Demonstrators marching from Ferguson to Missouri’s capital to protest the police shooting death of Michael Brown were met with opposition as they passed through a rural town.
Television station KRCG reports that some people in Rosebud shouted obscenities and held signs telling them to “go home” and someone put an empty bottle of beer, a melon and some fried chicken in the path of the protestors.
The Columbia Missourian reports that at least one person displayed a Confederate flag, and the back window of a bus traveling with the marchers was broken by a bullet.
Now showing up in Ferguson, Missouri: the “Oathkeepers,” one of the most extreme right wing militia groups in the US and one of many offshoots of the Patriot movement, with numerous ties to white nationalist and xenophobic anti-immigrant groups. Founder Stewart Rhodes believes Barack Obama is plotting to disarm American citizens and turn US cities into “giant concentration camps.” He explained the goals of the group like this:
“We say if the American people decide it’s time for a revolution, we’ll fight with you.”
It’s doubtful the addition of these far right gun worshippers to the volatile Ferguson situation is going to make things better.
For the record, here’s George Stephanopoulos’ complete 45-minute interview with officer Darren Wilson, in which Wilson basically repeats the story he told the St. Louis County grand jury.
I have known and seen racism and discrimination. I have known and experienced privilege.
And I have the common sense to distinguish between the two.
Ferguson is a place that is riddled with racism and discrimination. The police are known by all to engage in discrimination and racism. The state has disbanded police departments for racism and other malfeasance. Darren Wilson belonged to one such department to start his career. He came to Ferguson where the Department has long had issues in policing the community. All but a handful of officers are white in a community that is overwhelmingly black.
Blacks are stopped far more frequently than white (when adjusting per capita). That’s despite fact that whites that are stopped are found to have contraband in higher rates.
In this respect, Ferguson is hardly alone. Many other communities around the St. Louis region (and indeed nationally) face the same problems.
But the specifics of this case are exceptionally troubling. Only Officer Wilson was able to speak to what happened - and it was couched from the outset that he feared for his life when he stopped Brown. Both were the same height (Brown had 70 pounds on him). All the shots were fired by Wilson. And Brown lay dead more than 150 feet from the vehicle, in about a minute after the stop was initiated by Wilson.
All the eyewitness evidence was disregarded or minimized by the fact that Wilson feared for his life. That there’s no bruising apparent from the photos taken hours later. Yet, he thought he was a punch or two from being disabled?
Here’s the live video of Bob McCullogh’s statement on the Darren Wilson grand jury decision.
People are beginning to fill the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office prepares to release the results of the grand jury investigation into Darren Wilson’s shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. We’re expecting the announcement at 8 pm Central time.
Looks like today’s the day; the Ferguson grand jury decision is expected to be announced soon.
Here’s a thread to keep up on news; I’ll be very surprised if Darren Wilson faces charges for his killing of Michael Brown. I think the fix has been in from the start.
Brian speaks with Inside Edition’s Jim Moret about secret, off-the-record meetings between reporters and Darren Wilson.
Interesting news tonight from Ferguson, Missouri: Officer Darren Wilson in Talks to Resign.
If the reports we’ve been getting about the Grand Jury in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson are accurate, it seems like a foregone conclusion that officer Darren Wilson is not going to be charged in Brown’s killing.
And now in preparation for the soon-to-be released decision of the Grand Jury, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is declaring a state of emergency and activating the National Guard, obviously expecting trouble even though recent protests have been peaceful. Here’s the official statement: Executive Order 14-14 | Governor Jay Nixon.