Archive for August 20th, 2014
News, news, and more news! So much news around me over the past dozen days, and now it has come right outside my door. Today’s protests in Clayton made world news. My office building was shown around the country today. Here’s a picture I took of the NBC Nightly News that was shot right in front of where I work.
It’s crazy to come home from the office and see where I just left on television being broadcast around the country. Although based on what I saw in Clayton today, I guess it’s not that surprising. A large group of protestors came to the St. Louis County Justice Center to make their voices heard. And today they did it first with sidewalk chalk.
After the sidewalk art the protestors took to marching down the street in a circle for a good thirty minutes. Eventually the marching was broken up by a determined woman with a bad sense of judgment. I middle aged woman holding high a sign supporting Officer Darren Wilson emerged from behind the entry barriers and headed straight for the marching crowd. In less than a minute it looked like the whole situation might explode.
And it may have blown up if not for a fast acting response from Clayton Police. Around 10 Officers surrounded the woman before she could confront the crowd and quickly escorted her from the area. Here she is yelling at the crowd as she is being dragged away.
The media attention feels like it has really reached its peak today. After so much news over the past dozen days, I get the feeling that a de-escalation is coming soon. The weather will definitely play a big part in that. I watched a massive storm cloud pass over my home tonite on its way to north county. It looked about an ominous as I’ve seen a cloud look in years.
And the rain behind it was furious. No one marches in a downpour.