I have been watching the events in Ferguson the last few nights. Let me preface this by saying, I know that often in demonstrations there are a few people who want to provoke violence. I used to be a protester back in the day and it was a known fact that this would happen sometimes.
However, what is happening in Ferguson is totally ridiculous. It is so obvious that the police are out to start something every night. Its like they have a meeting every day and they make a decision what time they are going to line up 1,000 deep across an intersection. This angers the protesters who are peacefully demonstrating.. Eventually the police start lobbing tear gas, smoke canisters and sometimes rubber bullets.
I have watched the reports on TV where police officials say molotov cocktails provoke these nightly tear gas episodes. No one who is actually at the front line of these things have ever seen molotov cocktails. A molotov cocktail is a bottle with gas in it, with a piece of cloth that comes out of the top. It is lit on fire and then thrown. I assume it would cause a small explosion or fire. None of this has been observed by reporters or protesters.
There is a lot of talk by the police and government officials about how much they want people to be able to protest. So a couple of nights they have a curfew. Then tonight they tell everyone they have to be moving all the time or will be subject to arrest. In other words they are interfering with their right to protest. Freedom of assembly is part of our constitution.
To say that this has been mishandled by the local police, the governor of the state and other officials is a vast understatement. They have come off as bumbling idiots.
No doubt this officer will be arrested eventually. He will probably go to trial. Its the only thing that CAN happen. If he is never arrested,
these protests will explode across the country. The Ferguson thing will seem like peanuts when that happens.