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Ferguson police just can’t help themselves

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Ferguson have been engaged in arbitrary and vicious application of the law regarding protesters since August 9. They pluck people out of crowds to arrest for no good reason; they cover their name badges; they take down people’s license plates at meetings to intimidate them; and on and on. All this and more as the Department of Justice carries out an investigation of their practices. You’d think the police would behave themselves with company around.

It was their “5 Second” rule that crossed the line and got them into the courts. If protesters didn’t move in five seconds, they were subject to arrest.

Thanks to a legal challenge by the ACLU, Judge Catherine Perry ruled against the Ferguson foolishness and upheld citizens’ constitutional right to assemble.

Check it out here.

 

Stop playing

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Playing games with people’s lives

St. Louis American, September 25, 2014

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

Recently at a press conference, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked why an African-American woman had not been assigned to his advisory team to deal with the fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence situation. While Goodell did a public relations dance around the question, I was hoping that any black woman who might have been asked had flatly refused the assignment because they understood they were being used. Off the field, the NFL is still playing games with people’s lives.

While the NFL was implementing damage control last week, some other folks in positions of authority decided to play some games with people’s lives.     Read more

Listen to the young people

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From The Way I See It,  this week’s St. Louis American

I always feel compelled to give a cautionary note to people who say that children are so resilient that they can roll with situations that adversely affect them. This is definitely an outmoded myth that is no longer supported by data or the experiences of the people who interact with children and young people on a regular basis. Something very bad has happened in our community, and we cannot move on as if nothing has happened. Read more