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Football in Ferguson

Amid the turmoil tearing through this small Missouri town, a high school team prepares for its season opener, and a coach helps his players make sense of the madness around them. The first game is scheduled for Friday

By
Robert Klemko
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PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID E. KLUTHO

FERGUSON, Mo. — High school football coaches have a keen eye for a certain moment in practice. They often let their team leaders self-correct confusion or laziness or frustration, but not all three at once. That’s when the whistle blows and the team takes a knee at the feet of the big man for a few words. Monday afternoon in St. Louis County, the big man for McCluer High was coach Mario MacDonald.

“Get focused,” he said. “Forget about everything happening out there. You’ve got your head in the clouds. I should not have to stop practice for this.

“Fix it.”

The boys had bused to a park near their school because the district was shut down for what would have been the first day of class. Many of their classmates rallied on West Florissant Ave. in the heart of Ferguson to protest the death of an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9. All day long, children and adults screamed for justice for Michael Brown. At nightfall, gunshots rang out.

Coach Mario MacDonald feels a duty to his players to educate them about the context of the unrest in their town.
Coach Mario MacDonald feels a duty to his players to educate them about the context of the unrest in their town.

A few days earlier, MacDonald had asked his players if they knew who the Black Panthers were and saw mostly blank faces. Instead of practicing one day, he showed them the civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize and discussed the different factions of the movement. Meanwhile, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon mulled imposing a curfew in Ferguson and calling in the National Guard.

“Michael Brown,” the coach told the team, “could have been one of you guys.”

Now, on Monday in a public park five miles from the spot where Michael Brown was shot to death, coach MacDonald is asking them to fix the center-quarterback exchange.

By rule the McCluer High School football team, like all others in Missouri, must have 14 days of practices before it can play its first game, which is scheduled for Friday. The location is still to be determined, because the Ferguson-Florissant School District has cancelled school for the rest of the week. Through the eyes one of the most unique football teams at this moment in America, we hope to understand a city’s conflicted past, its tumultuous present and its uncertain future, and what it all means for the people of Ferguson.

* * *

“Let’s not fit those stereotypes.”

 
Raequan Stallings (left) and RANDALL CAESER wait for the bus to arrive at McCluer High to take them to practice.
Raequan Stallings (left) and Randall Ceaser wait for the bus to arrive at McCluer High to take them to practice.

“I came home smelling like weed, and I said, Momma, I didn’t smoke.”

Raequan Stallings was 15, in ninth grade, the first time he was offered pot. Later on he saw his first pistol, a friend’s illegal gun. That day when somebody passed him a blunt, he says he declined. Somehow, mom believed him.

“That’s just something I can’t get with, because I run track,” says Raequan, now 18.

On Aug. 9 he was at home when his mother texted him frantically: Turn on channel 2 they shot a boy for no reason.

He kept watching. The boy lay dead in the street two miles from Raequan’s home for hours, much of the time uncovered, before they took his body away, and the next night his neighbors set fire to the QuikTrip to which Brown would later be linked by a robbery report. They spray-painted on the outer wall in white paint “Snitches Get Stitches”. All Raequan could do was watch—his mom forbid him from visiting West Florissant Ave.

“The looting was uncalled for,” he says. “We’re supposed to protest and get justice for Mike Brown, but that was just pointless. We can get justice for him if we stay real smooth.”

He boiled inside. He wanted to join the protests during the day, to be one more voice for peace and resolution. On Saturday a distraction arrived. The St. Louis Rams offered the football teams at McCluer, McCluer North and McCluer South free tickets to their Saturday preseason game. Raequan obsesses over Rams slot receiver Tavon Austin; he’s got Austin’s YouTube highlights burned into his retinas. This would be Raequan’s first NFL game.

Michael Brown,” the McCluer coach tells his players, “could have been one of you guys.

“I really wanted to meet Tavon Austin. It didn’t happen, but it is what it is,” he says. “After we saw that game, I just wanted to ball out this season. We’re a family here. If I eat, he gon’ eat, and he gon’ eat. We all get to eat.

“We want to get paid for 16 weeks.”

