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Ferguson — This is What A Police State Looks Like: Governor of Missouri Declares 'State of Emergency' — Before the Verdict or Unrest

Almost all of the urban rebellions during the last century were sparked by police brutality.—Ronald David Jackson

Sometimes the Past Becomes the Future
Photos from across the United States during the 'Long Hot Summer' (1967).
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Photos from across the United States during the 'Long Hot Summer' (1967).

By Scott Malone
Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency on Monday and authorized the state's National Guard to support police in case of violence after a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager.

"As part of our ongoing efforts to plan and be prepared for any contingency, it is necessary to have these resources in place in advance of any announcement of the grand jury’s decision," Governor Jay Nixon said in a statement. The order also puts the St. Louis County Police Department, rather than police in Ferguson, Missouri, in charge of policing protests.

Residents of Ferguson, which saw weeks of sometimes violent protests following the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, are braced for the possibility of more unrest, particularly if the grand jury decides not to criminally charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

The past two days have seen protests around the area in anticipation of the grand jury's report. Several dozen demonstrators took to the streets on Monday in Clayton, Missouri, where a grand jury is meeting.

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1 comment:

scott dough said...

well, my hope is that all this buildup results in an anticlimactic outcome -- meaning, the calls for the National Guard and the accompanying sabre-rattling end up being excessive and unnecessary, and that the violence/vandalism -- if it has to happen at all -- is minimal and the byproduct of a few knuckleheads (kinda like last time though i wouldn't assess the property damage that occurred as minimal.)

Scott Dough

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