Ferguson Riots Move the US One Step Closer to Insurrection

August 13, 2014   |   Justin King

Justin King | The Anti-Media

Many question the moral authority of the rioting in Ferguson that was triggered by yet another killing of an unarmed teen. The rioting is a symptom of a larger nationwide trend of resistance to the encroaching police state, and specifically the ability of law enforcement officials to kill, maim, and harass without consequence.

The riots began before all of the facts were gathered about the shooting. The timing of the riot is important. Preemptive rioting and the destruction of private property is the third step in a historical cycle that has played out since the foundation of governments. It is a five step cycle that ends in widespread rebellion and insurrection.

5 steps to insurgency

Pamphlets:

Prior to the digital age, pamphlets were the main method of spreading dissent around the world. The pamphlets examined and questioned the authority of the contemporary governments and control systems. In the modern world, pamphlets have been replaced by blogs, social media, and to a smaller degree, adversarial journalists.

Reactive Protests:

Once the seed of dissent is planted, people take to the streets to voice their opposition to the government. These protests occur after the control systems of the era attempt to diffuse an offending incident.

Preemptive Rioting:

Preemptive rioting follows a period of reactive protests that go unanswered by the government. The people begin taking to the streets and destroying private and public property as soon as an offending incident takes place, rather than waiting and hoping for the government to police itself.

Military or Law Enforcement backlash and crackdowns:

These riots and small incidents of resistance trigger a government reaction. The control systems of the country tighten their grip on the people and further curtail civil liberties and infringe on people’s rights. The government crackdown fuels the resistance movement as more people tire of government intrusion.

Widespread rebellion and insurrection:
At some point during the crackdown, an incident occurs that tosses a match into the powder keg of dissent. At this point, open rebellion occurs.

To showcase an example most Americans are familiar with, the American Revolution provides a clear instance for every phase of the cycle. As early as 1765, agitators were distributing pamphlets and making speeches. Patrick Henry made his “If this be treason, make the most of it speech!” speech that year (Pamphlet Phase). The government was unresponsive to the cries of the people and protests began. In 1770, British troops opened fire on one such protest in Boston. It is known today as the Boston Massacre (Reactive Protest Phase). The King continued to press colonials until preemptive rioting and violence began. While the 1773 Boston Tea Party is the most famous, violence was initiated in almost all colonial ports. In Annapolis, a ship was set ablaze along with its tea (Preemptive Rioting Phase). British authorities could see the coming conflict and attempted to seize arms from the colonials (Military or Law Enforcement Crackdown Phase). When the colonists of Lexington and Concord resisted, the colonies were plunged into open insurrection (Rebellion Phase).

Throughout history the same five phases repeat. The Tea Parties were not just about the Tea Act, they were a strike against the government for a collection of insults and intrusions. Much like the riots in Ferguson, the participants gave little thought to the private property destroyed during the action. Much the same way law enforcement looks at all of the innocent people killed as collateral damage or an unfortunate accident; the rioters in Ferguson (and during the Revolution) see the destruction as justified.

This will not be an isolated case. More and more people are warming to the idea of using violence against police forces that are constantly overstepping their bounds. An armed citizenry will resist oppression and it will be those carrying out the enforcement of unjust laws that become the target of resistance. In other countries during the Preemptive Rioting cycle, law enforcement officers are targeted while they are on duty, and their families are targeted while at home. Even the respected Founding Fathers of this country engaged in attacking government officials at home. Customs official Thomas Hutchinson’s home was attacked and his family barely escaped with their lives.

Without serious reform in what’s left of the justice system, the future is not one of officers walking free after killing an unarmed person; it will be one of officers becoming the target of sporadic violence. Despite the propaganda, being a cop in the United States is safer than being a trash collector. That will change, and officers will become targets of opportunity for those that previously sought reform through peaceful means.

Those in departments that have excused the actions of their officers and made significant peaceful reform impossible, have now set the stage for their officers to be shot while sitting at traffic lights. Only 61% of murders are solved in the United States. Imagine how hard it will be to solve an officer’s murder that is completely random and lacks a direct connection to the shooter. Without a clear motive, there is no place to even start investigating.

This riot is the warning sign of a very dangerous future for cops. This wasn’t an isolated shooter taking out cops; this was a large percentage of the population expressing rage at the rampant police brutality and corruption. It is doubtful that departments will get a second warning. The time for reform is now. Otherwise, the body count the news is reciting is more likely to be that of officers than of unarmed citizens.

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Author: Justin King

Justin King joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in July of 2014. His topics of interest include activism, human rights, international relations, and military affairs. Born in Japan, he currently resides in the United States.

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  1. I agree that this is coming sooner than anyone thinks and the police have been escalating it for years

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  2. govt needs to bring about positice change. Police and politicians need to be held accountable for their crimes. As any other citizen that commits a crime.

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  3. *positive

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  4. It's about damn time! I'm ready to fight with my brothers and sisters against these thugs in uniforms. Obviously these peaceful protests are not working, it's time that we rise ladies and gentlemen!!

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  5. Sometimes force must be met with force. It's the only thing a bully seems to understand.

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  6. Why don't they just call in obama to fly in and beam a rainbow and fix everything? You'd think that was the mindset of those that wish soo badly to see us disarmed and at the mercy of these official "loose cannons"" some call police.. Not all are bad mind you, but it just takes one bad apple to screw up the whole barrel.

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  7. "Pick someone who can speak for you" "Make sure it is a black man."

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  8. Hey government officials and IRS revenuers (cops).. If I were you i'd be very afraid right now.. Because your lives mean absolute dick to the American citizens.. You fucked up and its too late for apologies.. There is going to be war and you will lose.. And there will be no prisoners.. Yoy will pay for the torment and pain and suffering you have put the American people through.

