Gov Nixon Calls for Vigorous Prosecution in Brown Shooting

On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO) released a message regarding the ongoing situation in Ferguson, MO.

Transcript as follows:

“Ten days ago, a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, in broad daylight.  Since then, the world has watched a community become engulfed in grief, anger, fear and at times violence.

For a family mourning the loss of a son, it has been a profound personal tragedy. For Ferguson and our entire nation, it has ripped open old wounds that have festered for generations, and exposed difficult issues that communities across our country must still resolve.

But amid all the pain and distrust and anger, we’ve also seen tremendous acts of grace, courage, and kindness as the people of Ferguson try to maintain peace, while they call for justice for the family of Michael Brown.  In Ferguson, people of all races and creeds are joining hands to pray for justice. Teenagers cooking meals for law enforcement officers. Community leaders demonstrating courage and heroism throughout the night in standing against armed and violent instigators. Volunteers coming out to pick up littered neighborhoods.

They are the faces of Ferguson. They are the faces of this region. They are the faces and soul of Missouri.

For them, for the family of Michael Brown, for all the parents who have had their sons taken from them much too soon, and for all the children dreaming of a brighter and better future, we now have a responsibility to come together and do everything we can to achieve justice for this family, peace for this community, and have the courage to address the problems that have divided us for too long. Real problems of poverty, education inequality, and race.

So how do we do that?

First, we must protect the people of Ferguson.

The officers of the Missouri Highway Patrol, St. Louis County, St. Louis City, and other jurisdictions are united in working valiantly to protect the public, while at the same time preserving citizens’ rights to express their anger peacefully.

As we’ve seen over the past week, it is not an easy balance to strike.  And it becomes much more difficult in the dark of night, when organized and increasingly violent instigators take to the streets intent on creating chaos and lawlessness.

But we will not be defeated by bricks and guns and Molotov cocktails. With the help of peaceful demonstrators, pastors and community leaders, Captain Johnson and law enforcement will not give up trying to ensure that those with peace in their hearts are not drowned out by those with senseless violence in their hands.

Second, a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.

The democratically elected St. Louis County prosecutor and the Attorney General of the United States, each have a job to do. Their obligation to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown must be carried out thoroughly, promptly, and correctly; and I call upon them to meet those expectations.

Finally, once we have achieved peace in Ferguson and justice for the family of Michael Brown, we must remain committed to rebuilding the trust that has been lost, mending what has been broken, and healing the wounds we have endured.

This is hard. Nothing about this is simple. We won’t always get it right, but we’re going to keep trying.  Because Ferguson is a test, a test not just for the people of this community, but for all Americans.  And it is a test we must not fail.

Last week I met with and prayed with the mother of Michael Brown. She has lost a son who she can never bring back.  But what we can do is work together to ensure that Michael Brown’s death is not remembered as the tragedy that sparked a cycle of violence and distrust, but rather marks the beginning of a process of healing and reconciliation.

So I ask that we continue to stand together as we work to achieve justice for Michael Brown, restore hope and peace to the streets of Ferguson, and march together toward a future of greater opportunity and understanding for all of us.”




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Most Black Ferguson Residents Complaining of ‘White Power Structure’ Didn’t Vote

After Michael Brown’s death, left-wing activists, pundits, and the mainstream press have been blasting and maligning Ferguson’s “white power structure,” likening the city to a town in the Jim Crow South. They have lamented that though the city is nearly 70% black, “five of Ferguson’s six city council members are white” and “six of the local school board’s seven members are white.” Ferguson’s mayor, James Knowles, is also white. Even worse to the mainstream press and left-wing activists is that he’s a Republican.

But in trying to further the narrative that the “white power structure” was somehow imposed on Ferguson’s black residents, few have overtly made the point that Ferguson’s black residents could have easily voted out these officials. And they did not. Knowles, who was first elected in 2011, actually ran unopposed in 2013.

According to an MSNBC report, local African-American leaders conceded that “blacks across the region simply haven’t participated in city elections.” They are right. According to a Washington Post analysis, an estimated 6% of blacks and 17% of whites turned out for the 2013 municipal elections in the township, which are held in spring in odd-numbered years. In contrast, during the 2012 presidential election, 54% of blacks and 55% of whites turned out in November.

