Peaceful protest in Ferguson quickly deteriorates, shots fired

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  • JBT Provo, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    shadow01 - "..I guess Strong arm shoplifting doesn't deserve a death sentence but it doesn't exude innocence either."

    As the media prints their headlines, and as people make these type of comments, I always wonder if people really believe this rhetoric?? The same as saying "he was unarmed", or "the kid was black"; as if any of that matters. It would certainly explain why some people get angry at Law Enforcement. Unfortunately, it's inaccurate, and simple adds to the misconception of the use of deadly force. This kid died from his violent interaction with the officer, not from shoplifting, and not for being black. Even if no crime was committed, or if the kid was white, if you assault a cop and try to take his gun, he's going to defend himself and try to kill you before you kill him. That's human nature, and has nothing to do crimes or color.

  • boneheaded, but not a smidgen SLC, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    I am so glad barry felt it important to weigh in on this. he just can't help himself. it is really helping the situation. why would anyone want to be a cop?

  • shadow01 Edwardsville, IL
    Aug. 18, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    There are a few things going on here that are being ignored or glossed over.
    A young man was killed by a policeman. I expect somebody will get to the bottom of it given time, especially now that everybody and their brother has gotten involved. because it is a black youth, and a white cop, it must be racial and there will be no justice for the youth. For the past week and a half there has been a lynch mob mentality from just about everybody regarding the cop. I expect his chance for a fair trial will be non-existent. Wait til Nancy Grace gets involved it will be even less.
    Then there are the protesters. The ones that are causing the trouble are out of towners hoping to stir the pot for their own gain. As long as the riots are on, businesses are "fair game" for looters. I am surprised business owners haven't just packed up their inventory and put it into storage for the duration.
    Then there is the innocence of the young man, I guess Strong arm shoplifting doesn't deserve a death sentence but it doesn't exude innocence either.

  • mltlives Farmington, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    Uncle_Fester and Brio spoke very prophetically. My wife and I had the same conversations almost word for word!! I am native NY/NJ-ite black man living in Utah for a very long time. I have a wonderful blessed marriage and family. Bi-racial, not that it matters. I have seen first hand the way the 'streets' are and how folks behave. In closing, they be ashamed of themselves!!

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    Human nature loves attention.
    The initial protest rallies made their point...
    And now everyone understands.

    These protests will continue for as long as there are cameras to play up to.
    Send the news teams home and these rallies will stop in short order.
    There would be nothing left to get attention from.
    And that's the only reason left for them to continue.

    Try it and see.

  • Uncle_Fester Niskayuna, NY
    Aug. 18, 2014 7:15 a.m.

    A young black male ostensibly innocent is killed by police, tragic under any scenario. The response by the outraged community is to loot black stores in black neighborhoods. Something about this response doesn't smell right and ought to give everyone pause. The facts of homicide rates for young black males are stark and arresting; if it is so upsetting that the police killed one young man under questionable circumstances, why loot your neighbors? The number of such murders occurring every year between members of the lower socio-economic class for every one killed by the police in questionable circumstances is an order of magnitude higher and where is the outrage for that? Seriously, they accept 1000 such murders without blinking an eye, but loot themselves over this one? Where are the marches to eliminate the violent criminal element which is committing massive numbers of homicides annually in their own communities? It seems they would rather loot their own neighborhoods than solve their homicide problem -which problem is definitely NOT the police.