Jon Stewart on Ferguson & the Rams “hands stand”

Jon Stewart weighed in on the “controversy” over five St. Louis Rams football players holding their hands up, in a “don’t shoot” show of solidarity with protesters upset about the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

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  • Rick B

    There is no evidence that Brown attempted to grab Wilson’s gun or that it was fired in the police car. This is probably because no one bothered to collect evidence and because Wilson himself took the firearm back to the police station and bagged it. IF it was fired, that was not investigated, and Wilson very clearly lied his teeth off. Similarly, there was no report by the store of any theft.

    The witness #40 quoted by the DA was discredited in advance by the FBI as having not been on the scene that day and also having a record of mental illness and making prior efforts in other cases of intruding into criminal investigations and lying specifically to get attention. Then the DA himself stated to the national press that he knew the witnesses he presented to the Grand Jury were lying but he did no so advise the jurors.

    So your “facts” consist entirely of “…what you want to see…you only
    know what you know…but that doesn’t make it right or true;)” In fact the evidence is stronger that any evidence that supports Darren Wilson is his own self-serving lie or the lies of others that the biased District Attorney threw at the Grand Jurors to lead them to an erroneous decision to acquit Wilson. This is beside the major point that a grand jury does not have the function of acquittal.

    Darren Wilson was not investigated for the rather obvious murder of an unarmed man 148 feet away from the police car. (Took his gun to the police station, probably cleaned any prints or residue off, then bagged it himself before turning it in? How very protective the police were of an incompetent police officer who probably simply panicked and killed an innocent man.) He was instead protected by hiding him out for months while he built his story of lies to present to the public while the Chief of the Ferguson Police Department tried the victim in the press by lies and leaks and the DA set up a totally non-standard grand jury to do as grand juries always do – whatever the DA informs them they should decide.

    Go read the transcripts of the Grand Jury. The only “evidence” that Wilson was not lying consists of other lies by people who had no way of knowing what they claimed they witnessed.

    We can hope that the federal investigation provides real evidence. The local officials in St. Louis County certainly did not.

  • DEConserv

    Your right Wilson should have let Brown go after he strong arm robbed a store and he reached in and tried to take Wilson’s gun…it was discharged inside the car….fact..no story you can tell will explain that away..Browns blood was inside the car..he was nicked in the hand when the gun was fired. What possible reason could he have had to be inside the police car reaching for a cops gun??? Any possible reason….not likely. You see what you want to see…you only know what you know…but that doesn’t make it right or true;)

  • Rick B

    Look. Darren Wilson was a marginal cop to begin with. no college, something now required by most big city police forces. His mother – who raised him alone – was a felon committing financial fraud. He was initially hired by a small town police force already under investigation for corruption and ineptness. I would bet it paid less than better police forces and provided less on-the-job training. They hired minimally qualified candidates.

    The job was available to Wilson because good candidate cops were going to better police forces. When that police force was shut down he moved on to another marginal police force which was the home of other failed cops. The Chief of Police of Ferguson took that job when he failed to get promoted in the St. Louis Police, and his handling of the shooting of Michael Brown was clearly incompetent, Don’t forget his press conference early on trying to protect Wilson.

    Ferguson cops are thin skinned? They clearly know that the situation is out of their control and probably recognize that it got that way because they are incompetent police who were very poorly led. They have a lot to be thin skinned about. They are not so stupid as to fail to recognize they chose to work in a marginal police organization in the first place.

  • Rick B

    Yes, and even as they loot the treasury the leaders of the corporation whine about the taxes they are told to pay.

  • For those with an interest in foreign affairs I’d add Borgen Magazine to the mix. http://www.borgenmagazine.com/

  • Regardless of your views I’m not so sure it belongs on the football field.

  • Bill_Perdue

    My terminology was wrong
    and you’re correct. It’s prosecutorial nullification.

  • Bill_Perdue

    I hadn’t heard about that but it hardly seems out of places, does it? These racists are playing with fire. These murders are igniting a social firestorm that means major political trouble for the twin right wing parties.

    Here are a couple of examples.

