The grand jury decision whether to indict killer cop Darren Wilson for the execution of Michael Brown could be mere weeks, or even days away. Almost everyone knows there’ll be no indictment – police officers are rarely disciplined for using deadly force, let alone prosecuted.
Knowing this, law enforcement agencies have begun flaunting new military weapons as residents also prepare: by way of fashioning homemade defensive shields and boarding up windows.
It truly looks as though a hurricane is about to hit Ferguson. That might not be so far from the truth.
This is what police state looks like: where the mere idea of unrest elicits hundreds of police to become even more hostile. Imagine if the reverse were true: if we lived in a world where we were all preparing for the guaranteed trial and likely conviction of a white cop for murdering a black teenager – because such an act was universally considered outrageous.
Corporate media has played a large role in hyping up the “chaos and violence” angle as they always do. The only ‘chaos’ has been some selectively targeted property destruction of mostly franchise chain stores. The only violence in Ferguson has been inflicted by police.
$25,000 Spent On Grenades to Address Peaceful Protesters & Press in #Ferguson #ViolenceWillNotBeTolerated pic.twitter.com/2MQ6ETfs6N
— Harris from the Post (@rousseau_ist) November 12, 2014
In response to Ferguson and St. Louis police’s increased displays of militarization, residents have been attending Direct Action Training sessions at local churches. People are getting organized, preparing for a sustained resistance. This is a very good thing. Police know how to put down uprising by invoking fear and scatting a crowd into running for their lives. Police are fairly impotent at disrupting thousands of people marching with arms locked.
Missouri governor Jay Nixon seized the opportunity to look tough for the cameras earlier this week. During a press conference, he threatened that a nice round number of 1,000 officers had been specially prepared to deal with Ferguson’s rage after the forthcoming grand jury announcement. Many have pointed out, just this statement alone is indication that Darren Wilson will walk a free man.
Referring to the case, Nixon was clear, “That ugliness was not representative of Missouri and it cannot be repeated.” The governor, of course, was referring to public reaction, not the actual murder of Mike Brown.
The full video of Jay Nixons press conference on #Ferguson: http://t.co/h8fDhVzdae — Rebelutionary Z (@Rebelutionary_Z) November 11, 2014
As I sit here writing this in Portland, Oregon, preparations are being made locally as well. Several event pages have popped up on Facebook, each giving location and time details, but obviously as yet no confirmed date.
Some have speculated it could be as early as this Friday afternoon in the hopes of obscuring the subsequent outrage from national news coverage. Thankfully, most trust Twitter more than CNN.
Whatever happens in Ferguson, it will represent more than just Mike Brown’s killing, as unjust as this was. There, here, in every city and state across the county, black people and other communities of color have struggled against structural racism and white supremacy for hundreds of years. What it will take for justice to come, I can’t say – but following the ‘verdict’ – things will certainly get interesting.
A call for an emergency action at the downtown Portland “Justice” Center following the grand jury ruling has been made, event page: HERE.
See you in the streets.
