Michael Brown Memorial Burns. Ferguson Next?

When Ferguson, MO police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, the town erupted into violence. Law enforcement’s response to protesters and looters triggered a debate about police tactics and militarization. Race hustlers moved in. News commentators commented. And then . . . relative calm. The peace shattered last night, after person or persons unknown torched a makeshift memorial to the dead teen. “At least two protesters were arrested and some businesses were damaged Tuesday night,” usatoday.com reports. Reading between the lines at stltoday.com, it seems the cops have learned from their previous mistakes . . .

Windows were smashed at one shop and a fire was believed set at another business during protests in Ferguson Tuesday night.

At least three people were arrested early Wednesday morning as police moved in to break up protesters.

Early Wednesday, after police had blocked off West Florissant Avenue and the entrance to the Canfield Green apartments, shots were heard in the area. No one was reported hit.

Windows were smashed early in the evening at Beauty Town at West Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive, and protesters gathered shortly afterward, reaching as many as 200 about 10:30 p.m.

Police officials, including Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar and St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, went to the scene. The crowd eventually dwindled to about 50 to 75 shortly before midnight. A line of about a dozen police faced the remaining protesters . . .

Some Ferguson police in the area were wearing their new body cameras, but some were not. When asked, some said they had been on duty with their cameras on for as much as 20 hours and the batteries had died.

usatoday.com reports that the cops withdrew from the protestors, putting a parking lot between the two groups. The police’s restraint and improved command and control are all very well and good, but the potential for a full-scale riot remains. Police Officer Darren Wilson has not been charged in the Brown shooting – a sore point for “community activists” who’ve repeatedly and publicly pronounced him guilty of murder.

This ain’t over, and it will not end well.

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  1. avatar El Mac says:

    Pimps and race hustlers to the rescue!

    1. avatar Grumpy F'er says:

      JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL BROWN!!!!

      “The unrest started Tuesday when a beauty supply store was looted and vandalized by several people attempting to haul out a cash register.”

      TTAG poll: in the event of your untimely death by police…which store(s) would you like looted in your memory?

      1. avatar Lurker_Of_Lurkiness says:

        In light of Mda
        Kroger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      2. avatar rhonda stewart says:

        remember brown was said to have been high on weed, maybe similar situation, “Tony Stewart wouldn’t be charged in the death of Kevin Ward Jr.”, ward was determined to have been high on weed too. from usatoday “Toxicology reports revealed Kevin Ward Jr., was under the influence of marijuana on the night he was struck and killed by a sprint car driven by Tony Stewart, Ontario County (N.Y.) District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Wednesday” http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nascar/2014/09/24/kevin-ward-jr-marijuana-toxicology-report-tony-stewart-grand-jury-decision/16160043/

  2. avatar tdiinva says:

    Nothing like experience to help you figure out what the best tactics are. Be assured that a couple of years of relative peace will result in all the lessons learned being unlearned. That is why we used to call the Joint Staff Lessons Learned database the Lessons Relearned database.

  3. avatar Missouri Josh says:

    This is just people acting trashy at this point.

    How about letting the justice system work, huh? Nope, nope. Instead folks would rather protest. Riot. Go toe to toe with city officials and judicial system employees.

    But I’m not condoning the burning of this kid’s memorial, either. I’m sure a nice bunch of “upstanding” folks took flame to that, too. Trash is as trash does.

    I’m telling you right now. This cop’s not gonna get charged and it’s gonna be a damned war zone over here in St Louis. My bug out bags are ready. Lol

    1. avatar SleeStac says:

      There is nothing wrong with the protesting. They have the right to voice their opinion. It is the burning, looting and violence that is the issue.

      I remember reading after the initial violence that one of the main issues is the lack of opportunities in this community. After several nights of burning and looting productive, in some cases locally owned, businesses it isn’t hard to see why entrepreneurs aren’t beating down the door to invest in Ferguson. Who would open a business in a community like this?

      1. avatar Missouri Josh says:

        Who would open a business in Ferguson? Exactly.

        I foresee a new ghetto in St. Louis, FAR surpassing the God-awful reputation of the arch-ghetto of East St. Louis, Illinois.

        Twenty years from now this place will be a war zone. Homes worth $10K. Poor, poor infrastructure. You name it.

        A damned shame.

        1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

          I used to think the same thing: “What a damn shame.”

          After seeing the results of 50 years’ of race grievance politics in Detroit, I now say “Well, that’s what they wanted. So that’s what they got.” Let ’em live in the circumstances they created. The productive people will move away, the race-obsessed grievance industry will have another blighted community to call home and it will continue ever thus.

          At some point, the buildings in the inner core will be burned down and the land will return to farms or woodlands. Just as is happening in Detroit.

