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Following the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year old, Michael Brown, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, the FBI has taken over the investigation.
Cheryl Mimura, a spokeswoman for the FBI's St. Louis field office, says the agency opened an investigation Monday into possible civil rights violations arising from the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Police say Brown was shot multiple times Saturday in a scuffle with an officer in Ferguson.
This follows two days of protests surrounding the shooting of Brown:
The acrimony briefly resurfaced about 8:30 p.m. as demonstrators again swarmed the street chanting, “We Are Michael Brown” as wary police officers stood nearby with assault rifles.

At one point, residents held up their hands, saying, “Don’t shoot me!” as police officers with barking dogs tried to keep order.

Approximately 100 protesters then went to the street outside Ferguson police headquarters and chanted, “No Justice! No Peace!”

Tensions continued to bubble over during a memorial gathering last night:
At least two officers suffered injuries and 32 people were arrested after a prayer vigil for an 18-year-old killed by a Ferguson police officer escalated into rioting and looting Sunday night in Ferguson, Missouri.

Brian Schellman, with the St. Louis County Police Department, said close to 300 police officers from at least 15 different departments were called to Ferguson when angry mobs began smashing windows, setting fires and looting businesses in the area.

Originally posted to Scout Finch on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  That's a relief. (34+ / 0-)

    We need to act, nationally, on police accountability.

    Americans are being gunned down and terrorized by their government.

    That's not acceptable, no matter the color or creed of the victims.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail.

    by OllieGarkey on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 12:22:50 PM PDT

  •  eyewitness account (audio NSFW) (12+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 12:24:22 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for the update (8+ / 0-)

    So sick of this.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 12:28:42 PM PDT

    •  Amen. Walking While Black. Shopping While Black... (2+ / 0-)
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      Amen. Walking While Black. Shopping While Black. Hell, for some it's just a matter of Breathing While Black. There is certainly a contingent out there who have a problem with Obama being President While Black.

  •  Good (9+ / 0-)

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 12:47:46 PM PDT

  •  unfortunately, this is the same FBI (11+ / 0-)

    that manufactures phony terrorists by entrapping young Muslim Americans and then arresting them so it can declare "progress" in the war on terruh. My expectations of such a corrupt institutions are therefore quite low.

    People have it all wrong: the FBI intervened not to protect the people from the cops, but to protect the cops from the people. There's danger of these expressions of outrage morphing into some kind of #Occupy-type protest in an election year, and that possibility has got to be forestalled.

    It's clear that some low-level officer will have to walk the plank for this one--the public is sufficiently outraged that they won't be satisfied without a scapegoat. But it will stop there.

    The FBI are cops, and so are the men who shot Michael Brown. The blue code of silence applies.

    The whole toxic, militarized culture of modern American policing, where police are trained to think of themselves as soldiers at war against American citizens, will remain untouched and even be condoned by the FBI's report.

    The DOJ will give its official imprimatur to this whitewash, Obama will give an inspiring speech, and the people of Missouri will feel reassured that the first black president feels their pain, even if nothing actually changes. And it will end there.

    That's the reality of modern America: the corrupt are protected, nothing changes, and the only thing we're given are feel-good gestures and empty bromides.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 12:53:26 PM PDT

    •  The FBI has a bad reputation. (1+ / 0-)
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      About as bad as the CIA.

    •  Not Convinced (7+ / 0-)

      About this part of your comment.

      "[S]ome low-level officer will have to walk the plank for this one."

      I'm not convinced.  The track record in the face of even more outrage than what happened last night in Ferguson does not support your assumption at all.  Quite the contrary.

      /sigh

      At this point, I just want America to admit that it still doesn't want its Black citizens to live in any state other than terror, subservience and inferiority, under pain of death. I can handle American racism, but I can't handle American denial.

      by shanikka on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 01:17:22 PM PDT

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    •  Don't agree with your analysis (9+ / 0-)

      For one, local cops and the FBI are hardly buddy-buddy. The FBI will most certainly stick it to the cop who did this if they can prove it (or rather think they can).

      Two, this is the DOJ looking on, and they don't care about local cops or local politics.

      And for Three, just what else can you recommend at this point? The FBI may not be perfect (what is?) but I don't consider them corrupt.

      This needed to be a "Federal case" from the get-go. Now it is.

      Have some faith in our government.

