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Ferguson Protests ‘Turn Violent,’ Two Reporters Arrested

From an always fomenting Associated Press:

Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

By JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER | August 14, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who has been the public face of the city torn by Saturday’s death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, told reporters earlier in the day that the St. Louis County investigation of the shooting could take weeks to complete.

Correction: Chief Jackson has been the public target. Information about his wife and young daughter, and where they all live, has been posted online by those loveable scamps at Anonymous. (Apparently, Spike Lee was busy.) And, naturally, they have all been the subject of death threats.

In the meantime, he said, his department welcomes Justice Department training on racial relations in the suburb, where two-thirds of the 21,000 residents are black while all but three of the police force’s 53 officers are white.

In other words, the Ferguson police have agreed to submit to going to re-education camps. As long as their lives jobs are spared.

"Unfortunately, an undertow (of racial unrest) has bubbled to the surface," said Jackson. "Race relations is the top priority right now."

Really? We would have thought law and order was the top priority. You can’t have any kind of positive social relations without law and order.

While Jackson said he wanted to mend fences with the community, protesters were on the streets of Ferguson again Wednesday, facing heavily armed police who at time trained weapons on them from an armored truck. Two reporters said they were detained by police while working at a McDonald’s in the area…

Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post said they were handcuffed and put into a police van after officers came in to quickly clear the fast-food restaurant where they were doing some work. The Washington Post reported that Lowery said he was slammed against a soda machine and plastic cuffs were put on his wrists. Reilly told MSNBC that an officer slammed his head against the glass "purposefully" on the way out of the restaurant "and then sarcastically apologized for it." The reporters were subsequently released without any charges.

The cops have really stepped in it now. They are now going to have to spend extra time in re-education camp for bothering sacrosanct ‘journalists.’

From Breitbart:

Arrested HuffPo Reporter Cites Being Journalist, White as ‘Place of Privilege’ in Ferguson

13 Aug 2014

On Wednesday, an obviously shaken Ryan Reilly, reporter for the Huffington Post, talked to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, anchor of “All In,” about his arrest and subsequent release while covering the unfolding situation in Ferguson, MO.

Reilly suggested he was mistreated by the local authorities, but cited being a journalist and being white as two things aided him in this plight.

“This was just a terrible experience,” Reilly said. “The worst part was he slammed my head against the glass purposefully on the way out of McDonald’s and then sarcastically apologized for it. It was just a terrible experience and you know, I recognize that I’m sort of in a place of privilege both as a journalist and as a white person, quite frankly in that I was – that was evidently the [key] in the decision not to go ahead and hold us.”

You see? The real problem with the incident is that these two white journalists were released too quickly.

Talk about being ‘damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.’ The police just can’t win as far as our ‘journalists’ are concerned.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, August 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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