Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.

Video: Standoff in Ferguson, a New York Times short online documentary

"They're mad. I'm mad. We should all be angry because of what's going on right now."

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US AG Holder on Ferguson: Police must 'seek to reduce tensions, not heighten them.'

Eric Holder“At a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message,” US Attorney General Eric Holder said today on events in Ferguson.

"Law enforcement response to these demonstrations must seek to reduce tensions, not heighten them. Those who peacefully gather to express sympathy for the family of Michael Brown must have their rights respected at all times. And journalists must not be harassed or prevented from covering a story that needs to be told."


US veterans: Ferguson Police Department’s response is a clusterfuck

Image from Ferguson. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Image from Ferguson. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

More on responses to the police crackdown in Ferguson by U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that the police actions so closely resemble. Many vets at the protests and quoted in news stories say the police crackdown is not only overkill, but totally clueless.

“You see the police are standing online with bulletproof vests and rifles pointed at peoples chests,” Jason Fritz, a former Army officer and an international policing operations analyst tells the Washington Post. “That’s not controlling the crowd, that’s intimidating them.”

Scriven King, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force’s law enforcement component and a SWAT officer:

“The first thing that went wrong was when the police showed up with K-9 units,” Scriven said. “The dogs played on racist imagery…it played the situation up and [the department] wasn’t cognizant of the imagery.”

King added that, instead of deescalating the situation on the second day, the police responded with armored vehicles and SWAT officers clad in bulletproof vests and military-grade rifles.

“We went through some pretty bad areas of Afghanistan, but we didn’t wear that much gear,” said Kyle Dykstra, an Army veteran and former security officer for the State Department. Dykstra specifically pointed out the bulletproof armor the officers were wearing around their shoulders, known as “Deltoid” armor. “I can’t think of a [protest] situation where the use of M4 [rifles] are merited,” Fritz said. “I don’t see it as a viable tactic in any scenario.”

"Military veterans see deeply flawed police response in Ferguson" [Washington Post]

Previously: "A sample of US military veterans' reactions to Ferguson police crackdown" [Boing Boing]

NYPD: Public has the right to film/photograph police in public, and always has.

Esquire: "The NYPD issued an internal memo last week telling officers they cannot prevent someone from photographing or filming them unless the cameraman is interfering with police operations. In other words, police must mind the law—"'taking photographs, videotapes or tape recordings' do not constitute probable cause for arrest"--that has always existed (but for real now)."

Ferguson: 'America Is Not For Black People'


Ferguson, Missouri, August 14, 2014. Reuters

Greg Howard, Deadspin: "The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man was executed by police in broad daylight."

Net Neutrality, Algorithmic Filtering and Ferguson


Zeynep Tufekci on Medium argues that the reason the world knows about Ferguson is because Twitter is such a powerful, unfiltered channel for real-time eyewitness reports.

Facebook isn't, and that sucks.

#Ferguson is a perfect example of why Net Neutrality and algorithmic filtering really, really matter.

[photo: David Carson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch staff photog]

Meet 3 other unarmed black men killed by US police in recent weeks


Amid the outrage in Ferguson, Missouri over the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, a reminder that Brown is not the only unarmed black man killed by police in recent weeks. Here are three other incidents on the national news radar: in New York, Los Angeles, and Ohio. [motherjones.com]

Ferguson: ACLU sues for Mike Brown shooting records

The ACLU of Missouri today announced the organization has filed a lawsuit to obtain the Mike Brown Ferguson Shooting public records. [PDF]

Video: GOP congressman says Ferguson protesters of 'a single continental origin'

Speaking on conservative internet TV show NewsMax, Rep. Steve King said that he was not concerned that police in Ferguson, Missouri were racially profiling protesters, because all of these protestors appeared to be of a "single origin, a single continental origin might be the way to phrase that." Starts about 2:10 in to this video.

King added that he wants to "reject race-based politics, identity politics" because "we're all God's children and we all should be held to the same standards and the same level of behavior."

And then he name-dropped Dr. Martin Luther King.

"It's pretty close to anarchy there."

'Mike Brown was a man.'

Police officers keep watch while demonstrators protest the death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson

Anil Dash, at Medium: "It’s plain as day that the cops have no strategy, no end goal in Ferguson. There’s no leadership. They don’t even understand the situation that they’ve found themselves in."

Ferguson police response 'a municipal version of shock and awe'

Bu9Ly79CYAAH34IEyewitness Jelani Cobb, reporting for the New Yorker: "What transpired in the streets appeared to be a kind of municipal version of shock and awe; the first wave of flash grenades and tear gas had played as a prelude to the appearance of an unusually large armored vehicle, carrying a military-style rifle mounted on a tripod. The message of all of this was something beyond the mere maintenance of law and order: it’s difficult to imagine how armored officers with what looked like a mobile military sniper’s nest could quell the anxieties of a community outraged by allegations regarding the excessive use of force. It revealed itself as a raw matter of public intimidation."

Ferguson police: Officer doxed by Anonymous isn't the one who shot Mike Brown


CNN is reporting that Missouri police say neither of the two officers whose names, photographs, and personal data were released this morning by Anonymous are the officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown.

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Missouri, Goddamn

The great diva Nina Simone, as timely as ever.

A sample of US military veterans' reactions to Ferguson police crackdown


"The general consensus here: if this is militarization, it's the shittiest, least-trained, least professional military in the world, using weapons far beyond what they need, or what the military would use when doing crowd control." [Storify]

Ferguson: live video streams of SWAT team assault on protesters

Live web video streams of the show of force by heavily militarized police against protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed young black man was shot dead by police. The police have been firing rubber bullets, tear gas, and using a sonic weapon and stun guns on the crowd.

Note: Caveat viewer. Sometimes, livestreams aren't actually live. Sometimes, what you see isn't accurate, or in context. And you may click to view but see footage that was streamed previously.

This Reddit feed is a good reference tonight, also.

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(Photo: Jon Swaine)