Part 2

WSPart 2 of my 4 Part series is now available on Youtube.

https://dissonantwinstonsmith.wordpress.com/under-cover-of-darkness/


There is a lot of talk about the anniversary of Mike Brown’s death possibly stirring up renewed unrest/rioting.  At this point, my opinion is that the chances are about 50/50.  Protests will occur, but whether or not they descend into a repeat of this time last year is not clear.

It’s entirely plausible that scheduled protests will be more consistent with what was seen during the Ferguson October event last year.  Had Vonderitt Myers not gotten himself shot earlier that week, nothing probably would have happened during the weekend.

One of the things I’ve learned since last year is the difference between those on the street willing to start fires and shoot at police, and those posers who want to derive power by implied (and in some cases explicit) association.  The latter were in charge of Ferguson October.  They may be in charge of the scheduled events for the anniversary.

The problem is that Ferguson and North County as a whole are not safe places these days, as they haven’t been for many years.  Distractions allow for more violent people to come out of the shadows and kickstart riots all while those responsible for the distractions give cause, endorsement, and protection to the violence.

With that said, as soon as there is another Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) in North County involving a white cop and a black suspect, justified or not, bad things will happen.  If there is any question about the circumstances, or God forbid, a shooting is legitimately unjustified, riots are a certainty.

WS

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Under Cover of Darkness

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This is a new four part documentary I’m making on Ferguson.  The first part is being released today 7/20/2015.  To those who watched my earlier attempt at this concept, this video (while titled the same) is different.

Part 1 deals with the unrest in August of 2014.  RELEASED

Part 2 will deal with the immediate political / sociological situation in the St. Louis Region, the unrest in September and finally the Grand Jury preparations.

Part 3 will deal with the Grand Jury Decision and Aftermath.

Part 4 will deal with everything since November.

Defining Peace

IMG_20150714_094848A St. Louis Metro Officer was shot in the chest yesterday morning (7/14/15) in the Central West End while sitting in uniform in his personal car.  Fortunately, he was wearing his ballistic vest which worked as advertised.  He was transported to the hospital but is apparently going to be just fine.   fuppedwindowdressingThe officer managed to return fire through the windshield so it’s unclear from the cover picture which shots came from the officer and which came from the assassin.  Afterward, the shooter fled in what was described as a gray ford Taurus along with three additional people.

Sometime later, a gunshot victim who apparently drove a similar car checked himself into the hospital claiming to have been shot in the city around the time of the earlier incident.  It hasn’t been confirmed that this person is or is not formally a suspect, but it is rumored that the other individuals from the car have all been taken into custody in the interim.

The story is crazy enough as is, but not to be outdone, the Ferguson Twitter Brigade couldn’t leave well enough alone and took advantage of another opportunity to prove just how classless they are. Continue reading

Criticism

problemPictured above is a map showing reported violent crime: murder, felony assault, robbery, and arson, to St. Louis County Police since August in the area around W. Florissant near Ferguson.  It does not include those same crimes reported to Muni’s in the area which explains why it drops off at the Ferguson City limits and other corresponding city limits.  In other words, this is an under-representation of the total problem.


 

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/article_32d55f9f-0bf4-51e4-93d6-71b873cb8038.html

The DOJ is apparently preparing to release another report on Ferguson in the coming weeks. The report is expected to be a condemnation of the tactics used by the officers from around fifty agencies who responded to the riots following the death of Mike Brown back in August.

While the Response Report is expected within the next several days, a much larger report on St. Louis County Police in the vein of the Ferguson report from March is expected later this month.  The timing of these reports is suspect considering that we are currently one month away from the anniversary of the riots, a time that almost everyone in Law Enforcement expects to be bad… though at the moment we can only guess as to how bad.  County Police are reportedly going to twelve hour shifts again preemptively around that time just in case.