      •  I have not had faith in our government (0+ / 0-)

        since the Supreme Court committed a coup d'état and installed George W. Bush into the presidency against the will of the electorate. Not one thing has happened since then to restore that faith. Obama has done nothing but give a pass to torturers and war criminals while greatly expanding lawless practices like unilateral assassination (via drones) and mass spying and putting a smiley face on the whole thing.

        We live in a time when all institutions are thoroughly corrupt and have lost their moral authority. Paradoxically, the higher up you go, the more criminal the behavior, not less. The criminality is worse at the higher levels because it is more systematic and is done under color of law and with the power of authority.

        The FBI does not have a history of enlightened behavior regarding civil rights, to put it mildly. They sought to spy on and destroy MLK, viewing him and other leaders of the civil rights movement as enemies of the state, attempting to infiltrate the movement and disrupt it.

        That they would seek to enforce the law and not merely side with the local cops in this one seems a dubious proposition at best.

        "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

        by limpidglass on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 08:33:36 PM PDT

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    •  Yay, there is no crime. The FBI manufactures it. (0+ / 0-)

      It's job security, I tell ya!

      Glad you spilled the beans.

      Care to followup on your for-certain prediction?

      You're welcome.

      "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 06:00:55 PM PDT

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    •  Unnamed Officer (0+ / 0-)

      I also have doubts that this investigation will end with any true justice. However, if the unnamed cop, who gunned down Michael Brown in the street, is the one chosen to "walk the plank" (serve jail time) then I will be very pleased.

      It is easy to see, just from this tragedy, how arrogant and contemptuous this police force is of those they are supposed to protect. This officer seemed to have no qualms about shooting and killing a black teen in broad daylight. It is as if he was certain  he would never be held accountable.

      Further, has any official come forward to explain why the body of Michael Brown was left lying where he fell for at least four hours? My opinion is that it is just another form of intimidation and contempt. As in, 'This could just as easily be you lying here' and 'Yeah, we know you're upset that we're leaving your 'brother' out here to lie like a dog in the street, but that is no more than he, and the rest of you, deserve.'

      Harsh, but pretty accurate, I think.

    •  Modern America might not be a bowl of peaches b... (0+ / 0-)

      Modern America might not be a bowl of peaches but it's a hell of a lot better than it used to be.

      If the public had the strength to rise peacefully against the current system then real change might be affected.

      Unfortunately people are sheep so masses have a tendency to spin into chaos.

      This incident is one more reason guns shouldn't be in so many hands. You rarely hear about shootings from power hungry cops, dumb kids and angry teens from countries like Britain and japan that have strong gun regulations...

  •  They are not "taking over." (15+ / 0-)

    Ferguson asked St. Louis County to the investigation.  This is a parallel investigation.  There are two investigations:

    The FBI will open a parallel investigation into the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson police on Saturday.

    County Executive Charlie Dooley made the announcement in a late-morning press conference Monday in Clayton.

    He promised the process would be open but not quick.

    "We're asking all the public to be calm, be patient," Dooley said.

    St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the FBI investigation will be a parallel investigation.

    "The bureau will take a lot of the information we have developed already through our investigation," Belmar said. They wil take that investigation and they may do their own interviews and take a look at the evidence themselves."

    "We will share our information with Prosecutor McCulloch's office and at the same time with the FBI," Belmar said.

    St. Louis Post Dispatch

    County Executive Charlie Dooley, referenced above, is African American.  He has been County Executive since 2004.

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    by TomP on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 12:53:45 PM PDT

  •  No, the FBI is not "taking over" the investigation (6+ / 0-)
    ollowing the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year old, Michael Brown, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, the FBI has taken over the investigation.
    The haven't "taken over" the investigation. At the moment, they are conducting a review for possible civil rights violations. That may change, but for the moment the FBI hasn't "taken over".
    “We have initiated a civil rights investigation,” Cheryl Mimura, spokeswoman for the FBI in St. Louis, told The Washington Post on Monday morning.

    This does not mean that the FBI is taking over the investigation, as was reported earlier in the day by the Associated Press. Rather, this is a separate investigation to see if there were any civil rights violations, Mimura said.

    There have been a lot of bad facts reported about this case so far, starting with the victim's age.  So let's try to be accurate.

