National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.
There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a case that has touched off a debate about race relations in the United States.
I wondered on Twitter last night whether these “spontaneous” protests were being organized by SEIU, the Teamsters or the Department of Justice (my money is on SEIU, with gentle nudging from DOJ). Whenever you see them show up with pre-printed signs, you know they’ve got handlers.
This has gotten so serious that some committed activists put down their lattes and braved the frigid 68 degree weather in San Diego. They found out quickly that blocking La Jolla women from facial appointments they booked a month ago wasn’t a wise move.
As we head into night three, LAPD is back on citywide tactical alert.