CBS....Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has called out the National Guard after another night of trouble in Ferguson, Missouri, and the first guard members were showing up on the city's streets at dawn on Monday.
I think the reason Nixon called in the Guard is because, primarily black, Ferguson protestors of Michael Brown's murder have been entirely alienated by what I consider to be a rogue Ferguson, primarily white, police force.
There is no doubt in my mind that Ferguson police purposely incited Ferguson protestor rioting by releasing the convenience store security camera video on Friday.
Governor Nixon agrees....
"We certainly were not happy with that being released, especially in the way that it was," Nixon said. "It appeared to cast aspersions on a young man that was gunned down in the street. It made emotions raw."
The governor went on to say that the renewed unrest in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb where Brown was killed by a police officer, was in part due to the police's decision to make public the details of the robbery.
The Missouri Governor, in no uncertain terms, blamed the Ferguson police for inciting rioting.
With zero confidence left in Ferguson police, the Governor has calculated that the only way to calm racial tensions is to remove Ferguson police and replace them with National Guard troops.
Medical examiner results:
Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.
One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York,
The feds get more involved:
The Justice Department already had deepened its civil rights investigation into the shooting. A day earlier, officials said 40 FBI agents were going door-to-door gathering information in the Ferguson neighborhood where Brown was shot to death Aug. 9.
The tense situation in Ferguson could have been avoided. Given the nature of the incident, the shooter, Officer Wilson, should already have been arrested. But just as the military often rallies to defend one of their own even when found committing horrendous things, so too police. Arresting Wilson would have calmed the protestors. Arresting Wilson would have been a solid good faith gesture to a 2/3rds black community that the overwhelmingly white Ferguson police department was taking the murder seriously. And if evidence is forthcoming vindicating Officer Wilson, charges can be dropped.
But when it comes to our "protectors", double standards of justice seem to be the norm. Ferguson police Chief Thomas Jackson is the man responsible for releasing the convenience store security camera video....and he should be charged for inciting rioting for doing so. My bet is that the Chief won't be held accountable.....further evidence that "protectors" play by a different set of rules than average citizens must play by.
One final thought. 9-11 changed America...and not for the better. One of the changes, I think, came in the population's attitude towards "first responders" and military members. We were encouraged after 9-11 to never direct a discouraging word at our "protectors." It was unpatriotic, dontchaknow.
As a result.....a kind of worshipful attitude towards those who "protect and serve" developed. A misplaced worshipful attitude, in my opinion. Police, firefighters, and military members were uplifted as our "heroes."
While it is always true that a few rotten apples spoil the entire barrel.....our new found reverence for law enforcement and military members in the wake of 9-11 helped to create a situation that a few bad apples could exploit for nefarious ends.
Make no mistake, there are a few bad apples in the Ferguson police force. Hopefully, National Guard troops sent to Ferguson will reduce the racial tensions there....because I'm afraid the local police in Ferguson have lost the trust of those they allegedly protect and serve.
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