I kinda figured that when it was reported that the grand jury was about to render their verdict, two things were going to happen: One, they weren’t going to indict the officer involved and, two, a lot of people were going to lose their fucking minds and do their best to destroy the city. It makes little sense to do this but it once again proves that when diplomacy fails, violence ensues… and our country is rife with many examples of this.
The situation in Ferguson was seen as being bad enough that the police departments here in Delaware were put on alert for a violent response to a “Not Guilty” verdict and especially in Wilmington which has, sadly, been topping the national charts in shootings and homicides; I would suppose that our LEO agencies figure it’s bad enough that, ah, certain elements in Wilmington will shoot and kill each other for no apparent reason and, with this verdict, that’s enough of a reason to step up the level of gun violence in Wilmington, which is so far from Ferguson, Missouri, that it makes you wonder how something happening in the middle of the country could have an impact here.
If you were around for the 1968 riots, well, you know the answer…
Over the years – and particularly in Los Angeles, we’ve seen unpopular verdicts involving police officers escalate to epic proportions; we’ve seen where police officers have been found not guilty and their actions justified when, at least on the surface, very excessive force was used and given the history of the LAPD in such actions, it gives people in other parts of the country reason to believe that if a police officer shoots and kills an unarmed suspect, they’re basically gonna get away with it. There’s a similar situation in New York where an officer shot and killed a 12-year-old for displaying a toy gun and there’s probably going to be some more shit that NYPD is gonna have to deal with if that officer is cleared of any wrongdoing.
Ferguson is burning… and what did officials there think was going to happen? I’ve seen a couple of news articles that suggests city government officials didn’t do enough to head this off at the pass before things got to this point; Black leaders, calling for calm as well as justice, really can’t do a whole lot to keep pissed off people from trying to destroy things and, given the way the system works, such violence is the only way to let the system know that they ain’t happy about things and, right now, there’s no telling how bad the situation is going to get in Ferguson.
We believe that peaceful protests are the way to go… but what we know, what history has taught us in these things is that this rarely accomplishes anything… but neither does destroying a city because more victims are created as people who had nothing to do with what happened have their property destroyed and their lives put at risk. All we can hope for is that cooler heads can prevail and get a lid put on things before they escalate further.