Activist … Hedy Epstein, 90, is arrested in St Louis. Source: Supplied
A 90-YEAR-OLD Holocaust survivor was one of at least eight people arrested in downtown St Louis as tensions flared over the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Hedy Epstein was among hundreds of protesters who marched through St Louis against the involvement of the National Guard on the streets of Ferguson. She was arrested for “failure to disperse.”
Ms Epstein, who lives in St Louis, has been a political activist most of her life. She is a vocal campaigner of the Free Gaza Movement and has made five trips to the Gaza strip in the past 10 years.
Hedy Epstein, a 90 y.o. Holocaust survivor, was among the those arrested for blocking Nixon office bldg. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/s4y68zFFrF
Ms Epstein helped the Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials having lost all but two of her family at Auschwitz.
“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety,” Ms Epstein told The Nation. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re 90.”
Anger still surrounds the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, 28.
Wilson has been placed on administrative leave with a grand jury set to decide this week if he should be indicted.
(Mother claims Michael Brown was to start college two days from the time he was brought down by Ferguson police for assault, strong-armed robbery of a local Quik Trip store, and attempting to further batter the Ferguson police officer. Weeks, and months, before what appears to be the justified shooting of Brown, telephone solicitors clogged up phone lines pushing easy-to-get, tax payer funded “loans” to anyone willing to enroll in college. Not only is this tax payer money offered to anyone regardless of credit rating, the “loans” come without strings, such as guidelines directing how the money is spent. The agenda behind this federal government being in the money-lending business is to indenture servants under the guise of educating the population. The loans are sizable and not easy to turn down. As long as there is something to be gained by it, oppressive governments, such as the Obama Regime, will use every trick in the book to enslave its people. There isn’t a tastier carrot for the poor than a bribe of thousands of dollars in exchange for college enrollment. Use the money to buy a car, drugs, alcohol, clothes, or use it to do whatever the heart desires. No one is watching. Just Me)
Not forgotten … Mark Gaines holds up his hands as demonstrators autograph a sketch he drew of Michael Brown during a protest. Source: AP
An independent pathologist hired by the Brown family found that the teenager was shot six times, including twice in the head.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced that the National Guard had been called in to help run the command centre, further stoking tensions in the area.
Call for peace … A man holds up a rose during a protest for Michael Brown who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson. Source: AP
MY TWO SENSE
Let’s all pray that the named police officer remains safe from harm and as well protected as police would protect Michael Brown had he succeeded in his efforts to kill that officer. Brown was shot and killed after stealing from Quick Trip and assaulting police officer as he tried to take the officer’s weapon away from him.
Captain Johnson on Ferguson: This Is Not a Black and White Issue
August 15, 2014 11:39 AM
Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson answers questions in Ferguson. Photo: KMOX/Kevin Killeen
FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – Following this morning’s release of the name of the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson answered questions from the press.
Johnson said Highway Patrol is not involved in the shooting investigation, and is only tasked by Gov. Jay Nixon with security.
“He wants to make sure that people in Ferguson are safe and have the right to speak their mind, and that’s what we’re tasked to do,” Johnson said.
Johnson said he would have liked Ferguson police to consult with him before releasing the name of the officer this morning. Johnson saw it on news. He said that the release of the name was requested by the community.
Johnson also said that no tear gas was used against protestors in Ferguson on Thursday, and that “last night was a great night.”
“In our anger, we have to make sure that we don’t burn down our own house,” Johnson said.
“This is not a black and white issue,” he said. “We all have sons and daughters. We all have to communicate better.”
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