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Old 11-13-2014, 03:14 PM
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So, is it gonna be safe in LBR's neighborhood?


Ferguson's neighbor warns residents to prepare for the worst

Berkeley, Mo., resident: ‘It is very sad that we have to live in this fear’

By Jason Sickles, Yahoo 2 hours ago Yahoo News




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Demonstrators in Ferguson react to tear gas fired by police on Aug. 18 during

protests over the fatal shooting …


St. Louis-area resident Carolyn Colburn opened her front door two nights ago and had a bulletin from the City of Berkeley fall at her feet.

“The grand jury decision regarding the Ferguson police officer shooting of Michael Brown is expected this month — rumored as the middle of November, possibly this week,” warned the “News Alert” from town officials.

“It is important that we all plan ahead in the event that conditions warrant each of us to stay at or very close to our homes for several days,” stated the flier, which Berkeley distributed to 3,000 homes this week.




Alert left for Berkeley residents. Click image to read full document.


Berkeley, a bedroom community with 9,000 residents, borders Ferguson, where the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9 triggered protests and riots and sparked a nationwide debate on race, policing and justice.

With few businesses in Berkeley, residents like Colburn do their shopping in neighboring Ferguson.

“It is very sad that we have to live in this fear,” Colburn told Yahoo News by email.

No date has been set for the grand jury’s ruling, but St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch has said he expects an announcement in mid- to late November.

Three months ago, 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death led to protests in which demonstrators burned down a gas station, looted liquor stores and clashed violently with police officers.
For the past month, law enforcement leaks to reporters have suggested that a grand jury will not indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson for killing Brown.

If that turns out to be the case, Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins told Yahoo News, “it’s possible” the second round of protests will be worse than the first.

“There has been a three-month anger setting up,” said Hoskins, 76. “We get the feeling that there might be something destructive occur. I don't want my residents waking up one morning not knowing what to do.”

So earlier this week, the city of Berkeley began putting tip sheets with safety advice on the doors of every home.
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A wireless phone store in Ferguson with boarded-up windows on Nov. 12, 2014. (Photo: Carolyn Colburn)

“Please make sure your home and family are prepared for a period of disruption, just as you would in the event of a storm,” the city advises.

In addition to suggesting that residents stock up on food, water, gas, medications and other supplies, the advisory says to have contingency plans for picking up children from school and taking care of the elderly.

“Travel to them may not be possible for a few days,” the alert states. “You may want to consider temporarily moving them in with you or others who can assure that their needs are met.”
Hoskins said feedback on the town’s decision has been mostly positive.

“You’ll always have two or three saying you’re creating an alarm that may be unnecessary, and we understand that,” he said.
Berkeley City Hall is four miles from the street where the deadly altercation between the officer and teen took place.

“I never thought that the incident that occurred in August would ever happen in our community,” Hoskins, a Berkeley resident for nearly 50 years, said of the shooting and aftermath. “I was under the impression that everybody had proper training for those types of situations.”

The bulletin suggests that residents load up on nonperishable supplies, especially since it's unknown whether Ferguson’s stores will remain open.

“That's the closest community that we go to, so we are just taking it safe,” Hoskins said.

Colburn was in Ferguson on Wednesday evening and said many businesses have already begun boarding up windows.
“Aggression and unrest are definitely rising,” she said. “I am worried about my son not being able to come home for Thanksgiving break.”

McCulloch, the prosecutor, has said claims of an announcement date or time should be ignored. But Hoskins said he is too close to the situation, with too much at stake, to remain idle.

“It seems to be narrowed down to between now and Monday,” the mayor said. “If anything spills over into our community, then I'll declare an emergency and we will do certain other things to protect our residents.”


Jason Sickles is a reporter for Yahoo. Follow him on Twitter (@jasonsickles).

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Old 11-13-2014, 04:17 PM
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That's MO--I'm (thankfully) in MS. Based on the reports of gun sales, it seems the residents there are taking a similar approach as they would here...except we already have our guns.


“Please make sure your home and family are prepared for a period of disruption, just as you would in the event of a storm,” the city advises.

In addition to suggesting that residents stock up on food, water, gas, medications and other supplies, the advisory says to have contingency plans for picking up children from school and taking care of the elderly.

“Travel to them may not be possible for a few days,” the alert states. “You may want to consider temporarily moving them in with you or others who can assure that their needs are met.”
That, IMO, is ridiculous. Obviously they are certain the residents have no respect for law and order. If needed, examples should be set. If those idiots burn their town down, leave them the ruins. Of course bho and cronies will set a record rebuilding if that does happen.
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Old 11-14-2014, 07:25 AM
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Those idiots want to riot, they are practicing for it right now. It isn't going to matter that the officer told the truth and the bum who got himself killed by assaulting the officer never was worth a half penny to anyone before he was put at room temperature, now his family smells a pay day. Ferguson should bring in the biggest water canon in the country and wash down the rioting trash. You can also bet that the idiot and chief in the whitehouse will make another speech further inflaming the animals to violence as he has done every time in the past when he had an opportunity. How would you like to be that cop, worrying tha he will be a human sacrifice in order to prevent riots, regardless of the evidence.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:29 AM
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Send the cops on vacation and let the animals burn down there own town. After a few days of destroying their own property without any police resistance they might realize how screwed up rioting in their own yard is.
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The appropriate way to deal with these "protesters:"

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You don't really believe these animals will stay in their own neighborhood once they get wound up do you? They should call in the NG, only those who have been in the Middle east in combat and give them the green light to do whatever it takes to stop the riots.
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:57 AM
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I like ips's idea ...... Bet the riot is over in a few minutes......
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Old 11-14-2014, 01:53 PM
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If they'd just give the normal citizens there a green light to smoke a few protestors, this deal would be over tomorrow.

Protestors don't fear LE and actually like their presence because they know LE generally plays by the rules, even when protesting said LE for allegedly breaking the rules. But they are deathly afraid of being in the sights of angry civilians, because civilians are not trained and disciplined on the same rules as LE.
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So what do y'all think the chances are that unrest will overflow into other areas . . . areas well away from Ferguson? Philadelphia? LA? Chicago? Houston? I think that is quite possible. Remember the Boy Scout motto: be prepared.

I think that if serious problems result, there ought to be criminal prosecutions of those who incited the unrest. I don't know if that would happen, but it seems like someone ought to be held accountable for that.
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More than likely if riots happen in Ferguson, they will happen in other big cities...just another good reason for me to live in the country.
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