The streets of Ferguson, MO look like a war zone nowadays. The St. Louis suburb has been transformed into a hotbed of revolution since unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown was killed there by police officer, Darren Wilson. Due to the fact that no charges of excessive force or police brutality have been brought against Wilson, the people of Ferguson took to the streets to protest. Though there has been looting and mainstream media may make it look otherwise, protests have been peaceful overall. It is rumored that the disruptive “protestors” are actually government plants, placed there to be rowdy and make the righteous protestors look bad.With that added to the killing of Eric Garner by the NYPD, and the killings of John Crawford by police in Beavercreek, OH and Ezell Ford by the LAPD, Ferguson has been a rallying point for people across the world who are sick of police killing unarmed Black males.
The masses of fed up Ferguson protestors has brought about he militarization of police with high powered weapons and military vehicles. The National Guard was called in recently to try to diffuse the situation. This move was met with criticism since the protests have been peaceful for the most part and the presence of military forces seems like overkill. That’s not the end of military presence in Ferguson according to The Anti-Media. It has been reported that Asymmetrical Solutions, a St. Louis area military contracting company has deployed personnel which includes members of the “Navy SEALS, SEAL Team 6, Special Operations Forces, Army Green Berets, and more” to Ferguson. The company posted on their Twitter account, “We’ve been to Baghdad, Kabul, KL, Manilla, Peshwar, Bogata. Never guessed we would deploy a high threat team in our own city.” However, when they got there, they saw that they were deceived by the media and posted, “Safe tour – job complete -on direct observation seems media has made protestors out to be more bloodthirsty than they are.”
With another St. Louis man being killed by police recently and Darren Wilson still free, it is unclear when unrest in Ferguson will end.