St. Louis County
police have decided in recent days to arrest reporters
and local politicians
, launch gas at TV cameras
and individual houses
, and generally stomp the civil rights of the people protesting in Ferguson, Mo., into oblivion — on the heels of shooting and killing 18-year-old Michael Brown
— people everywhere are justifiably outraged.
To show that, Colorado Springsians will rally tonight at 6 at City Hall
. Titled "Solidarity with Ferguson; We Have Our Hands Up, Don't Shoot,"
the latter of which references chants made by protesters to police, the event features representatives from the NAACP State Conference of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.
"NAACP President Cornell Brooks and the NAACP St.Louis County Branch have pushed for a federal investigation of the murder of young Michael Brown," reads the event announcement. "Join the NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Conference for a photo opportunity to show that we stand with Ferguson, with the Brown Family, with our Midwest Region IV freedom fighters — and we stand on the side of justice. Everybody who believes in justice is welcome to be a part of the photo we will send to our friends in Ferguson."
Meanwhile, things could actually be looking up
, now that four days of violent protests have finally drawn the presence of Missouri's governor.
Gov. Jay Nixon promised Thursday a "different tone" on the protest-wracked streets of Ferguson while Sen. Claire McCaskill said the governor would pull St. Louis County police out of the city after four days of clashes over the killing of an unarmed black teenager.
Nixon, in a meeting with area clergy and activists, stopped short of confirming a pullout of county officers, saying only that he would announce an "operational shift" later Thursday. " I think you will all see a different tone," Nixon said.
The 58-year-old Democratic governor said he would make it clear that the right of people to protest would not be curtailed as long as they respect the property and person of others.