THE PEOPLE LOOTING ARE NOT FERGUSON PROTESTORS.
FERGUSON PROTESTORS ARE PHYSICALLY BLOCKING STOREFRONTS TO PREVENT LOOTERS FROM ENTERING BUILDINGS
"They threw this earlier. Tear gas."
"Oh, man, it smells like propellant."
"Do you know why they threw it?"
"I don’t know why because when they threw it, they ran. Then the crowd dispersed down the street….The message is, things happen, emotions get riled up, we’re here to protest. Lotta hate out here, focused on us."
"As soon as the police made their move…police even ordered media to disperse. It only took a few minutes after that and the stores started getting looted. When we were here an hour and a half ago, it was just a party - music, dancing, chatting…not long after, riot police move in and people react very negatively.” -VICE cameraman
One woman didn’t want to show her face because going to school for mass communication but her message is important. “These looters are not protesters! They are not from here! They are opportunists, they came here just to loot from Illinois. They were not here today. They wait for this, they come when they hear that the police start to do this stuff with the tanks and trucks, that’s when they know it’s time to come. Everyone else’s car was parked. They come from nowhere and drive to loot. They know they can’t do it during the day during the peaceful part. It’s not the protesters who get really mad and start doing that. When they heard this glass break, the protesters ran to protect the store. Antonio French joined them. They stopped the looting. I made sure some of the media saw that, you have to tell their story. The looters are completely separate.”
Happening Now! Justice for Michael Brown!
Oakland, CA marches in solidarity with Ferguson. Protesters have been chanting “Hands up, Don’t shoot!” A heavy police presence is both visible, felt, and heard from the helicopter above. Police are already in an altercation with protesters. They have created a blockade so protesters cannot advance. Updates soon.
"I think I’m surprisingly different in real life than what people expect or what people project on to me. I’m not actually that awkward, I don’t think. I think people see me as this sarcastic person that doesn’t care about anything. But, on the contrary, I’m pretty emotional and sensitive and I care a lot about things and people. I think in moments where the spotlight is on me — like if I’m doing a talk show — my defenses come into play and maybe that’s why people see me that way. But, I think my sarcasm is often a way for me to get through those moments. I mean, if you came over to my house, I’d make you a cup of tea and be probably really interested in you."- Aubrey Plaza for Refinery29 [x]
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