Tell me we ain’t making an impact Jennings Middle School students #ferguson #FergusonOctober pic.twitter.com/IFaAOiLp2N — Tory Russell (@HotepTNT) November 6, 2014
Ferguson Protest Leaders Want Heads-Up On Decision To Charge Darren Wilson #Ferguson via http://t.co/lG3ACviKoh pic.twitter.com/5waDNHSkfe — Lnonblonde (@Lnonblonde) November 6, 2014
A strip of businesses on West Florissant #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/UKBtXo5wM0 — ShordeeDooWhop (@Nettaaaaaaaa) November 8, 2014
Thx @ColorOfChange for rolling out the “accountability mobile” to lead the #Ferguson #MillionMaskMarch @OpFerguson pic.twitter.com/YtIxhDUwIn — Anon Cop Watch (@AnonCopWatch) November 6, 2014
I see #Ferguson activists calling for justice & peaceful protests, then I see @GovJayNixon literally amassing an army… #ProofOfTruth — Ken Deome (@LoveIrreverence) November 12, 2014
Shielded. Killer. Liberty. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/fhGK9wG84o — deray mckesson (@deray) November 10, 2014
The Protesters In #Ferguson Are Also Angry Because Police Have Responded To Their Non Violent Protests With Violence pic.twitter.com/FqBAEflvwG — Lnonblonde (@Lnonblonde) November 11, 2014
BREAKING #Ferguson NEWS Don’t Shoot Coalition asks for 48hrs prior to Grand Jury Decision on #DarrenWilson pic.twitter.com/xFIZC4VLYP — Harris from the Post (@rousseau_ist) November 9, 2014
Shielded. America. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/FfGAlz6y33 — deray mckesson (@deray) November 10, 2014
Y’all, the ONLY salient point of that entire press conference was that ONE THOUSAND officers are prepared to respond. That’s wild. #Ferguson — deray mckesson (@deray) November 11, 2014
At least 4 Apache helicopters and 2 Blackhawk helicopters have landed at Spirit Airport today. #Ferguson preperation? pic.twitter.com/JxNzG0t2lJ — Christopher Hill (@chillgoinpro) November 7, 2014
Mayor of #Ferguson refers to protesters as “gremlins” in New York Times article: http://t.co/OisMuxQqIY pic.twitter.com/eW8QS2PLhU — Anonymous (@AnonyPress) November 8, 2014
#Ferguson first but notLast #MillionMaskMarch was peaceful all over the world until @stlcountypd decided2get involved pic.twitter.com/KDdyGJ1oSz — Bassem Masri (@bassem_masri) November 6, 2014
Black owned Children’s discount Clothing Store decided to take her boards down. Echoing, ” i just can’t take it”. pic.twitter.com/e7JoBIODCy — Search4Swag (@search4swag) November 12, 2014
Please check out and share the 2nd series of my #MikeBrown #DontShootProject http://t.co/DLpThHQTaT pic.twitter.com/IkGbQocj0K
— Tommy (@thomas_3000) October 14, 2014
Gov Nixon and others are protecting Darren Wilson because he is a symbol. A symbol of police authority and white supremacy. #Ferguson — zellie (@zellieimani) November 11, 2014
#Ferguson protestors made defensive wooden shields and decorated them with creative messages over the weekend: http://t.co/MSJJxoQ4Ex — Keith Rose (@KWRose) November 11, 2014
15 Questions for #DarrenWilson http://t.co/ZZv8yNATGu by @ShaunKing @DailyKos #JusticeForMikeBrown pic.twitter.com/KbGoVzb0eO — Stop1033.org (@stop1033) October 22, 2014
With grand jury decision looming, #Ferguson‘s residents endure an uneasy wait. http://t.co/dxkSB2soxo (Via @nytimes) pic.twitter.com/ZmdAL42Odl — Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) November 8, 2014
Becoming increasingly clear a “military” operation is imminent in #Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/eZyLHREZSn — Jayron (@Jayron26) November 8, 2014
This is organized struggle. Join us. The movement lives. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/CFOi9uTYYH — deray mckesson (@deray) November 13, 2014
Still fighting #mikebrown #ferguson pic.twitter.com/AZsbhlyMFF — Kishonna Gray (@DrGrayThaPhx) October 25, 2014
Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely Against Police Officer In Ferguson Shooting http://t.co/y3gavznxiv #ferguson pic.twitter.com/IUhbB7rVek — The Peoples Report (@PeoplesReport) November 6, 2014
“The paper-tiger hero, James Bond, offering the whites a triumphant image of themselves, is saying what many whites want desperately to hear reaffirmed: I am still the White Man, lord of the land, licensed to kill, and the world is still an empire at my feet.”
~ Eldridge Cleaver
Ferguson Speaks: A Communique From Ferguson
FergusonSpeaks As law enforcement officials and national media gear up for a St Louis County Grand Jury’s announcement as to whether it will levy charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the August 9th shooting of Michael Brown Jr., activists have issued a 9 minute video communiqué providing an intimate look at the climate on the ground.
What these idiot protestors don’t realize is violence is just going to drive a deeper wedge between races. A lot of innocent people are going to get hurt. Even the schools are preparing on how to protect the children when the shit hits the fan. When even children are at risk of being injured it speaks volumes of the protestors mentality……
Protesters obviously abhor violence, that’s why they’re protesting police violence and murder. Why would the police risk murdering children?
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