Monday, August 18, 2014

Ferguson Update

[TRIGGER WARNING: RACISM, POLICE BRUTALITY, GUN VIOLENCE, HOMICIDE]

UPDATE OF THE UPDATE: The Governor of Missouri is sending National Guard resources to Ferguson. So much for demilitarization of the police.

Remember when I said that Ferguson looked to be getting better? It's worse again.

The officer who said that no tear gas or military vehicles would be used against protesters swiftly broke his promise as tear gas and military vehicles where used when Ferguson residents broke curfew again. And can you blame them? Curfew? How is that reasonable? Protesters were chanting "no justice, no curfew." How can you ask people to lock themselves in their homes at night when the man who murdered Mike Brown is still on paid vacation?

Soooo much shit has been happening since last week. I was on Twitter last night and it looked like there was at least one death. I'll try to make a decent list.

Firstly, the autopsy report was released. As was reported by witnesses, Mike Brown was shot six times. The person who did the autopsy stated that this was too many times to be shooting a person. NO SHIT.

Last night, after this news, angry protesters marched toward the police command center two hours before curfew started. Before they even got there, they were attacked with tear gas. There were reports of gun shots. There's video of an eight-year-old who was hit with tear gas. Cops are trying to say that they only used smoke bombs, yet there are photos of cops with gas masks.

At the same link, you can see that looting was being prevented by and discouraged by Ferguson community members, not by police. Black individuals stand guard in front of stores to protect them from looters. Many reports on Twitter say that the looters themselves appear to be from out of town. Many of them seem to be white anarchists taking advantage of the situation to loot and destroy property, because they're assholes.

Some media outlets are reporting that protesters looted a McDonald's, but this is FALSE. First of all, who the fuck loots a McDonalds? Second, they were actually just trying to get some fucking milk to help a fellow protester who got hit with tear gas.

Oh right, and then there's reports and photos of officers removing their names from their uniforms so that they can't be reported. Is that legal?? It's terrifying either way. If there's no accountability for police, there's never going to be any trust.

Reports from journalists of being threatened, briefly arrested, and refused access to certain areas.

Just read the whole thing from Mic, they did a pretty good job.

What they left out is how much other countries are paying attention to the situation in Ferguson, and starting to treat us the way we USians tend to view countries that we consider lesser than us. Tibetan monks have arrived in Ferguson to support the protesters, which is AWESOME. Palestinians in Gaza are using social media to send advice to Ferguson protesters, like how you should use milk and not water to rinse your eyes after being exposed to tear gas. Seriously, anyone who puts down online activism can sit in the fucking corner.

Now even Amnesty International has sent a "human rights delegation" to Ferguson. This is the first time that the organization has sent aid resources to the US. This is off the wall. The US is really circling the drain, isn't it?

On Saturday, after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and put a curfew in place in Ferguson, Amnesty International USA’s executive director, Steven W. Hawkins, issued a scathing statement. 
“We criticize dictators for quelling dissent and silencing protestors with tactics like curfews, we’ll certainly speak out when it’s happening in our own backyard,” he said. “The people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting.”

Right???

Just found: The attorney representing Mike Brown's family says there's "ample" evidence for the conviction of his murderer, Darren Wilson. There was no evidence of a struggle, and the autopsy shows that Mike Brown had his hands in the air when he was shot.

I guess they also found marijuana in Mike Brown's system. Big "who cares" there, but people will use it to try and paint him as a thug.

White people are protesting in support of Darren Wilson. Ew.

I'm sure there will be more updates tomorrow. God help us.

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