Why Were The Police In Ferguson Told Not To Stop The Rampant Looting On Friday Night?

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On Friday night, the city of Ferguson, Missouri was absolutely packed with militarized police.  But when the looting started, they did nothing about it.  In fact, news reports indicate that the police were lined up just blocks from where the looting was happening but did not make any attempt to stop it.  When I first read the news reports that I am about to share with you, I could hardly believe them.  I had to read them more than once just to be sure that I was understanding what I was reading.  According to eyewitnesses, police vehicles were seen driving by some of the stores while they were being looted and they did not respond.  If the police are not even going to lift a finger to stop rampant theft, then what in the world are they there for?  Why don’t they just pack up and leave the streets completely?  If they are just there to confront protesters and arrest journalists, all they are accomplishing is inflaming the situation.  And is this what we can expect when civil unrest spreads to more cities throughout America?  Will we not be able to depend on the police to protect our homes and our businesses?

What I am about to share with you are excerpts from mainstream news reports about how the police did nothing to stop the looting.  To me, this stand down by the police is one of the most disturbing aspects of the Ferguson riots so far.

This first excerpt is from USA Today

During the night, buildings burned, windows shattered, and chaos ensued as protesters stood in the street criticizing police. Officers threatened to arrest protesters who came near their trucks. Yet authorities did not attempt to stop any looting as citizens moved to protect local businesses from sporadic thefts.

This next excerpt is from the local Fox affiliate in St. Louis

Police presence is in question after St. Louis County and Missouri State Highway Patrol officers left the scene in Ferguson once looters began attacking businesses overnight.

Protesters believe the media has started to confuse the difference between themselves and the looters. Fights have begun on the streets as well as social media with some believing this has become similar to a game of chess.

And this last excerpt is from Fox News

A reporter from the station tweeted that police cars were seen driving past some of the stores being looted and did not respond. It rained in Ferguson Friday night and protesters could be seen outside until 6 a.m.

Two store owners, standing outside their business holding guns, told Fox2Now.com that when they called 911, they were sent from one police agency to another, and got no response.

One of the owners, with a large black gun resting on his shoulder, told the station that police were lined up blocks from the looting, and did not engage looters making off with large boxes from these stores.

“There’s no police,” he said. “We trusted the police to keep it peaceful; they didn’t do their job.”

Why did the police in Ferguson refuse to do their jobs?

Who told them to stand down?

Someone in the mainstream media needs to start asking some of these hard questions.

As the streets of Ferguson have descended into anarchy, business owners have been forced to take matters into their own hands.

The following are two photos of a Wal-Mart in Ferguson that were posted by the Economic Policy Journal.  In this first photo, you can see that Wal-Mart employees have stacked rows of shopping carts across the front entrance in order to keep looters from getting in…

Wal-Mart in Ferguson 1 - Photo from Alex Wroblewski on Twitter

This next photo shows that dozens of cases of bottled water have been stacked just inside the front entrance in an attempt to deter looters…

Wal-Mart in Ferguson 2 - Photo from Alex Wroblewski on Twitter

Other business owners are taking even stronger measures to protect their property.

Every night now, business owners can be seen all around Ferguson standing out in front of their businesses holding guns.  You can see some examples of this in this article.

And unsurprisingly, gun sales are going through the roof in Ferguson at the moment…

Guns and ammo are selling at a feverish pace in and around St. Louis as violent clashes continue between protesters and police in nearby Ferguson, Missouri.

“People are coming in with fear in their eyes and they’re saying they need something to protect their house,” said Steven King, owner of Metro Shooting Supplies, a gun shop in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton. “They’re scared to death.”

As I have written about previously, I believe that what is going on in Ferguson is a perfect example of how rapidly the streets of America can descend into chaos.

And I also believe that what we are watching is just a preview of what is coming to America in the years ahead.

Watch what is happening very carefully, because there is a lesson in all of this.

