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St. Louis Thugs Attack Man on Train


Thugs attack man and then one of them, Twan Davis actually uploaded the video to his Facebook page. No words.

Michael Brown’s stepfather accused of inciting a riot?

Did Michael Brown’s stepfather’s firey words cause the Ferguson riots? Police have launched and investigation. what do you think?

We weep for Michael Brown because we fear for our own sons

When I heard the news that Darren Wilson was not indicted I was not surprised, but I was sad. Michael Brown might not have been an angel, but he was no demon. Over the past few months he has been characterized as a thief, a thug and finally a demon, but even if the characterizations are correct should he have been killed? He was somebody’s son, and this Thanksgiving he will be absent from the table. When the policeman approached him did he see suspect first? The question is what do policeman see when they look at our sons? Do they immediately think suspect even when there is no criminal activity going on? I talked to a friend of mine this morning and she said she had hoped for indictment. She admitted that it was more about her son than Brown, and I echo her sentiments. My son is universally described as a great guy. He is the kind of person that never meets a stranger and he goes out of his way to make people feel appreciated, but when a cop pulls him over what do they see? That’s the life and death question. That’s why so many mothers grieve with the Brown family because we are haunted by the question what do the cops see when they look at our sons.

There will be a Funeral in Ferguson Today

A parent should never have to bury their child, but today the parents of Michael Brown will have to do that. The nation will debate the shooting but today a family is grieving. Grieving for the life lost and the future never to be realized. In the midst of the controversy the loss seemingly takes a backseat, but as a parent can you imagine what the parents are feeling this morning? This is not a black or white issue this is a parent issue. Today on the day that Brown will be buried let’s call a truce on the war of words. Let’s stop with the thug talk and let’s just respect the parents and the family. They are going to do something incredibly hard today–bury their child and that is a pain no one wants to endure.

Is the Press a problem for Ferguson?

Michael Brown’s death is a tragedy. We need to find out the facts and then we will know what the next steps should be, but is the excessive press presence hurting or helping Ferguson? Does the presence of the press lead to more information or does it lead to more mis-information? Share your thoughts.

Is this what civil unrest looks like?

ferguson looters
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Civil unrest and criminality are not the same thing


Yesterday the name of the police officer who killed Michael Brown was released. The video tape shown above was also released. The tape according the police shows Michael Brown stealing cigars prior to his death. So how does this relate to the shooting of Brown? Does it show that he was a bad guy? It might, but was the stealing of cigars worthy of a death sentence? No. Last night there was more looting in Ferguson and that does not help the situation. Criminal behavior will not yield positive results. The police are being very careful, but their patience will only last for a season. Business owners are now taking arms to protect their businesses and who can blame them? Earlier this morning I heard a reporter say he saw two looters carrying an industrial saw to their car. What does this theft have to do with Brown? Nothing. This is criminal behavior not civil unrest. They are not the same thing.

Is the president responsible for the looting in St. Louis?

This morning I decided to watch Fox and Friends, and they did not disappoint. They were interviewing some no name ex-DC cop. He was giving his take on the looting in St. Louis. I was actually waiting to see how could they possibly make a connection between the looting and the president, and the cop did it. He said that most of the people doing the looting and the rioting probably voted for the president and since there is big unemployment in the community they are frustrated, and that is in fact the president’s problem. Now part of his statement is true. The president did receive the majority of the black vote, but frustration does not turn you into a criminal. Frustation might breed apathy and maybe contempt, but it does not make good people commit criminal acts. The reality is the riots are not the fault of the White House. Everything is not President Obama’s fault, but for some folks everything is a reason to attack him, but if something good happens it happened in spite of him.

No Excuse for Looting in St. Louis…None

An unarmed black man Michael Brown was killed by the police in a St. Louis suburb. This is a tragedy and it is being investigated, but his death does not give license to lawlessness. Breaking into stores and stealing is not an act of protest it is a crime. A few minutes ago I saw a woman appearing on CNN talking about the frustration of the community, but that is not an excuse for looting the stores that actually serve the community. We do a disservice to the victim when we attempt to justify criminal behavior.