Yes, we were given a heads-up earlier this month when the AP published the ‘leaked’ information that the Ferguson PD, state cops, and indeed the DHS (assumedly) nation-wide fusion centers were planning for ‘riots’ if the sham grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson for some degree of murder. The police have pushed and prodded and provoked the good citizens there over a course of 77 days to no avail, but gee, that hasn’t kept the MSM speaking of the Ferguson ‘riots’, has it?
As recently as the last several nights, the Twittersphere has been noting that there were plenty of ‘strangers’ throwing water bottles and such at cops, trying to elicit even stronger police tactics that would rile legitimate peaceful protestors.
From yesterday: ‘Missouri Police Stocking Up on Riot Gear Ahead of Grand Jury’s Decision’, (AP) October 24, 2014, (stlouis.cbslocal)
‘FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri police have been brushing up on constitutional rights and stocking up on riot gear to prepare for a grand jury’s decision about whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old in suburban St. Louis.
The preparations are aimed at avoiding a renewed outbreak of violence during the potentially large demonstrations that could follow an announcement of whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will face a criminal trial for the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown. [snip]
Police are attempting to better document events and handle widespread arrests more efficiently. To ensure it’s at full strength, the state Highway Patrol is limiting trooper vacations around the time of a potential decision, and local police may be put on longer shifts.
After the initial clashes with protesters, the state Highway Patrol purchased more shields and equipment for its officers. St. Louis city police recently spent $325,000 upgrading helmets, sticks and other “civil disobedience equipment,” said Police Chief Sam Dotson.
More than 350 St. Louis officers now have been trained in civil disobedience tactics. St. Louis County police and state troopers also have undergone training, focused largely on ensuring they understand protesters’ constitutional rights.’
What a novel idea for the po-po’s to be helped to ‘understand protestors’ Constitutional rights, eh? It’s true that they backed off their initial mega-military responses to the early protests, but it’s hard not to imagine that the MRAPs and sound-cannons won’t be lurking nearby, just waiting to spring into action at a moment’s notice when the expected non-indictment comes down and folks hit the street. How many agents provocateurs will be taking part? But then, we shouldn’t forget that ‘visiting’ St. Ann Cop Ray Albers was suspended for pointing his assault rifle at citizens and yelling ‘I will fucking kill you!’ So, there is that. And the FPD might just take note of Amnesty International’s recent report on human rights abuses by cops in Ferguson. I will say that the authors of the report evidence far more faith in the DOJ than I can even imagine by now… Oh, yes, and we are so very pleased to know that Eric Holder is ‘exasperated by the leaks’. Pffffft.
Along with the Ferguson Police’s ‘preparations for the riots’, we’re told that the cops and even the Ferguson-Florissant schools will be given one day’s advance warnings. Does that provide any hints to what the GJ will do?
Media whores and leaks
In the category of media whores willingly acting as scribes to the PTB, but even selectively publishing the most damning parts of the recent leaks of Darren Wilson’s alleged testimony in front of the grand jury, it was refreshing as hell to see this editorial at the StlAmerican, ‘Discovery, ethcis, and the killing of Michael Brown, Jr’.; some rather long but very worthy snippets:
‘Like the protest movement associated with the municipality, Ferguson, that employed the police officer who killed Michael Brown Jr., we believe there was sufficient evidence to charge Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson with the murder of this young man. Officer Wilson should have told his side of that story immediately in a detailed police report that should have been made public when the ACLU and other groups requested it through open-records laws. Wilson’s version of the shooting, as documented in the police report he was bound by duty to produce, and all autopsies of the deceased should have been open to public view for two months now, not shrouded in mystery. Or, conversely, they should have been sealed from public scrutiny by a judge, but made available to both sides in an adversarial trial process, where evidence should have been carefully vetted and challenged by both sides in open court, and all witnesses cross-examined by opposing counsel, in open court.
This did not happen, due to the decision of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, which we find suspect, and the political cowardice of Gov. Jay Nixon, which is legendary. In the absence of a fairly adjudicated, orderly and adversarial trial process, we have been thrown open to the tawdry open media marketplace, the ethics of which hit a new low this week. First the New York Times and then the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published versions of Officer Wilson’s testimony that would not have been admissible in court, given that each report was third-party anonymous hearsay. In each case, the reporter claimed to get the testimony from an unnamed person who allegedly heard it from an unnamed official who allegedly heard the testimony from Wilson. In plain terms, if questioned how they know what they are telling us to be true, the reporter’s answer would be, “Wilson told somebody who told somebody who told me.” In our view, this chain of testimony is far too weak for this information to be published or taken seriously – we need to hear from Wilson, not a reporter who listened to somebody who listened to somebody who listened to Wilson.
Everyone from the youngest, hardest protestors on the street to former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch took these anonymous third-party hearsay leak stories as evidence that Officer Wilson will not be charged with murder. The young brother on the street and the former top cop both came to the conclusion that the verdicts are known, by the grand jury and the Department of Justice, and we are now being shown selected pieces of evidence that support the verdict we will later be told. We do not have the privilege of challenging this evidence or cross-examining the witnesses; we only have the word of reporters and editors who themselves did not interview the witness or hold the relevant evidence in their hands. We are left in the dark by irresponsibly unprincipled journalism and denied the light of the adversarial American justice system that should be the envy of the world, if it were only operated according to its principles.’
