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Last night, some source to CNN and/or MSNBC and local news stations reported that Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson would be stepping down as part of a package of “reforms” intended to put a lid on some of the “unrest” we in St. Louis are expecting. Â According to Tom Jackson, the Ferguson mayor, St. Louis County police, etc., this is not part of their plans even if it is part of someone else’s. Â From stltoday.com:
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said late Tuesday that he has no plans to resign, despite a CNN report to the contrary. Â â€œItâ€™s absolutely not true. Nobody has asked me to resign, nor have I been fired,â€ Jackson said…. â€œIf I do resign, it will be my own choice.â€
It is true that this week the that Ferguson city council has resolved to ask the state for new laws establishing “a clear standard for how officer involved shootings are investigated” and mandating “that law enforcement agencies report every officer-involved shooting and the circumstances surrounding it.” Â No reasonable person would have any objection to this. Â But there has been no movement in Ferguson to dismiss Chief Jackson, or dissolve the police department, as has been reported by CNN citing “government officials.”
At least not that they know of. Â Gov. Jay Nixon’s office refused comment. Â (Gee, thanks there, Jay. Â Good thing you are term limited out. Â You’d never get re-elected.)
If there is a movement afoot to dissolve the Ferguson Police Department and merge it with St. Louis County, no one locally is admitting it. Â The MSNBC story is full of words like “could”, “would” and “may” indicating nothing is a done deal and the leaks may well be coming from federal government officials who have no idea how provincial St. Louis is or that we like it that way. Â Meddling in our affairs would be considered oppression, not helpful.
The other detail of the report from CNN and MSNBC is that Darren Wilson is expected to be fired or relieved of duty as part of the package, and anyone who knows the brotherhood of police knows that ain’t happening as presented. Â He may never work in Ferguson again, or the state, but he will be taken care of. Â If Wilson is not indicted, there is no reason to fire him.
Inflammatory misinformation continues to be the order of the day. Â In the meantime, the school districts of the areas affected so far have requested that the decision be handed down after school hours or on a weekend so as to not have to evacuate students. Â That is being taken under consideration. Â The “protesters” have invaded the shining jewel of urban renewal and a pretty big tourist attraction known as The Loop for two straight nights, and really nothing happened. Â Early in the week the place is dead as a door nail after bed time. Â The people of the area are not amused. Â It’s taken 40 years to make The Loop shine again. Â Nothing has happened in the west end-University City to prompt picking on a bunch of bars, coffee shops, tattoo parlors and restaurants. Â It is a successful area thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot of liberals, to be honest. Â Maybe that’s why it has been targeted.
Otherwise, the people here are going about our business and waiting. Â Al Sharpton is supposed to be in town for the weekend and there is a whole series of events lined up. Â It’s Halloween weekend, Al. Â This is the last hurrah of outdoor festivals and street parties until the Wiener Dog Derby in the Mardi Gras run-up. Â The kids are warming up the bad jokes to tell in exchange for candy, as per St. Louis tradition. Â Do the national people not know that all the old mansions and breweries have haunted houses all month? Â This is part of the fun of living here. Â Most of us would much rather be dressing up in ghoulish costumes and having fun. Â Really, if it wasn’t for all the media attention, would he bother to come to town?
As things develop, more posts will be coming. Â In the meantime, join with us and the Pink Sisters of the north side in praying for snow.