication they might not obey orders, they risked not just their own deaths but their families’ as well. Not all Germans of that era supported Hitler and the Nazi party, what they stood for and the atrocities they committed. And cops in the US are not comparable to Nazis. People who make that comparison are just plain ignorant of police and of Nazis/Nazism.

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      • Aw come on, there is never any excuse to be a part of atrocities and genocide. The threat of killing / imprisoning family members is the oldest trick in the book to tempt someone to knuckle in and become a murderer. My family and I have had a long discussion on this and if any of us were ever directed to kill as they did, we would refuse to do so even if it came to the loss of our own life of the lives of each other.

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      • I’m not trying to defend Nazis. There is no real defense. I just understand that there were many Germans who outwardly supported them out of fear. And some who were forced to join them. Our soldiers have been put in the same position. You get drafted, you do what you’re told. If you don’t think it happens with Americans, google The My Lai massacre. I hope you can stomach the images.

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      • It’s insensitive as in the author of this has lost touch with what the actual story is. An unarmed boy was murdered, there’s nothing that can be introduced to this story that justifies that. There’s nothing that can justify the countless slayings of unarmed brown men and women, at the hands of police. To attempt to do so, while not surprising anymore, is tragic. Insensitive.

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      • Sir, there are a lot of stories taking place. However, generalizing the actions of one officer, of whom we haven’t heard the whole story, and making all cops out to be somehow complicit in the deaths of every black person killed unjustly is just asinine.

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      • An unarmed boy was murdered, there’s nothing that can be introduced to this story that justifies that.

        You must be following the wrong story, Mike, because no such conclusion can be drawn from this one and the only deceased party here was an 18 year old, 6’4″ 295 pound man.

        Since you seem to have access to the whole script, can you tell us how it ends?

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      • Actually, the cops who responded to the troubles in Ferguson HAVE BEEN victimized, and villified. And true honesty often appears insensitive to those who don’t want to hear or can’t handle the truth. As for your comment below, the “actual story” is that “an unarmed boy” was not murdered. He was justifiably shot during the commission of a crime and had, in fact, immediately previous to THIS interaction with a police officer, committed a crime that could have been a simple shoplifting offense but became a felony because he escalated it to include assault and physical intimidation. Michael Brown should not have been shot and killed, but I believe the officer felt he had no choice. I believe that’s true in the majority of the cases in which a suspect is shot by a cop. And it is FACT that most of the black men shot or shot and killed by white cops were shot because of their own actions. The common denominator in those cases IS white cop/black suspect. But why do people forget about the “suspect” part and infer that it’s always a racist, bad white cop and an innocent young black, even calling the black men “boys” when they are adult sized men suspected of committing crimes for which they would be tried as adults? And what “countless slayings?” Especially “at the hands of police?” Your ridiculous exaggeration totally destroys any credibility you might otherwise have had. And your willingness to blame cops without any consideration of the situation or willingness to accept that most police shootings are proven to be justified goes to show both ignorance and prejudice. Questionable police shootings can be and often are investigated by special civilian commissions, not just rubber-stamp-approved by a cop’s own superiors.

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    • There are many reasons that justify the shooting of ANY unarmed person. Do research. You have NO IDEA what really went down that day… nobody does. But we DO know that he was not shot while running away, and he was not shot with his arms raised in surrender… but that he WAS shot while advancing toward the officer. Posting that there is never a reason to shoot an unarmed person is ludicrous.

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    • What’s the difference in people’s tears and cop’s tears. Both came from human beings the last time I checked. As of now I have yet to see any Robocops. A little compassion for your fellow man please. It doesn’t seem to me that he is looking for sympathy, maybe a little empathy. He has been called into some pretty horrific situations over the last couple of weeks, situations that were out of control, extremely dangerous by the vast numbers of rioters and scary. Why haven’t you learned in your life that when a man admits that he was scared, especially a cop, to the general public, that he is being totally sincere. So don’t be so rude and cold.

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    • Police are victims just like Wilson would likely have been a victim if he didn’t fight back…Criminals tears…I love em

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  7. Let me get this straight… you are sick of doing your JOB?? a JOB you chose to do… this is laughable… and you ppl agree wholeheartedly… I bet you are sick that you can no longer physically mentally and emotionally abuse the ppl of Ferguson… I bet that does suck… All that other shit is BS i was in Ferguson do you ppl have any idea what is actually going on out there that is not reported on Fox News?? My man Jon Stewart described you all very will…just ignorant… Your sick of being a cop? your sick of doing your job?? get a new damn job… It will be a relief to the ppl of ferguson to have a cop like you off the streets… you aren’t trying to make a difference out there if you were you would understand the outrage… but you dont… smh Try being a black man… see how quickly you get sick of that…

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    • Friend, you must be having difficulty reading because I’ve said repeatedly that I am not an officer in Ferguson. It would be awfully difficult to “abuse” anyone from that town even if I was so inclined, which my writing has indicated is not remotely the case. Open your mind a little and stop generalizing.

