Riots in Ferguson, Missouri after police shoot Michael Brown

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    Would anyone like the rioting in Ferguson to stop?
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    Darren Wilson resigns from Ferguson Police Department

    Citing threats of violence, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown Aug. 9, resigned from the police department Saturday.

    Wilson, 28, whom the grand jury declined to indict in connection with the shooting, had been employed by the city's police department for six years.

    In a telephone interview Saturday evening, Wilson said he resigned after the police department told him it had received threats that violence would ensue if he remained an employee.

    "I'm resigning of my own free will," he said. "I'm not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me."

    He said resigning was "the hardest thing I've ever had to do."

    Wilson's resignation, which was expected, comes after private talks between his representatives and the police department. The grand jury announced its decision in the case Monday.

    Wilson's resignation letter reads, in part:

    "I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow. For obvious reasons, I wanted to wait until the grand jury made their decision before I officially made my decision to resign. It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal."

    Wilson, who was paid an annual salary of $45,302, said he has not received a severance package, although he said he may negotiate with the department in hopes of receiving one. He said he's been told he is not the target of any ongoing internal police investigation.

    Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson declined to comment.

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    Charles Wade@akacharleswade 36m 36 minutes ago
    #Ferguson PD tonight. Be there. By 9pm. This resignation is NOT enough. And we're going to let them know. Tonight.

    Charles Wade @akacharleswade · 32m 32 minutes ago
    @CassandraRules: @akacharleswade at least now it will be less charges if someone finds him, since he's no longer an officer.” YAAASSS!!!
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    Police shut down mysterious 'Oath Keepers' guarding rooftops in downtown Ferguson


    ...they are volunteers affiliated with a 35,000-member national organization called Oath Keepers. Yale Law School graduate and libertarian Stewart Rhodes said by telephone from Montana that he founded the group in 2009 to protect constitutional rights, including those of protesters confronted by what he described as overly militarized police.

    Police questioned group members early in the week and allowed them to stay. But Saturday, after media inquiries, St. Louis County police officers ordered the Oath Keepers to leave the rooftops.

    Threatened with arrest for operating without a license, the volunteers argued but eventually left their positions early Saturday, Rhodes said.

    “We are going to go back as protesters,” Rhodes said Saturday afternoon.
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  5. A High Legal Bar

    Given the physical evidence and the high bar to prosecution set by Missouri’s laws on self-defense and justifiable use of force by an officer, obtaining an indictment — let alone a conviction at trial — might still have been unlikely, even under a prosecutor determined to get one.

    The fog of accounts of Mr. Brown’s last moments might have hamstrung any prosecution even further.

    Of the two crucial events during the roughly 90 seconds in which Officer Wilson stopped Mr. Brown and shot him, one is less disputed. Officer Wilson testified, and both bruises and DNA evidence indicate, that Mr. Brown struck him and tried to wrest his gun away early in their encounter. Two shots were fired, and there is general agreement that Mr. Brown, wounded slightly, fled. The officer gave chase on foot, gun drawn. Then Mr. Brown suddenly turned and began moving back toward Officer Wilson.

    What happened next cannot be resolved by analysis of the physical evidence, and the starkly contrasting accounts only underscore the unreliability of memory and perceptions. On the ground, blood splotches indicate that Mr. Brown was shot as he approached Officer Wilson, but kept moving until another volley killed him as he bent forward.
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    "I'm not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me."

    oh my
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    In a long Facebook posting of their own, the parents of Devonte Hart, Sarah and Jennifer Hart, told the story behind the photo. Freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen captured the moment during a Nov. 25 protest in Portland after a grand jury decided against indicting the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed an African-American theft suspect, Michael Brown:
    We hit the streets (Nov. 25) with the intention of spreading love and kindness, and to remind (ALL) people that they matter in this world. ... I noticed Devonte was struggling. Tears. He wouldn't speak. He was inconsolable. My son has a heart of a gold, compassion beyond anything I've ever experienced, yet struggles with living fearlessly when it comes to the police and people that don't understand the complexity of racism that is prevalent in our society. ...
    It was one of the most emotionally charged experiences I've had as a mother. He trembled holding a Free Hugs sign as he bravely stood alone in front of the police barricade. Tears rushing from his eyes and soaking his sweater, he gazed upon them not knowing how they would react. After a while, one of the officers approached him and extended his hand. Their interaction was uncomfortable at first. ... There were generic questions about his favorite subject and what he liked to do in the summer, but the one that mattered hit straight to the heart. He asked Devonte why he was crying. His response about his concerns regarding the level of police brutality towards young black kids was met with an unexpected and seemingly authentic (to Devonte), "Yes. *sigh* I know. I'm sorry. I'm sorry." The officer then asked if he could have one of his hugs.

