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  •  Lots of questions, starting with one about Johnson (19+ / 0-)

    1) Does he actually have power to affect change or is he a figurehead?
    2) Will they also take over the investigation of what happened?
    3) Who was responsible for yesterday's police riot and will there be any consequences for that?
    4) can we remove the weapons systems from these police departments already?

    etc.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 07:51:26 PM PDT

    •  This needs an immediate answer... (17+ / 0-)
      3) Who was responsible for yesterday's police riot and will there be any consequences for that?

      "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Chris Christie, Antonin Scalia, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

      by Eman on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 08:05:38 PM PDT

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    •  Johnson is Captain of Troop C of the MSHP (3+ / 0-)
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      He'll stay in charge of police activity in Ferguson as long as Nixon needs him there.

      Since MSHP investigstes crimes, he'll probably help with that as well. Right now, there's a team working on the investigation that includes county prosecutors, the governor, the FBI and others. Nixon has promised it will be thorough and transparent.

      Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

      by Betty Pinson on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 08:22:49 PM PDT

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    •  "Does he actually have power to affect change" (3+ / 0-)
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      Yes.

      Whether through Johnson's actions or because of a change in the strategy, lines of responsibility, change has already taken place.

      A festive demonstration filled the centre of Ferguson, Missouri, early on Thursday evening after a dramatic shift in police tactics, with a new chief and contingent of officers brought in to police protests ...

      Hundreds of people gathered at the same intersection in this northern suburb of St Louis that has been the epicentre of violent clashes with police since the weekend. But where a wall of armed officers in military gear and armoured trucks once stood, there was almost no police presence.

      Is more change needed?  Sure.

      Good start, though.

      The GOP bet on [Obamacare] failure. And they lost the bet - Josh Marshall

      by rsmpdx on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 08:29:19 PM PDT

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      •  If he handles this successfully, he'll be destined (1+ / 0-)
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        for bigger things.

        Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
        I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
        —Spike Milligan

        by polecat on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 08:38:20 PM PDT

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        •  He is in the role of a mid-level field (2+ / 0-)
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          commander in this situation, having been brought in by higher-ups (primarily Nixon, I guess) to trouble-shoot a situation that had gone badly wrong.

          So far, he has handled it beautifully, it seems.

          However, there are aspects that are long-term and probably beyond his scope, such as hiring a more diverse force for the city and county, and training the force to respond appropriately to escalating situations.

          Somebody in the local and state bureacracies, and/or elected officials are going to have to address those things beyond the current crisis.

          The GOP bet on [Obamacare] failure. And they lost the bet - Josh Marshall

          by rsmpdx on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 08:57:20 PM PDT

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          •  Not really "...brought in" (3+ / 0-)
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            He is the Mo. HiPo commander of this district. When he says it's his home, he isn't just saying something he thinks people want to hear. From what I've read, he doesn't live in Ferguson, but not far away. He didn't have to pack a suitcase.

            •  The way I heard it (0+ / 0-)

              he was born in Ferguson and only moved to where he lives now to follow the job.  So it's very possible that he actually knows a good many of the people he's policing, and they know him.  That, in my opinion, was the best part of this move.  And the results -- so far -- appear to bear that out.

              Now it's up to Nixon to deliver on the rest of his promises.

              I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

              by mojo11 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 07:53:14 AM PDT

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            •  I wasn't clear, I guess (0+ / 0-)

              I meant he was "brought in" to the command structure for the situation, not that he was geographically moved.

              The GOP bet on [Obamacare] failure. And they lost the bet - Josh Marshall

              by rsmpdx on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 07:58:06 AM PDT

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