Ferguson, Missouri May Explode Soon

The grand jury that has been contemplating whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is expected not to indict the officer. At that point, I fear we could see protests turn into riots as they did after the Rodney King acquittals. And you know what won’t help one bit? The KKK threatening to use lethal force against protesters.

e leader of a Ku Klux Klan group told MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Wednesday that St. Louis-area residents have supported their campaign threatening to use “lethal force” against protesters they feel act violently in the aftermath of the upcoming grand jury decision regarding Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

“It kind of came about from hundreds of calls we’ve been getting from residents in St. Louis County concerned with things that they’ve seen on social media,” Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK head Frank Ancona explained. “Random attacks on whites, D.C. sniper-style shootings, police officers being threatened that their wives are gonna be raped, and that they’re all targets.”

Ancona did not cite specific evidence of any of these alleged threats.

The Riverfront Times reported that Ancona’s group has been passing out flyers calling demonstrators “terrorists” and saying, “We will use lethal force as provided under Missouri law to defend ourselves.”

Ancona told the Times that the demonstrators, who have been protesting against local law enforcement for not pursuing a case against Wilson for shooting and killing 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, were “the best recruiters since [President Barack] Obama” for his organization.

None of this is surprising, but it’s appalling. And very dangerous. And this is even worse:

But Ancona stumbled after telling Hayes that he has had off-the-record conversations with police regarding the ongoing tension in the region.

“A lot of them are very frustrated with how the governor has sided with the criminals in a lot of instances,” Ancona said.

“Wait a second,” Hayes said, interjecting. “You have law enforcement talking to you off the record, confiding in you as a Grand Wizard of the KKK? You’re telling me that you have local law enforcement talking to you, personally, off the record?”

“I’m telling you, I have friends who know people in law enforcement,” Ancona replied, backtracking. “Let’s just put it that way.”

Again, not surprising but very dangerous. All of this could turn out very, very badly.

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  • raven

    One thing has bothered me since Ferguson first happened.

    1. Ferguson is 68% black.

    2. Virtually all elected officials are white as well as the police, fire department, and school teachers.

    3. How can this be?

    4. Doesn’t the majority vote? It doesn’t look like it. Seems to me they could all register to vote and there would be a regime change in Ferguson after the next elections there.

    It’s not just Ferguson either. Voter turnout in the recent national elections was 38%, the lowest in 72 years. And minorities were overrepresented among eligible but nonvoting citizens. Those who claim voting is a waste of time make it a self fulfilling prophecy.

  • busterggi

    “You have law enforcement talking to you off the record, confiding in you as a Grand Wizard of the KKK? You’re telling me that you have local law enforcement talking to you, personally, off the record?”

    What you don’t have is unbiased honest police. So its a typical community.

  • blf

    What you don’t have is unbiased honest policea mafia of goons.

    Suggested fix.

  • Kevin Kehres

    @2 More likely, a lying buffoon claiming some inside knowledge that he got strictly from the inside of his head.

  • abb3w

    Good news: US v Williams (1992) seems to imply that another more determined prosecutor (either with concurrent jurisdiction, or after a new election) can empanel another grand jury and try again; double jeopardy doesn’t attach to such proceedings.

    Bad news, of course, is that it looks like we’ll be headed into Insurrection Act territory long before the rule of law grinds that far, especially if there are law enforcement ties to the KKK.

  • smrnda

    Wow, the cops hang out with a hate group which has engaged in acts of terrorism. Who are the criminals again?

    1 Raven – there are many ways that Black people are prevented from voting, and it wouldn’t surprise me if some underhanded tricks keep this Apartheid regime in power.

  • gwangung

    “3. How can this be?”

    Well, I think part of the reason is the way Ferguson funds itself: fine, fine, fine the people living there. You can ALWAYS find BS reasons to write a ticket. And each household averages two fines a year there…

    Going from that to voter suppression doesn’t seem to be a large jump….

  • DaveL

    You have law enforcement talking to you off the record, confiding in you as a Grand Wizard of the KKK? You’re telling me that you have local law enforcement talking to you, personally, off the record?

    Oh, that’s just f’ing wonderful.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Why would people protest against the decision of a grand jury. Surely the jurors have heard all the evidence and will reach a sensible decision based on that evidence? Or is this grand jury corrupt?

  • sumdum

    *cue ‘Killing in the name of’ song lyrics*

  • Francisco Bacopa

    I never understood why the police just don’t leave Ferguson. Are they afraid of losing face? Ferguson is an insurgency. You can’t make the people get tired and go home because they are home.

    As for possible violence once the grand jury announces its findings, Ferguson is ready. Businesses have been fortified and residents assigned to guard against looters. Homes and apartments in the hot spots have also been fortified. The areas near where Mike Brown was shot and where he used to live are boarded up. Ferguson has taken measures to protect itself against the coming storm. And keep in mind that it has usually been the police who have initiated violence in this struggle.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Those who claim voting is a waste of time make it a self fulfilling prophecy.

    The election for sheriff in my county was decided by five votes.

  • lorn

    “3. How can this be?”

    Poor people don’t vote, apply to be policeman, or run for public office in sufficient numbers to be represented in the local power structure. As recent experience has shown this is a trait shared by most potential Democratic voters. Without power there is no ability to demand concessions.

  • raven

    1 Raven – there are many ways that Black people are prevented from voting, and it wouldn’t surprise me if some underhanded tricks keep this Apartheid regime in power.

    I’m sure there is.

    I grew up during the Civil Rights days!!! It was the 1960’s and 1970’s. I remember the race riots when the inner cities burned and the tanks rolled and who knows how many people got killed. Martin Luther King was assassinated. A lot of people ended up in jail or dead. It wasn’t a good time for the USA.

    1. There were a lot of ways used to prevent blacks from voting. Fake literacy tests that it didn’t matter if you passed them or not since they were administered by whites. Poll taxes. Voter rights activists were subject to violence and sometimes simply killed. Voting in the wrong place while being the wrong color might be the last thing you did, ever.

    This was the whole reason the various Civil Rights acts and Voting Rights acts were passed.

    2. FFS, it is 2014 now. We are better than that!!!! (Ha ha, a joke. But we should be.)

    3. Yeah, I know there are ways to keep the vote down. It’s a favorite tactic of the GOP, who clearly hate democracy. Taking the vote away from convicted felons. Requiring hard to get proof of citizenship aka voter suppression. In Georgia, one guy just refused to process 40,000 voter applications turned in my likely minorities. Long lines at minority neighborhood voting stations. I’m sure there are more.

    4. But still, if you keep on trying, they can’t keep you from voting eventually. At some point, voter suppression starts looking like one federal or state crime or another.

    In some areas, minority turnout is higher than whites. “We know they don’t want us to vote. That is why we are going to stand in line all day if we have to.”

    5. I don’t have a good feel for what Ferguson is like. But it looks like some civil rights activists and voting rights activists could turn things around using that democracy thing.

  • http://syncanna.wordpress.com/ K.R. Syncanna

    Considering all the gerrymandering, the fact that voting is on a fucking Tuesday, the hours to wait to vote in some areas, the fact that non-violent felons cannot vote in most states, AND the fact that all the problems with voting specifically target generally democrat voters – I am not going to judge the low turnout rate.

  • Trebuchet

    HLN had some cop on this morning saying that had been no non-violent protests in Ferguson. At all. None. Just riots by thugs, apparently.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Doesn’t the majority vote?

    The US is not a democracy – it’s a “managed democracy” in which the will of the masses is mooted by gerrymandering, “representation” that is anything but, vote controls, and controls on who can run for office.