The Culture of Non-Accountability, Ferguson Edition

By: Saturday September 27, 2014 9:37 am

The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and the continuing actions of Ferguson and St. Louis County officials are providing a textbook case study in avoiding accountability. There are lots of steps along the way, but at the end, the big lesson is that the protection granted by a culture of non-accountability is only for those in power.

 

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson Apologizes to Michael Brown’s Family (video)

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 12:13 pm

Ferguson Police chief Thomas Jackson apologized to the Brown family today in a video produced by the Devin James Group, “a public relations firm hired by the Missouri city.” The shooting occurred August 9, 2014, seven weeks ago. A coat and tie would have been nice.

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.

Discipline and Punish Dissidents

By: Sunday August 24, 2014 12:15 pm

Healing doesn’t help. It validates the status quo. And it’s the status quo that’s sick.

Police Made Several Arrests in Ferguson and Fired Pepper Spray After Water Bottle Was Thrown

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 9:00 am

Police deployed to Ferguson to supposedly keep the community safe and control demonstrations calling for justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson, arrested at least forty-seven people on Tuesday night. The arrests mostly occurred after midnight.

Would Marijuana in Michael Brown’s System Make Him Act “Crazy”?

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 11:07 am

In an interview on FOX news Dr. Michael Baden, who performed the second autopsy on Michael Brown’s body, said the toxicology report revealed Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot. Baden then went on to speculate that this potentially could have led Brown to act “crazy” and that he “may have done things to the police officer that normally he would not have done.”

Ferguson Sees Another Night Of Unrest Despite National Guard Presence

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 7:50 am

Monday night saw renewed clashes between protesters and law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri with two people shot and at least 31 arrested. The police blamed the disharmony on a “tiny minority of lawbreakers” whom they claimed fired on them and had Molotov cocktails.

President Obama Speaks on Ferguson and Iraq

By: Monday August 18, 2014 1:27 pm

Holder will travel to Ferguson on Wednesday.

Ferguson Police Manipulate Press So Robbery Becomes Focus Instead of Fact Officer Killed Michael Brown

By: Friday August 15, 2014 4:38 pm

Media mostly had no idea that Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, had allegedly been involved in a robbery of a liquor store. Rumors had circulated but no organizations had been actively seeking information on any robbery. They were not certain the robbery had anything to do with Brown’s death. Media had, however, sought the release of information from Ferguson police on the shooting by filing requests under Missouri’s “sunshine” or freedom of information law.

After Ferguson Congressman Hank Johnson Proposes Bill to Stop Militarizing Police

By: Friday August 15, 2014 6:50 am

For many Americans it may not have been until the crackdown on those protesting the killing of Micheal Brown by the Ferguson, Missouri, police department that they learned how militarized local police have become in the post-9/11 world. Though police work became dramatically more bellicose when the Nixon Administration launched the War On Drugs, it was not until the War On Terror that high-grade military surplus starting being shoveled in earnest to local police.

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