The recent news media have been covering the anarchy in Ferguson, MO due to a Police officer shooting and killing an eighteen year old male suspect named Michael Brown. There have been numerous conflicting stories regarding the shooting, since I was not there to witness it myself, I will not attempt to pass judgment on anyone involved.
There is however several facts I know to be true. The first fact is a young African-American man was killed. The second is the local population is angry and is rioting in the streets; the third fact is the Police are struggling, but will maintain control.
The first lessons we should all take from this; there will always be a group of people who will look for a reason to use violence to do whatever they wish. This group has been conditioned to think they are entitled to others’ profits and no matter what transgressions are committed, no punishment will be forthcoming. This is not a racial thing; it is a social-economic thing. The local Quick Trip store which was looted and then burned completely to the ground had no connection to the shooting. The store just happens to be located in the area, just as other local businesses, nothing more. Still, the local thugs thought it was justified to smash the windows, steal everything they could carry and then set it on fire. There are additional confirmed reports of thugs driving in from other locations to join in the looting, and senseless damaging of other businesses people have worked so hard to build a life and provide for their families.
The local city Police Department has been overwhelmed with the rise of violence form not only residents, but from large masses of protesters from other municipalities. The MO State Police as well as the St. Louis County Law Enforcement has been called in to help qualm the destruction and violence. These forces arrived in full battle-rattle gear and armored vehicles. From the pictures I have seen it appears the military has arrived ready to wage an all out war. Fortunately, the larger County LE Force, complete with Armored Personnel Carriers have been ordered to vacate the area, and to take their fully armed battalion of troops as well.
There have also been reported that the news media who are covering the riots have been tear gassed and threatened to be arrested by the local Police. This sounds like something from a third-world country, not here in America. With a little deeper research, I was able uncovered the fact that the outside reporters had set up their media offices in the local Mc Donald’s to work from. After setting there all day, and not ordering any food, the Manager of Mc Donald’s asked the reporters to leave. When they refused, the Manager contacted the Police for assistance. The Police then arrived as normal and asked the reporters to leave peacefully. When the reporters refused, the Police advised them if they failed to leave, they would be arrested for trespassing. As far as the reporters being tear gassed, the reporters again refused to leave an area where the Police announced they would be using tear gas to disperse the gathering crowds. So, I don’t think the reporters were singled out or targeted. There news media would have you think they themselves were under attack, thus progressing the story line of “The Police are out of control”.
With these chains of events, I have gained new knowledge that I feel is alarming to all US citizens. Most of the people who are at tentative to their surroundings and current events already are aware of these facts, but it is on full display in Ferguson, MO. First, there are those who look for an excuse to cause chaos, damage and steal. And why should they not feel this way? The court systems are nothing more than a revolving door where criminals are never held accountable for their actions. After all, they are society’s victims. Second, the Police are not concerned with the welfare of the population; their only mandate is to maintain control at all costs. The authorities are more concerned with how the nation will view their actions, or their inability to maintain a peaceful community. If the community looks peaceful, it is peaceful; no matter what underlying issues are present. This is what we get for electing managers and not leaders. My fear is what happens when the authorities view law-abiding citizens as a threat to their idea of a peaceful community. The third lesson, the press will mislead and lie to the masses if it makes for a good storyline, even when the reporters themselves know it to be a lie. This has been happening for more than 20 years. But not many people noticed, or cared about it.
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