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Ferguson's Media Darling Flames Out

Posted by on Dec. 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM
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Ferguson’s Media Darling Flames Out 
Joshua Williams was the liberal-media darling of the Ferguson protests; now he’s an alleged arsonist. 


Joshua Williams at a Ferguson city council meeting in September. (Scott Olson/Getty)
 
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Joshua Williams has been everywhere: protesting in Ferguson, Mo., Washington, D.C., and Cleveland, Ohio. Now, he is in St. Louis, where police have arrested him for arson.

During the Ferguson protests, Williams perfected the skill of catching the attention of journalists and using them to elevate his claims of police brutality to national attention. Quoted or photographed in countless articles in publications including theNew York Times and USA Today, Williams claims police in Ferguson, Mo., targeted him because he is black. The truth, caught on tape by National Review Online, is much different.


The charismatic teenager was one of Ferguson’s most recognizable protesters. Once the summer protests began, protestors and reporters alike found themselves transfixed by Williams’s emotional demonstrations. Sometimes he cried, sometimes he screamed, and sometimes he confronted police in a way designed to get a response. As high-profile African Americans flocked to Ferguson, Williams somehow found himself at their side: When former Princeton University professor Cornel West arrived, there was Williams, shoulder-to-shoulder with him. “I don’t know how he ended up arm-in-arm with Cornel West, but . . . for as much as Josh was holding on to West, Cornel West there, West was holding onto Josh as well and talking with Josh,” says David Carson, the St. Louis Post-Dispatchphotographer who captured the two marching together. “So it wasn’t like it was a one-way thing.”


Williams has been portrayed in the media as an innocent victim fighting back against authority; he has been held up as the quintessential Ferguson protestor, decrying police brutality as he is time and again brutalized by police. When Williams interrupted a Ferguson City Council meeting in September and the meeting descended into chaos, for example, the New York Times published a photo of his disruptive antics with a caption that said that he had only “posed a question to the City Council.” 

Williams came to Ferguson to protest the Ferguson police’s involvement in the death of Michael Brown. He routinely clashed with the cops and claimed that he had been arrested multiple times there.

Williams made his way to Washington, D.C., to join protests there, too. “The reason we came up here is because we are tired of being shot down in the streets like dogs,” Williams told thousands of people gathered in the city streets for Al Sharpton’s “Justice for All” march earlier this month. “Police have a thing called the trigger finger — they can’t control they trigger finger when they see a black person in the street.”

He proceeded to tell the crowd about the beatings he had suffered at the hands of police, and claimed to have been arrested five times. Each time after the police released him, he said, he went back out on the street to let the cops know that “I don’t care about them.”

NRO visited Ferguson in November and observed something different. On a cold fall night before the grand jury decided against indicting police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, Williams stood across the street from the Ferguson Police Department.

“Come on, I’m ready,” he shouted. “Your time starts now. You have five minutes to arrest me, or we’re going to bang it out in the streets.”

NRO didn’t see whether the police complied with his request, but it was neither the first nor the last time he goaded the police. In October, the Post-Dispatchphotographed him burning an American flag; in December, he prevented St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson from speaking at a meeting of the Ferguson Commission, gesturing in Dotson’s face and shouting him down. The Ferguson Commission is an independent group commissioned by Missouri governor Jay Nixon to make recommendations about how to make progress in Ferguson.

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Elkamelka
by Gold Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM
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One lousy example of a protestor doesn't make what is going on any less important or profound. Oddly enough, I have never heard or seen his name before this article, and I watched a lot in the beginning.

A few bad apples won't make this problem go away, nor does it negate the problems at-hand. 

Radarma
by Ruby Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Unfortunately, this is not but "one" example, for those of you in severe denial.


turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Dec. 28, 2014 at 9:25 PM
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who the hell is he?

Elkamelka
by Gold Member on Dec. 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM

What you call denial, I call reality, as I live here and see first-hand what's going on. 

Quoting Radarma:

Unfortunately, this is not but "one" example, for those of you in severe denial.



“Life they say, can turn on a dime. And in a world that constantly shifts beneath our feet, the only thing we can know for certain is how we feel, the love we have, the fear we hide from, the pain we push away. Give it a voice, and the rewards are piece of mind and a peaceful heart.”
turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Dec. 29, 2014 at 12:22 AM

you know shes going off her experiences. I believe she "knows" a black person or saw one (not sure) one time and now she.....knows!  LMAO

Quoting Elkamelka:

What you call denial, I call reality, as I live here and see first-hand what's going on. 

Quoting Radarma:

Unfortunately, this is not but "one" example, for those of you in severe denial.



Elkamelka
by Gold Member on Dec. 29, 2014 at 12:26 AM
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I shouldn't be laughing at this, but I am! 

Quoting turtle68:

you know shes going off her experiences. I believe she "knows" a black person or saw one (not sure) one time and now she.....knows!  LMAO

Quoting Elkamelka:

What you call denial, I call reality, as I live here and see first-hand what's going on. 

Quoting Radarma:

Unfortunately, this is not but "one" example, for those of you in severe denial.



“Life they say, can turn on a dime. And in a world that constantly shifts beneath our feet, the only thing we can know for certain is how we feel, the love we have, the fear we hide from, the pain we push away. Give it a voice, and the rewards are piece of mind and a peaceful heart.”
Iconoclast
by on Dec. 29, 2014 at 12:29 AM
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She saw one once, it wasn't a good experience, they didn't smile. Lol

Quoting turtle68:

you know shes going off her experiences. I believe she "knows" a black person or saw one (not sure) one time and now she.....knows!  LMAO

Quoting Elkamelka:

What you call denial, I call reality, as I live here and see first-hand what's going on. 

Quoting Radarma:

Unfortunately, this is not but "one" example, for those of you in severe denial.

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Dec. 29, 2014 at 12:37 AM
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LOL....maybe gave her the stink eye before she scuttled away in fear of her life?

Quoting Iconoclast: She saw one once, it wasn't a good experience, they didn't smile. Lol
Quoting turtle68:

you know shes going off her experiences. I believe she "knows" a black person or saw one (not sure) one time and now she.....knows!  LMAO

Quoting Elkamelka:

What you call denial, I call reality, as I live here and see first-hand what's going on. 

Quoting Radarma:

Unfortunately, this is not but "one" example, for those of you in severe denial.



Friday
by HRH of MJ on Dec. 29, 2014 at 12:54 AM

Never heard of him.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

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