What really happened and who is right in the on-going social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri that began after an unarmed black man was shot by a police officer? That is the question we all are asking, but in truth can’t know unless we were there. Without the ability to have witnessed the events firsthand, one must let the justice system work. However, it is clear that no matter whether or not the grand jury returns an indictment against the officer involved in the shooting, many will feel an injustice has been committed. In fact, many have left little doubt that if an indictment, irrespective of the evidence, is not returned, there will be violence http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/08/us/ferguson-missouri.html. Our job as citizens should be to protect the innocent, our families, and our neighborhoods from this violence whether it is at the hands of the mob or the police. With your support, LMS is prepared to help those in need. To help, please read on and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line “Help Ferguson.”
Ferguson has already endured more than its share of mob violence. If protestors want to vent their anger, they should properly focus their aggression against the police, judges, and politicians, but not local residents and businesses. Further, when protestors target innocent bystanders for simply being “white,” they completely undermine their stated grounds for grievance (see links at bottom). If race was truly at the root of the Brown shooting, attacking whites, or any innocent person, demonstrates a complete hypocrisy of logic and turns legitimate protestors into a mob. Acting like a mob gives the police a legitimate justification to harshly crack down on any protests and only spurs more violence. A well-organized protest should be smart about this and not give the police any justification for the use of harsh crowd control tactics and be cognizant of optics created by the protestors. Wanton violence does not win the support of the public and only bolsters the state’s argument for heavy handed actions none of us want. However, in light of the very public calls for violence if the grand jury doesn’t indict the officer as demanded by the mob, we can safely predict in that event protests will quickly descend into mob violence and rioting.
The police are preparing for this contingency and no doubt will respond in force. Nonetheless, as we have previously reported, http://www.lastminutesurvival.com/2014/08/29/lessons-from-ferguson-policing-goes-paramilitary/, the best way to protect yourself, your family, your residence, and your business was not to rely on the police. The police have found that they can do little to protect the businesses and residents from rioting mobs and at best try to arrest the most egregious of actors. This has left business and residents of all races in Ferguson paralyzed by the continuing violence. In Ferguson, the only places spared by the mob were people who took up arms and organized to defend their lives and property and the wealthy able to pay for contract security. Clearly we all can’t afford private security, so we are organizing to provide volunteer security services for citizens in need. In anticipation of the grand jury announcement and possible violence, LMS is establishing a special response team made up of citizens unwilling to allow innocent people to become victims and our cities to burn. We will be dedicating a page where anyone in need of help can request help or volunteer their protective services. We are in need of able bodied citizens and organizations of good character to contact us immediately. Those trained and legally able to carry a firearm in Missouri to include current and former law enforcement and military personnel as well as medical first responders are in great demand.
If you or a loved one has family and friends or a business in or around Ferguson and need protection, email us at email@example.com, subject line “Help Ferguson” and we will attempt to match you with volunteers willing to travel to that location and stand guard. Please post this information to social media such as chat rooms, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, etc. to get the word out and help the citizens of Ferguson. For professional support, LMS also provides contract private security consultation and protective services that can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line “Security and Protective Services.”
By Guiles Hendrik
November 7, 2014