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    • Let me get this straight…you are sick of furgosun…a place you choose to live…this is laughable…I bet you are sick that you can no longer commit crimes without being punished…I bet that does suck…my man everyone other than John Stewart describes you very well…your sick of furgosun…your sick of police?…then move…back to Africa and see how ebola and there police treat you…It will be a relief to the people of furgosun to have a criminal like you off the streets…you arent trying to make a difference by protesting…if you were you would understand why the criminal was shot…but you dont…smh try being a police man…see how quickly you get sick of that

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  8. I’m sick of cops murdering our young black men every 28 hours. I’m sick of black people being targeted by racist cops who hide behind their badge to exact their own modern day branding of black people by your illegal stops and petty arrests. I’m sick of you crying like a kid. If you can’t stand the heat of being a cop then quit and become a greeter at Wal-Mart.

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    • 1 in 4 people shot by cops is black. The vast majority of police shootings are justified. Half of all murders are of blacks, by blacks. Those are actual murders, non-justifiable criminal homicides. Are you sick of that too, or is it only when someone white pulls the trigger that you care? Trayvon tells me it’s probably the latter.

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      • I’m absolutely sick of black men murdering black men, but that occurance is not an inherent condition of being black. That is a result of systemic racism that keeps black and brown men and women virtually locked out of prosperous avenues- an institution that is speerheaded by profiling on behalf of the police. I’m sick of that, yes. The vast majority of all murder victims are killed by members of their own race. Why is black murder the only one we have a title for?

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      • That, my friend, is nonsense. Black people do not slaughter each other wholesale because of white people.

        Black people are not locked out of anything. Many of the shut themselves out by failing to get educated, avoid crime and refrain from teenage/unmarried parenthood. Those are sources of black poverty.

        You’ll notice that the places where black people most fail to prosper are the same places run by the people who specifically claim to champion those very same black people. Well, if you look, you’ll notice.

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    • “I’m sick of cops murdering our young black men every 28 hours.”

      Every hour, a black kills another black. Why don’t you care?

      (And if you don’t want to be shot by an officer, don’t attack the officer. Don’t do anything that makes them think you’re going to attack them. In fact, don’t break the law to begin with. It’s amazing how effective it is.)

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    • Are you also sick of black on black crime, which happens to claim a multitude of lives daily? Just in the last few days in North STL, BABIES have been hit! Drive by shooting statistics are mind boggling! Where’s the outrage and protests for this? I agree, black lives…NO…ALL lives matter! If the domestic terrorists would stop harassing innocent people and law enforcement, maybe they could see what’s truly killing them? NO one has the “American right” to treat Anyone the way these terrorists have treated Law enforcement and the people of STL!!! It’s time to take back this city and keep all races safe from harm. Just Love one another for Gods sake! We are all the same, yes?

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    • I think you have the term ‘shooting’ mixed up with ‘murder.’ The majority of those shot by police officers are shot during the commission of a crime or during the arrest phase. Nearly all of those shootings are deemed justifiable. All are investigated as a matter of routine. I don’t deny there are SOME instances of both racism and abuse of power by relatively FEW law enforcement officers. But I’m sick of nearly every person shot or injured by a cop being described as a good guy, a churchgoer, a gentle giant, a boy. I’m sick of people ignoring the fact that nearly all of those injured and even killed triggered the events that led to their own injury or death because they were either seen or suspected of committing a criminal act and either resisted or fleed from the arresting officer(s), often violently. So stop playing the victim card. It’s the Joker in the deck.

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  9. Mike, nick and blogsiren are shitbags. Kindly take your shit to one of the myriad of sites that act as an echo chamber for your opinion and stay there.

    Kley potter, please leave the internet. You’ve failed to demonstrate the basic intelligence that justifies your continued attempts at conversation.

    To the author, thank you for being out there. As someone who lives with a police officer who has been on the ferguson line, this is heartbreakingly familiar, and I’m sorry for how rough it’s been. Please know there a many people who support and are glad you do what you do.

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  10. I’m not a shitbag, tbh. All I’m saying is that murder isn’t justified. The process is flawed. To believe- as men and women are losing their lives, that there is not a better option, that police training cannot be evolved to stifle the frequency of this, is, again, tragic. To believe that this isn’t racialized is also tragic.

    The echo chamber is making noise in support of the Mike Browns, sure, but at the end of the day Mike Brown is dead and Darren Wilson will not be punished. Miss me with the notion that he has paid the price of having his whole life turned over in the aftermath of this. Cop tears. What is an echo chamber, but a burden to your ego, when in the real world 100s of 1000s of dollars have been donated to a murderer? Where are the real echoes coming from? You are not a victim, I’m sorry. This country supports you, clearly.

