Family of deceased teen pleads for peace as violence rages in St. Louis suburb

Violence raged in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri over the weekend in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. As the Associated Press reported, police in riot gear restricted access to the town on Monday and used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters. On radio this morning, Glenn condemned the violence and read a statement from Brown’s family asking for nonviolence and peace.

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“The rioting in Missouri… I don’t even understand it,” Glenn said. “How is this helping? What is this doing? What does this have to do with justice? This has nothing to do with justice.”

Glenn explained he was “not taking a side” in the case because “we don’t know for sure what happened,” but he failed to understand what protestors hope to accomplish with the violence and vandalism wreaking havoc in the area.

“The president is sending the FBI. Good. Send the FBI. Let’s make sure we’re getting the full story, but can the President please say something about how this has nothing to do with justice when you’re out in the streets like this,” Glenn asked. “It has nothing to do with justice… This is Cloward and Piven… And the President needs to step forward and say, ‘Enough.’”

Below are some photos of the protests that emerged on social media:

Through various statements, the Brown family has pleaded to the community to stop the violence for it accomplishes little.

“To the family’s credit, they seem to be saying, ‘He wouldn’t want this,’” Stu said. “So at least they’re trying to do something to settle it down a little bit.”

“If you have any information, please give it to us,” said Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., in a Monday press conference. “But I don’t want no violence. We don’t want no violence. Because Michael wouldn’t want no violence. He would have wanted none of it. We want to do it the right way. We need justice for our son.”

In another statement, an unidentified cousin of Brown said the following:

“I just want everyone to know and understand that the stealing and breaking in stores is not what Mike will want, it is very upsetting to me and my family. Our family didn’t ask for this but for Justice and Peace… Please let my family grieve in Peace in stop the violence in the street tonight, we don’t want this happing when we protest for justice for my cousin Mike Brown, please get this message out to the people that the Mike Brown family do not want this.”

“Good for them,” Glenn concluded. “Good for them.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Malachi

    “We don’t want NO violence…”
    Ah…when the best of intents is upended by the inability to speak correctly.

    • Lee Shoemaker

      Bite me you racist ass

      • Malachi

        Not racist…there’s nothing “racist” in me.
        I admit to being a bit “grammarist” though.

    • Tim F

      Seriously dude?

      • Guest

        couldn’t have said it any better

      • eronski

        Perfect response, couldn’t have said it any better

  • Casey Allen Meyer

    It leaves me at a lack for words when a community will shoot itself in the foot without a single thought of what the repercussions will be towards their own well-being.

  • riffraft

    Gee, you don’t see King Obama calling in the FBI if it is a white kid shot, talk about racist!

  • jeremy

    Obama won’t condemn it because he wants it.

    • Tim F

      He better condemn this! >:(
      That’s my home city he’d be abandoning!

  • Crassus

    From his perch at Martha’s Vineyard Obamao is telling all his flunkies and stooges that the rioting in Missouri is far out and wonderful. Those are his children and he’s extremely proud of them.

  • Christopher Hatch

    I think the whole riot thing is crazy too. When we know nothing about the shooting lets rob and break everything and beat people up because they are white.

    Well here is some good news. These folks below came the next day to the burned down Quick Trip to clean up the mess for the store owner. They live in the area and out of good will showed up to help – because they knew it wasn’t the store owners fault.

    Its not about Race to me at all. Its about Good and Evil – and the rioters are all Evil heathens. I find it sad that the response of the police was something out of Iraq – or more to the point – that the riot was bad enough that the police need to respond that way.

    • Christopher Hatch

      Except I cant seem to share the picture lol

  • Tim F

    Being from St. Louis, I can definitely say that this is a pretty dark time for our state. It pains me to see my home city tear itself apart. It really does. I just pray now that the violence will stop soon. :(

    • martha

      I also read that the pic they are using of this 18 yr. old adult is about 5 yrs. old, just like they did with trayvon.

      • Tim F

        That is disgusting. Outrageously disgusting. I’m sick of these people lying about these types of events just to make a certain group “victims” and almost justify their following actions. Can they not see the dangers of what they’re doing?

        • pfiffi43

          No ….they can not. And the Democrats always find excuses for this type of behavior.

  • Dave Gustavson

    Sigh, no surprises at all. No one wins from these situations. Locals riot, loot, commit rape, murder and a plethora of other violent crimes. Business wisely leave as do working folks. The tax base evaporates and it becomes a self perpetuating area of eternal poverty. Examples; Compton CA, Watts in LA CA, Detroit MI. Is the “free” carton of smokes or big screen TV worth destroying your children’s future and perpetuating a stereotype? Yes, boys and girls racism is now alive and well and has become rampant the last 5 or 6 years.

  • Stina

    Beck is spot on in this article. This cop may in fact be the bad guy here, and we will find that out after the investigation. But while we wait for the facts to come out, many more bad guys are on display.

    • yourpaled

      It’s a perfect excuse for the real trouble makers to do their thing. These low downs have no respect for their fellow friends. This is the time for police to serve and protect the general public with force, as no other method will work. Unfortunate but true.

  • Lee Shoemaker

    Put the S.O.B. who shot him in jail were he belongs.Then the rioting will stop.

  • martha

    Deja vu? They ask for peace as the parents did in the trayvon martin case, and i read that they had already hired the same lawyer. Why do some immediately seek out blood money when a loved one is killed?

