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Civil Unrest

Updated on August 17, 2014
Reporters gathering information from Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson.
Reporters gathering information from Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson. | Source

Media Frenzy

When other states use our problems in our state for their media coverage, it becomes national news. When other countries use our problems in our country for their media coverage, it becomes international news. When Karo, Egypt has riots in the streets it's everyday news for us. At what point, does our problems become international news. When rioters begin to violently protest and loot their locally owned businesses, our problems become international news. This problem gained much attention as a man in Ferguson was shot and killed by the Ferguson police officer. Whether the situation was fueled by racial motives, is irrelevant to destroying a neighborhood the people of Ferguson call home. There is no reason to destroy property and break laws in the name of "justice".

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Shots Fired

On Saturday, August 9, 2014, according to Ferguson Police Department incident report, Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer. As stated from Fox News and Associated Press, these are the events that took place:

11:48 a.m. — Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson arrives at a residence in response to an unrelated call about a 2-month-old child having difficulty breathing when she coughs.

11:51 a.m. — Ferguson police receive a call of a robbery in progress at the Ferguson Market convenience store.

11:54 a.m. — A different, unidentified officer arrives at the Ferguson Market and gets a physical description from an employee and customer of a suspect who took some cigars.

11:57 a.m. — A police dispatcher broadcasts a detailed description of the robbery suspect, saying that he was wearing a red St. Louis Cardinals ball cap and yellow socks and was walking with another man toward another convenience store called QuikTrip.

12:00 p.m. — Officer Wilson leaves the scene of the call about a sick child.

12:01 p.m. — Officer Wilson encounters Michael Brown walking on a street and the shooting follows. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said Friday that Wilson did not know about the robbery at the convenience store when he encountered Brown.

12:04 p.m. — Another officer arrives on the scene after the shooting, and an ambulance is contacted to treat Brown's wounds.

Watt's Rebellion, 1965
Watt's Rebellion, 1965 | Source

Watt's Rebellion

Nearly fifty years ago, on Aug 11, 1965, the city of Los Angeles began it's six day downfall. Racial tension filled the violence in the streets of Watts neighborhood. The $40million civil-rights violent movement costs the city of Los Angeles and the State of California more than money. From Aug 11-17 of 1965, 1,032 people were injured and 34 lives were lost. The end result of the riot led to the largest municipal arrest in Los Angeles at the time, with 3,438 arrests.

Will Ferguson, MO be the next Los Angeles? It shouldn't go that far.

Justice Sought

In the aftermath of the shooting, protesting began. On Saturday, August, 17, Governor Jeremiah Jay Nixon imposed a curfew for the city of Ferguson, MO. The curfew didn't go smoothly. At midnight, the protesters were to go home. Around 1:30am, protesters became rioters and began to attack police and the incident led to the death of a local and injured others. These acts were said to be in the name of "justice".

There is no "justice" in such violent acts. There is a difference in fighting for a cause and causing a fight. The recent acts in Ferguson, MO should not be considered fighting for a cause. The rioters have no understanding of their cause. They claim to want justice. Justice takes time and patience. Neither has been observed by the peaceful protesters(rioters). I will quote Cheryl Clay of Springfield, MO NAACP- "This is 2014", we should conduct ourselves as though it were the 21st Century.

We can continue these acts of unrest and begin another Watt's Rebellion or we can fight for cause and wait for the results of the pending investigation. Either way the world will continue to go on with or without us. This was not a race issue and should not have been treated as such. All the evidence had not yet come to light and the investigation was still pending. They should have allowed the three law enforcement entities do their jobs and awaited the final verdict.

Comparison

 
Watt's Rebellion
Ferguson's Curfew
Duration
6 days
Pending
Fatalitites
34
Pending
Casualties
1,032
Pending
Arrests
3438
Pending

© 2014 E Matt Howerton

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      big daddy oreo 

      4 years ago

      I think it is time america goes to an all black face law enforcement team. I think cops could keep black criminals in line better with a black face staff. Black skin would shield the cops from racial politics and race card drama.

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