In the 2011 mayoral election, Knowles was first elected with 46% of the vote. He got 695 votes, Pearce Neikirk received 459, and incumbent Steven Wegert received 338. The New York Times noted that Knowles even “noted his disappointment with the turnout – about 12 percent – in the most recent mayoral election during a City Council meeting in April.” Left-wing activists have asserted that since turnout is lower in odd-numbered years, Ferguson’s elections perpetuate the “white power structure.”

But according to the Washington Post, Ferguson is “hardly unique” in holding municipal elections in odd-numbered years; in fact, “approximately three-fourths of American municipalities hold their elections in odd years.” Ferguson’s municipal elections are also nonpartisan, “where party labels do not appear on the ballot,” and the Post claims this reduces “both what citizens know about candidates as well as their likelihood of voting.” Others would argue that it does not ensure that someone gets elected for life by having an “R” or a “D” next to their names on the ballot.

After remarking this week that “there is no racial divide” in Ferguson and the vast majority of Ferguson residents do not have racial animus, like the mainstream media would like Americans to believe, Knowles was ridiculed and slammed. Lizz Brown, a columnist for the St. Louis American, for instance, told Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday that Knowles was “disconnected to the reality of his community” and that black residents “are invisible to him.”

An MSNBC report, though, recently concluded after interviewing residents that “relations between ordinary blacks and whites in Ferguson… are said to be relatively good” while also noting that “like the police force, the city government has come under fire during the current crisis for what many see as a lack of sensitivity to minority concerns.”

Left-wing outlets like ThinkProgress have suggested that Ferguson amend its charter, which can be done “through a ballot initiative initiated by the city’s voters,” to “reschedule its municipal elections so that they are held in November of even-numbered years – the same time that federal elections are held.” Instead of rioting or complaining about the white power structure, ThinkProgress suggests that Ferguson residents “could start collecting signatures now,” which “would allow Ferguson’s residents to vote on the amendment next April, at a time when black turnout is likely to be higher than it usually is due to lingering concerns over the Brown shooting.”

Larry Elder, in a Tuesday appearance on the Laura Ingraham Show, said that if blacks who have been ceaselessly complaining about the “white power structure” after Michael Brown’s death wanted to “change the power structure” in Ferguson they should “get out and vote.” He also noted that it is racist to assume that white people cannot represent blacks. He noted that blacks had been a majority in Compton, California, which is primarily Latino today. Elder noted that Compton’s elected officials are still mostly black and to assume that they cannot represent their Latino constituents just because of the color of their skin is racist.

In 1965, civil rights activists, including Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), were beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on “Bloody Sunday” while marching for voting rights. Nearly 50 years later after their predecessors fought and died for the franchise, black residents in Ferguson, Missouri, have essentially disenfranchised themselves and are responsible for empowering the “white power structure” that they have been complaining about after Brown’s death.




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Larry Elder Blasts ‘Odd Duck’ Rand Paul for Telling Blacks Cops Are Out to Get Them

Calling Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) an “odd duck,” conservative talk radio host Larry Elder accused Paul of needlessly fueling the notion that cops are out to get black people.

On Tuesday’s The Laura Ingraham Show, Elder, after saying that he was as libertarian as Paul but disagreed with his foreign policy views, said of Paul’s recent inclusion efforts, “I get the idea of making sure the Republican party is embracing black people and trying to attract black people, and he is coming to the inner city and giving speeches to the degree that most prospective republican nominees would never do.”

“I get all that, but to lend fuel to this notion that ‘cops are out to get us’ is undermining the very effort,” Elder said, noting that after George Zimmerman was acquitted, Jesse Jackson said, “blacks are under attack.”

Elder asked, “by whom?” He pointed out that there are “7,000 black homicides last year, almost all of them at the hands of another black person.” He said that in Chicago, there are at least ten homicides a week – “almost all of them unsolved.”

“Now, where are all the cameras? Where’s Don Lemon? Where’s CNN? Where’s Al? Where’s Jesse?” he said. “And Chicago is Obama’s adopted hometown for crying out loud. That’s a real issue.”

In a Time op-ed last week after the Ferguson riots, Paul said that “it is almost impossible for many Americans not to feel like their government is targeting them,” and “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.”

