St. Louis Area Police Officers Harassing Ferguson Protesters At Places Of Employment

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A St. Louis police officer is under investigation after calling the a real estate broker’s office to discuss the broker’s involvement in protests surrounding the shootings of Michael Brown and VonDerrit Myers, Jr. The officer in question, Keith Novara, called to complain about the actions of Leigh Maibes, who is known as ‘Short Stack’ on Twitter and has been protesting in Ferguson since Brown was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. Recently, protests moved to the Shaw neighborhood in south St. Louis after the shooting death of Myers. Also, a number of protests and ‘actions’ took place in multiple areas of St. Louis during Ferguson October’s Weekend of Resistance

Earlier this week, Novara called RE/Max, the real estate brokerage firm where Maibes works. Pr Novara, he just wanted to let Maibes’ employer know the activities she’s been up to, especially as he feels that she, and other protesters, are engaging in “corrosive behavior.” Maibes called the police officer on Wednesday to discuss why he called her employer. Below is her YouTube video of the call:

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Obviously, the intention of Officer Novara was to intimidate Maibes and other activists. By calling her employer, he was hoping to force Maibes to back off from further protests, perhaps even force her to stop filming while at demonstrations. The police department is now investigating Novara and he has retained a lawyer via the police officers union. The union released a statement defending Novara’s actions, which Maibes tweeted out on Thursday.

 

Maibes also made a insightful statement regarding the actions taken against her by the police. She wondered what is happening to other protesters and activists, especially those who are people of color, if this is occurring to her.

 

Just from my own interactions with protesters during demonstrations in Ferguson, it is apparent that officers are targeting certain people and essentially taking tabs. During Monday’s demonstration at the Ferguson police station, one young activist spoke to me and pointed out that specific police officers were “eyeballing’ him and others based on their familiarity. Other protesters have mentioned this as well, claiming that officers have made inquiries about their lives only to later make veiled threats about calling their work, home or school. I’ve also been informed of the specific targeting of activist and livestreamers by police for either arrest or harsh police tactics such as tear gas, pepper spray or rubber bullets. (in this instance, I am leaving names out due to the potential impact identifying them could have with police.)

As for Maibes, she is not going to let this deter her one bit. She claimed on Twitter Friday that she would continue to document what is happening in these protests.

 

Currently, the protesters are waiting for a ruling to come down from the grand jury regarding Wilson’s fate. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said last month that he expected the grand jury to come to a decision no later than early November. With such a long wait, many of the most active protesters feel that a non-indictment is coming.

12 Replies to “St. Louis Area Police Officers Harassing Ferguson Protesters At Places Of Employment”

  1. Don’t these police officers realize this only makes them look worse? This is not a police state. Intimidation such as this is an action of a police state. If someone actually saw someone throw a brick at police, arrest them, but don’t intimidate someone who is only supporting the protests (nonviolent) or filming the actions of the police during them.

  2. It’s terrorism, plain and simple. My ex’s (he’s an attorney) 2nd wife used to do that to me. She was the Deputy District Attorney in our county, and she’d call my employers and tell them what a terrible mother I was. I lost 3 jobs from that and just plain suffered bad treatment at the one Union job I had where they couldn’t fire me for no good reason.

    When my daughter was 25 years old and his 2nd wife had been divorced and died, his secretary would do the same thing. And people wonder why I’d move 3,000 miles from home to where I knew no one at 50 years of age.

  3. Peaceful Protesting is not throwing BRICKS, ROCKS, BOTTLES at Police! Going on private property creating a disturbance causing a business to closes its doors! The protesters need to carry their ignorant racist asses to the house! Why don’t you all protest about BLACKS KILLING BLACKS, OR BLACK OFFICERS KILLING BLACK MALES! Why because all the protesters in Furguson Mo and St Louis Mo are RACIST!

  4. Why does this feel like another Watts riot in the making? The governor has made a terrible mistake in not taking control of this situation and seeing to it that the police department is cleaned up or cleaned out. Apparently, it isn’t just the police chief that is tone deaf, it’s the whole department. Even after 70 days, this is just the beginning and not even close to the end.

  5. So other than what the police said who reported that the protesters were VIOLENT? But I bet your wet dream came true when you saw this
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    BTW learn to spell. Its Ferguson

  6. Hey since I have your email address and can find out who you are what if I called your employer and tell them you are a child molester and a meth addict? Now can your dumbass see how wrong this is?

  7. The police union statement changes this from one cop who needs to be disciplined to an entire force that needs to be replaced. This malfeasance cannot be allowed to continue.

  8. Why do people keep calling these a$$holes police officers. These idiots don’t know they reap what they sow. They are more like clowns with badges that have sh*t for brains. What they are doing, will come back to bite them in the ass. The one who should be sent packing is the chief. A police department is as good as their chief. And this one isn’t worth a crap.

  9. Mankind, nothing ever changes on this planet. Wonder what G-d/whoever/whatever, was thinking when he allowed humankind to run roughshod over planet earth. We are our own worst enemies. What is wrong with that cop? Oh well, goes to show, that to become a cop, all you need to do, is be able to lick a stamp.

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