Ferguson Police Drive Over Michael Brown Memorial, After Letting Dog Pee On It

 

Screen shot of Antonio French Vine

Screen shot of Antonio French Vine

There has been a lot of news in Ferguson, MO about looting and vandalism in response to the shooting of 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown, but what about when the vandalism comes from the police?

Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.

Source: Mother Jones

Later, as the memorial began to grow, things got worse. The police began blocking access to the memorial and then, they destroyed it altogether.

The day brought other indignities for Brown’s family, and the community. Missouri state Rep. Sharon Pace, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, told me she went to the scene that afternoon to comfort the parents, who were blocked by police from approaching their son’s body. Pace purchased some tea lights for the family, and around 7 p.m. she joined Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and others as they placed the candles and sprinkled flowers on the ground where Brown had died. “They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains,” Pace recalled.

By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them.

Source: Mother Jones

This sort of bullying by Ferguson police might just be business as usual in Ferguson. The Huffington Post reports that for people in Ferguson, “everybody had a bad experience” with the police. Even employees of stores that have been looted understand, at least to a point.

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Quincy Qualls, an employee who recently bought a house in nearby Jennings, said that there was “a lot of craziness going on” in the neighborhood after the shooting and that he didn’t see why people were taking it out on businesses where others from the community worked. But he knew the issues that people have had with police.

“Everybody had a bad experience,” said Qualls. “It’s kinda one of those things, you know. I guess if you don’t look like you’re from the area, they wanna find out who you are. Sometimes they do go a little too far with some issues that you feel like it’s unnecessary. But, you know, I guess it’s part of their job, and they gotta do what they gotta do, and if you cooperate, make the process a whole lot faster.”

Source: Huffington Post

Police should set the example for civilized behavior, not piss on it.