State Of Emergency, Curfew Issued For Ferguson

Tyler Durden's picture

It was only a matter of time before Ferguson became the Americanized version of Gaza.

After last night's looting in which the local police was inexplicably instructed to stand down by the state highway patrol, moments ago Missouri's governor ,Jay Nixon, issued a local state of emergency and imposed a nighttime curfew lasting from midnight until 5 am. As the WSJ reports, at the Greater St. Mark Family Church in St. Louis, Gov. Jay Nixon said the overwhelming number of protesters have been peaceful. But the governor said he would not allow a small number of violent rioters to emerge again in the wake of a police-involved fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown one week ago. "If we are going to have justice, we must first have and maintain peace," the governor said adding that this is a test if the "town can break the cycle of fear." From where we stand, the answer so far is a resounding no.

Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, left, and
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon at a news conference in
Ferguson, Mo., on Friday. Associated Press

We reported previously on the events that took place in Ferguson after midnight, when yet another protest turned violent and many of the local businesses were looted. Here is some additional detail from the WSJ:

Just after midnight on Saturday, a large group of protesters moved from the sidewalks, where demonstrators had stayed peacefully till then, into the street and confronted police officers, who had donned riot gear and had been accompanied by armored vehicles for the first time since Wednesday.


But the police eventually pulled back from the scene to avoid a broader confrontation with the protesters and looters. "There was a decision made to pull our people out of there for fear for our safety and the protesters'," Sgt. Al Nothum, spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Saturday morning. "If there was a confrontation, people were going to be seriously injured," he added.


Many of the protesters and looters wore bandannas over their faces and chanted: "No justice, no peace." Police officers formed themselves into a line, and one demanded through a megaphone: "You must clear the roadway or face arrest." Those protesters eventually backed away from the police line.


Officers wore what are known as battle-dress uniforms, or BDUs, as they stood in line. Some wore dark blue fatigues, which is a more traditional SWAT-style uniform, while others had military-style camouflage. The varying uniforms made it difficult to ascertain which department the officers were representing.


Separately, men who said they were members of a group calling itself the New Black Panther Party worked to push protesters back and maintain order, while some of the more vocal protesters cursed the police. Some protesters ran around the side of a nearby building to grab pre-made Molotov cocktails, though none was lighted or thrown.


Not long after that, the looting began. Young men with partially-covered faces kicked in the front door of a liquor store, and began looting bottles. Protesters said that store—Ferguson Market and Liquor—was the one from which Mr. Brown allegedly stole cigars and allegedly assaulted the store owner.

And with police unwilling, afraid or generally instructed not to engage, it was up to the business owners themselves to protect their property:

Sometime after 5 a.m., men who appeared to be owners of the businesses started arriving and standing in front of the looted stores to protect them. One man who arrived at Ferguson Market and Liquor had what appeared to be a pistol in his waistband, though with about an hour to go before sunrise, it appeared he hadn't used the weapon.


After daybreak on Saturday, rain poured down on Ferguson, as police vehicles swarmed into town. Officers in bright yellow jackets took up positions in front of looted businesses, encountering no resistance.


Shop owners and members of the community were out by midmorning with brooms and shovels helping to clean up the mess made by looters.

What is most troubling is that it was also unclear who, exactly, has tactical control over the security forces in the troubled city. "The Highway Patrol has been tasked with keeping the peace in Ferguson," said Sgt. Nothum, when asked about the command structure, but he couldn't say whether that means the Highway Patrol had full tactical command of the situation on the ground, a question he said he hoped to be able to clarify by the news conference scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

"I called the police four or five times, I called since 12 o'clock!" he said, expressing frustration. "I called Ferguson and they said, 'We don't have anything to do with it.' I called St. Louis County and they said 'We don't have anything to do with it.' I called the state police, and they say, 'You have to call Ferguson.' It's like a circle!"


But Highway Patrol Sgt. Nothum said he wasn't aware that police weren't responding to calls for help and that callers weren't being put through to the appropriate department. He said he was aware of the frustration people like Mr. Jacobs feel if they have encountered such a circular situation.

