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  •  I was thinking of the same basic plan (1+ / 0-)
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    My concept was to send in about 50-100 FBI agents, completely unarmed, with white t-shirts with a big FBI logo on them, and a radio. Heaviest transportation equipment to be bicycles.

    The agents would have orders to walk with the protestors, help facilitate the protests, and take statements (video or written) from anyone who wanted to make one.

    The local police force would all be removed from the State until things calmed down, then they would simply be fired.

    I suspect we'd see a radically different community response in under an hour.

    •  I wonder... (1+ / 0-)
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      how well FBI agents would do with that assignment. I don't think they are, in general, well disposed to community organizing.

      However, I'm encouraged to see that the governor has ordered all local law enforcement out of Ferguson. That's got to be the first step to getting this situation calmed down.

      And I think the state police may be the best group to take over community policing for a while. Just as long as they don't go in in combat fatigues with the same type of equipment.

      Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

      by elsaf on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 08:42:59 AM PDT

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      •  Better FBI than Nat. Guard (0+ / 0-)

        FBI Agents are going to be far better trained at police type work than National Guard type grunts. They will be used to acting solo or in pairs, and should be able to take statements and investigate claims. The fact that they are there to investigate and assist, rather than to punish and intimidate, is part of the plan.

        I also think using the FBI gets you out of the local chain of command, it puts a big distinction between the city/county officers who are causing problems, and federal authority where a different attitude is present.

        •  FBI agents (1+ / 0-)
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          ... do a lot of investigation, and they certainly could help out producing a report on what happened. But they don't do a lot of breaking up domestic disputes, collaring petty thieves, or traffic stops. Those are the operations that will dominate policing in a suburb.

          But at the end of the day, "Anybody but the St. Louis County Police" is the best answer.

          Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

          by elsaf on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 09:23:44 AM PDT

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