Following Officer Darren Wilson’s fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, and the ensuing protests in Ferguson, Missouri, the media descended like vultures upon the St. Louis suburb. The Ferguson Police Department was captured in a less-than-positive light.

Now, it seems that the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy will offer a course titled “Officer-Involved Shooting — You Can Win With the Media.”

The flier reads:

The shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri and the events that followed were tragic. In addition to the Ferguson case study, this fast-paced class is jam-packed with the essential strategies and tactics, skills and techniques that will help you WIN WITH THE MEDIA! It is practical training, not theoretical: Take what you learn and put it to work for you on the street right away! The training is also highly entertaining: numerous video clips illustrate key points, and there is NO PowerPoint! You will learn a lot and you’ll have fun doing it! In addition to the detailed case study of Ferguson (including numerous practical tips for handling the media in an officer-involved shooting) topics will include:

  • Meet the 900-Pound Gorilla

  • DWI and the Media

  • Feeding the Animals

  • “No Comment” is a comment

  • Don’t Get Stuck on Stupid!

  • Managing Media Assault and Battery

  • Managing the Media When Things Get Ugly (think Ferguson)

REMEMBER: The problem is not racist police brutality, it is how to put a happy face on killing unarmed Black kids! 💕 ❤ 🔫🔪💀 💕

 Ferguson, Human Rights & Capitalism’s War on Democracy

It is not an accident, of course, that this escalation of police repression, as well as the militarization of policing connected to it, parallels both the rise of neoliberalism since the late 1970s and the brutal austerity policies that have been used to respond to this economic model’s crisis more recently.

Although it is often equated to the pursuit of small government, neoliberalism…is above all a political project aimed at redistributing wealth from the bottom to the top and at increasing the power of capital over labor. As this ongoing project understandably leads to popular protest, certain branches of the state grow rather than being reduced.

To reduce social benefits, labor and democratic rights and to sell valuable public assets for a pittance to private investors, a government needs to beef up its police force, while also building new prisons to manage the “surplus population” that neoliberal policies invariably produce.

In other words, the use of rubber bullets, arbitrary arrests, intimidation of journalists and violation of the right to assemble are integral to the functioning of a capitalist system in crisis. And this, of course, is just one of the ways that capitalism is fundamentally at odds with democracy.

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KKK raising money for ‘hero’ Ferguson cop who shot ‘Jewish controlled black thug’

Aug. 14 2014

The Ku Klux Klan is soliciting funds for the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, 18.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Watch blog reported that the South Carolina-based New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan boasted that its Missouri chapter is raising money as a “reward” for the officer.

“We are setting up a reward/fund for the police officer who shot this thug,” said an email from the Klan group. “He is a hero! We need more white cops who are anti-Zog and willing to put Jewish controlled black thugs in their place. Most cops are cowards and do nothing while 90 percent of interracial crime is black (and non-white) on white.”

An Arizona Klan chapter wrote on its blog, “We know that Michael Brown was nothing more than a punk. The media and others are painting him out to be a ‘good son’ and ‘great kid.’ The blacks of Missouri are showing their love of him by rioting, attacking and shooting people. Nothing new.”

Hate Watch blogger Don Terry said that attempts to communicate with the Klan’s Imperial Wizard Chuck Murray went unanswered.

On Thursday, the hacking collective Anonymous claimed to reveal the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown. Ferguson police had been reluctant to reveal the officer’s name for fear of retribution.

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The last thing any government should do is impose a ban on protests - not least on those against the fascist state of Israel. The people will not be silenced. It’s no surprise though, coming from the French government.

Israel has now killed over 300 Palestinians in Gaza in the space of 11 days as it continues targeting civilians. At least 50,000 people have had to flee their homes as the Israeli military continues its terror attacks from ground, air and sea.

Photos: Paris, July 19, 2014 taken by Philippe Wojazer / Reuters

The following proclamation has just been issued: HEAD-QUARTERS, WESTERN DEPARTMENT, ST. LOUIS, Aug. 14, 1861. I hereby declare and establish martial law in the City and County of St. Louis. Major J. McKINSTRY, United States Army, is appointed Provost-Marshal. All orders and regulations issued by him will be respected and obeyed accordingly.

People are more upset about a link being from 1861 (before the proclamation) than they are willing to consider what it means that the same legacy of racism has reared its head up over 150 years later.

Another example of classical athleticism made popular in the 1930’s. As in an earlier post that I made, these images captured strength and beauty during the Great Depression, where hunger and despair were the norm. Natural, beautiful, graceful and good, this art form gave hope to millions literally surviving from one day to the next. Fascists are virtuous, artistic and cultured. Think about it…

Watch on news.standwithpalestine.com

Israel’s genocide of Palestinians continues in Gaza having killed over 1,032 - including 219 children - in its latest assault and racist Israelis are out in the streets chanting “School is out in Gaza - They have no children left there”

(Starts from 0:46 - turn on English captions)

There’s no way in hell this will be shown on TV or any mainstream news website so make sure you share and reblog.

(via Elizabeth Tsurkov)

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