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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So 400000 people can protest in manhattan on climate change, but the cops won’t let the people in ferguson protest peacefully about a racial issue that the government is trying to ignore…I ain’t against the people protesting on climate change but how are we supposed to live in a cleaner, healthier world if we can’t live peacefully with each other

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! 💕 ❤ 🔫🔪💀 💕

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Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part I)

The St Louis County Council wasn’t as bad as Ferguson’s Council, but still very few answers and virtually no accountability from the folks who unleashed unholy hell on the residents of Ferguson, following Brown’s murder. #staywoke #farfromover

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Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 1) (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace 

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***ATTENTION ALL UNITED STATES AMERICANS AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY*** 

THE AMERICAN CIVILIANS IN THE CITY OF FERGUSON, MISSOURI IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IS CURRENTLY UNDER ATTACK BY POLICE ENFORCEMENTS!!!

IF YOU ARE UNAWARE OF THE SITUATION GOING ON, WATCH THIS VIDEO!!!

HERE ARE LINKED YOUTUBE VIDEOS PUBLISHED BY THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES IN THE CITY OF FERGUSON:

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