Ferguson Police Shoot and Kill Another Unarmed Black Teenager in Cold Blood, Refuse to Identify Name of Shooter

I’m speechless.

United States Hypocrisy

Michael Brown's stepfather holds a sign which reads, "Ferguson Police Just Executed My Unarmed Son!!!" Michael Brown’s stepfather holds a sign which reads, “Ferguson Police Just Executed My Unarmed Son!!!”

As she was driving home to her apartment Saturday afternoon, Desiree Harris of Ferguson, Missouri passed by her grandson who was nearing her place for a visit. As was parking her car, however, she was suddenly alarmed at what appeared to be the sound of several gunshot ringing out. She quickly ran to see what was going on, but nothing could have prepared her for what she was about to see: her 18 year-old grandson’s body lying in a pool of blood in the middle of the street. “What happened?!,” Harris demanded to know of a nearby police officer. But he would give her no answer. It was approximately 2:15 P.M. Saturday, August 9 when Michael Brown’s life was tragically ended by multiple bullet wounds in his body, and as of 2:15 A.M. there remained…

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  1. 😦 The police are out of control. It seems they all have been granted immunity from having to answer for any of their actions. We are being deprived of our right to due process. The family of Michael Brown may never have answers or justice for the loss of their loved one.

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  2. yahtzeebutterfly

    Thank you, Xena, for creating this page. I was still on the page before this adding information and posting tweets…..It took me a while to realize you have a dedicated page to the horrific killing Michael Brown.

    May he rest in peace,

    and may we all rise up in protest in order to stop this horror against the Black community!

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      My fellow Black citizens have ALWAYS faced this horrific treatment by police. Why hasn’t ALL of America condemned this in the past, in this last year, in this last month?

      What needs to be address MOST at this crucial moment when an UNARMED Black child with his hands up in a SURRENDER mode is the treatment of our innocent fellow Black citizens….the UNJUST, NEGATIVE profiling and stereotyping of Blacks by LE, wanna-be cops and hateful racists.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      From erica williams simon @createdby erica:

      The killing, the militarized police response, the coverage. How many more ways can you say “Your lives hold no value”? #Michael Brown

      They’ve tried for GENERATIONS to wipe us out & time & time again we rise. Our ancestors blood runs too thick through our veins. #Ferguson

      Fortunately, the state cannot define us. Nor can they hold us back. They still don’t get it: YOU CAN’T ERASE US.

      This is an epidemic, plain & simple.

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  3. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Protests Follow Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Teenager Michael Brown”

    http://thedailybanter.com/2014/08/protests-follow-police-shooting-of-unarmed-black-teenager-michael-brown/

    Excerpt:
    Police have confirmed the shooting, but little else, and as if the people of Ferguson, or across the nation via social media, needed any more reason to be outraged, their response to community grief and frustration was a show of force, rather than a show of concern. Aside from minimal statements to the press, there has been no press conference, no hint of what precipitated the shooting, and perhaps most tellingly, no denial that the young man was unarmed.

    The notion of black people as threats is older than America itself, but there is something new and disturbing about this current roster of names added to those etched even in our recent past. Rodney King, Amadou Diallo, Eleanor Bumpurs, Abner Louima, these incidents were all rather far removed from the era that consumed the life of Emmett Till, but still occurred during times of roiling racial tension that was palpable to all. Even the killing of Sean Bell happened in the waning days of the pre-post-racial era before Barack Obama was elected president, and our popular (white) culture declared an end to racism.

    What’s different now is that in post-racial America, it has become acceptable to be “post-racial,” and still fear black people. Policing strategies have legalized racism, and the media, beginning with the killing of Trayvon Martin, has made the view of black people as de facto threats just another side of the argument, and a persuasive one for many.

    You can lock up all the killers of unarmed black people, or not lock them up, and it will make no difference the next time some panicky person with a gun shoots down the next Michael Brown, or Renisha McBride, or Jonathan Ferrell, or John Crawford, or chokes out the next Eric Garner. The people who have made it their business to legitimize the view of black culture as the wellspring of criminality have blood on their hands, and will continue to have blood on their hands.

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  4. nope, the story I posted the link to is fake, apparently. Thank Goodness!

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  5. yahtzeebutterfly

    HoodiesUpMusicLoud™
    ‏@MrMilitantNegro
    Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson will hold a news conference tomorrow at 10AM.”

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  6. yahtzeebutterfly

    Retweeted by 3ChicsPolitico
    Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik · 24m
    There was only one TV reporter at #Ferguson protests last night. Most left earlier fearing violence. Yet only violence was cop’s bullets!

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  7. Re: Michael Brown..teen killed in Ferguson Mo.
    Police released name after family notified.His name was Michael Brown. Cop on leave with pay pending further investigation. This is SOP.
    There was a non-violent protest last night, not violent.
    However,cities please continually mandate cop training their job is to CALM SITUATION DOWN
    Not flash badge, power or gun.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      2dogsonly,

      Isn’t it horrible how Blacks are negatively stereotyped and profiled by LE and biased, hateful people?

