Yes, Ferguson PD. The World Is Watching











111 Responses to “Yes, Ferguson PD. The World Is Watching”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for keeping the posts going, Chips.

  2. 11 Judith Fardig
    August 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Jacqueline again – congratulations! No letting up for TOD>

  3. August 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

  4. August 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    keep on TOD

    bringing the truth

  5. August 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm

  6. 16 forus50
    August 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

  7. August 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Please, someone at some point talk about voting. VOTE! VOTE!! VOTE!!!

  8. 22 Dudette
    August 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm

  9. August 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    There has been no police report written by the involved officer or anyone else …..did anyone from the police dept investigate the crime scene….was an autopsy even done…The Justice Dept is conducting it’s own investigation and autopsy…..what does all this say about the Police Dept…I worry that the police dept is not cooperating with the FBI and the Justice Dept

    What is the chain of command….can the Justice dept overrule the governor….can they relieve the police chief of duty….

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  12. 29 Dudette
    August 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm


  13. 30 Dudette
    August 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      So, very, very glad he’s saying this, dudette. Twelve percent turnout is a disgrace. After this week, this town should have the highest turnout rate in the US. When people vote and keep on voting, elected officials have to pay attention. They either do it right or they get booted out. Wish this message could go out to every state where too many minorities don’t register or stay home on election day.

    • 32 a4alice
      August 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      I was flabbergasted when I learned that only 10 percent of registered voters turned out for this primary. it’s ridiculous.

  14. 33 forus50
    August 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm

  15. 34 MadameSoph
    August 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Been mostly lurking these past few days. Haven’t had many positive words to contribute, so I’ve chosen “praying” over “saying” But something happened last night that I felt I needed to share.

    I have lived most of my life in neighborhoods where most of the residents were renters, rather than owners. One area in particular had a helicopter noise issue that was almost unbearable at times. The helicopters would circle overhead endlessly, making the neighborhood feel like a war zone. It got so it was unusual to have a quiet night, and I could relate to that Ice Cube song, “It Was a Good Day.” I would call the local PD and ask what was up and would be told about things like, “there is a fist-fight at a party” or some other minor incident. Finally the phone operator confessed that the city had been given all these helicopters after 911, but the deal was that they had to keep them up in the air for a certain number of hours per month in order to keep them. I commented to her that they flew them over the areas with home renters (also the area with more brown people), rather than home owners, because the rich people fund campaigns and vote and would complain). Her laugh and silence told me that I was correct in my assumption.

    Jump to now. I am doing a kind of house-sitting thing for a friend that has landed me in a very affluent suburban community. I have been living here over six months and have never heard helicopters circling, until last night. I heard one overhead going round and round and making an announcement over a loudspeaker. Of course, I assumed they were after some fugitive or something. Nope. The announcer was repeating a male (child’s?) name, along with the words “your family is looking for you. Please get to a phone and dial 911.”

    This absolutely floored me! So, in this neighborhood they send out helicopters to find lost neighborhood kids? When I was a kid, the only announcement came from your mom, yelling your name out the front door.

    The difference between these two experiences hit me especially in light of recent events. O.k. back to lurking and praying. Thanks to all the TODers for your insightful and informative posts.

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      August 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks for this, MS. Even those in the renting neighborhoods can organize against this noise and they can vote out anyone who supports this disturbance. It’s a matter of working together and creating a voice through actions and votes.

      • 36 MadameSoph
        August 17, 2014 at 6:16 pm

        “It’s a matter of working together and creating a voice through actions and votes.” Absolutely Jackie, couldn’t agree more!

        And congrats on your good 2nd mammogram news! (been there… so I know how stressful that can be).

  16. August 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Remember when he said “Michael Brown will change Ferguson.” I believe Michael Brown will change our country.

  17. 42 Dudette
    August 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm

  18. 43 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Posted this at the end of the last thread.

  19. 45 Dudette
    August 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

  20. 46 forus50
    August 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    • 47 Linda
      August 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      The civil rights division opened their case on the 13th.

      • 48 forus50
        August 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

        When he was talking about it seemed like the worry and concern of the county prosecutor was no more – that it has been decided by the AG Holder it would be prosecuted by as a federal civil rights violation. It seemed to be odd as Al Sharpton was still calling for the federal government to prosecute it minutes before. I must have misinterpreted what he said and that decision to prosecute it has not yet been made.

        • 49 57andfemale
          August 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm

          Separate cases. A civil rights case does not replace a murder investigation, or other criminal charges against the PD. Apples and oranges.

  21. August 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    At this point its clear that we can’t trust local law enforcement to deal with either the shooting of Michael Brown or handling the protesters. The FBI has been sent in to rectify the former and Capt. Johnson is doing his dead level best to deal with the latter.
    But I suspect there are serious power plays going on behind the scenes about all that. And the fact that things haven’t clarified yet shows they are likely pretty intense and still in play. Governor Nixon seems to be playing both sides of that isle – which is why things are still muddled.

  22. 51 kasai
    August 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Good Day Tods…
    All the “unprecedented” action being taken by DOJ..FBI and now Amnesty Int’l (Human Rights Div) never deployed inside the United States. Has PBO prints all over it…..Believe that!
    As Bob would say #TrustObama

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  24. 54 kasai
    August 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    🙂 That T-Shirt

  25. August 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  26. 58 forus50
    August 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Mike Brown sure looked like his Mom.

  27. 59 yardarm756
    August 17, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Funny but in the back of my mind I keep hearing Rev. Jeremiah Wright…..birds coming home to roost and all that.

  28. August 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    As I keep saying, this is different. This is different than any other of the legion of outrages black folk have faced the past 20-30 years. Tibetan monks visiting Ferguson? Amnesty International deployed? Protests in cities all over the country and around the world? This is the oppressed finally having enough and the world taking notice. The tipping point has been breached, and the water will continue to flow.

  29. August 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    • 63 Linda
      August 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      From the jerk’s wiki page.

      In 2007-08, Cillizza was a co-host of the MySpace/MTV Presidential Dialogues, which hosted John McCain, Barack Obama, and others in the groundbreaking live-streamed, interactive Presidential event series. Cillizza and Dana Milbank appeared in a series of humor videos called Mouthpiece Theater, which appeared on the website of The Washington Post.

      An outcry followed a video in which, during a discussion of the White House “Beer Summit”, they chose new brands for a number of people, including “Mad Bitch Beer” for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Both men apologized for the video and the series was canceled.

    • 65 sjterrid
      August 17, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Whoever says this, never actually listened to him speak. It was all of us working together to bring about change, and that we need to speak up to the people that are supposed to be our representatives. Most of all, we have to vote.

    • August 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      In terms of stupid and uninformed comments, Cillizza never disappoints.

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  31. 69 africa
    August 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Ouch, Katrina V.

  32. August 17, 2014 at 6:21 pm

  33. 72 vcprezofan2
    August 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Hitting the Links Again at Farm Neck
    4 hours 17 min ago

    It’s another Sunday on the golf course for President Obama, who is hitting the links today at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs.

    The president arrived at the golf club at about 1 p.m. Today he is joined on the course by retired basketball player Alonzo Mourning and White House aides Joe Paulsen and Marvin Nicholson.

    Tonight the President is scheduled to depart the Vineyard late Sunday night for a quick trip back to Washington, D.C., where he will attend meetings at the White House. President Obama is scheduled to return to the Vineyard on Tuesday, with the First Family’s vacation continuing until next Sunday.
    Sara Brown

  34. 73 vcprezofan2
    August 17, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    a working vacation for the President

    The juxtaposition between vacation scenes and dealing with serious world matters was evident throughout the week. At a press briefing Wednesday afternoon, deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said this has been a working vacation for the President. He is traveling with members of his staff including National Security Advisor Susan Rice and deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. According to the White House, the President has been speaking with world leaders throughout the week.

    On Monday, President Obama addressed the nation about the ongoing crisis in Iraq. He spoke for about five minutes from the backyard of a home near his Chilmark house.
    Press zooms in as president addresses nation from Chilmark. — Mark Lovewell

    He addressed the nation again early Thursday afternoon, providing an update about the situation in Iraq and calling for “peace and calm” in Ferguson, Mo., where there has been growing civil unrest after the shooting of an 18-year-old man.

