Ferguson news round up
Holder arrives in Ferguson and aligns with the mob
Eric Holder is in Ferguson and doing his best to ignite tensions while simultaneously undermining the rule of law and our criminal justice system. USA Today reports:
…"I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man," Holder told Ferguson residents at a community meeting. "I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over. ... 'Let me search your car' ... Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me."
Holder was here primarily for briefings on the Justice Department's ongoing investigation into possible civil rights violations related to the fatal shooting. He offered perhaps his most forceful and personal assessment yet of how the 18-year-old man's shooting has reignited a long history of racial "mistrust and mutual suspicion.''
"The eyes of the nation and the world are watching Ferguson right now,'' Holder told a group of community leaders assembled at a local community college. "The world is watching because the issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown predate this incident. This is something that has a history to it, and the history simmers beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson." (snip)
The Justice Department is conducting a parallel investigation into possible civil rights violations related to the shooting. In an extraordinary move, he also ordered a federal autopsy — the third forensic examination of the body, which was hit at least six times by gunfire.
Before a briefing on the investigation at local FBI headquarters, Holder said the Justice Department had assembled "very experienced" prosecutors and agents to pursue the federal civil rights inquiry.
"Our investigation is different," Holder said in a meeting room surrounded by top local federal officials, including FBI Agent in Charge William Woods and U. S. Attorney Rich Callahan.
"We're looking for possible violations of federal civil rights statutes," the attorney general said….
Holder’s actions are outrageous and unjustified. He is interfering with due process. And he is fueling rage by dredging up notions of simmering “mistrust and suspicion.” Though, truth be told, I suppose I feel those things myself. Toward Holder.
Wednesday press conference by Ferguson Chief of Police
Appearing visibly distressed with a shaking voice, Ferguson Chief of Police, Thomas Jackson, gave a short press conference yesterday. Fox News reports (video of the conference is embedded in the link):
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told FoxNews.com.
“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”
According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said..
“They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move," the source said. "They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face.
The source claims that there is "solid proof" that there was a struggle between Brown and Wilson for the policeman’s firearm, resulting in the gun going off – although it still remains unclear at this stage who pulled the trigger. Brown started to walk away according to the account, prompting Wilson to draw his gun and order him to freeze. Brown, the source said, raised his hands in the air, and turned around saying, "What, you're going to shoot me?"
At that point, the source told FoxNews.com, the 6 foot, 4 inch, 292-pound Brown charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown's skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown's family.
Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket in the fracas, and was left dazed by the initial confrontation, the source said. He is now "traumatized, scared for his life and his family, injured and terrified" that a grand jury, which began hearing evidence on Wednesday, will "make some kind of example out of him," the source said. (snip)
Nabil Khattar, CEO of 7Star Industries – which specializes in firearms training for law enforcement and special operations personnel – confirmed that police are typically instructed to use deadly force if in imminent danger of being killed or suffering great bodily injury.
“You may engage a threat with enough force that is reasonably necessary to defend against that danger,” he said.
Wilson is a six-year veteran of the Ferguson police force department, and has no prior disciplinary infringements….
Those in support of Officer Wilson do so at their own peril
There have been at least two instances where an individual showed up to support Officer Wilson and that person was quickly removed from the scene by the police for her safety. The second time Fox News caught it on tape. The Right Scoop reports (video embedded in the piece):
Fox News reporter Mike Tobin told BillO tonight that something that caught his attention today was that there was a demonstration at the county justice center in Ferguson where a woman showed up with a sign supporting Officer Darren Wilson. While he didn’t go into detail, Tobin said the police had to “pack her in a car and get her out of the way for her own safety.”
BillO asked if she was a black or white woman. Tobin replied ‘white’.
Another white woman showed up in Ferguson supporting the officer that killed Michael Brown and she was quickly surrounded by a crowd with bottles being thrown at her. Police had to once again get her out of there for her own safety.
Rioters now throwing bottles of urine at police
The mob continues to be out of control and is now throwing bottles of urine at the police. Front Page Magazine reports:
…Protests on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, were significantly calmer on Tuesday night, but the peaceful atmosphere disintegrated amid a series of clashes that led to 47 arrests, with police claiming they were pelted with bottles containing urine.
I love the media’s reporting from Ferguson.
Today things were mostly calm and peaceful aside from all the clashes, the dozens of arrests and all the thrown bottles of urine. Except for all that it was calm and peaceful as a sunny day in June.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson told CNN that ‘criminals’ had thrown urine at officers.
Local community activists quickly attempted to defuse the situation by linking arms and standing in between the authorities and the remaining protesters.
That doesn’t “defuse” anything. It stops the police from arresting the protesters.
Officers moved in as the alleged agitators “hid behind the media for protection,” Johnson said.
Isn’t that what they’ve been doing all along? And then the reporters whine.
Police told KMOV-TV that urine and bottles were thrown at officers by protesters who hid in the media staging area. Some protesters also chanted “Time To Kill A Cop.”
Brown family autopsy expert lacks professional credentials
Meanwhile, the “autopsy expert” hired by the family of Michael Brown appears to have bogus credentials. As reported by a local Fox station:
A Kansas City man is now front and center in the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Shawn Parcells owns a company that provides autopsy services, and some in the forensic community are taking issue with his involvement in this or any other case.
Parcells owns National Forensic Autopsy and Recovery Services. He says lawyers for the family of Michael Brown contacted him because of his expertise in gunshot wounds.
