The Snoop 12.4.2014

What would you do if you were in charge in Ferguson, Mo.? Really now. We’ve all made small-talk statements about what should be done or how we would handle the situation if it were up to us. But, really now, what would you do?
If you were given command of the police department, or if you were mayor there – even the governor. What if you were the public information officer in charge of releasing information? Or, if one person or organization could control how the media disseminate the news coming out of the St. Louis-area community – and you were that person in charge – what direction would you give?
These are hypothetical questions, at least for us, but somebody has had to make a call on these questions, and decisions are still being made. In anticipation of a decision being released any day by the grand jury, tension mounts.
Among the thousands of protesters on the streets, perhaps one-tenth of one percent even knew who Michael Brown was before he was shot and killed by the police officer. The people are certainly not mourning his death, but yet they are guaranteed the right to assemble “peaceably.” That right does not give them permission to block streets, to loot businesses, to destroy public or private property or to create peace disturbances.
Now that the grand jury has said it will not pursue charges against Police Officer Darren Wilson, it is reported that the family “might” sue the city for wrongful death. Of course they will. And they will win. Millions.
And then, will the family be any better off? Will they invest their money to create a college fund for future generations? Will they donate to a school or build a park? Will they rebuild any of the businesses that were burned down by rioters in the wake of the grand jury decision? When pigs fly!
Rewind to 1991 – Los Angeles, Calif. Rodney King, a convicted felon, refused to stop for police, resulting in a high speed chase. When he finally stopped, he refused to surrender to authorities and was “tasered” by officers. When he still refused to surrender, he was struck by the officers in an effort to subdue him. After being taken down, he continued to rise to his feet, in an attempt to run away or attack the officers. So they hit him again. The result was officers accused of beating an unarmed man unmercifully.
King sued the city and was awarded $3.8 million, plus $1.7 million in attorney’s fees. Urine samples taken at the hospital showed King was intoxicated and under the influence of marijuana, but he was not charged.
Over the next several years, King was arrested numerous times for various infractions. He invested some of his jury-awarded settlement in a record company that went under and eventually entered rehab. Did the $5.5 million change his life for the better? Apparently not. Did anyone benefit from it. Yes. Attorneys.
Now, back to Ferguson.
It’s been said if the news media would back off and stop showing the protests, everything would calm down. According to people who were there in August, the protesters began burning buildings so the national media would come. So, if the media had not come, would they continue to burn buildings? Perhaps they are receiving too much media coverage now, but who’s to say they would not stir up more turmoil in order to get the recognition they want.
Certainly the media had a right to be there and cover the events. There’s a fine line between enough and too much. The most important thing is to report it accurately, and the only way to get the full story is to be there. Sometimes that’s not popular with certain authorities.
Example: A no-fly zone was established over the Ferguson area at the onset of the rioting. It was later revealed that the restriction was to keep media helicopters from televising the activity below.
Last week I heard that a large group of Ferguson residents are planning to march from Ferguson to the Capitol in Jefferson City. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how many of those who will walk from St. Louis to Jefferson City are receiving a government check for disability? Obviously they don’t have jobs.
I’m thinking maybe when they arrive in Jefferson City, Mr. Obama will meet with them and put them in charge of White House security.