Highway Patrol Boss Hits Out at ‘Violent Agitators’ Using Demonstrations to Commit Crimes as Two Are Shot and 31 Arrested

David McCormack and Louise Boyle, Daily Mail (London), August 19, 2014

Police came under heavy gunfire and arrested 31 people during another night of racially-charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer ten days ago.

Demonstrations, mostly peaceful but with spasms of violence by smaller groups, have flared since Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead while walking down a residential street on August 9.

State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said on Monday night ‘our officers came under heavy gunfire’ in one area.

Captain Johnson said that ‘violent agitators’ are using largely peaceful demonstrations as an excuse to commit crime. He said some of those arrested had traveled across the country, from as far afield as New York and California, to take advantage of the town’s unsettled state.

‘Not a single bullet was fired by officers despite coming under heavy attack,’ he told a news conference today.

Riot police had confiscated two guns from protesters and what looked like a petrol bomb. Four officers had been injured.

Johnson separately told CNN that two people were shot within the crowd, but not by police, and were taken to hospital. {snip}

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Michael Brown’s parents told Today on Tuesday that bringing justice for their son, by prosecuting his shooter Officer Darren Wilson, is the way to bring peace to Ferguson.

The National Guard, the U.S. state militia, has been deployed in the St. Louis suburb of 21,000 people to stop looting and burning that have punctuated the protests.

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Monday night’s clashes between riot police and protesters followed hours of mostly peaceful demonstrations.

Police had closed a roadway to traffic to provide a path for marches but said a smaller group within the larger crowd hurled bottles, rocks and petrol bombs at officers standing near armored vehicles.

Officers responded by firing tear gas-filled canisters and a noise cannon to try to disperse the throng. Police also used stun grenades on protesters who hurled rocks, bottles and Molotov cocktails.

Police sat with guns pointed atop armored vehicles while authorities used LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) crowd control systems to send out a painful noise to try and disperse the crowd.

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Obama said he told the governor the use of the National Guard should be limited and called for conciliation in communities hit by the unrest. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will visit Ferguson on Wednesday, Obama said.

Holder said more than 40 FBI agents were canvassing Ferguson neighborhoods in their investigation and an additional medical examination was being performed on Brown. {snip}

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Looting has left a number of Ferguson stores in shambles. Two fires were set on Monday evening, one at a business and one at an unoccupied home, Johnson said.

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Rapper and St. Louis native Nelly appeared in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night and appealed to local residents to remain calm following more than a week of protests.

Speaking before a large crowd, Nelly said violent protests weren’t the right way for the community to come to terms with what had happened.

‘We’ve got to understand that we have options and stop choosing the reaction option cause at the end of the day we gonna pay–our brothers are gonna be the ones in jail,’ he said.

The rapper, best known for his 2002 number one Hot In Heere, had been heavily criticized on social media in recent days for being of touch with what was happening in Ferguson after he called on local people to ‘calm down.’

‘I understand the frustration, but we have to strategize before we overreact,’ he told TMZ on Saturday. ‘We don’t get no do-over on s**t like this, so we have to do it right the first time.

‘Ain’t nothing happen no different that hasn’t been happening . . . At the end of the day, we should have waited to strategize first and take all the right steps to organize.’

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  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    I’m getting agitated by all this “outside agitator” talk. Are we to think that everyone in Ferguson is as clean and pure as the wind driven snow? Are we to think that Ferguson has no troublemakers of its own? And as far as “out of town,” well, that’s a bit vague in this case, because Ferguson is just one suburb of St. Louis crammed in between a lot of suburbs of St. Louis or some unincorporated parts of St. Louis County. “Out of town” might mean that someone came from neighboring Jennings.

    • Chasmania

      I bet the local ferals are getting upset as these interlopers are stealing their spotlight !

    • Katherine McChesney

      Some ‘out of towners’ from California and New York were arrested.

      • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

        Sure, some are swooping in to bring in their dorky signs to get some publicity for their dorky little causes, or to raise their profile. But they’re nowhere near the majority.

    • MBlanc46

      Outside troublemakers couldn’t stir up trouble if there wasn’t trouble waiting to be stirred up.

      • Irishgirl

        I once saw a classical music concert turn violent after agitators riled up the Beethoven fans.
        /sarc

    • Yancy Derringer

      See the blog “Charleston Thug Life” for an assay of Mike Brown’s facebook buddies. Revelatory, amusing.

