Late Night: The New Pearl Harbor

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 8:00 pm

“Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not.” -Lynda Barry

This thought has been haunting me lately as we approached the 13th anniversary of The Day That Changed Everything (for the worse).

The stark images from the day itself, so overplayed yet ambiguous, seem insignificant now compared to what followed, which is so much more dreadful than anything I could have imagined at the time.

 

Armored Vehicle Manufacturer Flips Out After Its Representative Explains Why Vehicles Used at Protests

By: Monday September 8, 2014 1:27 pm

Armored vehicle manufacturers are especially sensitive to suggestions that their vehicles will be used against protesters, even though that is exactly how they were used in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white police officer gunned down Mike Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

The Armored Group LLC was recently present at Urban Shield, an annual trade show and training exercise in Alameda County, California, supported by law enforcement and security agencies at the local, state and federal level.

Podcast: Ferguson, Class Divisions & Why Community May Reject Voting as Key Answer to Injustice

By: Sunday August 31, 2014 8:30 am

The stark reality is police in America have gunned down black youth in the streets many, many times prior to Michael Brown’s death. Why did this act of police brutality lead to such a show of incredible rage and protest from a community?

Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality

By: Saturday August 30, 2014 11:25 am

The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor protests against the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. They were also present to help with jail support for community residents. But, while working, four of the NLG’s observers fell victim to the police occupation they were trying to help Ferguson fight and were arrested.

As Dennis Black, one of the legal observers arrested, commented, “Ferguson is a pilot program of what’s to come when communities respond to police brutality.” He and others had traveled from Detroit to see a preview of what police might do to squelch uprisings there.

Ferguson and the Prophet Jeremiah

By: Saturday August 30, 2014 9:35 am

“They’re talking ‘peace, peace’ because there’s been no tear gas and bullets for the last couple of nights. But make no mistake, Peterr, Ferguson is not at peace.” Those were the words of a friend of mine, speaking of the governmental leaders in Ferguson and St. Louis County, as the two of us spoke of the events of recent weeks in Ferguson, where he is a pastor and where I used to live.

The decades of dry tinder are still lying around Ferguson, St. Louis, and St. Louis County, and too many people in power are walking around with lit matches. This is not a good combination.

Lawsuit Against Ferguson, St. Louis County Police Argues Officers Handled Citizens as ‘War Combatants’

By: Friday August 29, 2014 12:19 pm

A lawsuit filed against Ferguson and St. Louis County police officers seeks millions of dollars in damages for violations of rights and laws, which allegedly occurred while police were in the process of aggressively suppressing protests.

Altogether, seven different individuals allege they were falsely arrested. Multiple individuals also contend officers intentionally inflicted “emotional distress,” committed “assault and battery,” deprived them of their civil rights and police neglected to supervise and discipline the officers engaged in this misconduct.

Late Night: Jon Stewart on Race (& Ferguson in the Media)

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Jon Stewart returned from a brief hiatus with a brilliant take down of the racially charged Ferguson coverage in the media, primarily on FOX News.

Not that they are the only offenders.

How Many Tanks Can We Take Back Before The Next Ferguson?

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 4:52 pm

I recently suggested that we noodle on some methods to de-militarize the police. I wanted to figure out methods that would actually have people look at publicly available communities’ inventory of equipment and demand they get rid of unnecessary items and equipment that is not designed for a police force, but an occupying army.

Mayor of Dellwood, Which Neighbors Ferguson: Setting an Example for How to Build Community

By: Monday August 25, 2014 7:15 pm

When the killing of Mike Brown by a Ferguson police officer led to individuals damaging businesses, Reggie Jones, the African-American mayor of Dellwood, was concerned that what was happening would spill over. In fact, the St. Louis suburb’s border is only two blocks from the QuikTrip that was set on fire on August 9, the day of Brown’s death.

‘We’re Tired of Police Judging Us’—St. Louis Resident Opens Up About Police, Protests & Mike Brown (Video)

By: Monday August 25, 2014 3:05 pm

While on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, to cover the aftermath of the killing of Mike Brown by police, I had the privilege of being introduced to Kerry, a young black man and resident of the St. Louis area. He agreed to speak to me about his experiences.

We recorded the interview on August 21, days after some of the worst and most intense police violence that had occurred.

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