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  8. yahtzeebutterfly

    photo of the mother of the unarmed teenager killed by the police in Ferguson, MO.:

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  9. yahtzeebutterfly

    Antonio French @AntonioFrench · 27m
    Outside the Ferguson police department headquarters https://vine.co/v/MVQ1I71uUHx

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  10. yahtzeebutterfly

    You can find a video entitled “Police Chief Discusses Tatal Shooting of Teen…” at this link:

    http://fox2now.com/2014/08/10/ferguson-police-officer-shoots-kills-teen-community-outraged/

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  11. yahtzeebutterfly

    Now FergusonPolice Chief news conference:

    http://fox2now.com/on-air/live-streaming-2/

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  12. yahtzeebutterfly

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  13. yahtzeebutterfly

    Truth:

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  14. yahtzeebutterfly

    Photo from last night:

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  15. yahtzeebutterfly

    Hat tip to rikyrah:

    http://theobamadiary.com/2014/08/10/early-bird-chat-321/

    From Don over at TOD:

    Don
    August 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

    “It is amazing how black men can keep their sanity despite the insanity that happens to them.

    “I remember one time I took my wife to a medical appointment at an office building, usually I drop her off at the entrance and I wait in my car in the parking lot usually listening to music or talk radio. Anyway this one time I decided to go in the lobby to use the rest room. As I exited my car this white lady was walking towards me, the look of fear she had or her face was palpable, she clutched her purse so tight her hands turned red. As usual I smiled at her to ease her fears, see I’ve discovered that when I run into white people on a one on one situation I smile just so they will feel comfortable.

    “I’m tired of smiling; I’m tired of having to worry about some stranger feeling comfortable or uncomfortable in my presence.

    “Why is it that when I’m the only black person in an elevator with a bunch of white peoples, nobody smiles to make me feel comfortable? Why is it that when I’m anywhere and I’m the only black person there, nobody smiles at me to make me feel comfortable? The average black man will tell you, if he’s lived long enough, that he’s discovered certain mechanisms he uses to make people feel comfortable in his presence.

    “So now another black kid is dead under unclear circumstances, another black community is in pain, and another policeman is on paid administrative leave. By this time tomorrow we’ll know everything this young black kid has done since he left his mother’s womb, the good and the bad, the right and the wrong. I’ve got an eight year old son; I used to wonder about what college he will attend or what does he want to do when he grows up.

    “As black men we’ve learned to focus our thinking on the present more so than on the future when it comes to our black boys.”

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  16. i never listened to tupac before maybe i’ve heard one or two songs but i just heard this on on twitter and HE WAS SO RIGHT!! HE KNEW IT!! this is so not fair!!! the way we’ve treated the inner cities with disdain instead of proper assistance like anyone else would treat an issue of poverty! the social & economic structures we’ve ignored, the education, the way they segregated us like refusing home loans and then letting white ppl think black ppl are scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!because they don’t live by any they don’t go to school with any they don’t work with any!!!!!!!!!!!!of course ignorance is perpetuated over the years and to this day we still have the environment that breeds this sense of superiority, we have news shows with a bunch of white ppl discussing racism!! we have cops who get to treat ppl different with no repercussions~
    I want to start a war! WHY NOT!!?? someone tweeted last night ‘when are black ppl gonna get angry’, and some white person said ‘I’m on your side, but don’t add to the problem”
    what is the problem about GETTING ANGRY!???THEY ACT LIKE BLACK PPL ANGRY IS BAD??? he didn’t say lets start a war, he said angry that a pos shot down some kid and then brought in SCARY ASS BARKING DOGS TO TRAUMATIZE THE PPL WHO ARE LOOKING AT A DEAD BOYS BODY IN THE STREET!! AND TANKS!!! TANKS!! IN A RESIDENTAL NEIGHBORHOOD DURING A SATERDAY AFTERNOON!??? WTF!
    tupac says once their kids start looking up to them for their music ‘then they give a fuck about us’

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  17. yeseventhistoowillpass

    Shoot first ask questions… Ohh I thought he presented a danger to me..

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  18. yahtzeebutterfly

    It looks as if the Ferguson PD’s mindset is back in 1963 Birmingham:

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  19. My dear butterfly family,
    Sorry. I’m numb.

    Here’s the video of the press conference.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Xena, dear sister, I open my caring heart to you and send you my love knowing that you and others say prayers that I will never have to say for the protection of my children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews from police who negatively profile, stereotype and killed innocent children. I am so sorry.

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    • butterflydreamer2

      Of course they want to wait until the toxicology reports are back, cause if he was drinking or on drugs, then he’s a thug, and the officer had the right to shoot him even if he was running away. Did they test the officer? And about that struggle in the car and a shot went off, Why not say the officer fired that shot, the victim had no gun.

      Since the officer is on PAID administrative leave, I’m sure the tax payers would like to know, if the officer ends up being charged, does he have to pay back that money? Not that your choosing sides, but it sounds like you are when you make the statement “Before he comes back, he will have to undergo 2 psychology evaluations before he returns to duty.” What you really meant to say is IF, right? It sounds like to me you’ve already made the determination.

