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Ferguson rioters harass, threaten reporters
Politico ^ | 16 Aug 2014 | BYRON TAU

Posted on 08/16/2014 10:52:06 AM PDT by mandaladon

FERGUSON, Missouri — Reporters trying to cover the renewed chaos in this town faced a new threat on Friday: the demonstrators themselves.

Print, video and photo-journalists were all repeatedly and aggressively threatened and harassed when attempting to photograph or videotape any of the looting or property destruction. Many of the demonstrators expressed concern about being identified by police or told reporters that the looting was none of their concern.

Police largely remained on the sidelines on Friday and into the dawn hours of Saturday morning as demonstrators descended on a number of businesses in Ferguson — pulling alcohol, lottery tickets, and merchandise from the vandalized stores.

Reporters were repeatedly and forcefully told to move away, turn around, put down their cameras or simply to leave the area when trying to get close enough to film the scenes of destruction and theft. Most reporters on the scene were simply recording the events as they unfolded — making no effort to interfere or interview participants in the rioting.

Many of the looters carried molotov cocktails and wore bandanas over their faces to conceal their identity. Multiple reporters said demonstrators made repeated threats about being armed or returning with weapons — but no journalist on the scene that POLITICO spoke with reported seeing a weapon.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: crime; doj; ferguson; looters; mikebrown; missouri
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Many of the looters carried molotov cocktails and wore bandanas over their faces to conceal their identity.......Domestic terrorism is how I would describe it.
1 posted on 08/16/2014 10:52:06 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Blacks are ABOVE the Law......it’s now the “Just Us” dept. run by Holder, Obama and their sons and daughters.


2 posted on 08/16/2014 10:53:27 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: mandaladon

The Police have surrendered the town to the Mob


3 posted on 08/16/2014 10:54:32 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: mandaladon

Good for the looters. Although I do not know why they would attack the reporters, both groups [looters and reporters] are on the same side.


4 posted on 08/16/2014 10:54:55 AM PDT by sport
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To: Ann Archy

But, but, but we’re on your side. We’re helping show the evils of slavery and what it has done.


5 posted on 08/16/2014 10:55:22 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: mandaladon

The rioters have figured out that law enforcement has face recognition technology.

Their 15 seconds of fame might get them 15 - 20.


6 posted on 08/16/2014 10:55:29 AM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: mandaladon

Holly cow, the savages are turning on their creator, The MSM
It should be fun to watch these savage eat the media...


7 posted on 08/16/2014 10:55:54 AM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: mandaladon
Many of the demonstrators expressed concern about being identified by police or told reporters that the looting was none of their concern.

Here's a novel idea: If you fear being identified, stop looting. Otherwise, I hope they identify you, arrest you, try and find you guilty, then throw your sorry a$$ in jail and throw away the key.

8 posted on 08/16/2014 10:56:10 AM PDT by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: mandaladon

Oh, so you mean the cop who was trying to clear the reporters out of the McDonald’s was doing what he was supposed to do to protect people? Well, well, let’s see how much the looters respect the reporters’ rights.

People are nuts on this stuff. In the middle of a riot, cops don’t have time to sort out rioters from protesters. The goal is to clear the streets of everybody to stop the violence. When thugs are tossing bombs and shooting at helicopters, it is time to bring in the military style gear and vehicles. And the whiners should take on this job themselves if they think there is a better way. Tired of this war on police.


9 posted on 08/16/2014 10:56:20 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: molson209
The Police have surrendered the town to the Mob

Democrat governor Jedediah Nixon told them to. "People have to be allowed to express their emotions in an appropriate way."

10 posted on 08/16/2014 10:57:21 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: mandaladon

Schadenfreude is such a long word...


11 posted on 08/16/2014 10:57:43 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: mandaladon

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving group.


12 posted on 08/16/2014 10:57:55 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: mandaladon

The real riot is behind the scenes between the County and the Highway Patrol and the Ferguson Police and the Feds — all vying for control.


13 posted on 08/16/2014 10:57:55 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: molson209
The presence of riot police was provocative doncha know.

An amazing thing, the progressive mind.

14 posted on 08/16/2014 10:57:57 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: mrsmith

Yeh it’s long, but soooooo appropriate.LOL


15 posted on 08/16/2014 10:59:43 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: mandaladon

If ya'all be wantin' some sneakers, go git 'em.
America owes you!

16 posted on 08/16/2014 11:00:21 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: mandaladon

Police largely remained on the sidelines on Friday and into the dawn hours of Saturday morning as demonstrators descended on a number of businesses in Ferguson

This is EVIL this is purely EVIL! “Chaos” is not when with emotions running high people hell bent on violence or destruction take to the streets, rathe “Chaos” is when the “authorities” stand by and watch!

