BREAKING: Grand jury refuses to indict Officer Wilson

UPDATE: A grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.
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It’s pandemonium out here, they’re stampeding the police, they’re pushing down the barriers.

Michael Brown’s mother was standing on a car when the decision was read, she broke down. The crowd broke down the temporary gate, things were being thrown at the cops, but things have now calmed down. I have a front row seat.

Here’s video of Michael Brown’s mother, wearing the brown leather jacket and white hat (the paper confirms that’s her), speaking after the decision not to indict:

A quick video of the crowd after the announcement, once things calmed down a bit:

And here’s a better video of a portion of the crowd chanting:

I’m on the ground in the Ferguson, Missouri, taking photos and videos and sending them to John back in Chicago.

I’m at the main street in Ferguson, and it’s impassable. The tension is rising, people are saying “the only thing we have to lose is our chains,” and “stop killing our kids.”

This is ground zero, the heart of downtown Ferguson, directly in front of police and fire station.

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This is the most intense part. The second protest is in another neighborhood, Shaw, but this is the heart of it.

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Main street is unpassable.

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Here is some video I shot. The quality is somewhat weak, as I’m having to upload it from my phone:

There are about 600 people here right now (though I’m not good at crowd numbers). And at least 200 media as well.

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Another friend I’m with is scared. She says people are ready to blow, and she’s getting scared. The tension is so volatile.

More in a moment.

Chris Andoe
Chris Andoe is an author and seasoned activist. After meeting John Aravosis at a Chicago “StopDrLaura.com” protest in 2000, Chris was inspired to organize his own major demonstrations in St. Louis, which drew national attention. Since then, his activism has revolved around LGBT, affordable housing, and mass transit issues. In 2011 Andoe made headlines taking on the amorphous hacker group Anonymous for publishing nude photos of a Bay Area Rapid Transit spokesperson, saying “Puritanical shame-based tactics have no place in the capital of sexual liberation”, and he extensively covered San Francisco's jarring gentrification, from mass evictions to the nudity ban. Andoe was on the ground in Ferguson at the height of the unrest, recording events as they unfolded. Always in the fray, Andoe’s been interviewed by NPR, CBS, and has been quoted from CNN to The St. Louis Post Dispatch.

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  • FLL

    If he did, most of Americablog’s readership (and bloggers) would be in a Gulag.

  • Bill_Perdue

    I found this discussion so enlightening that I tweeted it.

  • Bill_Perdue

    I admit it. I am intransigent about the lefts program for decent wages, and an end to wars of aggression, thier attacks on working people and about wanting to end bigotry, racism and misogyny. But that’s not rhetoric, that’s leftist politics.

    Above, in my first reply I didn’t paste all of my comment after spell checking. What I omitted was that jomincur, FordPerfect, nicho and other critics of the Democrat/Republican wars of aggression and their wars against working people are no more Republican than I am. I do admit that I’m kind of shocked that objections are not registered by most other commenters when Democrats lie about them.

  • Indigo

    It’s your sometimes intransigent rhetoric that gives me that impression.

  • Bill_Perdue

    I don’t know where your get that impression. Socialists fight for a decent minimum wage, for organizing the unorganized, for decent wages, for socialized medicine, for 40 hours pay a week (if the job is under 40 hours a week), for 40 hours pay for 30 hours work and against wars of aggression. That’s our ideology.

    I’m a socialist. What people, except leaders of incorrigible right wing groups like the Chamber of Commerce, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Democrats and Republicans, the National Association of Manufacturers and the insurance companies am I and other socialists ignoring in favor of that ideology?

  • Indigo

    I have the impression that you set ideology ahead of people but I would never call you a “Republican.” :-)

  • Bill_Perdue

    Politically a purge is the forcible removal of people, or in this case ideas, from political activity. This is not at all like Stalin’s purge of Bolsheviks and Left Oppositionists by murdering us and jailing us. But it is a purge of political ideas and political decency by subjecting people with minority opinions to personal attacks and questioning their motives, an almost daily occurrence here.

    When several people, including myself, prove over and over their opposition to the bankster Obama regime’s funding and directing armed fascist groups in Ukraine and at the same time prove their opposition to the bankster Putin regimes invasion of Crimea, it’s indecent to allow them to be called Putin fanbois. And yet it happens all the time.

    When people prove the existence of anti-gay violence in the US it’s indecent to delete their remarks.

    When people oppose the Democrats as being just as rightwing as Republicans it’s indecent to describe them as Republican plants, or to say that they have (cue diabolical music) “hidden agendas”.

    That kind of stuff happens all the time and one reason it does is because people who should know better, who either lived through or know about McCarthyism don’t speak up.

