Video: Riot tears through Missouri town over police shooting

posted at 10:41 am on August 11, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

It started as a vigil protest, and ended in teargas and looting. The shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri had the city on edge, and last night it exploded in anger:

CBS reported on the aftermath this morning:

A day of anger over a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen in suburban St. Louis turned to mayhem as people looted businesses, vandalized vehicles and confronted police in riot gear who tried to block access to parts of the city.

The tensions erupted after a candlelight vigil Sunday night for 18-year-old Michael Brown, who police said was shot multiple times Saturday after a scuffle involving the officer, Brown and another person in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb of the city.

CBS affiliate KMOV-TV in St. Louis reports at least 12 businesses near the shooting scene were looted, including a convenience store, a check-cashing store, a boutique and a small grocery store. People took items from a sporting goods store and a cellphone retailer, and carted rims away from a tire store.

TV footage showed streams of people walking from a liquor store carrying bottles of alcohol, and in some cases protesters stood atop police cars or taunted officers who stood stoic, some carrying shields and batons. Video posted online by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch showed a convenience store on fire.

So far, it appears that no one died or got seriously injured during the riot, although that hasn’t been entirely confirmed yet. If so, consider that luck. Riots get very ugly very quickly, and usually include vendettas from old conflicts and new. That was the case in the LA riots of 1992 after the Rodney King verdict, which resulted in 53 deaths, more than two thousand injuries, and 11,000 arrests.

In the end, though, the LA riots did what the Ferguson riot did last night — damage the community that had the grievance in the first place. Riots are about rage and insanity, not justice or accountability, and it drives people away rather than heal, regardless of whether the underlying cause is just or not. It destroys investment, usually in areas which already suffer from a lack of investment in the first place, and mires the area even deeper into poverty and dysfunction. It’s senseless and harms the people that were allegedly victimized in the first place.

The riot will transform this shooting into a national issue now, if it hadn’t already. It will be interesting to see whether the police cars had dash cams or other surveillance technology that could have captured the incident (or perhaps cameras from nearby businesses), but it will most likely hinge on the eyewitness testimony. Don’t expect that to convince either side of the other’s arguments.


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The pictures from the Quik Trip are shameful. I hope those business owners have good insurance.

gophergirl on August 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

They shouldn’t have shot him.
Gimmie a flat screen!

LeftCoastRight on August 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Nothing does more for social justice and a sense of community like looting, and indiscriminate arson.
Particularly since two wrongs always make a right, or something.

orangemtl on August 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

My heart hurts.
Daily.

pambi on August 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

This is quite the picture.

Looting

gophergirl on August 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Those looters are disgusting people and don’t give a damn about the unarmed teen who was shot by the police. It’s an excuse to steal from people who had nothing to do with the shooting and who are innocent in all of this.

I’ll bet most of the people breaking windows, jumping on top of cop cars and stealing things don’t even know the slain teen boy’s name.

Aizen on August 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM

A day of anger over a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen in suburban St. Louis turned to mayhem as people looted businesses, vandalized vehicles and confronted police in riot gear who tried to block access to parts of the city.

TV footage showed streams of people walking from a liquor store carrying bottles of alcohol, and in some cases protesters stood atop police cars or taunted officers who stood stoic, some carrying shields and batons. Video posted online by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch showed a convenience store on fire.

Yeah, that’s a great way to honor the memory of the teen. Looting and vandalism.

Newsflash, looters and criminals. This ain’t 1992. You will not gain the sympathy of the nation with this crap. Quite the opposite in fact.

Doughboy on August 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

No winners in this one. The scumbag cops are in the wrong from the start for being murderers and the protesters turned a good protest into a riot–and that was wrong, too.

Warner Todd Huston on August 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I wonder if there was an app for that?

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

I feel for the owners of any business or home that is vandalized during riots such as these.

Absolutely disgusting of people to ransack and loot businesses who have nothing to do with what occurred. This is simply an excuse for people to vandalize, loot, and steal. Shameful, and it distracts otherwise from an important issue. People are talking about the riots instead of an unarmed teen who was shot by police.

airupthere on August 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Thank God that did not happen in Garden Grove (Little Saigon), you know how those Vietnamese get…

The point being…it is always “one race” that does this kind of thing.

“They” have to figure out, do they want to be part of American society, or be judged and outcast from that society.

As long as this happens, black society will never be fully accepted…it’s their own undoing.