“Anyone who thinks that race does not still, even if inadvertently, skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention,” he argued. “Our prisons are full of black and brown men and women who are serving inappropriately long and harsh sentences for non-violent mistakes in their youth.”

Elder said that Dr. Martin Luther King has gotten “us to the point where, pretty much, we can be evaluated by the content of our character to a degree that has never been done in all of human history” in what is the “fairest, most free, most prosperous nation in all of human history.”

“And we’re sitting around bitching and moaning and whining about officers like Darren Wilson?” he asked. “For crying out loud…”

Elder said that if Ferguson residents do not like their white power structure, they should “get out and vote” to change it. He wondered how many blacks in Ferguson would even apply to be police officers after being incessantly told that the police represent “the man” that they should be against.

He cited the late UCLA political scientist James Q. Wilson, who co-introduced the “broken windows” theory of policing in an article in The Atlantic during the 1980s. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani subscribed to Wilson’s theory, and Ingraham pointed out that was the difference between Giuliani and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Elder noted that it was Wilson who also said that the chances of someone becoming poor are greatly reduced if “you finish high school, don’t have a kid before you’re 20, and get married before you have that child.”

“If you follow that prescription you will not be poor,” Elder said. “If you don’t, 90% will be poor.”




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Community Activists Outraged that LAPD is Withholding Ezell Ford Autopsy

The Los Angeles Police Department blocked the release of the autopsy findings of Ezell Earl Ford on Monday, claiming that they regularly place a “security hold” on autopsies during early stages of an investigation. 

Ford was shot by police officers on August 11 in an incident that has provoked outrage by family members who contend that Ford’s death was unjustified.

Cmdr. Andrew Smith, in a statement reported by KPCC 89.3, explained why the autopsy was witheld. “We don’t want the witnesses’ testimony to be tainted,” he said. Smith added that detectives want to obtain “clean interviews” from people, rather than what they may have read or seen from media outlets about Ford’s death. Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson told KPCC that she agreed with Smith, that it’s not uncommon for police to delay the release of an autopsy to gather more accurate information from witnesses.

However, some are saying that the LAPD is trying to cover its tracks. Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, responded to the delay in the autopsy release by excoriating the police department: “The blocking of the autopsy report of Ford comes on the heels of the release of the autopsy report on Michael Brown, which contradicted the police version of how Brown was killed.” said Hutchinson. “The blocking of the release [of the] Ford autopsy report further fuels suspicions about the LAPD’s version of the Ford killing.”

Although analysis of the Brown autopsy is not final, contrary to Hutchinson’s assertions, the autopsy actually contradicted what Dorian Johnson, Brown’s accomplice and main witness, said about Brown being shot in the back.

The killing of Ford is being compared with the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo. On Sunday, hundreds of protesters attended a rally outside LAPD 77th district headquarters.




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Report: ‘Nearly Impossible to Predict Which Individuals Will Commit Gun Violence’

On August 18 NBC News published an edited version of a News 21 report on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) which said, “it’s nearly impossible to predict which individuals will commit gun violence, let alone find them through NICS.”

The News 21 report looks at the viability of using background checks to find mentally ill persons prone to violence – a process which must begin with medical/psychiatric professionals being able to figure out which mentally ill persons are prone to violence and then reporting those persons.

According to Duke University medical sociologist Jeffrey Swanson, searching out those prone to violence is like searching for “a needle in a haystack.”

Said Swanson, “The ability of mental health professionals to pick out who’s going to be violent, it’s not better than a coin toss.”

The report also cites Linda Stalters, president of Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America, who explains that “the vast majority of people with mental illness have never committed a violent crime.” She said, “The people who are generally going to be using guns are not the people who have a psychiatric diagnosis. We just hear about those.”

The points made by Swanson and Stalters are bolstered by an overview of an Everytown for Gun Safety study also included in the report. In the study, “110 incidents” involving “shooters” were examined, and in only 12 of the incidents the “shooters” had demonstrated some degree of mental illness, but without being “mentally adjudicated or involuntarily committed for treatment.”

This comes back to another point made by Stalters: “the core issue is about the lack of treatment, not access to guns.”

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