Maybe it’s just me, but I’m just a little suspicious that the whitest guy in this crowd is front and center and wearing a shirt with the caption “Demilitarize the Police” to an alleged impromptu protest. Wisconsin, anybody? Occupy? How convenient that this latest eruption is occurring in the same major urban area as the long-simmering Ferguson tinderbox.*
The latest incident is in response to a story about an off duty cop fatally shooting a teen, who, like Michael Brown, was 18 years old and, according to the law of the land, an adult vested with the full adult of rights of all other adult US citizens, except of course, consumption of alcohol per the state laws of Missouri. The incident allegedly happened last night, and in response, social media exploded again, leading to the allegedly impromptu protest.
I’ve been watching the story unfold in the usual haunts all day long. There’s two tracks, as usual. There’s the “It’s Michael Brown all over again!” crowd, and there’s the “He shot at the cop!” crowd. Over at places like the The Orange Cheeto, they’re talking in shorthand, tapping out the rhythm of outrage in single words and short phrases. “17 bullets!” “Sandwich!” “Planted gun!” “Off duty? Wazzuh!”
The other side is slightly more nuanced. They’re discussing the young man’s previous arrests for illegal gun possession, the fact of his house arrest at the time, the initial ballistic findings, and that he ran away. They’re not helped by comments from a police spokesman who actually said the words “He was no stranger to police” about the slain man in a press conference. Tone deaf, much?
You know the drill, how this all works. It’s a safe bet to expect this thing to get louder. There’s an election coming, and engineered protests are to be expected, especially when those protests agitate a storied and persistent constituency for Democrats. Taking advantage of the tragic lives and bad choices of
poor income-challenged black boys is all part of the ground game on both sides now.
*The guy in the picture of this post is apparently also featured in the Reuters article linked by the asterisk. That article gives his name, and his Twitter feed identifies him as a “Contra Reporter Palestinan/American Activist/Journalist Reporting on the ground in Ferguson,MO.” His Facebook feed identifies him as an “Activist for Justice.” Yeah, that’s not suspicious at all. Especially in light of this.
I’m sure the Klown will have more on all this tomorrow, if the kittens allow.