Sunday, August 17, 2014

Why isn't the Tea Party sending a militia to Ferguson?

 
 Protests were organised in the US town of Ferguson, Mo after the police shooting of Michael Brown. [AP]

Al Jazeera

On August 5, a man named John Crawford was playing with a toy rifle in an Ohio Wal-Mart. Someone called 911, and police showed up and shot him in the chest. He died.

On August 9, a man named Michael Brown was walking in the street in Ferguson, Missouri, when a police officer stopped him. According to the friend that was with him, Brown put his hands up to show that he was unarmed. The officer shot him in the back. Brown's body was left in the street for hours before being removed.

Since then, the incident in Ferguson has overshadowed the Ohio Wal-Mart shooting. Protesters have been gathering, and demanding answers from the police, who have become increasingly skittish and violent. Journalists are being told to turn off their cameras, local residents are getting tear gassed. 

Nobody knows exactly what happened, but whatever the facts may be, things certainly look bad now. To most Americans, this is the stuff of horror films: A sleepy rural town being terrorised by an advanced military.
All of this then, begs the question: Where is the National Rifle Association (NRA), and where is the Tea Party?

Ohio, after all, is an open-carry state, which means that people are allowed to carry guns wherever they choose. This is a right flaunted often by white gun activists, who like to take assault rifles to shopping malls. So why isn't the NRA making noise about John Crawford?

And police firing into crowds of protestors, blocking media access, and enforcing a 9 pm curfew in a residential area: Isn't this the big-government tyranny that the Tea Party has been talking about since its inception? Why aren't they sending a militia to Ferguson?
 
The answer to these questions is simple, of course: Both John Crawford and Michael Brown were black.

15 comments:

  1. Because the Oathbreakers, zero Percenters and unconstitutional sheriffs of America agree 100%with using the power of government to oppress and kill blacks and browns! just like all conservatives.

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    1. That's the point of the article and I think it has merit.

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  2. Don't you get it Mike these are the Black Tea Baggers, they aren't laying down allowing the man free reign, butchering one of their own.... The comit acts of civil disobedience and theft and destruction of property, because they are just a bunch of ignorant hillbillies, that is all you find in the south right.

    They fight the gpod fight against the man, keep it up my teabagging patriots.

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  3. "They fight the gpod fight against the man"

    OMG you sound like a bad 1970's B flick laughable movie.

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  4. Speaking of funny.... Chris Rock has some advise for all those tea partiers of color.....


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj0mtxXEGE8

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    1. I posted that one - it's really funny.

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  5. And as an afterthought, try not burning down your own damn neighborhoods ya friggin idiots.....

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  6. The fact that the Tea Party and the members of the 'patriot militia' have not shown up is not a surprise. I for one can not remember an incident of any 'patriot militia' ever actually fighting to protect anyone's freedoms. It is a sad tale.

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    1. But they are all for, "They fight the gpod fight against the man" so where are they? No ideological back up for fellow believers? Are you sure idiot was the word you wanted to use? Maybe it was just another misspelling.

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  7. I wonder what will happen if this story is true and it turns out the officer was justified in shooting Mr. Brown,

    "Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries including a bone fracture near one eye and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told FoxNews.com."

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/20/missouri-cop-was-badly-beaten-before-shooting-michael-brown-says-source/


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    1. I thought that bone fracture in the face was debunked.

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    2. It was debunked. The police released their report and it's lacking in such detail as to be withholding facts. Certainly the report would have included a fact that the cop had his eye socket busted.

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    3. Its hard to say. There isn't much reliable information coming through official sources, so the media outlets seem to be obligated to make stuff up.

      "Now, CNN’s Don Lemon has reported that Wilson did not, in fact, have a broken eye socket, but was treated at the hospital for swelling around his face and eyes. Lemon has not revealed the source of the information, citing instead “a source close to the investigation,” which, frankly, is just as shady as the opposing rumors."

      http://www.salon.com/2014/08/21/cnn_refutes_claim_that_officer_darren_wilson_had_a_fractured_eye_socket/

      So both the original claim AND the claim debunking the first claim cant be verified.

      "Magee said that prosecutors have not received any medical records relating to Wilson so far. ​But he said that since Wilson was taken to the hospital, they assume there are medical records and they just haven’t received them yet.
      A family friend of Wilson’s told The Washington Post that Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket. Ferguson police have said that Wilson’s face was injured and he needed medical treatment, but they did not go into any detail. On Wednesday night, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III told Fox News that he could not confirm reports that Wilson suffered a fractured eye bone."

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/08/21/prosecutors-have-not-spoken-to-darren-wilson-yet/

      My regional paper is also starting to discuss the possibility of Officer Wilson being exonerated by the grand jury. So the possibility of further civil unrest is quite possible. The first round was mostly the result of lack of information, and the second round might be the product in the evidence not satisfying their expectations.

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    4. Why are the police not reporting the facts? The police in other cases around the country are also not reporting the facts. That's disturbing, it's information the public has a right to. The twop page police report on the Brown shooting in MO> gives no facts on the shooting at all. That's either incompetence, or a cover up.

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    5. It's not hard for the police to say. Either he had his eye socket busted, or not. And if he did it should have been part of the report, which it was not.

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