Police officers shot in racial tension-filled Missouri

Police-Shooting-MissouriMissouri State Highway Patrol troopers in Ferguson, Mo., join police in search for suspects in the shooting of a police officer on Sept. 27, 2014.

Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, has the dubious distinction of being America’s new epicenter of black racial protests and looting since white officer Darren Wilson had shot an unarmed 300-lb black 18-year-old named Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014.
Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 25, after a period of quiescence, protests by blacks against the Brown shooting resumed. Yesterday (Sept. 27), around the time of two separate protests, a Ferguson police officer was shot and wounded. The two suspects remain at large.

Jon BelmarSt. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar

Although the protests were contemporaneous with the officer shooting, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar nevertheless confidently dismissed the possibility that the protests were related in any way to the attack on the officer.
Belmar said at a news conference early Sunday that at around 9 p.m. last night, while checking on a closed community center, the unnamed officer spotted two men who began running when he approached them. The officer chased them, and as he closed in on one of the suspects, the second suspect pulled out a gun and fired at the officer, shooting him in the arm. The officer fired several shots in return, but there was no indication that he hit either of the suspects.
Without identifying the officer or providing further details about his condition, Belmar said the officer is expected to survive.
The shooting comes amid simmering tension between blacks and the police in Ferguson, where two-thirds of the residents are black, but only three of the city’s 53 police officers are “African-American”.

Thomas JacksonFerguson police chief Thomas Jackson

Earlier Saturday, Brown’s parents told The Associated Press that they were unmoved by a videotaped apology released days earlier by Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, whose attempt to march with protesters Thursday sparked a clash that led to several arrests.
When asked whether Jackson should be fired, Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, said he should be. Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., said rather than an apology, they would like Darren Wilson, the officer who shot their son, to be arrested.

Michael Brown's parentsMichael Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr.

A county grand jury is weighing whether to indict Wilson in Brown’s shooting.
The Obama administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating whether Brown’s civil rights were violated and conducting a broader probe into the Ferguson police department. On Friday, the DOJ urged police chief Jackson to ban his officers from wearing bracelets supporting Wilson while on duty and from covering up their name plates with black tape.
A few days ago, at a meeting with federal officials, Ferguson residents had complained about the bracelets, which are black with “I am Darren Wilson” in white lettering.
Also early Sunday, not far from Ferguson, an off-duty St. Louis city police officer was injured on Interstate 70 when three suspects fired shots into his personal vehicle. The off-duty officer, who has nearly 20 years of experience, was being treated at a hospital for a minor injury to his arm from broken glass.
Like St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, police spokeswoman Schron Jackson also dismissed the shooting of the off-duty officer as racially motivated, or that the shooting is related to the shooting of the Ferguson police officer the night before.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon expressed sympathy for the injured officers in a conference call Sunday from Afghanistan with reporters from Missouri, and lamely described the violence as “a challenge for everyone.”
Meanwhile, in some quarters, the shooting of the Ferguson officer is being celebrated. Here’s a tweet by someone who calls himself “JosephIsVegan.” Note the hammer and sickle after his name:
tweet about Ferguson officer shooting
You can also hear a man in this short video of protesters (0:10 mark) say “I hope that bitch [the Ferguson cop] die,” and another man (the same JosephIsVegan?) at the end of the video say, “We praying that he dies”.
But the police would have you believe that the shooting of the two police officers is not racially motivated.
Yeah, right. [sarc]
Sources: Associated Press, New York Times, The Last Refuge
H/t FOTM’s Maziel
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Get the feeling somebody is trying to create a race war? I think of all the dear friends I have who are black, and I just can’t go there. I smell a no-good stinking communist in the White House.


What a cluster in that city. Hope and change!


My prayers are with the brave souls in uniform who are literally risking their lives daily “to protect and serve” all, including those filled with animosity, ignorance, and hate.


Of COURSE the idiots “praying that he dies.” THAT would get them off the hook for shooting a cop. Without his statement,it’s likely they’d NEVER get caught.
WE are praying that he LIVES to see these jackasses die in Prison.


There must be some people in the area that are trying to continue hostilities. We have enough information on the original shooting, that by now, the entire situation should be “old hat” enough to have cooled the public. This daily relentless call for justice, when it’s already been proven the shooting was “justifiable”, just doesn’t warrant such a public response. I have seen cases a LOT worse than this on cop killings that DO require action against the police, and never does it happen. This case has a LOT more credibility on the cops side than 60% of the shootings.… Read more »


I think the dead man’s family is USING his death for an excuse to play the race card and to continue to hate on those that are only there to try to protect them. OH-and to sue everybody involved and get rich.


Maybe,just maybe,Michael Brown had lousy parents.

Kevin Lankford
Kevin Lankford

I wonder, did she go on the maury show to prove who the father was?


Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this remarkable post. The King in the White House is making sure that the flames of racism are kept lit. As we have learned from his previous actions, he takes advantage of a crisis and breeds it into a catastrophe. The prayers that the other officers die prove that the devil is behind what is happening. How much more cruel or vile can you get?


About McSpadden and her boyfriend…comment image