'They're Talking To People': Tensions Ease In Ferguson As Police Change Tactics
Ferguson, Mo., saw more protests last night – but instead of meeting demonstrators with tear gas and armored vehicles, police walked with them, and posed for photos. The shift came after days of clashes sparked by the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown….
But the key difference in Ferguson Thursday was that police had changed their approach to trying to prevent a repeat of the violence and property damage that occurred Sunday. Police were heavily criticized for using tear gas, deploying heavy weapons and arresting journalists….
"When we talk about boots on the ground," [Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron] Johnson said at a news conference Thursday, "my boots are going to be on the ground. And so we are going to have a different approach and have the approach that we are in this together."
Johnson kept that promise last night, walking with demonstrators, hugging people, and representing authority in a way that’s been absent this week. The community responded with a spirited demonstration that was marked by cheers and the honking horns of passing cars.
Now, of course, it’s important to start dealing with the shooting that led to these protests (along with other such shootings that aren’t getting much publicity), the militarization of police around the country — oh, and the pervasive, systemic racism in American society.
(TPM) Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson proposed legislation on Thursday aimed at demilitarizing domestic police forces, amid national criticism of heavily armed cops going after protesters in Ferguson, Mo.
"Our main streets should be a place for business, families, and relaxation, not tanks and M16s," the Democratic congressman wrote in a "Dear Colleague" letter to members of Congress. "Unfortunately … our local police are quickly beginning to resemble paramilitary forces."
The Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act would prevent the transfer of certain military-grade equipment from the Department of Defense to local law enforcement agencies. That includes some automatic weapons, armored vehicles, armored drones, silencers and flash-bang or stun grenades.
While Russia continues to claim it has no involvement in the civil conflict in Ukraine, the selfie-strewn Instagram profile of Russian soldier Sanya Sotkin may tell a slightly different story. A story which is landing Russian President, Vladimir Putin in even more hot water than he’s already in.
With the unwanted help of the ‘Photomap’ feature in Instagram, the 24-year-old’s Instagram profile shows a number of self-portraits that are geotagged inside the borders of Ukraine. More particularly, inside rebel-controlled territory, some of it dangerously close to the location of where Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was tragically shot down, killing all 298 people on board.
Photographer Cristina de Middel’s new book Party is meant to question the idea of political power in a playful way. In the book, de Middel has taken the original text from Chairman Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book and redacted most of the words, creating new and biting quotes that mock the statements of this once-powerful communist leader of China. Alongside the text, she’s also included her own photos of contemporary China that are another way of poking fun.
“Political speech is like advertising,” says de Middel about Mao’s over-the-top language in the Little Red Book, which was meant to galvanize popular support for his brand of communism. “There is some interesting deepness, but it is not in the message, it is in the strategy.”
Mao’s strategy was to flood China with his missive. First published in 1966, theLittle Red Book, or Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong as its officially known, is second only to the Bible as the most printed book in history. Over a billion copies have circulated. Many people in China revere Mao to this day, and he is still credited with modernizing the country by transforming it from an agrarian to an industrial economy. But others see Mao as the worst type of dictator, one whose rule caused 40-70 million people to die from starvation, forced labor, and executions.
(Reuters) - Russia cut off gas to Ukraine on Monday in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace between the former Soviet neighbours.
After the weekend loss of 49 troops when pro-Russian rebels shot down a military transport plane, Ukraine’s new president ordered his forces to retake full control of their border with Russia - saying this could then pave the way for negotiations.
Calling time on weeks of wrangling in talks over natural gas supplies, Russia said Kiev had missed a Monday morning deadline to repay $1.95 billion owed for previous purchases and announced Ukraine would now only get gas it has paid for in advance.
At the same time, Moscow insisted that Ukraine must let Russian gas flow across the country through international pipelines to Russia’s clients in the European Union - noting a temptation for Kiev to tap into those supplies in transit.
1964 was an eventful year — a half-century ago, humans were making strides toward space travel beyond the Earth’s orbit, and Tokyo hosted the 18th Summer Olympics. The Beatles took America by storm, as Race Riots gripped big cities — and the the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law. Boxer Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and the heavyweight champion of the world. Cyprus devolved into civil war between Turks and Greeks, and President Lyndon Johnson escalated U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
The prize-winning coiffures in a contest in Munich, Germany on May 1, 1964. They were designed for evening wear and hairdressers said anyone with a little time can copy them.
A bloody encounter - Police officers struggle with man dripping wet from blast of fire hose during rioting in Rochester, new York in July of 1964. Blood streaks down man’s face as he is taken into custody by police. Fire hoses failed to calm the man, who had been taunting police from his porch.
Bob Dylan plays a bass guitar in a restaurant on June 15, 1964.
Flying low over the jungle, an A-1 Skyraider drops 500-pound bombs on a Viet Cong position below as smoke rises from a previous pass at the target, December 26, 1964.
Sonny Liston, right, lowers his head and works in close during the sixth round of heavyweight championship fight against Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) in Miami Beach, Florida, on February 25, 1964. Ali won the fight, and the heavyweight title, in a controversial bout.
Top Chinese communist leader, Chairman of Communist Party (CCP) and President of the Republic, Mao Zedong examines a home-made semi-automatic rifle during his visit to a military exhibition by the Beijing Units of the People’s Liberation Army in June of 1964.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, on June 26, 1964.
Children in a Hong Kong refugee resettlement area watch as former Vice President Richard Nixon shows them his badminton service. Nixon visited Hong Kong, April 4, 1964, during a tour of countries in the Far East.
This outline of black and white gives strollers at the 1964 New York World’s Fair a peaceful appearance as they pass the water fountains and soft lights playing at the base of the Unisphere Fountain of Continents.
Rifle muzzles bristle on a rocky hillside in Cyprus on February 23, 1964, as Greek Cypriot trainee policemen undergo an arms drill in rough terrain outside Nicosia. All the recruits have joined the force since the emergency spawned by communal strife in the Island.