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  20. yahtzeebutterfly

    Prayer vigil tonight at 8:00 p.m.

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  21. yahtzeebutterfly

    Valar Morghulis
    ‏@HurricaneLiv
    #NYC please attend a vigil for #MikeBrown tonight at 9:30 in Washington Sq Park.

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  22. yahtzeebutterfly

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    KHARY PENEBAKER @kharyp
    The black & unarmed group on the left is called an “angry mob” vs the armed white group called supporters #Ferguson
    pic.twitter.com/EuEvQHHEpK

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  24. yahtzeebutterfly

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    • RE: Mike Brown death…
      Police chief says officer who shot Mike Brown has no complaints in his 6 yr. w/ PD.

      Eric Garner’s killer has TWO serious complaints in his police file One is an ongoing lawsuit for wrongful arrest.The abc report I posted above backs up his death due to chokehold and it is viewable on you tube!
      Plus the ABC report has two doctors saying chokeholds are illegal in every large city and even in most rural police departments.. They are highly respected MDs (one teaches criminal justice at Cornell )

      I am withholding any quick judgement on Mike Brown and FBI WILL be overseeing it. I do feel it will be thoroughly investigated due to the attention but I see how mistaken various media have been in the Marissa Alexander case and I know that case very well. So I am taking a wait and see on what happened in his tragic shooting.

      As to Eric Garner the SI PD is saying was not choke hold.but I believe the ME.The ME ruled HOMICIDE due to chokehold ( aggravated by his weight and asthma)but still officially ruled HOMICIDE!!. The ME has no reason to falsify his report!

      I know the police chief’s pressor is already posted on Xena’s blog above but here it is again.

      http://www.ksdk.com/videos/news/crime/2014/08/10/13863853/

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        What the Chief of Ferguson PD did NOT address in his press conference was that MANY witnesses saw the officer shoot and kill a teen who had his hands up in the surrender mode.

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        2dogsonly,

        Isn’t it horrible how in our country, many innocent Blacks are negatively stereotyped and profiled by LE and biased, hateful people?

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  25. yahtzeebutterfly

    3ChicsPolitico @3ChicsPolitico

    According to witness DorinJackson the officer reached out window & grabbed #MichaelBrown to pull him in the car./ Officer think he’s slick!

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  26. Xena, if my comments cause the haters to come after you, please email me and I won’t post further. I forgot my comments make them make hateful comments.

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    • 2dogsonly,
      The haters have no power here. Since I changed options of needing a word press account to comment, they are very restricted at methods to circumvent that. Previously, I didn’t share with anyone posting here when demeaning comments were submitted about them. Filth is for flushing — not passing on.

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  27. Yahtzee, it is shocking. We saw upscale AA on tv saying they had been followed. One man said he was from very upscale community, had never experienced any racial prejudice but when many even conservative, former head of Republic party began recanting stories of police targeting them in their youth, he said he was in line in a 7/11, alarm mistakenly went off, police came in with guns drawn. They were aimed all at him! He said he was the only AA in line to pay.
    Another who worked for the FBI in DC said he never had any problem walking to work in his suit but was stopped on weekends when he was casually dressed.

    Yes, it is shocking!

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  28. yahtzeebutterfly

    ” Ferguson protests intensify; 8 p.m. vigil Sunday for Mike Brown”

    http://fox2now.com/2014/08/10/clergy-hold-vigil-for-teen-shot-by-police/

    Excerpt:
    Earlier Sunday, members of the St. Louis Clergy Coalition held a prayer vigil outside the Ferguson Police Department. Ministers prayed for the family of Michael Brown who was shot and killed Saturday during an encounter with a Ferguson police officer.

    The group is circulating a petition calling for a dialogue between Ferguson police clergy citizens and elected officials to address the death of Michael Brown and rebuild mutual trust and respect.

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  29. yahtzeebutterfly

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  30. yahtzeebutterfly

    Candlelight vigil for Michael Brown:

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  31. yahtzeebutterfly

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  32. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Michael Brown remembered as a ‘gentle giant’ “

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/article_cbafa12e-7305-5fd7-8e0e-3139f472d130.html

    Excerpt:

    Teachers described Brown as a “gentle giant,” a student who loomed large and didn’t cause trouble.

    Friends describe him as a quiet person with a wicked sense of humor, one who loved music and had begun to rap. He fought an uphill battle to graduate.

    As a freshman, he was in Junior ROTC. His sophomore year he played football. During his junior year, he attended McCluer High School in the neighboring Ferguson-Florissant district before returning his senior year to Normandy. There, he spent time in a credit recovery program so he could graduate in May.

    “We were at graduation, me and him, and we were talking,” said Hershel Johnson, a friend of Brown’s since middle school. “He said he wasn’t going to end up like some people on the streets. He was going to get an education. He was going to make his life a whole a lot better.”

    Friends of Brown’s learned about his death shortly after he was shot Saturday afternoon. They saw photos of him lying in the street in Canfield Drive where his body remained for hours. Some joined the crowds of mourners and protesters who have gathered there since the shooting in protest of how Brown had died: black, unarmed and from multiple gunshots.