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

I am not one to knee-jerk jump to the police’s defense — think they have way too much militarization these days — but if reports are true that a shot was fired inside the patrol car, it would seem to support the officer’s claim that he was being attacked.

And nothing says “justice” like a stolen flat screen from WalMart.

Rational Thought on August 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Pro tip 1: Don’t attack the police and they won’t shoot you.

Pro tip 2: If someone doesn’t heed pro tip 1, don’t riot and destroy what few businesses are left in your slum.

That is all.

Wisdom_of_Homer on August 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Just get the looters and in spot and then say we are going drop supplies in from 15,000 feet.

Oil Can on August 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Great way to gin up sympathy.I wonder why large retailers bug out of those type hoods?

docflash on August 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

No winners in this one. The scumbag cops are in the wrong from the start for being murderers and the protesters turned a good protest into a riot–and that was wrong, too.

Warner Todd Huston on August 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I don’t know, is the investigation complete? How do you know the cop murdered the suspect?

I thought it was an altercation and a fight…

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Great way to gin up sympathy.I wonder why large retailers bug out of those type hoods?

docflash on August 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

No kidding. Flash mobs and riots are no way to attract entrepreneurs and businesses into your neighborhoods.

Doughboy on August 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM

It appears that this did more private property damage than the average celebrations for a winning team in whatever sport in whatever town.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

It seems I remember not long ago in this same area an old white man was killed by some blacks with the knockout game. I don’t recall any riots by the whites, in fact I don’t think there were even any arrest. What a disaster of a culture that has evolved in the black community.

rich8450 on August 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

No winners in this one. The scumbag cops are in the wrong from the start for being murderers and the protesters turned a good protest into a riot–and that was wrong, too.

Warner Todd Huston on August 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Can you link to a story stating that it was, in fact, murder?

“Murder” has a common law meaning of “unlawful killing of another human being”. That is an awfully strong statement if there hasn’t been an investigation as of yet. According to early reports, one of the two suspects pushed the cop back into his car and there was a struggle.

airupthere on August 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Sharpton and Jackson appearing in….10…9…8…7…

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM

John Stossel had a show on last night about the militarization of the police and the uptick of the use of SWAT teams for the most inane possible crimes. I think we’re doing it wrong.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Not sure about this specific case, but the police state in general in this country has gotten out of control. I hope they can show that deadly force was needed. If not, they better not try to wash it away with a suspension or reassignment.

MT on August 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Thankfully this didn’t occur in Texas or some other redneck gun-toting state or dozens of innocent looters would have been needlessly slaughtered.

Frank Lib on August 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM

airupthere on August 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I doubt he will answer…just an ill informed inflammatory statement.

A nice way of saying…A stupid post.

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM

After the Cincinnati riots of 2002, the police pulled back in their policing, so as not to be criticized, and then for years more black youths killed more black youths. Why don’t the “black leaders” look at the big picture? For example, why don’t they have a program to teach black youths how to behave when approached by police? THAT would save lives. Be respectful, “yes sir, no sir”, don’t make sudden movements, that kind of thing. Easy to do, with real, life-saving results.

A couple of months ago, a white cop across the river in KY shot a young white woman as she was slowly driving away from a party because he felt threatened. He jumped on the hood and shot through the windshield. Since they’re both white, thankfully no thought of riots, or any kind of social unrest. There was a dash cam too, that caught the first part. If it were white on black, there would be cries of racism all over the place.

LashRambo on August 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Not sure about this specific case, but the police state in general in this country has gotten out of control. I hope they can show that deadly force was needed. If not, they better not try to wash it away with a suspension or reassignment.

MT on August 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I don’t think we should be instigating a conversation on the validity of the police state in the face of riots in the street that affect innocent people.

Riots do nothing but reinforce the idea of a police state.

A true police state would end these riots quickly. We wouldn’t have officers standing “stoic” while they are harassed and their car is damaged.

The reaction does not address the supposed cause.

airupthere on August 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM

They shouldn’t have shot him.
Gimmie a flat screen!

LeftCoastRight on August 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

.
…. and a pint fifth of Crown Royal.

ExpressoBold on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The fact that police murdering an unarmed black teen didn’t make this a national news story, but vandalism against inanimate property does is the point. Ed and the rest of you can’t quite grasp that.

