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The Daily Ferguson: now a community divided at the street level.

Thursday night was an incredible outbreak of peace and joy. Thigs looked to have taken an almost miraculous turn around.

Last night hell broke loose again. A liquor store, a phone store, a...nother store got looted as the thugs tried to reassert dominance of the streets.

They were interdicted upon by non-violent citizens who kinda blatedly assembled and blocked the path. They put themselves on the line to protect their neighbor businesses and their community. Totally ad-hoc. No "Al Sharpton community leader" types, just people. Except for the NBP, the New Black Panthers. Apparently they were on the front lines but man, that's one diff between Pathers new and old: the old ones had a rather assertive approach to street policing and this would have never happened on their watch.

COPS FOR THE MOST PART STILL KEPT A HANDS OFF APPROACH. That's a curious note. Somebody giving somebody a chance to fail? How many agendas are cooking here now?

But looking through the footage what we see is a community divided against itself at the street level and there's the good guys and the bad guys. The non-violent protesters and the thugs. And I'm seeing a real lack of direction from the "community leader" types who are great at leading marches and prayers and making speeches but they left their people in a leaderless vaccum.

Of course, partisans will seize upon this. Everybody is gonna spin this their way. I can just hear a frenzy of "we told you so" from the supremacists and neocons. Some will see this glass as half empty but I see it half full of the raw leadership material on the streets right now. I wish I was there now. Clearly a 24 hour watch is needed, citizen patrols are needed and response scenarios defined. But the fact is the locals need to take back control of their own streets and police themselves as we do when we do large demonstrations and protests.

We naturally take authority. We very easily assume leadership roles. Kinda comes naturally to us. We draw heavily off our own law enforcement, military and EMS experience. What we're seeing is nascent street leadership and they don't have the tools we do.

Sorry about the lack of pics and vids this time, frankly they are just too depressing. I think I'll shut myself in the closet and weep for 20 minutes.

(reporting is still coming live from people on the street using vine, twitter, pinterest, instagram, youtube, pretty much everything and it's all being aggregated by a team of Redditors at http://www.reddit.com/live/tdrph3y49ftn/ )

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This is insanity.

Police are there to protect property. Spread the police in front of businesses. If people want to march down the street, it is their God-given right to march peacefully.

Jay Nixon should resign, along with the chief of police and Captain Johnson. This could have been over in a few days. Instead, the police brought out MRAPS, weapons, rubber bullets, tear gas, CS2 canisters, while dressed in military camo. If they want to keep things going, this is the way to do it, the question is to what end?

If the goal is to heighten the fear of the people that our police departments are nothing more than paramilitary brigades, what's happening in Ferguson does nothing to change the image. It's time the police back off, check the United States Constitution which they swore an oath to uphold, and stop tightening the screws of tyranny.

I like the fact

that the people in the community are coming together to protect their business owners. They need those businesses to survive. The troublemakers are a minority and if the law abiding citizens pull together that will send a positive message out to the rest of the country. I think the good people of Ferguson deserve our support .

I just feel such a profound sense of personal failure.

I've trained about 80 R3VOLUTION Marshals so far and each is charged to assume authority in situations like this. Just become the leader. Uphold the law, protect the people.

I guess that's a few million short of what we need.

I have this longing in my heart: I wish I was there. At the same time, a community must find it's own solutions and develop it's own leaders.

All I can say now is this is why I'm volunteering to lead training with Oath Keepers and they seek to build Civilian Preparedness Teams and integrate with local PD/FD/EMS. At least it won't happen here.

But it's happening there and it's breaking my heart.

(Might be Ezekiel, can't remember)

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge"

For what it's worth, it's Hosea 4:6. Interesting habits abound in that chapter as well:

- There is no faithfulness or loyalty,
and no knowledge of God in the land. (4:1)
- Swearing, lying, and murder, and stealing and adultery break out;
bloodshed follows bloodshed. (4:2)
- So called leaders "feed on the sin of my people;
they are greedy for their iniquity." (4:8)

But in Hosea 6:6, we also have:
- For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

oh right you are correct

(from memory)
genesis exodus leviticus numbers deuteronomy joshia judges 1st and 2nd Kings Samuel Prophets Joel Amos Jonah Micah Nahum Habakuk Zepheniah Zaccariah....uh...something after that and then comes Malachi.

I am having even more trouble with what comes after but Ruth...Ruth had this servant gal. Remember her name?

"I will go where you go and I will follow in your footsteps and where you die I will lie down and die with you:

and i just noticed i left out Lammentations and Psalms and Daniel and Hosea. NOT TO MENTION SOLOMON.

Crap man i'm totally going to hell.

Serves me right for being blood.


Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

I agree, there's hope

When a community say 'enough!' then there can be change. That seemed to have happened last night.

The police are too compromised. Their agenda is confused, their honesty is questionable. The drip of information from the cops has been maddening, and with all of the information about police brutality and overreaction, I can see why there would be deep distrust by the black community.

Keeping the police out removes a flash point. Seems counter-intuitive, but communities can enforce standards of behavior between neighbors than any central authority can with all the guns, MRAPS, and bullet proof vests Federal money can buy.

I'm kinda glad the officer in charge is Ron Johnson. There is something about him that exudes wisdom....maybe it's...the name?