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Somebody in Missouri with the authority to do so needs to immediately relieve Ferguson, MO Police Chief Thomas Jackson from duty for gross obfuscation of justice in an effort to incite violence for the eventual obstruction of Michael Brown's justice.

That's the only conclusion I'm able to reach about Jackson releasing reports that name Michael Brown as the strong-arm cigar thief.

He wants the protests to get violent.
He wants the occupying military-police to be redeployed.

Chief Thomas Jackson wants anything that will distract public opinion from the fact that one of his white cops unloaded several bullets into an unarmed black man until he was dead.

According to Chief Jackson:

"The initial contact between Darren Wilson and Mike Brown was not related to the alleged theft of cigars," and the officer who killed Michael Brown only stopped the two teens "because they were walking down the middle of the street, blocking traffic."

That is the only thing relevant to the investigation into what transpired between Officer Wilson and Michael Brown that resulted in the latter's death from multiple gun shot wounds less than two minutes after initial contact was made.

All that other crap about a strong-arm cigar thief, and what merchandise was allegedly found on Michael Brown's dead person, according to Chief Jackson, is obfuscation to a dangerous extreme, and a blatant attempt to incite violence.

As best as I can tell, here are Missouri municipal and state officials with the most immediate authority to remove Chief Thomas Jackson from command:

Mayor James Knowles III
City of Ferguson
110 Church St.
Ferguson, MO 63135

Charles Dooley
County Executive, St. Louis County

Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-3222

It's way past time for you to "pursue other opportunities," Mr. Jackson. I have no doubt  you'd make an excellent "Law Officer Analyst" at Foxnews.

[edited for typos, removal of St. Louis Mayor Slay, addition of St. Louis County Executive Charles Dooley]

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  •  I saw one show with two lawyers saying Michael (8+ / 0-)

    Brown was a felon.   He was judged guilty of strong arm robbery  which is a felony in MO. if convicted.  He is not a felon.  He has not been tried and can not be tried in a court of law:  he is dead from gun shots delivered by a police offficer. Michael Brown was unarmed and looks like he was shot again and again even after he had put his hands up in  the universal sign for surrender.  We must find out what happened and hold those to the rule of law, if found negligent in the execution of their duty to serve and protect the public.  

  •  well, Francis Slay can't do anything--STL is a (4+ / 0-)
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    notagain, thegray72, weezilgirl, VClib

    separate municipality.  Ferguson is in St Louis COUNTY, which (confusingly to outsiders) is entirely separate from the city.  The County Executive is Charlie Dooley, who was just last week beaten decisively in the D primary but is still in office until I assume January; he is the guy who has demanded a Special Prosecutor for the shooting, saying that the regular STL County DA is biased.  Which he clearly is, based on his statements, BUT...he already had bad blood with Dooley bc he endorsed his opponent in the primary. Dooley seems to be finally moving toward doing the 'right thing' or things here, but it's taken him way too long.  I do not know if he has any authority to remove the Ferguson police chief; but in any event the problem isn't confined to Ferguson, it also extends to the County police.  That's why Gov Nixon had to reach to the STATE patrol to find a sympathetic figure to calm things down.

    Oh, and Dooley is AA, but his winning primary opponent is white.  Not a peep out of him so far that I've heard.

    This is going to be an absolute clusterf*ck in terms of local and regional politics.

    •  I should add that, while STL County leans D in (2+ / 0-)
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      general, the General Election fight for County Exec was thought to be potentially competitive this time, already.  If the new D nominee (who took out Dooley) goes hard against Ferguson, it will certainly be competitive as all the white racist Rs in the county will come out in force.  As a lame duck, Dooley himself may have more of a free hand.  But only for a few months...

    •  Someone within Ferguson (4+ / 0-)
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      thegray72, Habitat Vic, Sylv, white blitz

      needs to step up, lead, and organize voters and recruit/train candidates for local office.

      African-Americans are a two-thirds majority in Ferguson. Why most of their elected officials and gov't is white is curious at the least.

      Get out and vote is the message here. Especially in local elections. This idea that Dems don't vote in off-presidential years has to end.

      'Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive' - VP Joe Biden

      by RobertInWisconsin on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:41:52 PM PDT

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      •  totally agreed that this is the long(er) term (1+ / 0-)
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        solution.  Ferguson and other north-St-County municipalities have had very rapid demographic shifts: Ferguson was 50% AA in 2000 and is now closer to 66%.  But it would be interesting to see the demographics of even registered voters, never mind likely vs sporadic.  Obviously the town's power structure is still almost entirely white (and not just white but old and embattled).  Last year the all-white city council removed their AA school superintendent...

        In the shorter term---the mayor of Ferguson is unlikely to remove Chief Jackson, though anything's possible right now.  I'm not sure who else has the constitutional authority.  I suppose Gov Nixon could try to put the State Patrol permanently in charge of the city, but he would probably then be impeached by the veto-proof majority R's in the state legislature.  Unless the Fed investigation of the shooting and police response finds him (Jackson, not just the killer-cop) sufficiently culpable or derelict--I suppose the Justice Dept could then...sue?

    •  City & County Politics are Messy (1+ / 0-)
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      Thanks for the inside scoop. Each municipality and county has their own operating procedure which is completely foreign to anybody outside of it. It sounds like things were already interesting in St. Louis County, but could get even more so now.

      As far as I know, Mayors hold authority over their city's Police Chief, and Mayor's themselves are accountable to the city council, but beyond that it's quite hazy. I would think the presiding County official (Dooley in this case) could interceded, followed by the Governor ... but then again, I don't know.

      Trying to find out St. Louis County contact info to post in the diary, but all pages at unavailable. Is that an Anonymous(?) thing?

  •  Missouri does not have (3+ / 0-)
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    VClib, white blitz, valion

    anti-obfuscation laws.

  •  This guy is so bloody incompetent (1+ / 0-)
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    I can hardly believe he even got out of the police academy, let alone made it to chief of police. Every time he opens his mouth, he digs himself in deeper. Someone needs to shut that mouth for him permanently. Seriously, he is not just a liability, he is dangerous to himself and everyone around him.

    Being "pro-life" means believing that every child born has a right to food, education, and access to health care.

    by Jilly W on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 08:17:06 PM PDT

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