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FIRST HAND: Ferguson, MO could be your town UPDATED

August 18, 2014

 

by John Boch

I was down at Barnes Hospital today in St. Louis, not far from ground zero in Ferguson, Missouri.  So, being the dedicated reporter, I had to go see what was ground zero in the worst rioting and looting our nation has seen in decades.

Some observations from my trip through Ferguson’s main drag today.

First off, most of what I’ve been watching at one of the live feeds (this one) has been shot from the parking lot of the business Michael Brown stole those cigars from, Ferguson Market and Liquor.  It has now become a media staging location, and actually it’s been designated by cops as a “safe harbor” location for the media to report from.

It works well for everyone:  The media has a place to park and report from.  The cops are always close by.  The Market’s owners know their market is at much less likelihood of a repeat of Friday night.  (Which would be about the third or fourth time for them.)

 

Big satellite trucks ready to provide live-feeds world-wide in the parking lot of Ferguson Market and Liquor.

 

Getting out and walking around at roughly 1pm, it was very safe and calm.  Police were everywhere: courteous and polite.  They wore their standard duty uniforms.  I didn’t see anyone in SWAT gear.

I even went into the Ferguson Market and bought a juice – truly ground zero for Friday night’s orgy of violence and the epicenter of the crowd’s anger at “snitching” on Michael Brown, effectively destroying the narrative race hustlers had so carefully planted and nurtured.

The store was fully-restocked, which frankly, I wasn’t expecting.  Aside from the plywood over the missing windows, you wouldn’t have really known the place had been plundered three nights before. I thanked the woman at the register for reopening the store.  She was probably the owner’s wife, kid or daughter-in-law, and she didn’t seem exactly thrilled that they were open again.

Back outside, cops didn’t outnumber pedestrians, but it was close.  Media outnumbered everyone.

The State troopers I encountered were almost nice.  They were insisting people not to loiter, but to keep moving.

Most of the worst of the televised violence happened along a six or eight block stretch from roughly that Ferguson Market northward to the burned-out Quik Trip.

On several nights, some of the crowd – the hooligans and rioters aspect of the protesters – headed further north into Dellwood and pillaged some wireless stores, beauty stores, a few restaurants and some big box stores.

Frankly, this community and this street wasn’t what I expected.

No stereotypes here…

 

…or here. This was taken Friday evening as the rioters and looters raided the Ferguson Market and Liquor. Again.

With photos and video of the rioters and looters fitting every racial stereotype known to mankind, I expected Ferguson’s main drag to be a ghetto cesspool – you know, Englewood in Chicago or East St. Louis.

It wasn’t.

Not by a long shot.

It could have been University Avenue (or Cunningham, or Bradley, or Bloomington Road) in Champaign-Urbana.  It could have been West Market Street in Bloomington, Vermilion Street in Danville, Eldorado in Decatur or North or South Grand Avenue in Springfield.  It could have been any working class commercial district in any city in America.

There weren’t a lot of protesters or pedestrians there during the day.  Maybe a few dozen in a six block stretch.  There was a white girl who was very out of place.  She had a sign promoting a communist message.  She wasn’t using her bullhorn.  I suspect she was saving it for later.  Up the road, we heard one or two people yelling and a couple holding their hands up – probably not with the idea “Hands up – Don’t loot”.  It wasn’t rowdy.  In fact, it was just another day.  (That all changes in the evening, obviously.  The protesters are probably at work while I was there…)

It seems as though the locals are upset about Brown being shot (well, duh!).  They are displeased with at-times heavy-handed police responses to the unrest, including some cops overtly pointing rifles at unarmed, orderly people during the day when generally things are pretty calm.  Frankly, you point a gun at me without lawful reason, I’d be pretty salty too.

It’s the opportunistic criminals, most of them from outside of Ferguson, coming to get their chance to loot and pillage businesses in Ferguson, and those just north in Dellwood.  And when the police scatter them from looting they melt into the neighborhoods surrounding the shops, further looking for opportunities to steal things, break into homes or just create anarchy on a smaller scale.  If I were a nearby homeowner, I’d be very nervous.

If you take away anything from the unrest in Ferguson, it’s that something like that can happen in your community.  If you live in or near an mid-size to large city area where there are stores and businesses, you’re at risk.

It can’t happen to you?

Yeah, think again.

I’m sure if you asked the residents along these streets in Ferguson and Dellwood a month ago if they thought something like this could happen, they would have laughed at you.

Frankly, this is one scenario where a semi-automatic police-patrol-type rifle would come in quite useful to protect and defend one’s home or business from attack.  Do you have one and the knowledge, skills and abilities to employ it lawfully and effectively?

