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.
Pictured 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.
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
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.
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.