In other words, the local authorities went from one extreme, of overreacting to any stimulus, to the other, of completely ignoring please for help from local residents: hardly the stuff social stability is made of.

As for Fergsuon, all that's left is for someone to break the curfew and be shot on sight: then again, if nothing else, consider all the "broken-window" GDP boosts this kind of domestic escalation could produce to the ivory tower-dwelling Keynesian econ PhDs...

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Aknownymouse's picture

Anyone hear how Obama is doin in his golf olympics in the Vine? Could not find it on cable with all the riots breaking news and stuff.

TeamDepends's picture

Unca Barry say y'all be in bed by 9:00, y'hear?

boattrash's picture

Unca Barry say y'all FOLKS be in bed by 9:00, y'hear?


Skateboarder's picture

And we will continue to extend curfew by one hour on both ends each passing day, for your safety, until everyone is totally safe.

What about the teargas? Lighten 'up, proud serf, and learn to take one for the empire.

knukles's picture

Piss on a rag and deal with it....

MillionDollarBogus_'s picture

Operation Mayhem is proceding as planned, sir.

TeamDepends's picture

"Hey, that Black Panther look funny... Hey! It's a cracka in black-face! (inaudible) Grab him! (someone pulls off massive disco 'fro revealing red hair). Sheeeeeiiiiittt!!!!! It's James Holmes, Batman shooter!!!! (Niggas can't get away fast enough, pissing themselves and screaming like girls)"

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Any time there are protestors with their face covered, who then proceed to loot, with their faces covered, I have to entertain the notion of agents provocateur  (say it w/ Frenshhh accent).

They backed down from the police line, as told.  After escalating things nicely.  They had molotovs ready, but didn't use them.  Basically training the cops, AND trying to see if an idiot in the mob will 'throw the first punch/Molotov'.

Whoa Dammit's picture

I watched the whole press conference. OMG what a pack of bumbling idiots, particularly the governor. Best highlight: When the Nation of Islam (Black Panther?) guy let it be known that they are in charge, and if more tear gas, etc. was used against his people, then they were going to go "toe to toe in the street." 

Keyser's picture

The protesters are saying they are going to challenge the curfew...  I guess we'll see what happens when push comes to shove... 


eclectic syncretist's picture

The protesters are the logical and physical manifestation of our Wall Street "loot with impunity" culture as exemplified by Jon Corzine, Hank "Tanks" Paulson, and Timmy "I made a couple mistakes on my taxes" Geitner.  What the fuck does the government and law enforcement expect when they turn their eyes away from the biggest looting epidemic the world has ever known, all centered on Wall Street and Washington D.C.?

Their getting exactly what "their law" breeds.

COSMOS's picture

Ferguson will only behave as soon as they start shelling that dump.  Heck they can do no worse damage shelling that rat hole than the hood rats have already done looting the damned place.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Who are the looters?  The 'guys' with masks on.  Are they all wearing the same government issue boots?

old naughty's picture

Who are the looters, good question. Who are ISIS ?

“In other words, the local authorities went from one extreme, of overreacting to any stimulus, to the other, of completely ignoring please for help from local residents: hardly the stuff social stability is made of.

In other words, the hegemonial authorities went from one extreme, of under-reacting(!)  to ISIS stimulus, to the other, of completely air-aggressive to help “local” residents: hardly the stuff “humanitarian intervention” is made of.



As there, so here.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Fuck I thought all that ex-Iraqi military gear was aimed at me and my "Ron Pauler's"...whew..that was close

kliguy38's picture

hehehehe......we sure are lucky......its the "other guy".......

Elvis the Pelvis's picture

Let's be honest.  Ferguson is a town filled with thugs.  Criminals screw shit up for us all.  They give the government an excuse to curtail our rights.  Bitchez.

California Nightmares's picture

White boys are getting VERY, VERY  tired of this shit. 

Arrogant blacks beware. 

