Oath Keepers Station Themselves on Ferguson’s Rooftops; Police Order Them to Stop – Jesse Walker

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After the riot that followed the grand jury’s decision last week not to indict Darren Wilson, members of the Oath Keepers—a controversial group of current and former military, police, and public safety officials who have pledged not to obey unconstitutional orders—arrived in Ferguson, Missouri. Armed with rifles and fire extinguishers, they stood guard on the rooftops, ready, they said, to protect local businesses from arsonists and looters.

Over the weekend, the police told them to stop. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

Following a night of arson fires and bashed storefronts that hit close to home, Greg Hildebrand stood naked Tuesday, drying off from a needed shower, when he noticed somebody on the rooftop.

“I opened the window and said, ‘Hey, can I help you?'” said Hildebrand, 35, a website developer.

The man said he was security and would be up there at night with others to protect the pocket of second-story apartments and lower-level storefronts near the Ferguson Police Department. A day earlier, rioters had broken out windows below Hildebrand’s apartment in the 100 block of South Florissant Road and torched a nearby beauty supply store.

“I am in the middle of a difficult spot,” Hildebrand said. “I feel a lot better having those guys up on the roof.”…

Police questioned group members early in the week and allowed them to stay. But Saturday, after media inquiries, St. Louis County police officers ordered the Oath Keepers to leave the rooftops.

Threatened with arrest for operating without a license, the volunteers argued but eventually left their positions early Saturday, [Oath Keepers founder Stewart] Rhodes said.

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2 thoughts on “Oath Keepers Station Themselves on Ferguson’s Rooftops; Police Order Them to Stop – Jesse Walker

  1. The Gray Homestead December 2, 2014 / 10:21 AM

    As I see it, business and building owners would only have to put individual Oath Keepers on their payroll just like any other employee. Give him or her a maintenance job. Once the employee/employer relationship is established, the owner could allow the individual to carry a firearm on the premises without the need for a security license since they wouldn’t be security. Thanks for reporting on this. I think the people have a right to know that the Ferguson police are not only inept to handle this situation, but they also want to prohibit the competition from handling it, which it appears the Oath Keepers are capable of doing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thomas Hill December 2, 2014 / 11:18 AM

      You are most welcome. You have an excellent idea! Knowledge is Power…

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