    Dammit Jim, I'm a lawyer, not a grammarian. So sue me.

    by Pi Li on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 12:57:08 PM PDT

    •  Because of Course (13+ / 0-)

      When another innocent Black man is shot down like a dog in front of witnesses with cameras, it's clearly a "civil rights violation."

      I wonder at what point we Black folks will stop being mollified in the face of all these murders by the promise of a civil rights investigation instead of what should happen, which is a homicide prosecution?  (Which I am well aware the feds can't bring.)

      I think it's time for me to update this diary.  If for no other reason so that we here at Daily Kos can keep track.

      /sigh

      At this point, I just want America to admit that it still doesn't want its Black citizens to live in any state other than terror, subservience and inferiority, under pain of death. I can handle American racism, but I can't handle American denial.

      by shanikka on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 01:20:36 PM PDT

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  •  Somebody should investigate the media, as well. (1+ / 0-)
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    NBC says that Mr. Brown was shot as he struggled for the officer's weapon, inside the car, with at least one shot striking the interior of the car.

    BET says that he was shot, walking along the sidewalk, with his hands in the air.  

    I hope to God that there was a video camera in that police car, or on an adjacent building to show what actually happened.  

    Much madness is divinest sense, much sense divinest madness.

    by SpamNunn on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 12:59:54 PM PDT

    •  There wasn't. (3+ / 0-)
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      No cameras, inside or outside the car.

      •  There were cameras (12+ / 0-)

        There were no police cameras.  A big difference.

        And, if I go by what was reported, Ferguson law enforcement put a lot of energy, while Mike Brown's body was laying in the street growing cold and stiff, into collecting up every camera and cellphone with camera capability possessed by onlookers they could.

        So by now? There probably aren't any cameras, anymore.

        At this point, I just want America to admit that it still doesn't want its Black citizens to live in any state other than terror, subservience and inferiority, under pain of death. I can handle American racism, but I can't handle American denial.

        by shanikka on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 01:22:15 PM PDT

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        •  Is there any corroboration to this? (2+ / 0-)
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          And, if I go by what was reported, Ferguson law enforcement put a lot of energy, while Mike Brown's body was laying in the street growing cold and stiff, into collecting up every camera and cellphone with camera capability possessed by onlookers they could.
          I've seen it repeated on blogs and Twitter, but haven't seen a credible source for it. Not saying that wasn't the case, but there has been a lot of bad info on this shooting flying around, and I'd like to know if this report about the cameras is legit.

          Dammit Jim, I'm a lawyer, not a grammarian. So sue me.

          by Pi Li on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 03:41:54 PM PDT

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          •  OK (1+ / 0-)
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            capelza

            So folks who say "I was standing there and X happened" aren't credible just because they went to Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or a blog instead of the AP or Reuters?  Is that really your argument?

            At this point, I just want America to admit that it still doesn't want its Black citizens to live in any state other than terror, subservience and inferiority, under pain of death. I can handle American racism, but I can't handle American denial.

            by shanikka on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 04:30:17 PM PDT

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    •   Police chief has already stated that (9+ / 0-)

      there is no video available. When asked whys (by a news station) he said that he'd ordered dash cams, but they were still in the box.

      Seriously, I am not making this up. I and a couple others here posted sources for those statements in comments late last night:
      http://www.dailykos.com/...

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      by jan4insight on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 01:08:34 PM PDT

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    •  To be fair (3+ / 0-)
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      The media is reporting that the cops are saying it happened that way, and the cops are indeed saying that.

      What is unconscionable is that those reports do not always state that witnesses at the scene, including the young man who was walking with Brown, tell a very different story of the events.

      La majestueuse égalité des lois, qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les ponts, de mendier dans les rues, et de voler du pain.

      by dconrad on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 02:19:27 PM PDT

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      •  the police have declined (0+ / 0-)

        to even interview Dorian Johnson, Michael Brown's friend who was with him when he was shot.

        Just because you're self-righteous doesn't mean you're not a hypocrite.

        by AMcG826 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:23:41 PM PDT

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        •  The police may have declined to interview (3+ / 0-)
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          Mr. Johnson, but he got his story out anyway.  It was in the  St. Louis Post Dispatch titled "Johnson's version" and "Belmar's version" (Belmar is the St. Louis County police chief).  Being from St. Louis (county) & knowing the history of the police actions against black people, I believe Mr Johnson's version.  I'm a 60 yr. old white woman, if that makes any difference - it makes me sick to my stomach.

