Some photos from the photoshoot on Ben’s last day on tour, taken at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. All taken by Glenn Cook, none of these are mine

1918: Court Refuses to Fine Woman in Man’s Attire

“St. Louis, Mo., Dec 14.– Ruling that male attire was not unbecoming to Mrs. Mary Bertha Schmidt, alias ‘Mister Schmidt,’ judge Hogan, in police court here, refused to fine the young woman who for two years posed as a man and who ‘married’ her cousin, Anna Assade, last October. 

‘I think you look very nice,’ said the court. Mrs. Schmidt was clad in her neatly pressed trousers and pinchback coat. She explained she had adopted the garments because she could earn $80 a month as a man and $6 a week as a woman. 

‘If a woman can earn $4 a day by reason of wearing trousers, I say wear ‘em,’ said the court, and ‘Mister Schmidt’ walked out of court with a smile on ‘his’ face.”

~From El Paso Herald (El Paso, Tex.), December 14, 1918


Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Above are pictures of different military equipment that have been used against St Louis protestors tonight. STL cops shot 3 teens & killed 1. Protestors showed up asking for answers & were met with this… (x)

Flanery, STL officer, had cocaine as well as alcohol in system when he left scene of accident

Jason Flanery – the St. Louis city police officer who killed VonDerrit Myers Jr. – was high on cocaine as well as drunk when he smashed his police vehicle into a parked car at 6:17 a.m. on December 19, according to Missouri State Highway lab results released on January 27.

Two days earlier, on January 25, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce charged Flanery with two misdemeanors – Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and leaving the scene of an accident – after receiving a lab report on Flanery’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Though his blood was sampled hours after the accident, he had a BAC reading of .117, according to the statement. The legal limit is 0.08.

St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson told The American that he then asked the lab to test Flanery’s blood for narcotics, acting on intelligence that he had received that Flanery used cocaine. The positive test results for cocaine came back on January 27.

Now Joyce will charge Flanery with driving under influence of alcohol and drugs, which is still only a misdemeanor.

Joyce told The American that Flanery’s toxicology results from December 19 have no legal bearing on his actions on October 8, 2014, when he fatally shot Myers. However, she said, this does point to the need to test officers for drugs and alcohol after an officer-involved shooting.

Flanery was working as an off-duty security officer in the Shaw neighborhood when he shot and killed Myers on October 8, 2014, but was not charged with any crime by Joyce. Several witnesses told police that Myers and Flanery were involved in a gunfight, and police claimed to retrieve a firearm from Myers’ corpse, along with several bullets and casings that matched the weapon.

Flanery, who graduated from the police academy in 2008, was 31 at the time he killed Myers, according to Joyce’s report. He had a previous misdemeanor conviction for unlawful use of a weapon in 2001.


Jason Flanery has impressive credentials: he killed a man, he used weapon unlawfully, he drove the car being under the influence of coke and finally he left the scene of the accident. Still on the loose. And I’m sure that he’s able to continue his cop career – not necessary in St. Louis Police. That’s what I call the land of the free! Never thought these words were mainly addressed to police officers.

You know what the scary thing about Ferguson PD and St. Louis cops in general is? They don’t even care enough anymore to pretend they’re anything but the racist, gun-toting, tear-gas happy maniacs they are. Because they know it doesn’t matter anymore. They can do what they want and no one really cares nor will there be any legal consequences. Now *that* is fucking frightening.