As two Missouri Police Officers were shot early Thursday morning in Ferguson, amateur video captured the gleeful celebration of a (presumably white) leftist provocateur who bellowed just seconds following the shooting “acknowledgement 9 months ago would have kept that from happening.” While Americans both black and white have reacted with horror at the violence in Ferguson, the pseudo-Bolshevik whose voice was captured on tape seemed to revel in the pain suffered to the two law enforcement personnel.
A 32-year-old Webster Groves police officer was shot in the face and a 41-year-old St. Louis County police officer was shot in the shoulder during a standoff with protesters on S. Florissant Road in front of the Ferguson Police Department shortly after midnight. Three shots in all were reported. Jon Belmar, St. Louis County Police Chief, reported that both officers are alive, conscious and with their families at a local hospital.
“I would have to make an assumption right now that based on the fact that these officers were standing together,” Belmar stated, “and there were several officers standing right there when this happened, that these were shots that were parallel to the ground, not up in the air, they weren’t skip shots.” He added during his emotional statement, “And I would have to make an assumption that these shots were directed exactly at my police officers.”
Roughly 70 protesters had gathered in front of the building Wednesday evening in response to a U.S. Justice Department review of the Ferguson Police Department which claimed the department displayed a pattern of “racially based enforcement” and used unreasonable force against African-American suspects. The report was issued in the wake of last year’s shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Office Darren Wilson.
This is not the first instance in which far-left, liberal activists have been tied to the protest movement in Ferguson. In the demonstrations in the days following the shooting of Brown, a local black resident complained of “outside forces” agitating angry young black males, assisting in turning what were initially peaceful protests into violence-filled riots which threatened local businesses and residents.
In an August posting on his Facebook page, the unidentified (for his safety) local resident noted the presence of an apparent “professional protester” who it was claimed was inciting emotional young men present at the scene into violence. “You wont see this blood sucking vampire during daylight because he doesn’t blend in well,” the man writes, “if you see him tonight give him a swift kick in the nuts and tell him to get out of our community! THIS is the fire starter at night he’s who is going to get more of our youth killed.”
The Facebook poster provides insight into the mans motives by recalling a previous encounter with the agitator as he states, “Don’t think I don’t remember you from the NATO demonstration Veterans for Peace had in Chicago. I’m not brand new to this, I don’t forget faces.” He added a caption to the photo in which he accused the agitator of Bolshevik-like methods in teaching the young men in Ferguson how to make Molotov Cocktails. He goes on to state he witnessed the “angry youth” following his lead.
As America prepares itself, once again, for divisive rhetoric and analysis from major media outlets, politicians and opportunists, we must ask the question as to what role far-left agitators have played in the events of these past few months, in this small town in Missouri. Judging by the gleeful celebration of the leftist provocateur reacting to the shooting of two police officers, we would hope the Justice Department investigates this angle as well.
By Paul M Winters
Managing Editor, Dignitas News Service