    The officer was later identified as Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum.
    Barnum said the interaction with Devonte took place at the beginning of the rally. With emotions running high as speakers were addressing the crowd, he noticed a young man with tears in his eyes holding a "Free Hugs" sign among a group of people.

    After talking to Devonte about such things as school, art and life, Barnum said he pointed to the sign and asked, "Do I get one of those?"
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  10. Yes.
    It should have never begun in the first place.
    It should stop.
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    You mean 'it' hasn't stopped yet??
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    This is happening in Portland now:

    Sammy Beach@OccupyDisabled 9m 9 minutes ago
    Police car arrives, announces everyone is under arrest.
    ( @jessehadden live at )

    taylor hatmaker@tayhatmaker 4m 4 minutes ago
    Portland police are staging a mass arrest for #Ferguson protesters, even those on sidewalk. No reason whatsoever, total power gesture #PDX

    Andrew Westmoreland@drewwest_press 3m 3 minutes ago
    #Portland #Ferguson protestors very angry, yelling at police as they box them in making mass arrests.

    Cleosbaby64@Cleosbaby64 2m 2 minutes ago
    Think you don't live in a #PoliceState? LOOK: #Portand #Ferguson #MikeBrown protest.

    Andrew Westmoreland@drewwest_press 1m 1 minute ago
    Police commanding #Portland protestors INTO the streets so they can be arrested. #FergusonAction #Ferguson #MikeBrown
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    Ferguson Protesters Take Lead in TIME’s Person of the Year Poll

    Ferguson protestors have gained the lead in TIME’s Person of the Year poll, with seven days to go in the voting.

    Unrest in Ferguson and around the country focused attention on race and policing, helping to lift Ferguson protestors into first place in the TIME reader poll with 10.7% of the vote. Thousands of demonstrators marched in solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was shot by the police, disrupting Black Friday shopping in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Seattle and other cities.

    Protests cropped up all across the United States in the wake of a grand jury’s decision in Ferguson Monday not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot Brown.

    Narendra Modi, the newly elected Indian prime minister, stands at 10% in the polls. As the leader of the largest democracy in the world, Modi has raised high hopes among Indians that he can invigorate the country’s economy and cut bureaucratic red tape that has slowed development in India.
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    The People's Library@OWSLibrary 11h 11 hours ago
    In Portland, the police tweet hugs, and then attack peaceful protestors with concussion grenades. PR vs. Reality #PDX


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    About the Prosecutor for the case, why are we interested in harassing him?
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  20. Why?
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  21. Wanna go to jail?
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    Because some of us were in the crowd.
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    Teenage suspects in custody after man killed with hammer in South St. Louis

    Zemir Begic, 32, was found unconscious with apparent injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth in the 4200 block of Itaska at 1:15 a.m. Police say Begic was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

    According to police, Begic was in his vehicle when “several juveniles” approached his car and began damaging it. When Begic exited his vehicle the teenagers yelled and struck him with hammers.

    Following the assault, the teenagers fled the scene on foot. A 15 and 16-year-old were located a short time later and placed in the custody of juvenile authorities.

    Zemir Begic was from Bosnia. His brother is on Twitter: Begic
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  26. Let them go, they are just children. The cops will shoot them in the head as soon as the get the chance!
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    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    Just arrived at the #LAPD prayer service at 52nd and Central in #SouthLA - Interesting.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    At #LAPD inter-faith prayer service attendees will pray for peace and calm from #LA2Ferguson protesters.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    In the house tonight is Councilmember @CurrenDPriceJr and #LAPD #SouthLA Comm. Bill Scott at inter-faith prayer service.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    So this is part Christmas service part #LAPD inter-faith prayer service.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    They've arrived! #LA2Ferguson protesters crash #LAPD inter-faith prayer / Christmas service.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    #LA2Ferguson protesters sit in pews at church with signs facing pastor and choir on police brutality.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    Ooh it's about to go down up in here!

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    More #LA2Ferguson protesters just arrived with musical instruments.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    It's gets a little tricky trying to interrupt a service in a Black church. This could be a problem.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    Ooh the pastor does not look pleased!

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    ...with the protesters that is.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    He just pulled one outside!

