Still rotten in the state of Missouri
"I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me." Those are the brazen words headlining a recent Washington Post piece (110,168 shares), penned by a former LAPD officer. "Beware of this guy if you live in LA," warned Jason Leopold at VICE. "It appears some folks don't seem to know that you have a right to ask cops to honor your constitutional civil rights," laments David Sirota at the International Business Times, also tweeting, "Amazing that this is articulated so clearly - welcome to the American Police State." NYT's Matt Apuzzo wasn't entirely put off, but noted, "Some good points, but saying *no* officer is a murderer is like saying no lawyer/doctor murders. Murderers vary jobs."
Also at WaPo, Soraya N. McDonald felt compelled to reassure us that Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson is not a gang member; he’s just a Kappa (4,363 shares). This was posted in the wake of assertions otherwise (namely, a CNN iReport that has since been removed). "It pains to have to say this at all, but RON JOHNSON IS NOT A GANG MEMBER. HE DOES NOT THROW UP GANG SIGNS," McDonald tweets in exasperation. "Racist much? No, this black MO Highway Patrol captain is not throwing 'gang signs.' He's a Kappa Alpha Psi," freelance journalist Steve Silberman further elucidates. Well, glad we got that out of the way!
Meanwhile, accounts of Michael Brown's shooting drastically differ as Attorney General Eric Holder prepares to meet with F.B.I. agents conducting a civil rights investigation on the matter (3,395 shares). "Witnesses of #Ferguson shooting agree on many points except crucial one: Was Brown threatening the cop who shot him?" NYT's Jim Dao summarizes.
And finally, 6 more journalists arrested in Ferguson protests (4,557 shares). "Total # of journalists arrested in #Ferguson since Aug. 9 is now 1̶ ̶2̶ ̶3̶ ̶4̶ ̶5̶ ̶6̶ ̶7̶ ̶8̶ ̶9̶ ̶1̶0̶ 11," CNN's Brian Stelter tweets. "USA USA USA," Tim Dickinson chants at Rolling Stone.