Two Police Officers Shot in Ferguson Protests
Clip from a live-streamer who captured the moment
∙ Police source says both officers are expected to live
∙ STL County Chief Belmar says webster officer was shot in face county cop in shoulder
∙ Webster Groves officer is 32 years old with five years on force; STL County officer is 41 with 14 years on
∙ Belmar said he did not have a suspect description
∙ More updates expected at police HQ in a few hours.
No one will handle this right.
Racists will dehumanize the citizens of Ferguson and act as though they all support this violence.
The other side of the extreme will support this violence and perhaps commit further acts, giving the former all the ammunition they need to fit their narrative.
The media - every wing, every network - will rile up both sides. There will be no civil discourse. The fringe will spread like a disease infecting the moderate, many on both sides will start to see each other as enemies if they don’t already.
All the reasonable people, however diverse their opinions on Ferguson and LEO and race, will be drowned out.
Those saying that this is wrong but race relations are still important, calls to consider how things reached this boiling point, will be labeled as SJWs/reverse racist and supportive of violence against LEO and white people.
Attempts to show concern for all those affected by the violence, saying that it isn’t the answer and that all of these people grouping together feeding their rage against the system is creating a recipe for retaliation will be labeled as racist or dismissive.
We’re all going to lose. The darkest parts of our society and our humanity are going to be brought to the surface.
Shit’s bad. I’m not a religious person but if there is something out there I pray it watches over everyone. Nobody should be made to feel discriminated against in their own town and nobody should be killed. It’s fucking pigment, we all bleed red and we’re just a skeleton in a meat bag. How do we keep taking two steps back?
I’m gonna go drink something with a high alcohol content, watch some Star Trek and then slip into a drunken coma hoping I wake up after society is done working out the kinks and figures out how to love each other. Stay safe everyone.
EDIT: Just saw Thanos posted the NBC News link as I was writing my post up. I’ll leave this up I guess since some people may prefer the raw videos minus the media commentary.