Blacks who protected stores from Ferguson looters

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The other day, I posted about righteous blacks who spoke out against the Ferguson looters, arsonists and rioters, to remind us that we should not generalize from the looters to all black Americans.
Not only should we eschew generalizing from the Ferguson looters to all black Americans, we should not generalize from the rioters to all Ferguson blacks.
Because there were black Ferguson residents, including Bloods and Crips gang members, who risked their own safety by protecting small businesses from looters.

Black Ferguson residents protect white-owned store, Nov. 24, 2014

Black Ferguson residents protect white-owned store, Nov. 24, 2014

Emily Flitter reports for Reuters (via Las Vegas Review Journal) that on the night of Nov. 24, 2014, at least a dozen stores were set ablaze and others looted in racially charged riots in Ferguson after a grand jury cleared white policeman Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.
But as looters were rioting and burning down businesses in a two-square-mile area of the predominantly black city, one business was spared — a white-owned Conoco gas station and convenience store. That was because a group of black Ferguson residents armed with high-powered rifles stood outside the store to protect it from the rampaging mob. 
Missouri allows the open carrying of firearms.
One of the protectors, a 6-foot-8 man named Derrick “Stretch” Johnson, held an AR-15 assault rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near the store’s entrance. Three other black Ferguson residents joined Johnson in front of the store, each of them armed with pistols.
That night, Jordan and his three friends at times were joined by other black men from the neighborhood, also armed. None of the men was getting paid to be there. They said they felt they owed it to the store’s owner Doug Merello, who has employed many of them over the years and treats them with respect.
Carrying a Taurus 9mm pistol in his sweatpants, a 29-year-old man who identified himself as R.J. said Merello is “a nice dude, he’s helped us a lot.” R.J. said the group chased away several groups of teenagers who wanted to loot the store, but also nearly got into a brush with soldiers from the Missouri National Guard who initially mistook them for looters. The guardsmen, rifles raised, had handcuffed one man before Merello came outside the store to explain that the residents were trying to help, not hurt.
Like the other volunteer protectors, R.J. had lived a short distance away from Merello’s store for most of his life.
Merello, whose father had first bought the gas station in 1984, said the men definitely saved his store: “We would have been burned to the ground many times over if it weren’t for them.”

Note: According to Channel 4 KMOV St. Louis, however, a Conoco gas station was among the businesses that were damaged in the riot: “A Conoco gas station and cars in the parking lot of a nearby car dealership were set on fire Monday night.”.

During the riots last August in Ferguson and St. Louis, there also were blacks who protected stores from looters.
Here’s a picture of three black men from the Bloods (red-orange color) and Crips (blue color) gangs guarding a beauty salon and supply store at 9070 W. Florissant Ave., St. Louis, in August 2014.
Bloods & Crips standing together to stop looters, Aug. 2014
Here’s a video of black Ferguson residents protecting a liquor store from looters on August 16, 2014:

H/t Clash Daily and Jimmy Wen

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0 responses to “Blacks who protected stores from Ferguson looters

  1. Dear Eo, this is another wonderful demonstration on your part of the fairness and even-mindedness you have shown on this website.
    It is difficult –if not impossible– for trolls and other creeps to admit to this, but it is a fact demonstrated more than once. Thank you for everything you do!

  2. this is a good read for a sleepy Saturday morning… 🙂 Well done!

  3. Well thank God for some people with sense in that community. I’m sure the gas station owner is eternally grateful to these men for protecting his livelihood. This was a great story Dr. Eowyn, it restores a bit of our hope for that community.

  4. Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD" and commented:
    These men deserve respect!!!

  5. The first thing that came to my mind was, I would bet these kinds of stories will not be front page nooze. The media and elites that own them want race war and martial law.

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  7. Who ya gonna believe, your eyes, or MSNBC/CNN…?

  8. Awesome post! Thank You

  9. Nonsense..A liquor store????

  10. Good job guys!

  11. Proves one thing-wherever you find criminals and idiots,you’ll ALSO find good hearted people. I’m pretty sure once the rage of the looters simmers down,most of these men who did the RIGHT thing,at the RIGHT time,will drift on back to their version of a normal day. But when it counted and even the COPS couldn’t be counted on,they stepped up,and America thanks them for that.
    Thanks Dr. for bring this to us-let’s hope it’s seen and understood all over America.

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  13. We need to see more stories like this one, these people prove this is not a race war and that we are still a united country. We are seeing too much on the race baiters and the thugs, it is creating division and rewards the barbarians ransacking the town, meanwhile , the heros , black and white, take back stage to the thugs.

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  15. The Bloods and the Crips are just as evil and racist as the KKK! Why promote them. I have researched this a lot and this is the first I’ve heard of them helping.

  16. Davison Ramirez

    The one in orange from hoova


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