    The statement took place at the Edgartown School cafeteria, which is serving as the press filing center. About 50 members of the press were gathered for the statement.

    After the address, the President headed to the Vineyard Golf Club, down the road from the school.

    Mr. Obama is due to leave Sunday to travel back to Washington for business meetings and is scheduled to return to the Vineyard on Tuesday. The Obamas plan to leave the Vineyard on August 24.


  35. 74 yardarm756
    August 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm

  36. 78 Nena20409
    August 17, 2014 at 6:57 pm

  37. August 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    So many have written so eloquently, here and elsewhere, about this… What I can’t get out of my head are these thoughts… Someone shot by police whose body lies in the street, UNTOUCHED AND UNATTENDED, for FOUR HOURS??!! They’re putting up the crime scene tape, and there’s no sign of an ambulance? The “officer” (krikeys; I can hardly use that word here) just LEAVES THE SCENE??!! He doesn’t even file a report…??!! And the Chief APPROVES all of this? The officer has to leave for “his safety”…??!! The heavily-armed PD can’t even keep him “safe” while they question him?

    Why are these police officers allowed to function like this? As one former cop posted elsewhere, if Michael Brown was shot just once in the back, that’s a felony. And where’s the autopsy report?

    The residents of Ferguson are getting almost NOTHING in the way of meaningful answers, and still they are trying to cooperate, trying to keep looters out of neighborhood businesses, trying to be patient… Incredible…

    • 80 COS
      August 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Wow, was it really 4 hours? I thought that lying police chief said 30 minutes. Either way, it is horrible.

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      August 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      ‘Someone shot by police whose body lies in the street, UNTOUCHED AND UNATTENDED, for FOUR HOURS??!’

      I think this is part of what slammed into me the first time I heard of the slaying. The number of bullets, this, and the fact Michael was unarmed! I don’t care if he had the entire store counter in his pockets. I don’t care if they find oodles of drugs in his system. Nothing will change the FACT for me that there was no need to treat him in this inexplicable way. Police officers ought to be able to disable an unarmed assailant without killing him/her.

  38. 82 Nena20409
    August 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm

  39. 84 donna dem 4 obama
    August 17, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Good Evening TOD.

    • 85 daisydem
      August 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      It hurts so bad.

    • August 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      It hurts so bad … and I’m white … can’t imagine and never will be able to comprehend the enormity of the injustice that people of color experience at the hands of white folk ….

      • 87 daisydem
        August 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

        I am a white 64 year old woman who lived through and dried through the 60’s and 70’s and somehow thought we were beyond those times. That is part of why it hurts so bad. And now we come up this again and women’s rights …again. And I am tired and. Iam sad. And tonight I need a hug minimally. I don’t know what to do.

        • 88 donna dem 4 obama
          August 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm

          A virtual {{{HUG}}} to both you and Bobfr!!!

        • 89 daisydem
          August 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

          Cried through … It should read.

          • 90 HZ
            August 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm

            {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ daisydem and our Bobfr}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} We have each other in this, and we will make a difference and see some more change. I am believing on my works and trusting on my outcomes. #Together We Will Make a Big Difference.HZ

  40. 91 globalcitizenlinda
    August 17, 2014 at 7:32 pm

  41. 93 criquet
    August 17, 2014 at 7:35 pm

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    last comment didn’t appear ….

  44. 102 JER
    August 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm


    Following a long afternoon on the golf course, President Obama broke with routine and joined the First Lady for an early evening jazz concert at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs. … More here: http://mvgazette.com/president-obama-visits-marthas-vineyard

  45. 103 Squarepeg
    August 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I don’t know how we feel about Melissa Harris-Perry, but she did a very powerful video on police-on-black violence.


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  47. August 17, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Best synopsis I’ve seen …

    • 109 desertflower
      August 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      The protests and vigils that began in Ferguson, Missouri protesting the racial profiling of black and brown people by the police, the racist for-profit prison industrial complex and the rise of the American police state, have spread across the United States and the world. Anyone who has followed the events that have unfolded since the fatal shooting of Michael brown have more than likely read many racist myths and justifications for the vast inequalities in the number of people who are incarcerated or even murdered by the police for simply not being white.

