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Anti-Police Rioters Storm Police Headquarters in St. Louis

Posted on | January 1, 2015 | 166 Comments

“Protesters”? No, this is what a riot looks like:

In what was slated as a peaceful “March to the Arch” by Ferguson demonstrators, more than two dozen people were arrested and pepper spray was used by police. The melee unfolded as protesters tried to storm the St. Louis Metropolitan Police headquarters building.
About seventy-five people marched through the downtown area and eventually went to police headquarters. There, with the building on lockdown, the group took the opportunity to rush an open door. Several people pushed in.
Upon entry, protesters read a list of demands to department officials. Those demands included a meeting with Chief Sam Dotson, Mayor Slay and Board of Aldermen President, Lewis Reed. They also requested an immediate termination of Officer’s Hayes and Flannery. They want amnesty for protesters who have been charged with non-violent offenses, the creation of a diverse Citizens Review Board with subpoena power and a seven day release of all information regarding police shootings, not limited to transparent release of all unedited videos and audio.

(Via Memeorandum.) These “protesters” are anti-democratic, pro-criminal anarchists. The city of St. Louis has an elected government, and the police are hired by that government to enforce law in the city. If a majority of the citizens are dissatisfied with their government, their laws or their police, they may make their grievances known at public meetings, or they may elect a new government.

What these “protests” are about is a lawless minority, who are in fact supporters of the city’s criminal element, attempting to impair law enforcement by creating public disturbances. Their liberal sympathizers in the media are enabling these advocates of anarchy by depicting the rioters as representatives of legitimate interests.

UPDATE: Daily Caller reports:

Mckesson’s videos show protesters walking in chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Later, they can be seen sitting on the floor, hands raised chanting, “No justice, no peace.” One video shows protesters fighting with officials to get through the doors while chanting, “This is what democracy looks like.”

No, this is what anarchy looks like.

This is what incipient fascism looks like. These are brownshirt tactics, representing a menace to public safety by dangerous people whose real goals have nothing to do with either “justice” or “peace.”



166 Responses to “Anti-Police Rioters Storm Police Headquarters in St. Louis”

  1. NeoWayland
    January 3rd, 2015 @ 10:25 pm

    Well neighbor, what say we move that other fellow where he can’t hurt anyone else?

  2. NeoWayland
    January 3rd, 2015 @ 10:33 pm

    You misunderstand.

    I said that the government is not infallible simply by virtue of it being government. The Founders knew that, that’s why the DOI exists in the first place.

    There’s an old idea, one that isn’t discussed much today. Jurors used to be told that it was their duty to judge both the accused and the law.

    All I’m saying is that before we call up the troops and issue demands for law and order, we should look at the laws and the impact on these communities.

  3. NeoWayland
    January 3rd, 2015 @ 10:40 pm

    That is of course your choice.

    I’m just saying that this is not a simple situation that happened overnight. I’m also saying that there are certain progressive “leaders” who are more than willing to tell folks what conservatives “really” mean.

    Just like they have been for decades.

  4. NeoWayland
    January 3rd, 2015 @ 10:52 pm

    In Maricopa county in Arizona, there is a headline-grabbing racist sheriff. It’s so bad that people can be arrested for “driving while brown.” There are judges who push for the harshest sentences. I’ve seen it happen.

    It’s no great leap to assume that it happens to “blacks,” Koreans, Hopi, or Italians. Historically it’s happened, and we do happen to be the most diverse nation on the face of the planet.

    In a nation that threatens garden supply stores for selling too many grow lights or confiscates your income tax refund because you didn’t enroll in overpriced government mandated health insurance, why should we be that government abuses power?

  5. wbkrebs
    January 4th, 2015 @ 2:33 am

    What I recall about the incident is that the protestors had surrounded a building and the police had to clear access to it. So, the protestors made it inevitable that some sort of confrontation would take place.

  6. wbkrebs
    January 4th, 2015 @ 2:35 am

    You’re entitled to your own opinion, but I live out in CA, and I see the players involved differently.

  7. wbkrebs
    January 4th, 2015 @ 2:38 am

    Here is the case for pessimism: In the 1960s there was a huge cohort of older people who remembered something else. But today, the demonstrators of the 1960s are senior citizens.

  8. wbkrebs
    January 4th, 2015 @ 2:41 am

    Would it not be the case that weakening the police forces would reduce the disincentive they provide for crime?

  9. wbkrebs
    January 4th, 2015 @ 2:42 am

    I would really like to see you argue this at greater length in an original post. One or two well-chosen examples would also help.

  10. NeoWayland
    January 4th, 2015 @ 9:10 am

    I’ve been working on something for my own political blog. Right now it’s a muddled mess. The whole “#BlackLivesMatter” thing infuriates me, and a lady friend and I have been arguing over the politics and ramifications for months. I’ll try to take another stab at it today or tomorrow.

  11. NeoWayland
    January 4th, 2015 @ 9:21 am

    Well, that depends on if you like the idea of no-knock SWAT raids at the wrong address…

    Part of the problem is unaccountable police forces armed with “surplus” military gear.

    Part of the problem is the laws we demand they enforce. Eric Garner was breaking the law. He was selling loose cigarettes. How many people want to talk about the NYC cigerette tax? Between the state and the city, the tax is $5.95 per pack. That’s a pretty big incentive to break the law.

  12. theoldsargesays
    January 4th, 2015 @ 6:35 pm

    I don’t want to sound anti-law enforcement or pro loony left….

    For instance, if during the Ferguson riots, police had shot those in the act of looting dead, I would have said they were looters and had it coming.
    If the police at UCDavis had been attempting to remove the people sitting on the ground by hands on action and then received physical resistance then pepper spray ’em I say. But from what I saw the pepper spraying was the first physical action taken after warning them to disperse and I think that wrong.
    Like the Garner case in NYC- it was something that could have been approached by another tactic.
    I understand that those officers were probably fed up in dealing with those turds but I think other steps should been taken first is all.
    What burns my azz more than anything is that officer claiming emotional distress over his name being made public and getting money out of it. He can hose down a bunch of morons sitting on the ground and yet he frets over the possibility of actions that may be done in retribution for those actions?
    Sometimes I discover that I’m not quite as far to the “right’ as I think I am.

  13. Wombat_socho
    January 4th, 2015 @ 7:51 pm

    Send me the link when you get it done.

  14. Wombat_socho
    January 4th, 2015 @ 7:56 pm

    You know, I’ve had about enough of your obnoxious, willful ignorance. You’re done here.

  15. NeoWayland
    January 5th, 2015 @ 9:30 am

    Thank you.

  16. NeoWayland
    January 5th, 2015 @ 8:26 pm

    Okay, it’s up.

    I’m still not totally happy with it, but at least now I can put it aside and get on to other things.