How Bad is the Ferguson Police Department?

Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, March 6, 2015

A report on the report.

On March 4, the Justice Department released its long-awaited report on the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department (FPD). It goes on for 102 single-spaced pages, and has been routinely described as a “scathing” and “devastating” exposé of police malpractice.

I trudged through the whole report, and these are the department’s main charges: The city tries to boost revenue by strictly enforcing city codes and fining people who violate them; FPD stops, questions, and arrests people without probable cause, it uses excessive force, and it discriminates against blacks.

Needless to say, this report is the equivalent of an opening statement by the prosecution, and until we hear from the FPD, we will have heard only one side of the story. If half of what the report says is true, the Ferguson Police Department has certainly made mistakes, but only a veteran police expert would know whether it is much different from any other small police department.

It’s worth recalling that the only reason the Justice Department paid any attention to Ferguson was because of a single famous incident, not because the PD had a consistent record of mistakes. That incident, the shooting of Michael Brown, turned out to be a piece of routine police work that lying “witnesses” and a partisan press blew up into a completely false charge of “racism.” DOJ launched its investigation at the height of Ferguson hysteria. It couldn’t afford to come home empty-handed.

Moreover, everything about Ferguson has to be understood in terms what has happened to the city in the past 25 years. In 1990, Ferguson was 74 percent white and 25 percent black. By 2010, the black population was 67 percent, and whites were only 29 percent. Probably, even more whites have left in the last five years. A quarter of the city is poor–60 percent higher than the national rate.

White flight doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and it doesn’t happen without consequences. Lower-class blacks move in, and middle-class whites move out. Crime and poverty increase, the housing stock deteriorates, businesses move out, and the tax base collapses. This may explain DOJ’s first charge against the city.

Policing as a Revenue Source

There appears to be no doubt that collecting municipal fines is an important revenue source for Ferguson. In fiscal year 2011, fines accounted for $1.41 million of the City’s total revenue of $11.44 million, or 12.3 percent. The DOJ report cites e-mail between city officials on the importance of keeping the money coming in, and issuing fines and citations is part of a police officer’s “productivity.”

Ferguson has a detailed municipal code under which people can be fined for housing code violations, walking in the middle of the road, failing to cut the grass, letting a dog off the leash, etc. The report cites no evidence that these ordinances were passed to target blacks. They are probably left over from the white-suburb days.

Ferguson issues more than 22,000 citations and summonses a year–which is a lot for a city whose population has held steady at about 21,000 for the last 25 years. However, there can be more than one citation or summons for the same crime, because Ferguson writes more citations and charges more fines if a violator fails to pay on time or misses a court date. Missouri state law requires that the fine be adjusted in accordance with a defendant’s ability pay, and Ferguson reportedly does not do much of that–thought it accepts monthly installments if an offender can’t pay all at once.

People who don’t pay can be arrested and jailed. The report cites the case of a woman who got two parking tickets in 2007 for a total fine of $151. Seven years later, she had missed so many payments and court dates that although she had paid $550, she still owed $541, and had been arrested and jailed more than once.

This certainly sounds harsh and may represent a particularly aggressive system of fines and collections. However, a city must have a credible way to make people pay fines, and the threat of jail was probably all that was needed when Ferguson was mostly white. Now, with a large population of blacks, people are apparently going to jail for failing to pay parking tickets.

Ferguson’s collections seem especially harsh in light of records DOJ found of people with city connections having violations “fixed.” “Your ticket of $200 has magically disappeared!” writes a court clerk to a friend. Corruption is infuriating, but, alas, not unique to Ferguson.

The report makes much of the fact that only four of Ferguson’s 54 sworn police officers are black, and argues that having more black officers would improve relations with “the community.” Needless to say, DOJ does not mention findings that black corrections and police officers can also abuse blacks, sometimes spectacularly so.

But there is a curious gap in the report: It does not quote a single one of these four officers. From the very start, everything about Ferguson has been about allegations of “racism.” Surely, the first thing the DOJ investigators did was go straight to those officers and grill them. Why are they not quoted? We can only assume that it is because either none of them said anything to support charges of “racism” or that they, themselves, were guilty of some of the misbehavior cited in the report.

Violating the Constitution

DOJ’s main charges against the Ferguson Police Department are that:

Officers violate the Fourth Amendment in stopping people without reasonable suspicion, arresting them without probable cause, and using unreasonable force. Officers frequently infringe on residents’ First Amendment rights, interfering with their right to record police activities and making enforcement decisions based on the content of individuals’ expression.

The question of “reasonable suspicion” is tricky, and was at the heart of the suit against New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy. How suspicious does someone have to look in order for a policeman legitimately to stop or search him? Can an officer consider race? No police department has consistent answers.

The report cites cases that certainly sound bad. A black man was parked by a playground in a car with windows tinted darker than the Ferguson code allows. An officer walked up and accused him of being a pedophile, ordered him out of the car, frisked him, demanded to search the car, pointed his gun, and arrested the man when he refused to permit the search.

In another case, a black man was waiting at a bus stop when a policeman pulled up and told him to “Get the f**k over here.” He demanded that the man produce ID, and when he wanted to know why, replied, “Stop being a smart ass and give me your ID.” The man was released after an ID check.