Many media outlets have been reporting in this FoxNews fashion: ‘Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco who also reviewed the documents, concurred that the autopsy “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun” and that it did not support claims Brown was shot while running away from Wilson, or with his hands up.’ But apparently even Melinek is crying foul about the reporting, saying her remarks had been taken out of context. She even went on MSNBC to explain the differences.
Chris King, the editor of the St. Louis American was also offered the ‘leaked testimony’ he so decried the other media whores having published, but refused to print, as this Breitbart-esque hit piece notes. He was also on MSNBC, and I just found the link again. And this:
As well as moar Negro-farming (h/t ChéPasa):
@chriskingstl · 1h 1 hour ago
“I know how #Ferguson would fund $1M annul. police consent decree – muni courts! Making poor people more miserable, more likely to explode.”
And jezum crow, the Negro-baiting trolls have practically taken over the #Ferguson account. Reading many of them can make one feel unclean, depressed as hell, and in need of a shower… But this is a fave or mine:
Right for the wrong reasons and named players, by my lights.
David Correia had it right days ago:
From KRQE news yesterday: ‘Sources: No federal charges likely for APD Foothills shooters’, moar leaks, anonymous sources!
‘The two Albuquerque police officers who shot homeless camper James Boyd in the back, killing him, during a March 16 standoff in the Sandia foothills likely will not face criminal charges in the federal system, KRQE News 13 has learned.
Although a federal investigation is ongoing, the evidence so far is not enough to get a team of FBI agents, local prosecutors from the U.S. Attorneys Office and lawyers from the Department of Justice over the towering hurdle that stands in front of charging officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez with criminal civil rights violations, according to multiple sources who are familiar with the investigation.
Federal prosecutions in police shooting cases are rare, but not unheard of. They require the stiffest proof: essentially the same standard as deliberate murder.
The team on the ground in Albuquerque does not appear to believe it has the evidence to clear that standard and win the Boyd case in federal court, the sources said. (my bold)
But the Justice Department has not yet made a final determination on whether to pursue charges.
A federal grand jury during the past few months has heard testimony and reviewed evidence in the Boyd shooting case, News 13 has learned. It is unclear whether prosecutors have asked the grand jury to vote on indictments, or whether they intend to.
In the federal system, prosecutors sometimes use grand juries as a vehicle to subpoena witnesses and review evidence, not as the final say in whether charges will be brought.’
Now I was unaware that grand juries could be used just to ‘review evidence’, but please watch the helmet cam video at the link of James Boyd’s assassination if you haven’t already. Can you fault him for pulling out a pocket knife or two to protect himself from the ravages on the German Sheperd k-9? Not to mention that the pour soul was in the process of putting them on the ground when the first shots rang out.
But lest anyone believe that the evidence isn’t there, especially for Killer Kop Keith Sandy, I’d say that first degree murder charges might be in order if outside forensics experts could enhance the recording and find Sandy’s precise words about weapons.
From the Abqjournal, Sept. 29:
‘In the hours before Albuquerque police shot and killed a homeless, mentally ill camper in the Sandia foothills, one of the officers was recorded on a New Mexico State Police officer’s dashboard camera, calling the man a “lunatic” and threatening to shoot him during a conversation about Taser shotguns.
In the recording, APD detective Keith Sandy tells State Police Sgt. Chris Ware that James Boyd was a “f***ing lunatic” and that he was going to shoot him with some type of shotgun. That part of the recording is difficult to make out, even when enhanced, but the remaining portion of the conversation is about Taser shotguns, which are considered less-lethal weapons.
In a supplemental police report released Monday by the Albuquerque Police Department, Ware first told investigators he didn’t remember what Sandy had said but, after listening to the recording, said Sandy was talking about a Taser shotgun, which fires rounds from a longer distance than a hand-held weapon. [snip]
Local civil rights attorney Shannon Kennedy, who is representing Boyd’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and APD, said she thinks Sandy says on the recording that he’s going to shoot Boyd in the penis. She said Ware’s response – “You got less lethal?” – implies Sandy was talking about lethal force. But, she said, no matter the type of weapon, Sandy’s intent was violent.’
A lovely man, dear Officer Sandy.
Zo; is the APD busy ramping up their supplies of riot gear? Protests after James Boyd was murdered were large and dealt with quite militarily. Likely, I’d say. And possibly in Austin, as well, as Killer Kop Charles Kleinert, who was actually indicted on manslaughter charges on May 12, but has had his trial postponed four times already. Legal Eagles suspect they’re trying to arrange a plea deal. Yes, those folks of conscience and justice in Austin are about as dedicated as the folks in ABQ are. The latter have been trying to change the system, but to little avail so far.
But in the sobering words of W.E.B. Dubois:
‘A system cannot fail those who it was never built to protect.’
Tearing down the old one, and rebuilding the system will be a hard task, but we do still try to imagine a better world; at least most days…
p.s. I had thought to bring the recent development on VonDerrit Myer’s private autopsy, but that is all quite complex, a bit beyond me for now, and likely beyond your time for reading. I did stick in some links at the end of the comments in my last post.
(cross-posted at My.FDL.com)