Part 2 of my 4 Part series is now available on Youtube.
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.
A recent article in Forbes alleges that there is a significant minority demographic missing from census data, which is consequently being used to figure disparity statistics and is also the basis for the Department of Justice’s allegations of racism against the Ferguson Police Department. Despite the fact that disparity is not itself proof of racial bias, it turns out that the figures in question are not even accurate. Continue reading
Jeffrey Williams has been arrested by St. Louis County Police in connection with the assassination attempt on officers last Wednesday in front of the Ferguson Police Department. Evidence seems to confirm that he was a regular protester although the Ferguson Twitter Brigade… sort of… disputes that. Blossom Masri made the comment that he barely recognized the individual, which of course raises two questions:
- -How does he recognize him if not from the protests?
- -What amount of involvement qualifies a protester to be an official part of the movement?
Masri now claims that he may recognize Williams from work but refrains from elaborating on that claim. Even more interesting is the fact that Blossom wasn’t present on Wednesday night so that would rule out a chance encounter the night of the shooting.
According to Bob McCulloch’s office, Williams claims that he was robbed by a Ferguson protester, left the area, and returned with a gun only firing it into the air, out of anger. Of course the trajectory of the shots striking one officer in the face and nearly a second, striking him in the upper most part of the torso indicates that theory to be absurd.
There is also much more doubt now on the grassy knoll theory being propagated by the protesters in the aftermath of the shootings. It seems to me that it this story was likely spread as a way of establishing curtilage separating the protesters by the Andy Wurm lot from the shooter. With a handgun, a 125 yard distance for a shot is practically impossible. If Williams was in a vehicle as he alleges (which admitted would be the only truthful thing he seems to have said so far), it would seem that he was likely much much closer when the shots were fired. With all the shots fired from behind Andy Wurm in that general area since August, any shell casings recovered could be depressingly superfluous.
For some reason, St. Louis County allowed a Ferguson Protester related clergy-person to speak with Williams who is now making the media rounds. Of course, this clergyman now claims that Williams was beaten while peacefully surrendering, possibly into confessing. After all of the revelations in the FBI’s investigation into Darren Wilson documenting threats made against individuals who went against the official protester/Canfield narrative and direct attempts at suborning perjury, it’s not clear why this individual was allowed to see Williams so soon after the arrest since it just occurred yesterday. Maybe someone with better knowledge of the County Jail’s visitation procedures can elaborate to that end because it’s outside my knowledge base since the extent of my County Jail experience is dropping people off at intake. The obvious reason for sending a supposed member of the clergy was to take advantage of Clergy-penitent privilege.
DOJ Response remains forthcoming.
A report by CNN this morning indicates that Darren Wilson is in the “final steps” of resigning from the Ferguson Police Department. While no one objectively expected him to go back to work full-time (with the exception of maybe Tom Jackson), the reason for him to resign at this point doesn’t make a great deal of sense even if there are a lot of people in the community who want this result. For one, if his goal was not to influence the grand jury, the grand jury hasn’t made their final decision yet. For another, I don’t think anyone objectively believes that his lack of employment will calm any protests if he is not indicted.
With that said, I found myself overwhelmed with an intense sense of Deja Vu’ when listening to Evan Perez claiming that he has inside sources within the Ferguson City government. Here’s why:
The picture above is the start of the blockade I referenced in “Bloody Sunday.” That same night a CNN reporter claimed it didn’t exist. Here it is, near Canfield, albeit much smaller than when I saw it in person.
The following letter is directed primarily to the command staff of the St. Louis County Police as well as to the Ferguson Police Department. The focus of the letter is largely in reference to the riot response and continued protests. This letter is not in reference to the Mike Brown / Darren Wilson Investigation.
The attempted shutdown of Interstate 70 was a complete failure. I managed to avoid being a part of this event since it was during the day and the event fizzled out by the time my shift started that night. However, officers from my agency were in attendance.