Two sisters were stopped in a car on the street. An officer arrested one because she would not show ID, and arrested the other for getting out of the car after he ordered her to stay inside. The sisters spent three hours in jail.

A woman went to the scene of an accident in which her fiancé was injured. She wanted to go comfort him, and was arrested and jailed when she refused to stay on the sidewalk as the officer ordered.

A man was stopped for a faulty brake light but swears that it was working. He says officers would not let him get out the car to check whether the light was working. He thinks he was racially profiled.

The report also cites cases in which people were cited or arrested simply for swearing at an officer or for refusing to stop taking videos with a cell phone.

There are many cases like these in the report, but what really happened? DOJ clearly got at least some these stories straight from “the community” with no attempt to verify them. In the introduction to the report it explains that it interviewed hundreds of civilians, that it contacted ten neighborhood associations, and several community and advocacy groups. Some of these things probably happened, but we should not forget the stories “witnesses” told of Michael Brown being shot in the back, or on his knees with his hands in the air.

Some Ferguson procedures probably are improper. DOJ reports that one officer told investigators that when he stops a car he asks for ID from everyone in it, and if passengers refuse he cites and sometimes arrests them. Apparently, a policeman does not have the right to card a non-driver unless there is probable cause to suspect a crime. DOJ cites this as an example of bad police training, and perhaps it is, but it is hard to imagine that it is unique to Ferguson.

DOJ also accuses the FPD of using force illegally, as punishment rather than to stop a physical threat. This is probably true. In one case, an officer saw on a security camera that a prisoner was peeing out through the bars of his cell door onto the prison floor. When the officer went to tell the prisoner to stop, some of the urine hit his leg, and he tasered the prisoner through the bars of the cell.

In another case, a drunk prisoner climbed onto the bars of his cell and refused repeated commands to come down. An officer fired a taser at him from outside the cell door, and the prisoner fell to the ground.

One officer reportedly punched a handcuffed prisoner who had spat on him. Correct procedure would be to lock the prisoner in the back of the patrol car.

These cases sound like improper police violence–though in response to provocation. If FPD officers sometimes lose their tempers they are surely not unique.

DOJ also reports that FPD makes it difficult for citizens to complain about officer misbehavior, and cites an example:

[A]n officer investigating a report of a theft at a dollar store interrogated a minister pumping gas into his church van about the theft. The man alleged that he provided his identification to the officer and offered to return to the store to prove he was not the thief. The officer instead handcuffed the man and drove him to the store. The store clerk reported that the detained man was not the thief, but the officer continued to keep the man cuffed, allegedly calling him ‘f*****g stupid’ for asking to be released from the cuffs. The man went directly to FPD to file a complaint upon being released by the officer. FPD conducted an investigation but, because the complainant did not respond to a cell phone message left by the investigator within 13 days, reclassified the complaint as ‘withdrawn,’ even as the investigator noted that the complaint of improper detention would otherwise have been sustained, and noted that the ‘[e]mployee has been counseled and retraining is forthcoming.’

This sounds like misbehavior, too, and one could argue that it wasn’t fair to classify the complaint as “withdrawn” just because the preacher was never heard from again. However, the FPD also recognized that the officer was at fault, and retrained him. Is this really evidence of a department gone wrong?

DOJ makes much of the idea that FPD has lost the “trust of the community,” but some of the complaints about the department border on the comical:

In another instance, after a woman called police to report a domestic disturbance and was given a summons for an occupancy permit violation, she said, according to the officer’s report, that she ‘hated the Ferguson Police Department and will never call again, even if she is being killed.’

Statistics

DOJ’s main concern, of course, is not whether FPD does unconstitutional searches or makes doubtful arrests; probably every police department in America does. The real target is “racism,” and DOJ finds it mainly with statistics.

The report repeatedly tells us that blacks are 67 percent of the population of Ferguson but account for 85 percent of vehicle stops, 90 percent of citations, 90 percent of documented cases of use of force, and 93 percent of arrests.

This is not surprising at all. A fine breakdown of Ferguson’s population statistics is not available, but the usual pattern when whites flee a city is that older whites–whose property values have sunk as blacks moved in–are the last to go. How many old white people in Ferguson are speeding, walking in the middle of the street, smoking marijuana in public, or loitering at night? Furthermore, the 67-percent-black figure is from the 2010 census; given the trends of the last 25 years, the black percentage could be well over 70 percent.

An officer has discretion about whether to stop a car, so any disproportion in vehicle stops is trotted out as proof of police “racism.” But what about crimes where police don’t have discretion? Paul Kersey at VDARE.com has cumulative figures for Ferguson since 2001. Eight of the nine people arrested for murder in the city have been black. Ninety percent of the 133 people arrested for robbery have been black. All 28 of the people arrested for rape have been black. Ninety-three percent of the 146 people arrested for stealing cars have been black.

So the figures DOJ cites are probably not a sign of police bias at all. There is probably not one PD in the country that does not stop and arrest blacks at a higher rate than whites for the simple reason that they commit more crimes.

The DOJ offers what it considers smoking-gun proof of “racism:” After a traffic stop, blacks are twice as likely to be searched by police, but are 26 percent less likely to have contraband on them.

First of all, that figure is wrong. Among those searched by police, thirty percent of whites and 24 percent of blacks had contraband, but the difference is 20 percent, not 26 percent. [*See calculation below.] Finding percentages is fourth-grade math. If DOJ can’t even get that right, why should we take any of its statistical arguments seriously?

But even the 20 percent figure is probably meaningless. After a traffic stop, the police run a check on outstanding warrants and citations, and the DOJ report makes it clear that blacks have a lot more of them than whites. That justifies a search. Also, DOJ ignores how the drivers or passengers behaved during the stop, and it is a good bet that black drivers behaved differently from white drivers.

DOJ plays games with another number. The FPD has four police dogs, which are trained to bite suspects who don’t behave. The report states dramatically that “FPD’s use of dog bites only against African-American subjects is evidence of discriminatory policing in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and other federal laws.” However, the report says elsewhere that this was the case for every biting incident “for which racial information is available.” There were only 14 of those–a very small sample over a two-year period–and DOJ doesn’t say how many cases there were in which the suspect’s race wasn’t recorded. If only three of those cases involved whites, the black percentage would be 82 percent, right in line with the other percentages the department cites.

“Racist” e-mail

DOJ sifted through mountains of FPD and municipal court e-mail, and found “racism.” It cites the following as proof that the statistics cited above are due to conscious racial discrimination.

  • A November 2008 email stated that President Barack Obama would not be President for very long because ‘what black man holds a steady job for four years?’
  • A March 2010 email mocked African Americans through speech and familial stereotypes, using a story involving child support. One line from the email read: ‘I be so glad that dis be my last child support payment! Month after month, year after year, all dose payments!’
  • An April 2011 email depicted President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee.
  • A May 2011 email stated: ‘An African-American woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital for a pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received a check for $5,000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from. The hospital said, “Crimestoppers.” ‘
  • A June 2011 email described a man seeking to obtain ‘welfare’ for his dogs because they are ;mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddies are.’
  • An October 2011 email included a photo of a bare-chested group of dancing women, apparently in Africa, with the caption, ‘Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.’
  • A December 2011 email included jokes that are based on offensive stereotypes about Muslims.

These email exchanges involved several police and court supervisors, including FPD supervisors and commanders.

The racial animus and stereotypes expressed by these supervisors suggest that they are unlikely to hold an officer accountable for discriminatory conduct . . . .

DOJ ties these jokes to “racial stereotyping:”

Several Ferguson officials told us during our investigation that it is a lack of ‘personal responsibility’ among African-American members of the Ferguson community that causes African Americans to experience disproportionate harm under Ferguson’s approach to law enforcement. . . . While our investigation did not indicate that African Americans are disproportionately irresponsible, it did reveal that, as the above emails reflect, some Ferguson decision makers hold negative stereotypes about African Americans, and lack of personal responsibility is one of them.

Of course the FPD thinks blacks are irresponsible, because they see it all the time, and of course the DOJ refuses to see it that way. The department insists that we join it in the heroic assumption that blacks in Ferguson are no more likely than whites to break the law, and that anybody who thinks otherwise is guilty of “negative stereotypes” or worse.

And because we are forbidden to notice any differences between blacks and whites, we are certainly forbidden to joke about them. The police see blacks at their worst, day in day out. It would be inhuman not to expect them to joke about them. In today’s climate of hysteria, we are supposed to think that anyone who laughs at a racial joke is a brute who hates all black people. This is rubbish. Just as teachers can joke about their students–perhaps even cruelly–without treating them unfairly, an officer can joke about Michele Obama’s high-school reunion and still treat black suspects fairly.

Solutions

So what does DOJ think FPD has to do? That’s all laid out in 11-1/2 pages of dense type–more than a tenth of the whole report–under the full-caps heading: “CHANGES NECESSARY TO REMEDY FERGUSON’S UNLAWFUL LAW ENFORCEMENT PRACTICES AND REPAIR COMMUNITY TRUST.”

For the police department, DOJ has no fewer than 64 different “necessary changes,” divided into 13 categories. Here’s a sample:

Increase opportunities for officers to have frequent, positive interactions with people outside of an enforcement context, especially groups that have expressed high levels of distrust of police.

Are the police supposed to spend their off-hours playing basketball and dominoes with young blacks? Good luck finding the young blacks.

For the court system there are 44 specific “necessary changes” in 13 different categories. Here’s one:

Initiate a public education campaign to ensure individuals can have an accurate and complete understanding of how Ferguson’s municipal court operates, including that appearance in court without ability to pay an owed fine will not result in arrest.

How is Ferguson possibly going to “ensure” that everyone knows how the municipal court works?

These “necessary changes” are a fanciful list dreamed up by federal bureaucrats who never cuffed a perp, and would be an impossible burden on a city with 100 times Ferguson’s budget.

So what are Ferguson’s options? Tim Fitch, the former head of the St. Louis County Police Department, says the recommendations are too expensive to follow. The only other option is to fight DOJ’s allegations in court. The government would put 100 lawyers on the case, and Ferguson would go broke paying its own lawyers. This means there is a good chance the FPD will cease to exist, and Ferguson policing will be taken over by a larger agency. This would be a fine irony, since DOJ’s number-one category of “necessary changes” is “Implement a Robust System of True Community Policing.”

Is the Ferguson Police Department a model of by-the-book policing? Probably not. Is it a den of racists who spend on-duty time doing the complicated paperwork on arrests of blacks they know are innocent? Certainly not.

The FPD is probably a perfectly ordinary small-town police department that cuts some corners and abuses a few people but generally keeps the town safe. It has gone through the meat-grinder because Eric Holder needs “racists.” Officer Darren Wilson slipped through his fingers but he did Ferguson one better: He got the whole department.


[*How to calculate the percentage.] To find by what percent 24 is smaller than 30, you divide the difference between the two figures (6) by 30 to get 0.2, which is 20 percent. DOJ stupidly divided by 24, which is 0.25 or 25 percent. (It must have gotten 26 percent because the earlier percentages have been rouned.)

To understand DOJ’s error better, imagine that whites had contraband 50 percent of the time, and blacks only 25 percent. The way DOJ did the math, (50-25)/25 = 1.0, would mean that blacks were 100 percent less like to have contraband–an absurd result. The correct calculation is (50-25)/50 = 0.5, or 50 percent less likely.

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Jared Taylor is the editor of American Renaissance and the author of White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century.

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  • 1. As if Ferguson is the only St. Louis County municipality that isn’t basically a ticket and fine collection service. By St. Louis County standards, Ferguson is big and populous. South of Ferguson is a collection of postage stamp munis, that are even worse than Ferguson, because most of those cities’ revenue are filled with tickets and fines.

    2. Blacks don’t want to be Ferguson PD officers, because they have their pick of jobs (affirmative action), and Ferguson’s PD is high danger and low pay. Any other job by definition is better (low danger low pay, low danger high pay, high danger high pay). If you’re black, around here, and want to be a cop, which will you choose? High pay low danger Chesterfield or low pay high danger Ferguson? Duh.

    3. The most current Census Bureau estimate of Ferguson is 73% black.

    4. I would not be surprised if the the FPD goes out of existence and the SLCPD takes over in the coming years.

    • Jason Lewis

      I’ve gotta disagree with you on #2. Ask a black police officer what happens to 90% of his current friends when they find out he is gonna become a cop.

      • I think you are correct about that, but that doesn’t make my point in #2 any less wrong. Among the scant few blacks (relatively speaking) that want to be cops, they’re not going to apply to crummy jobs like Ferguson when there are a lot of better options. The FPD Chief said back in August that he hardly ever has a black applicant. Puggg explained to me why that was, which is what I said in #2 above.

        • Jason Lewis

          Yes you have a point with that. Take of look at the military and soldiers in combat fields vs the “in the rear with the gear” jobs.

        • Nancy

          I find that interesting, because in public education at least those school systems have the good sense to pay more for “at risk” districts. The Atlanta Public Schools used to offer the highest starting salary back in the 1990’s.

      • IBWHITE

        Where I worked many of the Blacks who hired into corrections were drug mules and prostitutes affiliated with either the Vice Lords or Disciples. They were fairly easy to spot though since most would be driving a BMW or Lexus 6 months after starting while the rest of us had used Camry’s or old pickup truck’s.

    • 1Forced_Registration

      I couldn’t agree with you more. If you want to focus on a department that abuses citizens & looks to them as little more than revenue look to: Overland, Saint John’s, Saint Ann, Northwoods, and surprisingly bad Pine Lawn. If you just want to focus on a source of revenue from fines: Saint Ann (lead every other department in the entire state in every single category: Cars towed, tickets written, total fines) is outright notorious.

      To my eyes Saint Ann is the worst offender followed by St John’s in the revenue enhancement department. Ferguson is a fairly large city, and though it has some revenue problems they are nothing like the problems that come from having only 4000-6000 people. Or in St Ann’s case, never adjusting the budget to reflect the loss of a massive amount of retail and behaving stupid about possible replacements.

      I could say the same for Woodson Terrace, but Woodson Terrace finally went the other route and started spending less money rather than trying to make up for it in tickets. They till write a fair number, but its nothing like the old days.

    • Nancy

      As to Point 1. Everybody should know by now NOT to speed through little incorporated cities, or run any questionable yellow lights. Those cops are the worst about meeting their “initiatives”. (Not “quotas”, of course.)

      • Alexandra1973

        Smithville, Ohio, is known in this county for its speed traps. My mother-in-law once said there was a cop who’d bust you for going a half a mile over the speed limit.

        • slobotnavich

          The military used to have air-to-ground missiles that locked onto enemy radars, homing in on their emissions. A pity nobody markets a miniature version which could be mounted on the roof of your car and could lock onto police radars and carry an impact-detonated small warhead with perhaps 3-4 ounces of Comp.B or C-4.

          • evilsandmich

            I just make my piece with the fact that those radar guns are cooking their nuts.

          • slobotnavich

            It would be comforting to believe that, but since police radars only transmit on a couple of watts they’d hardly do any nut-cooking. Pity.

      • PvtCharlieSlate

        I prefer the term “doughnut points”.

  • quraina

    Correction: “Furthermore, the 67-percent-white figure is from the 2010 census …” should read “67-percent-black”.

    • jartaylor

      Thank you. Correction made.

  • TruthBeTold

    There are many cases like these in the report, but what really happened? DOJ clearly got at least some these stories straight from “the community” with no attempt to verify them. In the introduction to the report it explains that it interviewed hundreds of civilians, that it contacted ten neighborhood associations, and several community and advocacy groups. Some of these things probably happened, but we should not forget the stories “witnesses” told of Michael Brown being shot in the back, or on his knees with his hands in the air.