I also love that posters here will eagerly predict when “the people will rise up,” but when the people do rise up, then the tea party becomes pro state power via policing. We’ve always known your revolutionary rhetoric isn’t about our community. So go back to calling us slaves and sheep while also attacking our resistance as criminal and defending Cliven Bundy.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

How do you call a protester with a sign that says “No Justice, No Peace”, peaceful? Isn’t that an overt threat of violence and thus, not peaceful?

Why was it so hard for the mother to keep the kid in school and graduate?

Police say there was a struggle for the officers weapon. If that’s the case, it would seem to be a justifiable shooting.

BKeyser on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Hoodies, get your hoodies here. The hoodies with trayvons face on them are 5 bucks extra. obamas lawless amerika. If he can get away with it why shouldn’t the people who voted for him

crosshugger on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Let’s see …

Black thug attacks a police officer, jumps in his car and tries to steal his weapon … officer responds by shooting black thug … black community riots and loots business in black community …

Brilliant.
————————————-

VIDEO: Fighting for “JUSTICE”, the black thugs of Ferguson loot the neighborhood weave shop …

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

Pork-Chop on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Awful all the way around. I have to say, I don’t understand the impulse to steal and destroy public/private property. Who thinks to themselves hey, that kid was shot so now I get to steal some Combos and a Mountain Dew from the Quik Trip? Hope they’re all prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

changer1701 on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

John Stossel had a show on last night about the militarization of the police and the uptick of the use of SWAT teams for the most inane possible crimes. I think we’re doing it wrong.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I agree, but I think Stossel, like most journalists, went out of his way to reinforce his beliefs.

Sometimes the “background” information is not accurate, but better to come in fully armed and ready for the worst, and hope for the best, than to arrive ready for the best, and getting the worst.

When a cop is attacked, he has to use as much force as necessary, because he carries on him, a deadly weapon. And that means if they are reaching or trying to get his gun, he has to use that to defend himself.

If he does not react quickly and decisively, he will be killed by his own weapon.

Here is a tip for all those hoodlums…don’t attack a police officer, they will assume you want to kill them.

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Must be those Norwegians again. They always riot when they don’t get what they want.

MaiDee on August 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Oh forget about paying for the hoodies, just don’t burn down the shop.

crosshugger on August 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

1 dead and 26 injured by shootings in Chicago over the weekend.

Yet no riots there.

Weird?

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Sharpton and Jackson appearing in….10…9…8…7…

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Sharpton won’t go anywhere near it. Riot already in progress fire already started. He’s still ‘sensitive’ about Freddy’s Fashion Mart. He may say a few inflammatory words from a distance but I don’t think you’ll see him in close proximity to the action.

Oldnuke on August 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Compare the reaction of this incident with the one linked below:

http://ktla.com/2014/04/06/multiple-deputies-injured-people-arrested-after-spring-break-party-in-santa-barbara/

airupthere on August 11, 2014 at 11:03 AM

The fact that police murdering an unarmed black teen didn’t make this a national news story, but vandalism against inanimate property does is the point. Ed and the rest of you can’t quite grasp that.

I also love that posters here will eagerly predict when “the people will rise up,” but when the people do rise up, then the tea party becomes pro state power via policing. We’ve always known your revolutionary rhetoric isn’t about our community. So go back to calling us slaves and sheep while also attacking our resistance as criminal and defending Cliven Bundy.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The people rise up by looting and destroying properties? Go f*** yourself idiot…

mnjg on August 11, 2014 at 11:03 AM

No winners in this one. The scumbag cops are in the wrong from the start for being murderers and the protesters turned a good protest into a riot–and that was wrong, too.

Warner Todd Huston on August 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

How do you know that? I haven’t seen any real eye witness reports on this shooting yet.

Johnnyreb on August 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Never mind the LA riots. This is different in that elements of anarchy groups infiltrate these protests. They then proceed to initiate the violence. Many are also members of OWS. With tempers so high it didn’t take long for the anarchy operatives to get things going. Is nobody seeing this?

jake49 on August 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Sharpton won’t go anywhere near it. Riot already in progress fire already started. He’s still ‘sensitive’ about Freddy’s Fashion Mart. He may say a few inflammatory words from a distance but I don’t think you’ll see him in close proximity to the action.

Oldnuke on August 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I was hoping I wouldn’t be taken seriously, just rhetorically…the black leaders will use this incident to line their pocket and pad their racist resume was my point…sigh…

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Thank God that did not happen in Garden Grove (Little Saigon), you know how those Vietnamese get…

The point being…it is always “one race” that does this kind of thing.

