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Pierce writes: "A police officer shot Michael Brown to death. And they left his body in the street. For four hours. Bodies do not lie in the street for four hours. Not in an advanced society."

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The Body in the Street

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

22 August 14

 

.they have built the electric chair and hired the executioner to throw the switch all right we are two nations America our nation has been beaten by strangers who have bought the laws and fenced off the meadows and cut down the woods for pulp and turned our pleasant cities into slums and sweated the wealth out of our people...

-- John Dos Passos, "The Big Money," USA

keep coming back to what seems to me to be the most inhumane thing of all, the inhumane thing that happened before the rage began to rise, and before the backlash began to build, and before the cameras and television lights, and before the tear gas and the stun grenades and the chants and the prayers. I keep coming back to the one image that was there before the international event began, before it became a television show and a symbol in flames and something beyond what it was in the first place. I keep coming back to one simple moment, one ghastly fact. One image, from which all the other images have flowed.

They left the body in the street.

Dictators leave bodies in the street.

Petty local satraps leave bodies in the street.

Warlords leave bodies in the street.

A police officer shot Michael Brown to death. And they left his body in the street. For four hours. Bodies do not lie in the street for four hours. Not in an advanced society. Bodies lie in the street for four hours in small countries where they have perpetual civil war. Bodies lie in the street for four hours on back roads where people fight over the bare necessities of simple living, where they fight over food and water and small, useless parcels of land. Bodies lie in the street for four hours in places in which poor people fight as proxies for rich people in distant places, where they fight as proxies for the men who dig out the diamonds, or who drill out the oil, or who set ancient tribal grudges aflame for modern imperial purposes that are as far from the original grudges as bullets are from bows. Those are the places where they leave bodies in the street, as object lessons, or to make a point, or because there isn't the money to take the bodies away and bury them, or because nobody gives a damn whether they are there or not. Those are the places where they leave bodies in the street.

Bodies are not left in the streets of the leafy suburbs. The bodies of dogs and cats, or squirrels and raccoons, let alone the bodies of children, are not left in the streets of the leafy suburbs. No bodies are left in the streets of the financial districts. Freeze to death on a bench in the financial districts and you are whisked away before your inconvenient body can disturb the folks in line at the Starbucks across the street. But the body of a boy can be left in the street for four hours in a place like Ferguson, Missouri, and who knows whether it was because people wanted to make a point, or because nobody gave a damn whether he was there or not. Ferguson, Missouri was a place where they left a body in the street. For four hours. And the rage rose, and the backlash built, and the cameras arrived, and so did the cops, and the thing became something beyond what it was in the first place. And, in a very real way, in the streets of Ferguson, the body was still in the street.

The rage rises.

The very last march in which Martin Luther King, Jr. participated ended violently. He had come to Memphis to lend support to a strike by the city's sanitation workers. On March 28, 1968, King led a march in support of the striking workers. It did not end well.

King arrived late and found a massive crowd on the brink of chaos. Lawson and King led the march together but quickly called off the demonstration as violence began to erupt. King was whisked away to a nearby hotel, and Lawson told the mass of people to turn around and go back to the church. In the chaos that followed, downtown shops were looted, and a 16-year-old was shot and killed by a policeman. Police followed demonstrators back to the Clayborn Temple, entered the church, released tear gas inside the sanctuary, and clubbed people as they lay on the floor to get fresh air. Loeb called for martial law and brought in 4,000 National Guard troops. The following day, over 200 striking workers continued their daily march, carrying signs that read, "I Am a Man"... At a news conference held before he returned to Atlanta, King said that he had been unaware of the divisions within the community, particularly of the presence of a black youth group committed to "Black Power" called the Invaders, who were accused of starting the violence.

The backlash builds.

Whites, angered by the property damage to businesses during the aborted march, blamed blacks. The President of the Memphis Chamber of Commerce told the New York Times: "You can't take these Negro people and make the kind of citizens out of them you'd like."(sic). Rev. Lawson would later note that the nonviolence of thousands of black citizens who moved back to the church and their homes was lost in press accounts of the story.

