|A police officer watches over demonstrators Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.|
SOMEONE NEEDS TO TALK TO HIM ABOUT REMAINING PEACEFUL AND NON-VIOLENT
Tonight I will be attending what is being billed as a Moment of Silence and a vigil (with speakers). I expect it to be peaceful, although with violence prone police on hand, you can never be sure. On the Facebook page of the organizers of the gathering there is the usual pleas for peace. The pleas are directed, as usual, not at the police (what one person in the discussion referred to as "our officers."), but at those gathering to protest police brutality and the killing by police of Michael Brown. I do not believe that anyone attending is calling for violence. I do not believe that anyone attending is coming with the intention to provoke violence. I do know the police have made public that they will be "ready for anything." I haven't seen anyone who is involved in promoting the vigil calling for "anything" but a peaceful one. I can't understand why so much space is spent calling on us to be peaceful, rather then pointing out that it is the police who come with guns, tear gas, pepper spray, horses and the like. I seriously doubt anyone in the crowd who come to protest the violent killings of young African American men by persons in police uniforms plan on bringing guns, tear gas, pepper spray, horses, and the like.
“Don’t be afraid. Just go ahead and play.”