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    Hmmm I think the protesters are being asked to leave. Let me go be nosy. BRB.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    Pastor explaining to protesters what this event is about.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    Okay folks, the protesters aren't leaving and the Christmas songs are still being sung to a captive audience.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 2h 2 hours ago
    The #LAPD is here as well and at some point will speak. Councilmember Curren Price is here too. Second row, I think.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 1h 1 hour ago
    It's peaceful protesting that I am observing. Folks letting their signs do the talking. That's probably best, again this is a Black church.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 1h 1 hour ago
    These a Black church folk don't know what to do about these anti-police brutality protesters. The look on their faces is classic.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 1h 1 hour ago
    Ooohhhh it's time for the Black choir to sing. It's about to be on.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 1h 1 hour ago
    Black choir now singing facing signs from protesters about how the #LAPD kills #Black people. Awkward.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 1h 1 hour ago
    Just arrived...


    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 1h 1 hour ago
    Now if they get a room full of folks wearing #GuyFawkes masks I do believe these church folk are going to have a heart attack.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 1h 1 hour ago
    There's been no mention of the #LAPD or anti-police protesters since this event started at 5 pm Pacific Standard Time. It's now 6:20 pm.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 53m 53 minutes ago
    Protesters started yelling #BlackLivesMatter at choir.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 54m 54 minutes ago
    And they're still yelling.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 54m 54 minutes ago
    Protesters vs. Black choir.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 48m 48 minutes ago
    Protesters were called out from pulpit as disrespecting God's house.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 47m 47 minutes ago
    "Jesus is the reason for the season."

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 46m 46 minutes ago
    I expect after pastor shout outs we might, might, be hearing from #LAPD.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 46m 46 minutes ago
    #LAPD just got booed.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 40m 40 minutes ago
    Protesters took it there...

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 39m 39 minutes ago
    Never in my life have I heard 'fuck the police' yelled in a black church.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 33m 33 minutes ago
    Well folks, after the pastor eluded to the #LA2Ferguson protesters as being the devil, it was on and poppin' after that.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 30m 30 minutes ago
    I think the protesters feel that wherever the #LAPD goes in the community they shall follow. Church, park, etc. Nothing is off limits.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 29m 29 minutes ago
    So here's where you can catch it on the news: @NBCLA @KateNBCLA @ABC7 @KTLA were all there.

    Claudia Peschiutta @ReporterClaudia · 19m 19 minutes ago
    @jasmyne So was @KNX1070 ;)

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 29m 29 minutes ago
    And of course yours truly, who has some video coming shortly for you.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 5m 5 minutes ago
    #LA2Ferguson protesters let the church folk have it for hosting #LAPD inter-faith prayer service inter-faith prayer service in #SouthLA.

    Jasmyne Cannick @jasmyne · 44s 44 seconds ago
    Pics from church service.


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  33. meep meep Member

    Oh god that poor innocent child. What a shitstorm it's papa caused. They better change their last name so that poor baby can have a decent life.
    Rlly feeling it for the poor children, esp including the poor kid Darren shot. And now this new kid will grow up thinking it was justified.
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    Things found in St. Louis Cop Talk
    Don't use this realtor! She is part of Ferguson protests!

    Don't send your kids to this school and tell everyone else to use other schools!

    Because this

    And this
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    Bosnian community in St. Louis outraged over fatal hammer attack in Bevo Mill neighborhood

    Charles Jaco @charlesjaco1 · 19m 19 minutes ago
    Speculation among RW on social media is that perps who killed Bosnian are Black. We don't know. If they are, a fresh race narrative launches.

    Charles Jaco @charlesjaco1 · 11m 11 minutes ago
    Young (Black?) criminals. Hammers. Hardworking immigrant who survived genocide. Plus, race aside, a hideous story confirming St. Louis dangerous.

    Charles Jaco @charlesjaco1 · 10m 10 minutes ago
    Combine all of it - Ferguson, white racism, the Grand Jury, etc. plus St. Louis danger, people shot and stabbed and hammered to death, and you get economic disaster.

    Charles Jaco @charlesjaco1 · 8m 8 minutes ago
    What's this do to biz moving here? Start-ups launching here? Jobs? Recession cost Metro St. Louis 30k-40k jobs. Now start economic death spiral?
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  37. Dear The Wrong Guy,
    Please stop re-posting stupid twitter and other assorted social media ignorant rants.
    It is stupid to spread more ignorance.
    Thank You.
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