Ferguson police and St. Louis County police are responding to both peaceful protest and to some looting with tear gas, SWAT teams and armored vehicles. Police have in some cases directed members of the media to leave the scene of the demonstrations.
I understand frustration with the police that many people in Ferguson and St. Louis County maintain, and the great concern over the shooting of Mr. Brown.
It seems sometimes that police can get away with anything.
Protests and demonstrations are a reasonable and fully legal response to allegations of police violence.
Above is a picture from the Ferguson protests. Many of the demonstrators have been holding their arms up and calling out "don't shoot" to the heavily armed militarized police.
It is good, and not at all surprising, that most of the protests in Ferguson have been peaceful.
Our militarized police and our many fellow citizens who worship guns and who are moved by anger and hatred of people who are different, want nothing more than acts of violence to use a reason to respond with brutality and repression.
Violence will be met with severe measures and the stockpiling of even bigger weapons that will further erode civil liberties and basic freedoms for all Americans.
The corporations who supply the big weapons do well from militarized police.
The citizen response to violations of civil rights and basic liberty must be disciplined and creative.
Smart, persistent and calm action and response is needed if everyday peaceful-minded people are going to successfully fight back against the violence/surveillance culture of modern day policing and the government/private sector collusion against our civil liberties.
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