If this happens in my neck of the woods I will advise the “authorities” in writing that I will protect my life and property with deadly force if necessary and the bodies will be left by the curb and any one trying to suddenly don the mantel of Authority and take any action against me will be RESENTED!


17 posted on 08/16/2014 11:01:45 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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Did You Know?

The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarter's Expenses?

Now That You Do, Donate And Keep FR Running


18 posted on 08/16/2014 11:01:57 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: mandaladon

Bandanas over their faces?Like the TRUE COWARDS They ARE!!!


19 posted on 08/16/2014 11:02:19 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: skeeter

Heck, Now the idiot media is blaming this trouble on the Police Chief’s news conference!

Sort of a Benghazi “the video caused the violence” meme.
Wotred so well that tine.


20 posted on 08/16/2014 11:02:23 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: mandaladon

Just like HAMAS.


21 posted on 08/16/2014 11:05:24 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (ISIS has started up a slave trade in Iraq. Mission accomplshed, Barack, Mission accomplished.)
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To: rktman

Slavery didn’t make them be like this, LIBERALISM did!! WELFARE for GENERATIONS, NO FATHERS DUE TO LIBERAL POLITICS, GIMME MORE thinking........I feel somewhat sorry for them, but I’m more AFREAID of them than I ever thought!


22 posted on 08/16/2014 11:05:38 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: bandleader

I wonder if there are any plans for a Democratic Fund Raiser in Ferguson... Mid-Terms are right around the corner.


23 posted on 08/16/2014 11:11:03 AM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: mandaladon
It sure is great out here in farm land. Everyone has a gun, people respect each other (for the most part), and mobs like this are unknown. Lots of spaces for businesses that want to use technology to relocate their business.

Just sayin.

24 posted on 08/16/2014 11:13:23 AM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: mandaladon

THIS is Obama’s America now....get used to it. Embrace the “fundamental change”. Enjoy the “hope”.


25 posted on 08/16/2014 11:13:28 AM PDT by Gator113 ( Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Mike Lee speak for me, most everyone else is just noise.)
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To: mandaladon
"Ferguson rioters harass, threaten reporters"

AND IN RELATED NEWS

Hamas Government Spokesperson: We Deported Foreign Journalists for Filming Missile Launches

26 posted on 08/16/2014 11:13:41 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: mandaladon

I have to believe that this HURTS the Democrat “brand” this November.


27 posted on 08/16/2014 11:14:32 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: mandaladon

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08/what-i-did-after-police-killed-my-son-110038_Page2.html#.U—fUIZzqrk


28 posted on 08/16/2014 11:14:36 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: a fool in paradise

Pardon me for not noticing you mentioned this first.

GMTA, uh ?


29 posted on 08/16/2014 11:15:05 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: bandleader

Faces covered, asses exposed.

Disgrace to humanity.


30 posted on 08/16/2014 11:15:59 AM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: sport
both groups [looters and reporters] are on the same side

Given the choice, I'll cheer for the looters any day.

31 posted on 08/16/2014 11:18:05 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: Kansas58
I have to believe that this HURTS the Democrat “brand” this November.

Dream on. Obama's ratings are on the way UP.

32 posted on 08/16/2014 11:19:08 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: madprof98

based on several days ago, BEFORE last night.


33 posted on 08/16/2014 11:19:56 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Ann Archy

Ah yes. The “Great Society” as lbj called it. And havin’ them “n’s” votin dimokkkrat for 200 years. Thanks to the help of the gop-e congress at the time if I remember correctly. If I remember right algore sr. voted agin’ it. Probably a lot of dimokkkrats of that era voted against it.


34 posted on 08/16/2014 11:20:06 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: mandaladon

The white racist police didn’t help us when we were helping to help the looters fight the white racist police!


35 posted on 08/16/2014 11:21:10 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: mandaladon

Have they started building Tunnels yet ?


36 posted on 08/16/2014 11:22:23 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: mandaladon

This won’t end until something else, something new blows over the horizon. The MSM needs crap like this to survive. The old adage,”If it bleeds, it leads” still applies.


37 posted on 08/16/2014 11:25:12 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: mandaladon

First it was the polie harass and threaten reporters, now the tables are turned.


38 posted on 08/16/2014 11:25:50 AM PDT by QT3.14 (USA born 7.4.1776 fathered by geniuses - died 11.4.2008 (Suicide) by idiots and traitors)
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To: mandaladon
Many of the demonstrators expressed concern about being identified by police or told reporters that the looting was none of their concern.

Nothing threatening about that description of the scene, no siree.

