Ferguson Demonstrations: Authorities Declare State of Emergency in St. Louis County

St. Louis County authorities declared a state of emergency Monday as they prepared for a second night of protests marking a year since a police officer killed Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown.

Protesters prepare to march in downtown St. Louis. RICK WILKING / Reuters – At least here these folks seem peaceful. How about joining them and giving peaceful protesting a shot?

The move was announced by County Executive Steve Stenger, who cited the violence that marred protests Sunday night in Ferguson.

“The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger,” Stenger said in a statement.

The St. Louis County prosecuting attorney’s office announced criminal charges against a man authorities say exchanged gunfire with police officers Sunday night. Tyrone Harris, 18, who remained hospitalized in critical condition, was charged with four counts of assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action and one count of shooting at a motor vehicle.

As authorities girded for another tumultuous night, about 30 protesters spread across all 10 lanes of an interstate that runs through Ferguson.

via Ferguson Demonstrations: Authorities Declare State of Emergency in St. Louis County – NBC News.

Can we look forward to this every year?

I hate to point this out, but race riots aren’t a new thing. They’ve been happening for a long time. It hasn’t accomplished anything positive. Ever. Try something new.

To the businesses in Ferguson… time to move out. There are plenty of states and towns that would love to have you and won’t burn your business to the ground. Especially in defense of someone who committed a crime and was killed in the attempt at another.

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How is This “Justice?”

10363578_728119437270076_1839473495741275577_nHere’s just one snapshot of the aftermath from rioting & looting in Ferguson. Natalie DuBose crying after looters attacked her cake store to get “justice” for Michael Brown. She sold her cakes at flea markets to save up to own her own shop. ~ Via Josh Jordan.

Here’s a fundraiser to help – http://www.gofundme.com/NataliesCakesnMore (she’s already raised more than double what she was looking to collect. Very awesome!)
Here’s an interview she gave – http://bit.ly/1uU4BED

So explain to me how this woman’s cake shop had anything at all to do with Michael Brown. I mean, obviously she must have done something to warrant the folks in her town tearing it up? No?

I have a ton of thoughts about this entire case, but frankly, this case is all we’ve been hearing about for days and most of what I would say has probably been said elsewhere.

I will say this, though. You wanted justice. You wanted to have your “race war” or whatever the hell it is. You want civil rights. How is destroying your town doing that? How is it justice for anyone when you are destroying the lives of people who built your town, keep your town alive, and committed no wrong against anyone?

People like Natalie are dreamers – real ones, not the BS dreamers who jump fences like ninjas and want us to give them everything for existing. She fought for what she has, and as a small business owner, she has to keep fighting every day. She didn’t kill anyone. She didn’t commit any crimes. She isn’t a threat to your civil rights or your justice. She’s a woman with a cake shop, living a dream. She is civil rights. She didn’t get that handed to her, she went out and got it herself and she worked damn hard to do it. And now you are destroying it. Why? Isn’t she exactly what you claim to want?!

Instead of destroying her, why don’t you emulate her?

Instead of destroying your town, why don’t you build it up the way Natalie and others like her have done?

Natalie and her kind are the people who keep this country moving. They embody everything that is right about this country and everything this country was meant to be. Stop tearing everything down and try building it up. People listen to the builders, not the destroyers. The builders actually get things done. If you feel you’ve been wronged, nothing burns your enemy as much as watching you succeed. So stop the madness and build something instead.

Ferguson Mob Takes Over Gov’t Meeting; Threatens Mass Violence if ‘Cop Gets Off’

A mob of protesters disrupted speakers, threatened violence, and accused police of murder as the fallout from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., reignited and threatened to explode in the coming weeks.

And several people who openly disagreed with the mob needed a police escort to get out.

This was the scene of a Council meeting in St. Louis County that was hijacked by the same apparent lawless mob that terrorized the city in August. The attempt to conduct regular business of the county collapsed into two hours of near chaos and mob rule, according to an account by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.18-year old Michael Brown was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson, under circumstances of great dispute. What is not in dispute is that Brown robbed a convenience store minutes before the shooting, and 12 witnesses said they saw Brown assault Officer Wilson, who was seriously injured. Other witnesses claimed Brown had his hands up when shot — an account contradicted by the Brown family’s own autopsy  report.