While I don’t have access to the entire Response Report, a supposedly confidential executive summary of the report was leaked to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. According to the Post, the DOJ faults the response in the following ways, which I’ve organized into a more manageable format for my own dissemination.  My commentary is in italics: Continue reading

Charleston

5582bef890908.imageI’m sickened by what happened in Charleston, South Carolina.  A white high-school dropout shot nine black people to death in a historically black church.  Based upon the location and some early evidence gleamed from Social Media, it does appear that this was a racially based series of unconscionable crimes.  The murderer is fortunately now in custody.

Browsing Twitter, I saw a screen cap of someone looking for their grandmother who worked in that church, only to discover a few hours later that her relative was among the murdered.  I can’t verify the validity of these posts, but even the prospect of their truth pulled at my heart-strings. I have nothing but sorrow for the families of those who have passed and any who may still be fighting to survive.

Meanwhile, a debate has begun to emerge revolving around the intent of the shooter, in a sort of head scratching competition of “mental illness” vs. “racism.”  As in most things, the reality is likely somewhere in the middle.  The societal conversation to follow needs to discuss the susceptibility of serious mentally ill persons toward extremist ideologies at the hands of manipulative provocateurs.

Throughout history, cowards too afraid of death or imprisonment to themselves engage in violent activity have repeatedly strived to indoctrinate young sick minds into acting out their fantasies. In modern times, Social Media has created an outlet not only for lone wolves to find other like-minded support systems of hatred, but also to indoctrinate the innocent toward philosophies they might not have otherwise adopted.

When someone is constantly informed that people belonging to group A are inhuman / evil / deserving of punishment and that it would be great if someone were to do something about it, it’s not exactly a surprise when at some point someone follows through as an indoctrinated individual lacking empathy, impulse control, and a drive to hurt people with a clear conscience.

It doesn’t matter if group A is non-Muslims beheaded for being the wrong religion. It doesn’t matter if group A is black people shot in a church for being the wrong skin color. It doesn’t matter if group A is police officers shot while sitting in a car for working the wrong job.   Someone made the decision that murder wasn’t really murder as long as it was committed against the right group.

The science of indoctrination and those who embrace manipulation toward violent ends is so sickeningly familiar, regardless of overarching philosophy. It is from this acknowledgement that the intention to murder the innocent based upon group affiliation in the pursuit of any philosophy must be condemned without equivocation. Extremism flourishes when objectivity is rejected.


 

I will gladly post any fundraising for the families of the fallen from the events in South Carolina.

WS

You First

deraydumbasshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2015/06/16/opinion-washington-needs-to-tell-the-truth-about-police-violence/?wprss=rss_homepage

After reading an op-ed in the Washington Post by DeRay McKesson titled, “Opinion: Washington needs to tell the truth about police violence,” I wrote a response with the intention of submitting it to that publication. As it turns out, the Washington Post refuses to take Op-Ed’s from anonymous sources, so I decided to take my response and simply post it here like usual. In reference to McKesson’s article, he discusses among the usual topics:

  • -“The police are killing us.”
  • -“Us” is defined as black people.
  • -The Federal Government has an obligation to stop these killings as if all are unjustified.

My response:


 

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Dear Shaun King

ShaunAtHome

Dear Shaun King,

I’m sorry you’ve been so misinformed about what happened in Ferguson. As a public service, I’m going to clear up some misconceptions you and others apparently have in reference to the recent LATimes interview with Ferguson PD Interim Chief, Al Eickhoff.

Original:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-ferguson-chief-20150607-story.html#page=1

Shaun’s criticism:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/08/1391514/-New-Ferguson-Police-Chief-tells-blatant-and-disturbing-lies-throughout-recent-interview Continue reading

The Siege

poor phalanxShaun King posted a comment on Twitter a few days ago that has since been removed. It was in reference to Deray McKeeson posting a copy of a statement from the Fraternal Order of Police in Baltimore with the caption, “Sigh.” See that FOP statement below: Continue reading