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  9. Ttake up arms people. I dont care if it a 10-22 or a scattergun. Get something…

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  10. it just means that everyone is gonna be target…all this just mean children arent safe if everyoen is gonna go around shooting and killing each other. anarchy is stupid…change is needed but the price of chaos is much higher than people think.

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  11. 3 things needed for a SUCCESSFUL revolution: 1. perceived abuses by government or those in authority 2. A charismatic leader 3. a central message/rallying cry. So far we are still @ #1, lacking #2, and #3 hasn't coalesced.

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  12. Let the bodies hit the floor!

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  13. they are all bad. the good ones quit when they realize what line of work they REALLY have chosen.'

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  14. Well, this is what a police state looks like. And it's been coming on for quite some time. And I guess things may just get a little bit ugly. Unless of course the police departments start doing something about the thugs that they hire on. I guess we'll see what we see.

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  15. The truth the old school police most of them were brave and not cowards. They would check out what is really going on and would talk to the people and deal with most problems without any serious force or by killing or beating people! These police had respect and knew wearing a badge and working as police officer you had to face reality that you could get killed doing your duty and thta was part of the job! Now days the police if they feel threatened they shoot to kill! They shoot 15, 30, or 45 rounds in one human body! This is over kill and is wrong! They do this crime and wrong because they are scared and fear doing their jobs the right or professional way! Police have always had drunks, dopers, gangs and dangerous criminals to deal with! Nothing new and now days the police act and look like military soldiers. They treat people like an enemy of war! The truth is the people are not at war with the police! The people are tired of bad laws and bad police! Real men will disobey bad laws! The war on drugs, gangs and terror is a joke. It is about more money and more bad laws and people love Liberty and hate tyranny! The brain wash and control that police force on people is wrong! People want good laws and good police! If the police continue the tyranny and infringing on privacy and Liberty of the people they will end up losing! Those that wear badges it is time to wake up and be kind and professional! If you want to act like Nazi war criminals then you be will wiped out! You will be treated badly because you are wrong! I have worn a badge working for the State, federal and as a supervisor for over 27 years! I have seen the bad boys and seen how they play, how they lie, cheat and bully people! The team is tyranny and hate! You are not a machine or a robot! Get off the power trip! What you are doing is evil and wrong! I do not care what your boss or team says! Wrong is always wrong! You will answer to God or after the revolution you will answer to the people that stop you! We are not your slave! You work for us and you can all be replaced by real men that are not cowards!

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  16. What bothers me about the whole damn thing is… if they would have only remind as the protector of the people, would we not be behind them all the way.

    I wonder if they've forgotten they're "Just Doin Mah Job…"

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  17. Please…. PLEASE people….. I am BEGGING you….. PLEASE start an "insurrection". The government will cut off all your EBT cards, and when you begin starving and spread outward from your urban hell holes you will be met by rural gun owners who have been praying for this turkey shoot for a loooooong time….. By all means, PLEASE attempt this insurrection…… There will be a whole lot less Democrat voters for the next election, trust me…….

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  18. And holy shit people… enough with the threats… we are not a third world country… yet…

    We still can solve alot by simply talking, I don't think it even been tried…

    I'm sure someone could set it up, the main stream media outlet that grabbed onto the coattails of that from the beginning would become the Voice of the Free USA…

    Just sayin…

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  19. I hope the police understand that the American People are going to mop the floor with you. You are out numbered and your machine guns and armor trucks are not going to save you. What you gonna do when you see your Dead fellow officers and you're running out of Ammo and Hoards of people are getting closer to finish what is left of you. I leave you with that thought.

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  20. I'm hoping we as Americans can all come to some sort of civil agreement. I feel if we broke out into a civil war, one of our enemies would take advantage of the situation and we would all have a new oppressor.

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  21. If they would have only remained…

    Stupid auto correct…

    Can't lie… it was me… wasn't spell check… I just got all carried away with the thumbing of the keyboard and just really just… lost my thoughts and just decided to hut submit…

    Actually lied again…

    I did mean to hit submit… I just didn't care to finish the rest of my

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  22. Dammit. .. and it should read "we would be behind them all the way"

    Stupid thumbs!!! Out witted by the Smart Phone!

    Curse you Intelligent Telephones!!

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  23. It's been happening for a while but we're fast approaching it. I feel with a combination of this and our DO NOTHING CONGRESS targeting the indigent, and refusing to raise minimum wage while they fight for a pay raise for themselves. I'm honestly very shocked someone hasn't gone postal by now. I'm waiting for it…..any day now. I always asked myself why someone would voluntarily be a cop. Why be something that everyone hates?

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  24. its not just the thugs in uniform they are only following orders like the Nazis did in WW2 and we all know the just following orders defense didnt fly in Nuremberg. You need to take out those that created the laws they issue the orders the thugs march to

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  25. All you cops better be fucking scared real scared. We are fucking way stronger in numbers then you stupid homeland terrorists thinking you're doing a good job.

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  26. Fallen Angels Evnts edit button bro.

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  27. I don't know if this is sarcastic or not but assuming it's not, it's stupid to make this about "democrat" and "republican" crap. That's all a show to separate gullible people. If you want people to die just because they vote a certain way, hah… sure shows how much character you lack man.

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  28. It's time. Use this momentum and people everywhere need to rise up and shut down the government. Don't sop till everything is changed by the people. The government has to go as well. There will indeed be turmoil for a while but it will be worth it.

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  29. and so shall the resistance form and make stand to put forth thy foundation

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  30. i just hope that people that are like you but better yet i would love to come accross paths with you. just because youe a legal gun owner and your in a gun club pay your taxes and a law abiding citizen but it only makes you legal, that uses the law to hide behind but its obvious to see how you figure thing to be when law is lawless..

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  31. You obviously don't know America.