“They” have to figure out, do they want to be part of American society, or be judged and outcast from that society.

As long as this happens, black society will never be fully accepted…it’s their own undoing.

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Wish I could disagree. I can’t make a good argument against any of this, though.

Reminds me of an old Eddie Murphy bit where the black family is home watching the news, hoping they’re not about to see other blacks doing stupid crap – again.

Midas on August 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The fact that police murdering an unarmed black teen didn’t make this a national news story, but vandalism against inanimate property does is the point. Ed and the rest of you can’t quite grasp that.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

A fact? I don’t think you know what a fact is. Either offer up proof of the murder or sink back down into the slime you came from…you race baiting poser. You are glaring proof of why the black community is in such pitiful shape.

Oldnuke on August 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

How des gonna git sum justis if des don’t riot and loot?

Resist We Much on August 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

No winners in this one. The scumbag cops are in the wrong from the start for being murderers and the protesters turned a good protest into a riot–and that was wrong, too.

Warner Todd Huston on August 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Don’t think you know enough about it to be calling them murderers at this point.

changer1701 on August 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Absolutely, I think some of his arguments were so silly it discounts the what I see as real problems. I don’t know if it is the “journalist” in him (whatever that means anymore) or the Libertarian. There is a kid in Virginia sitting in jail for killing a police officer in one of those no knock middle of the night raids for growing pot that didn’t exist. And now they have started shooting dogs so everyone is going to be p.o.’d.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Another interesting comparison. In the Seattle May Day Protests, there is little “looting” that occurs. Mostly just violence and vandalism. No looting mentioned even though the anarchists are “anti-capitalism”.

Why loot stores for a teen getting shot by police? It makes no sense and everyone should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/city-police-bracing-may-day-marches-threat-violenc/nfmmx/

airupthere on August 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM

The fact that police murdering an unarmed black teen didn’t make this a national news story, but vandalism against inanimate property does is the point. Ed and the rest of you can’t quite grasp that.

I also love that posters here will eagerly predict when “the people will rise up,” but when the people do rise up, then the tea party becomes pro state power via policing. We’ve always known your revolutionary rhetoric isn’t about our community. So go back to calling us slaves and sheep while also attacking our resistance as criminal and defending Cliven Bundy.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

What the hell are you talking about? It WAS a national news story. I heard about it before the riots broke out. Now maybe it wasn’t breaking news on the cable networks that superseded coverage of every other story and if that offends you, tough crap. But it was out there being reported.

As for the riots being a bigger story, well that’s because riots ARE a bigger story than a teen getting shot and killed. The latter unfortunately is a common occurrence in this country. The former not so much.

And spare me your justification of the rioters. It’s not “rising up” to rob and burn down people’s businesses. That’s criminal activity. Nothing more.

Doughboy on August 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Nothing says I am against police brutality like burning down your town

Grunt on August 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Has nothing to do with Trayvon Martin. Whenever the Liberal Media brings these stories up……TURN THEM OFF!!!!

WHITE MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA isn’t listening any more….

Realdemocrat1 on August 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Democrats.

Glenn Jericho on August 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM

The fact that police murdering an unarmed black teen didn’t make this a national news story, but vandalism against inanimate property does is the point. Ed and the rest of you can’t quite grasp that.

I also love that posters here will eagerly predict when “the people will rise up,” but when the people do rise up, then the tea party becomes pro state power via policing. We’ve always known your revolutionary rhetoric isn’t about our community. So go back to calling us slaves and sheep while also attacking our resistance as criminal and defending Cliven Bundy.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Just because you say it is a “fact” doesn’t make it a fact. There are conflicting stories all over the place about this shooting with very few eye-witnesses but you have the “facts” already?

Idiot.

Johnnyreb on August 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Wisdom_of_Homer on August 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

cops do not need a reason to shoot you.

they kick in the wrong doors every day and shoot
the wrong people and their dogs …

conservative tarheel on August 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I was hoping I wouldn’t be taken seriously, just rhetorically…the black leaders will use this incident to line their pocket and pad their racist resume was my point…sigh…

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

I knew what your point was and that you were just raggin’ on poor ol’ Al and Jesse. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to throw a little light on one of Al’s previous sins. Give me half a chance and I’ll bring up Tawana Brawley and the Duke rape case. Oh, hell I just did. Hope it pisses off libfree.

Oldnuke on August 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM

No winners in this one. The scumbag cops are in the wrong from the start for being murderers and the protesters turned a good protest into a riot–and that was wrong, too.

Warner Todd Huston on August 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I’m becoming more leery of militarized police departments and their behavior, but you’ll forgive me if I still tend to err on the side of caution, presumption of innocence, and evidence.

I see evidence of looting and rioting – do you have evidence of murder? I’m not saying it didn’t happen, but I’d like to wait until that’s clear before tossing that kind of stuff around, personally.

Midas on August 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM

I want to know more about what started it. I damn sure don’t trust any reporting from our legacy media and that’s not my fault.

DanMan on August 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM

How are these ghetto trash rising up by stealing HDTV’s, libfree?

sentinelrules on August 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

And you have never complained about the Tea Party rallies? You helped label all of those people as racists and reactionaries while ignoring this type of mess. I don’t know the whole story about this kid that was shoot but I know that I am a lot more willing to believe that the police were in error than you are to say that these people overreacted.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM

The fact that police murdering an unarmed black teen didn’t make this a national news story, but vandalism against inanimate property does is the point. Ed and the rest of you can’t quite grasp that.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I knew about the shooting before the protest even occurred. The shooting story was on multiple libertarian websites. The protestors and libertarians were on the same side on this issue – right up until the point that the protest turned to rioting/looting. They ruined the opportunity to educate the country about any such police abuses.

We’ve always known your revolutionary rhetoric isn’t about our community.

This looting wasn’t any part of a revolutionary movement. Don’t even try that stupid spin, livestupid.

corkie on August 11, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Nothing says I am against police brutality like burning down your town

Grunt on August 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM

That was MLK’s dream. Burning down businesses and stealing stuff.

tetriskid on August 11, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Light a tire on fire and throw it on a rooftop, that always has a lot of meaning to me.

Realdemocrat1 on August 11, 2014 at 11:10 AM

TV footage showed streams of people walking from a liquor store carrying bottles of alcohol, and in some cases protesters stood atop police cars or taunted officers who stood stoic, some carrying shields and batons. Video posted online by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch showed a convenience store on fire.

So, did the police do anything to protect the businesses being looted? Or were they just left to their own devices?

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 11, 2014 at 11:10 AM

HumpBot Salvation on August 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

I believe that has been relegated to S.O.S. different week.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

The fact that police murdering an unarmed black teen didn’t make this a national news story, but vandalism against inanimate property does is the point. Ed and the rest of you can’t quite grasp that.

I also love that posters here will eagerly predict when “the people will rise up,” but when the people do rise up, then the tea party becomes pro state power via policing. We’ve always known your revolutionary rhetoric isn’t about our community. So go back to calling us slaves and sheep while also attacking our resistance as criminal and defending Cliven Bundy.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

BS.
Ed linked to the CBS news story of the shooting which was posted before the riots. Also within the linked CBS article is a link to an additional CBS article from before the riots.

There was national coverage of this shooting nearly immediately.

What’s the next excuse for mass unlawful behavior?

airupthere on August 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

And spare me your justification of the rioters. It’s not “rising up” to rob and burn down people’s businesses. That’s criminal activity. Nothing more.

Doughboy on August 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM

AMEN.

Doesn’t bring a lot of people to your “cause” when you are destroying private property. Just makes me people discount you whenever you do have something important to say.

But hey they got free Snickers and potato chips for “justice”

gophergirl on August 11, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I want to know more about what started it. I damn sure don’t trust any reporting from our legacy media and that’s not my fault.

DanMan on August 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM

From the L.A. Times:

“According to Belmar, Brown was walking with a friend in the middle of the street when an officer attempted to exit his vehicle. Police said Brown pushed the officer back into the police car.

Brown then entered the officer’s vehicle and a struggle ensued over the officer’s weapon, according to police. During the altercation a shot was fired inside the car.

The officer and Brown then exited the vehicle and at that point the fatal shooting occurred, Belmar said.”

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-missouri-police-shooting-20140810-story.html#page=1

Pork-Chop on August 11, 2014 at 11:12 AM

The fact that police murdering an unarmed black teen didn’t make this a national news story, but vandalism against inanimate property does is the point. Ed and the rest of you can’t quite grasp that.

