Ferguson: "War Zone Or US City?"... The Morning After

Tyler Durden's picture

Ferguson suffered its 5th night of unrest; as we feared during the day yesterday, when night fell in Ferguson, a combination of massive SWAT team presence and an increasingly disillusioned citizenry were a recipe for disaster. Over 70 heavily-armed police enforced quasi-martial-law in the troubled town, at least 10 people were arrested, tear gas and rubber bullets were unleashed, and 2 reporters were (briefly) arrested. Perhaps Rep. Justin Amash summed it up best, "Is this a war zone or a US city? Gov't escalates tensions w/military equipment & tactics."

"I've had enough of being pushed around because of the color of my skin. I'm sick of this police brutality," said one protester, who gave only his first name, Terrell, 18. "I'm going to keep coming back here night after night until we get justice."

Clashes broke out between police and protesters overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, four days after police shot to death an unarmed black teen.


As Reuters reports,

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, fired tear gas, stun grenades and smoke bombs to disperse some 350 protesters late Wednesday, the fourth night of racially charged demonstrations after police shot to death an unarmed black teen.




Some demonstrators hurled rocks at police as others scattered, while smoke engulfed the area. A Reuters reporter saw two young men preparing what looked like petrol bombs in a bus-stop shelter, their faces covered by bandanas. Police said protesters had thrown petrol bombs at officers.




Protesters have gathered every night since Saturday when 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death in the mostly black suburb of St. Louis, during what authorities said was a struggle over a gun in a police car. Some witnesses say he was outside the car with his hands up.



Police have deployed camouflage-clad officers in body armor, including one manning a rifle on a tripod atop an armored car, to Ferguson.




More arrests...

A St. Louis alderman, Antonio French [who has become a Twitter celebrity with his Vines], was among some 10 people arrested on Wednesday evening, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper reported. About 40 protesters have been arrested since Saturday.

But the Police say they are trying to help...

Police Chief Thomas Jackson told reporters his priority was improving race relations in Ferguson, which has seen a stark demographic shift in recent decades, going from mostly white to mostly black. About two-thirds of the town's 21,000-strong population are black. On a police force of 53, three officers are black.



"This is an opportunity to fix what's wrong," he said.

Politicians are anxious...

National figures from President Barack Obama to civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton have called for a peaceful response to the shooting.


Obama, who is vacationing on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, was briefed on Wednesday night about events in Ferguson by senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the White House said.




Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said in a series of Twitter messages he would visit the area on Thursday, and urged "law enforcement to respect rights of residents (and) press" with the hopes that the "ongoing crisis" does not compound Saturday's "tragedy."



"Situation in Ferguson does not represent who we are. Must keep the peace, while safeguarding rights of citizens and the press," Nixon wrote.

Reporters arrested and tear-gased...


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Spot The Difference...

As Michael Snyder asks - How is it possible that our once very peaceful nation has fallen apart so dramatically?

Let’s be honest – Ferguson, Missouri is under military occupation right now, and the entire world is watching in horror as militarized police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at unarmed protesters. Yes, the rioting and looting in Ferguson needed to be stopped. If order had not been restored, more stores and businesses would have been destroyed. However, there is no excuse for the brutal tactics now being employed. At one point, police snipers were even using laser scopes to target protesters that were obviously unarmed. Sadly, this is just a preview of what is coming to America in the years ahead. As the economy falls apart and people become even more angry and even more frustrated, there will be a lot more incidents of civil unrest like we have just witnessed in Ferguson. And in response, the federal government and our overly militarized police will seek to crush those uprisings with overwhelming force. ...

when police get all of this equipment, it is inevitable that they are going to use it.  One result of this has been the astounding increase in the number of SWAT team raids in America.  The following numbers come from my previous article entitled “10 Facts About The SWATification Of America That Everyone Should Know“…

#1 In 1980, there were approximately 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States.  Now, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year in this country.

#2 79 percent of the time, SWAT teams are deployed to private homes.

#3 50 percent of the victims of SWAT raids are either black or Latino.

#4 In 65 percent of SWAT deployments, “a battering ram, boot, or some sort of explosive device” is used to gain forced entry to a home.

#5 62 percent of all SWAT raids involve a search for drugs.

#6 In at least 36 percent of all SWAT raids, “no contraband of any kind” is found by the police.

#7 In cases where it is suspected that there is a weapon in the home, police only find a weapon 35 percent of the time.

#8 More than 100 American families have their homes raided by SWAT teams every single day.

#9 Only 7 percent of all SWAT deployments are for “hostage, barricade or active-shooter scenarios”.