    • Jack Burton

      Do Obama, Holder and the DOJ count as “outside agitators?” They told the local PD not to release the video footage of Brown stealing and assaulting the clerk/owner.

      Are we really supposed to believe that a majority of the protesters and troublemakers are all opportunistic outsiders who drove a long way just to loot a QuikTrip and threaten cops, what BS.

      Brown was local, so is his friend, they’re both responsible for stealing from that store, and Brown tried his strong-arm tactics with a cop and was killed for it.

    • Nancy

      I’m thinking we have the beginnings of a decent drinking game here: particularly every time we hear “mostly peaceful demonstrators”.

    • jayvbellis

      No. But it’s a line that has worked well for us in the past …

      “Outside agitators, Communists, carpet bagging Yankees coming in to cause trouble, corrupt the souls of otherwise decent folks”

      Local people root for the home team, don’t much care for outsiders, foreign people, aliens from outer space or worse…

      FROM CHICAGO!

      • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

        There are even a few “souls” from Chicago who came here to join in the fun.

        But really, this is a bongo party that the people of Ferguson are perfectly capable of holding on their own. Even if you excluded all the neighboring bell curve suburbs and the City of St. Louis.

    • IBWHITE

      St Louis, Missouri borders with East Saint Louis, Illinois and I imagine most of that population is now spending time in Ferguson since it’s just a few minutes away. The press can state factually that many of the trouble makers are from out of state without many people knowing it’s a ten minute drive. When I worked that area many of the bantu’s would pull armed robberies etc. in Missouri and rush across into Illinois knowing it cost law enforcement more money to extradite and they were more likely to get a plea bargain when caught.

  • Luca

    As I have said before, the Whites in the crowd are probably bored “Occupy” losers look for a new cause, some weed and some excitement. Another reason I believe there are outsiders in the group is because many are holding printed signs with proper spelling who were probably bussed in by ACORN or SEIU.

    • Chasmania

      One article I read named a guy from Texas, who I quickly looked up. Turned out he was a self identified liberal progressive who was between jobs as a ‘game designer’ and professional MTG player.

      • Georgia Boy

        Most activity done for the sake of diversity makes race problems worse, not better.

  • MekongDelta69

    Demonstrations, mostly peaceful but with spasms of violence

    There’s a whole lot of ‘spasming’ goin’ on.

    • Irishgirl

      These demonstrations apparently suffer from Tourette’s.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    Lets just hope we have a district attorney with the courage to do the right thing and not a black pandering idiot like Angela Corey in the Zimmerman case in Florida.

  • propagandaoftruth

    Well, deys dese niggas – deys beez good, but den deys dose niggas, an see deys beez bads.

    Ize beez Ron Johnson. Livin da AA farce dream, baby! I deserves dis heyah job!

  • Uncle_Dan

    “‘Not a single bullet was fired by officers despite coming under heavy attack,’ he told a news conference today.” What a good boy. If he can manage to get some of his men killed, the mob can claim Justice, and everyone can go home, feeling good about themselves. Except for the shopkeepers. That last will be just a minor annoyance.

    • Noone

      It’s funny, if the police were really brutal, and this was a police state a lot of black rioters would be dead already.

  • IstvanIN

    We have become South Africa a lot sooner than I would have guessed.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Good point. When the SA cops and paramilitaries were cracking black skulls, we were told it was the worst thing in the world. In reality, it’s pretty much the only way to control wild criminals.

  • Dave West

    “outside agitators.”

    Give me a break!

    I’m sure all this looting is being committed by white skinheads from the countryside who are trying to make peaceful, protesting blacks look violent!

  • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

    The libt*rds have a new spin.

    1. It’s those white trolls from out of state showing up to whip the peaceful blacks into violence.
    2. What skin color are those soccer hooligans who riot? See, all races are rioters. But only blacks get criticized for protesting.

    It’s going to be interesting to see how Eric Holder whips up the crowd tomorrow as he arrives in Ferguson on Obama’s orders.

    • APaige

      My favorite spin so far was that the State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, was akin to the Hollywood spun ‘magical negro.’ The man who would save the situation. The media was falling over itself praising this man who marched with protesters, including the new Black panther leader. See how quickly that changed.

  • dd121

    If the politicians would grow some testicles, they would order the police to shoot back until the rioters stopped shooting. Things would calm down quickly.

    • Jack Burton

      It’s clear to me whites have become so passive, the only thing that will ignite anything like a ‘race war’ will be a massive uprising of black violence and hostility against whites, both in the streets and in government, which we’re seeing a small display of with this. Whites will never wake up on their own.