I also love that posters here will eagerly predict when “the people will rise up,” but when the people do rise up, then the tea party becomes pro state power via policing. We’ve always known your revolutionary rhetoric isn’t about our community. So go back to calling us slaves and sheep while also attacking our resistance as criminal and defending Cliven Bundy.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Yeah, rising up by destroying your own community is a stupid, irrational response, so you aren’t going to get much respect that way.

DisneyFan on August 11, 2014 at 11:12 AM

What the hell are you talking about? It WAS a national news story. I heard about it before the riots broke out.

Doughboy on August 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM

livelikeastupidlib probably didn’t know anything about the shooting and assumed that we didn’t either. What a fool.

corkie on August 11, 2014 at 11:12 AM

and let me guess, the kid was just beginning to get his life together, blah,blah…

hillsoftx on August 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

What the hell are you talking about? It WAS a national news story.

Doughboy on August 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM

His facts wrong, his conclusions self-serving. “Murder” has yet to be determined. It DID make national news, apart from the vandalism. And mindless looting and arson is “rising up” again The Man, only in the uneducated or delusional mind. The truth is it’s a crime of opportunity, completely selfish. You suppose the stolen merchandise is going to be contributed to a “Fight the Power” charitable fund?

LashRambo on August 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

“A riot is the language of the unheard.”-Dr. Martin Luther King jr.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

The fact that police murdering an unarmed black teen didn’t make this a national news story, but vandalism against inanimate property does is the point. Ed and the rest of you can’t quite grasp that.

I also love that posters here will eagerly predict when “the people will rise up,” but when the people do rise up, then the tea party becomes pro state power via policing. We’ve always known your revolutionary rhetoric isn’t about our community. So go back to calling us slaves and sheep while also attacking our resistance as criminal and defending Cliven Bundy.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

No, I see this in the national news well before any rioting started.

And yeah – rising up is all about looting liquor and tire stores, amiright?

stfu.

Midas on August 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM

“A riot is the language of the unheard.”-Dr. Martin Luther King jr.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Say something worthwhile first, then people will listen.

LashRambo on August 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM

How do you call a protester with a sign that says “No Justice, No Peace”, peaceful? Isn’t that an overt threat of violence and thus, not peaceful?

Why was it so hard for the mother to keep the kid in school and graduate?

Police say there was a struggle for the officers weapon. If that’s the case, it would seem to be a justifiable shooting.

BKeyser on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

1. no justice / no peace .. lots of ways for no peace .. does not mean violance
sit-in, protests, voting …

2. he was 18 .. he made choices.

3. the police say .. i will take that with a large grain of salt

cops break the law all the time .. nothing is done cuz the cops investigate
their own …

we had a guy shot in VA – cop getting out of his car, shoots the guy
and cuz he did not mean to .. no charges …

conservative tarheel on August 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM

So:
“I’m angry so I’m going to burn my own neighborhood down” is stupid
“I’m angry so I’m going to let the country burn” is smart...
The only difference is they at least they got some booze and tv sets.

V7_Sport on August 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM

We’ve always known your revolutionary rhetoric isn’t about our community. So go back to calling us slaves and sheep while also attacking our resistance as criminal and defending Cliven Bundy.

Well, how come you’re not out there nabbing some bangin’ rims as an insurrectionary statement, Iceberg Slim?

vlad martel on August 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM

This is the demographic that’s going to be adversely affected by voter ID laws, correct?

rogerb on August 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM

No winners in this one. The scumbag cops are in the wrong from the start for being murderers and the protesters turned a good protest into a riot–and that was wrong, too.

Warner Todd Huston on August 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I couldn’t have said it any better myself, so I won’t even try.

QFT

gryphon202 on August 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM

I hope all those business people have enough insurance to relocate to a better neighborhood.

trigon on August 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

“A riot is the language of the unheard.”-Dr. Martin Luther King jr.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Excusing criminal behavior isn’t what we do around here – civilized society

tetriskid on August 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

I don’t think we should be instigating a conversation on the validity of the police state in the face of riots in the street that affect innocent people.

Riots do nothing but reinforce the idea of a police state.

A true police state would end these riots quickly. We wouldn’t have officers standing “stoic” while they are harassed and their car is damaged.

The reaction does not address the supposed cause.

airupthere on August 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Ok… so correct my technically improper use of “police state”, but the point is that police across the country (this is a general macro point, not a specific on on this case) appear to be taking safety first (theirs) to mean shoot first. Steyn has written a lot on this and I agree with him. It can be a tough, dangerous job, but not a license to kill unnecessarily.

