US Constitution, First Amendment: The right to assemble, to have free speech, to have freedom of the press.
Ferguson Police: Kicks out media and limits protestors to a “First Amendment Area”
funny, i thought the WHOLE COUNTRY was a first amendment area. silly me.
Funny that when they do this I only hear about it on tumblr, but when they try to limit guns and the second amendment it literally becomes a congressional uproar.
Ladies and gentlemen, Ferguson police.
Straight up white supremacists.
this is exactly how they’ve always talked to us, this is how cops in NY speak to little brown and black kids as young as 12 and 13 up to 18 and 19 and so on. this isn’t because there’s aggression from riots this is just how they speak about us and think of us.
It upsets me that people are always trying to say this is how cops talk to us (yes, I have had a cop point a gun in my face before) and nobody believes it until Anderson Cooper puts it on television.
it actually is illegal. officers are required to wear their name tags for accountability purposes.
if a cashier can be penalized for being on the clock without a name tag, so can an officer. the biggest fucked up part about it is that you can’t even report it to their superiors because their superiors probably told them to remove their tags.
They are doing everything, everything, that they are not supposed to do. Purposefully breaking the very law they’re supposed to be upholding.
And the peacefully protesting citizens of Ferguson are being portrayed as the criminals, right? While they import outside agitators into Ferguson and call the lawful people of Ferguson animals, right?
ferguson rly teaches a lesson in the lengths police will go to protect each other and white supremacy. they’d rather do all this than arrest one man.
because he is a cop, and he’s white.
they ‘have each other’s backs’ so doggedly and determinedly that they would sacrifice a town of black people for one white cop
I want to urge all of my followers to keep the fire of Ferguson alive. I know that saying “THERE’S ROOM FOR THIS ON YOUR BLOG” and “SPREAD THIS LIKE WILDFIRE” are tumblr cliches that we roll our eye at but it’s imperative that everyone spread this to the best of their abilities. We are blessed with social media that is too big, that moves too quickly and freely for any police force to shut down or threaten with arrest. If you have an audience of any size, if you are at all invested in this as you should be, do not stop reblogging, retweeting, sharing, posting. Spread this as far as you can. It’s the least you can do and for many it’s all the power they have. Own your media and do not let anyone go uninformed
This is even moreso important in this particular situation in which they are actively forcing the media OUT of Ferguson. The police are keeping the media from reporting, arresting journalists, and refusing information to spread through large media.
They do not want people to know what is going on. They don’t want people to know what is happening. The police want to get away with this. They want to create a zone to hurt and kill.
Right now, social media is the strongest way for information to spread. Share from people in Ferguson. Tweet residents’ pictures and videos. Share streams. Don’t let Ferguson police shut down media outlets.
Aurgh, I need your help. I’ve been hording and drafting reblogs of the Ferguson situation this whole time, intending to post them. But couldn’t figure out the right time to do it, and now I’ve got weeks’ worth of drafts that I’m not sure are even relevant anymore. Should I post it all anyway, or delete them and reblog when new posts come around? Is old news still important news?