|Date||August 9, 2014 –|
August 11, 2015
|Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Organizing for America
Black Lives Matter
Revolutionary Communist Party
Democratic Socialists of America
Party for Socialism and Liberation
Socialist Unity Party
Workers World Party
Communist Party USA
Committees of Correspondence for Democratic Socialism
Left Inside/Outside Project
|Innocent citizens and local police departments|
|~ 57,000||~ 230,000,000|
|At least 94 police and corrections officers killed.|
The Ferguson riots were one of several Marxist-inspired uprisings during the Obama administration. Elected as America's first "post-racial" president according to mainstream fake news media, Obama exacerbated racial tensions and left a dismal legacy of a divided America along Marxist class, racial, and "gender normative" lines. Obama also appointed numerous communists to important administration positions.
Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen, writing in the Wall Street Journal, noted, "Rather than being a unifier, Mr. Obama has divided America on the basis of race, class and partisanship." The commentators also note Obama's approach to governance has encouraged radical leftists to pursue a similar strategy on his behalf. Mary Frances Berry, former head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, acknowledged that the Obama administration has taken to polarizing America around the issue of race as a means of diverting attention from other issues, saying, "Having one's opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness." Caddell and Schoen, who worked for President Carter and Clinton, respectively, further stated, "President Obama's divisive approach to governance has weakened us as a people and paralyzed our political culture."
The Ferguson Riots failed to muster African-American voters to the polls in the 2014 Midterm Elections to retake the U.S House of Representatives or keep the U.S. Senate from going Republican, as Democratic Party organizers (such as Donna Brazile) had hoped.
In the early afternoon of August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri, a city on the outskirts of St. Louis a young black man, Michael Brown was killed by a police officer. Wilson received a call on his radio that a local convenience store had been robbed. He saw two men walking in the middle of a nearby street who met the description of the store thieves. Wilson drove up to them. When he asked the two men to move to the sidewalk, one of the men, Michael Brown, refused. Wilson then attempted to get out of his car, but Brown blocked the door, punching the officer through the open window. Brown tried to grab Wilson’s gun and a struggle ensued. Wilson managed to fire his gun, wounding Brown in the hand.
After being shot in the hand, Brown ran away from the police car. Wilson got out of the vehicle and pursued him. Brown then suddenly turned and charged Officer Wilson. One witness described the encounter which closely fits the forensic evidence:
“[Brown] ran towards the officer, full charge. The officer fired several shots at him and… Mike Brown continuously came forward in the charging motion... And when he stopped, that's when the officer ceased fire... When he charged once more, the officer returned fire with, I would say… three to four shots. And that's when Mike Brown finally collapsed."
The Brown family’s own medical expert, respected pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, conceded this point. The wounds Brown suffered were consistent with Brown charging toward Wilson, not running away. Brown did not raise his hands above his head and shout, “Hands up. Don’t shoot” as the Black Lives Matter urban legend claims.
Federal investigators from the Obama Department of Justice found no credible evidence that Brown ever raised his hands in a “don’t shoot” gesture—or in any way heeded the officer’s commands for him to surrender. The federal report concluded that
“…witnesses who originally stated Brown had his hands up in surrender recanted their original accounts, admitting that they did not witness the shooting or parts of it…”
Investigators also concluded Brown never uttered the phrase. The Obama administration report further states:
“The media has widely reported that there is witness testimony that Brown said ‘don’t shoot’ as he held his hands above his head. In fact, our investigation did not reveal any eyewitness who stated that Brown said ‘don’t shoot.’”
According to witnesses deemed credible by investigators, a Grand Jury, and even eventually the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, 18 year old Michael Brown was shot 6 times and killed by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, MO Police Dept. after Brown assaulted the Officer with a punch to the face from a standing position through the police vehicle window, and attempted to wrest control of the Officer's firearm. Brown was the main suspect in a strong arm robbery that occurred moments earlier. Brown was unarmed, and his body lay in the street as Police conducted an investigation lasting several hours.
