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.
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.
Sorry for the lack of posts as of late. With that said, it’s time for another Topical Entry. Topics for today include:
- Brandon Claxton
- Restless Protesters
- Senate Bill 5 (AKA Revised Mack’s Creek) Signed into Law
- Pending Mike Brown Memorial Weekend
- STL County vs. the DOJ
- Climate of Crime
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.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/08/1391514/-New-Ferguson-Police-Chief-tells-blatant-and-disturbing-lies-throughout-recent-interview Continue reading
I’ve been a little busy lately, which fortunately has not had anything to do with the Ferguson area. While there really haven’t been many protests of late, there are a few items of interest. Continue reading
To those who have started to read either one of the recently released DOJ Ferguson documents or have seen excerpts posted online, there is a distinct difference in the way the Wilson report is written when compared to the Ferguson PD report. I believe I’ve discovered the reason for the tonal discrepancy. While the DOJ’s name (but no one specifically) is on the Darren Wilson Report, the report itself is largely comprised of witness statement summaries and their credibility as determined by the FBI and Federal Prosecutors who were conducting these interviews. After reading the entire document, it is my opinion that this document was more likely than not, written by the FBI and not the members of the DOJ who wrote the report on the police department. Continue reading
Pictured above: An Officer who is not retreating
It takes a lot for me to be surprised with the ignorance of an article these days but the following report by St. Louis Post Dispatch Crime Writer, Christine Byers, succeeded in this regard.
The following abridged testimony of Darren Wilson took place on 09/16/2014. As before, the pages are in reference to the 4799 page PDF that the New York Times compiled. Of particular interest are the pages 865-951.
There was no indication of forgiveness for minor crimes like with Dorian Johnson. Seeing as this is his case there shouldn’t be any forgiveness, but there shouldn’t have been with Dorian either. During the introduction Darren Wilson advises that he is a little short of 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs around 210 lbs.
Prior to the incident on Canfield, Wilson was on a sick case involving a baby with a fever and her mother at Northwind Estates apartments down the road from Canfield Green. The mother and her baby were transported to the hospital. Continue reading
It seems as though the November 10th date for the release of the Grand Jury decision was a hoax. Perhaps it was intentional, but a hoax nonetheless. It was even being widely spread throughout law enforcement. If this date was released intentionally, it was an epic success because now, when a date is inevitably leaked in the future, no one will believe it is legitimate until the decision officially comes out. Also, many people losing their minds about military gear in and around the St. Louis area apparently forgot that Veteran’s Day was this weekend.
A few topics for today:
- -FAA No Fly Zone
- -UMSL Student Beating
- -Mike Brown’s mother
- -Darren Wilson Bounty
- -Eric Holder and SLU Continue reading