    And there’s other side of it. People who claim that I’m a Republican are just not all that bright. I’ve been a socialist and a revolutionist since the early 1960’s. The leaflet below is form 1970, a few years after I became a socialist. (click on it embiggen it)

  • Bill_Perdue

    I disagree.

    Stalin was a tryant who killed off the membership of the Bolsheviks and their leaders.

  • mf_roe

    IT takes LEADERS, show me One that commands the Hearts of an effective force within your vast army of Workers. Show me a Franklin, a Paine, a MLK, a Ghandhi. The Failure of the Russian Revolution can’t be laid on Socialism but belongs to the inability of The Leadership to police itself and reject tyrants like Lenin.

  • Indigo

    Purge?

  • Bill_Perdue

    Aha! “Culture Shift” is Demo speak for purge. Wear your hard hat.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Very little happens spontaneously that has any lasting effect. The first wave of the Arab Spring was spontaneous and very powerful but lacked a cohesive socialist and revolutionary leadership and was beaten back. The next round will be more organized and involve larger layers of Egyptian workers and farmers and be allied with struggles in other nations.

    Elections will not bring change although they sometimes reflect it. There can’t be any fundamental change because all Democrat and Republican politicians are owned by the rich and they won’t allow anything but cosmetic change.

    Huge numbers of voters do accept the idea that change won’t come from elections or from Democrats and Republicans. They boycott elections. For the last couple of weeks Democrats have been playing the blame game pretending that they lost for any and all reasons except for the obvious ones – they have no answers. The voters are not lazy or stupid as many Democrats claim, they’re smart. They can’t be bothered to vote for their enemies in the Democrat or Republican parties.

    Their loss has also led to a desire for vengeance and since they can’t take it out on Republicans they want to take it out on the left. The McCarthyist sentiments expressed by some of the commenters here, including one who only began commenting a day or so ago are an example.

  • mf_roe

    I really have nothing against you, I agree with much of your position, but I simply don’t agree that there is anything about to spontaneously happen to correct the flaws of our system.
    There has to be a Cause that is Clear and Agreed to by a significant portion of the population, sorry, I see nothing like that. Socialism is NOT an option for a super majority of Americans. They agree to many of the values of Socialism but they have been conditioned to reject it as a system of governance. That can be corrected—but it is the work of Generations certainly not three or four election cycles.

    The rebuilding of this country can not even begin until the voters accept the reality that our current version of government is broken and can not be repaired. As an example of the magnitude of the problem consider the fact that the concept of “The Common Good”
    is no longer accepted by a vast segment of Americans. It has been replaced by the ethic that “power makes right”.

  • Denver Catboy

    Perdue is not just shrill and strident. He is as closed to other people’s arguments as you’re accusing them of being closed to his. In this case, it’s gone beyond ‘I’m not saying you’re a plant but…’ to ‘how can you be anything but a plant if you refuse to even acknowledge a point, let alone debate and refute it.’ At some point you need to call a spade a spade, and if that makes someone else offended, that’s too bad.

    Consider that this guy’s only response to the accusation that ‘the idea of simply giving up on the ballot box benefits no one but Team Red, and if you really want to effect change, get out and vote.’ was to dismiss that call and call for a left-wing revolution? That’s what the Team Red WANTS liberals to do. Much better for them to agitate and instigate than to, oh, I don’t know, put up viable candidates and get out the vote. Hell, this discussion serves Team Red’s purposes — keeps us at each other’s throats instead of taking back Team Blue or building Team Green…

  • jomicur

    I’m more than willing to agree that Perdue’s commitment to his beliefs can lead him to be shrill and even strident at times. But that is hardly the same thing as being a Republican mole, which is what Aravosis and FLL are accusing him of. That “I’m not saying you’re [fill in the blank], BUT…” is a classic tactic for shutting down discussion and quashing anything like a nonconforming opinion. Remember the incident during the McCarthy era when a defendant was smeared as “a pixie,” then it was explained that a pixie is cousin to a fairy? It was a very effective way of 1) smearing him as gay without actually saying it, and 2) intimidating other potential leftwing witnesses into silence lest they be smeared too. Well, that’s exactly the tactic that’s being employed here. “I’m not saying you’re a sock puppet, but…”

    That kind of thing is clearly designed to “shut down any and all discourse,” as you put it, or at the very least any and all opinions that do not conform to blind support for the status quo, i.e. the one-party system that masquerades so successfully as a two-party system. Attempts to close off dissenting opinions cannot accomplish anything but to continue the status quo. Moreover, it is a tacit admission of defeat. Note that in Aravosis’ response to Perdue, he doesn’t say anything at all substantive to rebut the point Bill made; he simply posts snide innuendo. I’m not sure how to interpret that except as an admisssion that the point Perdue made has some valid substance. (And by the way, I have to observe that Republicans are hardly the only ones who use “Democrat” the way Perdue did. Many less-educated Democratic voters do as well. Come to my neighborhood, listen to some of my neighbors and you’ll hear it.)