A week or two later, Dr. King stepped out onto the balcony of his motel room in Memphis. A white man shot him through the neck and he died. They covered his body with a sheet. They did not leave it there on the balcony, blood pooling around it, for four hours.

In 1965, the editors of the National Review traced the violence of the Watts riots back to the baleful influence of Dr. King's various campaigns throughout the South.

For years now, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and his associates have been deliberately undermining the foundations of internal order in this country. With their rabble-rousing demagoguery, they have been cracking the "cake of custom" that holds us together. With their doctrine of "civil disobedience," they have been teaching hundreds of thousands of Negroes - particularly the adolescents and the children - that it is perfectly all right to break the law and defy constituted authority if you are a Negro-with-a-grievance; in protest against injustice. And they have done more than talk. They have on occasion after occasion, in almost every part of the country, called out their mobs on the streets, promoted "school strikes," sit-ins, lie-ins, in explicit violation of the law and in explicit defiance of the public authority. They have taught anarchy and chaos by word and deed - and, no doubt, with the best intentions - and they have found apt pupils everywhere, with intentions not of the best. Sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind. But it is not they alone who reap it, but we as well; the entire nation.

In 2014, the editor of the National Review traced the violence of the disturbances in Ferguson to the baleful influence of MSNBC.

You get the feeling that the enormous emotional investment in Ferguson from the left-from Eric Holder to MSNBC on down-reflects a nostalgia for the truly heroic phase of the civil rights movement. They (most of them, at least) can never be Freedom Riders, but they can write blog posts complaining that the police gear in Ferguson looks scary. They can never register voters in the Jim Crow South, but they can tweet dramatic pictures of tear-gas canisters going off. They can never march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge circa 1965, but they can do some cable hits. Ferguson is all they've got, so it must be spun up into a national crisis-our Gaza, our apartheid-to increase the moral drama.

They do not leave bodies in the street in Arlington County in Virginia, where the editor of the National Review grew up.

The story now seems to be about the "healing process" going on in Ferguson. The nights are quieter. The National Guard has pulled out. Some of the reporters have moved on to other things. There will be a funeral on Monday for the boy whose body was left in the street. It will be a dignified spectacle and it will be terrific television and it will be said to be "healing" the wounded place. Meanwhile, there are other people finding their healing in many different ways.

I support officer Wilson and he did a great job removing an unnecessary thing from the public.

An unnecessary thing.

The body they left in the street.

The body that, in so many ways, is still in the street.

An unnecessary thing.

The body they left in the street. For four hours. Ferguson, Missouri was a place where they left a body in the street. For four hours. And the rage rose, and the backlash built, and the cameras arrived, and so did the cops, and the thing became something beyond what it was in the first place. And, in a very real way, in the streets of Ferguson, the body was still in the street. What kind of place leaves the body of a boy in the street? What kind of country does that?

Dos Passos was correct.

All right.

We are two nations.

All right?

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-109 # Roland 2014-08-22 14:37
I don’t know how long it takes to do the necessary detective work for such a situation. The police dept. may have been aware enough to take their time and be extra careful when gathering and documenting evidence. Maybe they wanted to get the best they had to the scene knowing that this would be a firestorm. Four hours doesn’t sound all that long to me, considering the magnitude of the case. But, I don’t know how long it usually takes.
 
 
+101 # katela 2014-08-22 21:49
There was no crime scene investigation. The police car where there was a struggle was allowed to leave the scene. The cop hasn't been seen. And the incident report, with hardly any details, was written days later.
 
 
-6 # ritawalpoleague 2014-08-23 04:09
And, to hope for any investigation/j ustice under this administration is being naïve as hell.
The upping under this pres. (I worked hard to elect him in '08, and now call him Pres. Oh Bomb Ah, the DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE CENTURY), and his Attny. Gen. Eric Holder, of quashing of basic constitutional rights, rule of law, etc. is a 'bought off and/or scared off' puppet clown continuation of the 'lied into war' Bushwhacked years.

