The situation in Ferguson has calmed dramatically since Monday. There are still protests, but without the active threat of pending violence that the demonstrators have taken advantage of for months, their complaints seem much more inconsequential. Tempers have not cooled and the inevitable departure of the National Guard will be the test to see if we have achieved any modicum of lasting peace. I’m personally skeptical, but don’t mind if in the meantime people want to lay on the floor of shopping malls or peacefully picket in front of Ferguson PD because they’re too afraid to step things up again like they did on Monday.
On Tuesday, 11/25/2014, our emergency plan was finally put into effect even though we were called in on Monday. During our Tuesday briefing we were informed that the Justice Department had issued cards that were supposed to physically be on our person at all times while responding to Ferguson and abroad. Supposedly, the officers checking us in at the Command Post were supposed to check us for these cards and for visible name-tags. Those not in compliance were supposed to be sent back to venue. Seeing as the first time we heard about these cards was Tuesday, how effective do you suppose this mandate was? Despite the fact that the civics lesson on the cards is written like house rules for a five year-old, attached by farm animal magnets on the refrigerator, if a police officer was going to willfully violate someone’s first, fourth, fifth, sixth or fourteenth amendment rights, they’re going to refrain from doing so because the Justice Department’s card told them to stop? Anyway, see the DOJ’s condescension below: