When The Sun Comes Up: The Inspiring Story Of Ferguson You Haven’t Heard | thinkprogress

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the traffic in Ferguson, Missouri was almost nonexistent and the sidewalks near the Hunan Chop Suey on West Florissant Avenue were clear. The only indication that life in this small Midwest town was out of the ordinary were the windows: boarded as if preparing for a hurricane. “Open” was spray-painted on the plywood in big yellow letters on the planks covering the Chinese restaurant.

Ten days ago, less than a mile from this scene, 18-year old Michael Brown was walking down the middle of Canfield Drive when Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed him. Brown was an unarmed black teenager, Wilson a white 6-year veteran officer. [Read more]

Why the Media Is Siding With the Protesters | Slate

Anyone tuning in to the nightly coverage of the protests in Ferguson has seen the reporters on the ground becoming part of the story. On Monday night, they could watch (and follow along on Twitter) as CNN’s Don Lemon was shoved by police and as his colleague Jake Tapper fled tear gas. The night before MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was threatened with mace and, in one of the more troubling moments caught on film since the demonstrations began, Mustafa Hussein, a journalist who has been live-streaming the unrest for Argus Radio, was warned by an officer to turn off his camera light lest he be “shelled.”

Those reporters’ experiences aren’t unique­ and in fact are less threatening than what some of their colleagues have encountered (never mind the people of Ferguson, who have faced the greatest dangers by far). At last count, at least 11 journalists have been arrested or detained in Ferguson while covering the unrest, including the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery and the Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly, who were the first high-profile media arrests when they were taken into custody while in a McDonald’s. On Monday, Getty photographer Scott Olson was arrested after he ventured outside one of the pre-approved media pens that police have used to sequester reporters. All this despite President Obama twice publicly urging local authorities to let journalists do their jobs. [Read more]

5 reasons this clip of a Fox News reporter getting cussed out on air is magnificent | Salon

Last night, this gem of a video surfaced amidst the sea of news coverage of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Nine days ago, Michael Brown, a young, black teenager was gunned down by a white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, a tragedy that has garnered national media attention and attracted hundreds of media outlets — on the left, right, and “center” — to the small St. Louis County suburb. Of the numerous outlets documenting the night’s happenings, Fox News sent reporter Steve Harrigan to “investigate” what was fueling the reoccurring confrontations between police and demonstrators. Harrigan, true to Fox standards, seized the moment, chastising and condescending the community of Ferguson for engaging in undignified “child’s play.” His account was overheard by a few of the young protestors, who then confronted Harrigan, barking impassioned obscenities and defending their community’s reputation. It is an amazing clip. Really. Here are 5 reasons why: [Read more]

Missouri Burning: Why Ferguson’s Inferno Is No Surprise | truthdig

The past week’s unfolding tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, with its militarized and overwhelmingly white police force confronting angry and hopeless African-Americans, is not a story unique to that place or this moment. Many cities and towns in this country confront the same problems of poverty, alienation and inequality as metropolitan St. Louis—or even worse.

But beneath the familiar narrative, there is a deeper history that reflects the unfinished agenda of race relations—and the persistence of poisonous prejudice that has never been fully cleansed from the American mainstream. [Read more]

What is Ferguson doing on Europe’s front pages? | The Economist

I WOKE up today to find my Dutch morning paper, the Volkskrant, dominated by a full-page spread on the results of the independent autopsy on Michael Brown, the shooting victim whose death has plunged the town of Ferguson, Missouri, into protests and riots. The situation in Ferguson also headlined today’s editions of Spain’s El Pais, Portugal’s Publico, Denmark’s Politiken, France’s Liberation, and Germany’s Der Tagespiegel, Die Tageszeitung and Die Welt. The racially charged protests over police brutality in Ferguson are an important story, but the level of attention they are drawing in Europe is frankly bizarre. Police killings of unarmed black men occur regularly in America, and Ferguson is a small, faraway midwestern town. Yet the protests there are drawing more focused attention in northern European media than the anti-austerity riots in Greece did during the euro crisis. When Paris saw anti-Semitic riots following pro-Gaza demonstrations on July 13th, it did not even make a sidebar item on the front page of the next day’s Die Welt. [Read more]