Wake up we must, regardless of pol. persuasion, race, economic status or lack thereof, and recognize that we are no longer a democracy, but rather a Nazi fascist style POLICE STATE AIN'T GREAT.

Lots and lots we've all gotta do (peacefully, please) to put into place real McCoy liberty and justice for all, and take head of what a pres. nicknamed Ike warned us of in 1960, as he left office: a power grab by the MIC (which I now call the MITC - military, industrial, terrorism complex), which includes govt. agents, i.e. the C.I.A., et. al..

Pull up: Colorado Springs Independent, search for: Rita Ague No Peace or Justice. The DOJ's Holder did no investigation whatsoever of the 'cop' with no name or badge number visible. Sound familiar?

We now have over seventy fusion centers here, in the U.S. of (greed and power) A. (ddiction), from where endless govt. agents order local authorities what to do, how to brutalize/tortu re/slay, etc. evil etc..

LOTS TO DO TO...UNDO THE EVIL COUP !
 
 
-21 # skylinefirepest 2014-08-23 11:21
And katela, you know this HOW??? Oh, you were one of the witnesses and stayed on the scene the whole time, huh??
 
 
-5 # Nominae 2014-08-23 19:24
Quoting katela:
There was no crime scene investigation. The police car where there was a struggle was allowed to leave the scene......


All very factual.

And factual is all that counts in this interminable tower of babble that has become the "dueling banjos" propaganda from both sides on this very emotional issue.

While I agree with the entire thrust of this author's article, I fully object to his pot-boiling description of a young man, 6'4" tall, 292 lbs, old enough to drive, old enough to be a member of the military, and, in many States, old enough to vote, as being a "child".

I can assure you that 18-yr-old members of the U.S. Military do not consider themselves to be "children", nor does anyone else (except perhaps their mothers) consider them to be such.

This kind of obvious and egregious emotional manipulation *undermines* Pierce's *otherwise* very accurate and very important reporting of the "facts-of-the-m atter", and gives opponents of the truth a place to hang their hats with calls of exaggeration, manipulation and bullshit.

Let's just stick to reporting the facts. Editorializing with silly emotional claims such as this young man being "a child" is just that: a silly emotional claim to which any photo of the individual quickly gives the lie.

The situation is already chaotic enough without rhetorically contributing to the confusion.
 
 
+61 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2014-08-22 22:39
Don't bother to reply to Roland. He is a board "plant." Four hours to say(?), "yep, he's black all right!"
 
 
+23 # Barbara K 2014-08-23 08:09
There are others on here as well, and not hard to figure out who they are, Mr. B. Thanks for the heads up on that one too.

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+3 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2014-08-24 22:14
Stirs up comments.
 
 
+37 # RMDC 2014-08-23 05:41
There have been a lot of cases in recent years of police shooting an African American and then allowing him to bleed to death on the street. Instead of calling an ambulance and rushing the guy to a hospital or allowing emergency treatment on the scene, the police just allow the guy to bleed to death. There has develops a battlefield culture among cops. They really do mean to kill young black men and dump their bodies. This is what the shooter cop in Ferguson did. That's why people are so mad. finally some community is standing up to the pigs.
 
 
+16 # 6thextinction 2014-08-23 09:00
It doesn't take four hours.
 
 
+6 # janla 2014-08-24 20:05
sQuoting Roland:
I don’t know how long it takes to do the necessary detective work for such a situation. The police dept. may have been aware enough to take their time and be extra careful when gathering and documenting evidence. Maybe they wanted to get the best they had to the scene knowing that this would be a firestorm. Four hours doesn’t sound all that long to me, considering the magnitude of the case. But, I don’t know how long it usually takes.

Quoting Roland:
I don’t know how long it takes to do the necessary detective work for such a situation. The police dept. may have been aware enough to take their time and be extra careful when gathering and documenting evidence. Maybe they wanted to get the best they had to the scene knowing that this would be a firestorm. Four hours doesn’t sound all that long to me, considering the magnitude of the case. But, I don’t know how long it usually takes.

