Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon recently ordered 2,200 National Guardsmen into Ferguson, Mo., which is more than the 1,500 U.S. soldiers that President Obama sent to Iraq earlier this month to train the local army to fight ISIS.
According to MintPressNews.com, an organization called March Forward, which is made up of active-duty U.S. service members and veterans, is calling on Missouri National Guard members to stand with the people of Ferguson, not the police.
MarchForward.org recently posted an open letter on their website with the names of current U.S. service members and veterans who signed it. The letter states in part:
The whole world is watching the Ferguson police with disgust. They killed an unarmed, college-bound black youth in broad daylight, and subsequently responded to peaceful, constitutionally-protected protests with extreme violence and repression.
Countless constitutional and human rights violations by these police have been documented over the course of the Ferguson protests; from attacking and threatening journalists, to using tear gas against peaceful protesters, including children.
Now, Governor Nixon has again activated the National Guard to “support law enforcement.” But you don’t have to follow their orders—you can stand with the protesters instead.
...The autopsy of Michael Brown confirms at least five eye-witness accounts that the young man—who was not even suspected by Darren Wilson of any crime—was shot while he had his hands in the air.
Those of us in the military—especially with combat experience—knows that this flies in the face of any Rules of Engagement, and we know that it is completely ridiculous to believe that Darren Wilson feared for his life in anyway whatsoever.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow notes that in a recent interview with ABC News and in his testimony before a grand jury, Officer Wilson compared Michael Brown to a "demon" and "Hulk Hogan" (video below).