By Terrell Jermaine Starr
It was not too long after two police officers were shot in Ferguson, Mo. in the midst of an otherwise peaceful protest Wednesday night that law and order types sought to blame protesters for the crime. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar claims the shooter was embedded among the protesters, providing not one shred of evidence for this claim. Most witnesses said the shots seemed to come from the hill behind where the protesters were assembled. Three people were detained and questioned, apparently because police thought they were “acting shady” when they drove away from the scene of the shooting, but they were released. The two police officers who were hit have reportedly been released from the hospital.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri immediately made a veiled attempt to connect last night’s shooting to the protests. “I think the irresponsible discussion that began last year of the so-called ‘militarization’ of police was almost totally fact-free,” Blunt said, according to msnbc.com. “The police are trying to get home to their families alive. They have a hard job to do, protecting people and protecting protesters. Clearly, the protesters themselves were very near where the police were shot last night, and we should be concerned about that fact.”