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What caused the Ferguson riots?
November 26, 2014
10:54 am
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Bautista
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How can we, Europeans, believe in Obama's words of democracy's development in this world leading country after current horrible situation in Ferguson. El Mundo is absolutely right, saying that it is "a direct result of US slavery and racial segregation laws that were in force until 1965" (www.elmundo.es/internacional/2014/08/17 ... c5683.html)
Well, it seems to me current sad events in the St. Louis give us good opportunity to realize how comparatively well we do things here, in Europe. So why should we constantly follow the US tracks in internal and external policy, I wonder?

November 26, 2014
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If you are really interested in discussing this subject instead of making some blanket and inaccurate statements, many here would be glad to talk about it. "We as Europeans" is a broad statement, you do not even state which country in Europe you are from??? Seems to me that Europe has its share of problems, so you have no room to really spout off about the USA. The United States is not without problems, maybe we should not worry so much about the problems in other countries, and just ignore all yours. Like the problems in the Ukraine, you should be solving yourselves. You should start with declaring your own country, and enlightening everyone about what good deeds yours does for the world. Yes the USA if just so bad of a place, millions illegally cross our borders fleeing from the oppression of South America. I don't see Europe welcoming any of them. You are also free to accept any of the looters and folks in Ferguson who burned down half their own town. Do a little fact checking to see what Micheal Brown was doing 10 minutes before he got himself shot attacking a policeman.

December 23, 2014
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It's less "what caused the riots" than it is "who caused the riots."

When is this nation going to wake up and reject, if not incarcerate race-baiting liars and thugs like fake minister Al Sharpton. Last I heard, inciting a riot is punishable by fines and up to 5 years in prison.

Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man. - Albert Einstein

January 1, 2015
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My issue with this mess and other like it like Beaver Creek OH (possible violation of 2nd Amendment and Ohio's Open Carry law.) is Police Accountability, the Constitution has teeth, when the Prosecutors avoid using these teeth that are issuing Carte Blanche (Blank Check) for authorities to abuse the law at will. And it is carte blanche from what I've been finding Even though less that a hundredth of a percentile of encounters of with police on duty results in abuse allegations less than 1% of police abuse allegations are investigated of that fewer still make it past indictment and less than 30% result in conviction, at the very least this means .003% prosecution conviction rate or lower. If you want a motive of why the protests and the riots happen on this issue when this Carte Blanche and avoidance of using the law below on a regular basis is combined the unequal prosecution of, policing of, and legal defense abilities of the lower economic classes and various minority groups its is a recipe for totalitarianism and invitation for open revolt & protest against those visible aspects of totalitarianism.

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"18 U.S. Code § 242 - Deprivation of rights under color of law
Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death. "

The alleged violations in Ferguson would have been.
"Fifth Amendment
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, NOR BE DEPRIVED OF LIFE, liberty, or property, WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

14th Amendment Section 1
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State DEPRIVE ANY PERSON OF LIFE, liberty, or property, WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

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