  • Denver Catboy

    I think in his defense that he was dismissing me personally, and bowing out of the discussion. I agree, however, that it’s fortunate he doesn’t get to. Hell, it’s fortunate that all of us don’t.

    Still, doesn’t change the fact that he’s advocating something that the Right is positively salivating at us doing — disengaging from politics and going to revolution, where they believe they can thrash us handily. And he wonders more than just one of us is calling him a right-wing plant.

  • Bill_Perdue

    According to one of those bottom of the screen news rolls, there were demonstrations in over 120 cities last night, many of them quite disruptive and involving lots of civil disobedience.

    The good news here is that people are sick and tired of killer cops and growing income inequality. The two right wing parties of racism, Democrats and Republicans and their supporters don’t know it yet but Ferguson is just the beginning of a new wave of radicalization, whatever happens in the short term.

    The total inaction on the part of the Obama regime and it’s DoJ and local governments in terms of prosecuting the wave of killer cops (and wannabe killer cops like George Zimmerman) has produced a massive blow back that will be felt long after Obama leaves office in January 2017. It and the fight for unionization and a decent wage for fast food and big box workers marks the end of a period of relative quiescence in the black community, other communities of people of color and among those worst hit by Bill Clintons crash of 2007.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Are you telling me that I have to reply to trools? I will not. I has one long conferstion with this person and it quickly became personal – that’s no good. I and other leftists will continue to try to elevate the discussion and keep it political. Rightists can do as they please but no one can compel us to stoop to their level.

  • Moderator3

    Fortunately, you don’t make such decisions.

  • Denver Catboy

    I you forget word, trolikins. :) :) :)

    And are you really gone? Will you let me have the last word?

    If so, let me pick a fitting set of last words.

    35% voted in the previous election in Missouri. That means 65% stayed at home and didn’t vote. Imagine if half of the non-voters actually went out and did their civic duty. Sure, Team Red may have won still, or maybe a few more Team Blue people would have made it in. But imagine if they worked together, and pushed through internet, door knocking, and whatever else to get everyone on the same page. Say, the Green page.

    Greens would have cleaned up in that election. But hey, we can’t do anything to change the system except GLORIOUS REVOLUTION, right? And note Bill’s not out in the trenches FIGHTING this glorious revolution. It’s up to us to do so, and if we don’t, we get called bad names on the Internet! :) Bye, plant. If you’re really leaving, that is. ;)

  • Bill_Perdue

    That’s enough feeding troll, bye.

  • Denver Catboy

    Trollerific! *clap clap*

    So, still nothing about how if half of the non-voters had aligned behind the Green or Socialist, we’d have far more Greens and Socialists in the country? No? Of course not. That’s too easy. GLORIOUS REVOLUTION! LET OTHER PEOPLE DIE FOR THE IDEALS OF THE LEFT WHILE BILL SITS AT HIS KEYBOARD AND INCITES. (Assuming of course he isn’t the Right-Wing plant we all know he is! :) )

  • Bill_Perdue

    Another Democrat heard from. No politics just boring personal attacks.

  • Denver Catboy

    Bill isn’t just a critic of the Democratic Party. He’s a rabble rouser and a personal attack machine. Sure, he shares your opinions (hell, MY opinions!) on Team Blue, but his goal is to shut down any and all discourse, and demotivate liberals from going to the polls. Who does that benefit? Why, Team Red, of course.

    The right course of action, as I explained to him multiple times in multiple ways, is to go to the polls and vote…whether it be for Team Blue, Team Green, or the OTHER Team Red, the Socialists, or for something else entirely. Hell, do what the Tea Party did to the Republicans and pull the Democrats Left if you believe they aren’t Leftist enough.

    But if someone tells you your idea will hurt your ideals and help the bad guys, and you shout them down, you have to forgive them if they think they are dealing with right-wing plants.

  • Denver Catboy

    Hi, tool. Seems you’re up to your old tricks, and someone else has taken to pointing out you’re acting like a right-wing plant. As the old saying goes, on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog. Except, you let drop little things that point to what you really are. So, are you gonna all us all boring trolls over and over again, trolikins? :)

  • Denver Catboy

    Some serious trolling by Bill, all over the place.