    The DoJ couldn’t get a case against Officer Wilson because the witnesses were ‘mistaken’, intimidated, misinterpreted the situation, or lied.

    And without any verification of stories the same DoJ accept their stories as true without investigation or question.

  • Susannah

    Yes, and the black officers could then implement the “Necessary Changes” list. Only I imagine the “Necessary Changes” list is only geared toward the evil, racist officers of White Privilege. When they mercifully depart, I’m sure Ferguson could evolve into the sort of peaceful and harmonious utopia that always results when blacks dominate any polity or institution and whites retreat.

  • Alexander Baron

    So they abuse whites as well as blacks. When will you stop defending these assholes? When will you realise they are no friends of ours?

  • antiquesunlight

    Anybody with a brain knows this was just a witch hunt. Unfortunately, it looks like there are a lot of brainless people.

    I can’t stop laughing at the shoot the black people picture.

    • Spikeygrrl

      Me neither — I just downloaded it 😀

  • HE2

    White FPD officers, I have some advice for you.
    Quit. Leave them to their own devices. The disappointed thug run DOJ is p.o.’d because they could not lynch Wilson. White officers are taking the hit.
    QUIT. Now. Please.

    • John Smith

      Similar to the advice I’d give white residents – MOVE.

      • UncleSham

        If we keep running we will soon have no where left to go.

        • John Smith

          It can buy you some time until you get to a place where folks realize they HAVE to make a stand.

          • UncleSham

            You are right, places like Ferguson are a lost cause, its just disappointing to admit it. White people put so much work over the years into building these communities, and then we just sit back and watch as Negros tear it all down.

          • John Smith

            If there weren’t Fergusons, people just wouldn’t understand the actual danger. We’d damn well better prevent them burning down Boise and Salt Lake City.

          • Tim_in_Indiana

            And not only that, but pretend like its a good thing!

          • DonReynolds

            Yes, Uncle……Ferguson, like Detroit, like Atlanta, like Memphis…..are proof positive and a huge billboard advertisement of what happens when the savages move to your locale.

        • Hammerheart

          The trick is we move all to the same geographical region. Once consolidation begins to happen things will improve. Until then, we’re just rats fleeing one sinking ship to another.

        • DonReynolds

          Thank you.

    • BulgAryan

      Come to the Pacific Northwest

      • HE2

        That is planned, Bulg.
        Already have two units of our fed up California family resettled in Northern MT.

        • BulgAryan

          I’m sure they like it better here!

    • Johnny Clay

      Why any white person would want to be a police officer in a mostly black town is beyond me.

      • HE2

        A poster commented those who served on the FPD received higher pay than their suburban counterparts.
        Perhaps “hazardous duty pay” plus?

        • DonReynolds

          Overtime.

    • Cid Campeador

      IF all the FPD consisted of Black officers, would the situation be any different?

      • HE2

        Good question, Cid. Negroes hate authority in general, probably even their own ilk.
        But, I would wager that hatred is intensified a thousand fold when the one in authority is White. Especially when it concerns a set of behavioral rules for which they have no regard, i.e. civility.

        • TheNameGame

          Curious…who the hell loves authority when it’s not in their hands?

  • BillMiller66

    Jared, just a quibble here over your statement that “apparently, a policeman does not have the right to card a non-driver unless there is probable cause to suspect a crime.”

    Government officials in the exercise of their duties have no “rights.” They have powers, and only those powers that we the people have delegated to them. Missouri Revised Statutes §84.710(2) authorizes a police officer to stop a person and demand his name and address is he has reasonable grounds to suspect the person of committing a crime. Simply being a passenger in a car pulled over for a traffic violation absent any other factors does not constitute grounds to demand identification.

    • 1Forced_Registration

      In towns where you couldn’t even walk to the store without being harassed I have used language to exactly that effect. “Am I committing a crime officer?” “Than I strongly suggest you leave me be.” I’ve only had one officer ever want to push it. He found out the hard way that all it takes to remove a cop is a couple people coming down to complain repeatedly — not to the police department — but at the town hall meeting with a few members of local press. Its amazing how fast THAT process works as opposed to filing a complaint. Its a hell of a lot more effective.

      If Ferguson chooses not to use theirs, that is on them. Bad officers CAN be removed, but generally not through the processes of the police department. You have to make it politically uncomfortable for them.

  • AmericanCitizen

    There is a reason for this type of political witch hunt. The left is putting the feelers out to find ways to eventually end the small-town police department and replace it with a more central policing agency. A federally guided/run/funded police department would of course have a disproportionate amount of minorities and also would take orders from the Federal Government.

    If the current police forces in American towns were ordered to go on a “gun grab” most would refuse. In 10-15 years in the future Officer Ramirez and Officer Tayquon of the Federal Police Task Force won’t refuse those kind of orders. They’ll have no problem at all kicking in white people’s doors to collect firearms, with the requisite threat/use of force against non-compliant citizens.

    When non-whites get the upper hand demographically and politically over whites things go bad quick. See the plight of South African whites as an example. Sweden (of all places) is on that path. Obama would wet his mom jeans if he could send uniformed blacks on smash-and-grab gun raids across small town White America.

    • Ludwig

      You’ve nailed it. The agenda is to have all local law enforcement under federal oversight. The media and government constantly vilify the locally elected county (and where I’m from appointed city) officials so as to portray them as incompetent and racsist, thus justifying federal intervention. Obama’s statement that the Ferguson police departments racial bias is not unique to that particular jurisdiction is indicative as to what’s to come.

    • TheNameGame

      Paranoia at it’s best. I’ve heard this same argument from the Left. You realize all y’all who attribute their identities to large, vague, generalized groups are often the same despite being at opposite ends of the see-saw? What kind of person capable of individual thought has to identify their egos with the very left or the very right, both broad brushes of multiple beliefs and ideologies lumped into a package? You two groups literally cannot exist without each other to hate.

      • anony

        I don’t think it’s at all paranoid to think that part of the overall agenda is to disarm the American citizen. Chuckie “the putz” Shumer would love nothing better than to take our guns. Read and listen to what the left writes and speaks. No paranoia needed.

    • DonReynolds

      South Afrika. It is not a theory or a guess. It is a living, breathing example of what to expect…..and it is much worse than the US media would ever report.

  • Richard Roelofsen

    Very brave of you mister Taylor. Perhaps we could see you display your bravery and do a report on the crime minister of Israel coming to US Congress and demanding the US take action against a third country on Israels behalf. What is your position on that? Why the absolute silence on that issue. I guess that bibi looks white to you right? But the same could be said about Rohani and Khamenei. Demolishing some black lie is nothing special (Duke lacrosse, Zimmerman, Tawanya Bradley etc.), but articulating a clear position on the true enemy of whites apparently is. The biggest political event this week was the speech of Netanyahu, and that event will have far greater repercussions for whites than this whole Ferguson drama. Think Iraq war of 2003, and how much that cost US taxpayers and how many white lives were destroyed in that process. A conflict with Iran would make the Iraq war seem like a cakewalk. All the more reason for you to strongly advocate against that and examine the detrimental impact a powerful minority in the US has. Would it not be interesting to invite Patrick J. Buchanan to a amren conference to talk about this subject? I would even cross the Atlantic and attend myself if he came.

  • My whole neighborhood was “warned” when I returned home after three years in federal prison. I was never any sort of sex-offender, so 11 years later I still don’t understand why they did that. The elderly Korean couple across the street had long avoided us, but she actually spoke to me today, instead of running away on seeing me. I can read lips, so she did say “Michael Scott”. The Thai guy across the lawn tried warning me about an apparently terrible fellow named “Scott”, in hushed tones, but I completely ruined it by laughing and admitting that was me; he used to take us shopping when we had no running vehicles. The whites here have long since forgiven me.

    I actually like people. I’m not “all that”. I’m not really an orc, though I have fallen.

  • Douglas Quaid

    Well written careful analysis, great job again.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Let’s give the Skittles Jesus some equal time now.
    .

  • Nancy

    That thing Mr. Taylor mentioned about the police not allowing civilians to record police activity is a touchy subject here in Gwinnett. The county cops apparently have it in for a guy up the street (I like to call him the neighborhood “Doobie Brother”) because they’re SURE he sells weed. (Let’s just say if he DID, I would know about it. He doesn’t.) But they went through his house with a warrant, searching everywhere, so Doobie took out his camcorder to get it on record. They never found anything.

    But the cops got REALLY mad, snatched the recorder, broke it (I think)…anyway, the end result was that Doobie sued the department and WON like $80K. AND he got the sergeant suspended without pay, too. He’s the white guy’s Neighborhood Hero, actually: he keeps his yard really nice, he’s very friendly, he has no love for blacks. Any time a cop begins sitting on the curb close to his house, out comes Doobie with the camcorder.

    Normally, I’m a huge supporter of LE, but Doob seems to have pissed them off somehow, and now they’re constantly hanging around. It’s a shame, too, because he lived with his elderly dad in that home for years, doing all the maintenance and landscaping. Then a few days after they barged in demanding a search of his house, his dad (who was beside himself, he was so upset) died of a heart attack. That’s no way to treat a quiet, tax-paying citizen, even if he does have a long ponytail and handlebar mustache.

    • The All Seeing Bry

      What did he sue for? They had a warrant.

      • Kit Ingoldby

        Having a warrant doesn’t give the right to seize and damage someone’s camcorder.

  • IBWHITE

    I would imagine Ferguson is only the first step in an effort to remove White law enforcement officers throughout this country. The powers that be want Black and Brown in charge and then they can really start squeezing us crackers.

  • Alexandra1973

    You know, I don’t care for the Fourth Amendment being trashed. But I can’t help but think that our system of government (what it’s supposed to be) only works best in a *civilized* society. Blacks are typically up to no good.

    Then again, if didn’t have people with a perpetual case of rectal-cranial inversion concerning the differences among the races, and the race-hustlers….

    • Sid Ishus

      “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

      – John Adams

    • Veni Vidi Vici

      Agreed, IQ and the degree of a country’s homogeneity are good predictors of which type of governments will work…

  • MBlanc46

    First, thanks to Jared Taylor for reducing the report to its essentials. Many people will bang on about it based only on short, biased news reports. We, at, least, have a solid survey of the report and its context. Regarding the Ferguson PD: Apparently they do things that I wish police forces wouldn’t do. But I do feel deep sympathy with white Ferguson officers forced to police contemporary ghetto Negroes. I doubt I’d be able to maintain the standards that I want them to maintain.

