Unless you totally ignore the news, you already know that two police officers were shot and injured in Ferguson, MO around midnight last night.
It was an all-too-familiar scene in the crappy little hamlet, protesters and police faced off at the police station. The number of protesters was up a bit, though down from earlier yesterday, presumably in reaction to the announcement that the police chief would be resigning in a week. ...And then someone well behind the row of protesters took shots at the police, striking two. No one has reported seeing the shooter, which strikes me as likely: the officers had their attention on closer troubles and the opposite side wasn't looking in that direction.
Yes, nothing improves a situation quite like shooting policemen, right? --It's really difficult to see how anyone local (and of at least moderate sanity) had anything to gain. Indeed, recent events were favoring the protestors -- a DOJ report critical of the way law enforcement and courts operate in Ferguson, MO, followed by a spate of firings and resignations among them officers, the police chief, a judge and the city manager.
Every time there's even a hint of some resolution -- unsatisfactory but possibly sufficient, which is about as much as anyone can home for in a mess as spawling as Ferguson, Missouri -- more idiotic crap happens.
I'm starting to favor a Solomonic solution. Take a look at the map: Ferguson is embedded in the greater St. Louis metroplex. Carve it up. Hand it off in chunks to the surrounding towns. If Ferguson's got such an outstandingly bad culture, replace it. Surrounding towns aren't bleeding and burning at a rate that makes headlines; they must be doing something that if not right, is at least less wrong than the established habits of the government and people of Ferguson, MO. Borders and town names are man-made artifacts, just labels and lines on a map. Redraw 'em. Rub out the mess. Ferguson delenda est.
If that doesn't work, there's always what the Romans did to Carthage. --And heck, this is the 21st Century: give everyone two months to move out before knocking down all the buildings, uprooting all the plants, and sowing the ground with salt as a warning to all who pass: Don't be jerks. They won't pay the lesson any heed.
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