Lincoln Prop Protester Blames Nixon for Ferguson Violence

November 26, 2014 - Leave a Response

Lincoln Prep High School Junior Monica Miderios.

A student that participated in a silent protest during a Jay Nixon speech at her school last week says the Governor has to bear some of the blame for the Ferguson violence.

Monica Miderios was one of the 12 students who stood up and silently raised their hands in the in a’ don’t shoot’ fashion, as Nixon was starting at speech in the Lincoln Preparatory High School Auditorium. He was there praising the school for winning a “Blue Ribbon” award from the US Department of Education.

It was also the day after Nixon announced he was activating units of the National Guard and declaring a state of emergency in advance of the Ferguson grand jury announcement.

Miderios says the students decided within minutes before his speech they would protest it. She says the governor should be blamed for the perpetrating the Ferguson violence.

‘Absolutely,” she said, “ I think the reason the protesters and the quote-unquote ‘riots’ are happening in Ferguson is because of increased military and increased police presence within communities like Ferguson,(and) like my own.,”

She believes the presence of police in those communities contributes to police brutality.

She adds the protesters who get violence share some of the responsibility, but not all of it.

Miderios says within seconds after the protest started, an administrator pulled the 12 students from the auditorium.

“They were pretty angry,” she said.

Miderios says administrators told them they had no right to do what they did.

The protest did not disrupt the Governor’s speech. Nixon did not seem bothered by the event. Afterwards, he says he was pleased to see young people getting engaged in issues.

Miderios says all 12 student now face a Saturday suspension on December 6. That means they stay at school from 7:30 am until 11:30 am that day.

The American Civil Liberties Union is warning Lincoln Prep by letter that the students’ silent protest that did not disrupt the classroom is a form a protected speech.

Miderios, an honors students like many of the others involved, , says the prospect of punishment does not phase here.

“Nobody thinks we should have to do any time, inside of school, outside of school, being punished for what we had done because people don’t think we did anything wrong. And, quite frankly, I don’t think I did either.

State of Missouri to Investigate Ferguson’s Arsons

November 26, 2014 - Leave a Response

The Missouri Department of Public Safety says its investigators will help
Local Ferguson and St. Louis County Authorities investigate this werk’s violence.
Meanwhile missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued a Wednesday afternoon statement saying the increased use of the National Guard help improve the situation in ferguson Tuesday night.
“The ramped up presence and action of the Missouri National Guard has been helpful. I will continue to monitor the situation closely to determine whether additional resources are necessary to protect public safety. I thank the law enforcement officers and citizen soldiers for their hard work, especially during the holidays, to protect lives and property in Ferguson and throughout the region,” Nixon said, according to a statement.
Other related developments, according to the AP:
Ferguson business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared debris Wednesday after two nights of unrest – the second far less violent than the first – over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in Michael Brown’s death, even as protesters continued to hold scattered demonstrations in the area.

THE LATEST: Police in St. Louis locked down City Hall and called in more than 100 extra officers after several protesters rushed into the building yelling “Shame! Shame!” Three people were arrested, including one on an assault charge.

The demonstrators were among of about 200 people who marched through downtown St. Louis and held a mock trial of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed the unarmed Brown during an Aug. 9 struggle in that St. Louis suburb.

In Ferguson, about a dozen people painted over downtown businesses’ boarded-up windows while National Guardsmen looked on from posts every few feet along the street and on rooftops.

THE FINAL SAY? The U.S. Justice Department has its own investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges for Wilson, but investigators would need to satisfy a rigorous standard of proof. The department also has launched a broad probe into the Ferguson Police Department.

Several Dizen at Midday Protest March in KC

November 26, 2014 - Leave a Response

Nixon Sends More Guard Troops into Ferguson

November 25, 2014 - Leave a Response

Here the transcript released by the Governor’s office of his prepared remarks in St. Louis in wake of the Ferguson violence last night:
““Last night, criminals intent on lawlessness and destruction terrorized this community – burning buildings, firing gunshots, vandalizing store fronts, and looting family businesses – many for the second time.

“I am deeply saddened for the people of Ferguson who woke up this morning to see parts of their community in ruins.

“I just came from West Florissant, and it’s a heart-breaking sight. Seniors afraid to leave the house. School canceled. Kids scared to go outside and play.

“What they’ve gone through is unacceptable. No one should have to live like this. No one deserves this. We must do better and we will.

“This morning and into this afternoon, I met with Guard and law enforcement leaders. All agree that the violence we saw in areas of Ferguson last night cannot be repeated.

“That is why, in order to protect lives and property, we are bringing more resources to Ferguson and other parts of the region to prevent a repetition of the lawlessness experienced overnight.

“The National Guard presence will be ramped up significantly in Ferguson and ensuring they are ready to act quickly to prevent violence.

“First, we are deploying hundreds of additional Guardsmen to Ferguson who will be stationed throughout the community to protect homes and businesses.

“With these additional citizen soldiers, law enforcement officers will be better able to focus on protecting lives and property in the community.

“The Missouri National Guard will also continue to provide security at critical locations, including the Ferguson Police Department. Last night, more than 700 Guardsmen were at nearly 100 vital facilities throughout the region, and I thank them for their work. It is a testament to the professionalism of local law enforcement, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Guard that no one was killed or seriously injured last night.

“Third, the Guard’s rapid response teams will be positioned so that they are ready to act at a moment’s notice if challenges arise. Altogether, there will be more than 2,200 National Guardsmen in the region.

“Lives and property must be protected. This community deserves to have peace. We will provide safety and security to this region.

“I know this morning there is pain in the hearts of this community. I also know that it is vital for us to understand how we got to this place, and how to make it better.

“I continue to be heartened by the steadfast work that so many people in this region are doing on behalf of peace and understanding, to avert violence and to move forward together. Thank you”

Nixon Orders More Guard Troops to Ferguson

November 25, 2014 - Leave a Response

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered more National Guard troops into north Sy Louis County early Tuesday morning.
Part of the Nixon statement says, “The Guard is providing security at the Ferguson Police Department, which will allow additional law enforcement officers to protect the public.”
Nixon activated some Guard troops and deared a state of emergency before Monday announcement about the Ferguson Grand Jury not I ducting police officer Darren Wilson.


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