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[VIDEO] Want Racial Harmony? Here’s How it’s Done: Don’t Judge Black Differently


[VIDEO] Michael Brown, ‘Gentle Giant’


[VIDEO] Police Are Investigating Michael Brown’s Stepfather for Inciting Riots

From The Corner: Police in Ferguson, Mo., are investigating whether the angry tirade unleashed by Michael Brown’s stepfather just moments after the grand jury’s decision last week rose to the level of illegal incitement of violence.

“We can’t let all that happened in Ferguson and Dellwood and the community die. Everyone who is responsible for taking away people’s property, their livelihoods, their jobs, their businesses — every single one of them needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

— Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson

Following the decision, Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, climbed onto a platform surrounded by protesters to comfort his grieving wife. “Burn this bitch down!” Head then shouted repeatedly, in a video captured by the New York Times. Rioters later looted and burned down over a dozen Ferguson businesses and at least one police car. Read the rest of this entry »


[PHOTOS] of Ferguson Before and After


13 Facts About Ferguson the Media Would Rather Not Tell You

GRAND JURY VERDICT ON THE MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING

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Media Bias: A Tale of Two News Alerts

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[PHOTO] Michael Brown Sr.’s Church was Torched in Ferguson Last Night

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UNBELIEVABLE: New York Times Publishes Darren Wilson’s Home Address

right-scoop-logoOf all the foolish things to do, the NY Times published the address of Officer Darren Wilson despite the fact that there are people who likely want to get their own brand of justice and kill him.

Redacted screenshot I took from the NY Times article (that we won’t link to):

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UPDATE: In a related note…

Scoop: New York Times signals more newsroom layoffs are imminent


Behind the Curtain at the New York Times

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Protests Reach Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

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New York Post November 25, 2014 ‘Decision in Ferguson: STREETS OF RAGE’

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[PHOTO] Ferguson Cop Car

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 (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

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[VIDEO] Split Screen

At The Corner, Brendan Bordelon writes:

In a surreal moment of cable television, split screens on major news networks broadcast President Obama pushing for calm after Ferguson’s grand-jury decision even as protesters smashed cop cars and businesses and police responded with tear gas and armored vehicles.  

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[More – Obama’s Split-Screen Moment Will Endure Long After His Presidency]

The president made an unscheduled speech late Monday night to address the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, in which he urged everyone to respect the rule of law. “There are Americans who agree with [the decision,]” he said, “and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed — even angry. That’s an understandable reaction.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Protesters Kick a St. Louis County Police Car


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Manhattan: NYPD Barricades Being Knocked Down by Protesters in Union Square


Grand Jury Decision Delivered: No Charges

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DrudgeReport –  Washington Post – USAToday

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FERGUSON AUDIO BOMB: ‘If the FBI were to come out of its investigation with the conclusion that this recording is legitimate, it would likely change the case considerably’

If the Michael Brown Audio Is Real, It May Corroborate Piaget Cranshaw’s Account

Charles C. W. Cooke, The Corner:

…Given how close the first and second shots on the recording are (less than a second), it seems unlikely that Brown would have had enough time to have escaped the clutches of a police officer and run past three cars before the second shot was fired. Moreover, if the “several more shots” of Johnson’s recollection represent the second fusillade, what happened to the remaining four shots from the first barrage? Again, I suppose it is possible that the recording missed the initial couple of shots. But had a police officer fired so many rounds from such short range and paused half way through, I’d expect that Johnson would have said so(read more)

HotAir‘s Allapundit:

…If it’s authentic, it tells us how many shots were fired. The man’s attorney tells Don Lemon she hears 11 shots. I hear 10. A forensic examiner who listened to the tape told CNN he heard“at least 10,” six shots followed by a pause followed by four more. The autopsy report from the family’s forensic pathologist claims Brown was hit at least six times, all from the front. Read the rest of this entry »


Reality Check: Of 163 Arrests Since Shooting, Only 7 are from Ferguson

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FERGUSON, Mo. AP — Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb…(read more)

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Kevin D. Williamson on Barry’s Good Idea: Police Interactions Should All be on Video

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National Review‘s Kevin D. Williamson writes:  Barack Obama once had a good idea, or at least half of one: As the president himself pointed out in his recent remarks on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., during his time in the Illinois state legislature he backed a law requiring that police take video of interrogations and confessions. Here’s a better idea: Capture all police interactions on video.end-is-near

[Kevin D. Williamson’s book – “The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome” is available at Amazon]

Doing so can make an important difference in how incidents such as the Brown shooting are understood. Consider the case of Erin Forbes, who was shot dead by police in the Philadelphia suburbs in circumstances similar to those of Mr. Brown.