Those are actually Coach Mac’s words, echoing through his pupil. Heavyset and dark-skinned with a light beard, MacDonald came here as an assistant three years ago and took over the program last season, ushering in a new era of discipline.

No more hanging outside the school doors after school; practice begins promptly at 3. Late? You carry a 50-pound log for the entire practice, or until Coach tells you to stop. Coach has enough logs for eight late arrivals.

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McCluer High, like the communities it serves, is predominantly black. Most students come from Ferguson and many come from nearby Florissant, where the campus sits. There are about 30 boys, all black, on the varsity team, which won two games a season ago. Coach MacDonald estimates three-quarters of them come from single-parent homes.

“I tell these kids every day that because we are a black school and we are who we are, people expect us to act a certain way,” MacDonald says. “Let’s not fit those stereotypes.”

The kids speak a linguistic smoothie of local, regional and West Coast slang. They’re often “fin’ to” do something (fixing to). The adjective “hella,” born in the Bay Area, is commonly used to express an extreme degree (“I’m hella bored.”). To be thoroughly dominated in an athletic competition is to be “dog-walked.” The man doing the dog-walking is typically “killin’ that boy.” They trade casual insults, but they never call each other “gay”— it’s just not in their vocabulary. Much of the bus ride from the locker room at McCluer to the Monday practice is spent arguing over what songs to play on a wireless speaker the size of a baseball. The consensus: Sledgehammer-voiced Chicago rapper Lil Herb is the “hottest youngin’ in the game.”

Some of the diehard fans on the team identify particularly with a YouTube freestyle featuring a 16-year-old Herb in 2012, filmed under a South Side Chicago streetlight at 3:33 am. Herb raps through the incessant ring of a hanger-on’s smartphone and the eventual arrival of a police SUV. As the truck pulls to a stop in front of his friends, Herb concludes:

“Hit the river, dump him/ Just another n—-, f— him/ I was aged by the apes; show no fear of nothing”

* * *

“This week is all that matters.”

 
Quarterback Randall Ceaser, leading his teammates in warmups.
Quarterback Randall Ceaser, leading his teammates in warmups.

Interrupting the music debate, someone asks who Ferguson’s Week 2 opponent is. Senior quarterback Randall Ceaser, sitting in the second-to-last row, cuts off anybody who was fin’ to answer: “We don’t play anybody but Miller Career Academy.”

“Yea but who do we play after that?”

Randall responds in a voice deeper than even Lil Herb’s.

“We don’t play anybody but Miller Career Academy. This week is all that matters.”

The starting quarterback doesn’t take practice lightly, and Monday is no different. When he connects on two deep passes in a row with wide receiver Asa McFadden, he goes out of his way to dap the narrow senior. But if you screw up, it’s another story…

Randall wants to know why you just dropped that perfect ball. Randall wants to know why you’re at practice, but not practicing. Randall wants to know why your helmet isn’t on. Randall wants to know why you missed the backside blitz.

At the beginning of practice one senior announces plans to forgo his shoulder pads during warmups because of the humidity.

Randall shoots him a look: “Put your pads on like everybody else.”

You go online and you have people saying Ferguson is a ghetto,” says Randall. “This is not a ghetto.

Raequan joins in Randall’s glare: “You’re not special, bro.”

Randall, though, has something else on his mind. When the bus turned onto West Florissant on the way to the Rams game and players caught a brief glimpse of daytime protesters, Randall started the team chanting, “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!”

Like a lot of McCluer boys he first learned of Michael Brown on Instagram, when images of Brown’s dead body laying on the pavement with an officer standing over it replicated over and over on his feed.

“It’s all football when I get to practice, but you can’t not think about it,” Randall says. “You go online, and you have people saying Ferguson is a ghetto, that we fit a stereotype. CNN shows the fighting and shooting. This is not a ghetto. The extreme people in this situation—people not even from here—are making a name for us that we don’t want.”

Most players, though, do empathize with one of the more vulgar displays coming out of Ferguson. It is impossible to walk the length of the contested portion of West Florissant without hearing a chorus of “F— the police.” Many teens here get their first taste of what they consider harassment at the Delmar Loop, a six-block shopping district in University City, near Ferguson. According to Chicago Bears defensive end and University City native David Bass, and numerous McCluer athletes, The Loop is policed heavily by authorities who aggressively single out black teens.