  •  Mark my words,,, (3+ / 0-)

    The DOJ will produce indictments for "rioting" and "looting"  but not a single cop will suffer any repercussions from this.  I feel pretty safe saying this as this is what has happened every single time the cops over-reach.

    You will note that the Bill of Rights is now apparently a Bill of Concerns. Charles Pierce, Esquire Magazine Feb 2014

    by spritegeezer on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 01:01:29 PM PDT

  •  Looting always helps (0+ / 0-)

    /

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    Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

    by SFOrange on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 01:04:12 PM PDT

  •  A troll in another diary claimed: (6+ / 0-)
    I wonder why the media failed to report that Mike Brown was out on bail for a 1st degree Felony Assault charge since November last year?
    I have not seen a single story or AP update that says anything about that. I think it is someone trying to muddy the waters. Don't fall for it.

    Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

    by Mike S on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 01:07:03 PM PDT

  •  The inaccuracies of age..... (4+ / 0-)
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    sethtriggs, shanikka, capelza, Vixter

    and other info have been due to the breaking news aspect of this story. The corrected reports appear as the facts emerge. No one has been trying to pass on bad facts intentionally. Initial reports, even by mainstream media, can and do include items which upon further review need to be changed.

  •  "No Moral Man Can Patiently Adjust to Injustice!" (1+ / 0-)
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    "Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat to Justice Everywhere!"

    (M.L.King, Jr.)

  •  I Suppose I Should Be Happy (12+ / 0-)

    That for the umpteenth time, someone is going to "investigate" the death of another unarmed young Black man.  No doubt to see if his civil rights were violated (human rights? Forget about it) since that's all the feds have jurisdiction over, anyway.

    Of course, if I'd had $20 for every one of these investigations that has taken place since I first became conscious of these things, I'd have a nice little vacation nest egg saved up by now.

    But if it comforts someone, I'm glad.  I guess.

    At this point, I just want America to admit that it still doesn't want its Black citizens to live in any state other than terror, subservience and inferiority, under pain of death. I can handle American racism, but I can't handle American denial.

    by shanikka on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 01:15:44 PM PDT

  •  The FBI... (3+ / 0-)
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    should be there.
    We all know the police will simply cover for their own.

    "These 'Yet To Be' United States" --James Baldwin--

    by kevinbr38 on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 01:16:50 PM PDT

  •  Nice to see such quick action (3+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, capelza, Vixter

    to make sure the investigation is properly carried out.

  •  No footage... ? (4+ / 0-)
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    by justiceputnam on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 01:33:48 PM PDT

  •  I won't be gunned down... (13+ / 0-)

    ... in fact, if I had a semi auto loaded w/ 100 rounds strapped around my chest pushing a shopping cart full of guns and ammo down a busy Las Vegas street, no one will look at me twice.

    In fact, I might even get the cops to help me.

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 01:40:56 PM PDT

    •  I wouldn't be too sure about that... (1+ / 0-)
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      The police force is becoming increasingly militarized.  Look at one of these power-tripping "authorities" sideways, or expect basic civility when one is "flexing his authority muscles", and you might be very unpleasantly surprised.  

      Some are just rotten bullies, and they don't care WHO they fuck with.

  •  bad optics (6+ / 0-)
    At one point, residents held up their hands, saying, “Don’t shoot me!” as police officers with barking dogs tried to keep order.
    Call me crazy but doesn't it seem a little provocative to trot out the police dogs at a protest where African American civil rights are at issue? To me, that reads more like a blatant f%^& you on the part of the police than an effort to maintain order.

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

    by Joe Bob on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 02:46:09 PM PDT

  •  Cops confiscating all cameras & cell phones????? (7+ / 0-)

    The legality of filming police in action has been settled long ago.  What happened to those stolen devices?  Did they accidentally fall into the Mississippi River?  

    Seems this is theft of valuable personal property as well as destroying evidence of a crime.  If the cops were acting lawfully they would have welcomed footage showing what Good Guys they are.  And how this young man was behaving so badly that shooting him dead was their only option...saving lives and all that.

    The whole scenario stinks to high heavens.

    "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

    by 417els on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 04:11:16 PM PDT

  •  We have a mayority racist America (1+ / 0-)
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    There is not  doubt in my mind. The wars we do, the laws we create (cocaine and marijuana), the killing of innocent kids over and over by the police, and the exoneration of the police implicated over and over...