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  11. I’m sick of living in a police state. I’m sick of no-knock raids for routine police work or minor non-violent offenses. I’m sick of the incompetence that leads to the same no-knock raids being done on the wrong house and inhabitants being murdered in their homes and beds. I’m sick of seeing our police turned into and used as a standing domestic Army. I’m sick of seeing MRAPs and other vehicles designed to fight wars being used on our streets. I’m sick of civil asset forfeiture without due process of the law and in contradiction to the 4th Amendment. I’m sick of the statistically proven unequal enforcement of the law on the poor and minorities. I’m sick of the gang tactics and behaviors of the police. I’m sick of Escalation of Force and Use of Force not being adhered to or completely ignored. I’m sick of police lying to cover their own rears, to justify their actions, or to create probable cause where there was none before and the courts giving more weight to the word of a police officer and thus encouraging that lying. I’m sick of police planting false evidence and making up false crimes. I’m sick of “I feared for my life” being taught to police as a mantra for whenever they are involved in a shooting. I’m sick of police using tactics developed for war. I’m sick of police thinking they are at war against those they are suppose to “Serve and Protect” but aren’t legally obligated to. I’m sick of police ignoring the medical needs of those they arrest and then those people dying because of a lack of care. I’m sick of every day seeing a new video of the mentally ill being beaten to death or shot. I’m sick of “Stop Resisting” being used on people who are just trying to protect their bodies from more damage. I’m sick of watching police beat and taze people and then immediately tell them to stand up or stop resisting and then beat them some more because they can’t comply. I’m sick of seeing police giving contradictory orders and then engaging in violence because they can’t be complied with. I’m sick of police breaking more laws and putting more people in danger to generate revenue and acting as tax collectors. I’m sick of policing for profit. I’m sick of police shooting first and asking questions later. I’m sick of police shooting innocent bystanders because they don’t make sure their line of fire won’t put someone else in danger or because they don’t properly identify their target. I’m sick of police shooting dogs when they have no real reason to. I’m sick of their dogs being used to attack non-violent people. I’m sick of them embedding undercover agents in political groups to incite violence or aggravate a situation to the point they can discredit a movement or disband a protest. I’m sick of the unconstitutional spying and surveillance they engage in then lie about. I’m sick of police aiming their weapons at unarmed, non-threating, and innocent bystanders (including children). I’m sick of “qualified immunity” and court protection for the misdeeds of police actions. I’m sick of their texting or working on a laptop while driving causing accidents and deaths and then blaming their victims. I’m sick of police enforcing laws that are unconstitutional and then saying they were just doing their job. I’m sick of police thinking they are above the Law or are somehow The Law. I’m sick of the psychological warfare of police uniforms being black and other tactics used to instill fear of them in the population. I’m sick of the “Blue Shield of Silence” that protects corrupt officers and those who engage in misdeeds. I’m sick of police having twice the rate of domestic violence. I’m sick of police expecting my respect and obedience just because they have a badge (as if they were our Masters). I’m sick of police escalating situations into more violent ones. I’m sick of having to fear the police when we are supposed to be a Free Society. I’m sick of police not acknowledging that we have the inherent right to resist unlawful orders, detainment, and arrest. I’m sick of seeing people being charged solely for resisting arrest. I’m sick of police thinking they can arrest anyone for any reason they choose at any time or place. I’m sick of living in the most imprisoned society in the world. I’m sick of police using their power to bully, intimidate, and coerce free citizens. I’m sick of, after all this, police expecting us to trust them, sympathize with them, and whining and blaming us because we don’t. I’m sick of hearing them give the same excuses a wife-beater and child abuser gives to justify his violence. I’m sick of police thinking our rights are an impediment to their job when it is their duty to protect them. I’m sick of the fact they get away with these things on a regular basis with no accountability and that people continue to justify them and excuse their actions. I’m sick of police being allowed to investigate their own crimes and misconduct. And, lastly, I’m sick of police not remembering the purpose of their existence is not to enforce the will of tyrants, but to protect our life, liberty, and property from those who would violate them… including themselves. I will always prefer the raging tempest of liberty to the tranquility of tyranny and authoritarianism.

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  12. I’m sick of the media always damning if the police do, or if they don’t. I’m sick of protestors always being called “unarmed” when they are big 200-pound guys who can easily throw their weight, much less anything else they can their hands on, at you.

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      • Why use the figure of “200”? Mike Brown weighed around 275. People who are vastly outsized can use greater levels of force to respond to threats. No one expects a 150 lbs officer to jiu-jitsu someone into submitting when their attacker weighs nearly twice their weight. Well, maybe there are people that expect that to be the case but it’s not based on reality, precedent, or legality.

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      • Cj Daniels. What the guy meant was ‘can GET their hands on.’ But you knew that. You just needed to be a jerk. And “unarmed” Mike Brown had, within an hour of his death, used his size to intimidate a much smaller man, escalating his shoplifting to a felony “strong-arm robbery.” He then allegedly used his size to intimidate and assault another smaller man, who just happened to be armed. And wearing a badge. Mike Brown’s death was a result of his own aggression … and stupidity.

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  13. All I gotta say to all the people calling the cop a fascist or a murder is to get off the computer and put your feet in his shoes for a second then and only then do you have an opinion on who is and isn’t a murder

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  14. Seems a lot of commenters aren’t really reading the blog post. The old “skim until offended” method of reading. Author, please keep sharing your thoughts. It’s good to hear a different perspective from someone who’s there.

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  15. I don’t know who you are but you all have been in our prayers. We are very sick of many of these things, especially being stuck in our home. Thank you for your candidness. I am most sick of disagreeing being considered the same as hating.