Conflict, Chaos, and Confusion in Ferguson

Conflict, Chaos, and Confusion after dark. Ferguson isn’t a monster, it’s just ahead of the curve. 

Erin Forbes was a young black man who was shot by a police officer while unarmed. (Mostly unarmed — more on that in a bit.) Like Mr. Brown, he had robbed a convenience store not long before the shooting, taking a small amount of money from the cash register. Like Mr. Brown, he did not have a criminal record.

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 Just what those musket-clinging enlightened founders warned us about: Permanent armies on the streets.

“The deployment of armored vehicles by small-town police departments responding to domestic disturbances is un-republican and ridiculous.”

But there are differences, too. Mr. Forbes was not from a poor, heavily black community where relations with the police were difficult. Mr. Forbes was, in fact, from a solid, upper-middle-class family. His mother was a professor of African-American studies at Temple University, and he himself had been a soldier in the U.S. Army. His family lived in the suburbs, and he sometimes attended the Presbyterian church in Gladwyne, home of the seventh-wealthiest ZIP code in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Cell Phone Video: St. Louis Police Officer Shoots and Kills Kajieme Powell

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On Tuesday, two officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department shot and killed Kajieme Powell, who was 25 years old.

“There is a dangerous dynamic in the night,ヤ he said. モIt allows a small number of violent agitators to hide in the crowd and then attempt to create chaos.”

Powell was suspected of shoplifting energy drinks and donuts from a convenience store. The shop owner, believing that Powell was carrying a weapon, contacted police. Another witness, Ald. Dionne Flowers, who represents the area and owns a beauty salon in the same block, noticed that Powell was acting erratically and also called police. Flowers told police she saw a second knife, though only one was recovered at the scene.

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Rob Crilly reporting from Ferguson for The Telegraph:

Sam Dotson, St Louis Police Chief, said in a tweet that officers had responded to a call and found an apparently agitated man, armed with a knife who yelled, “Kill me now” before approaching the patrol.

Some bystanders questioned whether the man was armed and said he was accused of stealing two bottles of soda.

An angry crowd grew quickly outside the convenience store where the latest victim died.

Some young men said they planned to burn it down and accused the police of being intent on murdering young black men.

“Why didn’t they use a Taser,” said Germaine Leroy. “What are they shooting for? I’ve been shot with a Taser so I know how it incapacitates.”

The case of Michael Brown, 18, who was unarmed when he was shot dead by a white officer, has polarised the nation. Night after night demonstrators have fought running battles with police who are struggling to maintain control. Read the rest of this entry »


Jonah Goldberg: ‘In Ferguson, the race to be wrong, it seems, isn’t a sprint but a marathon’

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Legions of activists and commentators have convinced themselves that we know exactly what happenedgpoa-stamp

The events in Ferguson, Mo., have launched a familiar spectacle: the race to be wrong first.

[Jonah’s book, The Tyranny of Cliches, is available at Amazon]

Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The Washington Post had more on the story about what one witness called an “execution-style slaying”:

“Lawyer Freeman Bosley Jr. said Dorian Johnson, a friend of Brown’s, has told the FBI shaprton-fingerthat Officer Darren Wilson confronted the two because they were walking in the middle of the street.

“Al Sharpton, with decades of racial ambulance-chasing under his belt, insists that “America is on trial” in Ferguson. Of course he does.”

“Wilson cursed at the pair and ordered them onto the sidewalk, Bosley told The Washington Post. When they refused to comply, he said, the officer grabbed Brown’s throat through the window of his cruiser, pulled out a pistol and shot him.

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Wilson then chased Brown, shot him in the back and shot him five to six more times as Brown’s hands were raised, Bosley said.”

“There also seems to be a bipartisan desire to make President Obama part of the story…Obama, as is his wont, took the bait…”

An autopsy commissioned by the Brown family suggests that account is not true, at least in regard to the most incendiary charge. None of the bullets fired at Johnson entered his body through his back. That hardly means Wilson was justified in shooting Brown even once. Nor does it necessarily mean Wilson is a murderer. The simple fact is we don’t know.