  • Bill_Perdue

    You can deride the Republicans all you want. Socialists do, but we also deride the Democrats, who are indistinguishable from Republicans. Also you’re wrong in thinking that Democrat politicians are liberals. They’ve been reactionaries or neutered liberals for decades. They are not an alternative to Republicans, they are Republicans.

    “The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican.” Obama, in an interview with Noticias Univision 23. ABC News, 12 15 2012 http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/Politics/obama-considered-moderate-republican-1980s/story?id=17973080.

    Courtesy does not extend to politicians who are racists, warmongers. union busters, bigots (rebranded or not) and other reactionaries.

  • Bill_Perdue

    I don’t know about that. The power of workers is awsome when we organize. We can literally turn off the economy like turning off a light. And we’ve demonstrated in the past that we can intimidate the police into inaction (France 1968, Egypt 2011.

    Things are not all that bleak except in terms of the environment which has long since passed all tipping points and is going to hell in a handcart.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Wrong. ‘Democrat politician’ is a scornful and appalled descritption of the politics and policies of racists, bigots, rebranded or not, warmongers and union busters. ‘So are the terms for current Republican politicians, members of Congress, Justices of the Supreme Court and President.

  • FLL

    I mentioned Shen’s comment because it was clearly stated. Shen was making the same point that John was making in the comment you replied to—the same point that I and many others have made a number of times over the last few months. That point is that Bill is mimicking the right-wing soundbite of using “Democrat” as an adjective rather than a noun: “The Democrat governor of Missouri is responsible for the current killing in Ferguson.”

    It really isn’t necessary to have read Shen’s clearly stated comment in order to understand what John was referring to. Your narrative has not changed: “Democrats are the bad people and Republicans are the good people.” And isn’t Bill just adorable by consistently using the Fox News code. Bill isn’t going to stop using right-wing code, and that really kind of tickles you, doesn’t it?

    And what is this McCarthyite nonsense that you’re going on about? If the owner and moderators of this blog were launching a McCarthyite witch hunt, I don’t think they’d allow Bill’s continual invective to remain up. McCarthyism? Get a grip. You look like more and more of a fool with every comment you post.

  • mf_roe

    We burned that book.

  • mf_roe

    America’s Democracy is Dead. Empires die, usually because power is always corrupting. Search for examples of one that has regenerated. None of us will survive to see a JUST replacement of the Oligarchy that rules over us.

  • Indigo

    Of course we do, we’re barbarians aren’t we?

  • Indigo

    Aha! “Democrat politician” is GOP-er speak for “Democratic politician.”

  • Indigo

    Time for a Culture Shift. Wear your hard hat.

  • jomicur

    Hmm, now let’s see. Shen posted his reply 2 hours ago. And you posted yours at virtually the same time. Yet I’m supposed to have read it and “pretend not to understand” it for a sufficient period of time for your sniping to have any serious meaning. How exactly would that work? How would I have read Shen’s response before you posted yours which, once again, was posted at the same time? It appears your sense of time is as faulty as your political sense.

    The internet is sloshing over with people who insist that everyone with a different point of view from theirs must be up to something nefarious. You are pretty clearly one of them. Be happy in your dippy paranoia.

  • FLL

    From your comment below, Bill:

    “The racist Democrat governor of Missouri…are all repsonsible for the wave of violence by killer cops.”

    Grave robbing now, Bill, in the pursuit of partisan politics? Isn’t that going a bit far? There is no one at all who believes that the current Democratic governor of Missouri will be replaced by a governor from a “socialist” party. I’m sure you don’t believe it yourself. If the current governor of Missouri is replaced by anyone outside of his party, it will be by a Republican. Apparently, you want to see if you can push that outcome by declaring the Democratic Party to be guilty of murders across the nation. That’s sinking low, even by your standards. All of your declarations about the imminent takeover of all branches of government by candidates from socialist parties is just very transparent pretense on your part.

  • FLL

    Certainly you understand the simple point that Phillip Shen is making below, that only the right-wing Fox News crowd—and Bill Perdue, of course—uses “Democrat” as an adjective just to be insulting. You only pretend not to understand Phillip Shen’s observation. Your pretense isn’t fooling anyone and your hysterical accusation of a McCarthyite witch hunt is humorous. I really don’t think it would hurt Bill to expend enough calories to produce the extra two keystrokes that it would take to type “Democratic governor” instead of “Democrat governor.” Your reply to John is a comic fail.