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    • That DOES happen. You just don’t know about it because it doesn’t make the news. Get to know a cop or two or, better yet, live with one and you’ll realize how many good ones there ARE and how much they dislike the bad ones who cause problems for all of them. The good cops suffer because of their “guilt by association” with bad cops. People here are perfect examples of those who prejudge cops because there are bad apples in the bushel basket. Prejudice against cops is just as bad as prejudice against blacks or any other group. It’s WRONG. Period.

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  16. Thank you for sharing this. You are appreciated by myself and so many people out here for all you do and sacrifice everyday. I am sorry you do not here this more. It’s sad how many jerks there are out here. You are thought of everyday. Thank you and I appreciate you.

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  17. Wow some of these comments are just awful. Especially considering that the author is a police officer that is enduring so much hate and negativity being piled on him already as he tries to do his job. Thank you sir for your first hand account of the true story there. I pray for your safe return home every night. Thank you for doing what you do even though there are times that you are indeed sick of it. And I do totally understand having a job that you truly love, but there are times that you are truly sick of. Shame on all the commenters that are rude to someone expressing their feelings in a difficult time. Stay safe.

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  18. Well after reading all the post, I sick of people that have never been stop because of your skin tone. Wi llnever know what it feel like. I am sick the black on black crime because it’s just what the white people want. If black people truly open their eyes and see the real power they would have in unity. That would make a diffence. I am sick of police officer that are wrong in taking a life whether black or white, they need to pay for the crime when they are wrong. If I killed someone that was attacking me,I would have to pay for that. Just because you wear a badge dose not ake it right. Bottom line right is right wrong is wrong.

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    • I think one of the biggest problems with this entire debate is people, black or white, assuming that they can generalize what an entire group feels or wants. As a white person I don’t want black people to die or kill each other just as I assume you don’t want white people to die or kill each other. Assumption is the root of prejudice.

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    • I have been pulled over 16 times in 2 years. My skin tone is not black or brown. I am white. My car is legal and I have been driving for 34 years. For the most part, the officers were polite. I did have one completely freak out on me and almost draw his weapon. My offense was making an illegal u-turn behind another squad car that made a u-turn. I didn’t see the sign. The skin tone of this officer was white. Another time a black police officer was very nice to me on one of those stops and thanked me for being polite to him as well. There are bad cops. I don’t think it has anything to do with skin color. I think that they are just assholes in general. But for every bad cop, there are at least 20 good cops. I do not have an actual statistic on this number, just based on my experiences over the years. Again, I am white and I do not want black on black crime. I do not want any kind of crime. I am very sick of hearing how prejudice white people are, because that just isn’t the case. I work with the public in a very stressful job. I am not racist. I do not see color, I see people. I am prejudice against assholes no matter the skin color. I am sick of black people saying they the object of racism, when in fact some black people are the most racist in America. I am sick of black people saying they do not have the same opportunities as white people, when in fact because of all the minority allowances given by the government they have far more advantages than I do. I am sick of hearing black guys saying they had no chance to have a better career. That is total BS. I have a dear friend that is civilian worker for the military that is a radioactive specialist. He makes around $120k a year. He is black. He chose different avenues as a black teenager. He chose not to do drugs. He chose not to commit crimes. He chose to go to school and get an education. He chose to speak proper English. You choose what you want. And you live with those choices. I am sick of people who have no compassion to other members of the human race. I am sick of people disrespecting police officers in general. I am sick of police officers in my city having to ride 2 to a car for safety reasons. To the author: please keep writing, as it is a good way to deal with the unimaginable for your mental health. And I enjoy your posts. I am sorry that you have to worry about doing something as basic as getting lunch, because you shouldn’t have to. But I understand that. Two officers were shot in my city while eating their lunch. You have the right to be sick. And all of humanity should have some compassion. Thank you for being out there. Stay safe.

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      • I was pulled over by a black female cop once in University City. We were driving side by side in the same direction down Olive doing the speed limit. As we approached Midland, the nose of my car started to creep very slowly past the nose of her car. She then dropped back, got behind me and hit her lights and siren. I immediately pulled over, keeping my hands in plain view on the steering wheel and kept my mouth shut. She approached, asked for my license and went back to her car. A few minutes later she returned, handed back my license and started to walk away. I asked her why I was pulled over. She stated “you were rude” and continued walking away.

        How do you interpret this scenario? This was my take on it. If you’ve ever noticed, most drivers are intimidated by the sight of a police car, and they will usually if going in the same direction, stay behind it even if it’s driving under the speed limit. So we have a white boy who isn’t displaying the expected signs of being intimated by a police car, on top of the fact that she is a black female, and there you have it….”I was rude”. No traffic offence, no ticket. She just made sure I knew who the boss was. You know what I did? I turned around and headed to the U City PD and reported her ass to the shift supervisor. She is what you call a “power tripper”.