    If you want to take a pick of the racist american thinking, go to cnn comments or yahoo. You will see, what I mean. It is sad, but that is reality...

    We need to stick together, the white left, the black, brown and all the minorities and start a change a real change.

  •  Death Squads in America (1+ / 0-)
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    At what point do we admit that the US Police are basically death squads when it comes to People of Color?

    Was Malcom X right that every black man should, while also dressing smart, being responsible, free of crime, and polite... also open carry?

    Was Tookie Williams right - that when the police enter your neighborhood with an intent to murder your people, you should shoot them first?

    If Malcolm X and Tookie Williams were wrong? How do you rationally explain that in light of the way the death squads are operating?

    Any other people, anywhere else in the world, would be forming an insurgency right now and barricading their neighborhoods getting ready to fight off the assault. But America's People of Color have been amazingly peaceful over the last few decades, given the state of affairs.

    At what point can we no longer rationally tell people to keep just accepting that they could be murdered at any point by the state for no reason at all?

    OMG, like, gag them with a multi-colored spoon. Like, ya know.

    by Jyotai on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 09:19:28 PM PDT

  •  The FBI opens investigation of Michael Brown Shoot (4+ / 0-)
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    IT IS MY PERSONAL BELIEF BASED UPON ALL OF THE NUMBER OF SHOOTINGS, WOUNDINGS, KILLINGS AND MURDERS THAT ARE BEING COMMITTED BY THE VARIOUS POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST PREDOMINATELY BLACK PEOPLE AND MINORITIES THAT WE NEED EVERY POLICE DEPARTMENTS SHOOTINGS INVESTIGATED BY A SPECIAL OVERVIEW COMMITTEE TO BE ESTABLISHED AT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LEVEL.

    I MEAN EVERY POLICE DEPARTMENT FROM THE CITY, COUNTY, STATE, F.B.I., C.I.A., HOMELAND SECURITY, MILITARY AND PRIVATE SECURITY FIRMS AND CONTRACTORS.

    HOWEVER, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SAY THAT I DO NOT SUPPORT THE RIOTING AND DESTRUCTION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY IN PROTEST TO THESE SHOOTING.

    I WILL ALSO POINT OUT THAT I LIVED IN DETROIT DURING THE 1967 SHOOTINGS AND RIOTS AND THE DESTRUCTION THAT TOOK PLACE.  I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THAT PRIOR TO THE RIOTS THE CITY'S MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL HAD IGNORED YEARS OF COMPLAINTS.  THIS CHANGED AFTER THE RIOTS.

    POLICE DEPARTMENTS CHANGED THEIR RECRUITING PATTERNS AND MADE SURE THAT THEY GOT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S RACIAL BALANCE IN LINE WITH THE RACIAL BALANCE OF THE COMMUNITY THEY SERVED.  THE POLICE BEGAN TO RIDE BICYCLES IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS WEATHER PERMITTING.  THEY HAD MINI STATIONS IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS.  THEY BECAME INVOLVED WITH THE VARIOUS YOUTH GROUPS AND COACHED AND MENTORED STUDENTS AND ATHLETES.

    THE CORPORATIONS, INSTITUTIONS, COMPANIES AND FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS BECAME INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITIES LIKE THEY NEVER HAD BEFORE.  THEY MADE THEIR EMPLOYEES AVAILABLE TO TEACH AND MENTOR IN THE SCHOOLS.  THEY CREATE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO HIGH SCHOOL AND TO COLLEGE.

    BUT THEN THE REPUBLICANS TOOK CONTROL OF THE GOVERNORSHIPS IN MANY STATES, THE REPUBLICANS WERE ELECTED PRESIDENT AND GOT CONTROL OF THE U. S. CONGRESS AND THEY UNDID EVERY THING THAT HAD BEEN WORKING.  

    INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING THE AVERAGE WORKING MAN AND WOMAN, THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN.S OPPORTUNITIES TO A BETTER EDUCATION.  THE GREEDY AND CORRUPT REPUBLICANS STARTED TO CUT EVERY POSSIBLE, WHAT THEY CALLED  "ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM" THAT HAD BEEN SET IN PLACE TO HELP THE POOR AND MIDDLE-CLASS JUST SO THEY COULD FILL THE PRIVATE PRISONS AND GIVE FEDERAL INCOME TAX CUTS TO THE GREEDY AND CORRUPT CORPORATIONS, INSTITUTIONS, COMPANIES AND FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.

