Missouri Governor's press conference turns into free-for-all
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon gave a press conference yesterday, announcing a midnight to 5 AM curfew that rapidly degenerated into a free for all, with protestors screaming at him, and others incoherently calling for immediate "justice" for the shooting of Michael Brown.
Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri on Saturday imposed a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in this small city, declaring a state of emergency as violence flared anew after a week of street protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.
“This is not to silence the people of Ferguson, but to address those who are drowning out the voice of the people with their actions,” Mr. Nixon, a Democrat, told reporters and residents at a Ferguson church. “We will not allow a handful of looters to endanger the rest of this community. If we’re going to achieve justice, we must first have and maintain peace.”
Mr. Nixon added: “This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching.”
As the curfew took effect, heavy rains began to fall and the streets, which had been filled with people less than an hour before, were largely deserted.
Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, the state Highway Patrol commander whose officers have overseen public security in Ferguson since Thursday, did not say how long the curfew would be in force or whether violators would be arrested.
The announcement prompted cries of protest and anguish from some members of the public who attended the news conference, with many of them arguing that a curfew would lead only to new and fierce confrontations. Some people begged to be able to go into the streets themselves to try to calm any violence. But Captain Johnson said the curfew would be put in place and enforced.
“We won’t enforce it with trucks, we won’t enforce it with tear gas, we will enforce it with communication,” Captain Johnson said. “We will be telling people, ‘It’s time to go home.
Here is part of the press conference. Unreal:
These aren't protests. It's a lynch mob. And the police have been wholly intimidated by the racialists, and professional race baiters like Jesse Jackson - who likened the death of Brown to a "state execution"- and Al Sharpton. Note the police captain telling protestors that his men would not use tear gas or any other method to enforce the curfew.
That's an open invitation to another riot.