Ferguson authorities brace for violence as grand jury readies decision

As the grand jury prepares to issue its decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson on charges relating to the death of Michael Brown, nervous officials at the state and local level are preparing for a violent reaction if Wilson is not indicted.

The rioters are preparing too.

Washington Times:

The Don’t Shoot Coalition released 19 “Rules of Engagement” this week, highlighting issues between protestors and police and laying out guidelines for police to avoid militaristic confrontation.

The rules ask the police not to use rubber bullets, armored vehicles, rifles or tear gas and instruct police not to impede the flow of information by wire tapping or unwarranted interference with with internet and cellular access.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said he expects unrest in areas surrounding the St. Louis suburb as well.

“It’s not going to be about Ferguson,” Mr. Knowles said, according to CNN. “The threats that are out there are threats across the region. Our expectation is that demonstrations will probably break out in several places.”

Police forces are working together with the Department of Justice, ramping up training and working with community leaders in preparation for more violent outbreaks and to curb unintentional unrest caused by police bias.

“We face a lot of resistance. We face defensiveness and even hostility,” said trainer Lorie Fridell, a University of South Florida criminology professor who helped lead a session on “fair and impartial policing.”

Perhaps they should have included in those "Rules of Engagement" a suggestion that officers leave their riot gear at home and paint bullseyes on their chests.

Telling the police what they can and cannot do is not conducive to law and order. In most places, it's the other way around - the police tell protestors what they can and can't do. If protestors refuse to obey a lawful order to disperse, what should the police do?  There are going to be more than a few of these protestors willing to start a riot. Police have an obligation to protect not only residents and property, but other protestors as well.

This would appear to be a harbinger of things to come:

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri attacked one of their own on Friday night, sending a student who attended a church meeting supporting slain teenager Michael Brown to the hospital on Thursday.

Chris Schaefer, a senior at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, toldBuzzfeed News Nov. 8 that he was attacked by five men at a gathering in a church where protesters were set to discuss how to conduct future demonstrations.

Mr. Schaefer was told not to live video stream the event, which he said seemed ‘suspicious.’ He obeyed, and sat in one of the pews, then noticed people around him discreetly moving away.

“All of the sudden one guy ran up to me and pointed and said he’s live streaming. Four others joined him,” Mr. Schaefer said. “They slammed me against the exit door of the church, so I stumbled out. The guy who was in the front hit me a couple times in the face. I fell to the ground and I was stunned.”

Mr. Schaefer said the men continued to beat him, kicking and hitting him as he tried to block their attacks with his arms.

Eventually “five to ten” others intervened and helped Mr. Schaefer escape.

“They actually pointed at the road and said run. So I ran,” Mr. Schaefer told Buzzfeed.

After he was unable to flag down a car on the road, Mr. Schaefer hid in bushes and a convenience store where he encountered his attackers again. He made it in to a Walgreens, where a store clerk called 911.

Mr. Schaefer was taken to a hospital and managed to escape with minor cuts and bruises. He has launched a crowd sourcing “Go Fund Me” page to pay for his hospital bills.

Another attendee at the church event, Patricia Bynes, witnessed the attack and corroborated it to authorities on Friday. Ms. Bynes said the attackers appeared to be members of Lost Voices, a protest group that formed shortly after Mr. Brown was killed, Buzzfeed reported.

Here's one racially motivated attack that isn't going to be reported in the press.

These riots are going to spill out all over the St. Louis region and have the potential of going national. Yes, there are some goo hearted people in the protest movement who are working tirelessly to keep a lid on the violence. But all it takes is a handful of people to get it started and the mob mentality takes over.

I have a very bad feeling about the aftermath of the grand jury decision.


 

 

As the grand jury prepares to issue its decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson on charges relating to the death of Michael Brown, nervous officials at the state and local level are preparing for a violent reaction if Wilson is not indicted.

The rioters are preparing too.

Washington Times:

The Don’t Shoot Coalition released 19 “Rules of Engagement” this week, highlighting issues between protestors and police and laying out guidelines for police to avoid militaristic confrontation.

The rules ask the police not to use rubber bullets, armored vehicles, rifles or tear gas and instruct police not to impede the flow of information by wire tapping or unwarranted interference with with internet and cellular access.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said he expects unrest in areas surrounding the St. Louis suburb as well.

“It’s not going to be about Ferguson,” Mr. Knowles said, according to CNN. “The threats that are out there are threats across the region. Our expectation is that demonstrations will probably break out in several places.”

Police forces are working together with the Department of Justice, ramping up training and working with community leaders in preparation for more violent outbreaks and to curb unintentional unrest caused by police bias.

“We face a lot of resistance. We face defensiveness and even hostility,” said trainer Lorie Fridell, a University of South Florida criminology professor who helped lead a session on “fair and impartial policing.”

Perhaps they should have included in those "Rules of Engagement" a suggestion that officers leave their riot gear at home and paint bullseyes on their chests.

Telling the police what they can and cannot do is not conducive to law and order. In most places, it's the other way around - the police tell protestors what they can and can't do. If protestors refuse to obey a lawful order to disperse, what should the police do?  There are going to be more than a few of these protestors willing to start a riot. Police have an obligation to protect not only residents and property, but other protestors as well.

This would appear to be a harbinger of things to come:

Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri attacked one of their own on Friday night, sending a student who attended a church meeting supporting slain teenager Michael Brown to the hospital on Thursday.

Chris Schaefer, a senior at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, toldBuzzfeed News Nov. 8 that he was attacked by five men at a gathering in a church where protesters were set to discuss how to conduct future demonstrations.

Mr. Schaefer was told not to live video stream the event, which he said seemed ‘suspicious.’ He obeyed, and sat in one of the pews, then noticed people around him discreetly moving away.

“All of the sudden one guy ran up to me and pointed and said he’s live streaming. Four others joined him,” Mr. Schaefer said. “They slammed me against the exit door of the church, so I stumbled out. The guy who was in the front hit me a couple times in the face. I fell to the ground and I was stunned.”

Mr. Schaefer said the men continued to beat him, kicking and hitting him as he tried to block their attacks with his arms.

Eventually “five to ten” others intervened and helped Mr. Schaefer escape.

“They actually pointed at the road and said run. So I ran,” Mr. Schaefer told Buzzfeed.

After he was unable to flag down a car on the road, Mr. Schaefer hid in bushes and a convenience store where he encountered his attackers again. He made it in to a Walgreens, where a store clerk called 911.

Mr. Schaefer was taken to a hospital and managed to escape with minor cuts and bruises. He has launched a crowd sourcing “Go Fund Me” page to pay for his hospital bills.

Another attendee at the church event, Patricia Bynes, witnessed the attack and corroborated it to authorities on Friday. Ms. Bynes said the attackers appeared to be members of Lost Voices, a protest group that formed shortly after Mr. Brown was killed, Buzzfeed reported.

Here's one racially motivated attack that isn't going to be reported in the press.

These riots are going to spill out all over the St. Louis region and have the potential of going national. Yes, there are some goo hearted people in the protest movement who are working tirelessly to keep a lid on the violence. But all it takes is a handful of people to get it started and the mob mentality takes over.

I have a very bad feeling about the aftermath of the grand jury decision.