Category Archives: Ferguson MO

Ferguson, Lord, Ferguson


From the very beginning, the reaction to Ferguson has felt different, and over the months the protests there never let up. Now this is happening across the country. American Spring?

Demand Police BodyCams

BWVcamera1Ferguson is far from over, but there is a sense of “what can anyone do?”

A practical next step to combat the widespread sense of helplessness among good people is to really take up the cause of police bodycams.

They must be required equipment, a part of the uniform. Police unions are fighting them, but it is a cause that can grow if people want it to.

Hands Up…Against The Wall



Leonard Blair hangs Damon Davis’ artwork on plywood covered windows in Ferguson, MO. Hands up. All sizes, ages, colors, genders, in black and white photos. Pasted over raw plywood on windows boarded up in anticipation of the grand jury decision.

Beautiful and instantly iconic.


Once again, Black improvisation, under siege and defying oppression, produces brilliant art. But at what human cost?



Turning Over Their Own Rocks And Crawling Out

Missouri police officer on leave over video in which he says: ‘I’m … a killer’

They are crawling out from under their own rocks. Just connect the dots – from rage-fueled hatred of President Obama to declaring open season on powerless young black men. For each of these outspoken killers in military or civilian uniform, imagine how many anonymous like-minded men and women are in agreement and cheering them on.

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Militarized Police In Ferguson, MO

Perhaps someone can tell me under what circumstances police would unleash this sort of weaponry on the residents of any majority white small town anywhere in America — night after night.

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Ferguson, MO, Law & Order



Michael Brown is dead. Any offenses he committed in life died with him. The convenience store video has zero to do with the manner of his death. Chief Jackson is a vicious, cynical, dangerous racist who

– Allowed Michael Brown’s body to lie in the street for hours before it was removed in a police van rather than an ambulance.

– Gave Officer Darren Wilson a solid week of anonymity and cover to concoct whatever story and make whatever personal arrangements he wished. And time to thoroughly scrub his name, image, and words from all online locations, email, and social media.

– Ordered/allowed his police officers to transform themselves into a deadly occupying militarized force that acted with impunity against citizens and members of the media. manandpolice

– Revealed the surveillance video and distributed copies of stills from it without alerting Cpt. Johnson, and claimed to act under FOIA which has no mandate that requested information be made public let alone distributed at a press conference (If, in fact, there had been such a FOIA request at all.)

– Waited hours to say there was no connection between Michael Brown’s death and the video. video

– Said Wilson, who shot Brown, had no disciplinary action on his record. That does not address the possibility of complaints against him.

Flail as they might, Chief Jackson and his minions are not going to get away with this. A corner has been turned. Whatever attempts are made to demonize the victim, his killer will be held accountable.

And a bit of Ferguson Police Department history: