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"This is Not the Time for Peace," Outside Militants in Ferguson Say

August 19, 2014  | 

On one corner of a battered stretch of West Florissant Avenue, the epicenter of ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., young men pull dark scarves up over their mouths and lob molotov cocktails at police from behind makeshift barricades built of bricks and wood planks. They call the gasoline-filled bottles "poor man's bombs."

The young men yell expletives and speak about securing justice for Michael Brown, the black teen fatally shot Aug. 9 by a white police officer, "by any means necessary," the Chicago Tribune reports.

They are known here as "the militants" — a faction inhabiting the hard-core end of a spectrum that includes online organizers and opportunistic looters — and their numbers have been growing with the severity of their tactics since the shooting.

Some of the men are from the area; many others -- it is hard to quantify the percentage -- have arrived by bus and by car from Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn and elsewhere.

"This is not the time for no peace," said one man, a 27-year-old who made the trip here from Chicago. "We are jobless men, and this is our job now -- getting justice," he said. "If that means violence, that's OK by me. They've been doing this to us for years."

Among those who have arrived are self-described young activists, some of whom participated in the Occupy movement. Many of them are white and have been showing protesters how to assemble homemade gas masks — essentially surgical masks fortified with duct tape.

Tags: Ferguson Mo. Shooting, Riots, Missouri


Comments (12)

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Joe @ 8/19/2014 7:38 AM

In the famous words of Rodney King, "Can't We All Just Get Along?"

Really? @ 8/19/2014 7:49 AM

I have first-hand knowledge regarding the major corruption with the Ferguson Police Department. It is a tragedy that Michael Brown had to be murdered to finally expose them! Every one of those officers should be investigated, and the LEO that shot the defenseless teenager, should be tried for murder. He does not have a clean record. It is all a cover up!

Dan @ 8/19/2014 7:54 AM

Thank goodness the disgruntled unemployed masses were able to find a break from job hunting to travel out of state for some looting and throwing incindiaries at complete strangers. Where are all of the disgruntled unemployed that have nothing better to do than travel out of state and protest THESE idiots?

ALEC @ 8/19/2014 8:01 AM

There is no question that an outside investigation is necessary! What is NOT necessary is groups of uninformed "militants" being bused in from place like Detroit and Chicago, for the purpose of looting and further fanning the flames.

Brian @ 8/19/2014 8:50 AM

That is clearly where I would draw the line. These scumbags do enough robbing and stealing in their everyday lives, but now their shooting at "Us". Maybe if the PD won't do it, the National Guard will. Ferguson's new town slogan "You shoot, You die!!!" The one criminal said it best "We are jobless men"

jeff @ 8/19/2014 9:41 AM

I think Captain Johnson is a disgrace to the Missouri state patrol. After all the camera time the police revert back to what the ferguson P.D. chief did from the start. Protect his officers from the crowds of looters that were throwing anything they could find at the officers. The officers are wearing riot gear which they should be. The Chief should have never let the state come in and dictate how his men would or would not wear protective items to battle the crowds with. The verdict seems to already be in on the police officer involved in the shooting. Thank goodness Eric Holder is coming to sort it all out. Not. Save the gas and stay in Washington where you can violate more civil rights. Get Captain Johnson out of there before he gets someone hurt.

Kraig m. fulton @ 8/19/2014 10:29 AM

State of Emergency. Military up!!! Patrol and enforce curfew. Any persons within the city limits without proper in-state I.D. will be charged with criminal trespassing or ? Any violent action will considered terrorist activity and dealt with accordingly. They will be apprehended and shipped to another facility until trial. If you shoot at police/milltary we will shoot back. No tolerance. No political mamby pamby. All business. Put cams on all officers and let the clean up begin...

Tom Ret @ 8/19/2014 10:44 AM

To Really? From your comments I would suggest you would feel more at home with the rioters than commenting on this police forum. Your diatribe was brilliant!

Pete @ 8/19/2014 10:54 AM

What a bunch of bull! Michael Brown is about as innocent as he is white!

Lee @ 8/19/2014 11:12 AM

Ignorance is bliss I guess....The officers report of the incident is and has been corroborated by witness statements and video. But that type of "justice" is not what these people are after. They are after a racial battle that does not exist. Stories depicting an unarmed "black" man who has been fatally shot by a "white" officer are simply adding fuel to the flame...While the man may have been unarmed, a fight did take place, the officers gun was at risk during the struggle by both men involved, and once at gun point being given lawful commands the "helpless" man charges the officer. After the events that had already taken place, he was justified. Once the officer is cleared and it is ruled a good shoot, get ready for a brink of civil war, because that is going to be a reason for more "militants" to be bussed into the area, and cause all out havoc...Be safe blues...

pete @ 8/19/2014 12:12 PM

To really, defenseless teenager? what world are you living in? He had just committed a crime whereas he grabbed a store clerk and he attacked the officer. If you are a person who does not value others rights or life then you probably deserve what you get... Lesson learned.. don't assault a guy carrying a gun! P.S. Who says weed does not kill?

Norm Barnett @ 8/19/2014 9:07 PM

To create peace in Ferguson, perhaps Eric Holder can hold a "beer summit" like Obama did with the Louis Gates incident. That should fix everything, right?

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