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  32. I could have sworn i was in a gas chamber at the county jail once….

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  33. did you even read this?

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  34. REALLY !!!???? Talking & main stream media…..it hasn't been tried yet !!??? Either Robert H Parker is very sarcastic….or lives in a cave in BUMFUCK EGYPT !!! :(

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  35. These five steps accurately describe the plot of The Dark Knight Returns

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  36. That's all well and good, but these riots are not against the "thugs", they are against your 'brothers and sisters'. How is destroying the local economic systems, destroying their lives and livelihood, justifiable by any stretch? You are creating a situation which promotes crime, thereby causing police to step in and try to stop it. To the people rioting, this is terrible. To the people being harmed, this is wonderful.

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  37. If I were a police officer, I would take that as a threat and go into defense mode. Would that be wrong? Comments like this are not those of a person wanting to make positive change. They are the rankings of a bully himself, out to do nothing more than jump on a band wagon and try to long stronger and tougher to make himself look better.

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  38. I wish this were true, but if would be cautious about looking to history to "discover" predictive cycles that support your perspective. This was the main error made by the Marxists in their theorizing. History is broad and deep enough that you can always find examples and sequences of events to back up a predictive theory.

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  39. Is it so far fetched to think that some become police officers for right reasons? Are they perfect? No. Are a great number of them trying to do the best they can in an imperfect world? Yes.

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  40. The police freaked and panicked about a few hundred protesters rioting just think of how scared they might be if we all get together(Blacks and whites) when they do this kind of stuff! It once was an honor to be a cop NOW it is a disgrace and I would be ashamed to put on that badge and represent what they now stand for! OK here is a question, other then police does anyone in here EVER remember getting suspended WITH PAY from work? (Not to mention killing someone to get it) I thought not!!!!

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  41. They will pay for what they have done to the American people and to the rest of the world!

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  42. Like the cowards that they really are, they will take their uniforms off and pretend they were never police. While these goons should be held accountable, let us not forget the globalists who have engineered this all.

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  43. really surprised nothing has happened in Detroit….. hasn't the water been turned off there….. its gotta tart somewhere….power to the people

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  44. My face is riddled with scars from law enforcement officials who govern themselves and witness eachother in court to collaberate a story so I would never see justice actually being done…….it is time to make justice happen for ourselves

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  45. Anarchy does not equal chaos. That's an important distinction and you should educate yourself before you form opinions.

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  46. Melinda Watkins Do you understand that riots are anger towards the system manifested because the cries of the people are not being heard? If there was some level of accountability for the officers and even discourse between the government and people these riots could be avoided. It's too late for that now and we're seeing what the fruition of what the police have sown, think about that.

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  47. YEs it is about time. But the enemy is the police, not the shop owners. It is hard to win your cause when people who claim to be in your cause harm others. Fight the police, not your fellow people.

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  48. The police should take it as a threat and I am not so sure he is wrong. Melinda, sometimes change has to be forced, it is clear that talking and working with elected representatives is not working. Sometimes to beat a bully you have to be a bigger bully.

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  49. Melinda, ahh the myth of a good cop. A cop cannot be a good cop if he does nothing to stop the bad cops. If they protect, do not arrest and do not report bad cops they are just as guilty.

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  50. We have been talking for a long time with no change in how the police treat people.

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  51. Brandon Brylski These idiots stealing are doing so for personal gain and posting it on facebook, they're using an unfortunate event to justify their actions. NOTHING justifies going after people whom have nothing to do with the event. They're fucking cowards, so they steal and destroy other peoples property because god forbid they grow a fucking pair of balls and go after the people who killed the kid. Punch of pussy ass thugs, no better than the cops who shot the kid.

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  52. James, I 100% support and agree with what you said. They do not care about the cause, they see this as a way to get free stuff. The one thing I do disagree with you is this. They are WORSE than the cops that shot the kid.

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  53. I see a lot of bold talk on these boards about "whats coming" and no one actually doing anything.

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  54. What force exactly did these shops enact against this dead kid and these shops being looted and destroyed? The only message I see these people sending is that they're using this event to justify being common criminals. Their actions are misplaced against the wrong people because these criminals are nothing more than cowards.

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  55. Melinda Watkins Just as the British had a chance to make a positive change and failed to listen to our protests which led to the birth of our nation, our government has had a chance to hear ours and has failed to listen to us. Instead, they've grown more militant and enacted more arbitrary laws stripping away at our rights and freedoms like it belongs to them. They are now the British and it is now our generations turn to remind the tyrants who runs the show. Our forefathers saw this day coming and placed provision in our constitution and declaration of independence so that we the citizens have a LEGAL right to fight the oppressors.

    They brought it upon themselves, there is no one else to blame for whatever comes next…

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  56. Luis Castro He's right, nothing more than common criminals using this as an open chance to steal is going to come from this. This isn't the spark that'll ignite the revolution. These aren't our freedom fighter's, these are coward thugs posting their hauls on facebook.

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  57. This whole "Hands up don't shoot" shit is pointless and is going to get them nowhere.. The Ferguson roits are ridiculous.. Those people are looting and destroying other citizens livelihoods.. Its a joke.. But the police state must be stopped.. The police are armed to the teeth and will shoot you without a second thought.. In order to win.. We must too.

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  58. Let's Get It! I hear war drums in the distance, and they are coming closer and closer

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  59. Perhaps you should educate yourself. Anarchy, a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority.
    "he must ensure public order in a country threatened with anarchy"
    synonyms: lawlessness, nihilism, mobocracy, revolution, insurrection, disorder, chaos, mayhem, tumult, turmoil

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  60. I don't think Ferguson is trying to change anything. I think this is more an expression of grief, rage, and hopelessness. Try not to judge them too harshly, surely you've had a few temper tantrums of your own. You just didn't have 1,000 angry mother fuckers backing you up.