  4. avatar PeterC says:

    What the penalty in MO for burning trash without a permit?

    1. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

      wow…that was cold

    2. avatar Missouri Josh says:

      Well now, look at you.

      Aren’t you a sweetheart.

  5. avatar Roll says:

    Sort out the violent rioters, and by sort out I mean arrest them and throw them in county for a month or two.

    1. avatar Missouri Josh says:

      Six month minimum.

  6. avatar rammerjammer says:

    Who wants to bet that memorial candles at the scene lit the rest of the pile on fire?

    1. avatar Frank Masotti says:

      I will not take that bet. I was thinking the same thing. However what I wonder is who will get blamed? The candles or the police?

  7. avatar ThomasR says:

    It’s kind of reversed now; when blacks in the past got “out of line”; the whites would riot, burn down black businesses, attack black people and do some lynching.

    Now when white people get “out of line” blacks will riot, burn down white or Asian businesses and beat up white people, some times beating them to death.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    1. avatar Chadwick P says:

      I suppose but it doesn’t seam that this mob has cared too much about who owns what property. Pointed violence can be useful but random violence makes little sense when you are given the “injustice” reasoning. If they riot and burn for injustice you think they would see the irony of torching the property of innocent people…

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Now when people get “out of line” blacks will riot, burn down their local businesses and beat up people…

      FIFY

  8. avatar former water walker says:

    So the cops should do nothing to avoid looking militaristic or authoritarian? Got it. And does anyone think the burner was looking for an excuse to pillage? I think the race pimps won’t accept anything other than a murder charge for the cop. Even then it won’t help much. Good luck in Missouri…

    1. avatar Roscoe says:

      I was thinking along the same lines; how convenient for the race agitators and hoodlums that the memorial went up in flames, interestingly in our video obsessed culture, without any imaging data as to how.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        Give it a day or so. Idiots love to brag. They can’t help it.

  9. avatar borg says:

    Would open carry rallies by law abiding citizens deter some of these incidents.

    1. avatar Rambeast says:

      Not likely. There is always that one fool that will push a carrier to defend, and all hell would break loose. The MSM will paint it as racist gun nut executes peaceful protester…and the rest is history.

    2. avatar DMZ says:

      Yeah I think there’s hope. Out of control cops wearing jungle camo in a 100% urban jurisdiction would probably think twice about violating some rights if there was a real chance they’d get shot on the spot before their public union could save them.

  10. avatar doesky2 says:

    Most important take-away from that story…….

    …the need to buy spare batteries.

    Make sure cops everywhere are monitored, tracked, and recorded every moment that they are on duty.

  11. avatar Alan Longnecker says:

    Hey Ferguson, keep sh!**ing where you eat, and complain about the taste.

    1. avatar Evan in Dallas says:

      That’s what I was thinking. Regardless of the outcome of the case involving the shooting, don’t the people living in the neighborhood of ferguson step back after breaking and burning property and ever think to themselves that maybe, just maybe this is why we can’t have nice things? I know it’s really the fault of a few, but you would think they would be turned into social pariahs and driven out of town.

      1. avatar El Mac says:

        Welcome to da jungle.

      2. Actually Ferguson isn’t that crazy. Most of the problems have been caused by people who don’t live there. I’d walk down Florissant Road right now, the biggest danger would be the police, not the residents.

      3. avatar Jus Bill says:

        Well they did tell Rev. Al “The Snitch” and Rev. “Chicago Jesse” to stop panhandling and leave town, so there is that.

  12. avatar RT says:

    The town is lost, everyone knows why. It was chickens**t to torch the memorial, but the savages in Ferguson were just looking for an excuse to act criminally.

    1. avatar Missouri Josh says:

      I think you’re on to something there!

  13. avatar BDub says:

    So badly placed votive candle is going to be an excuse for more self-flagellation? great! =/

    1. avatar Amok! says:

      Occam’s razor indeed…….

      But it couldnt be a lit candle burning that stuff down now could it……

  14. avatar IdahoPete says:

    Is it possible that the memorial to the “gentle giant” (cough, cough) was burned as a protest by one of the storeowners he assaulted, or one of the folks who owned a business that was torched in the first “protests”?

    In which case, should we be sympathetic towards THIS set of protesters who use fire to express their feelings?

    I mean, if fire is a legitimate form of protest for one group, why not for another?

  15. Overblown. Look for a little unrest. In watts they burned 100 blocks. Nothing like that is gonna happen.

  16. avatar Ralph says:

    The grand jury is still sifting through facts, and I fully expect that Officer Wilson will be indicted (a finding of probable cause being probable).

    If that’s not enough for the people of Ferguson, then let them burn the town to the ground, and good riddance.