I can just imagine some of those conversations:

"My good sir, I am extremely concerned that I might possibly be identified by the authorities if they should see your recorded video of this incident. Would you be so kind as to either turn off your recorder forthwith and refrain from conducting videography in my presence, or else point the lens in a different direction whilst I pursue my objectives? You may resume your journalistic activities once my difficult but necessary task has been consummated. Thanks for your cooperation."

Or:

"Please just go about your business, sir, there's nothing to see here."

39 posted on 08/16/2014 11:26:09 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: sport

Same reasons the looters wear masks, they don’t want the reporters/cameramen recording what they’re doing ... someone who might hold them accountable might see the pics, footage.

Long shot I realize but can’t be too careful.


40 posted on 08/16/2014 11:29:02 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Should be easy to use Nixon's words against him. I'll bet there are more law an order folk in Mo. Who are disgusted that this hasn't been stopped in its tracks.
The kid was walking down the middle of the street an was told to move to the sidewalk, he wouldn't do it. Then things happened. The cop didn't know he had just knocked over a store. Did the kid who had no respect at all for anything in the last 1/2 hr of his life have any responsibility for any of this?

No, guess not. So let's steal everything, burn it up and blame it all on slavery that a couple of hundred thousand lost their lives over to stop it over 150 years ago. Is there any race that has not had injustices done to them on this planet? Is there any race ever that has felt so entitled to freebies and demanded more under the constant threat of riot?

41 posted on 08/16/2014 11:30:03 AM PDT by reefdiver (The fool says there is no God. And the bigger fools sees direct evidence and rages against it.)
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To: mandaladon

I’ve got no dog in this hunt. In fact, I’d go so far as to wish they’d both destroy each other.


42 posted on 08/16/2014 11:34:39 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Ann Archy

I don’t feel sorry for them one iota. How is anyone supposed to feel sorry for people who spend their lives leeching off the labor of other people, demanding more of it, and also demanding the right to prey upon those same people with impunity?


43 posted on 08/16/2014 11:36:46 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: mrsmel

They have me convinced that they CANNOT TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, since they have told us that over and over by their ACTIONS!!! They are to be PITIED.


44 posted on 08/16/2014 11:38:33 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

I don’t pity anyone who considers me and mine (however far I want to extend that “mine”, even up to tribally, as they do) to be easy pickings and prey, especially when they have the full weight of government and media on their side also bearing down on me and mine.


45 posted on 08/16/2014 11:42:38 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: lightman
The rioters have figured out that law enforcement has face recognition technology. Their 15 seconds of fame might get them 15 - 20.

Which might be why there is so much opposition to Voter ID.

I think a lot of young black men do not have ID. Not because they are too lazy to get it, but because they do not want their pictures in a government database, associated with their real, verified names, and able to be associated with their extended families.

46 posted on 08/16/2014 11:45:44 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: mrsmel

Yes, thinking last Sunday nites riot would have been enough for those who would have to go to work Monday morning, but some of these folks went on a rampage all week.

No opportunities, just as we have said all along about the Democrat’s Stimulus bill, tax credits and shovel ready jobs, wasn’t broad enough as actual tax cuts would have been. More facts the media have omitted.

But gaining 2 part-time jobs to losing 1 full-time job sure makes the media gush about the Recession being fixed...


47 posted on 08/16/2014 11:51:45 AM PDT by Son House (Who's going to clean up Bush's mess now? </sarc>)
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To: Son House

It doesn’t seem to me that the kind of people who would use any excuse at the drop of a pin (such as a hurricane, etc) to loot and steal from the productive (such as business owners i.e. employers) are overly concerned with jobs in the first place. They have government to redistribute the fruit of your labor and mine to them, why would they care about working? They can steal and sling dope to fill in any gaps, as our redistributed labor isn’t enough for them to live the lives they feel entitled to live.

Think about it-we are working for these people. Who’s the slave here?


48 posted on 08/16/2014 11:57:33 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks mandaladon.


49 posted on 08/16/2014 11:58:22 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: mandaladon

So the police just pulled back and let them loot??-what are the police even there for? If they are afraid to enforce the law and refuse to enforce the law then they should just go home and let dog eat dog. This is a prime example of what will happen when shtf- you are responsible for your own self and property. That is the reason you must be armed to protect yourself from lawless animals or become a helpless victim. If individuals choose to act like animals then they should be expected to be treated like animals. Curfew, tear gas, real bullets, no masked thugs roaming the streets-enough is enough-or just forget about it, set up a perimeter , and go back in a few months. After all the looting and the ebt cards don’t work, they will want millions to rebuild because obammy let them down and their gggg grand parents were slaves. Let the thugs set up their own thug caliphate with their own police force and entitlement programs. Crap I’m so sick of this idiocy.


50 posted on 08/16/2014 2:06:49 PM PDT by TnTnTn
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