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  61. James Gundlach I believe she is speaking on the cops needing force used against them not the shops. I didn't see her say that looting and destroying stuff was ok. I'm not sure what all this breaking shit and stealing is going to do for anything but I understand that people are angry. And every time something like this happens and there are protests the cops send in under cover cops to make trouble so that they could prove what little bitches they are.

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  62. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS++++++

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  63. Lets get them! the time has come!

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  64. I've been saying the same thing for over a year now, though I put politicians and corporate CEOs on that list too. CEOs make their money-lusting agenda, politicians make these illegal agendas legal and the cops brutalize the citizens to keep them in fear of rising up. It's the way a fascist state comes into being, and since Bush Jr. we have been living in one. (A fascist America was the dream of Prescott Bush, grandpa to Bush Jr. and avid Nazi supporter back in his day). However, the citizens of America are not like the citizens of Poland. We will kill those we realize are ruining our lives. We will expose the greedy and make them pay if their greed harms us. We may be slow to act, but once we start moving we are unstoppable. Cops, politicians and CEOs had better change their ways fast, or our society will bury them.

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  65. Thomas Cumiskey I live just north of Detroit and you can feel the tension about to snap when you go there. It's literally in the air. There have been so many human rights violations done by the cops and politicians there that I'm surprised the whole city hasn't burned to the ground yet. But that just means that you should still be stockpiling marshmallows and sticks because the gas cap hasn't been put back on.

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  66. James Gundlach Are you that worried about material? bitch, what part dont you understand that they took a young mans life away!? property can always be replaced but that kids life can never be brought back! and business have a lot to do with it! they pay most of the LEO's salaries! any established business is associated with their local police so quit bitchen and get with the real program!

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  67. "…and now I play the public servant…to serve and protect by the law and the state…
    I'd bust the punks that rape, steal and murder…but leave you be if you crossed me…I'd shake your hand like a man, not a god.

    To see, to bleed, cannot be taught. In turn, you're making us all fucking hostile."

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  68. James Gundlach bitch its already happening! a COP WHO WAS ACCUSED but not indicted for RAPING A WOMAN DURING A TRAFFIC STOP HERE IN SAN DIEGO WAS CRACKED WITH A BOTTLE LAST NIGHT @ A 7 ELEVEN :)

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  69. Brandon Brylski then use it against them and their property. These citizens who have nothing work their butt's off to get what they have. Just cause your pissed at the authority there, does not justify looting and destroying a citizens livelihood. That is worse than murder, for now the citizen has to rebuild. If you have no experience running a business, then you have no business opining!!

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  70. As far as the system goes, there are too many self-important liberals whose only interest is in furthering their comfort, even if there is a reform, it will always go back to being that way. If you want peace, get ready for war!!

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  71. A show of strength and unity, instead of always going submissively and meekly. Does not have to be violent to the people since you are speaking with the voice of the people. Uniting only to loot and destroy the people livelihood, is 100% wrong, do it against your antagonist and their property. Be a Robin Hood, not a common thief. Show that you have respect for yourself and your principals. This incident is just childish, wah, wah.

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  72. Its a tragedy to see, the average American has no idea of the crisis at hand. I see a huge pattern of lethal control of the police state. Our freedom of speech is slipping away day by day, slowly government is becoming a communist power house.
    The constitution of America is in danger! The corporate greed of this country is the new government. I see patterns of many different types geared towards our freedom being taken away.
    There will be a civil war in the north American. I see it coming, see our government killing citizens .

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  73. Joseph Why should it matter what color? The problem is corruption NOT color. WE THE PEOPLE, Black, White, Yellow, Red, Green and Purple need to get together. Dividing the races plays into the hand of the oppressor, if we fight each other the true Enemies of the people win. It is about wrong and Right NOT Black and White.

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  74. David Korrell It is and always will be about black and white. This is why this is even happening. It's not yellow people, red people, green people or purple people that are the primary targets. It's black people and SOME white people. But even when that is the case they still get it easier. It's all in the numbers and statistics, the same numbers people like to use against blacks to prove why they are validated in seeing as criminals. Those same numbers show that it IS a black thing.

    Now…. THIS issue is not black vs white. Its blacks vs racially discriminatory cops. This article does not speak about going to war or attacking white people. It's about how to expose and unhinge a system that targets black people MORE than white people and the illegal actions the police take to "detain" and "neutralize" us. Dont get defensive and think that black people are gearing up for a race war, they are speaking against police brutality especially stemming from racial discrimination.

    And stop trying to guilt trip blacks into think they're fights are not valid or just unless they incorporate EVERY walk of life in them. Every other race seems to have the right and backing to defend their own kind but when it comes to black people addressing black issues it becomes a problem. It's a cheap tactic to say "well… stop complaining nigger, it happens to EVERYONE. Why are YOU so choked up about it". It dismisses the cause and makes it a "every day" issue that we have to accept rather than a racial issue that needs to be dealt with.

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  75. I would advise all people Black, White, Mexican and others who have been harassed, beaten, fondled, or family members who have been killed unlawfully by dirty cops to arm yourselves against dirty killer, abusive cops. It is time out for this BS something need to be done in a hurry.

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  76. Are you retarded Shane Wyatt? I don't condone burning shit or stealing but that is not the point. The issue is with some sorry ass cop needlessly killing a young man and people being very angry and finally fed up. What the hell is all this "wah wah" shit about? You sound like a sociopath which makes me think you are a cop being a punk. But really, do you not realize that a young man was murdered? And your going wah wah… You have got to be a cop with a fake profile nobody is that sorry.

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  77. David Lovingthefloppy Dunford FLINT Too, they dont have anything
    left to lose!