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  19. I read your piece “I’m sick of..” There are many things to be “sick of ” in America as there many things to love about this country of OURS. I emphasize “OURS” because your list of what you’re “sick of ” is uniquely and collectively “ours,” and to be “sick of” America per se, is to be sick of what it always has been and always will be. There never were any “good old days.” We are America, and America is defined by its people. We’re all in this together, like it or not. Your screed comes across as someone who has grown up, and had that idealistic veil rudely yanked from their eyes and are finally seeing America, and the world, for what it is. I wear a badge, and trust me, there are many things I’m sick of. I just want to finish my shift and go home the next day just like you. You swore to serve and protect, without conditions, did you not? But if you’re openly venting your rage and frustration as you did in “I’m sick of…” I would go confer with my stress unit, or consider hanging up that badge and belt.

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    • Good post. While I appreciate the sentiment, I think I’m owed a fair bit of allowance with venting after what we’ve been through in the last several weeks. It’s not so much I have had the veil yanked from my eyes as it is seeing some of the worst humanity has to offer on such a grand scale and then not being able to so much as turn on the TV without being told that it’s my fault. I took solace the first night that things were so bad that there was no way to justify what was happening. Boy was I wrong.

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      • You say that you’re sick of what has happened to you over the last few weeks? Black and brown people are sick of being treated the way they’ve been treated for years. Since Africans got off the boats they were treated like crap. Blacks and browns get skimmed over on jobs because of their names, it used to be legal to kill them, the schools in their districts are underfunded, they are treated terrible by law enforcement and those are facts. Cops are always given the benefit of the doubt in situations and almost never get persecuted for their actions, legal or not. The biggest thing is that a cop has to only fear getting fired for seriously screwing up. A cop kills someone innocent and the family gets paid off while the officer is possibly fired. A civilian kills someone innocent and they are locked up for life. Cops need to be held at a higher standard than the average person when it comes to breaking the law. You want the opinion of law enforcement to change? Stop protecting bad cops. It’s hard to see good cops when you have cops killing kittens in front of kids, cutting off pet chicken heads and leaving them for kids to find, shooting pet dogs, beating people, shooting people, discriminating against people and never getting reprimanded for it. Being a cop is essential a losers dream job. They can act the tough guy while the people who bullied them in high school has to hold their tongue.

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      • Cops are individual people and individual people make mistakes and commit atrocities just like members of every other possible group or demographic of which you happen to be a part. Nothing you’ve described is anything I’ve witnessed or had the opportunity to stop first hand. Nothing you’ve described is anything I would have had the supervisory authority to intervene in even if I had witnessed such things. I’m not responsible for every atrocity committed by every individual within a larger general nationwide group I happen to belong to and neither are you. As one stands considering a crowd of people calling for their death it’s clear that there’s far more to fear in law enforcement than your minimalistic worst-case-scenario of termination. Tell me, is that your “losers dream”?

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    • Are you also sick of innocent until proven guilty? Also, I’m not sure you know the definition of “premeditated” since even if Darren Wilson killed Mike Brown unjustly, there is zero evidence it was premeditated.

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  20. This is the most absurd crap that I have ever read, not the poem the comments! You would think that is 1814, not 2014. The black community is so stuck on what my ANCESTORS did that they forgot. This cop that killed Michael Brown was defending himself. He was in fear of his life and I don’t care what color you are or how ignorant you are, if someone is beating your ass you’re going to defend yourself. The reason so many blacks are arrested for traffic violations and crime in Ferguson is because the population of Ferguson is mostly BLACK. Someone show me how many middle class white kids live in Ferguson? It’s hard to pull a white guy over in Ferguson because there aren’t any white guys! Why doesn’t a white guy getting killed by the cops make work news in a couple day (which happens). It’s because we white folk don’t have the good Reverend and media giant NAACP banking us up. I’m not racist in the least bit. Several of my brothers/best friends are black guys and I don’t see color. I am discriminant against ignorance. I see ignorance standing out on the corners of Ferguson every day, protesting like this is the bus boycott in 1955. Get a life, a real life. Plenty of ghetto brothas got outta the hood and did something with themselves and are perfectly successful without whitey bringing them down without blaming someone else, like the cops. The cops aren’t holding you morons down, you are.

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    • You touched on another problem often overlooked in the discussion of racial profiling. Despite the fact that statistics involving age demographics on stops are collected, they aren’t exactly referenced often. What’s never mentioned is a breakdown of age and racial statistics together. For example, if you have a minority community diverse in age but a white population that is mainly elderly, those out driving are even less likely to be white, particularly after dark. Youths, for instance in a demographic consisting of 16-28, and regardless of skin color, are more likely to be out late at night when compared to their older counterparts skewing the stats even more. Night time is when the majority of your investigative stops, searches, and arrests are bound to take place because it is the time when the most crime is believed to occur. Therefore, if youths are out during a time frame more prone to investigative actions, and the youth demographic is skewed heavily toward minorities, then the rate of minority stops will be higher.

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  21. I feel sorry for all who are going through this. This is not how life is suppose to be. Its sad that after all the history we are still fighting the same war of racism . Its not even how it is but how its instilled in people. Personally I don’t care what color you are have respect and love for one another and be human. For God so loved the world he sent Jesus to die for us on the cross. Then man white and black men have died over the years to keep america safe. If you do not respect or love your fellow Americans get on plane and leave no one is making you stay here… Go riot there…stop disgrading are police extra because they are here to help keep us safe.

