Activist warns: Return of warm weather to St. Louis could mean return of violent protests
A leader of a local community outreach group told a federal civil rights commission at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Monday that warm weather could spark more violent protests over police shootings in this area.
“As St. Louis walks into this next warm season, and it’s right around the corner, we’re not ready for what’s going to come out of our neighborhoods,” said James Clark, vice president of the non-profit organization Better Family Life. “Once this weather breaks there are going to be challenges for the police officers. How the police are going to manage it – my prayers are with them.”
Yes, I’ve been thinking that there’s a chance that ook batteries are being recharged over the winter, and they’ll be charged up enough for the wind-up toys to start running around the streets once it gets warm enough. However, I think the chances of this really happening are slim. This is more of a matter of Better Fambly Life trying to goose some state or Federal contracts or grants to itself using the fear of the second summer as a weapon. Or maybe, BFL has the ability to turn the street jigs on and off just for this very purpose? It certainly thinks it has the ability to turn them off!
Joining Clark on a panel of activists were Charli Cooksey, with the Young Citizen’s Council of St. Louis; J. Alfredo Chavez, with Latinos en Axon St. Louis; David Nehrt-Flores, with Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates; and the Rev. Traci Blackmon, with Christ the King Church in Florissant.
What do Hispanics/Latinos have to do with this hot ghetto mess?
Chavez said that Latinos are the victims of racial profiling more often than statistics would indicate.
The reason, he said, is rooted in the way police tally stops and other encounters with members of his race.
“When they stop you, they don’t put you as Latino or Hispanics. They put you as a white,” Chavez asserted.
That part is true. There’s a reason for that, Pancho Villa. Think it through. It has to do with making “white” crime seem higher than it is.
He also complained that police are quick to deport Latinos after stopping them for minor traffic violations.
“They don’t take us to jail. They deport us. They take us out of here. They don’t care about the separation of families.”
That part, unfortunately, is not so true. If the cop bothers calling ICE, almost 100% of the time, ICE won’t want to hold them. In the rare instances that ICE does put a hold on them, those rarely result in an actual deportation.