“Don’t Shoot!”

At some point I may have something useful to say about the police slaying of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. But for now, I’d just observe that the tactic being deployed by protesters in Ferguson–approaching police officers in riot gear with their hands over the heads and crying “Don’t Shoot!”–is one of the most effective and sympathetic non-violent protest maneuvers since Selma, or perhaps since Gandhi’s campaigns in India. It’s just brilliant and tragic at the same time.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.