If it was someone you knew and loved, 4 hours would be way too long - dead deer lie along the roadside these days, but dead people deserve more respect and their families and neighbors and the entire community deserve more consideration. This is shameful.
 
 
-1 # Jaylu 2014-08-26 14:39
Would four hours have been too long if it had been your brother lying dead in the street? 'Whatsoever you do to the least of these, my brethren, you do to me.'
 
 
+49 # A P 2014-08-22 16:33
They want us to believe we are two nations by treating us as such.

There is only one race, one "nation". Homo sapiens. All visual differences have no more importance than different coloured drapes on our windows. A home is a home, no matter how different the people who live in it.

Our ancestors had one skin colour in common when they walked out of Africa at the dawn of humankind. It was NOT white.

We are ONE race, one nation.
 
 
+75 # RMDC 2014-08-22 20:48
Yes, this is a very good article. They left the body lying in the street in a pool of blood just the way death squads do. And police in Black neighborhoods are a lot like the death squads that the US regime operates third world nations like El Salvador or Iraq. The dead body lying in the street is a message to everyone in the community -- "you could be next. We don't respect your life or your personhood."

There is nothing good to say about the police in Ferguson. They need to be cleaned out, all fired or transferred, and Ferguson needs to start all over with its own police force. Why are there 53 white cops in a 70% black neighborhood. What is this -- an occupied territory, like Gaza or the West Bank?
 
 
-44 # Roland 2014-08-22 21:55
In regards to your question as to why the police force is mostly white—It is because it use to be a mostly white neighborhood. When it changed they couldn’t get rid of the white officers due to the union.

My fear is what will happen if the officer is found innocent? He may be. We don’t know what happened. If some of the stories are true, he could be justified in the shooting. But, that might not matter to many people
 
 
+31 # Glen 2014-08-23 05:28
It's true, Roland. Once a deed is done and there is public anger and a need for answers, only real justice will quell that anger. The cop is not innocent of excessive force and killing, but as you say, we'll have to wait and see.

Four hours lying in the street is a long time in the heat. That heat can damage a body, rendering autopsies difficult. That alone should have been a reason to hurry the investigation and get the body out of the street.
 
 
+15 # Barbara K 2014-08-23 08:11
Exactly, and I think that is why the body was left in the hot street for so long. It is clear that no investigation was taking place. Did you see anyone out there doing any investigating? I didn't.

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-21 # skylinefirepest 2014-08-23 11:24
Oh, and you were standing where, BK??? Funny, but I didn't see you in the tapes.
 
 
+10 # cymricmorty 2014-08-23 08:41
Here is an excellent piece on how the city government has remained so lily-white in Ferguson. Spoilers: It is no accident and the union had nothing to do with it.

I dare you to read it, Roland.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/18/1322691/-The-Seamy-Underbelly-Of-Ferguson-Starts-To-Appear
 
 
-7 # Roland 2014-08-23 13:31
Read it - what about this?

Institutions do tend to reflect their electorates, but with a lag. When the population tips to mostly black, you don't start firing white police officers so you can replace them with someone more demographically appropriate. Even if you wanted to, that would make an open-and-shut lawsuit for racial discrimination. And if the police are protected by a union, as Ferguson's police officers apparently are, you can just forget it.

http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/op_ed/bc-ferguson-police-comme-20140815,0,1544245.story
 
 
+7 # cymricmorty 2014-08-23 20:42
The link you provided didn't work. It stalled at a Courant website error message.

I have read that the racial profile of Ferguson has shifted over 10 years, I believe. Offhand, over that period of time they don't seem to have hired any black officers. Surely there have been job openings.
 
 
+8 # Kootenay Coyote 2014-08-23 08:34
"What is this -- an occupied territory, like Gaza or the West Bank?"

Yes, evidently.
 
 
+39 # DaveM 2014-08-22 21:54
This is not an advanced society. We began regressing during the early 1980s and the pace has increased steadily. The Fergusons, the Detroits, The East St. Louis' etc. in American are bellwethers.

If you want to see the future of America, go find an online slide show of Calcutta. And if you don't like what see, you're free to do what you can about it at any time. Voting isn't going to do it, carrying protest signs isn't going to do it, and watching CNN most definitely isn't going to do it.
 