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  22. I’m so sick of the media showing us videos and images of police abuse of power and heavy-handed over-reach against protesters and the media. Why can’t the protesters and media be properly intimidated by this police abuse, and simply go away like they are supposed to?

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    • If you think the response was “heavy handed” then you either weren’t there or you’re being intellectually dishonest. The fact that the arrest numbers were so low while the number of shootings, not perpetrated by the police, has skyrocketed is evidence of that. Unless of course, you would like us to subscribe to the media narrative from the first several weeks that until August Ferguson was a crime-less Mayberry with a crooked Rambo: First Blood-esque police force. No one expects the protesters to go away. We expect them to stop lying, actually review evidence as it becomes available (or disregarding it when discredited), and be peaceful even if they’re unable to obey the letter of the law.

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      • A “sniper” atop an armored vehicle AIMING his weapon at protesters is heavy-handed. A herd of police aiming their weapons at a protester walking away with his hands in the air is heavy-handed. A cop aiming his weapon at protesters and telling them he will kill them is heavy-handed. A 30-year-veteran photo-journalist being arrested without just cause is heavy-handed. A leading journalism organization having to send a representative / lawyer to Ferguson to deal with all the abuses against journalists was unprecedented and due to the heavy-handed treatment of journalists. Protesters being told, illegally, to keep walking is heavy-handed. Shall I continue?

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      • Snipers can take out threats within a crowd, you know like people pulling guns and shooting at each other as happened at least five times in the first several weeks.

        The St. Ann cop who threatened to kill the reporters you’re referencing was FIRED. What’s more his reaction, while unjustified, is somewhat understandable after getting a bottle of urine thrown at him. Interesting that it came from the side with the media.

        Just because someone whom you agree with gets arrested, doesn’t mean it was without cause, PMC78.

        The keep walking comment is also humorous. If arranged specifically for protesters, as Ron Johnson implemented it, I would agree that’s a violation of rights. However, if you’re simply enforcing a loitering ordinance, it’s incidental to your protest. Find the city ordinance unconstitutional if you must, but how many cities across the country and the world have a loitering ordinance? It’s never been an affirmative defense to loitering that you were a protester. Of course, these days “I’m a protester” seems to be an affirmative defense for:
        -Murder
        -Unlawful Use of Weapons
        -Unlawful Possession of Weapons
        -Armed Criminal Action
        -Assault 1,2,3
        -Assault on an LEO 1,2,3
        -Arson, knowingly burning and exploding
        -Robbery 1,2
        -Burglary 1,2
        -Property Damage 1,2
        -Making a terrorist threat

        Heavy handed? Right.

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      • in a separate incident against journalists: “In an account for the NY Daily News, the photographer described how on Aug 16, a police officer pointed a rifle in her face, shouted for her to get to the ground, and told her she was under arrest. After the officer handcuffed her, he took her equipment and cel phone, and two other journalists were similarly detained. A short time later, her belongings were returned to her.” The technique has been described by legal experts as “catch and release,” a heavy-handed method used to intimidate journalists covering the protests.

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      • Catch and release doesn’t mean the person wasn’t committing a crime. Enough “journalists” and others have been caught in the lie that they weren’t doing anything when arrested. The notion that journalists in particular were targeted is so absurd when considering the amount of video available, the live streamers, and of course in a related twist the multitudes of protesters with their cell phone’s out taking video and photos at all time. What’s more, you’ve presented the greatest evidence against your own post. The journalist you’ve described was given break, a move that is discretionary, and “her belongings were returned to her.” Her camera wasn’t erased. If this was willful and blatant media suppression, why would she have her supposed evidence returned to her?

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      • The response was so heavy-handed that Amnesty International, for the first time in its history, has documented systemic and wide-ranging human rights abuses occurring INSIDE the United States – in Ferguson, MO. This includes:
        -Imposition of restrictions on the rights to protest – curfews, designated protest areas and other restrictions
        -Intimidation of protesters
        -Dispersal of protests
        -Use of tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protests
        -Use of Long Range Acoustic Devices
        -Orders to disperse
        -Restrictions on the Media as well as legal and human rights observers at protests
        -Failures of accountability for law enforcement in policing protests
        http://www.amnestyusa.org/research/reports/on-the-streets-of-america-human-rights-abuses-in-ferguson?page=show

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      • The Amnesty International report was a hyperbolic joke. I’ll go ahead and address each of your points.

        “-Imposition of restrictions on the rights to protest – curfews, designated protest areas and other restrictions”

        This isn’t a human rights abuse. Curfews in a demonstrably dangerous environment are not a human rights abuse. Designated protest areas in a demonstrably dangerous environment are not a human rights abuse. Being a protester isn’t like getting Lethal Weapon II diplomatic immunity. They’re still subject to following laws and don’t get a pass for violent or threatening behavior. Sorry.

        “-Intimidation of protesters”
        Intimidation is a notion that rings particularly biased and hollow coming from an environment of protesters readily calling for death and threatening destruction.

        “-Dispersal of protests”
        Once again, being a protester and becoming part of an unlawful assembly doesn’t give anyone the right to continue breaking laws. Being a protester doesn’t give anyone the right not to be dispersed.

