There were three large groups of people and one small one. The large were the police and the good citizens of Ferguson attempting to keep the peace.
The other large group was the media hoping for trouble; the small group was the troublemakers.
Around midnight last night the ratio of all people was 3-2-1 according to reports: for every three (3) police officers there were (2) two reporters and one (1) civilian non-media. Watching it I realized that by removing just one element peace would return to Ferguson.
Without in any way denigrating their work, I humbly suggest that the police stay home tonight. I suggest that the good citizens of Ferguson and those who have come to assist them in keeping the peace turn out in force and take back their city. Last night I was impressed at the willingness of that group to keep the peace at risk of life and limb. They did well.
I say let them continue without other help. As for the police, they are an agent of combustion. I suggest that they stay home for one night and let the real peacekeepers do their work.
If what I saw last night was any indication of the dedication to work and the desire for peace and calm, I am as close to positive as I can be that by letting the good citizens police their own neighborhood we’ll be giving peace a chance to thrive.
Then to continue to insure the peace I would ask the leaders of the peacekeepers to select 30 of their members to become police officers in Ferguson. They would be immediately sworn into the force and then undergo the necessary training to increase their skills to become professional police officers. Part of the training would be to sit side-by-side in police vehicles with their fellow officers. To relieve the city of the cost of enlarging its police force I would expect it to be reimbursed by federal funds (better used at home than in foreign countries). The police force would return to its normal size by attrition and retirements.