 
+19 # MidwestTom 2014-08-23 07:47
The seeds for the regression actually started in the 70's, let me explain. Until the 70's when one bought stock in a company it went up or down if the company succeeded or failed. However, in the 70's the SEC allowed short selling, option trading was expanded, the 80's started what is now the derivative market, and in the 90's we added high speed trading (owning a stock for only seconds). Why does this matter, and what does have to do with today.

The above changes warped all government statistics. Wall Street became a casino where the dealer (brokers and bankers)
make most of the money. The profits and cash flow there took away the need for a company to actually employ people and make a product. One broker on Wall Street making $10 million per year mixed in with 1000 people living on minimum wage jobs statistically looks good to the government since they only see the totals.

The huge income disparity between those who handle money, and those who make things is at the core of our society's problems. As working class blacks and whites slowly become poorer, each group looks for a scapegoat, and choses the other. The Ruling class realizes this and has created the police state to protect their position, while telling us that it is for our own good. When we so signs of rebellion, they throw us another bone (free medicine, free rent, etc.) thus further isolating them from ever losing an election. We are trapped by our own actions.
 
 
+12 # Kootenay Coyote 2014-08-23 08:38
"As working class blacks and whites slowly become poorer, each group looks for a scapegoat, and choses the other."

Not quite, as the example of the Union movement in the Appalachian coal country illustrates. When in the late 1930's-40's Poor white & black workers began to recognize they were in the same boat, mine owners, often from the North, started racist propaganda & helped Fund the KKK. This successfully broke the nascent Black-White cooperation.
 
 
+6 # Glen 2014-08-23 12:12
Learning local history, either first hand or through close friends and family, over the years, I found that those caught in poverty and isolation, having nowhere to turn, will take out their frustration and anger on each other, and yes, often other races.

Money, yes, has played a huge role in social issues in the U.S. and the wealthy and the government know that and do use it. Manipulation of the market is purposeful. Also, U.S. population has grown tremendously, increasing poverty and homelessness, and helplessness.

Who is it that, throughout the centuries, has rebelled and fought the hardest and were hardest to keep organized. The young, especially young men. Recent events are proving that, and illustrating who is most willing to break from under the boots. Cops know it and go after young men the hardest.
 
 
-1 # Jaylu 2014-08-26 14:48
There is an excellent book called "Jefferson's Pillow" that explores black/white relationships from the beginning of the white settling of the country. Wealthy landowners did, in fact, foster distrust among poor white and black workers. It was a tactic to keep both too busy to question why the rich were so rich and they were so poor. It worked.
 
 
+39 # L. Sabransky 2014-08-22 21:55
Great article - loved the writing. It's written like it's for the spoken word. I would to see this delivered as a speech.
 
 
+19 # tomtom 2014-08-22 23:14
We need cameras recording all the conversations and interactions within the police departments and their lunch rooms and where they meet, privately. Their roll in " protecting and maintaining the peace" warrants strict monitoring and supervision. We willl not accept anything less.
 
 
+39 # dyannne 2014-08-22 23:25
Four hours in the street and not even a covering. That is so disrespectful. So hideously disrespectful. I have absolutely no respect for the police of Ferguson, Mo. None.
 
 
+44 # lorenbliss 2014-08-23 00:32
To understand why Michael Brown's body was left (on display) in the street for four hours it is necessary to understand the new paradigm of governance that's being imposed on the U.S. homeland.

This new paradigm is brazenly capitalist governance -- absolute power and unlimited profit for the Ruling Class, total subjugation for all the rest of us – other names for which are fascism and Nazism.

It has always been the paradigm of governance in the USian colonies – places like Pinochet's Chile and Diem's Vietnam. But now with the labor movement dead and the Soviet Union gone and China eternally co-opted, there is no longer any power on earth adequate to prevent the capitalists – the One Percent – from ruling domestically with exactly the same savagery they have always ruled their overseas possessions.