        “-Use of tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protests
        -Use of Long Range Acoustic Devices
        -Orders to disperse”

        None of these are human rights abuses. What’s more, they’re used to prevent the need for escalation of physical force which would cause injury and possibly death. What tools would you allow for the dispersal of the crowd? Oh wait, you’re still trying to pretend that dispersing a crowd is a human rights violation in and of itself.

        “-Restrictions on the Media as well as legal and human rights observers at protests”
        I keep hearing this but I have to wonder, if it were remotely true, why would there be all this coverage and you know… an Amnesty International report.

        “-Failures of accountability for law enforcement in policing protests”
        Accountability? That’s rich coming from someone posting a report from an organization who is still lying about an organized criminal element who has been hurting police, civilians, business owners, and legitimately peaceful protesters since day one. The ones responsible for the violence are the reason for the above intervention.

        This is what I mean when I call your claims intellectually dishonest.

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  23. Y’all, it is possible for both sides of black/white, residents/officers to be “sick” of the status quo here. No need to discredit the other side. All of us carry a big ‘ol knapsack of history and experience that we project on this terrible day’s occurrence. It IS possible that the officer was threatened, it IS possible Michael Brown was threatened, it IS possible his hands went up, it IS possible he charged the officer and/or scuffled for his gun. It’s all ‘effin possible and let’s AGREE it all sucks and there’s a deep pit of healing that needs to happen for a few hundred years of very painful history leading to our present reality. C’mon. Just acknowledge that the other side HURTS. End of story.

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  24. You have many supporters. A lot of us are trying to find ways to stand in support of the officers. Without making the officers’ job harder. Im so sorry for what officers deal with on a daily basis,my prayers are with all who serve.

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  25. Please know you have our support. We are sorry that your hands have been tied and you aren’t being given the right to do your job.

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  26. My thoughts, prayers, and support are with you. You deserve so much more than the way you are being treated. I know you are sick of being spit on and peed on, too. Many Americans support you. I know your hands are tied by the CRS. I am so sorry.

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  27. I feel the same way that you feel. ENOUGH!! Our society has lost its way. We now allow the criminals to run our cities, so our elected officials need to stop worrying about their next election and show some leadership.
    The media needs to stop letting the lowest of the low have a voice.
    Our prosecutors need to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law to anyone who threatens ANYONE!! Allow our police force do their job.
    And no one should have the right to protest on private property for any reason.
    And it needs to be said that if you assault an officer they have a right to fight back. Its not that hard to understand!! If you don’t want the police to detain you, arrest you, stop you, cuff you then stop acting like a rabid dog.
    I pray for our police force and for their families.

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    • Pray tell sir, what abuses have I committed? Paranoia doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It comes from constant threats. If you want officers to be less paranoid, then the threats and assaults must stop.

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  28. This was an awesome read. I’d like to add: I’m sick of people deciding exactly what took place before any participants or witnesses have been interviewed by law enforcement. I’m sick of every incident between a white cop and a black citizen that has a bad outcome being called a racist attack by the cop when often it’s an interaction between a cop and a suspect first and foremost, without regard to race. I’t makes me sick to watch the black community throw down the race card, gather to protest the actions of law enforcement and demand criminal charges in a case like the confrontation between an officer like Darren Wilson and a suspect like Mike Brown BEFORE the facts of events leading up to the shooting, including the incident at the convenience store, have been gathered and analyzed. I’m sick of black Americans rallying around a man like Mike Brown, who did not deserve to die but was shot as a result of his own criminal actions, instead of supporting the family and cause of a young man like Jordan Davis, shot and killed by a heartless killer simply because he was a teenager listening to loud music. I’m sick of watching a peaceful protest being used by outsiders who have no real connection to the protest as an excuse to behave like savages, looting and burning the town, usually the economic center of the town, destroying small businesses and the livelihoods of innocent business owners and employees.

    I have first responders in my family and know the fears and the joys that are part and parcel of the job. The people who cannot appreciate these folks who risk their lives every single day, who sacrifice so much to work when others are not, and who sacrifice so much, including family time, more often than not have had run-ins with authorities that color their ability to see the reality of what first responders do for their communities. Of course if those people have an emergency, the first thought is to call for appropriate first responders.

    A heartfelt THANK YOU and best wishes for safe shifts to the hard working men and women who serve us, protect us, rescue us, assist us. The firefighters, police officers, medical personnel, service members and brave citizens who step in during emergent times of need.

    http://www.ahbutidigress.blogspot.com http://ampitupblog.wordpress.com/

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    • I’m with you. Mike Brown and Vonderitt Myers are granted sainthood while no one champions Jordan Davis or Levar Jones, incidents with clear evidence that the shooting was unjustified which resulted in subsequent prosecutions. Of course, if you’re a protester who admits that Davis and Jones are getting justice than you have to give up the absolutist worldview that the system is always wrong. Along the same lines, admitting that Myers and Brown were probably justified shootings means that all the violence (and non-violent protest as well) committed in their names was misplaced and for no reason.

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  29. If about 5,000 white people decided to have a peaceful protest in support of this police officer we would all be called racist.
    WHY???????????

