Oh dear. CNN anchor Rosemary Church, asking a live guest about police response to mostly black protesters in Ferguson, MO:
“Talk to us about what police are saying to you. Why they are using this strategy? Why the use of tear gas, stun grenades? Why not perhaps use water cannons?”
Co-anchor Errol Barnett's facial expression, which suggests an unspoken reaction, has become an internet meme.
American civil rights protestors are attacked with a water cannon, 1963. Photograph: Getty Images
St. Louis Fire Department captain Garon Mosby calls the fires “arson,” but despite the shocking string of racist attacks, major media have hardly breathed a word about the fires.
Judge Ronald J Brockmeyer — who filled Ferguson’s coffers by fining its poorest residents and sent them to inhumane, overcrowded prisons when they couldn’t pay a few hundred dollars — stands accused of fixing fines for his cronies, and owes $170K in unpaid taxes.
The police department “routinely” blocks citizens from recording their activities under a bizarre rubric of “officer safety,” according to the Justice Department’s investigation.
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