      • dd121

        You may be right but on liberal blogs I see more and more people who express their disgust with blacks and their feral behavior.

  • Noone

    But I thought they were all unarmed protesters?/s

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Thank goodness the Redskins ran onto the field last night with their arms raised bringing attention to this all.

    All the way out here on the West Coast, this even hasn’t been covered – the media only make a big deal over black-on-White murders.

    //extreme sarc

  • Samuel_Morton

    Can someone translate:

    ‘Ain’t nothing happen no different that hasn’t been happening . . . At the end of the day, we should have waited to strategize first and take all the right steps to organize.’

    Quadruple negative in one sentence…that must be a record.

    • Spikeygrrl

      Tied for negatives with this iconic description of High Desert terrain in the American Southwest: “Ain’t no nubbin o’ nothin’ nowhere.”

  • MBlanc46

    I was on the receiving end of a “police riot” in August, 1968, so I have some first-hand experience of police over-reaction. But if I’d been shooting at the cops (which I wasn’t), I’d certainly have expected the police to shoot back. This has been going on so long and has become so violent, that I wonder that martial law hasn’t been imposed.

  • Yancy Derringer

    What the hell are Brown’s parents doing on the Today Show? As if NBC didn’t damage race relations enough with their pro-Trayvon activism. Stroking the Browns and handing them a national microphone legitimizes their charges of racist police brutality when there hasn’t been an iota of evidence supporting this knee-jerk complaint. (If NBC is citing witness accounts, they’re being typically biased; they’ve so far ignored the black eyewitness who said live on tape just after the altercation that Brown charged the officer.)

    These charges of racist police brutality and killings have become virtually automatic now, thanks largely to the NBCs, who care much more to jump in when the iron’s hot than to wait for the results of an investigation.

    It’s important to remember that NBC issued an apology and fired two employees upon admitting they edited the wording of George Zimmerman’s statements to make their content sound racist during NBC’s broadcast coverage of the Trayvon Martin case. NBC is owned by Comcast Corp. — we’re talking media giants here.

  • Yancy Derringer

    Nope, most agitators are from Ferguson. Lies and more lies by Captain Ron Johnson:

    http://abcnews.go DOT com/US/jail-records-odds-ferguson-cops-claims-outsiders-causing/story?id=25038886

  • jayvbellis

    I just spent the afternoon playing great black gospel music in a predominately Black American neighborhood bar. I didn’t discuss Ferguson MO or racial politics, but just put out the truth that I preferred great Black gospel music to hip hop gangster rap crap music.

  • John R

    Yep. They DO have a point: Not all of the troublemakers should be stereotyped as Ferguson residents. But there IS another thing that they all DO have in common. I will let you fellow Amren posters try and guess what it is…..

  • none of your business

    Here is an article from makantofreepress about outside agitators

    Protests in Ferguson, Mo., lure many from across the US

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    Ferguson has drawn agitators, others from around the country

    Police arrest a man as they disperse a protest in Ferguson, Mo., early Wednesday. On Saturday, Aug. 9, a white police officer fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 11:14 am

    By Kurtis Lee and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Illai Kenney, a telecommunications student in Washington, found herself mesmerized by the constant stream of images flooding into her Twitter feed of protests underway in the small town of Ferguson, half a continent away.Pictures of women whose eyes were swollen from tear gas. A mother’s anguished weeping. Hundreds of citizens marching through the streets, their hands held aloft in defiance of a police force that had killed an unarmed young black man. She knew one thing: She had to be there.

    Kenney quickly packed a bag, got in a car with friends and drove 1,300 miles west along Interstate 70 to Ferguson.“This is a movement. To see why these people — my people — were marching on the streets was just too much for me to just watch,” said Kenney, 25, who is black.West Florissant Avenue — ground zero for the demonstrations in the aftermath of the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 — has exerted a powerful pull across the country.The protesters — old and young, black and white — have been drawn here in large numbers since Brown’s death. They are idealists and activists, opportunists and agitators.After 10 days of chaotic demonstrations, law enforcement officials have marked outsiders as the root of the continuing nightly unrest.Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who was put in charge of security during the demonstrations in Ferguson, said his officers had come under fire from armed agitators. Dozens of demonstrators, some having come from New York and California, have been arrested for refusing to disperse or looting.“This was not an act of protesters,” Johnson said Monday. “This was an act of violent criminals.”