Most major headlines about activity in Ferguson last night were closely followed by the fact that 7 people were arrested. Legitimized curfew successful, order maintained, they got some bad guys. Go back to sleep citizen.
But wait, 3 of those included a man, his girlfriend, and her sister, smoking inside his car while parked in his aunt’s driveway. Because his aunt didn’t want smoking in her house. From an eye-opening article by journalist Kevin Gosztola :
Man Describes How Police in Ferguson Arrested Him for Smoking Cigarette in His Parked Car After Curfew
“… suddenly there was light behind his car and a bunch of guys with guns.“Get out the fucking car! Get out the fucking car!” they shouted.
“It was kind of like I was scared to open [my door],” Hampton recalled. There was “maybe five or six cops.” They had a “big SWAT truck.”
Another car parked in front of his aunt’s house, with people inside who he did not know, was targeted by police. Hampton recalled police grabbed a girl by her hair and “slammed her on the back of her car.”
Ciera Delaney, who was outside her house and “dragged by her hair,” told MORE, “It feels like I’m not human. It feels like I’m being treated like an animal–being told when I can come, when I can go, what time I can be out in my own community outside of my own house where I pay the mortgage and bills.” *
How much more fuel is the Ferguson PD going to add to the flames of misery burning through this community?
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