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  78. There rioting and looting because they dont know what else to do! peaceful protest isnt working so this is them acting out there aggression because the failure of the "system". And i agree, the stores that were targeted didnt do anything to deserve this. but like i said what were they suppose to do? Looting and rioting is just the first step! the next action im afraid will be violence. and the authority
    will be the target this time.

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  79. Protest grows worldwide against domination by brutal elites. But merely replacing some politicians and bureaucrats with others gains nothing (as Obama proves). Unless we have specific agendas for how we will operate society with highest priority to social justice and ecology, then we are just shouting.

    My book "Deep Green Jobs" describes how we take over the economy on behalf of community and nature. http://www.paulglover.org/1111.html I'm founder of more than a dozen organizations that model grassroots control of food, fuel, housing, health care, finance.

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  80. now as in the 60's they're not rioting, they're revolting. there been insurrection in this country already,

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  81. James, What I see is that riots, looting, stealing and destroying property are symptomatic of people who are repressed and oppressed by the entirety of the established system. Be it private small businesses or multinational conglomerates, they posses and items for purchase, and some of which, cannot be afforded by everyone. The police are there to protect business interests and to contain dissent and civil disobedience. Sure, people take advantage of riots and protests for personal gain, New shoes, clothes, TVs, electronics, etc., etc., but the act itself is a symbol of anarchy and the loss of control by the ruling class. The agenda by individuals to obtain new stuff, seemingly opportunistic and self serving, is subconsciously rooted by the seeds of oppressed people in a monopolistic statist empire (ruled by oligarchs protected by Gestapo like enforcers) that have in fact ALMOST reached the end of their collective ropes… like the article states, We the People may be on the precipice of a Second American Revolution…. That is long over due…

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  82. " In 1770, British troops opened fire on one such protest in Boston. It is known today as the Boston Massacre (Reactive Protest Phase)."

    Learn your history buddy. Brits didn't open fire on a protest, they opened fire to defend themselves from assault… for fuck sake, the second president of the US argued that point and won.

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  83. Most societies do collapse given time, a fact not lost to society. History swings like a pendulum fighting its way back to equilibrium. It’s a very rare trajectory when we see it up-end at the apex, abandoning all contents to the chaos of gravity, and settling to start all over again. Hold on, for mankind is approaching a pivotal displacement.

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  84. Henry: Thank you so much for that marvellously insightful, detailed, and intelligent rebuttal of my position that a voluntary society is more equitable than a statist one! You're obviously a quite accomplished scholar! And while I have every respect for your profound depth of knowledge, might I offer some further support for my own assertions? http://dailyanarchist.com/2014/04/22/a-skeptics-comment-on-somalia/

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  85. DEMANDS:
    * indict the shooter for murder
    * fire chief of police
    * reverse militarization of police
    * require police force 50/50 black/white
    * require all cops to be college grads with nonviolence training

    BEGIN
    * Weekly walks through white neighborhoods until the demands are met
    * boycott all Ferguson businesses except those that publicly endorse the above
    * withhold property taxes until the demands are met
    * establish Freedom Schools that teach civil liberties and mutual aid
    * create and trade community credits (Malcolm X money) that’s backed by local skills
    * read “How to Take Power” http://www.issuu.com/metroeco/docs/htp.1

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  86. some of you sound so fucking ignorant, with no intelligence at all. First Off.."Police"is a job title. Regular AMERICAN CITIZENS grow up and try to become a police officer to try and help their community and live a HONEST LIFE. They are not a different species who came to America to try and fuck with a different species called CITIZENS. Yet You are talking about encouraging violence and hate to EVERYONE wearing a badge? What about the ones who Sacrifice their lives and time and actually help out people. Yes, this Police officer and multiple others fucked up and made bad decisions, THAT WAS THE PERSON WEARING THE BADGE MISTAKE! THE BADGE DIDN'T MAKE HIM DO IT! Another thing.. Think about all the fucked up shit CITIZENS do EVERY FUCKING DAY. Why do you think the government and SOME police think of us like animals? Because thats what you are sounding like right now. Instead of trying to teaching people to follow the law and live decent lives instead you teach them to say fuck everything, lets go kill everyone? The Riots need to stop, harming other citizens is not doing any good for anyone. How About you go after the people keeping the police in your neighborhoods? Go get rid of the drug dealers, the gangsters, the rapists, and the murderers, and the police forces will calm down. NO CRIMES=NO POLICE. Ive lived in Japan for 2 years and I RARELY SEEN POLICE. America is filled with a bunch of fucked up individuals and if you think Rioting and Killing Police is going to fix anything, then start by killing yourself because you are the problem

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  87. Brandon Brylski are you aware that most of the rioters/looters were not even from that city, but came in from surrounding cities and did so to take advantage of an unfortunate incident that no one truly knows how it happened……. therefore they used this tragedy to get free stuff and gloat about it….watch the videos, they are laughing and smiling while doing this….. your comment would be just if the actual citizens of fergussen were the ones rioting…. however that is not the case…..

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  88. Joseph Hinson cite your source….. last i saw in the news they don't have the full story of what took place that night…… how is it that you know exactly what happened? You dont know that the guy didnt attack the cop, you dont know what happened, cause at this point no one does yet….which is what makes the rioting even more asinine…..they are doing it without getting the facts first….making assumptions and trying to turn this into another trayvon deal. I read a report that said other witnesses in the courtyard (not the dead guys friend) said he did attack the cop….. so state your source that shows the kid was murdered and not being violent to the cop… oh wait, you can't because only the cop and the dead guy know for sure…you cant trust the friend since it has been shown time and time again in situations like this that people will lie for their friends…… you sound like someone who has been on the wrong side of the law trying to justify that type of behavior…..

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  89. It is obviously not about looting for the sake of getting free stuff, but about burning this corrupt plantation to the ground. Wake up & see the revolution.

