|Tragedy? No. Farce...|
–Few details have been released but police are confirming a male subject was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer.
St Louis County Police Officer Brian Schellman says the situation was tense for a while. A large group gathered and confronted police with obscenities and chants of “kill the police”. Several times-gunshots could be heard. Police remain on the scene.
St. Louis County Police have taken over the investigation and say details will be released later.
Ferguson, MO (KMOX) Officers from several agencies responded to the Canfield Green apartment complex in the 2900 block of Canfield Drive in Ferguson this (Saturday) afternoon following reports of a disturbance in the street there.
St. Louis County Police Officer Brian Schellman tells KMOX when County Police arrived at the scene, officers were confronted by a large crowd, some of them armed.Wait... the black crowd gathering immediately following the shooting of Michael Brown not only chanted "kill the police" but gunshots were heard?
Was this ever investigated?
Was anyone arrested?
What are the odds those guns were even purchased through legal channels?
This was on August 9, days before the looting began and the subsequent (much-maligned) attempt by the almost all-white police force in Ferguson to restore order to a city quickly descending into the anarchy and chaos of amplified spontaneous blackness.
Officers shot at by participants in the black insurrection (what some still incorrectly label a peaceful protest for justice), and you wonder who has the monopoly on violence in America?
It's not the police, whose members know one wrong encounter with a black male suspect and they could be the next Officer Darren Wilson; it's the black population, whose showed in Ferguson they can gather near a crime-scene and shout "kill the police" and then fire volley after volley of gunfire in the direction of police and never expecting any reprisal save the lobbing over of tear gas...
And what did the "Tragedy of Ferguson" cost the taxpayer (the people who supply the revenue to pay for a police force that has lost the monopoly on violence to black insurrectionaries) in Ferguson and St. Louis County? Try $100,000 a day from August 10 - 18. [Bills for extra law enforcement for Ferguson coming due, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8-28-14]:
St. Louis County so far has spent about $1 million in police overtime responding to Ferguson, Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls said. That amount includes about $100,000 a day for the first nine days after the shooting.
He said the county incurred many other expenses, most of which were still being tallied, for food, equipment, streets work, fuel costs and other emergency services.“All this workforce out there had to be fed,” he said. “We used up all of our tear gas and pepper spray.”
He said county police experienced equipment losses, and he expects workers’ compensation claims from officers injured during the rioting.
Earls said the county and other municipalities hope the state will defray at least some of their costs.
“If this was a storm, the FEMA folks would have shown up already,” he said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “We are searching for the FEMA equivalent (regarding) civil unrest. We’re certainly going to ask the state for that.”
In addition, the county plans to spend up to $1 million to provide support to residents who need help because of the unrest, looting and vandalism in Ferguson and neighboring communities.
That money will be used to help fund and staff a drop-in center for residents in Ferguson, Dellwood and Jennings at the Dellwood Recreation Center, officials have said. The county will work with nonprofit agencies to provide staffing as well as transportation for residents to the center; advice on how to get utility assistance; legal assistance; counseling; and other services. Other aid will include help removing debris left by protesters.
“The residents there need a break, and any support we can provide to help the community heal and get back on its feet should be provided, ” County Executive Charlie Dooley said last week. “It’s the humane thing to do.”
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Wednesday that his department spent $740,849 for additional manpower and overtime of officers working 12-hour shifts in Ferguson. He said his department spent an additional $161,783 on equipment such as gas masks and shields for officers.But it wasn't a storm that hit Ferguson; it was a black insurrection, whose excuse for forming wasn't a change in temperature or atmospheric pressure, but merely a white police officer daring to protect himself from being maimed or even murdered by Michael Brown.
Ferguson will never, ever recover.
But the lesson of Ferguson is one few have dared even try to comprehend: the fault-lines within the already failed American experiment are far more volatile than the San Andreas Fault; the racial divisions are irreparable (just spend a few minutes reading the hysterical essays being published at Newsone.com), forces of nature as immutable as the huge continental plates slowly shifting under our feet.
Just as an earthquake can't be prevented from occurring, conversely, one can prepare for it's occurrence.
The tragedy of Ferguson is, in the end, a farce: just as the bulk of blacks voted for Barack Obama because he's a (nominally) black man, the bulk of blacks support the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" movement and will only believe justice for Michael Brown happens when Darren Wilson is arrested and thrown into jail.
One wrong encounter by a white police officer with a member of the perpetually aggrieved black community in a city such as Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, or Indianapolis would instantly trigger another Ferguson.
A political system where these types of events are programmed into the proverbial software is one that can't be fixed with a patch; it's flawed and beyond salvation.
That the Ferguson black insurrection was geographically situated in America's heartland is a reminder of just how terminal the whole situation is, and why, no matter what concessions are made to the rioters/protestors/looters, it won't prevent the next black seismic event.