The function of the police in this new paradigm is to protect and serve the Ruling Class and to tyrannize all the rest of us. In this new paradigm, We the People are the enemy. The police are an army of occupation protecting the Ruling Class from the rage of this foreclosure-con quered nation.

That's why Mike Brown's body was left in the street for four hours. It was a warning to the people, a standard army-of-occupat ion tactic. It is a 21st Century version of how the Nazis in their conquered territories hung dissidents from lampposts with signs proclaiming the new order. Disobedience Is Death, whether in Hitler's Grosse Deutschland or the United States of America.
 
 
-1 # Jaylu 2014-08-26 14:50
It feels to me like a lynching, too, except that the victim was lying down. Certainly, it carried the same threat with it.
 
 
-23 # lnason@umassd.edu 2014-08-23 06:26
Of the seven murders within the two block radius of my home over the last decade, several of the bodies were left in situ for more than four hours to allow forensics and photographers time to reach the scene, suit up, and do their work. The murder victims were black and white and brown in roughly equal numbers.

In what I believe was the worst case of leaving any of these 7 bodies in situ, the victim was a (very sweet) Jewish landlord (who often allowed hard-up tenants to stay on without paying rent)who had had his throat cut in one of his apartments and the murderer had then set the apartment on fire to confuse the evidence. The fire department found the body fairly quickly but it took many hours to take the body away since the fire had to be extinguished first. The burned out building was taped off for weeks before clean-up crews were allowed in.

I don't know why Pierce is jumping to conclusions so quickly.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+23 # Kootenay Coyote 2014-08-23 08:41
As noted elsewhere, the police disappeared & no site research was conducted. Nor was Brown's body in a fire scene.
 
 
+19 # cymricmorty 2014-08-23 08:56
I'm calling BS on lnason and Roland of the right: No good investigating is done when a body lies in sweltering heat for 4 hours. There is no good reason why a forensics team wasn't expeditiously on the scene taking photos, samples, drawing a chalk line around the body and removing it. There are plenty of witnesses with videos showing Wilson was pacing around the body. That would be nothing but a hindrance to a forensics team. There was no investigating being done.

The body was left on the ground in the same way that strange fruit would fall off the tree: for all to see and take warning.
 
 
-15 # skylinefirepest 2014-08-23 11:28
Inason...becaus e that's exactly what Pierce does quite frequently. I can add that as a fire department photographer for well over twenty years it is quite common for a body to remain in place for several hours while the preliminary investigation is done...and the coroner draws blood and does his bit before the body is moved also. I'm not saying this is what happened in Ferguson because there seems to be quite a few different viewpoints here as to what was happening...jus t overall, I do know that bodies stay in place and are seldom removed quickly.
 
 
-18 # skylinefirepest 2014-08-23 15:02
You guys are just insane...I tell you what happens here and is well documented as fact and you load me down with minuses!! Liberals are freaking idiots!!
 
 
+15 # zepp 2014-08-23 11:30
For starters, nobody set fire to the street.

Forensics takes a while only if in situ examination is needed to determine cause of death (self-evident, in this case) or to help determine who caused the death (again, self-evident). And in most cases, the police either promptly cover the body, or erect a small tent over it.
 
 
0 # skylinefirepest 2014-08-28 16:38
Ok, folks, there's some testimony from another un-informed person. I've been doing fire-rescue photography for the police and others for over twenty five years and I'll tell you that Zepp is not only wrong but like seemingly everybody else commenting on the Ferguson bit, has an opinion that just has to be right!!
 
 
+21 # Citizen Mike 2014-08-23 07:13
How long the body was left is secondary to the fact that he was shot for nothing. Here we have the kind of cops who shoot people for sport. An increasing trend.
 
 
+15 # Barbara K 2014-08-23 08:20
Absolutely! There was no reason to kill this kid. He was due to go to college in 2 days. What a loss. The cop was just looking for a victim that day, that is obvious. Lots of people Jay walk. Did he stop anyone else? The kid was only a few feet from his destination, but that bully cop wanted to take his vile anger out on anyone, even an innocent kid walking across the street, totally unarmed. Get these bullies out of our police departments. We are not the enemy, we are the citizens of this country.