    • Hank Richter

      How are they forced to police ghetto’s? They willingly became a cop, they willingly accepted a position there, and they willingly continue to work there. I can’t say I have much pity for them since it’s their choice to be there.

      • MBlanc46

        You’ve a harder heart than I have.

        • Hank Richter

          Oh really? How is it a hard heart to state the facts of the situation.

          Our ancestors picked up and left everything they had, they endured a long uncomfortable journey on a steamer (some even died or lost loved one’s on the way), then they get here and had barely a dime to their name, so they worked whatever job they could find and eventually carved out a place for themselves, so think on that and then bring up your bag of excuses.

          • MBlanc46

            I’ll try to remember to suggest to the Ferguson police department that they emigrate to a foreign land and start anew.

          • Hank Richter

            Ah yes, you can’t come up with a credible refute so just throw out a childish straw man.

          • Kit Ingoldby

            You’re the one suggesting that people should run away.

          • Hank Richter

            No I’m not, I’m suggesting like minded people band together in their own towns rather than continuing to serve a government that is ever more hostile to them, big difference. When you have to twist people’s words it’s a clear sign you have no credible counter argument.

          • Kit Ingoldby

            You insult people for not running away. Then, when called on it, you bring out a lot of stuff about creating new towns, which you had not mentioned before. You’re not so much twisting words as just inventing them retrospectively, something that shows you up as totally dishonest.

          • Hank Richter

            When did I insult people for “not running away”? I never said anything about running away, moving to a town more suitable to your views is not “running away”, risking your life and staying in a town full of people who hate you and will hang you out to dry at the drop of hat is just plain idiotic.

            Just look at the other day two more officers got shot, they are darn lucky they didn’t die, but likely they will have medical issues for the rest of their life, and for what? What is it exactly you think they are accomplishing by standing there being used for target practice? How do you think Darren Wilson’s life is going about now? Think he’s glad he worked in that POS city?

            I’ve said that from my very first post, and anyone who’s seen me post before on other articles would clearly see I’ve been saying that since I found this site so WTF are you talking about? I haven’t invented anything “retrospectively”. I’m still waiting to hear any one of you lay out your grand plan on what whites should be doing, you’re all real great at criticizing things I (didn’t) say yet I’m hearing crickets as to your suggestions.

          • Kit Ingoldby

            And there you go again, repeating your crude insults of people who don’t run away.

          • PvtCharlieSlate

            I recently extracted myself from the vibrant diversity of the ‘gold coast” of southern CT and settled in the Pacific Northwest where, if I encounter one schwartzer a month, it’s one schwartzer too many. I don’t consider it retreating. I consider it being prudent. There were lots of little indicators that added up to the imperative to look for somewhere else to live. Things like realizing that it is safer to drive to work (even though it was only two miles) than take the local bus or even to walk because of the sullen hostility I encountered for being the only white male on the bus in a clean shirt and tie; or going to the super market and, instead of looking for the shortest line at the checkout, looking for the line with the less stupid/lazy/sullen looking cashier; or going into some small business like a gas station or car wash or a government agency and being resigned to having to endure dealing with a minority with an “attitude” and with a capacity for the English language that is only slightly better than my cat’s.
            As for the cops: there isn’t one police officer in the country who ever, before becoming a cop, received an official letter from the city government that started out with “Greetings, you are hereby ordered to report for induction into the Police Forces of the City of …”.

          • Hank Richter

            Yep, if a ship is sinking, you get off it.

          • MBlanc46

            Straw man? It was spot on.

          • Hank Richter

            Little late on the reply there eh? This was a textbook straw man, if you don’t see that I’d love to know your definition of the word.

      • Sid Ishus

        I have good friends that police under the same circumstances. They were young when they took the job. As time goes by the come to certain realizations, but by then they have families to support and bills to pay. I feel much pity for them… being stuck myself in a like situation.

        • Hank Richter

          I’ll reprint my reply to the other poster:

          “Our ancestors picked up and left everything they had, they endured a long uncomfortable journey on a steamer (some even died or lost loved one’s on the way), then they get here and had barely a dime to their name, so they worked whatever job they could find and eventually carved out a place for themselves, so think on that and then give those same excuses.”

          • Sid Ishus

            So, are you advocating retreat then? When do we plant a flag and say no further?

          • Hank Richter

            Ah, what’s in a word, love how you frame that in the most twisted way. “Plant a flag” – in a town that’s hostile to you? Great idea. How about instead like minded people start to congregate in towns and cities and plant their flag there?

          • Sid Ishus

            Can you tell me where this community of like minded individuals is located? How long until the MSM and DOJ find them and bring their crosses?

          • Hank Richter

            Go look at any map of the demographics of the US, there are still large areas that are majority white. I myself am planning to move to the UP of MI, there’s hardly a town there that is less than 98% white, many towns are at 100%, and of the 2% they are usually Indians who segregate themselves on reservations.

