Vowing `different tone,’ Nixon announces state takeover of Ferguson security
“What’s gone on here over the last few days is not what Missouri’s about, it’s not what Ferguson’s about,” said Nixon, referring to imagery of body-armored police, tear gas, automatic weapons pointed at unarmed civilians and questionable arrests.
No, what it’s about is what needs to be done to put the kibosh on riots.
Lost in all the cynical manufactured hoopla of the last 24 hours is that the cops have been winning the actual battles, but they’re losing the PR war. Sounds like Vietnam.
“[It's] a Missouri community, but lately it’s looked a little bit more like a war zone, and that’s unacceptable,” Nixon said.
Bell curve demographics, war zone. Maybe a link there?
He said state troopers will employ “more peaceful interaction on the front with the force on the back.”
“I think you’ll see a little different picture,” he said.
The new face of security in the racially tense conflict will Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, a regional native who is African-American. Appearing with Nixon at a north county news conference, Johnson said his command will employ “a different approach.”
As in treat the proto-rioters with kid gloves so they start rioting and looting again, so the civil rights industry can get its hustle on.
Among criticism coming from around the nation is that Ferguson protesters are being confronted with police weapons and vehicles that look like they belong on a battlefield rather than a suburban street.
Like I said earlier, there’s a time and place to discuss the ethics of militarized police, but not now. Really, this current talk of “militarized police” (and in the case of the agencies that have done their best to keep things at bay, “militarized” simply means some 5.62 rifles and .45 pistols that the Pentagon gave them for free) is a combination of liberal and right-libertarian ideological hay-making and a big media “LOOK SQUIRREL” to distract people from racial realities.
That growing narrative was spurred on further by the brief arrests of two national journalists Wednesday night in what they allege was unprovoked police aggression.
No, it was because one broke into a boarded up McDonalds to mooch off the free WiFi, and the other, well, I don’t know for sure. But in every case, the cops want the media out of the area before dark so that they can cut off a publicity channel for potential rioters and looters. That and some of these black and leftist bloggers are there to play “gotcha” with the cops.
As state attorney general for 16 years, Nixon alienated black leaders when he tried to end court involvement in St. Louis public schools and phase out the voluntary busing program. While he moved to patch up those relationships when he first ran for governor in 2008, they are still somewhat strained.
Actually, this only happened in Nixon’s first term as AG, 1992-6. Ever since he got the big blowback from black leaders, he’s been scared of them.
Obama said he was briefed Thursday on the situation by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. He criticized the arrest of journalists, said there is no excuse for police use of force against peaceful protesters, and that there is “never an excuse for violence against police or those who would use this as a cover for vandalism or looting.”
That’s kinda rich, coming from the least transparent administration ever, and one that is practically waging a war on non-sycophantic journalists and his political opponents.
In related news, there were rallies at both Ground Zero in Ferguson and on the Arch Grounds. You know, these white people who are putting their hands in the air are really starting to bother the piss out of me. It’s like they’re really not there for a cause, it’s just a new hipster fad, a new Twitter hashtag. A way to display faux moral superiority.
And it’s not just in St. Louis, there were a bunch of these all over the country where the hipster dweebs were putting their hands up in the air. Wave ‘em like they just don’t care. Get ready to see selfie hands-up pics all over social media for the next few months.