The White House sent 3 representatives to Brown's funeral as violence and looting already occurred. President Obama called the death of the 6'4", 292 lb. Brown, who smashed Officer Wilson's face while in a sitting position, "heartbreaking". Eric Holder was dispatched to meet with Brown's family and begin a separate DOJ investigation before local authorities completed their own. As in the Louis Gates and Trayvon Martin cases, Obama and Holder began a series of public statements impugning the integrity of public servants who were lawfully fulfilling their duties. Obama spoke of "a gulf of mistrust between local residents and law enforcement" and Brown's family flew to Geneva, Switzerland to testify before the United Nations Committee Against Torture, alleging police violence against African-Americans was widespread and commonplace in the United States.
Anarchist and top Occupy Wall Street organizer Lisa Fithian, who orchestrated the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization riots, trained Ferguson protesters. Fithian says “create crisis, because crisis is that edge where change is possible.”
Fithian echoes Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, the creators of the infamous Cloward-Piven Crisis Strategy, who spent decades attempting to provoke poor, inner-city blacks to riot, because as Cloward said, poor people advance only “when the rest of society is afraid of them.”
Rasheen Aldridge was a leader of the Ferguson protests. He has participated in numerous Communist Party USA events in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Another prominent Communist Party member active in BLM protests is Michael McPhearson, who leads the Don’t Shoot Coalition.
Carl Davidson and Pat Fry, co-chairs of the Committees of Correspondence of Democratic Socialism (CCDS), exploited the revolutionary atmosphere of the Ferguson riots to create an eight-point plan for “Left Unity” demanding “a common aspiration for socialism.” The pro-China Freedom Road Socialist Organization (now Liberation Road) and its allies claim to have brought nearly 10,000 activists into St. Louis, Missouri, to swell the ranks of the rioters. Four police officers and two civilians were injured by gunfire from the protesters. Of those arrested, some had come from as far as New York, California and Washington.
When the Grand Jury failed to indict the Officer, more violence erupted. Months later, Holder's Justice Department, again, was forced to publicly admit there was no cause to consider the death of the black teenager as a civil rights violation or hate crime. When Holder's announcement came, more rioting erupted and two police officers were shot. President Obama reserved his reaction on the shooting of the two officers for a late night comedy show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Rep. John Lewis of Georgia called for Obama "to declare martial law," warning him, "If you fail to act, the fires of frustration and discontent will continue to burn, not only in Ferguson, Missouri, but all across America."
Dollar costs of the Ferguson Riots by mid 2015 were still not available, that is, damage to private property and government riot control costs. The real cost is in the loss of future income which now will never materialize.
Hands up don't shoot myth
The "Hands up, don't shoot" myth originated with Brown’s companion, Dorian Johnson, immediately after the shooting. Witnesses described him saying, “The police shot my friend and his hands were up.” And the phrase spread quickly throughout the neighborhood, morphing into “Hands up. Don’t shoot.” It was picked up and amplified by the CNN and other fake news media outlets and became an anthem for Marxist activists and Black Lives Matter communist organization.
The New York Times reported President Obama met the day after the midterms with Ferguson protest leaders and expressed concern, in the words of Al Sharpton, that the movement and its objectives "stay on course". Social media analysts discovered links between the Baltimore and Ferguson violence; between 20 and 50 social media accounts active in Baltimore were also used in Ferguson at the peak of violence in late Summer 2014, suggesting the presence of professional organizers. The New York Times reported President Obama met the day after the 2014 midterms with Ferguson Marxist leaders and expressed concern, in the words of Al Sharpton, that the movement and its objectives "stay on course". Social media analysts discovered links between the Baltimore and Ferguson violence; between 20 and 50 social media accounts active in Baltimore were also used in Ferguson at the peak of violence in late Summer 2014, suggesting the presence of professional organizers.
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