Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Police Need To Chill

Yes, someone will always do something stupid.  Throwing a water bottle at police is stupid.

But police can't continue to escalate every little provocation.  There are people - the majority of people - in Ferguson who want to be heard not seen.  They want to protest firmly but peacefully.

Every time the police escalate as a group against the actions of a single provocateur they take a tense environment and make it 100 times worse.

Right now, it looks like the police are the biggest instigators of violence in Ferguson.  No matter how cool Capt. Johnson is.

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