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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Updated Aug 14, 2014 - 11:08 am

2 confrontations highlight very different police responses

You tell ME the difference: Two protests. Two groups of protesters. Two completely different responses.

What is happening in Ferguson, Missouri is disgusting on a variety of levels. The shooting of an unarmed citizen and the rioting and looting in response to it have become a sad chapter in American history. But we have a proud tradition of protesting our Government, a tradition that is protected by the Constitution of the United States.

In the past year we have seen at least two major demonstrations against perceived Government overreach, Ferguson and Cliven Bundy's ranch, and the response to the protesters has been dramatically different.

The pictures below illustrate the point that HOW police deal with groups of demonstrators appears to be driven by a few factors.

Am I to believe that if ALL protesters were armed (as many were at the Bundy ranch), the police would have a more measured response? Am I to believe the race of the protesters, or police, is a factor in the strategy to deal with them? Or am I to believe that the way we enforce the law in the inner city is completely different from how we enforce the law in the rural areas?

It seems that all of these factors play into the relationship between protesters and law enforcement, and I'd argue that is a problem. The bigger issue is the message these two pictures send to anyone with a grievance against their Government.

Bring a gun.


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About the Author

I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass upů so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".


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