    1. avatar Tom J says:

      Good riddance, huh?

      As someone who lives in Ferguson, I say “Thank you for your support”

    2. avatar Chip Bennett says:

      …nd I fully expect that Officer Wilson will be indicted (a finding of probable cause being probable)

      Out of curiosity: based on what evidence, and indicted of what crime?

      There are very few things known as fact:

      1) Brown assaulted Wilson
      2) Brown attempted to take Wilson’s firearm
      3) Brown fled after the assault
      4) Wilson gave chase
      5) All gun shot wounds on Brown are on his front
      6) Brown approached Wilson after Wilson gave chase, causing Wilson to have to backtrack while shooting

      There are various actual and claimed eye-witness accounts, many of which that have changed materially, that are of varying authenticity (and in some cases, dubious, if not demonstrably false), and with varying corroboration to known physical evidence.

      And finally: there is the fact that Wilson, with the approval of his lawyer, testified before the grand jury – something that would almost certainly not be done if the lawyer believed Wilson had any chance of being indicted.

      1. I think we agree on something. Great minds truely do think alike

  17. avatar Mack Bolan says:

    It was definitely the man! Pouring gas on our shrine to the Giant Thug Mike Brown! We need to riot! It was state sponsored ARSON!

    Because candles and plush toys couldn’t possibly self ignite.

  18. avatar former water walker says:

    The Westside of Chicago NEVER came back from the 1968 riots. It’s not just white & asian store owners being targeted. It’s any business in Ferguson Missouri. How many black folks lost jobs so far? And how many outsider lowlifes are contributing to the criminal behavior?

    1. avatar Jomo says:

      Exactly. I would hazard that not a single ‘white’ business got torched. In recent incidents like the Rodney King riots, most of the damage was done to BLACK/minority property. As one poster put it, they’re crapping where they eat. Growing up in inner city Chicago, I wondered why there were so many burned out buildings in our neighborhood and so few stores and businesses. It was only later that I learned that ‘we’ ie the black community, burned them all up in race-riots. It made me sad to be black.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Don’t be sad. Bad people and fools come in every color.

      2. There weren’t too many businesses damaged and they were diversified black white arab. Most damage done by out of the area people looking to profit from Ferguson’s misfortune.

  19. Folks,just for you I am taking my life in my hands. I have planted my ass on a barstool in Ferguson Mo and am enjoying a very fine crafted oatmeal chocolate stout. Just to give you an on the scene report. I hope to survive long enough to finish this beer and maybe a couple more. S Florissant Road never seemed better. Next maybe I’ll go to W Florissant for some bbq at Reds or some soul food at Sweety Pies. The Horror.

  20. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    Long story, short: people were too stupid to realize the inevitable outcome of putting a bunch of candles in such close proximity to a large assortment of easily flammable items – then when the inevitable happened, they video-recorded it instead of trying to put it out, and then blamed it on the police.

      1. avatar BDub says:

        Now you are just being incendiary?

        1. I’m blaming the alcohol. Sorry Chip.

        2. avatar Geoff PR says:

          Alcohol.

          The cause of, and occasionally answer to, many of life’s problems…

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Apparently some folks down in that part of town haven’t quite figured out how fire works yet, since they are adamant that it had to be arson and not the candles… for no apparent reason.

  21. avatar Ikari says:

    Why do you automatically assume foul play or that “persons” did anything? The “memorial” was a pile of garbage and half-empty liquor bottles, surrounded by lit candles. One could have fallen over.

    First instinct- blame a white man then steal some hair weaves.

  22. avatar ADC USN/Ret says:

    Media & Military just stopped reporting the events. We need lots of boots on the ground giving us updates.

  23. I dunno somethings wrong black people and white people sitting at tables together having a good time. Must be a leftist plot good thing I wrapped my hat in tinfoil.

  24. Ferguson Brewhouse, I also recommend the Imperial IPA

  25. Surely this building will be spared

  26. avatar craig says:

    African American people contribute so much to this country…..

    1. avatar Chip Bennett says:

      Alan Keyes, Alan West, Thomas Sowell, Condoleeza Rice, Mia Love…and those were just the ones that popped into my head in the time it took me to click “reply”.

  27. Letting the rioters loot a store for the third time is an improvement? Is the Second Amendment now about allowing looters to loot?

  28. avatar g boyd says:

    I am pretty sure that all one can do now is Laough at these idiots in Ferguson.
    Come on now, destroying a business in YOUR community because some one
    set something on fire.
    There is no excuse for behavior we continue to see in these mainly one race towns.
    I am still waiting for the asian, the mexican, the polish etc. towns to destroy a business
    in THEIR community.
    So what is it about this one that is SO special.

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