            All of you criticizing me I’m curious what your plan is?……just sit around complaining, waiting for all the Marxists to feel sorry for you and give up this new found advantage they have over you out of the goodness of their heart? Good Luck with that one. Fact is by continuing to be on that police force those officers are feeding this beast.

          • Sid Ishus

            This country was 90% White not that long ago. The gubmint will start air dropping Somalis, Nigerians and Latinos into the Upper Peninsula as soon as they learn of your plan to escape.

            “No matter where they go, we will follow. No matter how far away they move, we will follow. They can’t escape us.” – Andrew Young, Mayor of Atlanta, GA.

            Good luck in your move Hank.

          • Hank Richter

            Don’t think so, You may not have noticed but most non-whites don’t care much cold, wilderness type places. Most places in the UP are far from any kind of major cities and the like. Keep making excuses if you like or do something about it, I notice you failed to answer my question as to what your grand plan is…continue to grovel and beg the govt to be nice to you?

  • LHathaway

    So, this town went from 74% White to 29% Whites, in the time it took from a kid get from kindergarten to 12th grade. They’ve found the problem: racism. Against Blacks.

    “The FPD has four police dogs, which are trained to bite suspects who don’t behave”. Shouldn’t that say instead, they are trained to bite suspects who don’t pay?

  • Hank Richter

    Well heck, I say get an all black police force there, I can’t for the life of me understand why any white cop would want to work there in the first place.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” – Wise words from a long ago Democrat that would solve both Ferguson and all of black America’s so called problems with racism. Imagine, an all black police force policing an all black population. That would fix it! But, they wouldn’t have Whitey’s success and innovation to mooch off of, and, they wouldn’t be able to blame anyone else for the results of their miserable lives.

    • Sid Ishus

      I’d be willing for my taxes to be sent to a Black community if it meant my family could live in peace. Is that weak? Yes. But it sure as hell beats having to keep moving to stay ahead of the undertow or having to spend over an hour a day behind the wheel to keep my family in a safe community.

  • Sid Ishus

    “…thought it accepts monthly installments if an offender can’t pay all at once.”

    thought -> though

  • The All Seeing Bry

    “In another case, a drunk prisoner climbed onto the bars of his cell”…reverting to his primate instincts.

  • pcmustgo

    Honestly, those racist emails sent at work are pretty damning…. they should’t have sent them at work,..

  • bilejones

    What absolute utter bollocks.

    “If half of what the report says is true, the Ferguson Police Department has certainly made mistakes,”

    No if half of what they say is true, the FPD is one more example of the political filth looting the people, of whatever color, to line their own pension enriched pockets.

  • Cid Campeador

    I live in a New Jersey barrier island seashore town that is residential and 98% White. There are only three traffic lights in the whole town. One PO told me that their Chief handed them new ticket books and told them not to come back with any tickets unwritten.
    They hide in the bushes as vehicles come off the bridge that connects to the next barrier island. It’s a downhill entrance from the bridge and many motorists are in for a ticket unless they hit those brakes soon as their tires touch the asphalt.
    At the height of the summer season quite a few streets near the beautiful beachs are designated as no parking and many visitors either don’t see the signs or just ignore them. Many people return to their cars to find tickets. There are also municipal parking lots near several beach front streets and any users must have a seasonal parking sticker at a cost of $25.

    Apparently, Our PD definitely discriminates against us, the citizens and any careless, predominantly White tourists whom are affectionately (for the most part) referred to as Shoobies by the year round residents.

  • Thomas Luke

    Considering that since Ford, who had 17% of the black votes, black voters have consistently voted in decreasing percentages for Republicans. At the same time blacks have become increasingly hostile and accusatory even after racism is shown to be false. I can no longer believe that the democratic party is unaware of the distance between the truth and perception. I believe they are intentionally lying about and misrepresenting race in america. It seems like the left wants to be at the bottom of the mountain and don’t mind going off the cliff if the road is blocked. If any truth to Ferguson, Holder would of filed criminal charges. U.S. AG could win law suit against any small police department.

  • Peter L. Giamatti

    I’m actually to the right of Mr. Taylor on this one. I find these allegations to be no big deal. None of them. Its not Mayberry policing, no. But its typical “City of Big Shoulders” policing. Found in every rough town from Chicago, to LA to Shanghai.

    The St Louis PD in the old days had a police station with a huge cascading stone front steps. (Union Blvd.). When you got picked up for something you almost certainly did but they werent going to book you, they’d turn you around at the top of the steps and kick you in the butt. Sure you got banged up, but most perps preferred that to getting thrown in jail and having a criminal record.

  • Peter L. Giamatti

    “that it interviewed hundreds of civilians, that it contacted ten neighborhood associations, and several community and advocacy groups. ” You forgot the Bradley Effect. How many of the white neighborhood association leaders are going to mention a peep negative about black behavior to a black attorney general with a pre-determined agenda? Anonymity, my eye, … they’ll figure out who you are and burn down your business for “racism” too.

  • TheNameGame

    The world is our neighborhood 🙂

  • DonReynolds

    What needs to happen deliberately will happen slowly instead.

    What needs to happen is for whites to leave Ferguson, including police and fire and ambulance…….completely.

    Let them have their own hell hole and that is what it will become anyway.

    It is as inevitable as it is necessary.

    There is an old Irish reply to complaints….

    “Ah….but they will miss us, when we are gone.”