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So, last night....

Despite the 12AM curfew, police advanced on protesters at a little after 1000PM.

Full infantry gear, driving armor, and so on.

They started lobbing tear gas, noise bombs, and smoke at the crowd from a good two or three blocks away.  Targets were both the protesters and the press.  Collateral damage included a few aldermen and a state senator.

Snipers were deployed from the tops of the armored trucks despite telling the press they wouldn't do that.

911 is refusing to dispatch anyone to Ferguson.  Supposedly, someone called the responder said, "Sorry, we're not going there," laughed, and hung up.  Your tax dollars at work.

The cop who killed the kid, the chief of police, and the governor all still have their jobs and paychecks.

Earlier in the day, the State Trooper in charge was at the rally for the people, saying how well things are going.

bush-brownie

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elven_ranger
Aug. 19th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
what we see on the whifflebox here broadcast on RT (never trust the BBC) is pretty horrifying
sinetimore
Aug. 19th, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
It's pretty horrifying for us. I live only about four hours away from all this. I leave after breakfast and I can be there before noon. (And directly to the east is East St. Louis, Illinois, which ranks as the highest per capita crime rate in the US.)

I can't imagine how strange all this must be for you, to see reports on the TV and then read me documenting the events of the day. Long ago, I had an Internet pen pal in Israel, in Bethlehem, to be exact. As I started asking him about what was going on there, a strange shift happened as I watched the news, not only from what he was telling me (the news was definitely selling something that wasn't there), but just thinking, when the news was accurate, thinking, I know someone living in the middle of that. Events that I would never have even been aware of, and it was like they unfolded next to me.

I hope you are enjoying (as much as you can) reading my dispatches. I fear the situation will not be solved by reason or unreason, and will simply have to play out. Mercy on the souls involved.
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