Guys there is shit going down in ferguson right now and I am not seeing anything about it.
As of RIGHT NOW they are being tear gassed like before.
Please see the livestream it’s important.
The police have forced the media into a small area.
And then they very purposefully used tear gas to force the peaceful protesters back out of camera range, and you can hear shots being fired off camera, as well as more tear gas canisters.
They are using sonic canons on the people now.
The protesters were forced away from media and many full SWAT officers followed after them behind buildings and out of sights.
Warning for loud sounds in the video.
Shells have been found apparently and someone was rushed to the hospital due to a shot in the leg.
Antonio French has been escorted back but not arrested.
There was a heavy explosion and no one seems to know what it was.
Sounded like a concussion grenade? Possibly.
The police do not seem alarmed.
A police officer just approached a reporter? and went ‘what are you laughing at, motherfucker.’
They are forcing someone to leave it appears.
The stream is down, but shit is still happening. People need to pay attention, things didn’t magically resolve themselves, and justice still hasn’t come.
All of this brutality happened within the span of less than an hour.
Media claiming it’s “smoke” canisters they fired, but the cops shouted GAS multiple times while firing, wore gas masks, multiple people have photographed the canisters:
Sure, it’s “smoke.” CS smoke, as in FUCKING TEAR GAS. Law enforcement promised the gas masks and tear gas were gone, and gone for good. They lied. It is A Habit of theirs, you should all be fucking doubting them by now. They played Good Cop for one day, woo hoo a smiley choo-choo and a man on a horse hurray, and then it all went back to firing on peaceful protests. Cops vs The Citizens ad nauseam, and it ain’t the cops you should be rooting for.
Here’s something a disgusting amount of people seem to be missing: ALL of this violence started with the police. All of it. All. Of. It. It started with the murder of a young man in cold blood, killed for the crime of being black. None of this would have happpened to, or risen from, the people of Furgeson if Darren Wilson hadn’t slaughtered Michael Brown in the streets. When the people peacefully protested because the murderer was punished with a paid vacation, they were answered with tear gas.
Armored vehicles with guns bristling at citizens was how Ferguson PD felt about their desire for justice and peace for Michael Brown. The community fell under illegal martial law. Standing where the police could see you while you’ve got feelings about the racist slaughter of a boy from your community and exercising your rights as a citizen of the US was ground enough to be unquestionably subject to further police brutality.
All escalations have been on the part of the police. All of them.
Peaceful protest? They aren’t against rolling in and just declaring it’s no longer peaceful before letting loose the tear gas. Lootings? Wouldn’t have happened if police didn’t escalate peaceful protests to violence against the people and did their jobs correctly instead. I mean for fuck’s sake, how transparent is it that they go right back to firing on peaceful protestors, sit in their armored trucks and watch the lootings happen, then suddenly there’s a curfew that makes suppressing rights easier and that effectively blames protesters for the lootings happening the next fucking day?
It is stomach turning how many people are eating this Curfew garbage right up. This curfew is NOT to protect people and stop lootings. It is to criminalize the exercise of basic rights the police are still so desperate to oppress in Furgeson. A sympathizer of the police put it in place just to give them an easier reason to fire on the citizens, something with a little more meat on the bone than marching up and announcing “THIS IS NO LONGER A PEACEFUL PROTEST.” To try to steal sympathy they don’t deserve from the people they’re hurting. To try and make the whole world turn away so they can try again to make this all go away with brute force.
It should be fucking obvious at this point that the police have not done any of this for the people. It’s for themselves.
Look at how many times they’ve changed their story. Look at the questionable defamation of character they’re trying to bring down on someone they fucking murdered. Look at how hard they are trying to convince you that he deserved to die, look at how hard they are trying to make it look like this is all the citizen’s fault, look at how hard they are trying to sell the idea that police brutality is ever deserved. Look at how many people agree. This is the kind of shit that should keep you up at night. These are the kind of monsters that are Real.
Look at what they did yesterday, firing upon peaceful protesters then sitting in the van to watch those same people stop the lootings they are getting blamed for, as if to say “if you don’t like over policing, how about UNDER policing!”
Look at what they did tonight. Shoeboxed media eyes away and threatened them with arrest if they tried to get close enough to show anyone who wasn’t there what they were doing to their citizenry, then set loose lies about what they did. More broken promises, carpeting a small group of protesters with tear gas.
The racist peanut gallery whines on about “but what about my assumption that all black folk are guilty and thus deserving” instead of getting pissed off at the god damn police. Why? Because the idea of admitting the protesting people of Ferguson are right and giving them what they want (DEAR PEOPLE WHO THINK THEIR “WANTS ARE UNCLEAR:” IT’S FUCKING JUSTICE. THEY’VE ONLY BEEN PEACEFULLY GATHERING IN PROTEST TO CHANT ABOUT IT FOR A WEEK NOW, MAYBE YOU SHOULD TUNE IN SOMETIME,) which means admitting the corruption and that racism is institutionalized with lethal consequence. Admitting a cop is wrong to kill a black person on a whim is just that fucking uncomfortable for a disgusting amount of people. Anything to make it not look like what it actually is: people are mad about the murder of a young Black boy, they want justice, and the police would rather try to beat them in to silent submission than give it to them.
This could have been a peaceful situation from the start. That much was proven when police spent a single day in good judgement mingling with the protesters: when they felt they were heard, it was a celebration in to streets. People had a fucking impromptu parade just because they thought cops wouldn’t be firing on innocent civilians, that someone would finally admit right now that slaughtering someone in the streets for being black is fucked up, and that a murderer might actually see punishment. I hope you not realize how fucked up that is, for that to have ever felt like such a god damn milestone to reach.
They didn’t want anyone to know. Don’t ever forget that. They didn’t want anyone to see. They wanted to destroy this hope for justice violently and invisibly. They wanted to suppress the citizens they are responsible for protecting with force because they dared to speak against the wrongness of their slaughter. Doesn’t matter what rights they had to violate to get their way. Declaring a no fly zone, arresting reporters, the identification went off and the gas masks went on. There’s so much more about this that is so fucked up. The whole situation is disgusting, and spoiler alert: the citizens are the victims, the police the aggressive force. I don’t get how this is such a wowing, difficult to metabolize concept for so many people, but feel free to curl your nose at the numbers.
This all started with the police, and they are pushing consistently for it to end with them, too. If you’re not rooting it to end with the people, you’re wrong.
Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.
Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)
There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident), that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.
According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.
According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.
Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)
The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]
Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.
It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.
And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.