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  33. yahtzeebutterfly

    Antonio French @AntonioFrench

    Police have tear gas masks on in #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/SfOAch9H82

    Bobfr @Our4thEstate
    Follow

    @AntonioFrench They are INCITING RIOT to deflect from the fact that one of their own EXECUTED an innocent boy. Period. cc @TheJusticeDept
    8:47 PM – 10 Aug 2014

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  34. yahtzeebutterfly

    Michael Calhoun
    ‏@michaelcalhoun
    BREAKING: AG Eric Holder has instructed attorneys in the department’s civil rights division to monitor developments in #Ferguson. -@AP

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  35. I pray that no one else gets hurt…..from the sound of it on twitter it’s getting worse in Ferguson.

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  36. butterflydreamer2

    omg, this is live……

    http://fox2now.com/on-air/live-streaming/

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  37. butterflydreamer2

    I watched for about and hour what was taking place in Ferguson. From what I gather, this took place after the vigil. There is a strong police presence, protesting, and looting. Approx 15 or 16 stores looted, Home depot, tire store, conv store, sporting goods store, general dollar store, phone store. A camera man filming as I saw sporting goods store looted. Window broken, a ground enters, walks out with major amounts of clothes, shoes, ext. They report the tire store was cleaned out. As police leave the stores, looters re-enter. At least 5 are arrested at sporting goods store. I have never seen anything like this before. They hauled employees out of conv store, as they loot.

    Mother and a cousin release statement to stop, Peace no Violence. They state this is not how they want him remembered, they want justice served but not like this.

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  38. yahtzeebutterfly

    NewsBreaker@NewsBreaker
    BREAKING: Benjamin Crump, the attorney who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, will represent family of #MikeBrown.

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  39. yahtzeebutterfly

    Justice Putnam @justiceputnam

    Ferguson Police Chief told local news there’s no footage of actual incident between officer and #MikeBrown.

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      Follow

      Shannon In Miami
      ‏@miamidecor
      He also said no one caught it on camera phone & bystanders phones were confiscated ‘to chk for possible evidence’
      Smfh @RLM_3 @drgoddess

      JBECorrupt Frisco Cops
      11:30 PM – 10 Aug 2014
      Robert Mitchell ‏@RLM_3 5h
      @miamidecor @drgoddess I read that story, too. One bystander said she was threatened with jail unless she turned everything over. Sigh.

      Anti-Racist ‏@DOJisComing4GZ 4h
      @miamidecor @RLM_3 @drgoddess I urge ppl not2give police their phones when something like #MikeBrown happens. I’m sure PD deleted pics/vids.

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        Retweeted by Shannon In Miami
        Charlíe @CharlieAdrien · 7h
        Eyewitness speaks on the murder of #MikeBrown:

        ……………………..
        Published on Aug 10, 2014
        This man lives in Canfield/Ferguson, knew Mike personally and witnessed what happened. Rumors of him stealing are shut down. Rumors that he reached for ‘something’ are shut down.

        ………………………

        (Note from Yahtzeebutterfly: I will post my transcription of this video after I post this.)

        Here is what I have transcribed so far….timestamp 0:01 to timestamp 0:25

        What the f, and then he kicked the door open trying to hit him with the door. Door flew back, hit his leg, brother. He done shot, he pulled his gun out, shot inside the car trying to hit him. He got out the car, brother. Doing on his knees (in video he is showing now with his surrendering hands up), like “Brother, don’t shoot me. Brother, don’t shoot me” Boom….shot him dead in the head, brother. Then walked up to his body, shot him four more times. Looked at his eyes, paused for a minute, shot him four more times. Dead, brother….

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  40. yahtzeebutterfly

    Retweeted by MichaelSkonik

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    Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik · 7m
    32 arrests were made last night in #Ferguson

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  43. yahtzeebutterfly

    Retweeted by MichaelSkolnik:

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  44. yahtzeebutterfly

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  45. I understand the frustration of the looters.

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  46. yahtzeebutterfly

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    Michael Skolnik @MichaelSkolnik · 7m
    #Ferguson mayor told local news that planed rally for this morning has been cancelled. Police will arrest anyone who shows up. #MartialLaw?

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      I feel that it is the Ferguson citizens’ civil right to gather in a rally and protest the killing of Michael Brown.

      Introduction before the Freedom Singers perform the song “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round” :

      In 1962 in my hometown, we were engage in a very intense struggle against racial segregation. And there were mass jailings.

      At one point a Federal judge issued an injunction with names on it of the people who they thought were the leaders of the Movement. Rev. Samuel Wells was in Shiloh Baptist Church that night, and he said, “I’m not going to let no injunction turn me ’round.”</em

      http://youtu.be/W4Mw1esXCxU&rel=0

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      • Annie Cabani

        Waaayyyy cool vid, YahtzeeB!!

        Gotta love watching the POTUS and First Lady singing along! Their young daughters not so sure what to make of it – but they’re being exposed to it, and some day will appreciate what an important and special moment it was.

