In a city where the suggestion of using drones to fight crime isn’t as outlandish as it seems (when police are forced to go undercover as pizza delivery drivers because of crimes against those employed in this field, you know something is heinously wrong), the continued fear of Negrogeddon erupting in the St. Louis metropolitan area has sane individuals wishing such measures had already been put in place.
Drones could help police immediately formulate plans to deal with those rioting by providing real-time aerial footage of the “Justice for Michael Brown” lynch mob as they march for… something.
More importantly, these drones could provide continuous feeds of video to document any rioter/looter/arsonist participating in violence and trying to seek refuge in one of the many churches that has sided with the black insurrection in St. Louis. [Churches offer safe spaces, clergy train in ‘de-escalation’, St. Louis American, 11-13-14]:
Churches throughout the St. Louis region will offer “safe spaces” following the grand jury’s decision on whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
Clergy are among those who are readying the community for what many are expecting to be a non-indictment of Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown Jr. on August 9 – and the unrest that is also expected to ensue.
“The churches will have food available if people need to come in off the street and find respite,” said Rev. Renita Lampkin, pastor of St. John AME Church in St. Charles, Missouri. “There will be people who will provide comfort and offer a sense of community.”
Four African Methodist Episcopal (AME) churches will serve as safe havens, including St. Luke’s-Elmwood Park, St. James, St. Paul and St. Peters.
On Friday, November 7, the Metropolitan Congregations United Clergy Caucus and Metropolitan Clergy Coalition announced that their confirmed safe spaces include Christ Church Cathedral, Washington Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Samaritan UMC, First Congregational Church of St. Louis, Webster Groves Christian Church, Epiphany UCC and Central Reform Congregation.
These churches consider themselves “Holy Ground,” with Greater St. Mark and St. John’s Episcopal Church deciding police will not be allowed to enter once the “Justice for Michael Brown” brigade is unleashed via the grand jury finding Officer Darren Wilson guilty of…nothing. [Organizers hold training for non-violent Ferguson protests, plan ‘shut down’ of Clayton, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11-14-14]:
A group of organizers who have held trainings for least 600 potential protesters in the last week have a vision, and they say it’s a non-violent one.
“We as a community of people, we aren’t going to use violent power,” organizer Michael McPhearson told a group of about 100 who met in a hall on South Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis Thursday night. “We’re going to use people power, to change things.”
They expected four areas to emerge as protester “hot spots” after the announcement: the Ferguson police station, the stretch of West Florissant Avenue near the QuikTrip that burned the day after the killing, the business district in Clayton, and the Shaw Neigborhood, where VonDerrit Myers Jr. was killed by a St. Louis police officer last month after the officer said Myers fired at him.
Greater St. Mark and St. John’s Episcopal Church at 2664 Arsenal Street are expected to open their doors as “safe spaces” for protesters, where they said police will not be allowed to enter. They also planned to “shut down” in Clayton at 7 a.m. on the first business day after the announcement.
One instructor, who did not want to give her name, gave physical and mental health tips to the group. “The number one weapon of the police is fear,” she said. She asked the crowd to repeat her sentence, and they did. She showed the crowd how to thump their own chests, echoing their own heartbeats, as a grounding tool. “That’s going to make you feel human. And that’s a dig at them, because they’re trying to make you feel less human.”
She used the acronym HALTS to help the potential protesters. H to remember to feed their physical hunger, A to help them remember to watch their anger, L to remember to go home or connect with others if they feel lonely, T for remembering to go home to rest if they’re tired, and S to remember to not take things so seriously.
“It should be enjoyable, to tear down this system of oppression,” she said. “Somewhat enjoyable. Gratifying is a better word.”
When churches are publicly siding with an insurgency, you know the situation in metropolitan St. Louis is on the verge of erupting into a scenario where drones and undercover cops posing as pizza deliverymen are woefully inadequate.
Now the black mob is planning to target the city of Clayton, a 78 percent white city in metropolitan St. Louis having nothing to do with the situation in Ferguson. Home to the corporate headquarters of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Heritage Home Group, Brown Shoe Company, Armstrong Teasdale (an international law firm), as well as the elite Washington University in St. Louis, Clayton is being targeted by the almost entirely black “Justice for Michael Brown” mob because the city is so white.
Which is why it could be the location of a large-scale incident, where those wooden shields of the black “Justice for Michael Brown” army are unleashed. [Ferguson protesters are using wood meant to board up shops as shields: As stores are being boarded up in anticipation of unrest, some protesters have turned plywood into an act of protection and defiance., Washington Post, 11-13-14]
Recall, when the madness began on August 11, black people were aghast 67% black Ferguson was the site of looting, rioting and arson. [‘Loot … and rob them, not your own’; Twitter users advise black people to loot white neighborhoods, Twitchy.com, 8-11-14]
So, why not target 78 percent white Clayton? [Clayton Chief: Vital Services Will Not Be Interrupted, CBS St. Louis, 11-14-14]:
The police chief in Clayton is reacting to demonstrators telling the media they will disrupt downtown Clayton on the first business day after the St. Louis County grand jury announces its ruling in the Michael Brown case.