A raucous crowd disrupted speakers, threatened violence and accused police of murder Tuesday night as the fallout from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., reignited.
And anyone who disagreed with the mob needed a police escort to get out.
That was the scene of “democracy” as protesters apparently conceive it during a meeting of the St. Louis County Council in Clayton, Mo., as a meeting called to conduct local government descended into two hours of near chaos and mob rule, according to an account by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
The mob was on hand, of course, to “protest” the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a black man shot to death during a scuffle with a police officer Aug. 9.
The case is in the hands of a grand jury – which now has until January to decide whether Officer Darren Wilson should face criminal charges. But the mob at Tuesday night’s meeting demanded the justice system be ignored and Wilson placed under arrest now.
(For hanging later, no doubt.)
And if the grand jury completes its term and decides Wilson was justified in shooting Brown the mob threatened violence. It matters nothing to them that Brown had marijuana in his system at the time of the scuffle, had just used physical force to rob a nearby convenience store of the kind of cigars used to roll marijuana “blunts,” and was said by at least one witness to have been charging Wilson at the time of the shooting.
One speaker made it clear.
“If Darren Wilson get off y’all better bring every army y’all got. Cause it’s going down.” pic.twitter.com/pexFCCawbZ
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) September 16, 2014
And the mob was even clearer, chanting what will happen if the justice system doesn’t come to their preferred outcome: “If we don’t get it, shut it down.”
And what modern mob scene would be complete without some version of the “hey, hey, ho, ho” chant libs have been using since at least the 1960s to boil thought away into mindlessness? In this case, it was accusing the police who maintain order of being murderers.
Amid the chants, one speaker even compared St. Luis County authorities to terrorists rampaging in the Middle East, beheading innocents, murdering Christians and selling women captives into sexual slavery, the Post Dispatch reported.
“You are ISIS to black people,” he said.
(Here’s a hint that’s wrong. If you’re allowed to stand up and insult the guys on the dais, you’re not dealing with murderous Islamic terrorists.)
And there was more. The mob even threatened to disrupt sports events like St. Louis Rams games and St. Louis Cardinals games as part of their “demonstration.”
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) September 17, 2014
That drew one response that could have applied to this whole exercise in barbarism.
— Evan Ausbrooks (@Evan_Ausbrooks) September 17, 2014
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