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  48. RE: Mike Brown family has hired Benjamin Crump!! And Eric Holder is over seeing the entire investigation. What happened to our angel, Trayvon ( RIP dear one) and I l believe the way the Fulton’s conducted themselves following tub’s not guilty, will prevent that injustice from ever happening again!

    There are now questions on national tv about why it moved to the street and I watched the police chief struggle to not answer questions and probably due to lack of media technique ( St. Louis Mo) but nothing will be left not fully investigated. NOTHING!!

    Thank you Eric Holder and Mr. Crump.

    My bad self is smiling at how tubs and family are squirming at this latest news. You just know they are going : ” oh no, not Crump!” And on national tv they are once again mentioning Emmett Till, Trayvon. 😉
    ,

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  49. Oh my god! Just caught up with horrible looting of stores and the Sanford jury said what, oh yes”outside agitators came” which, no doubt kept Sanford peaceful.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Sanford and Ferguson had their events unfolding differently. Trayvon’s killing by gz was witnessed by residents in a gated community.

      The killing of Michael Brown, who was shot despite the fact that he unarmed with his hand up and surrendering, was witnessed by many in Ferguson, and there was an IMMEDIATE outcry and protest.

      Thanks to eyewitnesses (some among them had their filming instruments confiscated by LE), the Black community KNEW that the killer-cop was in the wrong.

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  50. Mindy me you understand the frustration of the looters? Those are businesses that employ people in the area. Until insurance claims are filed and they are rebuilt! all those families will be out of a job. That is people that had nothing to do with the police shooting but will now be living off of unemployment instead of a wage. Shame on those looters.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Just a suggestion, 2dogsonly, but perhaps you could have worded you differing viewpoint more diplomatically to Mindy.

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        Also, Mindy simply wrote : ” I understand the frustration of the looters.”

        She did NOT comment on whether she approved of their behavior or not.

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        • yahtzeebutterfly

          The following should not have been in italics:

          She did NOT comment on whether she approved of their behavior or not.

          Also, Martin Luther King, said “A riot is the language of the unheard.”

          We know that despite his belief and insistence on non-violence, he UNDERSTOOD how people with a history of being treated unfairly, can “lose it” when they witness a blatant injustice right before their eyes.

          I am saddened that the message about this horrific killing of an unarmed, surrounding teen by the Ferguson police officer might get given second priority as the media reports on the looting and destruction of property in Ferguson.

          Property can be replaced, workers can find other work, but Michael Brown cannot get his life back. This injustice must remain the focus.

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        • I put a question mark at the end of my answer. So, I was asking not exclaiming.
          And my dismay at the looters and destroying local jobs was not aimed at her at all.

          But I have to say the word ” understand ” implies approval unless it is followed with a but.

          I do appreciate your feedback and mindy me, you know 2 dogs loves you. Did not mean to insult you at all.

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          • yahtzeebutterfly

            Thanks for your reply 2dogsonly. I appreciate your coming back and taking the time to reply! 🙂

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  51. yahtzeebutterfly

    KSDK NewsChannel 5 @ksdknews

    #Ferguson police, city leaders receive death threats

    http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/local/2014/08/11/ferguson-police-city-leaders-receive-death-threats/13886027/ … #ksdk

    8:45 AM – 11 Aug 2014

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      Excerpt from the article:

      FERGUSON, Mo. – Thousands of threats have been made against the Ferguson Police Department and the city council, and the hacker group Anonymous allegedly took down the city’s internet and phone capabilities.

      According to Captain Rick Henke of the Ferguson Police Department, calls have flooded the police station and city hall, with threats being made against the department and city council. No one has specifically been threatened, he said.

      The police department conducted morning roll call to inform officers of these latest developments.

      Two interview videos in the article.

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  52. yahtzeebutterfly

    Retweeted by 3ChicsPolitico
    Antonio French @AntonioFrench · 17m

    Protestor Demand #4 – that the racial composition of the #Ferguson police dept reflect the racial composition of the #Ferguson community.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Retweeted by 3ChicsPolitico
      Antonio French @AntonioFrench · 19m
      Protestor Demand #1 – The identity of the officer who killed #Mike Brown

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  53. Dear Xena, I have unfollowed and owe you the respect of explaining. I feel my always thoughtful comments are undeserving of public reprimand, as if I am a lowly commentator and your administrators are teachers.;-(
    It is very dismaying to be treated as such so I have unfollowed but wish to share my reasons for doing this. I feel I owe you and everyone this.

    Please unfollow me from your end if that is necessary.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      2dogsonly,

      I apologize and am very sorry.

      I was wrong to do that, and wish I could undo it.

      I am just another commenter to Xena’s blog and am not an administrator.

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        Hoping that you will reconsider “unfollowing”

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        • yahtzeebutterfly

          = and come back

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          • butterflydreamer2

            2dogsonly,

            Please come back!!!!

            I watched this live last night, and did not comment, trying to come to some understanding of why this was happening. It seemed to me there were 2 groups, the ones who were protesting, and then the looters. I understand the frustration, but having a hard time with the looting. As the mother and cousin said, this is not what they want their son/cousin remembered for. This is not justice.