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  90. You're fuckin right!

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  91. use the components of a microwave to produce an emp ;)

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  92. James Gundlach I agree with you. This is definitely not the straw that will break the camel's back, but it is a straw nonetheless. It's little shit like this that will continue to pile on and eventually revolution will occur. I honestly think its about damn time. I will fight to the death if it means saving the foundations of this country.

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  93. Stef Schassar, if you do not know what has happened here then you and those like you, the blind eyes, are a very big part of this whole problem. If you would take the time to educate yourself on the subject at hand then there would be no need for citing of sources and the anger you'd feel would be more than enough to fuel the fires of change.

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  94. eye for an eye…what happen too one nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for all, take away his badge and uniform all you have left is a murderer.

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  95. It's time for an American Revolution. 2.0 And remove and abolish all bureaucracy and corrupt agencies that the American people never voted for. We need to take back our freedom from a new rise of American Totalitarianism.

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  96. Melinda Watkins One bad apple….Its been a common problem in a lot of places. There was a deaf homeless man shot and killed here because he was holding a candy wrapper and couldnt hear the pigs to tell him to "drop the weapon". The mentally ill on the streets have been harassed and beaten. It was a huge problem until the FBI had to audit the Portland Police Bureau. If you even think about running from the police, they shoot to kill. Not shoot to stop. Now Marshall law has been declared in Ferguson. I guess the cops are having to leave with guns drawn on them. How far fetched is it now? I'm glad you live in a place where you wont have to worry. Not that many of us are that lucky. Enjoy your clueless idyllic existence….

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  97. big difference between our founding fathers and a wild pack of looting thugs!

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  98. Krazy-e Okp An isolated incident is hardly a revolution. Either way however, whoever attacked the cop for what he did at 711 is a hell of a lot more brave than the coward criminals robbing stores in the name of some kid. What those people are doing is nothing more than disrespectful to the kid and his family.

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  99. Andy Fitzherbert So shit on our moral compass to destroy property as if that'll really stop police brutality? Are people fucking retarded? We're biting off our own hands when we become that which we hate and we only make these asshole cops more powerful. Attack the cops, not the shops. Picking the easy target is just being a coward pussy, makes us no better than them.

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  100. Stef Schassar why don't you cite your source. What articles say that only the friend said the murdered child attacked the cop? I keep looking for them, but all I see is his friend and another witness saying there was no struggle & the only one I see saying there was a struggle was the cop, of course, & why wouldn't you believe the guy who could be facing murder charges for killing an unarmed child?

    http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/america-is-not-for-black-people-1620169913
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/11/justice/michael-brown-missouri-teen-shot/
    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/naacp-says-new-witness-to-michael-brown-s-shooting-saw/article_6060a563-d7d1-544a-8bb3-793c46be427c.html
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/st-louis-police-chief-physical-confrontation-led-fatal-shooting-unarmed-teen-article-1.1898637

    You're wrong in saying only the murdered child and the cop know what happened. His friend knows exactly what happened too, after all he was right there seeing and hearing it all. I don't know that I can't trust his word just because he was a friend. I don't assume to know he's a liar. You're attacking people for making what you call assumptions yet you make your own. You assume the cop wouldn't lie, you assume these people in the courtyard that you read about in some article you didn't source wouldn't lie, you assume other people who have a different view didn't do their research, You assume the person to who you are responding to is someone who has been on the wrong side of the law, etc….

    What does "another trayvon deal" mean? You mean let's not make a big deal out of another unarmed minority child that was murdered? Here's my own assumption for you, about you – You sound like someone who doesn't care if unarmed minority children are murdered. He is a kid whose friends, family and teachers all say was a good kid who stayed out of trouble and was two days from starting college. A kid who certainly doesn't have a record, cause we all know if he did it would be out right now. Have you asked yourself why he would suddenly become the kind of kid who would attack an officer and try to take his gun? Why would a kid in his position do that?

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  101. Joseph Hinson Your stupidity is clearly abundant. If you seriously think that biting the hand that feeds you is going to get the authority to step back, your just as ignorant as these rioters. If you can twist my words into something totally different from my context then you sir are in fact a Dumb Ass,plain and simple. My wah wah was in reference to the lazy ass mofo's whom loot and destroy the property of the people whom they, supposedly, are rioting for. As far as I being a cop, I just gotta laugh at your profundity. You really should try to use your brain more. That's what it's there for, js. lmao

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  102. James, I agree with that…. but what we are dealing with is a sickness of the collective mindset of groups of people, who are pissed, they are pissed at society, a society that they are part of, there is an enemy, but they can't put their finger on just who it is. They are lashing out in anger and resentment, against themselves. The enemy is us, each and every one of us, we created ths society, we funded it, we labored in it, for it, we were slaves and entrepreneurs, kings and peasants, we are mad, because we've been fooled, played, used and abused, our war is being fought inside our hearts and minds, until it bubbles over and spills into the streets. The victim and the perpetrator are both symptoms of a bigger problem… a social psychology problem, a sickness in the universal minds of men.