#10 Even small towns are getting SWAT teams now.  30 years ago, only 25.6 percent of communities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team.  Now, that number has increased to 80 percent.

And of course African-American communities receive a greatly disproportionate amount of attention from our militarized police.  Just imagine how you would feel if every time you saw a police officer you cringed in fear because you might be about to get searched again.  The following is how author Michelle Alexander put it in her book “The New Jim Crow“…

Ultimately, these stop-and-frisk operations amount to much more than humiliating, demeaning rituals for young men of color, who must raise their arms and spread their legs, always careful not to make a sudden move or gesture that could provide an excuse for brutal - even lethal - force.


Like the days when black men were expected to step off the sidewalk and cast their eyes downward when a white woman passed, young black men know the drill when they see the police crossing the street toward them; it is a ritual of dominance and submission played out hundreds of thousands of times each year.

So what can we do about this?

How can we change the system?

How can we reverse this alarming militarization of our police?

Unfortunately, our system has become so corrupt that there is very little that we can do.  In fact, one newly released study discovered that average Americans have a “near-zero” statistical impact on public policy…

A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”


The startling study, titled “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens,” is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on Politics and was authored by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page. An early draft can be found here.


Noted American University Historian Allan J. Lichtman, who highlighted the piece in a Tuesday article published in The Hill, calls Gilens and Page’s research “shattering” and says their scholarship “should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government.”

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This is America...


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kliguy38's picture

Bend over Bitchezz.....its for your safety bitchezz

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Coming to a neighborhood near you. I am sure which is more sad, our militarized police force or our thugish violent citizens.

LasVegasDave's picture

Its not a US city; its an african city, like detroit, camden, newark, philly, baltimore.

Recognize it and act accordingly


GoldSilverDoc's picture

Vast majority of population: black.  Vast majority of police:  white.

African city?  Really?  

Oh. Right.

South Africa.  1960.

There are n*g*e*s of every race, LasVegasDave.  Are you a white one?



smlbizman's picture

i find myself cheering on the thugs...go get em boys...much the same way i find myself cheering on vlad.....

and p.s.....57 yr old white man here....father had a business in balt. city last time this happened...they tied a white cloth to his door...nobody fucked with it....he always treated people decent...

Pladizow's picture

I would never let my child be born in America or ever be assigned a SS# or US passport!

nope-1004's picture

Do any of these idiots remember the kids' name?


McMolotov's picture

His name is Robert Paulson.

THX 1178's picture

Don't use the military as police. That would violate posse commitatus. Get ex military to join the police force and give them military implements. problem solved.

BLOTTO's picture

Ferguson, Missouri


Motto: Proud Past. Promising Future.





gh0atrider's picture

In Satoshi's paradise he has laid out for us, there are no riots as people understand it is more profitable to trade freely than riot and loot.

MillionDollarBogus_'s picture

Fight Club author;  "... there was no novel that presented a new social model for men to share their lives..."

..or share the experience of lighting Molotov cocktails with the smell of tear gas in the night air, just ouitside of St. louis...

Operation Mayhem seems to be progressing nicely...


pods's picture

Fucking double autoplay?  More annoying than autoplay O speaking.

Nevermind as soon as you post you have scroll back up and pause them.

Not worth it.


kaiserhoff's picture

A modest proposal:

Cut off welfare benefits for life, for anyone convicted of looting.

That would take all the fun out of it.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

I'll take street thugs and dependent Negroes over trigger-happy, roid-raging cops anyday. The Negroes desire a little respect, some free shit, and a little turf. High demands, but not as high as the cops and the government they represent. The cops want you to be a slave to the system OR DIE. The truth always stings a little.

MillionDollarBogus_'s picture

The double autoplay is part of operation mayhem, designed to get you pissed off, and it seems to be working.

 The other beautiful thing about the comemrcial that you are forced to hear is that Tyler is making a lot of $$$$...

Greed, like rust, never sleeps...

0b1knob's picture

Nothing that is happening in Ferguson justifies the use of multiple autostart videos on Zerohedge.

A L I E N's picture


Agreed, autoplay is a direct threat to our fundamental rights.

gh0atrider's picture

gh0atrider finds the fundamental noises on this page are hurting his ears.  Must MRAD.  Must coin you!

Raymond K Hessel's picture

Why am I the only one thinking, where's the militia in all this?  


One would expect that the militia could finally spark off the powder keg they keep blathering on about.

White militia and black rioters joining forces against militarized police.

Think about it.