What They Saw: 5 Eyewitnesses to the Michael Brown Shooting | The Root

As of press time, at least five eyewitnesses in the Michael Brown shooting case have come forward. All five witnesses had distinct vantage points: One person was with Brown during the incident, one woman was inside her vehicle, another woman observed the incident from her apartment balcony, one man was inside his apartment and another man was standing outside.

None of the eyewitnesses in this roundup—save for two—knew each other prior to the shooting. They could not have imagined that their lives would forever be intertwined as a result of what they allegedly witnessed that sunny afternoon in Ferguson, Mo. [Read more]

See Who’s Been Spotted in Ferguson Trying to ‘Incite’ Riots and Mingling Among Group Armed With Molotov Cocktails | The Blaze

As the outraged community in Ferguson, Missouri, continues to protest the officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, radical communist revolutionaries from places like Chicago and New York City are seemingly infiltrating the local demonstrations and allegedly attempting to “incite” riots.

A video uploaded on YouTube Tuesday shows Gregory Lee Johnson, a veteran member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, riling up a crowd and seemingly discouraging them from listening to police’s advice to calm things down. Watch that video here (Strong language warning): [Read more]

A Night in Ferguson: Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, and a Jail Cell | Firstlook

Late Monday evening, after many of the major media outlets covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., had left the streets to broadcast from their set-ups near the police command center, heavily armed officers raced through suburban streets in armored vehicles, chasing demonstrators, launching tear gas on otherwise quiet residential lanes, and shooting at journalists.

Their efforts resulted in one of the largest nightly arrest totals since protests began 10 days ago over the killing of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. At approximately 2 a.m. local time, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson announced at a press conference that 31 people had been arrested over the course of the night (NBC News later reported that, according to jail records, the actual total was more than double that). I was unable to attend or report on Johnson’s press conference because I was one of those people. [Read more]

ACLU: First Amendment ‘suspended in Ferguson’ | MSNBC

Police in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday began telling protesters – who have been gathered for days demanding justice for the death of an unarmed teenager at the hands of police – that they were no longer allowed to stand in place for more than five seconds, but had to keep moving.

“When inquiries were made to law enforcement officers regarding which law prohibits gathering or standing for more than five seconds on public sidewalks,” the ACLU of Missouri wrote in its emergency federal court filing to block the apparent policy, “the officers indicated that they did not know and that it did not matter. The officers further indicated that they were following the orders of their supervisors, whom they refused to name.” The ACLU argued the policy was a prior restraint on speech and asked for a temporary restraining order. [Read more]

Officer Darren Wilson’s Online Support Group Is As Classy As You’d Expect | Slate

One of the stranger subcultures of the #Ferguson moment is the spontaneous support group that’s collected to support Officer Darren Wilson. Gideon Resnick reports on the most prominent GoFundMe page and T-shirt campaign and Facebook group of the movement, and got a few comments from organizers. (I’ve requested some comments, too, because I am absolutely terrible at book leave.) They say what you might expect: They wish this situation weren’t racialized. “Al and Jesse would never come out from cowardly hiding if it were a black cop and white offender,” says one organizer, very un-racist-ly.

I say this is strange because Wilson has not been arrested. The GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $21,000 (and was started in St. Charles, the conservative county outside St. Louis), explains that “all proceeds will be sent directly to Darren Wilson and his family for any financial needs they may have including legal fees.” The legal fees, currently, would pay for nothing. That’s sort of why protesters keep taking over the streets. (By contrast, the George Zimmerman defense fund only started going after Zimmerman was arrested.) [Read more]


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