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  103. Jennifer Miller I am sorry…show me in my comment where I said only the friend witnessed the "surrender and murder"…. I said there were other witnesses that saw the cops side of the story… I did not say all the witnesses saw that and the friend is the only one who saw the surrender. Please read the comments before attacking them……… the point is NO ONE knows what really happened except the 2 involved in it… and no one will know til the investigation is done…..if even then. My comment was not to tell people that what I read is what happened, only that there are more than one story and like the looters, people should not be so quick to judge until they have the actual facts……. this is exactly the kind of crap our government is looking for to interfere with our lives for whatever purpose they feel like even more than they already are…. and as far as your sources….do you have any unbiased ones? The police report, witness testimonies, cop testimonies, fbi investigation etc…… these are the sources I am looking for when I say site your source. Not from media outlets that are biased and try to continue with race baiting and shit starting… Oh and by the way, he wasn't a child…..he was 18 which makes him a grown man…….. kind of like the "children" coming across the border. Using the word child implies someone looking for a "sympathy vote"…. not to mention you stated murdered child….. site your factual source that he was in fact murdered…. you can't

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  104. "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable" – Rise Against

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  105. Melinda Watkins So what do you propose for positive change? The police are the ones who are out of control and their aggressive actions can no longer be justified as "defensive". Sign-waving, voting, and writing letters to Congress sure as hell isn't going to make these thugs change their ways.

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  106. Stef Schassar cite your sources. I'm sorry, did I say you said that? Maybe you should read comments 1st. Are you usually this full of contraindications or is this a special night? I said what I did because IMHO you certainly implied that only the murdered CHILD's friend was telling this side of the story… here's where I get that from… "witnesses in the courtyard (not the dead guys friend) said he did attack the cop" and "you cant trust the friend"… You make no mention of anyone else sharing the same story and you said no one else even knows what happened. I found no articles that say anyone else shares the cops story, but I did find one that stated another witness saw the same thing as the friend did. My sources are bias? Bias towards what, unarmed minorities being murdered? You say you are waiting for unbias stuff to come out like…"police report, witness testimonies, cop testimonies"…really? 1st there is witness testimony out right now, the murdered child's friend has told his side. He is what one would call a witness seeing as how he was there and all… you know, witnessing it. He also happens to be testifying all over the place right now, Telling everyone what he witnessed. No, of course that doesn't count though, cause he's bias according to you and a liar as well because he was friends with the now murdered minority child, so you know, by default and all. That means you are waiting still for… let' see, right, the cops story, cops stories and higher up cop stories… gee, now why would any of those be bias.

    He was a child and he was someone's child. 18 year old boys only think they are grown men, but mother's of 18 year old boys know they aren't. I'm not discussing children or "children" and imaginary lines drawn in sand on ground that belongs only to God. (Does that tell you what I think of your border bs?) I'm discussing the murder of an unarmed minority child, because that is what I think happened.

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  107. Stef Schassar Shut up you fucking pig. Talking about how people will lie for their friends. Pigs do it more than anyone else. You sicken me. Let me guess your brother, or uncle, or dad is a cop right? therefore most cops are good and its just a few bad apples right?

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  108. Correct me if I'm wrong, but you seem to be implying it's wrong to kill an unarmed person. Does it then follow that it's always right to kill an armed person, say someone just walking down the street with a holstered sidearm? Or that anyone who is able to, has a right to murder you with his bare hands?

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  109. Ha! We still worship them as gods. We still stand by and watch them murder our families, then complain to the news as if we're not ashamed to survive our children. We probably aren't. We won't do anything. We'll roll over and take whatever they give us.
    The rioters are just looters anyway, they sure aren't torching the cop shops. They're pillaging their neighbors.

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  110. Richard Wayne Small And who will force the maintainers to maintain it? By threat of what? What's in it for them? If people were worker bees, this could be great. But people have dreams, goals, and aspirations. They want to be able to do something to make themselves better off within their own lifetimes.

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  111. Do-nothing congress? We have more enacted legislation than any other nation-state. Now if you count repeals as doing something, I could get on board.
    Melinda: Besides what Romonaga said, they would also have to refrain from any kind of threat against anyone peaceful. Kid's lemonade stand breaks an ordinance? Lady jaywalks without making anyone brake or swerve? Dude has a holstered gun without a permit? Hobo's lighting up a doobie without blowing it at anyone? Gotta leave them alone. Otherwise they're just confirming my suspicion that a cop's job is fundamentally to pick fights with peaceful people!

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  112. I agree.. St Louis Missouri is not representing the people in a positive way whatsoever.. In fact it's a disgrace in how they're behaving.. Jackasses is a word that comes to mind.. But i'm fairly confident that the people (not wannabe gangbangers) will be there when America needs them.. We will not surrender or go down without a fight.. and I personally will fight to the death to defend my freedoms and I know i'm not alone.

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  113. .. And this god worship you speak of..I don't wish gods hung from ropes.. Lined up in front of a firing squads.. or as many would like.. In front of a jury of our peers.. We are trying to do this the civil way but if we are pushed too far being civil will no longer be an option.

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  114. Has anyone asked where these "cops" are coming from nowadays? Could it be that some of these guys are coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afganistan, and now are becoming law enforcement officers? It seems to me that the police forces are changing styles of enforcement from 'Protect and Serve' to 'Serve and Enforce w/ Authority'……….
    …….is anyone getting a little worried about this?

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  115. David Joseph I understand there are injustices happening, but you guys are talking about using force on a group of people based on their occupation. So all police officers must now be met with force to start change? You are no better than the offers when you start treating them all the same.

    Look back at the history of the United States, the most influential civil rights movements were not violent, but instead lead by leaders and individuals who inspired change. Rosa Parks comes to mind, tell me, would it have been better if she pulled out a pistol and killed the officers who escorted her off the bus?

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  116. stand up for your children stand up for your neighbors stand up for your family and stand up for your fellow Americans it is time to rise together and fight for our freedom in our homeland

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  117. Gee, where the hell are the Cliven Bundy militia? You'd think they would have rushed to the scene by now.

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  118. As a military police officer I guess you can all come after me with your ill conceived thought of overthrowing the government but while you rush to a keyboard begging for revolt think of the longrun…..if you somehow make a big enough impact to get the US military involved you will by no means have enough firepower to win…you will also involve millions of innocent lives because of your rush for violence and lack of trying to find peaceful resolve…if these police officers did shoot an innocent teen then yes they deserve to be trialled and prosecuted and our government is not perfect but yalls cry for a revolution would bring nothing but the fall of America as we know it…..if you did just so happen to overthrow the government and surpass the military what then????

