Tuesday night was a little tense with more attempts at violence, particularly in front of City Hall. However, when compared with Monday, the violence simmered quickly and everything that has happened since then has been remarkably limited in scope. There are many who speculate that the presence of 2200 National Guardsman has curtailed the violence and there is probably more than a little truth to that.
However, there is a sense that we are not out of the woods yet. A claim by a protester at the Ferguson PD that the Guard can’t protect the police forever seems to ring true, consistent with the generally accepted narrative that the violence isn’t over yet. August was violent in the beginning and then tapered off. November has proved to be violent and then shut off completely. I have little problem saying that the reason for the inexplicable and sudden cessation of Monday levels of violence is not because of the hundred-hundred and fifty arrests since then. Far more rioters were involved in the activities of Monday night than a hundred and fifty.
Fortunately, if there is one silver lining to be derived from the dark cloud that Monday night represented, it seems as though the media honeymoon with the protesters may be over. Allowing the media to go where they want but with the caveat that they would be on their own if they ran into trouble allowed for reporters to see first hand the level of violence we encountered in the first couple of weeks. The arguments by protesters that we were the problem back in August rings completely hollow when reporters are getting assaulted, robbed, carjacked, and shot at.
Interestingly, because of the Mike Brown supporters and their falling out with the media, a questionable use of less lethal force by a County Officer on Halls Ferry has completely failed to generate the outrage it normally would and probably should. The specifics of that incident are still light on details and it seems as though the individual in question was probably a looter, but the use of less lethal force in this situation against the passenger is probably a mistake from the information available at this time.
Still, the media coverage has completely lacked the outrage present in the local and national coverage from before. For example, a few weeks back, the FAA’s narrative about the county police requesting a no fly zone for media was reported at every news break when the story first came out. Consequently, the FAA decided to divert flights landing at Lambert and restrict air travel below certain levels over Ferguson on Monday night due to regular reports of gunfire. So much for the implication that the police were trying to exclude the media to cover up abuses.
The protester pushed narrative that the police were responsible for the violence appears to be at an end. Still, a few intellectually and morally bankrupt writers like Sarah Kendzior maintain their solemn vigil like a vagrant huddled in the corner of a dark alley repeating nonsensical ramblings. Rewind back to last week and the individuals boarding up their businesses were racist for assuming the protesters would turn violent. Fast forward to our post-grand jury world, and the police and firemen are racist for supposedly letting W. Florissant burn. She fails to reference her utterly wrong contention that the protests would be peaceful (to the point that disagreement was racist) or the repeated gunshots being fired at first responders by arsonists who didn’t want their efforts to go to waste.
Meanwhile, tonight will be my first night back to a regular ten hour shift, though our days off are still canceled until further notice. We’ve been working twelve hours shifts since Monday and I’ve really started to notice a difference. My mind and specifically my vocabulary are actively turning into mush. Hopefully, the guard will help to bring about some degree of peace and I can stop living out the last act of Flowers for Algernon.