When chaos reigns, the police are not going to be there to rescue you.

In a crisis situation, you and your family are not going to be a priority for the authorities.  So you are going to need to come up with your own plan to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones.

If you think that I am being overly dramatic, you must not have been paying attention to what has been going on in America in recent years.

Today, our society is becoming increasingly divided.  A whole host of opinion polls and surveys show that anger and frustration in this country have reached all-time highs.  The civil unrest in Ferguson didn’t just come out of a vacuum.  The truth is that pressure has been building under the surface in the U.S. for years.  And it isn’t going to take much for more Fergusons to erupt all around the nation.

So what do you think?

Why were the police in Ferguson told not to stop the rampant looting on Friday night?

And what do you think is coming next for America?

Please share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

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  • Cracker122049

    They are letting this issue play out as far as they can to help further their militarized law enforcement agenda.I think a lot of the violence is being initiated from people who don’t even live there in the first place and are there to stoke the fire! Protesting is one thing but looters should be shot on sight by cops or store owners protecting their property.Things are getting crazy and you can bet they are going to get a lot crazier too!

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  • tophand62

    “Historic events cast shadows in front of them”…I can see the shadows of a Nation-Changing event in this….Keep a close eye out for a “Trigger Event” that will escalate this into something much worse than some localized protests and looting…

  • Joseph Lizak

    The reason police did not stop the looting is they basically are cowards. At all costs their safety is number one….not yours. Their motto is … ” I’m getting home to my wife and kids”. Meantime they will mow you down with their guns and not even bat an eyelash about it. Also the police “could care less about YOUR property”. Look how cops act when they have a warrant to search your home. They rip it to pieces, smash everything, pull out every draw, terrorize the children, shoot the dog. Then never apologize even when they smash up the wrong address. So the cops in Ferguson only feel safe when they are wearing their bullet proof vests, helmet and shield, AR-15 pointed at you with 30 round clips, sniper on top of MRAP pointing his rifle at unarmed protesters. And they are “huddled” together like a herd of scared buffalo’s. The only time cops are not cowards is when they pre-plan and storm your house with 100 goon cops.

  • cops are more worried about “optics” and public opinion to worry about crime deterrant. sad.

  • Notgotany

    There is no great mystery here, people are looting and tearing up their own environment so why get involved when they are done ruining it they have to live in it. I am not being racist I am being realist. If you were mad at me and set your house on fire because of it, what would you expect me to do? Laugh and watch that’s about all.
    Will something like this happen in your town? It is doubtful but there those who will hype it up for you so you will be scared, easily led and ready consumers of so called survival gear. Listen your brain is your survival gear try employing it sometimes.
    The fact that looters came from out of town is just another indication there is something in the background but couldn’t it be opportunism on the part of the looters? People line up for days for black friday and teen gangs run into shops in a mob and steal things and run out, so why is this so surprising?
    We have some problems and some of them are big, but this is a local problem and we need to let it be worked out locally. If we are not there we do not have the best intel on the situation anyway and all the speculation in the world will amount to about spit.

  • Musashi5000

    I see no possible outcome in any scenario here that is good for blacks.

  • Crystal Smith

    It seems to me that the regime at the top hopes that there is a bunch of all out open fire among the “civilian” population to start passing the gun confiscation law after declaring martial law. The walmart store did a good thing. Thwart the break in as much as possible and hope there is no reason to shoot. Plus, most of those stores probably have some insurance that covers a lot of that stuff. The stuff can be fixed, but people don’t usually come back from the dead unless they were not really dead, but sent off. They will push it, if they have to make it up and do crisis actors to get this thing of confiscating the guns, come hell or high waters and that’s what they will do. Any means necessary.

  • ccc


    Why were the police in Ferguson told not to stop the rampant looting on Friday night?
    And what do you think is coming next for America?

    To let the public destroy each other.
    To maximize the chaos so you sheeple will beg them to be your slave master.