    • Tim F

      Money and/or attention, I’d presume.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    Some people are always ready to throw a riot and will use any excuse to go out robbing rapping or doing what ever they well please. I bet half of them do not even know why it all started.

    • Watch it

      Latest word is that the looters came from out of town to take advantage of the situation. There weren’t any locals doing the looting and burning.

      • SueJer

        Not true. Live here…many were locals!

        • Watch it

          That’s not what the mayor told he media. You actually can identify these locals who were doing the looting? I can imagine there would be some, but maybe not the majority? It was the next day.

  • Keith Hoffman

    It doesn’t help when law enforcement and govt corruption are rampant around the country and the people feel they get little or no justice……minorities are 4x more incarcerated for non – violent crimes……see Cory Booker and Rand Paul working to right the Justice System…..

    I don’t approve of the rioting, but the govt is clearly its own worst enemy these days….pervasive welfare and pervasive police state results in……this……

  • Brian Lee

    I lived in Miami during the Mcduffy riots. They were not their for peaceful assembly. They were there to cause harm to anyone with white skin and to rob everything they could carry. I couldn’t sleep at night and was so worried about my father(fire fighter) that almost got shot responding to a call during it. I believed that the cops were wrong for the beating and should have paid for it. Do you think I would have been able to get that out if I was caught in the frenzy? I was an innocent child but they wouldn’t have cared. Instead they used the excuse to loot and hurt more innocent people.
    They believe this guy is innocent? then what about that white family you just snatched out of the car and tortured, were they guilty? Were they the police officer who shot him? Were they they judge or jury? No. There is racism on both sides and bad people that exploit it. Rioting and violence only confirms the fact that you are a common thief and have not interested in justice. Only interested in what you can steal or who you can hurt. Thus bringing you to the level of savages that can’t control your temper and have no compassion for your fellow human beings. Kind of like a rabid dog. And what happens to rabid dogs???????

    • pfiffi43

      Very well said!

  • Elena

    Two wrongs never ever made half a right let alone a whole right. Two wrongs simply make a hole wide enough to put a whole bunch more wrongs into the situation.

    Blessed are the peacemakers! We are all Americans, not enemies. Settle down until the results of a thorough investigation are published.

  • James

    I’m so tired of the police state becoming worse and worse. At least the blacks are standing up to it the only way they know how.

    • pfiffi43

      By destroying other people’s property???

      • James

        I don’t have the answer.

        • pfiffi43

          Remember Martin Luther King, Gandhi and others? They protested peacefully and got results. I would not blame the store owners if all of them pulled out of that area. If a person has to live in fear of his fellow men what kind of life is that?
          I am not a racist but I can not condone the violence which is happening every time a black person is wronged.

          • James

            I know what you’re saying. I am trying to look at the bigger picture. I am not black and definitely see all advantage being sent their way while they crap on everything. Everything from special college grants to affirmative actions at the work place to disadvantaged business government contracts. After all this they still destroy their neighborhoods and it seems wrong, right?

            What I am saying is that these cops nowadays look like soldiers out of star ship troopers. Their vehicles are closely related as well. They act more like conqueror’s of a foreign land keeping their subjects in order or beating them down when people try and express their rights. Many times killing them for no reason, other than the officer not getting their way, while the cop yells “stop resisting, stop resisting!” Only to be echoed by “Help me, help me” from the one being beaten by batons and tortured by electricity from the tasers. There are camera’s on every stop light and these incidents are growing, not only for blacks, but for whites as well.

  • pfiffi43

    I remember Glenn talking about riots in the streets. Is this the beginning?
    I hope the people who destroyed property of innocent shop owners will be brought to justice as well when the FBI comes to town. Oh, wait a minute those were blacks who looted so I guess the FBI can not be bothered.

  • ronnie gannon

    The city’s are ticking time bombs and unfortunately the riff raff has spread beyond the cities as well. Seems like every Damn day these animals are threatening to riot over something. And the media loves it because their agenda is to divide the people and the more of this crap they air the more it will divide people.

  • SueJer

    The city as well as surrounding cities are preparing for the worst. Thousands of police and fire fighters having to work overtime to quell the riots. Malls have been closed, Swat teams sent to other county malls. This has spread to a 20-30 mile radius. Apple Stores have several guards monitoring their mall stores in malls that remain open. Bass Pro Shops, Cabellas, Gander and all sporting good stores are removing guns from store shelves and locking them in the back of stores. A wal-mart sporting good department was ransacked and all the ammo stolen. (news media failed to report…know because of a detective friend). It took the team over 3 hours to be able to get to the body to remove it from the scene, because of threats to the personal hired to remove the dead man. This guy laid in the street DEAD for hours because of the animals that took over the city refused to let them in to do their jobs.
    The people in these videos are sub human. It is difficult to sympathize with anyone involved in this pandemonium. Blacks wonder why they get a bad rap. When you see these raging animals, looting, destroying, kids as young as 10 stealing, it nauseates anyone with a soul. Word also is that these stores have no insurance to rebuild their businesses because the insurance purchased in these areas, do not cover RIOTS! So, it is doubtful that anyone will come back. So again the blacks lose! Many have tried to better these cities for the predominately black residents, but when there is little regard for human behavior….these places will stay in decline.

  • Keith Hoffman

    Cops are killing way too many unarmed people and breaking into people’s homes.

  • thedogwalker

    These Black people shoot and kill each other by the dozens every week. Why is it always their answer to riot and loot while at the same time screaming for justice? Where is the justice for the businesses they destroyed?