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  • The Five Worst Reactions To Ferguson…So Far

    After months of deliberation, 25 days of meetings, and 70 hours of testimony, a 12-person grand jury decided last night not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing 18-year-old Michael Brown.

    St Louis City Prosecutor Robert McCulloch explained the verdict with great specificity, noting eyewitness accounts that point to Brown as the aggressor.

    However the response to the grand jury verdict has been rather shameful from the media to lawmakers to law breakers rioting through the night.

    5. Missouri Democratic state senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal

    Chappelle-Nadal called the violent rioting and looting following the grand jury decision “St. Louis’ race war.”

    She blamed “systematic racism that we have in our state government and our state party,” as the reason rioters responded the way they did.

    “I have to tell you, this is St. Louis’ race war,” Chappelle-Nadal told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell. “We didn’t have a race war like other cities throughout the country. This is our race war.”

    “I know of people in my own party, in my own government structure, who disregard things that we say and how we feel,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “And we are not going to allow it anymore.”

    Please. There’s no excuse–especially coming from a sworn representative of the people and the law–for condoning rioting and looting.

    4. Michael Brown’s Mother

    Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, yelled “You motherfuc*ers think this a joke!” Monday night in reacting to the grand jury decision. “They think this a f***ing joke!” she screamed.

    “And anybody out here who don’t think so, I don’t give a f*ck!” she added. “They wrong! Everybody want me to be calm–do you know how them bullets hit my son?”

    “Ain’t nobody had to live through what I had to live through,” McSpadden yelled.

    No one can criticize Lesley McSpadden for being upset about this entire situation. But her words and her actions in the video above are in direct contradiction to her calls for calm and peaceful reform.

    Michael Brown’s family will hold a press conference today at 11 a.m. CST. Al Sharpton is expected to join, which won’t end well for anyone.

    3. Al Sharpton

    America’s foremost race-baiter was doing what he does best last night, calling the no indict grand jury decision an “absolute blow to those of us that wanted to see a fair and open trial.”

    But for Sharpton, the violence occurring across the country in reaction to officer Wilson’s clearing is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Al Sharpton had been setting the stage for race riots for months by spewing lies and misinformation about the case.

    I would say Al Sharpton should be ashamed of himself, but I know better than that.

    2. The media

    For months, mainstream media outlets had been stoking the flames of unrest. And tonight, these media loons got what they wanted–an acquittal that has lead to an opportunity for wall-to-wall coverage.

    We are now being bombarded with headlines like “Killer cop not charged:”

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    And headlines like “No Justice: After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision.”

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    This does nothing to help calm the situation. In fact, the media’s behavior in situations like these is not far from a pack of starving wolves feasting on a caucus. It’s bloody, disgusting, and absolutely horrifying. The only difference is the wolf needs to eat. Media doesn’t need to be blood-thirsty pricks.

    1. The rioters

    So far, an elderly man has been car jacked and beaten, a police officer has been shot near Ferguson, local business and national chains have burned to the ground, and the looting is still being reported well into the morning.

    Here’s a map of the fires that raged last night and into the morning:

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    Yes. Michael Brown is dead. But his death does not, in no way, warrant the violence that is taking place across the country from California to New York.

    Michael Brown was not an innocent kid just walking down the street minding his own business when officer Darren Wilson tried to apprehend him. Michael Brown was a suspect. And Michael Brown made a series of terrible decisions, the result of which ultimately cost him his life.


    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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