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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ferguson Police Release Statement Telling Protesters Not to Assemble After Sundown

Posted by on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

For those of us watching the events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, in response to the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown there this weekend, the Ferguson Police Department has finally issued a public statement this morning, their first since the shooting occurred on Saturday, it appears.

In the statement, which a St. Louis television reporter tweeted here, the FPD says "the City of Ferguson mourns the loss of Michael Brown's life" and that the department has "heard the community's cries for justice" and is cooperating with investigations into the shooting by county police, the FBI, and the Justice Department. Then they go on to instruct the city's residents to only gather and protest during daylight hours.

From the official statement:

We ask that any groups wishing to assemble in prayer or in protest do so only during daylight hours in an organized and respectful manner. We further ask all those wishing to demonstrate or assemble to disperse well before the evening hours to ensure the safety of the participants and the safety of our community. Unfortunately, those who wish to co-opt peaceful protests and turn them into violent demonstrations have been able to do so over the past several days during the evening hours. These events are not indicative of the City of Ferguson and its residents.

They still refuse to identify the officer who shot Brown, citing fears for the officer's safety.


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treacle 1
I love the way police statements assert what things are or are not indicative of the people they are trying to control. Actions, after all, speak louder than words. If people are pissed off enough to burn something, well, that's what's happening. And even more so, that it's almost certainly the cops who are upping the violence levels "after hours" as they try to "contain" the demonstrations with tear gas and rubber bullets. The cops, being well-armed, typically make the first moves in street confrontations like this, IMHExperience.

It's also amusing that the all-white police force is telling the unarmed black residents what to do, while confronting them on the streets in full riot tactical gear and weaponry.

It's the details, I guess, that make the difference.
Posted by treacle on August 13, 2014 at 1:06 PM · Report this
Ferguson is now a Sundown Town? Wow.
Posted by MarcVH on August 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM · Report this

My small Illinois hometown used to have a sign on the highway in reading "N***** Don't Let The Sun Set On You Here".

A Midwest tradition continues.
Posted by Just Another Snake Cult on August 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 4
Isn't this called Martial Law?

There's rampant speculation on social media about who the murdering asshole is. If the FPD gives out the information, they can also place the murdering asshole in protective custody. With their silence, they're effectively placing every cop on the force in jeopardy.
Posted by keshmeshi on August 13, 2014 at 1:18 PM · Report this
So should the police let people just burn the whole place down? Please advise.
Posted by hmmmmm on August 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM · Report this
Posted by Pol Pot on August 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 7
I say let them burn the place to the ground and be done with it.
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on August 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM · Report this
@4 precisely. Who actually has the power to declare Martial Law? POTUS, Governor? But I'm pretty sure a police force does not have blanket authority.

Then again, they ask for this and that, not demand it. I suppose you can take their request under advisement...
Posted by MaestroMatt on August 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 9
And police wonder why many of us call them pigs and don't trust them.

When I leave the U.S. and go to countries where people have more individual freedom and where the police aren't armed to the teeth, I feel a lot safer. When I come home to the U.S. I instantly feel less free and less safe.
Posted by passionate_jus on August 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM · Report this
Frankly, police in Ferguson have a lot of god-damned gall. Residents standing on their own front lawns peacefully supporting the protest, were fired on with tear gas grenades last evening. On their own property!

That's some pretty serious police misconduct, if not criminal assault.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on August 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 11
if only there were something in the constitution that addressed when protests were allowed...
Posted by Max Solomon on August 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM · Report this
@11 Exactly what I was thinking. Congress shall make no law abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble. It's fairly unequivocal.
Posted by joejoepotato on August 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM · Report this
rob! 13
Posted by rob! on August 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 14
So will Anonymous carry out their threatened retaliation?
Posted by Matt from Denver on August 13, 2014 at 2:13 PM · Report this
@1, kind of reminds me of Donald Sterling saying he isn't racist.
Posted by GermanSausage on August 13, 2014 at 3:26 PM · Report this
seatackled 16

Hope so. Enough is enough.
Posted by seatackled on August 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 17
@12 - Ah, but does the constitution say what the police can do? It's a constitutional free-for-all!
Posted by MacCrocodile on August 13, 2014 at 4:12 PM · Report this
Police statement: "We ASK that any groups wishing to assemble in prayer or in protest do so only during daylight hours..."

SLOG headline: "Ferguson Police Release Statement TELLING Protesters Not to Assemble After Sundown"

Yep, that's some honest journalism right there.
Posted by bigyaz on August 13, 2014 at 5:46 PM · Report this
NopeNope 19
@18 From what it sounds like, once the sun goes down the FPD start "asking" pretty hard.
Posted by NopeNope on August 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM · Report this
Knat 20
@19: Oh how his face must be so red now...
Posted by Knat on August 13, 2014 at 6:46 PM · Report this
treacle 21
@18 - Semantics, my friend. When the police make a public statement "asking" or "suggesting" not to do something, they're drawing a line in the sand: Anyone caught doing the thing they "ask" them not to do, gets the full brunt of 3-4 riot-clad cops on top of them.

Have you not ever been in street demonstrations before?

The police are trained to escalate in order to 'win' any confrontation because they have not only physical combat training, but weapons & armor, and ultimately the full support of the courts and legal structure on their side.

The statement is a hedge. "Oh we didn't say anyone couldn't be out after dark.. We're not making any rules..." But all types of shit go down on the ground when it's an armed Roman Centurion vs your puny ass.
Posted by treacle on August 13, 2014 at 7:36 PM · Report this

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