No matter which way the grand jury goes, Ferguson residents need to arm themselves.
As of this writing, the grand jury has not yet announced a decision in the Wilson/Brown case. In preparation, the Governor has issued a state of emergency, and police are gearing up for mayhem.
It doesn’t matter which way the jury is going to swing. If they choose to indict Officer Wilson, protesters aren’t just going to pack up and go home and be done with it. If anything, they’ll celebrate.
And how will they celebrate? Probably in the same way they’d react if Wilson isn’t indicted. They’d clash with police, they’d loot stores, and set buildings on fire. They’d just be happy while doing it instead of angry.
According to some police forums, many cops feel powerless in what they can do to help keep the peace. As a result, some were apparently strongly encouraging residents to arm themselves and to stay armed:
On a “St. Louis Coptalk” forum, a supposed Ferguson-area officer posted a chilling warning about what he expects to happen in Ferguson, Vocativ reported.
“If you do not have a gun, get one and get one soon. We will not be able to protect you or your family,” he wrote. “It will be your responsibility to protect them. Our gutless commanders and politicians have neutered us. I’m serious, get a gun, get more than one, and keep one with you at all times.”
The man’s identity as a police officer could not be independently confirmed.
The FBI also reportedly issued an intelligence bulletin recently warning that the grand jury’s decision “will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure.”
“This also poses a threat to those civilians engaged in lawful or otherwise constitutionally protected activities,” the bulletin said.
Other posts on the forum echo that sentiment, going so far as to label the protesters and activists in Ferguson as “terrorists,” and calling out local businesses that have identified themselves as supporters of the protests there.
Some users discussed using water hoses to “protect” the cops against the protesters. One, under the name “Retiree,” wrote, “I say if the protesters want to use shields and like equipment then the officers should incorporate using the fire dept and there (sic) hoses… With the wind and temps what a great way to put a sudden stop to marches and protests.” An anonymous user who said he was a cop replied, “We can’t even hit our sticks on the ground.”
I don’t like the idea of having riot police with tear gas canisters and rubber bullets. That will only serve to invite confrontation with police, which will be more likely to cause the situation to spiral out of control.
I much prefer the idea of having every resident armed with semi-automatic rifles with at least 30-round magazines and plenty of ammo. The police are right. They can’t protect everyone. And they shouldn’t have to.