After Brown’s death a mob looted and burned 57 businesses in Ferguson and adjacent towns, many of which will not return.

The case is in the hands of a grand jury – which now has until January to decide whether Officer Darren Wilson should face criminal charges. But the mob at Tuesday night’s meeting demanded the justice system be ignored and Wilson placed under arrest now.

For audio, hover over video and click speak in bottom corner. It is a repetitive looping video.

Ferguson Mob Takes Over Gov’t Meeting; Threatens Mass Violence if ‘Cop Gets Off’ Video – Top Right News.

Don’t Let Reality Hit You in the A– on the Way Out!

Listen to this man give you more truth here. I’ve been following this guy for a while now and he is entertaining, but he has a real great way of breaking things down and showing you reality. Kind of smacking you in the face with it.

Now, I know some of you don’t like youtube, that’s fine. The link goes to his personal website, not youtube.

Amid Ferguson’s Turmoil One Man Stands Up To Looters And Shows Us What America Really Looks Like

Be that guy.

Amid Ferguson’s Turmoil One Man Stands Up To Looters And Shows Us What America Really Looks Like.

 

Calm restored in Ferguson, support for officer builds

On the streets of Ferguson, a collective anger that exploded into almost two weeks of protests and riots gave way to a more tranquil environment. On Friday morning, the town of 21,000 seemed to have some of its bustle back.

Traffic moved briskly along West Florissant Avenue, site of the protests that have unfolded here. Businesses opened and people patronized them. The police remained, but mostly keeping a low profile, sitting in patrol cars off the street.
City buses rolled along the busy corridor and commuters carrying shopping bags waited for them.

Early Friday and late Thursday night, the atmosphere was more reflective of a street fair.

“It was another good night,” Missouri State Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said at a 1 a.m. briefing. “We’re heading toward a sense of peace for our community. Through 12:30 a.m., there were just seven arrests, including five for failing to disperse.

Thursday night, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill strolled among the relatively sparse crowds while vendors hawked T-shirts. The Missouri Democrat expressed confidence that the violent protests that gripped this community of 21,000 for much of the past 11 days are over. “I think it’s time for a lot of the (media) to leave here, she said.

Continued via http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/22/ferguson-calm-officer-support/14439979/

Neighbors Head to Ferguson. The Reason Is Heartwarming.

Amid civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., some St. Louis County residents hope to help the town move toward recovery with a “buycott” in support of looted and damaged businesses.

Led by Bill Hennessy, a resident of Wildwood, Mo., citizens of neighboring towns plan to spend an hour today shopping at affected small businesses in the St. Louis suburb. In an interview with The Daily Signal, Hennessy said:

The goal is to let everyone in the area know that those places are open, and to generate commerce in the area. A lot of them are very small. … The little shops are left on their own.

Many damaged businesses in Ferguson boarded up broken windows and doors but remain open for business. Because many of the storefronts are covered with plywood, some local customers aren’t aware that the shops are open; they may confuse store hours written on the makeshift “windows” with graffiti.

Hennessy, though, hopes the “buycott” will motivate consumers:

It’s going to take time for Ferguson to recover, and we want to do what we can to help them out. The effects of something like this … is a black eye on the entire community. I don’t want Ferguson to fail because of this as a city. … We want to do what we can to support Ferguson so that it makes a strong comeback.

Hennessy, a supporter of The Heritage Foundation and its advocacy arm, Heritage Action for America,  said he expects approximately 20 shoppers from St. Louis County to participate in the Ferguson “buycott.”  However, he hopes to see more than 50 attend.

http://dailysignal.com/2014/08/21/neighbors-headed-ferguson-today-reason-will-warm-heart/

Fantastic idea!!! If you happen to be in the area, consider your own buycott. Being done good out of the ashes.