"Peter" has some thoughts on the riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
Michael Brown was a young black man, tall and big and strong, in Ferguson, MO. He thought he could shove around a small store owner and steal goods from the store with impunity. He thought he could walk down the middle of the street and block traffic with impunity. He thought he could assault a police officer and take away his gun because he was bigger and tougher than the officer and could cow him down, just like he had done to the store owner. He was wrong and he paid the price for his arrogance, stupidity and violent behavior with his life.
But other, similarly stupid people with a grudge against police started rumors based on lies that Brown had been shot in the back while he had his hands in the air in surrender. The rumors were gladly accepted as fact by those in the Ferguson looking for an excuse to protest against the police or just join the crowd to act out. The rumors were also gladly accepted as fact by certain unethical members of the media looking to hype up newspaper sales or TV ratings. The resulting protests and the media coverage attracted the criminal elements from far and wide for the opportunity to loot and pillage the community and attack police officers under the cover of being protesters.
The media loved it and provided 24-7 coverage, boosting TV ratings and newspaper sales nationwide. This attracted even more "protesters" who saw it as an opportunity to get seen on TV or get their picture in the newspaper. And so was born a vicious cycle of ever increasing violence, chaos, shooting victims, arson, teargas, fireworks and overwhelmed police. The governor sent in the National Guard to back up the police. The media were absolutely thrilled!
Some members of the media arrogantly thought they were protected by the First Amendment and, as free press, they could go wherever they pleased, whenever they pleased. They mixed in with the protesters and proudly spoke into their TV cameras that they were in the middle of the chaos and were reporting "live" from the scene. They refused orders from the police to "Get the f@#k out of there" and were promptly arrested. Apparently the media can be just as arrogant and stupid as the criminals and thugs.
So, what can we learn from all this?
1. If you jump on a police officer and try to take his gun, then when he tries to arrest you, you charge him like a bull in an arena, you can pretty much count on ending up in a hospital or morgue.
2. The media contribute greatly to making a bad situation worse and even actively participate in riling up a mob, because it's good for business and many reporters are apparently adrenalin junkies.
3. If you advertize opportunities for looting, pillaging and getting on TV, they will come in droves and raise the city to the ground.
4. Sending out one man patrol cars in a high crime area, or any area for that matter, is sheer stupidity and probably the result of a weak chief letting bean counters run his police department.
5. They're going to make a movie about Ron Johnson.