A War Broke Out In Ferguson, MO Last Night While The Rest Of The Country Quietly Put Their Kids To Bed
Via the I Am Mike BrownÂ livestream, I was able to watch as police fired rubber bullets into crowds of unarmed citizens. I watched as police bore down on a group of demonstrators. I watched terrified, confused citizens and a town engulfed in tear gas. And I thought to myself, If they can get away with this – what next?
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon had this to say, via The Washington Post:
â€œThe worsening situation in Ferguson is deeply troubling, and does not represent who we are as Missourians or as Americans. We all respect the solemn responsibility of our law enforcement officers to protect the public, we must also safeguard the rights of Missourians to peaceably assemble and the rights of the press to report on matters of public concern.”
So seemingly the governor is not behind or endorsing the actions of the department. So a police department can take it upon themselves to declare war on its citizens like that? How is this even possible? As I watched these events unfold last night, I thought to myself, “Why isn’t the Federal government stepping in?” Where is the statement from the President? Why did it take hours for media to begin reporting on this? Certainly the news that they weren’t being allowed to report on it is news in itself, isn’t it? How the hell can this country be so tone-deaf to what is going on with its own citizens?
I don’t have answers to any of this. All I know is, the only ones who have blood on their hands in this whole scenario are the police. Not the protestors who had their arms raised to demonstrate that they were attempting to be peaceful. It’s this aggression that got us here in the first place. Cops, treating every black person out there like they are criminals for existing. Like they deserve to have their whole community turned into a war zone. These cops are so used to not having to answer for things, they had no problem tanking to the streets in reinforced vehicles and forcing themselves on their own citizens.
After hours of watching our liberties erode right in front of my eyes, I climbed into bed with my child, feeling lucky that he was breathing easy – unencumbered by the effects of being tear-gassed and terrified by the very people OUR TAX DOLLARS PAY to protect him.