Ferguson, Missouri and the Fog of Partisanship and Ideology

Not that conservative outlets and Republican politicians are innocent of this, either - it is the case that folks on the Right sometimes fall lazily into just assuming that all black people believe the same lockstep hyper-partisan nonsense that black Democratic politicians say, even when we know full well that not all white people believe the same nonsense that their white representatives say. … My concern here, as it was at the start of the Trayvon Martin case, is that the Left (the Democrats, the progressive activists, the Sharpton-style race hustlers, media liberals) comes into cases like this deeply invested in fitting them into a particular narrative, and that ends up driving us further from the truth because every dispute over the particular facts becomes a Referendum On Race In America instead of a question of "what does the evidence actually show? … The former point is significant because it is yet another reminder that Brown's shooting by a Ferguson police officer, and the subsequent back-and-forth between the anti-police protestors (including rioters and looters as well as peaceful protests) and the local and area police (including some very heavy-handed responses) is a specific case, and while it is useful to come to understand a specific case through the lens of our worldviews, it is also perilous to overcommit to the idea that the facts will always come out the way we would expect them to…

In Which Stealing Swisher Sweets Becomes a Capital Offense

This is being presented as evidence in opposition to the point made by me yesterday and Erick today that black people, especially black males, get extra scrutiny from the cops, which is part of what leads to frustration and despair with the cops in general and in particular with the notion that cops should be trusted to investigate themselves. … In other words, based on some level of familiarity with police reports of similar quality and accuracy particularly where details that might embarrass a cop are concerned, I am less than willing to put full faith in a police report that was issued a week after the incident in question and that contradicts the narrative that has been on offer from the police this entire time. … Despite saying for almost a full week that the altercation between Michael Brown and the police officer who shot him was the result of the officer telling Michael Brown to move out of the road, the Ferguson PD has decided to release a video of what they say is Michael Brown engaging in "strong arm robbery" of a convenience store…

Many Conservatives are Blowing it on the Ferguson DOJ Report

Other, more subtle indicators likewise show meaningful disparities in FPD's search practices: of the 31 Terry stop searches FPD conducted during this period between October 2012 to October 2014, 30 were of black individuals; of the 103 times FPD asked both the driver and passenger to exit a vehicle during a search, the searched individuals were black in 95 cases; and, while only one search of a white person lasted more than half an hour (1% of all searches of white drivers), 59 searches of African Americans lasted that long (5% of all searches of black drivers). … Charging documents (again provided by the FPD) revealed that in officers' own words, they arrested and cited citizens in retaliation for exercising their First Amendment rights not to be polite to cops, including one woman who was, by admission, arrested for peacefully calling an officer's supervisor during the course of that officer making an arrest in her presence that she felt involved the excessive use of force. … Given that Ferguson has a total population of 21,000 people, this provides a perverse and ready incentive for Ferguson cops to stop virtually any citizen they see without probable cause and "run their license" for warrants - and evidence (from FPD's own records) indicate that this was a regular practice, and that its brunt was felt almost exclusively in Ferguson's black community (over 96% of the people who were arrested solely for having an oustanding warrant during the study period were black)…

Put Body Cams on All the Cops

We are long past the time where disputes as high stakes as the one unfolding in Ferguson should be left to he-said she-said, especially in an era where large parts of the populace tend to automatically believe that cops are telling the truth and another part tends to automatically believe they are lying. … Privacy concerns are also well taken but not insurmountable as well - if the policy is implemented thoughtfully under a HIPPA like regime that regulates the storage and dissemination of such information, it would not be necessary for any information collected by these recorders to be used for an improper purpose and improper dissemination of such information could be prevented. … Judicial precedent makes it clear that it is legal under the First Amendment, but it would nonetheless be helpful to send a message to the police that the recording of their activities is encouraged and that attempting to prevent the (peaceful) recording of them will subject them to at least civil liability…

Our Better Angels

None of the professional race baiters, fear mongers, and grievance peddlers can hold a candle to the media in Ferguson, MO. The collective behavior of the national and international media in Ferguson has been disgusting and we are all worse off because of it. … There were no "hands up, don't shoot," there was no shot in the back, and there was never a media trying to be honest in getting facts, when instead they wanted some perverse honesty to a fabricated story. … The sad truth is that too many young black men have been, for so long, told they are victims that they've started acting as if they are not responsible for their actions and that society is out to get them…

Police Officer in Ferguson Threatens to Kill Protester

In another video of the same officer, one of the other officers on the scene finally realizes that Officer GFY pointing this very large gun at protesters and threatening their lives might not be a good idea and comes by and at least gets him to lower the weapon … The cop in question, who refused to identify himself (unless he truly does have an unfortunate name) can be clearly heard screaming "I will f***ing kill you!" at someone as he points his weapon at the recipient of the threat. … In the middle of this comes two astonishing videos of a police officer (I cannot tell which department he is with) threatening to kill protesters who were engaged in no obvious acts of violence at all, including aggressively pointing what appears to be a tricked out carbine, a police version of the Army's M4A1 at the crowd…

