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    My parents always taught me to be careful about who I hang with and the image and reputation I create, as people would have a hard time telling who is who and who is doing what (i.e.: don't hang around the wrong crowed, guilty by association, etc.).

    At any rate, by these people claiming to be harassed by police hanging out with rioters, they were easily mistaken for lawbreakers themselves. Heck, they probably were violating the law. Whatever the case, they should have stayed away from the riot so they wouldn't be confused with the rioters and looters.
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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    @Food4thoughts Would vote you up more if it would let me...

    Republicans always forget every other right unless it has to do with guns.
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    Food4thoughts: "THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE"

    Peacefully. PEACEFULLY. PEACEFULLY!!!!!

    These rioters and looters were hardly peacefully assembling, they were rioting and looting and destroying property. I say the Ferguson PD handled the situation much better than I would have.
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    A lawsuit.....gee, what a shock. Do those protestors realize they are suing themselves and will be giving their tax money away to out of town lawyers?
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    @boombatic I think all that would do is create a not her venue for lawyers to get rich, at the expense of taxpayers.
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    @galt45 how are they suing themselves by suing an established racist power structure that doesn't represent them and that money from their neighborhood are not used to uplift their community but other communities while they suffer oppression and police brutality???
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    @Keyjo It was just kind of an add on to your statement. I accidentally misworded that a little bit, but I figured you would understand. Thanks.
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    I from NJ. I went to ferguson this wek. I was repeatdly pulled over by police and harrased. Once for doing 37 in a 35 near the protest zone. The cops were bothering everyone for anything. If you showed up in ferguson you were targeted by the police.
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    @HoraceGreely Agreed. As I mentioned above, We've all seen businesses simply fold rather than pay huge punitive lawsuits. Perhaps Ferguson can simply close up shop and let the citizens take care of themselves. How long will they stand having NO ONE to call when a crime is committed?
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    @cwi530 - Yes. Slomo said that 'there was a "time when 'it'(as in, uprisings / protests / speaking out) wasn't tolerated". To which I replied, Yes - that the time when it wasn't tolerated, was during slavery.
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    @eyesonu But there's a big difference between speaking out and an uprising and Americans have been speaking out for a long time... before they were Americans.
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    Good luck. every single person who put themselves out in that climate opened themselves up to any crowd control measures deemed necessary.....I hope Missouri has a clause for bringing frivolous lawsuits where the loser pays
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    @boombatic or that Michael Brown was shot in the back with his hands up in the air saying not to shoot?
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    I'm not sure how it's relevant. The Brown shooting was just the straw the broke the camels back... police shouldn't be shooting at people ruining away or at unarmed persons with their hands in the air attempting to surrender.
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    If non-violent protestors can prove that police used excessive force, the police deserve punishment and the plaintiffs deserve compensation. This principle does not apply to looters, hurlers of Molotov cocktails, or other people threatening the police. Courts need to examine such claims on a case-by-case basis, even if only to decide who to include in a class action suit.
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    Only thing to say. Was anything recorded? Otherwise it all goes against those claiming racism! If nothing, it is all speculation! Trust me! I know lawyers jargon! This is how they will defend!
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    Winning a lawsuit and collecting on the judgment are two different things, though. None of that looting trash will ever have the assets to settle a lawsuit unless they steal it from someone else.
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    I feel that the Ferguson police did a pretty good job. These people that were rioting, shooting at the police, throwing Molitave cocktails and rocks, were the ass scabs of society. Yes a few officers were out of line and one was suspended. But this reminds me of something I read lately. If you are against guns that's ok. If you don't like the police that's OK too. And if you don't believe in God too. These are all choices. But when you wake up at two in the morning and someone is breaking in your home to steal or kill you, I would bet that you wish you had a gun while you dialed 911, and prayed to God that get there in time.
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    Your right, what these people who bad-mouth the police should do the next time they need the police, call a, I want to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, peacenik, instead.
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    And while we're at it: we should bill them for the stationing of the police and the National Guard in their area during the riots and when they continue: I suppose it would be a six zero bill and they better pay up damages to the shopowners too.
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    Well, I guess that's a step up? Rather than burn your community to the ground, sue your community into oblivion? If the police have no omney to operate, don't expect they to come when you call. And when your tax rates go up because of it, the only person to blame is yourself.
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    @SolomonSanford people can't wait until all the cards are on the table. Nobody knows what really happen yet except the officer and the deceased. If the officer was in the wrong then do what the law states. According to what I have read and saw on the news reports, if I had been an officer incharge of crowd controll I would have feared for my life. The people I feel who are filing this are the ones who were their to stir the pot. From what I understand the majority of the arrests were people from outside of the town.
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    >>>it was a crowd of uncivilized savages acting like they were still in the jungle. <<<

    If the police saw them that way then the lawsuit against the police is even more justified.
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    @mudzangandoro nah i think the savagery in this case, began with michael brown being a savage. and most likely has roots, even before G-D commanded them into and out of slavery.
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    @1adam2 god commanded them into slavery? You are even more delusional today than usual. Just what "roots" of "savagery" are you implying, Oh Perfect Christian? Saying that someone has a genetic propensity for savagery could result in you being called a name that the Politix Diplomats don't like us to use around here.
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    dpx55 - "Hey kids. Let's go to McDonald's. For the price of a couple of Happy Meals, we can sue the "popo", and be on easy street for years." Yep. Sounds like a plan.
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    They throw rocks and spit on the police and now they sue right I don't think the city of Ferguson has twelve cents much less 40 million dollars.
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    It takes money to hire lawyers to pursue lawsuits. Now who is paying for these lawyers and WHO is it who just won't let this situation settle down? Someone, something has their agenda set on Ferguson and no matter what really went down the day Brown was killed, this someone or something is going to make damn certain THEIR agenda is addressed.

    The whole situation smells like last week's fish dinner and the more Ferguson continues to draw attention the more this looks like a set-up.
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