It’s taken a while, but we’ve managed to find a story about a group of good people in the mess that is Ferguson, Missouri.
You know about the riots, the looting, the burning down of Ferguson’s business district. In the mess on Tuesday night a group of men stood up for their friend and employer and protected his business from looters.
Doug Merlino owns the Conoco gas station and convenience store in Ferguson, it’s been in his family since his dad bought it in 1984. Doug Merlino is white. Here’s what happened when all hell broke loose on Tuesday night after the grand jury announced no indictment of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
…a 6-foot-8-inches man named Derrick Jordan — “Stretch,” as friends call him — whisked an AR-15 assault rifle out from a pickup truck parked near the entrance.
Jordan, 37, was one of four black Ferguson residents who spent Tuesday night planted in front of the store, pistols tucked into their waistbands, waiting to ward off looters or catch shoplifters.
Jordan and the others guarding the gas station are all black.
We’ve been focusing on the rioters, the looters and the arsonists, idiots driven by racial animus whipped up by the usual suspects, The Revs – Sharpton & Jackson, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and the racial grievance industry. This time around they were joined by the Communist Party in the US, the New Black Panthers, and Muslims for starters.
It’s heartening to see that the infectious race bating that’s been going on for the past almost four months didn’t infect some of the citizens of Ferguson. These are the good guys.
At times, Jordan and his friends were joined on Tuesday night by other men from the neighborhood, also armed. None of the men was getting paid to be there. They said they felt they owed it to Merello, who has employed many of them over the years and treats them with respect.
“He’s a nice dude, he’s helped us a lot,” said a 29-year-old who identified himself as R.J. He said he, like the other volunteers, had lived a short distance away from the store for most of his life.
This story drives home just how corrupt and ineffective the so-called law enforcement community handled this mess. It’s not like they didn’t know there would be riots, police agencies have been “preparing” for this for at least a month. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard. 700 Guardsmen were called up.
We have a handful of casually dressed, lightly armed, Ferguson residents standing guard at a convenience store, and it isn’t burned or looted. We have 700 Guardsmen plus hundreds of police officers from Ferguson and the surrounding jurisdictions standing back watching the rest of the business district. Had they been positioned in front of the stores when things started to get out of hand there’s no reason to believe that the fires and looting wouldn’t have been stopped. It’s almost like they wanted it to happen.
Derrick Jordan and his friends deserve medals for their humanity.
Jay Nixon and the people in charge of the police deserve to be tarred and feathered. If they’d had just a little of Jordan’s humanity and bravery Ferguson would likely not look like this today.