For one McCluer athlete the contempt started much earlier.

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Trevon Spann, whose stepdad is a police officer, wants to study criminal justice at Alabama.

Trevon Spann, 17, recalls being in sixth grade when Hazelwood Police approached him while he was playing tag with friends in a park. He says police “threw me up against a car because they said I fit the description of a person who was breaking into homes.” They asked him his name and address. He stammered an answer, and they let him walk.

So at 12 years old, for Trevon, the notion of the police’s role to serve and protect was gone. Then in 2011 his single mother decided to marry—his new stepdad was a police officer in St. Louis’ rough-and-tumble Sixth District.

Trevon’s mother says her boyfriend sat down with Trevon and had a talk about responsibility and understanding. He explained the officers’ side of the coin. Trevon had grown up listening to “F— the police” lyrics, agreeing with them and reciting them. Now, somehow, he was converted.

“In all walks of life you are going to have good and bad,” Trevon says now. “You can’t label a whole group bad. Growing up you hear all the time people say ‘F the police,’ listening to music. It’s something I used to say.”

But now when peers say the words, he stays quiet. He heard it on West Florissant last Sunday, as he took a walk with his birth father, who owns a Florissant barber shop, through the protests in the early evening. Around 7 p.m. they started to hear the chant more often. He began recognizing burnout former McCluer graduates and shadowy faces from around the neighborhood. These are the guys, he thought, who are starting the fighting and shooting.

“You could sense the tension building up,” Trevon says. “You can hear the anger build in their voices.”

They left Florissant at 8 p.m. When they turned on the TV at home 10 minutes later all hell had broken loose. A crowd marched past the south police barricade toward the command center and were repelled by five armored vehicles and a massive barrage of tear gas. The crackdown happened four hours before curfew, and he was nearly caught in the center of it.

One day he might be on the other side of those gas canisters; Trevon has a 4.1 GPA and scored 23 on the ACT. He’s completed a selective patrol academy course with the Jefferson City Highway Patrol and would like to attend Alabama and pursue a criminal justice career. 

But first: Miller Career Academy.

“Coming to practice gives you a sense of relief, and hopefully we get to play this game,” he says. “It’s crazy going through all of this right now.”

* * *

“Nothing has changed here.”

 
The Spraggins family (Kevin III is at far left) at home on Monday, discussing the events enveloping their town.
The Spraggins family (Kevin III is at far left) at home on Monday, discussing the events enveloping their town.

As the McCluer Comets milled around the parking lot behind the school on Monday, waiting for a bus that showed up 30 minutes late, President Barack Obama addressed the nation live, speaking to the regional crisis and national powder keg that little Ferguson had become.

“In too many communities,” the President said, “too many young men of color are left behind and seen only as objects of fear.”

The words resonated with many in Ferguson, especially the father of senior wide receiver Kevin Spraggins III. The elder Spraggins, a compact man with a passionate stare, attended McCluer and moved to Michigan when he was 17 in 1991. He recalls being a victim of racial profiling as a teen in Ferguson—it was so bad that he and friends kept their pay stubs in their vehicle glove boxes so they could justify a wad of cash should a cop choose to search them.

“What happens here now with these children is the same thing that happened when I was a kid,” he says. “Nothing has changed here.”

Yet he moved back when Kevin III was a year old, with a noble purpose: “I felt like there was unfinished business. I wanted to give back, and to show people what it is to raise a family here.”

I saw a tweet that says St. Louis isn’t safe,” Kevin III says. “If you think about it, when has it been safe for all of us?

The Spraggins children—Kevin and his younger sister and brother—have come to expect daily lectures from their parents on topics ranging from religion to career goals, sometimes at 7 a.m. on Sunday mornings or on weekdays, an hour before they would typically wake up for school. This week, with the events of Ferguson happening two miles away and flashing across the television screen, they sat around the kitchen table of their single-story home and discussed the origin of the term “lynching.” A version of events disputed by many historians states that an 18th-century Virginia slave owner named Willie Lynch spread word he’d discovered that the secret to keeping order among slaves was to create inequality in their ranks.

Were there people who mattered less, because of what they’d done before death? 

