At least 44 people were arrested as protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, for a second night over the Michael Brown case, police said early Wednesday.
Two guns and a Molotov cocktail were seized while rocks, broken tent poles and bottles were hurled at officers, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. Windows were broken at City Hall and tear gas was deployed nearby. However, there was no repeat of the widespread shooting, looting and arsons the wracked the St. Louis suburb overnight Monday.
“Generally it was a much better night,” Belmar told a 2:30 a.m. ET news conference. Most of the arrests were for misdemeanors, he added. They included people residing in New York, Oklahoma and Georgia.
Lesley McSpadden, the mother of slain Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, says the first public comments from police officer Darren Wilson added “insult after injury,” following a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer in the teen’s death.
Wilson’s account “sounds crazy,” Michael Brown Sr. told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. It’s “disrespectful,” McSpadden explained.
This could be related to the Monday police shooting, but appears unrelated to the unrest in Ferguson over Michael Brown’s murder.
Rebecca Wu, an FBI spokeswoman, says the shooting happened at approximately 2:53 a.m. She says two special agents were shot while helping the University City Police Department execute an arrest warrant at a home on North Hanley Road, near Monroe Avenue.
Wu says one agent was shot in the shoulder, the other was shot in the leg. Their injuries are non-life threatening. She says this incident is not related to the unrest in Ferguson.
Police officials say someone is barricaded inside the home.
Tristen Cole Killman of Norman, Oklahoma has openly bragged about forcibly sodomizing a 16-year-old classmate back on the evening of September 19th, 2014. The girl was passed out at the the time, and Killman admits that he knew she would never consent to the act in question.
Still, in spite of the fact that Killman has admitted his crimes, and in spite of the fact that he is 18-years-old, months later he has still not been arrested.
Police have been made aware of these crimes and Killman’s confessions but they have refused to take action.
The latest admission from Killman makes a total of three girls who he has confessed to raping, all who attend Norman High School in Oklahoma. The victims range in ages between 14 and 16 years old.
Aaron Deslatte, Orlando Sentinel:
Bainter was at the center of the effort.
During a deposition, Bainter professed to only having a passing “interest” in the redistricting process, and had never submitted maps, claiming “it was an intriguing process” to watch.
“I never actually completed a map. I found it way too tedious,” Bainter said under oath.
But behind the scenes, email show he arranged for intermediaries to submit five maps drawn by GOP operatives. Bainter suggested he could round up “10 more people at least” to do the same.
Its not surprising that Bryan Fischer, professional wingnut, would be gloating about Darren Wilson getting away with the killing of Michael Brown, but you would think that would be enough.
“I think that at this point there was a demonic presence that was operating inside Michael Brown’s body,” Fischer said, “activating him, energizing him, driving him forward in this homicidal rage. So when he says he looked like a demon, I think that’s because he was looking into the eyes of a demon that was driving Michael Brown to do what he did”
Darren Wilson, heroic demon slayer, in the Gospel according to Bryan Fischer.
These people are sick.
As you may have guessed, last night’s decision on Ferguson angered me. As did seeing much of the mainstream media hyperfocusing on the “looters”.
So I listened to this classic Randy Newman song.
WASHINGTON — The only Congressional response to this summer’s brutal police crackdown in Ferguson, Missouri appears to be dead, with the House GOP leadership blocking a vote on a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho).
The legislation seeks to curb controversial transfers of military weapons and equipment to local police forces. It would ban the Pentagon from granting local police free automatic weapons, armored vehicles, weaponized drones, combat helicopters, grenades, silencers, sound cannons and other equipment, although police could still purchase such gear with local budgets or through grants from the Department of Homeland Security.
It would also impose more stringent safeguards to account for the equipment that does get transferred. Collectively, more than $4 billion in military weaponry and equipment has been distributed to police forces across the U.S. since the inception of the initiative, known as the 1033 Program.
I’m becoming more convinced every day that what the Republicans want is an apartheid state to ensure permanent white minority rule. If that isn’t what they want, they’re doing a damned good job at faking it.
Attorney General Eric Holder says “far more must be done to create enduring trust” between police and communities they serve, even as his Justice Department continues to investigate possible discriminatory police actions in Ferguson, Mo.
Civil rights lawyers at Justice working alongside FBI agents have also been examining whether white officer Darren Wilson intentionally violated the civil rights of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the unarmed black man he shot dead August 9.
Proving that Wilson, who was cleared Monday by a St. Louis County grand jury, violated federal criminal law will be difficult, DOJ veterans say.
But in the aftermath of the local grand jury announcement, Holder insisted the federal probe of the policeman is ongoing and independent of St. Louis prosecutors.