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originally posted by: HauntWok
I can't defend looting and violence, peaceful assembly is one thing, but looting and violence is another.
originally posted by: Myrtales Instinct
To YOU it may not matter that he had just robbed a store moments earlier and that he shoved some man who was way smaller than him, nor it may not matter to you that the two young gentlemen knew good and well what had just went down moments earlier when THEY decided to have a cocky attitude with the cop. We pick and choose our battles in this life and this young man picked a crappy battle because he was in the wrong from the get-go.
originally posted by: ikonoklast
Can someone fill me in?
It's also very important to recognize that the authorities will also be desperately attempting to spread propaganda throughout the public in order to prevent wider support for the protests.
originally posted by: MyMindIsMyOwn
What happened then was amazing, actually. The citizens then tossed the looters out of the market and stood there all night long in order to keep more looting from happening.
originally posted by: hammanderr
a reply to: SkepticOverlord
Perhaps you don't recall the last time the cops handed over a city to aaahhh uuummmm oh yeah urbanites(is that PC?), to do as they pleased. It was 1992 in LA, they destroyed south central LA. They were literally dragging people from vehicles and lynching them. It was a national disgrace.
1 billion dollars in property damage
Here's some "peaceful protesters" destroying LA.
A gunfight in the streets of LA
There's so much more video of it too. Just mayhem and murder in the streets.
Peace comes to LA, huge line to get welfare checks at the post office.
Is that what you'd prefer they allow in Ferguson? Those people are willing, they clearly don't have jobs if they've got the free time to be up all night looting. They'll burn that whole city down if the cops let em.
originally posted by: Rocker2013
You're justifying execution by a police officer on the suspicion of a crime. You are basically saying that you think it's perfectly fine for the police to be given powers of a judge, jury and an executioner based on nothing but an accusation.
I thought about making a new thread out of this, but decided I should shut up before I blow up in a car running into a tree with the engine thrown 50 or 60 yards away.
Although the Missouri Highway Patrol is overseeing the police presence in Ferguson, it quickly has become apparent that neither the patrol nor Gov. Jay Nixon is in control of all law-enforcement actions.
That lack of control already is leading to unwanted surprises that revolve around a central question: Who is in charge?
The most vivid example of the who’s-in-charge dispute took place Friday morning. That’s when Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who now is overseeing police operations in Ferguson, first became aware of video and photos allegedly implicating Brown in a robbery shortly before he was shot.
Johnson says he was stunned when he watched the morning TV news and learned of the video and photos. Johnson hadn’t been alerted beforehand that the video existed or that Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson had decided to give copies to news outlets.
Johnson made clear to reporters that he wasn’t happy about it. “Today, I will meet with the police chief of Ferguson and talk about how that was released,’’ Johnson said tersely during a Friday morning news conference with Nixon.
Johnson later added with an edge in his voice, “It’s not going to be a conversation conducted over the phone.”
originally posted by: hammanderr
a reply to: ikonoklast
Why is it amazing to see people act civilized?
Sitting outside his building, Mr. Stone said he was jolted by the sound of two gunshots, followed by several more in rapid succession. The second series of shots “sounded automatic,” he said. “They let it rip.”
Mr. Stone ran outside and saw two police officers, both white men, standing near Mr. Brown, who was lying on his stomach, his arms at his sides, blood seeping from his head. Another neighbor, a woman who identified herself as a nurse, was begging the officers to let her perform CPR.
They refused, Mr. Stone said, adding, “They didn’t even check to see if he was breathing.”