Riots In Ferguson Over Killer Cop

First, a little background on why the people are rioting.  Fox St. Louis reports:

Witnesses to the shooting identified the victim as Michael Brown, 18. They say he was walking in the middle of a street with a friend, Dorin Johnson, when a Ferguson officer drove up and ordered them to the sidewalk. Johnson said they told him they were a minute away from their destination and then they would be out of the street. After a verbal confrontation, witness Piaget Crenshaw said the officer got out of his car and fired a shot. Both teens ran, she said, and another shot was fired. Johnson hid behind a car, but said his friend stopped after a second shot was fired at him. Crenshaw and Johnson say the teen held up his hands to show he did not have a weapon, however the officer fired at him two more times and he collapsed and died in the street.

Of course, this third party witness testimony differs substantially from that of the cop who did the shooting.  The cop claims Brown simply attacked him in an unprovoked attack and tried to grab his gun, which just sounds absurd.

Apparently the people of Ferguson Missouri have had enough.  Riots are now being reported as a result of this shooting.  One report notes that the riots sprang out of a prayer vigil.

At least two officers suffered injuries and 32 people were arrested after a prayer vigil for an 18-year-old killed by a Ferguson police officer escalated into rioting and looting Sunday night in Ferguson, Missouri.

If you’re curious what the police in Missouri are like, check out the story of Jeffery Weinhaus.

Riots don’t result from a single incident.  Riots are the result of systemic abuses by public “servants.”  They require a build up of animosity over time by an entire community that finally boils over on to the streets after some catalyzing event.