I often wonder, given the magnitude of laziness and ignorance within our society, how we have yet to imploded like Rome did. So, when the Ferguson Rioters, I refuse to address them as protesters because well they aren’t, came out with their list of demands know as the “Proposed Rules of Engagement” (see below) the hilarity ensued. Pay careful not to #s 7, 8, 15 <- that one, right there, is an assault on a police officer no matter what the hell you throw at him/her and you’ll be dealt with accordingly.
Protest leaders from Ferguson have created a 19 point set of ground rules they expect police to follow. These rules are for when they re-start the riots after the Grand Jury makes a decision about charging officer Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
So, in response to the Ferguson Rioters, the Missouri PD responded:
1. The first priority will be for protestors to remember “don’t break the law”
2. Protest leaders will communicate to all protesters the need for non-violence. Leaders will accept responsibility for any acts of violence any protesters engage in.
3. Protesters shall give police a 48 hour notice if they plan to have looting as part of protest operations.
4. Protesters shall give the public advanced information as to the locations of riots and looting so average citizens can be safe and avoid potential violence.
5. Every attempt should be made by protest leadership to communicate with known trouble makers they are not part of the peaceful protest movement and not welcome to come.
6. Clear standards of professionalism and sound community friendly protesting will be maintained and adhered to at all times by protestors.
7. Police will wear whatever attire they need to feel safe.
8. If peaceful protests turn violent the protesters shall expect tear gas and rubber bullets to be used, so keep it peaceful… the decision to use this equipment will be made based on your actions, thus you are making the decision to be gassed
9. Protestors acknowledge that even so called “minor attacks on police” (i.e. throwing water bottles at police) are still physical attacks. Expect all attacks on police to be addressed, please see point #8 above.