Oil_City_News's picture

... IMO if they had not destroyed busuness they may be gettin all kinds of support!!

fmouse's picture

You have no idea who destroyed businesses.  The word I've heard is that the trouble was caused by people from outside the community, and based on my own experience, this may well be true.  And whoever was responsible for destroying businesses, it in no way invalidates or diminishes the legitimate grievances of the people in Ferguson or their right to demonstrate for it and protest their treatment.  You comment is unabashedly racist!

James_Cole's picture

If memory serves, nypd choked a black man to death the other week - no one gave a shit, no businesses were destroyed.

Recall the entire reason this protest began was the police killed an unarmed kid and then gave an absurd story about how he tried to assault the officer (kid was heading to college next week). If this was someone in my community the local kids would have destroyed a lot more infrastructure.  

Citxmech's picture

When an outrageous act (especially on indicative of a pattern of abuse) instigates additional outrageous conduct, that does not excuse the original outrageous act.  By all accounts, the majority of Ferguson residents are not looting and burning.  I'd be surprised if the shit disturbers account for more than 0.05% of the population.


Paveway IV's picture

"...I'd be surprised if the shit disturbers account for more than 0.05% of the population..."

And maybe five or ten minutes. That's all you need to distract the couch-bound from years worth of an underlying issue affecting the other 99.95%.

Dead kids? The U.S. constitution? FUCK THAT - look at those animals looting chips and beer from the store! They're not paying for them at all! And they broke the window... on purporse. Holy mother of God! Can't we send a few gunships there to back up police? 

The U.S. is the only place on earth where people would willingly have their rights violated and their constitution used for toilet paper in order to protect a 7-11 full of chips and beer. 

Keyser's picture

It has already been reported that "those" that came in from neighboring communities were black and the only reason they came was to loot stores... So get off you racial high horse -or- go fuck yourself, whichever you prefer... 

Freddie's picture

99% of blacks voted for Obama TWICE and 20 million more illegals and more Latino drug cartels. 

markpower49's picture

Blacks have proven themselves to be unworthy of living in the US, as well as any filthy white who defends them.

Keyser's picture

Thanks for waving the flag... We've got our eye on you... 

snodgrass's picture

Whites left the city to avoid being the victims of black crime - duh. Just like they have everywhere. Ever hear of the suburbs? Send the negroes back to Africa where they belong so they can get some "justice".

Cathartes Aura's picture


Clashes broke out between police and protesters overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, four days after police shot to death an unarmed black teen.

Clash eh?  I remember it well. . .

White riot I wanna riot
White riot a riot of my own
White riot I wanna riot
White riot a riot of my own

Black man gotta lot a problems
But they don't mind throwing a brick
White people go to school
Where they teach you how to be thick

An' everybody's doing
Just what they're told to
An' nobody wants
To go to jail

All the power's in the hands
Of people rich enough to buy it
While we walk the street
Too chicken to even try it

Everybody's doing
Just what they're told to
Nobody wants
To go to jail

Are you takin' over
Or are you takin' orders?
Are you goin' backwards
Or are you goin' forwards?

White riot I wanna riot
White riot a riot of my own
White riot I wanna riot
White riot a riot of my own

john39's picture

palestinians provide advice to Ferguson protestors on how to deal with tear gas and brutal police:


yes, we are all palestinians now....

IndyPat's picture

...Clash eh?

"Clampdown" would have worked nicely, too.

Good call, still.

Shitters_Full's picture

Neither is more annoying than Coldplay, though.

Professorlocknload's picture

Auto play seems to go away when Adobe Flash is uninstalled,,,the first thing to get rid of on any machine.

Save_America1st's picture

I watched the live stream last night with Infowars.com reporters, Sgt. Joe Biggs and Jakari Jackson.  For nearly the entire time the crowd was together, far back from the police war machines, and they were only yelling shit and cussing sometimes at the cops or flipping them off. 

It was that way for a long time even though the cops kept commanding them to stay back...but the people weren't advancing at all towards the police blockade.

But eventually, as I suspected would happen, the crowd started arguing with themselves over some B.S. about Sharpton and obama, etc. and then from what Sgt. Biggs reported, somebody threw a glass bottle at one of the police tanks.

The police immediately began firing tear gas, rubber bullets and flash bombs at the crowd at that point and demand they dispearse or be arrested.

Here were dozens and dozens of armor-plated cops with tanks and machine guns against what seemed to be a totally unarmed crowd which threw one bottle at them and the cops went crazy.

What kind of pussy cops fires indiscriminently into crowds of people as well as directly at reporters due to one stupid bottle?  That is not showing the kind of restraint and attitude the cops are supposed to demonstrate in a situation like that in front of a pretty well self-controlled crowd.