“I am a forensic pathologist assistant and medical investigator,” Parcells told FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien.
However, that’s something of a dubious title according to forensic pathologist Dr. Erik Mitchell.
“That is a degree that does not exist in my knowledge, except in the mind of Shawn Parcells,” Dr. Mitchell said.
Dr. Mitchell takes issue with Parcells’ title.
“You cannot claim the title, because it is a formal, licensable position. You can assist somebody; in this way I can say, for instance, I have paid my taxes, so I am an assistant President of the United States,” Dr. Mitchell said.
Parcells admits he has no certification as a pathology assistant, but says his qualification comes from experience. (snip)
“He has none of the qualifications that are required. He has experience as a morgue technician, somebody who would move bodies around, clean up after an autopsy,” Dr. Mitchell said.
Parcells says he has detractors because of a competitive system.
“A lot of this was started because I have competitors who I was taking business from. And the coroners, also, is a very political system. It’s buddy-buddy, who’s your buddy?” Parcells said.
Dr. Mitchell doesn’t agree.
“Jealousy has nothing to do with the issue with Parcells. Parcells is practicing medicine without a license,” he said.
Parcells says he and Dr. Baden are offering their services for free to the Brown family. Only their travel and related expenses are being paid for.
Communists sighted in Ferguson instigating violence
Next up: Card-carrying communists who have traveled to Ferguson to fuel riots have been sighted. No surprises there. As reported by The Blaze:
As the outraged community in Ferguson, Missouri, continues to protest the officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, radical communist revolutionaries from places like Chicago and New York City are seemingly infiltrating the local demonstrations and allegedly attempting to “incite” riots.
A video uploaded on YouTube Tuesday shows Gregory Lee Johnson, a veteran member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, riling up a crowd and seemingly discouraging them from listening to police’s advice to calm things down.
St. Louis Alderman Antonio French also took notice of Johnson’s presence at demonstrations in Ferguson on Tuesday. He included a photo of Johnson among a group of men apparently trying to light Molotov cocktails.
Also spotted in Ferguson was Revolutionary Communist Party operative Travis Morales.
French recently uploaded a video on Vine reportedly showing Morales arguing with a black community leader.
“You’re not gonna hurt our kids,” says a man, identified by the Missouri Torch as Brother Anthony Shahid.
“No, they’re hurting our kids. They’re hurting our kids, everyday,” Morales shouts back.
Morales was later reportedly among four men from Brooklyn to be arrested in Ferguson….
Brown family asks the Black Panthers to leave Ferguson
And speaking of those who incite violence, we’ve got the Black Panthers in Ferguson doing their best to ignite a race war. The Brown family has asked them to leave the area immediately because they are “instigating and hijacking” the protests. See video, here.
Governor Nixon tries to walk back his statement. And fails.
Oh, and here’s a real gem. As most readers knows, the day before the grand jury was scheduled to meet, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon made the outrageous statement that the state needed to “vigorously prosecute” the case. Now his office is trying to cover his tracks with this utterly pathetic comment, as Breitbart reports:
…Earlier in the show, anchor Shepherd Smith reported that the governor’s office stood by the statement when contacted by Fox news, but claimed that “what he [Governor Nixon] meant was, that the investigation should go forward and let the chips fall where they may.”
Pastor Robert White also does a walk back
Pastor Robert White was recently a guest on The Kelly File. White has been one of several clergy involved in trying to keep the peace in Ferguson. Apparently, White had informed the producers of the show that he did not appreciate Sharpton and Jackson showing up for photo ops. However when he got on the show, he completely changed his tune citing a recent conversation he had with Sharpton.
White expressed what needed to happen with this case (convict Wilson) based on opinions and assumptions. If only he understood them as such. Regrettably, White struggled with differentiating known (or as yet unknown) facts from belief despite Kelly’s best efforts to clarify the difference. See video here. (Warning: This clip begins with Al Sharpton raging on and on.)
Day of Rage planned for today
Speaking of rage, if there hasn’t been enough of it expressed already, the group Annonymous has planned a Day of Rage for today. Of course they have demands. In this case that Officer Wilson be immediately arrested and prosecuted. Protests are scheduled to take place in front of the White House. Additional raging is slated to unfold in cities across the country. The Hill reports:
Protesters are expected to gather Thursday evening at the White House as part of a national “Day of Rage” over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen earlier this month in Missouri.
The planned rally is among dozens around the nation organized by the group Anonymous, which is demanding the “immediate arrest and prosecution” of Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson has been identified as the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, touching off violent protests in the streets of Ferguson, Mo.
“We call upon the citizens of the United States to collectively gather in support for those who are suffering in Ferguson,” a voice claiming to represent Anonymous says in a video posted to YouTube. “We must indeed all hang together as one nation or most assuredly we will all hang separately.”
The rally is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m., according to a list of protests in more than 40 major cities around the country.
Officials from the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Secret Service and the D.C. Metropolitan Police told The Hill Wednesday that they were aware of the planned rally.
It was unclear whether a special detail had been assigned to monitor the area surrounding Lafayette Park, adjacent to the White House, though U.S. Park Police Sgt. Lelani Woods said authorities would be prepared in the event that protesters turn out in large numbers.
As of Wednesday afternoon, at least one major K Street law firm had alerted its employees to the potential traffic snarls and safety concerns.
So gentle AT readers, welcome to another – but this time official – Day of Rage. I wish you all a peaceful, safe, and prosperous day.