Monday, October 13, 2014

Ferguson Braces for Lynch Mob Revival

My article from the Oct. 10, 2014 issue of FrontPage magazine:

Ferguson Braces for Lynch Mob Revival

By Matthew Vadum

Police in Ferguson, Mo. are preparing for the mayhem and deadly violence that radical activists are promising if a grand jury declines to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown two months ago.

A grand jury is expected to determine next month if Wilson, a decorated white policeman, will face criminal charges for killing Brown, an 18-year-old black man who reportedly attacked him minutes after robbing a convenience store. The St. Louis suburb has been plagued by violent demonstrations since the Aug. 9 shooting. Hundreds of people, including individuals police call “outside agitators,” have been arrested in nearly continuous protests since Brown’s death.

The politically correct lie that a helpless 6’4″ 292-lbs. Brown was shot in cold blood, arms raised while attempting to surrender to white Wilson, instead of the less convenient truth that Brown was beating the cop while reaching for his gun, won’t die. In the minutes before the altercation with Wilson, Brown was captured on video bullying a much smaller East Indian shopkeeper during a robbery, an act that some might consider a hate crime.

Local agitators connected to the former Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) are knee-deep in the unrest in Ferguson. Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment (MORE) has been active in the protests and in efforts to free jailed demonstrators so they can continue vandalizing businesses, intimidating perceived adversaries, setting fires, throwing projectiles and urine at cops, and engaging in the Left’s usual modes of so-called nonviolent protest.

The MORE front group’s executive director is longtime ACORN organizer Jeff Ordower. Ordower, a vote fraud apologist, previously ran Missouri ACORN. Under orders from ACORN’s national headquarters the Missouri chapter incorporated itself separately as MORE in December 2009.

State authorities are holding two to three meetings a week to draft plans to deal with riots should they materialize.

“We know outside groups visited us in August,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. “We are expecting that different people will come in from outside the St. Louis area.”

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said he is afraid that “the unrest is going to be far beyond the city of Ferguson” if Wilson is not indicted.

Activists say if Wilson is cleared by the grand jury, rioting will follow.

Ferguson protest leader Tef Poe told Reuters to expect “carnage” if an indictment is not handed down. “There is a lot of explosive energy.”

“If they can’t serve justice in this, the people have every right to go out and express their rage in a manner that is equal to what we have suffered,” said Ashley Yates, who co-founded Millennial Activists United. Yates, who spoke at a New York rally alongside activists from Hands Up United and the Organization for Black Struggle, was arrested last week during a demonstration in Ferguson. The rally took place in the same ballroom where Malcolm X was murdered in a hail of gunfire in 1965.

“We’re going to take our anger out on the people who have failed us, and if they are prepared to deal with that, then let them have at it,” Yates said.

Poe said that although Americans have often expected “casual revolution,” Ferguson may be “the moment when we can’t do that.”

Poe urged his fellow activists to die for the cause, browbeating what he termed the “intellectual set” who contemplate race relations but “didn’t show up and didn’t want to get shot when the teargas came out.”
“Don’t come to Ferguson if you aren’t ready to die,” Yates said. “Stay at home, as it could happen.”

“I can say this with 100 percent certainty: all three of us have had moments in the street where we realized we could die right there,” Yates said.

Answering claims that activists had encouraged rioting, Poe said, “No, you incited a riot by leaving Mike Brown’s body on the street for four and a half hours.”

More protests are expected in Ferguson over this weekend.

Activists are also demanding that Bob McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney in the case, recuse himself. They claim he is biased in favor of the police. They also want the mayor and police chief Tom Jackson to resign for supposedly mishandling the case.

Although they won’t admit it publicly, Obama administration officials are praying for the worst.
Attorney General Eric Holder has been deliberately fanning the flames of racial discontent in Ferguson. It’s good for revving up the Democrats’ political base in time for the November elections that could hand control of the U.S. Senate to Republicans.

Despite the continuing absence of any evidence whatsoever that race was a factor in the shooting of Brown, the Department of Justice has been conducting a race-baiting witch hunt aimed at the entire police force in Ferguson. It is nothing more than a taxpayer-funded Democratic Party voter registration drive disguised as a civil rights investigation. Such hoaxes are the stock in trade of the radical community organizers who run the Obama White House.

To add an aura of legitimacy to the witch hunt, the U.S. Conference of Mayors held a symposium on the events in Ferguson at Bill Clinton’s presidential library in Little Rock, Ark.

Attorney General Holder wasn’t shy about discussing the Obama administration’s rather frightening plans to use the Ferguson crisis as a pretext for bringing local police forces under greater federal control.

“The events in Ferguson reminded us that we cannot and must not allow tensions, which are present in so many neighborhoods across America, to go unresolved,” said Holder who announced his intention to resign his post two weeks ago.

Holder told participants at the conference Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice’s broad review of police training, techniques, and tactics ought to be expanded “to provide strong, national direction on a scale not seen since President Lyndon Johnson’s Commission on Law Enforcement nearly half a century ago.”

The Obama administration never, ever lets a crisis go to waste.

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