And since when are the cops allowed to fire at unarmed reporters who are only there to record the news???  Sgt. Biggs was shot at multiple times and was hit in the body by a rubber bullet that made him bleed.  They also directly fired tear gas at his head and flash-bombed him and other reporters.

What the fuck is that all about?  The reports this morning from the scene are that the reporters were directly targeted by these cops, 2 were arrested for no reason, and the cops were trying to confiscate their recorders and break their gear.

Of course there no way to tell which cops were firing on innocent people and especially at reporters who are supposed to be protected by the cops as well as protected under 1st Amendment freedom of speech.

Firing indiscriminently into crowds of people for no reason does not exactly help give any credibility to the police who claim they were justified in shooting down that guy with 8 shots from far away, does it???  They pretty much proved last nigth that they're trigger-happy pussies who can't handle a single bottle thrown into the street in front of them. 

I won't justify anything the people of that town did to riot, loot, burn, and assault others.  Those are scumbags show should be arrested for their crimes.  Doing those things also doesn't give them any credibility just as what the cops did lacks credibility.  Both sides are now breaking the law.

But after the fact...what went on last night was not rioting or looting the whole time I watched and it was only until one bottle was thrown did it get out of hand.  Then the police went crazy and the crowd went crazy too and it all escalated out of control once again.

And nothing justifies any police anywhere in America shooting at unarmed reporters and targeting them in order to destroy their recording equipment which only shows that the cops are out to cover their asses after they deliberately broke the law.

The police state in full force and proof of total militarization of America's police forces in order to fight against the American public. 

I hope the psycho cops who get off on shooting at unarmed, innocent people realize what they're getting themselves into.  Cops have to sleep sometimes....cops live in the same communities for the most part of the people they will be victimizing, and cops have families to protect.  They can't get away for long with abusing the public and expecting to live peacefully amongst them at the same time.  The people outnumber the cops in most places 100 and 1000 to 1 or more. 

This is only going to continue to get worse all across America...and it will end badly for America as well.  I see no stopping this trend.  It only seems to be speeding up exponentially year after year since obama took over just like all the other attrocities that have and still are occuring under the treasonous obama regime.   

cougar_w's picture

Can't give this enough up-arrows.

Read it, America -- and weep for everything that is lost.

Citxmech's picture

We've all been getting an invaluable education these past few years on our future:  Katrina, Boston, now Ferguson.

Study-up folks.

Keyser's picture

This is the shape of things to come... For years when traveling overseas the first rule of thumb is that if you get into a jam, the LAST people you go to for help are the Policia... Now, this rule applies at home as well...  Protect and Serve have turned into Prosecute and Shoot... 

Gringo Viejo's picture

I take to heart the advise of 'Ole Remus:
In today's America,
wherever the crowd is,
you wanna be somewhere else.

cougar_w's picture

How is that helpful?

I mean seriously. We have a right to assemble, for fuck's sake. There should be riots in every town and city in Amerika, every week. The place should have come unglued as soon as Congress bailed out the TBTF banks. Or when Citizens United became constitutional canon. Or when we started droning wedding parties in Iraq.

Christ, we're a bunch of stand-for-nothing ass clowns.

So yeah, you see a crowd you go straight there and find out what's up. If it's a polical speech you go and listen, give that smarmy fucker some lip, make trouble for him and for the cops backing him up. If it's a protest, carry a sign. Doesn't matter the fuck what is on it. If it's a riot, you throw gad-damned rocks. Don't matter, do it. This is the work of the moment, get out there.

At this point you cannot be on the wrong side of a street fight. It's supposed to be street fights all the time. We need street fights. Bring on the mutherfucking street fights.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

You are correct on all points.

Citxmech's picture

IMHO there are two competing issues here - the righteousness of utilizing our Constitutionally granted freedoms - and being arrested, gravely injured or killed.

Personally, my widow is not going to get much solace out of the fact that I was "in the right" when I'm dead on the sidewalk after getting shot in the head by a gas grenade.

OTOH - if we all just put our heads down and walk quickly by the carnage, we are helping seal our communities fate.

It is a tough one, but at some point, folks will need to determine what their "rights" are worth in terms of making a stand, and what that stand will consist of.  

Gringo Viejo's picture

You have the right to assemble.
I have the duty to take care of my loved ones.
Best of luck to ya.

cougar_w's picture

Then tyranny will find you in your home, asleep in your bed.

Mass graves are most often lined with the bones of those who stayed home to care for their loved ones.