Rapper Tef Poe, noting that he “didn’t even want to be on this call,” said, “We grieve for the victims of all forms of violence.”
Poe then quickly added that when people meet with a “measure of violence, they respond in kind.
“Let’s face it, the police didn’t come out to West Florissant to hand out Teddy Bears.” he said.
No, they came to prevent another riot. Which is what happened the last time that many protesters gathered close to Ferguson City Hall, back in November.
Later in the press conference, when asked what impact on the movement the shootings would have, Simmons called them “horrific.”
“There’s no easy way to brush it off” that it may hurt the momentum. “But we will move forward.”
Blackmon called them “extremely unfortunate, that I am trying hard not to be suspicious of it.”
When asked to be more specific about her suspicions, Blackmon said, “I don’t mean that I have any group or person in mind. I’m suspicious of the timing, that it was just a random act and not (something done) to derail us from our goals.”
After the press conference in a separate telephone conversation, Blackmon said her “suspicious” remarks were not aimed at police or their supporters, or protesters and theirs, but merely that she believes the shootings were “calculated.”
“I’m not casting aspersion on a person or a group of people; I’m saying I don’t know who did it,” Blackmon said. “I’m just saying that this was not spur-of-the-moment. I don’t think the timing of this was random. That’s just my sense.”
What she, that being Traci Blackmon, pastor of Christ the King UCC in Florissant, (UCC, that figures), is hinting around, is what a lot of black militants have been saying all day on social media: That the cops shot these cops as a false flag to make the Ferguson protest movement look bad.