      One of these tropes that is without fail brought into conversation comes in one form or the other is “most crime is black-on-black.”

      Well one poet in Chicago completely destroys this often repeated phrase by dissecting the racist meaning behind it.

      Speaking to an enormous crowd at a vigil for Michael Brown at Chicago’s Daley Plaza, on August, 14th, Malcolm London, says “We don’t talk about white-on-white crime in the news though. We keep using this rhetoric of ‘black on black’ crime as if something is defective with black people.”

  48. 111 HZ
    August 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Good Afternoon/Morning /Evening my Chips, and TOD family. {{{{{{{{{{{ Loving thank hugs to our Nerdy W.}}}}}}}}}}}}. My day is moving with grace for the gratefulness to our President, Barack Obama and his team, and AG Eric Holder and his team. I know for a fact that both our President and AG have never left us. #TrustBarack. Keep praying for them and lifting them up in your goodness space.

    I have some thoughts on mentionable ways in which we all can, if we wish to participate give a good shout out of thanks to the teachers who will meet those precious students tomorrow. Their little minds, hearts, and bodies will be in much need of joyfulness as they greet their new teachers and new friends. Also the parents will need our positive uplifting as they take and drop off their precious children to these schools in this district.

    The teachers, school board, superintendent and Congressman William Lacy Clay will need our support and contact to let them know that we care, and we want to express our love to every students in MO., and especially in Ferguson-Florissant School District. We can call them, share hopeful boards on our Facebook pages to the parents and teachers and to the elected officials. Also to Capt. Ron Johnson.

    We need to calmly express to Congressman Lacy Clay(D) 1st District(Ferguson is part of his district) that we will support him. However, we would hope that his office will make available to this school district, and especially those schools in Ferguson the appropriate personnel needed to help the teachers, students, office managements personnel, and most of all the Crisis Management Team{psychologists and nurses on site ) to help these precious students and teachers as they start the school year on Monday, August 18th. This is a must. We want the students and teachers to have a good experience on their first day and all days throughout this school year. His office can contact the superintendent and the as well as retired principals and teachers in the community to help out by meeting and setting a set of goals to help to assist these teachers and students. Being visible with the trained and calm and well informed personnel will be most important. He can do this.

    Here are contact numbers for Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay: DC #: 202-225-2406; St. Louis City Office: 314-669-9393.
    Go on his web page and get infor., if needed. He needs to know , no matter where we are in this nation, we are here to help and watch out for our children.

    Crisis Counseling, Educational Day to be kept as normal as possible; Volunteer Parents, grandparents, retired teachers on hand where needed. get a list from district personal and superintendent permission district code; water and healthy snacks to calm children ready in school classrooms and school cafeteria; {parents participations of these schools who can} appropriate name tag information for all volunteers at schools. Know who is on and around these schools at all times. Keep police cars out of sight around these school where possible.
    Also let the district supt., and board members know that the nation is watching and are lovingly concerned that these students have a great week and weeks to come to start their school year off with their teachers, friends, and staff.
    Check for the name of the supt. Mr. Lawrence Larrew. Acting? Check it out please.

    Those on Facebook: Do not forget to go to the school district of Ferguson’s Page/Congressman Lacy Clay’s page and leave a “Hope Comments Board” of encouraging words. Lift Up The Teachers, Parents, Children and Community with our positive support.

    Okay TOD family, this is one way we can help our POTUS. Organize, have faith, have a vision, have goals, have a plan, and have great people boots on the ground where our future, our precious children will have to walk. We can give them this much, at least. Everyone have a great day.

    I already have my Monday planned to tackle some of these suggestions. I will be working the phones tomorrows. Also do not forget to contact Senator Clair Mc Caskill and ask for resources and help as well. I have no idea where Sen. Blunt is, nor am I going to put my energy into it at this point. I love you all dearly. Now, I am going to get to work and finish my notes on my legal pads. {{{{{{{{{{{{ TY Chips for our home}}}}}}}HZ

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