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“…His comments Friday were defensible on the merits, but what was the point? He clearly mollified no one and exposed himself, once again, to being dragged along by events.”

The rush to condemn Wilson’s conduct and the gallop to martyr Brown may have set land-speed records. The New Yorker, like numerous outlets, reported that Brown was walking to his grandmother’s home when confronted by Wilson. A video released from the by turns hapless and devious Ferguson Police Department alleges that he was actually walking from a thuggish and brazen shoplifting of a box of cigars from a convenience store. Read the rest of this entry »


[PHOTO] Ferguson: Protesters Forming Line in Street with their Backs to the Police


Protesters in Ferguson Are Registering Voters

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Ryan LovelaceThe CornerAugust 19, 2014 7:14 PM

 


Report: Eric Holder Heading to Ferguson to ‘Personally Perform Autopsy’, Dismissing Objections from Medical Community

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“Any attorney general who is not an activist, even in matters of medical inquiry, is not doing his or her job.”

— Attorney General Eric Holder

FERGUSON, Mo. —Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will travel to this embattled St. Louis suburb to personally perform an autopsy on Michael Brown, dismissing charges that he’s interfering with the investigation by injecting himself into an examination for which he has no medical qualification.gberg_pretend-quote-holder

“We’ve all heard the rumor that Holder removed his own gall bladder with a pocket knife, without anesthesia, without pain medication. Utter nonsense. I happen to know that Mr. Holder did, in fact, use pain medication before that procedure.”

— National Review’s Jonah Goldberg

Holder didn’t confirm the self-surgery rumor, but defended his decision, insisting that his critics are misguided.  “An autopsy is not that hard. It’s a critical part of an investigation like this, one that requires the full attention of this office. If you want to call me a renegade, I will proudly accept that label. Any attorney general who is not an activist, even in matters of medical inquiry, is not doing his or her job.”

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“I am on record strongly advising against it. I have urged Mr. Holder to reconsider.” 

— Acting Surgeon Genreal Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H

In what has already become a politically-charged investigation, Holder’s decision to perform a medical autopsy on the victim has raised further concerns about violations of constitutional authority, and have renewed charges of professional misconduct.krauthammer-sm

“Watching reruns of ‘Law and Order Special Victims Unit’ does not qualify anyone to perform a legitimate medical examination. This is preposterous. Eric Holder is not a medical officer. ”

—Dr. Charles Krauthammer

Republican leaders immediately took steps to remove Attorney General Eric Holder from office. Emergency meetings on Capitol Hill were rumored to run late into the night. Senior Democrat officials stood by Holder, accusing Republicans of attempting to capitalize on the tragedy inHolder-examination Ferguson.

“Is it beyond the traditional scope of the office of the Department of Justice? Absolutely. Do I apologize for it? Absolutely not.”

— Attorney General Eric Holder

“The allegations against the Attorney General are nothing more than a political stunt”, said Nancy Pelosi, adding, “It’s part of a racist attempt to smear Holder, it’s obvious to everyone that his skin color is the primary reason Republicans object”.gas-mask

[Reporting from the protest zone? Order from Amazon – Civilian Gas Mask w/ Nato Filter]

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Independent Autopsy Shows No Sign of Struggle in Michael Browns Shooting

Medical Examiner Hired by Teen’s Family Finds at Least 6 Bullet Wounds, No Sign of Struggle

FERGUSON, Mo.— For WSJ, Pervaiz Shallwani reports: A former New York City medical examiner found “no evidence of a struggle” between Michael Brown and the police officer who shot him at least six times on Aug. 9—an encounter that has sparked more than a week of unrest in this St. Louis suburb.

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A diagram shows preliminary results of an independent autopsy done on Michael Brown, which found evidence that he was shot at least six times. Associated Press

Dr. Michael Baden and an assistant, Dr. Shawn Purcell, conducted the autopsy of Mr. Brown at the request of the teen’s family. They spent about three hours going over the 18-year-old’s wounds at a local funeral home, where the body was delivered after it was released by the St. Louis Medical Examiner.

“The attorneys here, we know too well, if you don’t have your own autopsy, and you have to depend completely on the police department’s autopsy, that’s not a good thing.”

