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Twitter made a map of all geotagged tweets about #Ferguson, showing how the news spread http://on.rt.com/x4m32q 

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Be wary of police? Didn’t think so until Ferguson

Shame on me, since it took the cops roughing up a few reporters to draw my full attention to the unfolding drama on the streets of Ferguson, Mo.

After the shooting Saturday of a teenager there named Michael Brown, I paid only cursory attention to the headlines: White police officer shoots unarmed black man; angry crowd gathers; protests ensue. Some of it spills over into mindless destruction and opportunistic looting.

We have seen this story or stories close to it play out in cities all over the country. We have seen it in Dallas. It’s sad evidence of our failings as a society that the story is so miserably familiar that the headline “Police shooting sparks outrage” is a news-biz cliché. It won’t make anybody’s jaw drop or eyes bug out.

Maybe it should. When you look a little more closely at how law enforcement in the ragged little St. Louis suburb has behaved, starting with Michael Brown’s death and continuing through the events it set in motion, every step they have taken has made matters worse.

Police there have refused to release the name of the officer involved. They have provided little coherent explanation of how a jaywalking incident escalated to a need for deadly force. They have withheld autopsy results, refusing to reveal how many times Brown was shot, or where the bullets hit him. They have indiscriminately met both street violence and peaceful protest with the same response, a ham-fisted display of intimidation and military force.

Worse, there are reports they have been arresting people for such vague and unspecific offenses as standing on the sidewalk, refusing to get into cars, refusing to get out of cars, not moving quickly enough, and asking too many questions. When a reporter from the Huffington Post called the police department to confirm reports that a St. Louis alderman was among the people arrested, the person who answered the phone refused to provide any information, including her own name.

You get the sense that a lot of the cops in Ferguson are not well schooled in treating the residents they serve with courtesy and respect.

That can be a tall order, of course. People in law enforcement often see people when they’re not at their best. Good cops know how to be polite and matter-of-fact, and to weigh whether a situation requires a show of authority or even force.

The confrontation that led to Brown’s shooting allegedly began with the officer telling the teenager and another youth to stop walking in the street.

I suppose that if I were walking in the street, it’s possible that a police officer might draw up and say, “Ma’am, could I ask you to stay up on the sidewalk while you’re walking? We just want to make sure you stay safe, since drivers don’t always pay as much attention as they should.”

This is how police officers in my comfortable neighborhood advise middle-aged white ladies to “Get out of the street, you fool.” I suspect that’s not always the language employed in poor, minority neighborhoods where the relationship between the residents and police is less cordial.

People who look like me in general don’t know what it’s like to be treated rudely or disrespectfully by the police. We have no way of knowing how we would respond to being regarded with suspicion and contempt, to be pulled over for no very good reason, to be bossed and bullied as a matter of routine.

If we were, we’d probably squall like scalded cats. I know I would.

But (shame on me) the situation in Ferguson caught my closer attention when evidence surfaced of police officers dishing out this kind of treatment to people who are quite a lot like me: white-collar news reporters, professional people secure in their rights and perhaps a little extra-specially confident in their own importance.

Reporters for the Washington Post and Huffington Post reported being arrested and ordered to stop video recording when police ordered them out of a fast-food restaurant for reasons that were not made clear. Two women reporters for the St. Louis American tweeted that officers in tactical gear pointed assault rifles at them, training the red laser dots on their chests. Several reporters posted photos of an Al-Jazeera news crew fleeing after police fired a tear gas canister at them.

If bullying, random arrests, Orwellian secretiveness and threats is the police response to professional out-of-towners with large audiences looking on, what kind of treatment do the residents there get when nobody’s looking and nobody cares?

If someone — especially someone young, male, and black — is reading this and thinking sardonically, “Well, welcome to my world!” the point is well taken.

We should all be paying close attention.
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I hate those type of people!

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This bitch!

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i'm howling and mad at the same time @ Nelly posting an iced out box of Cheerio's instead of talking about Mike Brown

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Ain't stl his hood?
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YES IT IS

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