When the pendulum of sentiment starts to swing in this nation. the few remaining naive liberal whites will not be able to stop it.

Handful of Dust's picture

If you want to keep your Looters, you can keep your Looters.


Boy, if the Repugnicans lose the next election I'll eat my hat! Hopefully there's a reasonable 3rd Party candidate.

TeamDepends's picture

Nice thought, but voting ain't going to fix this mess.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

This Ferguson mess is proof that years of gubbimint handouts without any accountability is a large failure. Some day the people will wake up and elect a real leader. Until then, enjoy the Kenyan usurper golfer.

downwiththebanks's picture

It also reflects that when some jackbooted thug guns an unarmed kid, racist fascists will line up to change the subject.

Dingleberry's picture

He wa a college bound, unarmed, angelic, poor innocent little 6-3, 250lb child....who just happened to have a propensity for choking store owners half his size, asaulting cops and committing strong arm robbery.  Thug style.

Fixed it for ya.

oudinot's picture

I guess you aren't aware that 'tear gas' is outlawed by the Geneva Convention; tear gas is not used by the American military.

But the American police use it on their own citizens.

Get with it, Dammit!

buyingsterling's picture

Molotovs - good thing these things aren't deadly weapons. Otherwise it would make perfect sense to incapacitate anyone holding one.


This OFFICIAL, DOCUMENTED STANDDOWN should be the END of the gun control debate. The authorities will not protect you. So attempting to disarm you is placing a loaded gun against your head, just waiting for one of the monsters created by their system to pull the trigger.

ThroxxOfVron's picture

"This OFFICIAL, DOCUMENTED STANDDOWN should be the END of the gun control debate. The authorities will not protect you. "

Not should be: IS.  It IS the end of Gun Control.


-THAT IS WHAT has been incontrovertably proven in Ferguson.


Police protections are a fraud.

Those who would tax you to pay for their protection are nothing more than thieving frauds.

The first people to shoot are the gun grabbers and tax extorters with guns and gunmen they buy with our expropriated wealth.



mjcOH1's picture

"Molotovs - good thing these things aren't deadly weapons. Otherwise it would make perfect sense to incapacitate anyone holding one."


I'd vote for 'shoot in the face'.   But to each his own.

edotabin's picture

They will find a way. After a while activism is more about activism than it is about the facts or the cause itself. They'll twist it, spin it, warp it, convolute it etc. but they will find a way.

Keeping in mind that I am for guns, I do have a question. Say you are the store owner and five people come in to rob all at once. What are you gonna do? Kill all five? Say people come in to the store but they come in alone in 15 minute intervals? What are you gonna do? Kill one and put his body outside the store so as to dissuade others? Even the greatest supporter of guns can see the problem here. Besides, you will spend the rest of your life in and out of courts. The laws are in a grey area and if you shoot 3-4 people I think it will be too much of a hassle.

All laws should be written to avoid complexity and wiggle room. You should be able to put a sign outside that says "Enter to loot and you will be shot" and be able to shoot 20 people if you have to but that simply will not fly. 

Again, I am speaking realistically and not necessarily from the standpoint of being for or against guns.


TahoeBilly2012's picture

The way I see it, this is the disgruntled Democrat base, now is the time for disgruntled Republican base to do an end around. I can't speak specifics, but I have some ideas in mind. No blood, but tar and feather is appropriate.

TMLutas's picture

Gun control is dead when gun control laws are dropped from the books, not before. Just because the police aren't obligated to come doesn't mean they won't come and throw you in jail for posessing an illegal weapon. 

Right now gun control is just resting a bit. 

DeadFred's picture

Yeah, sometimes I'm prone to see conspiracy when simple incompetence will suffice but the ordrer to stand down last sure looks like an attempt to fan the fires.

Deathrips's picture

There was this smart guy that posted a poll on Thursday as to whether martial law would be initiated Friday, or over the weekend. The peoples vote was overwhelmingly a vote that it would be over the weekend. I agreed and down-voted myself...


Who was this smart pollster?