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  30. Here’s one I’m sick of–the constant complaining about how the local municipalities take advantage of minorities due to traffic tickets. Obeying the law would solve most of that.

    I don’t understand why being poor, or a minority, means you don’t have to follow the law. Take a look at what happened last night–a police officer made a traffic stop for an burned out license plate light. Three times the driver pointed a gun at the officer, who backed off each time. Finally the driver was arrested, after a high speed chase, not for a burned out license plate light, but three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of armed criminal action. He could have just accepted the ticket and moved on, but no, he had to point a gun at a police officer. He’s lucky he’s not dead. Again, obeying the law, and accepting the consequences when you don’t, would solve a lot this.
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  31. I’ll believe there are ‘good cops’ when I see them arrest ‘bad cops’. Or is your point that there are no ‘bad cops’? You’re all just a bunch of choirboys.
    Number of LAPD cops convicted of violating Rodney King’s federal civil rights: 4
    Number of LAPD cops who were present for some or all of the Rodney King beatdown: 21.
    Q.E.D.

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    • FYI, LA is in a little state called California which is approximately 1800 miles away and you’re referencing an event that occurred in 1991. So let me get this straight, because 4 officers from a state on the other side of the country received time in the Federal penitentiary for an assault, which occurred in 1991, 23 years ago, before most cops working today were even employed, all cops are bad cops? Have you ever heard the term, trying to draw aggregate conclusions from individual data?

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      • Reading is fundamental. 4 cops were convicted and served time, but 21 cops were present for part or all of the beatdown. Did any of the other 17 cops try to stop the 4 who were violating King’s civil rights? No. Hene my opening statement. I’ll believe there are good cops when I see them arresting bad cops.
        Ramparts Division scandal
        Chicago PD jail torture scandal (led by supervisor Jon Burge)
        I could go on, but you’ll simply throw up chaff and groundclutter to try to confuse your audience.

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      • I’ll reiterate your point about the fundamentals of reading. Have you ever heard the term, trying to draw aggregate conclusions from individual data?

        Never mind the fact that all of the incidents you’ve cited are from the nineties and have nothing to do with the St. Louis area or me, for that matter. I know that may be confusing to you, but I doubt it’s confusing to the rest of my audience. That’s okay, continue to draw absolutist conclusions from outliers while ignoring the fact that not just some but most officers conduct themselves professionally with respect for the law and the civil rights outlined in the constitution. Ignore the fact that police interaction with the public is somewhere between 15-20% of the public each year while only around 1.5% of those interactions results in a threat of force or use of force. That’s okay, you want to believe something so bad that nothing I can say will change that. You are entitled to your belief and as long as you remain civil you can post those beliefs in the comments section here as much as you’d like.

        http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/ascii/cpp08.txt

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    • Really? You don’t think things have changed in the twenty years since “Rodney King?” Look, there are ALWAYS going to be a statistically insignificant percentage of cops who are bad cops. Why? Because cops are human. They are a microcosm of society. Some will be awesome at their jobs. Some will be average and some will be bad at it. And some will be power hungry losers who abuse their power and profile people. The best we can do is try and weed them out before they go out on the job, either through the application process or during training. Unfortunately that’s not a perfect process and some won’t be exposed until they get caught doing something illegal and/or abusing civilians. And rest assured, there ARE good cops who will report the actions of bad cops. Nobody wants to be associated with a bad cop. The other cops know their careers are on the line, their pensions as well in many cases, if they aid or condone or fail to report those activities. More bad cops will be exposed as body-cams become more prevalent. more will be deterred from bad behavior or deterred even from becoming cops, if power was their goal.

      Your argument would have been very valid two decades ago, but with each passing year it becomes less valid. Look, I think we all can agree that one unjustified shooting is one too many. We can agree that certain behaviors by cops should not be tolerated. But when you look at the bigger picture, given the numbers of law enforcement officers from different departments (municipal cops, sheriffs, state troopers, etc.) and the numbers of interactions they have with citizens on a daily basis, the number of bad outcomes is statistically insignificant. That’s a terrible way to look at it, and not meant to marginalize the experiences of the people who are victimized, or to offend them, but that’s reality. It almost makes me sick to even say that, but I am a realist. I understand basic statistical analysis. And, having several cops in my family, I know many cops and know most are just good, hardworking people who became cops because they wanted to be the good guys. Off the job they’re regular people with families. And nearly every one who has to fire their weapon and injures or kills a suspect is devastated by having done so. It’s not an easy thing to live with. To hear it from people like you, the majority of cops straps on their weapons in the locker room before roll call, hoping that today would be the day they can shoot an unarmed, innocent minority and get away with it because they’re cops. Or maybe they’ll just beat the shit out of a couple of people, and if they’re lucky they can practice their illegal choke hold techniques.

      Seriously, look at this objectively. Claiming that all cops are bad because a small, really small, percentage of them are is as bad as being a racist and blaming all blacks or Hispanics or whatever for the actions of a small percentage. It’s wrong. And there’s no way you can defend it. All we can do is try to eradicate abuse when we can, or at least expose it. But the odds are it will never disappear completely. Raising kids to hate and fear people because of their race, or their religion, or their jobs, is wrong.

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