Something to think about.

When will this all end in Ferguson?

I don’t know.  But so long as the professional agitators are in town, and the Obama regime keeps adding energy to the mix, it’ll probably keep going into the next weekend.

Just be thankful it’s not happening in your community.

 

13 Responses to FIRST HAND: Ferguson, MO could be your town UPDATED

  1. All that's missing on August 18, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Now that black folks are standing up to the agitators and instigators is a whoooole bunch of Gadsden flags. Cuz when it comes down to it, don’t tread on me is EXACTLY the message these people are sending the pOlice.

    Now, if those folks will just see through the media hype and realize that cops do the same thing to white people – that the heavy handed ness targets US ALL.

    Just as I so often point out, a large section of the Chicago killings are indeed self defense, this really is just a Tea Party….. By the majority of folks who REALLY do want justice, their rights observed and respected. I just hope that as more TRUTH overshadows the race baiting hustlers, justice is accepted even if this particular incident turns out to be justifiable self defense (like so many Chicago “murders” actually are).

  2. DM on August 19, 2014 at 7:11 am

    30 people were arrested last night in Ferguson – almost all were out of town criminals taking advantage of the situation.

    Preliminary autopsy results suggest that Michael Brown was moving toward the police officer when the “kill shot” occurred.

    Ferguson isn’t people standing up to heavy handed police tactics. This was a cop trying to do his job, defending himself from an attacking felon. The race baters, politicians and opportunists are now trying to take advantage of the situation, with the press cheering them on to improve ratings. If you disagree with the official narrative – you are labeled a racist.

    John nails it here. This could happen anywhere.

    Every person has a responsibility to be preparred. Get a firearm. Get training to safely and properly use it. Learn the law. Stand up to this crap. Learn how to defend yourself and your freedom.

  3. Frank Sharpe on August 19, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Thanks for taking the time to go there personally, John. The perspective is appreciated!

    • First Lady on August 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      While this is a great article, I still think it was ill advised to go there. I would not encourage others to do so. There are “protesters” being bused in from Chicago, Detroit, and Brooklyn. I would hate for anyone I know to get hurt by doing a drive thru the neighborhood.

      • Frank Sharpe on August 20, 2014 at 11:25 am

        John went there so we don’t have to. 🙂

      • wjensen on August 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

        A man from the our area went there to check things out. He got arrested with some of the protesters.

      • jboch on August 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm

        Hanging around in the evening, was he?

        John

  4. Sam Whittemore on August 19, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I’ll second Frank’s thoughts.

    Appreciate your take on it. Like you, I thought it was just a “south central LA” case of the locals trashing a ghettofied neighborhood.

    Surprised to hear it’s just another neighborhood.

    No wonder so many of the locals are buying guns to protect homes and fams. If I didn’t have a gun and know how to use it, I’d probably be out shopping too if I live there.

    Sam

  5. 84full on August 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve heard residents aren’t happy with what their community has suddenly become and many are not on the side of the protestors or the cops. It is interesting to have a more localized look on it. I expected whatever part of St. Louis it was was just projects… interesting to hear otherwise. Thanks for the report.

  6. TN on August 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Great article John, I recently moved to the Toledo OH area and will really miss your classes.
    People may think this may not happen to small towns and the suburbs but being prepared is important for everyone regardless of where they live. 2 weeks ago Toledo’s water supply was contaminated with algae and could not be drank. I live 30 miles from where the water was contaminated, I went to the local Walmart (town of 8000) at 7:30 the first morning to get water for relatives. It was a zoo, while I was not worried, people were motivated to get water for themselves. If this were are real emergency, I would not have wanted to be there.

  7. Starvin Marvin on August 19, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Monday night 08/18 two large fights broke out on the west side of Bloomington.
    A 17 year old was stabbed in the chest a 22 year old had a head injury a 88 year old man was hit with a brick. Several residents reported having bricks thrown through windows of their homes.Officers who went to the Jefferson Street location were surrounded by a large number of people “who threatened to hurt and kill officers,” police dispatched additional officers to the scene in response.Ya think it’s related ?
    http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/hurt-in-late-night-fights-in-bloomington/article_0f43ff3c-a391-52c1-a1d9-d9890da1b7ce.html

  8. wjensen on August 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Thank you, John, for taking the time to check this out and report on it. It’s nice to hear the real story from someone I know and trust!

  9. Old Number 3 on August 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    One thing that I noticed in the pictures was a surprising number of belts. You can’t steal something or raise both hands if you’re holding onto your pants