    THE REPUBLICANS REPEALED LAWS, REGULATIONS AND RULES THAT ONCE HAD PROTECT THE POOR AND MIDDLE-CLASS FROM THE PREDATORY PRACTISES OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.  THE E.P.A THAT HAD IT'S LAWS, REGULATIONS AND RULES REMOVED THAT PROTECTED OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY.  THE F.D.A THAT HAD IT'S LAWS, REGULATIONS AND RULES REMOVED THAT PROTECTED OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY.  O.S.H.A THAT HAD IT'S LAWS, REGULATIONS AND RULES REMOVED THAT PROTECTED OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY.  

    THEN THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS COLLAPSED AND WHO DID THEY TURN TO FOR THE MONEY TO BAIL THEM OUT?  "WE THE TAX-PAYERS."

    THE E.P.A THAT HAD IT'S LAWS, REGULATIONS AND RULES REMOVED THAT PROTECTED OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY.   OIL WELLS EXPLODE AND PIPELINES LEAK,  COAL ASH IS IMPROPERLY STORED, FRACKING IS DONE WITH CHEMICALS THAT ARE POISONING THE VERY WATER WE DRINK.  CARBON POISONS THE AIR WE BREATHE..

    THE F.D.A THAT HAD IT'S LAWS, REGULATIONS AND RULES REMOVED THAT PROTECTED OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY.  THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO MAJOR CASES OF FOOD POISONING EVERY YEAR.

    O.S.H.A THAT HAD IT'S LAWS, REGULATIONS AND RULES REMOVED THAT PROTECTED OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY.  PLANTS HAVE EXPLODED, EQUIPMENT HAS FAILED TO FUNCTION PROPERLY AND PEOPLE AND KILLED AND MANGLED.

    IT IS BECAUSE OF THE REPUBLICANS, THE TEA-PARTY AND THE CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS OF THE U. S. CONGRESS THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS BEING DESTROYED.  THEY HAVE REMOVED EVERYTHING THAT WAS IN PLACE TO KEEP US ALL SAFE SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THEIR GREED AND CORRUPTION.

  •  According to the law... (4+ / 0-)
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    Vixter, snwflk, Diane C, acornweb

    the US military cannot be used inside the borders of the US unless martial law has been declared, and the last time I checked it hasn't.  However, when the police roll up in their tanks and armored personnel carriers and get out carrying assault rifles with high-capacity magazines it's pretty hard to identify a real difference.

    I'm sorry to say it, having served in law enforcement myself, but the police have brought this upon themselves.  Far too many officers somehow believe that everyone they meet, especially those of color, are somehow beneath them, worthy only of disdain and contempt.

    On item of agreement...perhaps the only item...is that this began when an officer started his contact with the victim and his friend by telling (ordering) them to "Get on the fucking sidewalk."  Does anybody really think that's a statement likely to make people like you?

    How about something more like "Hey, guys.  I'm worried about your safety.  Could I get you to walk on the sidewalk instead of out here in the middle of the street?"

    Maybe you think that sounds naive...but I'll bet whatever came next wouldn't have been any worse, and quite possibly a bunch better.  

  •  According to the report I heard (1+ / 0-)
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    the FBI was specifically NOT "taking over" the investigation, but would only be assisting local authorities.  I hope that's wrong!

    If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning. - Catherine Aird

    by steveannie on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 02:49:25 PM PDT

  •  I gotta tell you... (2+ / 0-)
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    Diane C, acornweb

    I can hardly sleep at night because I'm so worried for my son.  He's an honorable man.  Served two tours in our illegal war and came back 70% disabled.  He's lucky, because he lived through it, and his injuries were internal.  If he continues to live a good, clean life (no drugs/alcohol), he should have a relatively healthy life.  However, that's the least of my worries.  