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-21 # skylinefirepest 2014-08-23 15:01
Barb, you are a freaking idiot...you seem to have this case sewn up already, so there's no reason to even keep the media on it. You weren't there but you have all the evidence to convict and you're sure of your findings. This is why I detest freaking liberals...low information idiots.
 
 
+16 # Nominae 2014-08-23 19:45
Quoting skylinefirepest:
Barb, you are a freaking idiot...you seem to have this case sewn up already, so there's no reason to even keep the media on it. You weren't there but you have all the evidence to convict and you're sure of your findings. This is why I detest freaking liberals...low information idiots.


Shuck E. Darn ..... and then you wonder why readers thumb you down like the instant salivation from Pavlov's dogs. (look it up).

If you want the content of your comments ever to be considered, you must occasionally *include* some content.

Spittle-flying name calling is not only a ridiculously impotent "argument", it causes people to remember you - but not in the way that you apparently hope to be "esteemed".

Do you suppose that Barbara K, and other decent readers whom you are hereby referring to as "freaking liberals...low information idiots" will *now* be reading your posts with breathlessly rapt interest and thoroughly unbounded enthusiasm ?

You set fire to your own bed and then you snivel and holler about the flames and the smoke.
 
 
0 # skylinefirepest 2014-08-28 16:39
Oh, so you believe her??? Huh, nom???
 
 
+6 # Bev 2014-08-23 07:16
Again another incident that was staged from the beginning. Dividing us racially is an attempt to gain control.Send in undercover rioters and looters and outsiders to stir up the crowds.Stir up old wounds and create a scene to justify bringing in the military,enforc e curfews and martial law. Crisis actors can be recruited on Craig's list for $15/hr who help our militarized police conduct "training drills" and you will soon have a fearful, obedient nation of slaves.
 
 
+6 # Nominae 2014-08-23 19:48
Quoting Bev:
Again another incident that was staged from the beginning. Dividing us racially is an attempt to gain control.Send in undercover rioters and looters and outsiders to stir up the crowds.Stir up old wounds and create a scene to justify bringing in the military,enforce curfews and martial law. Crisis actors can be recruited on Craig's list for $15/hr who help our militarized police conduct "training drills" and you will soon have a fearful, obedient nation of slaves.


This post cannot be repeated often enough.

To paraphrase Ronnie Ray-gunz, "It's Wake Up Time in America" !
 
 
+10 # CAMUS1111 2014-08-23 10:54
The body was left in the street simply because it was guilty of being black while dead...
 
 
+12 # zepp 2014-08-23 11:25
The body was left in the street for the same reason the KKK left bodies hanging in trees: it was a warning to the rest.

Pierce is right. This sort of behavior has no place in a civilized society.
 
 
-9 # Roland 2014-08-23 13:43
It seems that people here who have been around crime scenes have said that 4 hours isn't that long for such a killing. Personally I said i didn't know but questioned whether 4 hours was long. It didn't sound long. It seems most here, don't question anything and stick to,the police are racist, and they just want to shoot black people. Really?

I find this mind set so hard to believe that I wonder if something else is going on here.
 
 
+11 # margpark 2014-08-23 15:21
Properly done, the entire area is blocked off and gone over with a fine tooth comb. The medical examiner comes and pronounces death and the body is taken to the morgue. Where the body was is an outline of the body. Nothing was properly done in Ferguson, MO.
 
 
-1 # Radscal 2014-08-24 13:04
"A week or two later, Dr. King stepped out onto the balcony of his motel room in Memphis. A white man shot him through the neck and he died."

True, but probably not as most people think. In the ONLY trial on the murder of MLK, the jury found James Earl Ray INNOCENT. They found that the Federal Government hired a team of hit-men who, with assistance from the FBI, stalked MLK until the "perfect" opportunity came on April 4, 1968.

They found that the actual assassin was probably a US Marine Sharpshooter.
http://www.thekingcenter.org/assassination-conspiracy-trial
 

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