Two police officers shot in Ferguson

Ferguson Protestors (Loavesofbread)


Protests and violence have returned to Ferguson, Missouri:

March 12, 2015

Two policemen were shot in Ferguson, Missouri early Thursday, hours after the city’s police chief resigned in the wake of a Justice Department report that accused the department of racially biased policing.

The incident occurred about midnight as protesters gathered outside the Ferguson police station were just beginning to disperse. A few dozen demonstrators scrambled following the sound of gunfire.

One of the officers, a member of the St. Louis County police department, was shot in the shoulder, while the other, from the nearby town of Webster Groves, was shot in the face.

St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar said the officers were conscious but described their wounds as “very serious.”

Location of shooter

The officers were shot “just because they were police officers,” Belmar said, adding that the shooter was “somehow embedded” among the demonstrators.

But witnesses in Ferguson reported the shots appeared to come from a hill across the street from the station. A large number of police officers were deployed outside the station moments after the shots rang out.

Scuffles had broken out earlier among the 60 to 70 demonstrators, who represented two factions, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday.

“The first were there to make a point that they weren’t satisfied” with this week’s resignations of Police Chief Thomas Jackson and City Manager John Shaw, the paper said. “They were chanting in unison.

“The other one was volatile, angry, hurling profanities at the police, media and other protesters,” the Post-Dispatch said, noting it had a reporter and photographer on the scene.

Jackson submitted his resignation Wednesday, seven months after Darren Wilson, a white police officer fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown during a street confrontation last August.

Jackson became the focus of bitter complaints of racial discrimination within his department in the aftermath of Brown’s deadly shooting. Protesters had called for his removal since then.

The report by the Justice Department criticized the Ferguson police department of bias against the city’s black majority, including arbitrary traffic stops, arrests and tickets. The report said city officials operated its courts as a money-making venture.

Jackson is the sixth Ferguson official to step down in the wake of the Justice Department report. Besides the city manager, a municipal court judge resigned this week, while a city court clerk and two police officers were either dismissed or resigned after they were identified in the report of sending racist emails.

Sending racist emails is wrong. Using the police department as a revenue-raising enterprise (which is sadly done all over) is wrong.  Of course, shooting two police officers is also wrong.

Violence is not the answer to injustice. Notice what Jesus said:

52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. (Matthew 26:52, KJV)

Vengeance belongs to God:

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. (Romans 12:17-19, NKJV)

What is needed is peace:

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)

As far as violence goes, the Bible also shows that God is against violence and that destruction will come because of it:

23 ‘Make a chain,
For the land is filled with crimes of blood,
And the city is full of violence.
24 Therefore I will bring the worst of the Gentiles,
And they will possess their houses;
I will cause the pomp of the strong to cease,
And their holy places shall be defiled. (Ezekiel 7:23-24)

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality…30…violent, proud, boasters,…31…unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32)

8…And the violence of the land and the city, And of all who dwell in it. ( Habakkuk 2:8)

For years, based on prophecies like the above, I have written that civil unrest would come to the USA. I expect more civil unrest in the USA in the future.

In my view, some of the protesters and some in the government turn too quickly to violence. And that does not bode well for various ones in the USA.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

God’s Grace is For All Is being Jewish a hindrance to salvation? What about not being a descendant of Israel? What does the Bible really teach? Here is a link to a related sermon titled Race and Grace; Do you view race as God does?
Military Service and the Churches of God: Do Real Christians Participate in Carnal Warfare or Encourage Violence? Here are current and historical perspectives on a matter which show the beliefs of the true church on military participation. Is war proper for Christians? A related sermon would be: Christians, Violence, and Military Service.
Christian Soldiers How are Christians to be like soldiers? How are they to be different?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, English, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Saxon (non-Dutch) Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo-Saxon nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first? Here is a link to the Spanish version of this article: Anglo-América & las Tribus Perdidas de Israel. Information is also in the YouTube sermons titled Where are the Ten Lost Tribes? Why does it matter? and British are the Covenant People. A short YouTube of prophetic interest may be Barack Obama and the State of the Apocalypse.
Will the Anglo-Saxon Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves? Will the lands of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand be divided? What about Jerusalem? What does Bible prophecy teach? Are there non-biblical prophecies that support this idea? Who will divide those lands? Who will end up with the lands and the people? Here is a link to a video titled Will the USA and other Anglo-nations be Divided and Their People Made Slaves? Here is a related item in the Spanish language ¿Serán divididas las naciones anglosajonas?
The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil Some feel that the ten commandments are a burden. Is that what Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, and John taught?

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