Ferguson Police Are Following These Guidelines


The following guidelines are for police officers, neighborhood watchmen and anyone else that was “frightened” by an unarmed Black person. They’ve been utilized successfully throughout the Jim Crow era and are heavily based on 18th century Slave Codes. Yet even in 2014, these guidelines are as ripe as ever. During the Ferguson police press conference held on August 15th, 2014, they let the public “know” that they are carefully following these guidelines step by step.

1. Act Like It Didn’t Happen

Best case scenario is if the person killed was a prisoner, had a criminal past, was homeless or a sex worker. Generally society has marginalized these sets of people so much that their humanity and human rights are often overlooked.  In that case, someone is less likely to champion for them, come looking for them or report them missing. This is the easiest type of crime to push under the rug.

If they officer that killed the person is also Black, this makes it even easier. Then the public can’t blame racism.

2. Hide The Facts

If there are any key facts that can point to your wrongdoing, hide or destroy them before the media or an outside department gets wind of it. Remember that the evidence is in your control. Sometimes people catch feelings, so fire or publicly discredit any possible whistleblowers. Dig up dirt on them to make their words less credible.

3. Be Slow To Make An Arrest

No matter if the killing took place in broad day light or how many people saw it, don’t make an immediate arrest. It didn’t happen until you said it happened. You are the one to determine whether an actual crime took place. Take as much time as you need. Don’t worry about public push back. Let them eat cake! In due time you will make your decision on how to handle this. Don’t provide any information to the public while you’re getting your story together/or creating one.

4. Demand that the public believe you over their lying eyes.

What? That’s not a chokehold, that’s the police officer giving the Heimlich maneuver to a helpless man.
What? That’s not a long distance shot, that’s a close range shot.
What? That’s not a gun, that’s a taser. At least, we thought it was a taser.

No matter what the video shows, don’t allow the public to believe their own eyes.

5. Create an optical illusion.

Is it a bird, a plane? The public has a short memory. Work off of that, use this knowledge to your advantage. If you have any footage or videos potentially showing the person in perceived devious acts, send it to every news media outlet imaginable. Even the blogs. Make sure that every Tom, Dick and Harry knows that one time, the person smoked weed or gave “the finger.” They were bad, very bad and had to be stopped before they became a greater nuisance to society.

6. Criminalize, Criminalize, Criminalize

Can you link the person to a crime? Can you dig up something from their past? Did they ever attend a juvenile detention center? Did they have alcohol or marijuana in their system? If any of these things applies, use it as your greatest asset. This will prove to some members of the public that the person was not worthy of life.  If you can’t find anything, make something up. Try to make it sound as believable as possible. Say the person was a suspect to a recent crime.

Do this even if the “alleged” crime is as simple as selling cigarettes on the side walk or stealing a box of Swisher Sweets. In the legendary words of Tim Gunn, “Make it work!”

7. Push For No Blacks On The Jury Or No Jury At All

If the case actually goes to trial, there can absolutely be no Black people on the jury. None. Push for them to all be excused for some sort of inherent bias. If even one Black person is on the jury, consider the case over. They fight amongst each other a lot, but they tend to run a tight ship when things get rough. Also push for no jury, if applicable. In that case your local friendly judge can let you go home.

8. Glorious Freedom – Rinse & Repeat 

If you’ve managed to make it through the obstacle course of so called “accountability” you’re free to go back on the streets to protect and serve. This also goes for self appointed neighborhood watchmen and anyone else that has taken an issue with Black people just living their lives.

Writer’s Note: Everyone of these instances continues to happen. The police departments are meant to protect and serve. There are many police officers across the country that are working with their local communities but there are others that are terrorizing their local communities.  There needs be a change, bottom up, top down and every way imaginable. At the same time I recognize that many people say they hate the police, until they need them. Whenever we feel like our lives are in danger we reach for the phone to call the police. But we need stability, trust and respect. Communities can not be protected without mutual respect. Crimes can not be solved and lives can not be saved if police don’t listen to the local community. But the question remains, “Do the police and government care about Black lives as much as others?” History has shown us the answer to that question time and time again. 


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IMG_0054-ZF-7906-35913-1-001-006Jessica Ann Mitchell is the founder of OurLegaci.com & BlackBloggersConnect.com. To reach JAM, email her at OurLegaci@gmail.com. Follow Jessica @TweetingJAM.

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20 thoughts on “Ferguson Police Are Following These Guidelines

  1. I was actually born 150 miles south of Ferduson, where a similar incident happened many years ago where the Governor of Missouri at the time, the President and the Justice Department attempted to quell the racial uproar. As I am a writer and book reviewer with the East County Magazine in San Diego and the book review editor of SDWriteway, an online newsletter for writers in San Diego that has partnered with the East County Magazine, as well as having been a freelance contributor to EURweb based out of Los Angeles, I have had the occasion to write about such issues. I wrote a review of Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow” which helped propel her book into winning the NAACP Image Award on Literature, and put in perspective the tragic event with Michael Brown and the blacks in Ferguson, Missouri. Of particular note, is the fact that Ferguson is a town of approximately 70% blacks, but with a white mayor, white police chief, and vast majority white police force. It reminds me so much of Soweto, South Africa. Is it any wonder that recent events could occur as they have?

    Dennis Moore




    • THAT is not a problem though. We were on our own for thousands of years on this planet and we THRIVED. The PROBLEM is that we are NOT on our own. We have a enemy that first realized he was inferior, then stole our culture to make him feel equal, separated us from the knowledge of ourselves and our great culture, then destroyed most of the information that proved he did this so his future generations could feel superior. So NOW, the problem is US. If you have kids and you send them off to be educated by your enemy everyday, then YOU are the problem. If you don’t MAKE them study Ancient African history(our history that DOESN’T begin with us being SLAVES) and they don’t know the names of the countries in Africa, the leaders of those countries, the languages spoken by the people in those countries, and how the enemy is STILL oppressing those countries, then YOU are the problem. If you believe that it is the responsibility of OTHERS to educate your children and you don’t WANT to prepare them for a white supremacist society for ANY reason(and I’ve heard them all), the YOU are the problem. If your sons want to be misogynistic rappers and your daughters want to work for corrupt whites in Washington DC(and be bedwarmers and “side pussy” for white males), then YOU are the problem.

      • I’m not surprised that you are in agreement because you’re intelligent enough to be HERE instead of worldstarhiphop.com, some Black women’s site, or some other crap that divides us as Blacks. The people that NEED to hear this are ALWAYS off doing some ridiculous crap with no idea how close we are to martial law being enacted which means MANY of us will be either rounded up and placed in “camps” OR straight shot down by the National Guard or Army.

  2. As a mother of two sons, my heart breaks every time I read or hear of a story like Mike Brown, Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin and all the others innocents just trying to survive in today’s world.

    • De Divah, as a father, I feel exactly the same way as you do! I actually did have two sons that were shot at the same time, but fortunately both of them survived. They were actually 11 and 16 at the time, and it happened in our hometown of Chicago.


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