Or was this a time for solidarity, and eventually, change?

Kevin III had already been warned about the majority-white police force. He’d been shooed from the Delmar Loop before. These days of unrest have firmed his conviction.

“I saw a tweet that said, St. Louis isn’t safe,” Kevin III says. “If you think about it, when has it been safe? When has it been for all of us? It’s different here, I think.”

Says his father: “It’s time. The normal course of business hasn’t been working.”

* * *

“They’re gonna take all their aggression out on Friday.”

 

Little of this is on the minds of the boys as they disembark the yellow school bus on the practice field with no lines, in the park that’s not theirs. Coach Mac and his assistants worry about the players every day, but they have faith that none will be out past dark, when the projectiles and the cuffs come out.

Gravelly voiced assistant coach Greg Anderson watches the players warm up with a slight grimace. “These are good kids,” he says, “They’re going through a lot. They’re going to take out all of their aggression on Friday.”

That’s if the game is played. Coach Mac is doing everything he can to make that happen, as if a football game is going to rescue Ferguson’s children from the brink. His world these days revolves around his smartphone—conversations with the principal, the athletic director, with parents and other coaches. He’s a whirlwind of words and action at all times. Except during practice, when he stands calmly in the middle of the field, just behind the linebackers, and monitors his team from the best vantage point in the house.

Coach Mac is watching for the moment when things begin to unravel.

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RayDavies
RayDavies

There will probably be s shooting in the stands over sneakers or something....

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

We're now up to THREE white racist cops in the area being suspended for being racist morons.  That's not even including Darren Wilson.

Even with the whole country watching these yahoos can't put a lid on their ignorance.


MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

Still waiting for ne of the KKK types who kept yammering about Wilson's "broken eye socket" to admit they were regurgitating garbage.  But I guess they're too busy bleaching their pointy hoods to admit they were wrong.

alcredlle
alcredlle

Folks are only outraged when a black man is killed at the hands of a white man. When a black man kills an innocent black child, you don't hear a word. No tears, no media. The majority of black victims are at the hands of black perpetrators- that is a fact. Amazing how Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the national media are only "outraged" is when it is white on black.

westcoastbias
westcoastbias

This article begins coverage of an important topic regarding sports and society.  Let's withhold judgement (on the articles) until we see the full scope of the series Klemko and MMQB provide.  

Tim C1
Tim C1

Shot for no reason huh?  Assaulted the officer, tried to take his gun, broke his eye socket, then charged the police officer after taunting him....sounds like a few reasons to me

robby21
robby21

I will pray for your community. We all need to remember Gods ten commandment's. It clearly say's to Love your neighbor. It doesn't say if he is Black, White, Asian, etc. God Bless this coach for being a positive figure during a time of termoil. I can only hope that Good can come out of this by coming together as a whole.

Buck2185
Buck2185

@RayDavies  And if they lose badly and are angry, they will go loot and pilllage their own community...(thats how you deal with anger isn't it????)

Wombat
Wombat

@MoeLarryAndJesus Calmly Moe, please... you're message often gets lost in your passion and rhetoric. While I don't always agree with you I often do but will not comment to that effect as I don't want to be associated with your own outrageous claims of others' intentions. Remember, people can honestly believe something different without being conservative nut-jobs, KKK members, or Fox news viewers. When you debate here you are one of the most interesting foes... when you name call I lose interest and that's sad as you do have something to say... have a great day!

PaulBishop
PaulBishop

@alcredlle 


1st of all, what does one have to do with the other. It isn't just at the hands of any white man. You are seeing a pattern of WHITE POLICE officers killing unarmed black men. This has been occurring across the country for years. There is outrage as far as black on black crime in the black community and Sharpton and Jackson have worked tirelessly in reference to it. Cops should not be killing unarmed citizens for walking in the street or because they supposedly fit the description.

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@alcredlle  In the real world, as opposed to the fantasy world that exists between the ears of ignorant Angry White Racists, both Sharpton and Jackson have been very active in trying to bring attention and help to the crime problems in our cities.  But of course you don't really care about that.

SoxxNation
SoxxNation

@alcredlle  On July 21st in Baltimore, MD, a black officer shot and killed an unarmed white man. Amazing how we haven't heard a word about that incident. Be careful, al. Facts tend to "outrage" the ignorant.

