The Daily Ferguson: now a community divided at the street level.Submitted by Smudge Pot on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:51
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.
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