Pre-protest protesters led by white activists mock Ferguson citizens’ fear of imminent riots

With a grand jury decision whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown expected any day now, protesters and the public are gearing up for the fallout that seems inevitable.

Knowing the destructive power of an angry crowd, residents and businesses of Ferguson, Mo., will not be rolling out the welcome mat for expected unrest.

The governor has declared a state of emergency, businesses are being boarded up and schools are making plans to keep children safe — and the “peaceful demonstrators” can barely conceal their contempt.

In a “pre-protest protest,” Elizabeth Vega, a demonstration organizer, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch activists wanted to show the majority of their ranks are committed to non-violence.

One way to do that, she said, was to have the march led by white demonstrators who chanted “the protesters are coming! the protesters are coming!”

“We wanted to mock people with a fear of protest,” Vega said. “The tension right now is palpable and if we can’t laugh then we’ll cry.”

Would you invite the angry mob into your hometown?

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Lonnie K. Martens

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