One day, people will look on the events of Ferguson in roughly August - December 2014 and wonder why decent people ever put up with a population who sided with a strong-armed robbing, police attacking thug and continued to believe magically Republicans would ever stand up the insanity of the Department of Justice. [Federal investigators discuss Ferguson investigation, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9-24-14]:
U.S. Department of Justice officials promised a frustrated group of Ferguson residents Wednesday night that the federal government will take seriously their allegations of racial profiling and brutality at the hands of north St. Louis County law enforcement.
More than 300 people packed into a meeting room at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley for an update on the federal civil rights investigation Attorney General Eric Holder announced this month in the wake of the fatal shooting Aug. 9 of Michael Brown by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.
Holder said the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will investigate whether Ferguson police have engaged in a pattern of civil rights violations.
Christy Lopez, a Justice Department deputy counsel, reiterated that point Wednesday in front of a mostly calm crowd.
The point of the meeting was to give an update on the Justice Department’s investigation and give residents a chance to share their stories with federal investigators in one-on-one sessions.
“We are here to address patterns or practices of police misconduct,” Lopez said. She said investigators are looking at “whether people’s constitutional rights are being violated on a regular basis.”
Much to the frustration of many in the audience, Lopez did not say much about whether the Justice Department was looking specifically into potential misconduct by Wilson.
“We cannot promise a federal indictment, but we can promise a federal investigation,” she said.
That wasn’t good enough for many people in the crowd.
Jammian Weaver, 35, of the Spanish Lake area, left before the one-on-one sessions.
Weaver, who said police roughed him up as a teenager when he was walking home from work, said he was skeptical of the Justice Department.
“I got no satisfaction tonight,” he said. “I wanted to hear answers, and I didn’t get that.”
Bobby Johnson, 24, of University City, said he was hoping to hear more of what might happen to Wilson.
“If that was me that shot somebody who is unarmed, I’d be arrested on capital murder right away,” Johnson said. “I want to know why police get special protection.”“We cannot promise a federal indictment, but we can promise a federal investigation..”
A federal investigation into what? Perhaps... why K-Mart is closing its store in 67 percent black Ferguson (obviously, a crushing blow to the civil rights of black people to mandate a business be forced to stay in open in an area where the preferred method of payment is EBT/Food Stamps). [Kmart to close store near Florissant, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9-25-14]:
The Kmart store near Florissant will close as part of what the retailer said Thursday is its latest effort to cut costs by shutting down underperforming stores.
A liquidation sale will begin Sunday and the store, located at 2855 Dunn Road, will close in early December, Howard Riefs, a company spokesman, said in a statement.
About 100 employees, most hourly or part-time workers, are affected.
The store is just off West Florissant Avenue, about 2 miles north of the QuikTrip store that looters ransacked and burned after a Ferguson police officer shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9.
The store is within an 868.5-acre commercial and residential area Ferguson is proposing to annex. The Ferguson City Council approved the proposal in June, then submitted it to the St. Louis County Boundary Commission for consideration. If supported by the commission, the proposal would be submitted for approval by Ferguson voters and voters in the annexation area, which is north of Interstate 270.
Riefs said in an email that Kmart’s decision to close the Florissant store was “unrelated to any local events.”
“The store was underperforming,” he said.
The store opened in October 1998 in what had been a Venture store.
No other Kmart stores in the St. Louis area, Southern Illinois or the rest of Missouri are facing immediate closure, the company said. Earlier this year, Kmart announced closure of its stores in Collinsville and Ellisville.A publicly-held corporation should never be allowed to make a rational business decision and close the doors of a store failing to make a profit, if such a closing negatively impacts the black community (never mind the black community was the source of the store being in the financial red... instead of the financial black).
So... when will a federal investigation by the Department of Justice be launched into the pattern of businesses shuttering their doors in communities no longer reflecting the one they were originally intending to serve (recall, Ferguson was roughly 45 - 50 percent white in 1998)?