MT on August 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

right2bright on August 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

More than race. The common denominator is young males (16-25) in areas of high unemployment (25%+). I was in London during the August 2011 riots with a daughter (for her HS graduation gift) and saw the rioters up close and personal. Depending on the area, the race of the young men changed, but the one constant was young unemployed males.

Look around the world and see the common denominator in action. When I was in Christ Church after the earth quake in February 2011, you did not have any riots or much looting.

HonestLib on August 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

I like QuikTrip. Great hot dogs.

davidk on August 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

‘Cuz, like, um, ya know, ya boy, Che, was all about knocking over a QT for some Yellow Tail Shiraz on the way to clean out da beauuuty parlour of weaves or something.

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Viva la revolución!

Resist We Much on August 11, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Not sure about this specific case, but the police state in general in this country has gotten out of control. I hope they can show that deadly force was needed. If not, they better not try to wash it away with a suspension or reassignment.

MT on August 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I don’t think we’re at crisis point yet, but close. I believe there’s at least one 3rd Amendment case that I read about a while back and that’s truly chilling.

WhirledPeas on August 11, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The fact that police murdering an unarmed black teen didn’t make this a national news story, but vandalism against inanimate property does is the point. Ed and the rest of you can’t quite grasp that.

I also love that posters here will eagerly predict when “the people will rise up,” but when the people do rise up, then the tea party becomes pro state power via policing. We’ve always known your revolutionary rhetoric isn’t about our community. So go back to calling us slaves and sheep while also attacking our resistance as criminal and defending Cliven Bundy.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

There’s a big difference between rising up to defend freedom and rising up to loot and commit crime like a bunch of animals. (Was that too racist?)

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 11:17 AM

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

You ARE a sheep and a slave. Please spare me your racist bullsh!t. I and my black neighbors watched our homes burn to the ground in the Baltimore 1968 riots.

katy the mean old lady on August 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM

It can be a tough, dangerous job, but not a license to kill unnecessarily.

MT on August 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

With this we all agree.

davidk on August 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM

. Depending on the area, the race of the young men changed, but the one constant was young unemployed males.

Look around the world and see the common denominator in action.

HonestLib on August 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Young, unemployed, FATHERLESS males.

Resist We Much on August 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM

and let me guess, the kid was just beginning to get his life together, blah,blah…

hillsoftx on August 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Some 400# black guy in the news a week or two ago died while being arrested by a bunch of cops, it was all recorded on video. His friends say he was a good guy, just minding his own business. Turns out he’s been arrested 30 times. If you were arrested 30 times, don’t you think you would have learned the police arrest procedure by now, instead of turning it into a wrestling match where you’re on the ground, can’t breathe, and die of a heart attack?

LashRambo on August 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM

It can be a tough, dangerous job, but not a license to kill unnecessarily.

MT on August 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

With this we all agree.

davidk on August 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM

yup ….

conservative tarheel on August 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Black twitter is sending out info to these savages on which neighborhoods are white so they can loot it.

sentinelrules on August 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM

“A riot is the language of the unheard.”-Dr. Martin Luther King jr.

libfreeordie on August 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

A national news story isn’t an unheard story. You’re an idiot.

corkie on August 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Some 400# black guy in the news a week or two ago died while being arrested by a bunch of cops, it was all recorded on video. His friends say he was a good guy, just minding his own business. Turns out he’s been arrested 30 times. If you were arrested 30 times, don’t you think you would have learned the police arrest procedure by now, instead of turning it into a wrestling match where you’re on the ground, can’t breathe, and die of a heart attack?

LashRambo on August 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Shouldn’t matter. If you’ve been arrested 100 times in the past, that’s not license for the cops to kill you when you’re unarmed.

gryphon202 on August 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Let me guess…the victim was an aspiring rapper or something.

sentinelrules on August 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Look around the world and see the common denominator in action. When I was in Christ Church after the earth quake in February 2011, you did not have any riots or much looting.

HonestLib on August 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

With certain cultures, there’s a big difference when you know you can get with nefarious behavior and your life can be snuffed out in an instant.

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

get away with

UnstChem on August 11, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Liberalism at its finest. Progressive to the core.

This is OCCUPY FERGUSON folks…..

Realdemocrat1 on August 11, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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