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Re: Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas on Media

Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:25 pm

http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/09/09/us-m ... n-response
(New York) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon should conduct a comprehensive and transparent review of the law enforcement response to the protests in Ferguson, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the governor. The protests followed the shooting death by police of Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18-year-old African-American on August 9, 2014.
In one episode, police pointed rifles at a local resident and her 15-year-old daughter who were peacefully protesting in a private parking lot even though they had permission from the owner. In another case, a group of peaceful marchers and a photojournalist were surrounded by armored police vehicles, backed into a driveway, and tear-gassed three seconds after being told to disperse.

The law enforcement response to the protests featured a lack of transparency and accountability, Human Rights Watch said. These problems may have been exacerbated by the large number of separate local, county, and state agencies involved and the lack of communication among them. Missouri state officials have provided inconsistent information regarding which agencies were involved and when. Public records requests Human Rights Watch submitted on August 28 have gone unanswered, beyond the three-day time period that Missouri public records laws mandate for a response.
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Re: Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas on Media

Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:18 am

http://www.npr.org/2014/05/19/312158516 ... h-the-poor
A yearlong NPR investigation found that the costs of the criminal justice system in the United States are paid increasingly by the defendants and offenders. It's a practice that causes the poor to face harsher treatment than others who commit identical crimes and can afford to pay. Some judges and politicians fear the trend has gone too far.
In Augusta, Ga., a judge sentenced Tom Barrett to 12 months after he stole a can of beer worth less than $2.

In Ionia, Mich., 19-year-old Kyle Dewitt caught a fish out of season; then a judge sentenced him to three days in jail.

In Grand Rapids, Mich., Stephen Papa, a homeless Iraq War veteran, spent 22 days in jail, not for what he calls his "embarrassing behavior" after he got drunk with friends and climbed into an abandoned building, but because he had only $25 the day he went to court.
In Washington state, for example, they even get charged a fee for a jury trial — with a 12-person jury costing $250, twice the fee for a six-person jury.

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Re: Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas on Media

Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:54 am

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/14/ferguso ... ns_killer/
Are the police departments of Ferguson and St. Louis County, Missouri, involved in a conspiracy to obstruct justice in the case of Michael Brown’s murder? It seems disturbingly possible, given their actions over the past month, hiding basic evidentiary information from the public in direct violation of the state’s sunshine laws—and perhaps not even gathering it in the first place. This raises the further possibly that evidence is being hidden from criminal investigators as well, particularly since the investigators have shown no great interest, much less zeal, in getting to the truth of the matter.
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Re: Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas on Media

Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:59 pm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/1 ... 22670.html

17 year old pulled over for minor traffic offense. Officer tells him to roll down his window - he cannot because it's broken. Officer opens door, tasers him, hauls kid out, smashes his face on the ground... The kid, son of a KC, MO police officer is in critical condition with brain swelling.

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Re: Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas on Media

Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:48 am

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/2 ... 99388.html
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees' salaries before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The move discourages journalists and civil rights groups from investigating the shooting and its aftermath. And it follows dozens of records requests to Ferguson under the state's Sunshine Law, which can offer an unvarnished look into government activity.

The city has demanded high fees to produce copies of records that, under Missouri law, it could give away free if it determined the material was in the public's interest to see. Instead, in some cases, the city has demanded high fees with little explanation or cost breakdown.

In one case, it billed The Associated Press $135 an hour — for nearly a day's work — merely to retrieve a handful of email accounts since the shooting. That fee compares with an entry-level, hourly salary of $13.90 in the city clerk's office, and it didn't include costs to review the emails or release them. The AP has not paid for the search.
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Re: Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas on Media

Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:51 pm

http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/ ... ewalk.html
Meanwhile, closer to home, what has become a routine event in today’s America—the casual killing of an unarmed African-American man by the police—has blown up in a decidedly nonroutine fashion, with imagery reminiscent of Cairo’s Tahrir Square being enacted night after night in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. The culture of militarization and unaccountability that’s entrenched in urban police forces in the United States has been displayed in a highly unflattering light, as police officers dressed for all the world like storm troopers on the set of a bad science fiction movie did their best to act the part, tear-gassing and beating protesters, reporters, and random passersby in an orgy of jackbooted enthusiasm blatant enough that Tea Party Republicans have started to make worried speeches about just how closely this resembles the behavior of a police state.

If the police keep it up, the Arab Spring of a few years back may just be paralleled by an American Autumn. Even if some lingering spark of common sense on the part of state and local authorities heads off that possibility, the next time a white police officer guns down an African-American man for no particular reason—and there will be a next time; such events, as noted above, are routine in the United States these days—the explosion that follows will be even more severe, and the risk that such an explosion may end up driving the emergence of a domestic insurgency is not small. I noted in a post a couple of years back that the American way of war pretty much guarantees that any country conquered by our military will pup an insurgency in short order thereafter; there’s a great deal of irony in the thought that the importation of the same model of warfare into police practice in the US may have exactly the same effect here.
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Re: Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas on Media

Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:06 pm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/0 ... 90502.html
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government agreed to a police request to restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Missouri, for 12 days in August for safety, but audio recordings show that local authorities privately acknowledged the purpose was to keep away news helicopters during violent street protests.
"They finally admitted it really was to keep the media out," said one FAA manager about the St. Louis County Police in a series of recorded telephone conversations obtained by The Associated Press. "But they were a little concerned of, obviously, anything else that could be going on.

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Re: Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas on Media

Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:26 pm

Ku Klux Klan threatens Ferguson residents and protesters; Anonymous strikes back.

http://www.inquisitr.com/1609144/ku-klu ... rotesters/
A Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has been distributing fliers in and around Ferguson, Missouri, in advance of the Michael Brown grand jury decision, warning of “lethal force” against violent protesters, the Huffington Post is reporting.

The fliers come from the Traditionalist American Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan (TAKKKK), based in Park Hills, Missouri, which is about 75 miles south of Ferguson. In them, violent protesters are warned that they have “awakened a sleeping giant.”
http://www.zdnet.com/anonymous-seizes-k ... 000035836/
Summary: After racial hate group Ku Klux Klan said it would use 'lethal force' on Ferguson protesters, a skirmish with Anonymous erupted: Anonymous has now seized two primary KKK Twitter accounts. UPDATED.

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Re: Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas on Media

Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:37 pm

I love it!

Why isn't the KKK considered a terrorist group?

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Re: Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas on Media

Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:52 pm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/1 ... 73524.html
Gov. Jay Nixon (D) issued an executive order on Monday declaring a state of emergency in Missouri as the nation awaits a grand jury decision in the case of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Citing "periods of unrest" in the city of Ferguson and other places in the St. Louis area following Brown's Aug. 9 death, Nixon announced the executive order as a measure to protect the citizens and businesses of Missouri from "violence and damage."
The protests and demonstrations have not stopped in the metro St Louis area since the afternoon of August 9th. Local police forces have purchased new weapons and equipment and have received new 'crowd control' training to prepare for the Grand Jury announcement.

The National Guard has been activated. Said one resident via Twitter:
The city doesn't plow streets when it snows, but we do get national guard stationed at shopping centers. Welcome to StL
https://twitter.com/colleenkelly/status ... 7729103875

Apparently there's plenty of DHS in the area, but when a Navy vet posts a picture on Facebook he's fired from his job...
http://www.argusnewsnow.com/page/argus- ... s/137.html


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