    Presently, he's in college, graduating next year with a degree in astrophysics -- just the type of black man who threatens these types of killers.  I tell him, every day, to get out of this country.  The repugs are set to take over, and it will be open (and legal) season on black men (and teenagers) like him.  Gangbangers and criminals all around us, but who gets shot down like dogs?  Unarmed black men with a future.  I live in Chicago.  Gangbangers shoot and kill innocent kids and women every day.  No arrests are hardly ever made and the gangbangers are never engaged in gun fights with the police.  Both sets of thugs (police and gangbangers), choose their victims, carefully.  

    If more white folks were concerned about these killings, they would stop.  But, that doesn't happen.  However, the laws of the universe will not be mocked.  They will turn, nd when they do, we'll see more white mothers crying on the evening news over their children.  Then, and only then, will it stop.  

    I live in a country where it's easier to buy a gun, than to cast a vote.

    by stuckupnorth on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 03:14:25 PM PDT

  •  OUT OF CONTROL RACISTS YEAH, THE POLICE (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Deadly proof militarization of police is real (3+ / 0-)
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    A few weeks ago, a low grade military weapon was used by Detroit police to disperse a peaceful crowd that had gathered to protest the city's water shutoffs.

    The weapon, which is not officially considered a 'weapon,' was a LRAD, or Long Range Acoustic Device. It can be set to emit a sound which causes physical pain to the ears of those within range. The sound is so powerful, it vibrates the bones of the skeleton. That was the setting used on the protesters. The pain was so intense, the crowd quickly fled. The incident garnered practically no press attention.

    It has been widely announced that local police across the country will be given used military weapons coming back from Afghanistan, including grenade launchers, M16's, gun silencers and even tanks. But there seems to be no national discussion about the growing militarization of domestic police forces.

    If police are given serious military weapons which they may then use against civilians at the behest of businesses and large corporations, or on their own volition, how many heartbeats will pass before America officially becomes a police state?

  •  Makes me rethink the final scene in V for Vendetta (0+ / 0-)

    ...the idea being that, when pressed, hyper-militant law enforcement wouldn't gun down a crowd of civilians.

    Sadly, it seems more and more that scene would end in a slaughter. Oh, wait, no--they can't see who the non-white people were under those masks.

    This whole situation is beyond disgusting. My hearts go out to Michael Brown's family, friends, and community. More needs to be done--and if a cop actually murdered this young man, that cop needs to spend life in prison, at a minimum.

    With power should come greater punishment when abusing that power. "Police" officers need to be held to more retribution when violating their office by breaking the law than a civilian.

    Once again, every time I see my state in the news, it's bad news. This, however, is downright sickening.

  •  We need to remember (0+ / 0-)

    that rioting is wrong, no matter the circumstances. Sure, we can understand the emotions behind it, but that still doesn't condone it.

    My heart grieves for this young man's parents and the life he may have led. My heart grieves for my beloved country, which seems to be tearing itself apart from the inside.

    Can we get back to the time in our history when we didn't feel that the answer to every problem was violence? Please?

    Goddess this I ask of thee,
    this request for you from me,
    this I say, So Mote It Be!

    •  The news of rioting needs to be taken with a grain (0+ / 0-)

      of salt. History has repeatedly shown that governments and other power-players (with the media's help) intentionally dispatch provocateurs to create mayhem for the purpose of changing the narrative and distracting the public from the real issue.

      Not saying that's the case this time (I'd have to do more research), but it's something to always keep in the back of your mind when watching/listening to the news.

      Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

      by FactsPrevail on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 07:51:42 PM PDT

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  •  We live in a country anda culture... (0+ / 0-)

    in which we have learned to believe that aggressive behavior is the WAY to act.  We live in a culture that glorifies aggressive behavior, and the resulting disrespect and violence.  

    Aggressiveness is considered to be a masculine trait, and is therefore considered acceptable and necessary if one is to "be a man."  Passive behavior is generally seen as being a feminine trait, Passive behavior is considered acceptable and necessary for a woman if she is to be considered feminine.  

    Because it is connected to masculinity, aggressive behavior has been over-valued, and it is damaging to everyone and everything.

    What I believe we really need in this culture is for people to learn how to be assertive, and for people to learn to value assertive behavior in ALL people.

    To me, both passive and aggressive behaviors lead to dysfunctional consequences.  The only rational behavior is assertive behavior.  

    What the police, and so many people in this culture are exhibiting, is aggressive behavior, and Michael Brown's death is a direct result of the glorification of aggressive behavior in this culture, and the dysfunctional consequences of disrespect and violence that results from that behavior.

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