            I repect everybodys opinions here, this is a learning experience for me. Please come back, your voice needs to be heard, and although we may not agree everytime, it’s important that we listen and discuss. Peace, I luv you all.

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          • butterflydreamer2

            2dogsonly,

            I had thoughts of tubs last night also. Can you imagine what he would have thought if this occurred while he was sitting in his truck as a non paid security guard with K-9 dog?

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          • yahtzeebutterfly

            Thank you, butterflydreamer, for asking 2dogsonly to come back! 🙂

            I hope others here will ask her to come back, also.

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    • 2dogsonly,
      I’m having computer problems — (have only been checking in occasionally to approve comments awaiting moderation) and have not been reading comments other than those on the first page on dashboard side.

      Thanks for the explanation but you’re mistaken about something. If you take this as teaching, it’s only to give you proper information that hopefully, will make you feel better. I’m the only administrator of this blog. There are other authors, but they do not administrate.

      Unless you have a blog, I can’t follow you to unfollow you. Word Press neither gives administrators ability to unfollow those who have subscribed. In other words, anyone can subscribe to a Word Press blog and they’re signed-up until they decide to unfollow.

      I’m not a tit-for-tat person and have no reason to unfollow you on anything. Just because you’re no longer subscribed, you can still comment and read if you want. I’ve appreciated your input and am sorry that you feel that you received a public reprimand. I’ll have to catch-up and see if I can see what you see. One thing I know — tensions and sensitivities are high now. We would not be compassionate humans if we didn’t feel the pain, distrust, and betrayal going on now in America, while at the same time the unity and awareness that gives us hope and encouragement.

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    • 2dogsonly, Please don’t leave. There are times when we all may have a difference of opinion about a topic. I know my opinion about firearms is not always popular…..on more than one occasion, a poster, whose feelings may be just as passionate, may make a comment back that would seem to be an attack. I try not to perceive them as an attack but try to look at things from their perspective. I too have apologized for something I have written when it appears that I have insulted a person when the last thing I wanted was to insult or hurt another’s feelings.

      What makes this blog so successful, IMO, is that we all come from different backgrounds and yet we seem to find a common ground. We may not always agree on a topic but we still stay. We have chosen to be a family here and as such there are times when a family member may say something that might hurt another or be perceived to have hurt another but it doesn’t mean that someone still isn’t family or we don’t care what they have to say.

      Please rethink your decision and stay. I value your opinion and that of others.

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  54. yahtzeebutterfly

    hat tip to SG2:

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  55. yahtzeebutterfly

    “FBI Taking Over Missouri Police Shooting of Teen”

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/fbi-taking-missouri-police-shooting-teen-24929031

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  56. crustyolemothman

    The death of Michael Brown is yet another example of what terror the young black men of this nation face on a daily basis. While there is much innuendo about the murder and how it came about, do we have any hard factual evidence of the circumstances of his murder at this time? Do we know what brought about this police officer shooting and murdering an unarmed man, other than unsubstantiated reports? It would seem that too many are simply acting out of malice and hatred that has for so many years in the past been planted in their minds by actions that they encountered in their lives in the community. The outcry is justified and action needs to be taken. I might ask, however, does the action that needs to be taken include criminal acts, such as theft, arson and destruction of innocent peoples property? How many of you realize that the actions of a few people are feeding the racial stereotypes that so many have worked so long and hard to overcome? Tensions are running high in Ferguson, Missouri, and extend farther than some may realize, they are even affecting individuals here on this site. We as a nation and as a group have some questions to ask ourselves, the first one is simple, do we want justice for Michael Brown, or do we want revenge? At this time it would seem that revenge is the desired motivation of far too many. What will truly be accomplished by the impulsive actions that we are witnessing? Will it set back the movement for “true” equality or will it be like a cancer that destroys the host? United in a peaceful movement we can and will bring positive change in this nation, if we divide and simply try to win a battle, while we might win the battle, we surely will lose the war. This is your country, the choice is yours, and you will own that choice, make sure the choice you make is truly the one you want….

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  57. Butterflydreamer2 says ok young ones watch and learn…want Ms.Thin skin aka 2dogs back, hmmm, got it. Say the word “tubs” and she is back in 3 2 1.;-)

    Flower tower, Yahtzee and butterfly: Thank you for your kind request. I really always have in mind this is not my blog and by nature am respectful to others.

    In JAX.They just reported Mike Brown’s family is represented by the same civil rights attorney, Mr. Crump with the lead in being ” this is the same attorney who represented Trayvon Martin’s family in the shooting by Zimmerman!
    Yeh, fat boy it ain’t ever going away for you! How’s that civil rights appeal goin for you? And your grifter parents lawsuit?

    As for can the police delete phone video? Nope. Actually space is so cheap now that it cost ISP less money to just keep them than pay someone to delete. I know some weird stuff via tech blogs, etc.

    Hope everyone has signed the petition. I did! And don’t do what I did and put address of x husband.;-)

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  58. Just reported. Off topic but Robin Williams found dead inside his home of apparent suicide. 😦

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  59. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Family of Missouri Teen Michael Brown Calls for Calm and Justice””

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/family-missouri-teen-michael-brown-calls-calm-justice-n178006

    The family of an unarmed Missouri teen whose death at the hands of police called for calm Monday, saying their son wouldn’t have wanted the rioting and looting that followed — but they also called for justice, and their lawyer said the young man was “executed.”

