Tag Archives: Ferguson

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Steele: A Black Man’s Life Not Worth a Ham Sandwich

They tell us, at least, a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich. Well clearly a black man’s life is not worth a ham sandwich when you put these stories together. And that is the frustration.

— Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, criticizing two grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers in the deaths of black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo., The Hill reports.

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Huckabee Calls Michael Brown a ‘Thug’

It’s a horrible thing that he was killed, but he could have avoided that if he’d behaved like something other than a thug.

— Mike Huckabee, in an interview with Newsmax, on Michael Brown, the black teenager shot and killed by a white policeman in Ferguson, Mo.

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Missouri GOP Leader Denounces Voter Registration Efforts in Ferguson

If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is.

— Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Matt Wills,quoted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, denouncing voter registration efforts amid continued protests in Ferguson, Mo., calling it “disgusting.”

Poetic Justice

Army of Robocops

A growing trend that should make us all wary
Is their change from mildly threatening to really scary.
Ferguson just proves it —
If they own it, they’ll shoot it,
As cops become less like police and more like the military.

News & Comment

A Great Video We Wish Had Never Been Made

This video is moving and beautiful, and we wish it had never been made because we wish what preceded it had never happened.

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Rand Paul Calls for Demilitarization of Police

When you couple this militarization of law enforcement with an erosion of civil liberties and due process that allows the police to become judge and jury — national security letters, no-knock searches, broad general warrants, preconviction forfeiture — we begin to have a very serious problem on our hands. … Given these developments, it is almost impossible for many Americans not to feel like their government is targeting them. Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them.

— Sen. Rand Paul, in a column in Time magazine.

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Reporters Working Under Threats in Ferguson, Mo.

I had never witnessed police treat journalists like this in the four years I worked as a crime reporter in South Florida. Some officers have tried to keep me away from crime scenes, but never stopped me from covering a story altogether … It was also the first time I had ever felt afraid of a police officer.

— Alexis Campbell of the National Journal.