Who cares...MARTIAL LAW HAPPENED!!!! The people are right again!!



max2205's picture

E St Louis and Mo are giant shit holes

Skateboarder's picture

They should rename it FerGAZAn.

Keyser's picture

They should have called for a curfew the day after the first rioting... The governor and the chief of police both have shit for brains... And no, a curfew is not martial law.... 

fonzannoon's picture

I say we send this guy in to get things moving a bit.

DirkDiggler11's picture

+ 1,000 Fonz on the clip and your impeccable timing !
It must have been 20 years since I last saw that movie.

Urban Redneck's picture

A curfew may not be martial law, but was is a "state of emergency" and what additional authorities does it grant the martial police force already on sight, and what civil liberties (and natural rights) are or can the State claim to revoke under a "state of emergency"?

TeethVillage88s's picture

Well you see constitutional Rights are a kind of moving target. You might say they are Dynamic and are changing with policy. So, martial law might not be required to implement the kinds of rules that we are talking about at this time:



I think you are Identifying "Trans-National Government or Trans-National Government Officials & Diplomats"


A) Presidents that Lie about war & Suppress Individual Rights & Constitutions... and otherwise abandon Geneva Conventions that made us GREAT and Stated that as a People we abhorred Aggressive War
B) Personally now I am Questioning if US Federal Government had a Coup in 1947 or before this... in favor of acting like an Empire
C) Reasons for House of Lords, House of Commons, or US Congress to Lie has always been clear, It is the Influence of Money, Power, Status, Legacy
D) Royal Families were never fully Denounced, Haciendas were never Reformed with Land Reforms... and Today we live with Government Service Families who are rich & believe they are Royalty... while we create a new threat... the Tech Dynasties or the Newly Rich who join Government Personalities knowingly or unknowingly to advance Fascist Agendas

But I don't stop there.

Knowledge is power, and all European Families seem to know this and work to keep education from commoners. Petroleum, Bitumen, and Gas products have lead to a new age starting in like 19th Century. But what if this is based on Sumerian Technology that was known to Germans, Jews, the Vatican, the French, the Dutch, and the British Empire?

We see Royal Families in Europe that have done well... same as the above but add the Luxemburg, Lichtenstein, Belgium, and Switzerland. Norway & Sweden discovered oil later I guess.

Knowledge creates classes. The french & English explored Egypt & ancient Iraq and discovered the knowledge of the Sumerians in use for Alcohol in medicine and the value of bitumens.

A) German Drive for ancient knowledge and a pipe line from Iraq considered major in WWII
B) UK Colonized Middle East and confiscated all ancient artifacts
C) Africa was old mining resource that attracted Germany, France, British Empire, and Dutch.
D) "Naphta" is the most commonly used word for petroleum product and is linguistically derived from Sumeria
E) Sumeria is situated on Iraq
F) Sumeria was an agricultural, animal husbandry & metallurgy based society that also had the most words for Petro, Oil, Gas, Alcohol, and Bitumen
G) Illegal immigration is just more cheap energy for profits that go to Royalty

- Trans-National Government Officials could give a crap about your economic well being...
- you are just labor, military fodder, or a source of energy
- Profits & Wealth mean more to these Sociopaths.
- US & UK States of Serfdom & Indentured Servitude.

ChiangMai's picture

#4 of the Wikipedia definition of curfew seems about right:

In baseball, a time after which a game must end, or play be suspended. 

booboo's picture

Another brother is going to take one for Team Lootie tonight and it won't be at the hands of a cop. Maybe see some of that same shit they were pulling in Kiev where snipers were popping a cap in the ass of both sides just to get things rolling good and hot.

TeamDepends's picture

You willin' to die for Cheetos, boy?

Keyser's picture

Are you feeling lucky, punk?  

A Dirty Harry moment if there ever was... 

Dingleberry's picture

How about skittles and iced tea?

Seize Mars's picture

boob oo

Yes, you are correct. Another engineered crisis brought to you by...the same folks who brought you Ukraine.