    “He wouldn’t have wanted none of that. We’re going to do it the right way. But we need justice for our son,” Michael Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., told reporters. Michael Brown, 18, was shot by police at noon Saturday in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb of St. Louis.

    ”We need justice for our son,” cries father of slain Mo. teen”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/we-need-justice-for-our-son-cries-father-of-slain-mo-teen/

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  60. yahtzeebutterfly

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  61. yahtzeebutterfly

    Here is an excellent article:

    “Black Lives Matter. Eric Garner Was Last Month and Now Mike Brown”

    http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2014/08/black-lives-matter-mike-brown.html

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  62. yahtzeebutterfly

    If you wish to keep up with what is happening in Ferguson, you can go to this link where Antonio French is tweeting out video clips:

    https://twitter.com/AntonioFrench

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      In the top left corner of each video clip, you can click the “X” next to the speaker (volume) symbol and listen. You will need to click that area again to turn off the sound before going on to the next video.

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  63. yahtzeebutterfly

    Protest in Ferguson:

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    • Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come
      Tribute to Dr. King sung by perhaps the greatest singer ever.

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      • yahtzeebutterfly

        Thank you for this, 2dogsonly.

        I pray that change will come, that injustice will be righted, and that all citizens of our country will have equality in our justice system.

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  64. yahtzeebutterfly

    “USA: Michael Brown “executed” by cops, says civil rights attorney”

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  65. yahtzeebutterfly

    Latest Videos from FERGUSON ! Mike Brown Killed by Police in Ferguson

    Praying that people will honor Michael Brown’s request for calm tonight.

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  66. yahtzeebutterfly

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  67. yahtzeebutterfly

    Hat tip to SG2:

    Livestream:

    http://new.livestream.com/ktvi/live

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  68. yahtzeebutterfly

    T-shirts passed out at the demonstration:

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  69. Courtesy of Sanford Watch

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  70. butterflydreamer2

    You know, I thought that our taxes went to provide protection and serve those of all races. I think we are all due a refund, as I don’t recall a box that needed to be checked asking for an additional black tax, if you requested protection other than white.

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    • butterflydreamer,
      I would love being in a position where I can trust EVERY member of law enforcement. When people are entrusted in enforcing the law, they should be held accountable when they violate law under its color and claim. The only way to gain the trust of citizens is to move swiftly on members of law enforcement who commit murder and treat them the same as any other murder suspect.

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  71. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Eyewitness to Michael Brown shooting recounts his friend’s death”
    08/12/14

    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/eyewitness-michael-brown-fatal-shooting-missouri

    Excerpt:

    About 20 minutes before the shooting, Johnson said he saw Brown walking down the street and decided to catch up with him. The two walked and talked. That’s when Johnson says they saw the police car rolling up to them.

    The officer demanded that the two “get the f—k on the sidewalk,” Johnson says. “His exact words were get the f—k on the sidewalk.”

    After telling the officer that they were almost at their destination, Johnson’s house, the two continued walking. But as they did, Johnson says the officer slammed his brakes and threw his truck in reverse, nearly hitting them.

    Now, in line with the officer’s driver’s side door, they could see the officer’s face. They heard him say something to the effect of, “what’d you say?” At the same time, Johnson says the officer attempted to thrust his door open but the door slammed into Brown and bounced closed. Johnson says the officer, with his left hand, grabbed Brown by the neck.

    “I could see the muscles in his forearm,” Johnson said. “Mike was trying to get away from being choked.”

    “They’re not wrestling so much as his arm went from his throat to now clenched on his shirt,” Johnson explained of the scene between Brown and the officer. “It’s like tug of war. He’s trying to pull him in. He’s pulling away, that’s when I heard, ‘I’m gonna shoot you.’”

    At that moment, Johnson says he fixed his gaze on the officer to see if he was pulling a stun gun or a real gun. That’s when he saw the muzzle of the officer’s gun.

    “I seen the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” he said. “He had it pointed at him and said ‘I’ll shoot,’ one more time.”

    A second later Johnson said he heard the first shot go off.

    “I seen the fire come out of the barrell,” he said. “I could see so vividly what was going on because I was so close.”

    Johnson says he was within arm’s reach of both Brown and the officer. He looked over at Brown and saw blood pooling through his shirt on the right side of the body.

    “The whole time [the officer] was holding my friend until the gun went off,” Johnson noted.

    Brown and Johnson took off running together. There were three cars lined up along the side of the street. Johnson says he ducked behind the first car, whose two passengers were screaming. Crouching down a bit, he watched Brown run past.

    “Keep running, bro!,” he said Brown yelled. Then Brown yelled it a second time. Those would be the last words Johnson’s friend, “Big Mike,” would ever say to him.

    Brown made it past the third car. Then, “blam!” the officer took his second shot, striking Brown in the back. At that point, Johnson says Brown stopped, turned with his hands up and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!”

