With the National Guard called in to protect key government buildings and important (tax-revenue producing) shopping centers in downtown St. Louis, the troubles in a suburb with roughly 21,000 people threaten to destabilize the entire metropolitan region.
|The families of the Ferguson Police Department (94.6 percent of whose officers are white) are in hiding...|
But of course, when 60 percent of the black population (as of 2009) in the city of St. Louis and 38 percent of the black population in St. Louis County are on EBT/Food Stamps, the reality of how stable the region was before the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson encounter immediately comes into question.
With the black occupation (what some call the "Justice for Mike Brown" movement) of Ferguson now at Day 104 - how "peaceful" this insurrection can be deemed is questionable, since most of the businesses along West Florissant Avenue are all boarded up, save the owners of Ferguson Burger Bar who have, "put... faith in God for nothing to happen" - the one question on unfortunately few people's minds is how the families of the almost entirely white Ferguson Police Department are coping.
Considering their loved ones put on the FPD uniform every day to patrol a city under siege by a movement despising the fact they even exist - an FPD who have been forced by the Department of Justice to remove "I am Darren Wilson" bracelets, lest they want to foster an 'us vs. them' mentality - it should be obvious they too are under duress. [A police wife fears for family, fights for department, Fox2Now.com, 11-19-14]:
Wives and children of many police officers are in virtual hiding, as some face assault and death threats.
Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes talked with the wife of a Ferguson officer who said she`s not leaving town, because she fears people aren`t hearing the whole truth about her husband`s Department.
During the spring of 2014, the City of Ferguson commissioned a study to find out what residents thought about City services, including the Ferguson Police Department. It’s data that some fear could be met with threats of violence, at a time when police families are already telling their sons and daughters, ‘Don`t tell anyone you’re the child of a police officer.’
The police wife said, ‘We don`t have answers for them’ as she broke down. Then she continued, ‘It`s very frightening. Most people who have a family member who`s a police officer are very proud of what they do.’
She remains proud, in hiding. We protected her identity for her safety. She continued, ‘This is real and people actually do know how to find us and they do want to harm us.’
She’s received many strange calls, including this message, just before I met her, (Unknown caller) ‘Would you rather hear me coming out, coming out and robbing your house? And it would be like, it’d just be like silence man, you couldn’t hear nothing.”
She talked about looking over her shoulder, ‘Did they follow me here? Did I do a good enough job after work today of taking different routes, on my way home. Just letting my younger daughter leave the house…’
She says some families are leaving town. She says she`s decided to stay for Ferguson Police officers, but also for Ferguson residents, who ranked the police department as one of the best city services.
It’s in a survey no one’s talked about, headed by a Professor at University of Missouri-St. Louis. It’s from May of 2014, before any unrest, when the City of Ferguson wanted to know what residents thought about annexing an area north of 270.
Researchers asked registered voters and 61% of them said they believed Ferguson was “moving in the right direction.” Then citizens ranked city services, putting police third after the fire department and trash service (above six other departments like “code enforcement” and “streets,” at the bottom).
When you break it down by ward, even the area surrounding Canfield where Michael Brown died, 69% of those residents rated Ferguson Police good or excellent. Only 4% scored Ferguson police as poor.
The police wife fears the public is not hearing everything. When people complained about militarization of police, she said it wasn’t Ferguson police with the heavy gear. She said, ‘They didn`t have the equipment they needed.’ Not even helmets, until families pooled their money to buy them.
Now she wonders if the Department of Justice also only hears those screaming loudest. She added, ‘Well, it appears the DOJ made up their mind before they ever got started.’ She continued, ‘I`m very worried about what`s going to happen to the citizens and what`s going to happen to the businesses and what`s going to happen to the police officers. This is a good community with a long history and they love their community.’There can be no doubt the Department of Justice's Community Relations Services, with 'mediators' in the city of Ferguson for most of the occupation, have decided from day one Darren Wilson deprived Michael Brown of this right to exist while being black.
Such is one of the highest, most noble rights in all of America.
Though this right is not enjoyed by one of the few black officers on the FPD, Sgt. Harry Dilworth. In a featured piece at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, this officer found out his loyalty to the blue of the Ferguson Police Department meant being seen as an Uncle Tom to those black insurrectionists attempting to exert control over the city:
Dilworth, 45, wishes he could retire, but he feels a draw to stay in the community he has served for 21 years.
Even on ordinary calls for service, some taunt him with the “hands up, don’t shoot’” gesture widely adopted by protesters.
“You can only take so much of this,” Dilworth said, taking a reporter with him Wednesday to patrol the 6.2-square-mile city.
Dilworth had been at Fort Leonard Wood fulfilling his duties as an Army reservist the day of the shooting. He said his wife wishes he were back in Iraq or Afghanistan.
“She thinks I would be safer there,” he said.
‘IT’S DIFFERENT NOW’
Dilworth is the only black supervisor and one of four African-American officers on a force of 53 in a community where two-thirds of the 21,000 residents are black.His teeth clenched as he drove past a protester holding a sign that read “Stop Killing Us.”
He questioned why protesters don’t hold such signs at the scenes of murders, such as the recent killing in St. Louis of Donnie White. Dilworth said he knew White, who was on the way home from work when he got caught in crossfire between suspected black gangs.
“We are not killing you; you are killing yourselves,” he said, his voice rising inside his police SUV. “This is a systematic problem that’s been going on for years. I want to tell them to wake up! And look at exactly what the problem really is! Look at the statistics. The number of officer-involved shootings is relatively low. I stand a better chance of being killed by you.”His wife thinks he, as black police officer in Ferguson, would be safer back in the war zone of Iraq or Afghanistan.
How do you think the wives and family members of white police officers in Ferguson feel?
Oh wait, they are in hiding...
The war goes on, with the truth of what happened on August 9th obfuscated by the powerful racial animosity of the black rabble toward whites (or anything deemed defending so-called 'white supremacy', such as the police) who hold Ferguson and all of metropolitan St. Louis hostage.