Pillage a city, Seduce a daughter; All in a leftward leaning day

Frankly, I'm getting sick of reading Facebook posts by affluent, educated and even idealistic friends and relatives who pat themselves on the back in the form of little OFA smiles for having voted for the President and creeps like these. … Today's announcement follows earlier convictions of several of Kilpatrick's closest associates, including two brothers on his staff who were childhood friends, and charges of fraud and tax evasion against the ex-mayor himself. … Also indicted were the ex-mayor's father, Bernard Kilpatrick; local contractor Bobby Ferguson; forrmer water department chief Victor Mercado; and Derrick Miller, former aide to both the ex mayor and his mother, US Rep Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrack (MI-13)…

Drunk Moonbat Mistakes Environmentalist Meeting for Trump Rally, Vandalizes 30 Cars

After the deputy explained to her that she'd actually interrupted the meeting of a nonprofit conservation organization, and that it was not a political meeting, she apologized and said she was "just fed up about the entire election." … Ferguson left the meeting after being asked to do so, but after a few minutes one of the members suggested they check the parking lot to "make sure she wasn't doing anything to their vehicles after leaving." … According to the complaint, Ferguson entered the meeting, which was being held on the 3900 block of Second St. in Amherst Junction, at about 9:30 PM on Monday, holding a jar of peanut butter and yelling at the club members about how much she hated the presidential candidate…

Ferguson, Missouri and Race

The other two are that there is some institutional barrier like zoning laws or the drawing of precincts that dilutes the black vote, or there are simply no blacks willing to step forward and run for political office. … But whether it is Ferguson, Missouri or Baltimore, Maryland, there should be that concerted effort to at least recruit police officers from the actual community they will be charged to police. … The bottom line is that blacks see this as an unprovoked killing of a black man while many of us on the Right are equally rushing to judgment and jumping on every unsubstantiated leaking of investigation results…

A Tale of Two Headlines

Low enough that one could fairly infer that, had the residents of Ferguson considered having a non-black mayor as a source of the problems they've endured in recent years, they'd have turned out in higher numbers to remedy that. … Knowles, who (as NBC is quick to point out) is white, has held the office since 2011 and was elected as the youngest mayor in the city's history (31 at the time of his initial election). … And now people who still might struggle to locate St. Louis on a map and certainly have never set foot in the metro area have developed a keen interest in our local politics -- at least when they can be spun in a way that fits a desired narrative…

Ferguson Is Not Binary

But if power corrupts men and absolute power corrupts absolutely, we should be wary of putting our neighborhood man in blue in camouflage, a helmet, and an AR-15 inside an armored personnel carrier except in the most serious of circumstances. … As we become a society where more and more legislation and regulation causes more and more well meaning people to accidentally run afoul of laws and rules, we should be more concerned with militarizing our police and extending the jurisdictions of law enforcement agencies. … First, as someone on twitter noted, if we say most conservatives are not racist despite what the left would have us believe, we should be willing to believe that not all of the black community is prone to riot when these terrible things happen…

Militarized Police and the Politicization of Ferguson

The hosts and guests of Coffee and Markets speak only for ourselves, not any clients or employers. … Holder headed to Ferguson on Wednesday, will oversee federal response to shooting … On today's edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Dan McLaughlin to discuss the shooting death of Michael Brown, the militarized police state and how liberals have politicized the growing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri…

Ferguson, Missouri and Race

The other two are that there is some institutional barrier like zoning laws or the drawing of precincts that dilutes the black vote, or there are simply no blacks willing to step forward and run for political office. … But whether it is Ferguson, Missouri or Baltimore, Maryland, there should be that concerted effort to at least recruit police officers from the actual community they will be charged to police. … The bottom line is that blacks see this as an unprovoked killing of a black man while many of us on the Right are equally rushing to judgment and jumping on every unsubstantiated leaking of investigation results…

This Thanksgiving, Let’s Help Those Affected by the #Ferguson Riots

In response to the initial protests in August, a group of business owners and residents in Ferguson set up the I Love Ferguson Committee to help establishments damaged in the wake of first wave of rioting. … The business owners who have seen their stores and restaurants looted or destroyed are probably the most visible of those who have been negatively affected by the unrest, but someone's going to have to clean up the mess left in the streets and on city and private property. … The ongoing events in Ferguson have altered the Thanksgiving and Christmas plans for quite a few of the city's residents for the worse…

Ferguson to Mike Brown’s Mother: “No, Thanks.”

McSpadden explained why she was running in an interview with The Associated Press: "I wanted to go back and do something right in a place that did something so very wrong to my son, and I think that's what my son would want as well." … A quick Google search reveals the fact that Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, the young man whose death in August 2014 helped ignite the "Black Lives Matter" movement, was running for a seat on the Ferguson City Council was covered by numerous national news outlets. … Sybrina Fulton, Geneva Reed-Veal, Lucy McBath, Gwen Carr, Cleopatra Pendleton, Maria Hamilton, Lezley McSpadden and Wanda Johnson from Mothers of the Movement speak during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016…