Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Quote of the Day — Ferguson P.D. (Nov. 24, 2014)

Heard in the live video feed from Ferguson, Missouri, following the announcement of "no true bill" (i.e., no indictment) on any charges against Officer Darren Wilson. I'm calling it the Quote of the Day simply because it's the one sound byte from last night that's still playing in my head:
Stop trying to turn over the police vehicle immediately!
Everyone in our house stopped what they were doing and looked at each other, as if to say, "Did we really just hear that?"

Yes, yes we did. It was no joke:

Protesters in Ferguson trying to turn over a St. Louis County police vehicle
(source: New York Times)

However, the crowd did NOT succeed in turning over the vehicle. So naturally, they did the next best thing:

St. Louis County police vehicle in flames
(source: New York Times)

I believe that is the same car.

In all seriousness, I have to hand it to the police officers who had to be out during all this. From everything I've heard and seen, they only used smoke and tear gas. There were gun shots — St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says he personally heard about 150 shots — but apparently none were fired by police. If anyone hears different, let me know, but for now: Bravo!

This will likely not be the end of the "disturbances" in the aftermath of Officer Wilson's non-indictment. Protesters previously out for "justice" will now be out for vengeance, whether they use the word or not.

Stay safe out there.

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