2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
At a press conference held this morning in Ferguson, Police Chief Thomas Jackson addressed members of the press, visibly flustered, to answer questions about police conduct during the protests the evening before.
“What’s happening now is not what any of us want,” he said. “We need to get everyone to calm down, bring some peace to this.”
“We want everybody to be able to protest, we know they’re going to protest, we want to facilitate their ability to protest — because it’s a constitutional right — so we’re working with the leaders to try and put this together,” he continued.
OK, the sentiment is well-taken, but “calm down”? The protesters are supposed to calm down when during a mostly peaceful protest they were pelted with rubber bullets and assaulted with tear gas? The press is supposed to calm down when two reporters were arrested for not leaving a McDonald’s quickly enough?
Or, possibly, did Jackson mean that the police need to calm down?
“There is gunfire, there is firebombs being thrown at the police,” he said. “I understand that what it looks like — is not good. The whole situation is not good at this point. That’s why there’s several meetings going on right now to evaluate tactics, how we approach this.”
The rest of the press conference is below:
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