  • Phillip Shen

    I’m going to have to go with John on this one. “Democrat” is a noun, not an adjective. If one says “Democrat governor”, not only is it grammatically incorrect, it’s also really annoying because it is a loved term by many conservatives purposely used to deride democrats. There could be at least some courtesy in saying it correctly — “Democratic governor”. Imagine if liberals suddenly decided to deride the other side by saying “the Republic Party” (I know Anthony Weiner famously did it once on the floor, but that only happened once!).

  • nicho

    There is a huge, huge difference between one gang member killing another, and a police officer gunning down an unarmed person. The two situations aren’t even comparable. Your attempt to equate them is ridiculous.

  • jomicur

    I’m not certain what your point is here, John. The governor of Missouri is a Democrat. Why should anyone refrain from saying so just because GOPers do as well? There has been a growing tendency on Americablog to try and paint anyone who does not conform to Democratic party orthodoxy as a Republican mole. I’ve been targeted as such myself. It holds a faint but distinct odor of McCarthyism. There are a great many quite valid reasons to be critical of the Democratic party in general, and its leadership in particular, from a leftwing/progressive perspective. Trying to smear anyone who voices such criticism as a sneaky old Republican spy is 1) fairly infantile and 2) counterproductive.

  • 2karmanot

    Yet another killer cop gets exonerated and rewarded with a plush retirement package.

  • Bill_Perdue

    The governor is a racist because he used the military to attack civilians. And he’s a Democrat politician.

    There is nothing even remotely democratic about the Democrat party. It’s run and owned by the rich. It gave us DOMA, DADT and the terrible defeat in California in 2008.

    If you want to believe that everyone critical of your party is Republican and that leftist critics of your party don’t exist , that’s your problem. You’ll be all the more surprised as support for your party continues to collapse. As the left grows, it will do so at the expense of right wing parties. http://labornotes.org/2013/12/2013-review-aiming-higher-labor-tries-new-angles-and-alliances

    If you want to believe that everyone critical of American mass murder, from Dresden to Nagasaki to Baghdad is pro-Nazi German, pro-imperialist Japan or pro Sadaam Hussein, that’s your problem. Anti-war activists and the left will continue to criticize your party for its wars of aggression, including Obama’s reinvasion of Iraq.

    You are a Democrat and you always post like one.

  • Democrat governor? Others have noted before that you have an odd tendency of using phrases that only Republicans use. I’m not saying you’re a sock puppet, but sometimes you post like one, and it’s odd.

  • emjayay

    In 2013, 62% of murder victims in New York City (all five boroughs, not just Manhattan) were black. 54% of arrestees for murders were black. 17% of the population of New York City is black. Any map of murders in New York City coincides with predominately black areas. All of that isn’t about race; it’s about behavior and culture.

    Not that things in Ferguson aren’t a mess.

  • nicho

    Wow — talk about not getting it.

  • Speak for yourself. I clued in to this as a child. The reason I go back to Harper Lee in moments like this is that I grew up in East Texas and never understood the racism around me. Being a child and not understanding a lot of things I thought maybe it was just me. I’m 52 years old now. I still don’t get it. I strongly identify with Scout and wonder what the fuck is wrong with people. Some of us learned a long time ago. The problem is that a lot of white people just don’t want to get it.

  • Where the hell is our Atticus Finch?

  • Bill_Perdue

    The racist Democrat governor of Missouri, the racist, pro-cop prosecutor and the do nothing Obama Administration are all repsonsible for the wave of violence by killer cops. Their violence produced the uprising in Ferguson, which is going to spread across the country.

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  • Tatts

    That’s not the point (although it can be read both ways).

    If you’re worried about black people being killed, you should look at who is really doing the killing. But they don’t–and by “they” I include the leadership in the black community. They’d rather throw blame and play victim than work on a solution.

    And if someone weren’t walking down the middle of the street in Ferguson with his friends and a box of stolen cigars, none of this would have happened. Behavior has consequences–intended or not.

  • pricknick

    And the majority of white people killed are at the hands of white people.
    Crapola of reasoning.

  • Tatts

    The facts are, though, that the huge majority of black people killed in this country are killed by young black men. That’s who black people should be afraid of–the people doing the bulk of the killing. And that’s who they should be marching against.

    And, no, I don’t mean all young black men. I mean that the problem isn’t black women or older black men. This isn’t about race; it’s about behavior.

  • matt227

    It’s almost as if people want to observe violence. Well the Colosseum was popular in its heyday. Maybe we just don’t want to admit it.

  • On the report: Figures…

  • pricknick

    As are whites across the nation.
    We’ve learned nothing.

  • trinu

    I wish I could say I was surprised, but Ferguson is an incredibly racist county, and according to Washington Post polls, a plurality of white Americans are either in denial or accepting of police brutality towards blacks and Latinos.

  • Stay safe, Chris.

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