— Attorney Benjamin Crump

The autopsy comes a week after the initial autopsy by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner. The county medical examiner’s office confirms Mr. Brown was shot in the head and chest multiple times. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: ‘Shot-in-the-Back-While-Fleeing’ Narrative Up in Smoke: Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times

UPDATED: A private autopsy on the unarmed black teen who was shot by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. nine days ago suffered six gunshot wounds, including two in the head, according to a new report.

“We need more information; for example, the police should be examining the automobile to see if there is gunshot residue in the police car.”

The New York Times reported late Sunday that the autopsy was carried out at the request of Michael Brown’s family by Dr. Michael Baden, the former chief medical examiner for New York City.

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Baden told the Times that one of the bullets struck the top of Brown’s skull, suggesting that the 18-year-old’s head was bent forward when he was shot. The doctor added that four of the six shots struck Brown in the right arm, and all the bullets entered from the teen’s front. Only three of the bullets were recovered from Brown’s body.

Baden did not have access to Brown’s clothes, which may have gunpowder residue on them if the bullets were fired from close range. Baden also did not have access to X-rays that may have shown where the bullets were found, nor did he see any witness or police statements.  Read the rest of this entry »


Police Deploy Tear Gas in Ferguson

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The streets of Ferguson became chaotic Sunday night just before a curfew was to be imposed for a second night. AP

Tear gas was being fired at crowds as police stood in the streets holding shields at crowds chanting “don’t shoot” while holding up their arms, which has become a symbol of protest in the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Demonstrators threw rocks at police and kicked tear gas canisters back at them.No word of injuries of arrests yet.

“Police attempted to push the demonstrators back by firing tear gas, shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful.”

Crowds holding picket signs were running through the streets, while others retreated from the police. Residents were told to clear the area by police. It was unclear what set the activity off, but it was similar to what happened Saturday night when police fired tear gas at demonstrators then.

Police attempted to push the demonstrators back by firing tear gas, shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful, the Associated Press reported. Many of the marchers retreated, but a group of about 100 stood defiantly about two blocks away until getting hit by another volley. Read the rest of this entry »


One Shot, Seven Arrested in Ferguson Protests

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Police fire gas canisters at a crowd of protesters who disobeyed the curfew. European Pressphoto Agency

FERGUSON, Mo.—Rage over the death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer sparked another early morning of bloodshed and mayhem after protesters and police clashed Sunday.

“If we are going to have justice, we must first have and maintain peace.”

— Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

By the time the smoke and tear gas cleared, one person was listed in critical condition with gunshot injuries. Seven protesters had been arrested for failing to disperse, police said at a news conference about 2:30 a.m. local time.

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People wait for reaction from police after they refused to honor the midnight curfew. Getty Images

Police said they didn’t know who was responsible for the shooting, which is under investigation. They didn’t immediately release details about the victim. It didn’t appear to be a police-involved shooting, authorities said.

“While protesters chanted “no justice, no curfew,” police used a loudspeaker to warn the crowd that they were in violation of a state-imposed curfew.”

State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said the violent encounter between police and protesters didn’t happen because authorities were attempting to enforce a new, midnight-to-5-a.m. curfew.

[Also see – New Police Tactic in Ferguson: Betray Local Business Owners – NRO]

Instead, he said, SWAT teams in at least three armored vehicles moved in only after they had reports of troublemakers at Redz Barbeque restaurant, near the site of prior looting. Most of the protesters heeded warnings and left the site of weeklong protest over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer. Read the rest of this entry »


Surveillance Video from Alleged Michael Brown Robbery


Make Cops Wear Cameras

FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 13: A police officer standing watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown conceals his/her identity on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)g

FERGUSON, MO – AUGUST 13: A police officer standing watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown conceals his/her identity on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is experiencing its fourth day of violent protests since the killing. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri, by police. Eric Garner, a 43-year-old New Yorker, dies from a police chokehold. John Crawford III, 22, shot and killed by police in a Walmart outside of Dayton, Ohio.

Enough is enough. Each of these incidents has an unmistakable racial dimension—all of the victims were black and all or most of arresting officers were white–that threatens the always tense relationships between law enforcement and African Americans. As important, the circumstances of each death are hotly contested, with the police telling one story and witnesses (if any) offering up very different narratives.

Brown’s death in particular is raising major ongoing protests precisely because, contrary to police accounts, witnesses claim that he had his hands up in the air in surrender when he was shot. The result is less trust in police, a situation that raises tensions across the board.

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