    “After decades of misleader-induced lethargy and quietude, Black America is finally in motion – or, at the very least, earnestly seeking ways to resist being plunged deeper into the abyss. The nascent “movement” is more like a pregnancy than a full-term child, and thus does not yet have a name beyond the focal point of “Ferguson.” http://www.blackagendareport.com/node/14549

    “Freedom Rider: Ferguson’s Reckoning for Obama – “Ferguson signifies the end of the age of Obama. It is a very sad end.” –Cornel West – “For nearly six years black Americans have supported President Barack Obama overwhelmingly, only to be treated with disdain. He has gotten away with this disrespect because of misplaced allegiance to racial solidarity and racist attacks against him. But the day of reckoning may have finally arrived via Ferguson, Missouri.”http://www.blackagendareport.com/node/14548

    Racism is not going to go away and it’s enforced by imprisonment, poverty, brutality and murder. That’s been the case since Jamestown and the situation will only get worse. The courts, prosecutors and the police clearly understand their role in maintaining racism and that’s not going to change because of Obama’s petty reforms with ‘training’ and with body cameras.

  • nicho

    Oh, for heaven’s sake. When did a corporation ever use its own money when it could loot the public treasury?

  • nicho

    What’s even more disturbing is that the Ferguson prosecutor DID indict a cop. In July of this year, he indicted a cop for striking a man on the hand with his baton. Of course, in that case, the cop was black and the “victim” was white.

  • dcinsider

    Grand juries don;t engage in “jury nullification.” They determine probable cause. It is the prosecutor that controls the grand jury. No indictment always means the prosecutor did not want the indictment. The grand jury is a pawn of the prosecutor.

  • emjayay

    Wow.

  • Bill_Perdue

    There was another jury nullification In NYC today. The Obama regimes DoJ is promising an ‘investigation’ – not a prosecution for murder, but another investigation’. Meanwhile, the city explodes in activist rage. That’s a good thing.

  • nicho

    Notre Dame football stadium has a permanent Ferguson Hands Up Don’t Shoot protest.

  • nicho

    You are confusing “The Rams” club with some players on the club. They are not the same.

  • It’s okay to shoot an unarmed shoplifter 10 times but a gesture on the football field is an OUTRAGE! This country is so fucked up I wonder sometimes if there’s any hope for us.

  • Seems to me that an organization that makes hundreds of millions in profit every year could afford to hire their own security instead of putting the onus on public resources anyway.

  • Indigo

    My attempt at making a hands-up logo didn’t work but anyhow, I’m good with the gesture. I’ve used it for years while going through the scanners at the airport. Homeland-ops just grin. Maybe it helps that I’m an old man who looks like a harmless old man.

  • Thom Allen

    The thinness of their skins isn’t the only reason that the Ferguson cops shouldn’t be in police work.

  • Nigel

    I do see some hypocrisy with the Rams asking the police for extra protection during the protests and then making this “hands up” gesture in solidarity with the protesters. Just me. I know there is an issue to resolve.

  • Bill_Perdue

    The uprising in Ferguson and the national uproar over racist murders by killer cops are unraveling the dwindling influence of the Obama regime, already hard hit by the rejection of Obama’s rabidly anti-worker minimum wage and the Demorats electoral losses to their equally right wing cousins in the Reptilian party.

    “Report: Black Male Teens Are 21 Times More Likely To Be Killed By Cops Than White Ones – There’s a lot we don’t know about how many people have actually been killed at police hands in the United States, thanks to woefully inadequate transparency and federal record-keeping. But there’s one thing we do now know: Among those we do know were shot by police, black teens were 21 times more likely to be shot dead than their white counterparts.”‘

    Murders of people of color by killer cops at home are no doubt linked to the mass murder of Arab and muslim civilians in Obama’s wars in Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, his reinvasion of Iraq, his continuation of the war against Afghanistan and his attacks on Pakistan.

    Those racist murders by killer cops are unquestionably linked to Obama’s policy of use of drones in his racist murder campaign against American Arabs and muslims like Anwar al-Aulaqi, Samir Khan, ‘Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi and Jude Mohammed. One was a sixteen year old boy from Denver Colorado.

    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/02/10/aclu-obama-no-you-cant-just-murder-american-overseas

  • TheOriginalLiz

    What a thin-skinned bunch the Ferguson police are. These prima donnas shouldn’t be in police work.

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