NewsatTwm
NewsatTwm

@Tim C1 Whatever happened before the shooting, the officer MUST have realised that he was still in possession of his gun when he fired it, certainly before firing it a 2nd, 3rd ..time

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@Tim C1  Wilson does not have a broken eye socket.  That's just the latest lie being swallowed and regurgitated by the moronic, racist Limbaugh crowd.

Jason1988
Jason1988

A horrible excuse for murdering someone. 

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@Wombat @MoeLarryAndJesus  A few of the more disgusting comments that were posted here have been removed, Wombat, so you may not have the full picture of what I was responding to here.  I don't think I was exaggerating at all.


Did you know that an online fund on a Kickstarter-like site has been started to raise money for the cop who killed Michael Brown?  It has raised over $200,000 so far.  The site removed the comments section for donors because it was filled with the most heinous racist crap you would ever not want to see.  The most virulent racism is still alive in this country.

Buck2185
Buck2185

@MoeLarryAndJesus @alcredlle  The only attention Sharpton and Jackson have brought is upon themselves. That is all they do. They are what is wrong with America and they are what keeps helping to perpetuate racism in America..... 

Buck2185
Buck2185

@MoeLarryAndJesus @alcredlle  Sharpton and Jackson have been very active in promoting themselves (this is always their focal point) and using this situation to draw attention. Actually, what those two really are is uneducated, racist, POS, thugs who are no better than the POS's who were looting the stores...If the cops had started dropping some of the looters, perhaps, even with their extremely limited IQ's, that the looters would figure out they better not do that......

FranklinsTower75
FranklinsTower75

@MoeLarryAndJesus @alcredlle  The only ignorant, angry racist on these boards is yourself, moe. Black on black crime is the #1 killer of blacks in the USA, and has been for many, many years. That is a FACT. Black leaders are twice as quiet when it comes to that tragic fact than they are when a black man is killed by a white man. But of course you don't really care about that. 

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@SoxxNation @alcredlle  Were there any witnesses?  Does Baltimore have a history of police racism against whites?  Did the Baltimore police leave the body of that white guy out to rot in the street for 4 hours?

Bernard4195
Bernard4195

@MoeLarryAndJesus @Tim C1  So Moe, why do you think the cop shot the kid?  And why do you not accept any explanation that the shooting might have been in self defense?  Surely you've seen the video from the convenience store robbery and assault.  Why is it so hard for you to believe the kid acted in a way that threatened to cop and made him believe his life was in jeopardy?

Dutch2000
Dutch2000

@Jason1988 Murder is an unlawful killing, which does not apply when a person uses deadly force to protect their own life.

Buck2185
Buck2185

@MoeLarryAndJesus @Wombat  Funny - the people that support the cop are raising money, the people that support Micheal Brown looted and stole from their own community.....

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@FranklinsTower75 @MoeLarryAndJesus @alcredlle  Actually heart disease is the # 1 killer.  Not that you care.  Just as you KKK types have been pushing that "fractured eye socket" bullcrap for days now.  It has been revealed to be a lie, but none of you care because you make up your own facts.


KKK = A bunch of Fox News zombies.

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@Bernard4195 @MoeLarryAndJesus @Tim C1  Because I find the eyewitnesses to be credible and the cop's story makes no sense.  The kid wasn't shot in the cruiser.  He was shot repeatedly over 30 feet away. 


Why is it so hard for you to believe that  cop could screw up?

Jason1988
Jason1988

Self-defense against an unarmed* bullying thug. That's a horrible precedent to set. 

Jason1988
Jason1988

Protect his life against an unarmed person? The excuses are getting more and more hilarious. 

Jason1988
Jason1988

You worry about what your imaginary friend in the sky thinks of you. I'll have a beer. 

PhillyFave1
PhillyFave1

@MoeLarryAndJesus @FranklinsTower75 @alcredlle  He clearly meant the killing amongst people- not disease. That would be BLACK ON BLACK, and that's a FACT. That is a fact that you had to ignorantly sidestep. You just can't TAKE REPONSIBILITY for violence among your own people. You are only outraged when a white man kills a black man- never when it's black on black, which is SIGNIFICANTLY more common. The fact that you had to ignore that FACT with your little heart disease comment, knowing all along what he meant, exposes your racial ignorance. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for the killing of your own people BY YOUR OWN PEOPLE.