    By that point, Johnson says the officer and Brown were face-to-face. The officer then fired several more shots. Johnson described watching Brown go from standing with his hands up to crumbling to the ground and curling into a fetal position.
    “After seeing my friend get gunned down, my body just ran,” he said. He ran to his apartment nearby. Out of breath, shocked and afraid, Johnson says he went into the bathroom and vomited. Then he checked to make sure that he hadn’t also been shot.

    Five minutes later, Johnson emerged from his apartment to see his friend Mike dead and in the middle of the street. Neighbors were gathering, some shouting, some taking pictures with their cell phones.

    Freeman Bosley, Johnson’s attorney, told msnbc that the police have yet to interview Johnson. Bosley said that he offered the police an opportunity to speak with Johnson, but they declined.

    “They didn’t even want to talk to him,” said Bosley, a former mayor of St. Louis. “They don’t want the facts. What they want is to justify what happened … what they are trying to do now is justify what happened instead of trying to point out the wrong. Something is wrong here and that’s what it is.”

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  72. yahtzeebutterfly

    Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons,
    Is as important as
    The killing of White men, White mothers’ sons,

    We who believe in freedom cannot rest.
    We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.

    ~ “Ella’s Song”

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  73. yahtzeebutterfly

    “Journalists Face Tear Gas, Police Threats While Covering Protests Against Killing Of Michael Brown”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/12/journalists-threatened-michael-brown_n_5671155.html?utm_hp_ref=media&ir=Media

    Another news article:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-missouri-police-shooting-protests-20140811-story.html

    Excerpt:
    When a Los Angeles Times reporter would interview one of the young demonstrators, the message was often the same, give or take a profanity: They wanted respect from the police. And they didn’t want to become another Michael Brown, the 18-year-old unarmed man shot to death by police on Saturday.

    Then they would go back to shouting at the police.

    “These are the next kids to get shot, right here,” said Troy Woods, 48, of St. Louis, gesturing at the demonstrators — “16, 17, 18 years old. … They treat us like second class all the way down the line.”

    Ricky Jones, 34, shouted his grievances. “Insurance is high, gas is high, but that’s not why I get mad,” he said. “At the end of the day, when I’m driving home, they ask me to pull over and get out of the car. No ‘license and registration, please.’ Get out of the car. Lay on the ground. Put your hands on your head.”

    And whenever the next young black man gets killed by police, like Brown, he says, “it doesn’t even matter what the story is.” The outcome, he says, is basically the same.

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  74. yahtzeebutterfly

    Just listen to how Michael Brown’s mom, Leslie McSpadden, says how she was treated at the scene by police:

    Shame on the police!

    And shame on the police chief in his first news conference when he would not acknowledge or give the eyewitness accounts but just the account of the officer who killed Michael in an execution-style manner!

    How can a community respect a police department like that? How can a community have confidence in such a PD?

    No wonder the community is marching and demonstrating so steadfastly!

    No wonder the community of Ferguson is so frustrated!

    No wonder the community feels betrayed by the police who are supposed to serve them and protect them!

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  75. yahtzeebutterfly

    Bill Raack @billraack

    INBOX: Rev. Sharpton will talk to the press today at 12:30 with parents and atty. of #MichaelBrown on steps of Old Courthouse. #Ferguson
    12:00 PM – 12 Aug 2014

    Maybe we can watch it at this link:

    http://fox2now.com/on-air/live-streaming-2/

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  76. yahtzeebutterfly

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  77. Mayor of Ferguson just spoke live to Andrea Mitchell
    1.Saying : the demographics of this area are changing and the residents of this apt. complex are transients who move in and out before building a relationship with local law enforcement.” Did not know it is a citizen’s obligation to build a relationship with local cops.

    2. Then when reporter asked if it was “reasonable to think a young man due to begin college on Monday would try to grab officer’s gun”? Mayor doubled down by saying he did not know this young man’s past history ( or apparently his name since he didn’t refer to him by name.

    I guess Mayor hasn’t had time to call O’Mara to find out how to sully a victim’s reputation.

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  78. Rep. John Lewis just spoke saying he had not seen a scene like this since 1964 and JFK nationalized the National guard and based on that, he feels POTUS does have poser to bring them in. They did that in New Orleans when it became imperative. Remember, that Nat Guard Gen ordering the local cops to lower their guns.

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  79. Guessing you’ll know two nationally recognized journalist were arrested for “trespassing”on McDonalds, one from Wash. Post and one from AJAM. Pushed one against the wall. Refused to give the journalists their names, took them to jail and released them without any information as if maybe hoping they would just forget it happened. When the Wash Post called police chief, apparently he said Oh my god,release them.
    No one from Mc Donald’s had called police to register a complaint.

    As of this morning, the remaining 34 people arrested in McDonalds were waiting on bonds, processing.

    Quick update, the looters were from another area , not from Ferguson.

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  80. COP officially announced they will put up demonstration free zones with cones and port a potties. He says ” we are changing our tactics.” Ok, this’s is good step.

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  81. Meeting with Mr. Crump will take place this afternoon.

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