Monday, October 06, 2014

A Smidgen of Sanity Emerges in Ferguson

The bar is so low--it's basically on the ground--but it's a glimmer of hope for Ferguson: today, a federal judge declared the 'five second rule' that protestors in Ferguson had to be moving at all times or face arrest, was unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Perry called the rule "ad hoc," a nice way of saying police were arbitrarily making stuff up for the purpose of denying the right to peaceful assembly.

It is almost two months to the day that Mike Brown was shot and killed. Hundreds have been arrested protesting since then. The Ferguson cop who shot and killed Mike Brown, Darren Wilson, has not yet been charged. The grand jury has been given until January to decide whether to bring charges against Wilson. Late last month, the Department of Justice took the Ferguson police chief to task for allowing officers to cover their name badges with black tape and for wearing "I am Darren Wilson" bracelets. Despite the seemingly endless barrage of racist apologia, repression and stall tactics, a group of folks prevailed by staging the best protest ever at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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