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  119. Are an idiot. …… all you are doing is trying to fuel others to attack officers. Some stupid kid that thinks like you tried to beat up officers and take a cops gun and he died for it and now you want to bring others to do the same. People like you don't deserve to open their mouth about anything. Did he deserve to die…… no. Do you sound like an idiot……. yes!

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  120. I've said this once and I'll keep saying it as long as i have to.
    Obviously people are beyond infuriated over this and many other violent acts of this type but, as you stated, it is deeply structured within our society. Though this problem is only a piece of the puzzle. This type of corruption goes much deeper into our society. It is appalling to see every single day the criminal acts our so called authority figures get away with and it has gone on for so long that it has reached literally every facet of society. Racism, religion, our human rights, poverty, etc. These fear based beliefs have been purposely conditioned into our society in literally everything and every way. From grade school to retirement, such horrible and negative beliefs and behaviors are deeply embedded into us all. And it will keep on happening to keep us all divided against each other. They don't want us to wake up and realize these things because when we do, they lose power over the way they run this mentally ill system. Though, there are those of us who are aware and awake but, the same way of thinking isn't solving the issues. Protests "usually" turn into another violent situation because coming at these issues with the hatred that creates our anger only fuels the fire. People have to start to realize that this corruption runs deep and is as old as the creation of our governments. We have to find another way to get the message across that we will no longer be victims of their fear based control. None of us need to live in fear or hate anyone for things that go outside of who we are as human beings. We do not want to behave this way towards each other for any of the reasons that are conditioned into our society. We have to do what we must to change the way we are governed and the way they uphold the law. As it stands now, the Supreme Court states that police officers are not here to protect and serve as their oath previously stated. They are here to uphold the law within the society of the government which we as civilians are not a part of. We are to live in a police state and be the Federal corporations that our birth certificate and social security card states that we are. I realize you may think that this has nothing to do with this particular situation but, it does and it will happen again and keep happening until we do something about it. These things bother me everyday because I do not want to live in such a hatred and fear based society. I have a lot to give and so did that young man. He's now a martyr. I apologize for turning this into a story book but, I consciously see the problems that plague us and am so tired of seeing people fall into the traps of fear of fighting back and hatred of everyone because the acts and conditioning of their control. We have to fight back yes, but protests and more violence is not the answer. It will only be when we come together to use our already instinctual caring and peaceful nature to defeat them. I am sure that this comment will receive the normal negative reactions of those who are unconsciously walking around in society and that's fine. Hopefully this will reach out to who it is meant to and who needs to see it. God Bless you!!

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  121. I have said for some time now that what is bound to happen is the citizenry rising up against law enforcement and local police. The federal and local governments have been trying to regulate our rights out of existence for the reason of dominance and control. Law Enforcement has become militarized because they foresaw this coming. When does the militarization of law enforcement violate the Posse Comitatus Act?! To all the citizen sheep. You are part of the problem but will not be protected by the very government you bow down to. We are a free a sovereign people and will only stay that way as long as we make sure those we put in power know so, as long as we keep those we put in power in check and remove them when they no longer serve our will and best interest. To many pets and citizens are falling at the hands of the police. To many are sucked into and lost in the system, a system that is in business with the corrections industry (And yes it is big business!). If we do not stand up and do something now, then there will be violence from the violent and those who feel they have no other recourse. People will get hurt, the innocent will suffer along side of everyone else.

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  122. I've read all comments (157) so far. I understand the reasoning and anger of both sides. I agree that changes must be made, and here is my question: Should there be NO police-force, period? Or a different kind of police-force, perhaps a completely new model, or one based on an existing international model? "All major police forces in Europe, as well as the US, Canada and Australia routinely carry firearms, says Prof Peter Waddington. The exceptions are Britain, the Irish Republic, and New Zealand. In Norway officers carry arms in their cars but not on their person, he says.

    New Zealand has adopted an armed response model similar to Britain, says the International Law Enforcement Forum. There was considerable debate there in 2010 when two officers were shot, and commissioner Peter Marshall wrote: "International experience shows that making firearms more accessible raises certain risks that are very difficult to control."

    These considerations included:
    • risk of police having weapons taken from them• risk of greater use of weapons against the public and/or offenders• and ambush can never be controlled, whether or not officers are armed"

    (Jon Kelly (19 September 2012 Last updated at 04:03 ET). Why British police don’t have guns. BBC News Website. [Retrieved] August 14, 2014, [from] http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-19641398

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  123. I wouldn't take much heed with this "rioting". Things like this happen whenever a black gets killed by a non black.

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  124. Go fuck your rioting selves!! A thug got killed! Who gives a fuck? Obama doesn't that's for sure. Get a fucking life and stop "being hard" , makes it hard on the child who grows up without a dad!!!!

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  125. Hmm let me see……… yeah no I dont give a fuck if some kid got his ass shot. Most likely some gang banger trying to get tuff with police or didnt comply with there instructions.

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  126. Cant everyone see this is exactly what the powers want. Its not the cops that people should fight its the people behind the scenes that are militerizing them. If all the protesters knew what the real problem was they would unite and disenfranchise the system and have arms for defense incase they get attacked while peacefully having their own currency and goods and other things but not giving anything to the parasites that are against us.

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  127. Violent insurrection will only set race relations back like they did in 1967. people need to study what saved NYC. In the 70's, it was a crime riddled dirty polluted and bankrupt city. Today violent crime there per capita may not even be among the top 50 cities.

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  128. So if your sister or brother, or father were a cop you would advocate shooting them at a traffic light? You are a bunch of sick puppies!

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