Missouri Highway Patrol takes over Ferguson security
After days of massive rioting, Missouri Highway Patrol takes over
FERGUSON, MO August 08, 2014 — After days of bloody protests in response to a police officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Governor Jay Nixon finally called in the Missouri Highway Patrol. This change in security comes after pressure from President Obama.
This change in security comes after the local police response drew heavy criticism. Rioters have gathered since Saturday’s shooting of the local teenager. According to statement by the Governor, the change’s focus is to make sure that we allow peaceful and appropriate protests. Sunday night, residents were seen looting stores, vandalizing property as well as damaging buildings. Before Highway Patrol showed up, officers were dressed in riot gear and using military grade equipment.
Video footage showed images resembling a war zone. Rioters were seen throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks. On Thursday afternoon, Obama blasted the arrests of journalists, saying that they should not be arrested for just doing their job. “I know emotions are raw right now in Ferguson and there are certainly passionate differences about what has happened. But let’s remember that we’re all part of one American family, we are united in common values and that includes the belief in equality under the law, respect for public order and the right to peaceful public protests,” Obama said. During his address, he said “There is never an excuse for violence against police or those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting”
Residents of Ferguson complained about the police response. Highway Patrol took over in order to keep the peace at the city’s request. The city has begun to face major criticism for refusing to release the name of the officer who shot the teenager, claiming threats against the officer and others. Early Thursday, the hacker group known as “Anonymous” released a name they claimed was the officer that was responsible, however the police chief of Ferguson said that the name was incorrect. According to police statements, the teenager was shot after an officer encountered him and another pedestrian. Statements say that one of the men pushed the officer into his car, and then assaulted him in the vehicle while struggling for the officer’s service weapon. However, these statements are being claimed false according to a man who says he was with the teenager, when the shooting happened.
President Obama has tasked both the FBI as well as Attorney General Eric Holder to get to the bottom of this and find those responsible. People like Al Sharpton and other key black leaders are turning this into a race issue and causing these people to continue to rise up against the police officers who are just trying to “protect and serve”. So I say to him, keep your mouth shut Reverend Sharpton and help quell the violent outbursts.
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