Mark Levin Has It Right On Ferguson…

Here’s what The Great One said on Facebook about the riots that started almost immediately last night after the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri announced it would return no indictment of police officer Darren Wilson after he shot teenager Michael Brown…

Ferguson burns and violence has been unleashed thanks to the reckless liberal media, the lawless administration (especially Eric Holder) exploiting the shooting to smear police departments across the nation, phony civil rights demagogues, race-baiting politicians, and radical hate groups.

The lies about why and how Officer Darrin Wilson shot Michael Brown started on day one and never ended.  The indisputable facts are that Brown was shot because he assaulted a police officer, attempted to take the officer’s pistol resulting in two close range gun shots in the police cruiser, and then turned around and charged the officer as he was being pursued. The entire event was precipitated by Brown earlier stealing cigars from a local store and assaulting the owner.

What we are witnessing now is the left’s war on the civil society.  It’s time to speak out in defense of law enforcement and others trying to protect the community and uphold the rule of law. 

Frankly, I’m struggling to understand what happened there last night. Not that there would be a riotous mob looking to capitalize on the no-bill decision by the grand jury, but that there wouldn’t be action taken by law enforcement to stop it.

When riots happen and they’re spontaneous, that’s one thing. To ask the police to put a stop to them is to ask for a feat of logistics that might not be easy. Sending police – even riot police – into the midst of a melee where they might be overwhelmed by the mob is to send them on a suicide mission. You can’t criticize the cops for not putting down a riot immediately when it’s spontaneous.

But last night? There was nothing spontaneous about that rioting. Groups from outside of Ferguson – outside of St. Louis, for that matter – had been spoiling for a fight for months as soon as the grand jury failed to charge Wilson.

Clearly the responsible officials had to know this was coming. They also were in a position to control the dissemination of the grand jury’s decision, and to pre-position law enforcement and National Guard assets to disperse and interdict the mob as soon as things turned ugly.

And yet nothing along those lines was done. They sat still and watched as the mob started two dozen fires, burning a large number of businesses to the ground, and looting what looks like the majority of the businesses in that community.

Here’s a partial list of the stores and businesses looted and/or burned…

St.Louis Fish & Chicken Grill
Family Dollar
Dollar Tree
O’Reilly’s Auto Parts
Beauty Mart
A.J. & R. Pawn Shop
Cakes and More [Natalie DuBose’s store]
JC Wireless
STL Bread Company
Auto Buy Credit
Phillips 66
Red’s Barbecue
Taco Bell
Beauty Town
Little Caesar’s
Ferguson Liquor
Public Storage
Sam’s Meat Market
Medicine Shop
Commerce Bank
Auto Zone
Toys R Us
Dellwood Market
Chop Suey restaurant
Antonio French’s Heal Stl Community Center

Reports from the scene indicated dozens of shots fired. There were some 61 arrests made in Ferguson last night, almost all of them were locals. An elderly man was carjacked and run over, and a police officer was shot.

The message from law enforcement was impotence.

Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County police, said that unless his agency could bring in 10,000 officers, “I don’t think we can prevent folks who really are intent on destroying a community.”

Why is that acceptable? If it takes 10,000 officers – and frankly, 1,000 fully-armed National Guardsmen are a nice force multiplier making Belmar’s number unnecessary – then that’s what needs to be deployed to keep the mob from destroying the community.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ought to have insured law and order on those streets by using the National Guard if need be. He didn’t.

This is infuriating. James Knowles, the mayor of Ferguson, said he begged for help to keep his town from being destroyed, to no avail

“I know I’ve been on the phone in contact with the County Executive’s Office. I know he has requested. I am requesting. I’ve requested the National Guard troops to come out from their command post to help restore order along the business district. We have not seen that… Those calls have gone unheeded at this point… We need to have the governor step up and give us the resources that he’s promised from the beginning. He said he would have a strong response. The resources necessary would be provided. They have not been provided so far.

Jay Nixon  ought to resign today. If not, he ought to be impeached tomorrow.

The first charge of government is to provide order. Period. Every asset necessary to quell that riot should have been deployed. And if it meant the rioters needed to be shot to protect life and property, so be it.

Al Sharpton is supposedly going to be in Ferguson today. If he does anything to make matters worse he ought to be arrested.

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