Mason Duzz
Mason Duzz

@Jason1988  Jason, you're just making excuses for the dead thug.  If you were being attacked by someone that large it wouldn't matter how "trained" you were you would do whatever it took to protect yourself and survive.  Of course it's too bad the young boy died, but he brought it on himself.  People like you are why the black community rarely gets respect from outsiders.

Dutch2000
Dutch2000

@Jason1988 5-6 percent of all homicides are defined by FBI as personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.). Plus he had already attempted to take the officer's handgun. What do you think he was going to do with that?

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@PhillyFave1 @MoeLarryAndJesus @FranklinsTower75 @alcredlle  I know what he meant.  It's just a stupid, meaningless stat, so I treated it as such.  The number 1 killer of white people in that sense is also white people.  Again, so what?


As far as "my own people," you hopeless racist moron, I'm as white as you can get, since I'm of 100% Irish descent.  It's telling that you pathetic KKK types can't imagine that other white people are disgusted by your ignorance.  But we are.  Good thing your type is dying out.

Jason1988
Jason1988

1. The black community rarely gets respect because they react to crimes like this by looting and rioting. People are literally flying in just to loot and riot. The cop was wrong, and there really is no other way to describe it. 


2. I'm not making excuses for anyone. Quite the opposite, actually. He robbed a store an punched an officer. Clearly, he was a criminal. However, if everyone who has punched a cop got shot 6 times, we'd run out of bullets. It's a horrible precedent to set. 

Jason1988
Jason1988

The officer should never stoop to a thief's level. They are supposedly trained professionals. The badge does not come with the authority to shoot an unarmed man 6+ times.

Dutch2000
Dutch2000

@Jason1988 He didn't shoot him because he got punched by him. The criminal had been trying to take the officers gun. The assumption is he was trying to take it in order to use it against the officer. That's deadly force and you can use deadly force to protect yourself against deadly force.

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@Jason1988  "The black community rarely gets respect because they react to crimes like this by looting and rioting."


That's untrue and unfair.  Unarmed black men get killed by cops on a regular basis.  Looting and rioting seldom happen as a result.  Maybe they should happen more often since it seems like that's the only way to get any real attention paid to police misconduct.  If there hadn't been any unrest in Ferguson this would be just another police killing swept under the rug.  Remember when NYPD cops shot Amadou Diallo 41 times for the "crime" of reaching for his wallet?

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@Jason1988  Why do you accept the story that he "punched the officer"?  There's video of Wilson strutting around the corpse, and he looks completely unharmed.  He certainly doesn't have a "broken eye socket."  It's entirely possible Brown pushed him as he tried to get away, but there is no evidence of any "punch" other than the word of the killer cop.

Dutch2000
Dutch2000

@Jason1988 He has the right to use deadly force to stop his attacker. The number of shots that takes is irrelevant.

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@Dutch2000 @Jason1988  Pure silliness, since the cop had the gun and the kid didn't.  There was no threat of deadly force.  The cop panicked and killed the kid for no good reason.  Every single witness and all of the revealed physical evidence say you're wrong.

Wombat
Wombat

@MoeLarryAndJesus @Jason1988 Moe, that's a massive over simplification of the social ills in our country. There are faults aplenty for all sides believe me. We won't find a solution by name calling and debates on media output. None of us here have the whole story of Ferguson, it's problems and the causal direction of those problems on this issue. We should be much more concerned about fixing the problem over all and let the system, (as flawed as it is), hand symptomatic issues such as this.

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@Wombat @MoeLarryAndJesus @Jason1988  Which part of "the system" do you think should handle this?  I wouldn't trust the Ferguson cops to break up a schoolyard fight.  They didn't even file a report on the Brown shooting.


Generally what happens in these shootings is that the cops sweep everything under the rug.  Not this time. 


And I don't know what you mean by your comment about "social ills."  I wasn't speaking generally.  I was commenting on police shootings, and I'm not wrong in what I said.

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