A friend of mine just posted a story on Facebook about a Washington Post journalist who was illegally detained by Ferguson police while he and a colleague were in town to cover the chaos surrounding the Michael Brown incident. Here’s an excerpt:
During this time, we asked the officers for badge numbers. We asked to speak to a supervising officer. We asked why we were being detained. We were told: trespassing in a McDonald’s.
“I hope you’re happy with yourself,” one officer told me. And I responded: “This story’s going to get out there. It’s going to be on the front page of The Washington Post tomorrow.”
And he said, “Yeah, well, you’re going to be in my jail cell tonight.”
Once at the station, we were processed, our pockets emptied. No mug shots. They removed our restraints and put us in a holding cell. Ryan was able to get ahold of his dad. I called my mom, but I couldn’t get through. I couldn’t remember any phone numbers.
We were in there for what felt like 10 or 15 minutes. Then the processing officer came in.
“Who’s media?” he asked.
We said we were. And the officer said we were both free to go. We asked to speak to a commanding officer. We asked to see an arrest report. No report, the officer told us, and no, they wouldn’t provide any names.
It may shock some of you to hear this, but this type of abuse of power by police is in no way uncommon. Or unexpected. Disappointing? Yes. Unexpected? Not for some of us.
Behold: a Kickstarter campaign asking for $10. To make potato salad. What was (probably) supposed to be a cute lil gag at first has blowuptuated into a $20,000-plus monster.
Pictured above: twenty-plus stacks worth of food
From the horse’s mouth:
I’m making potato salad.
Basically I’m just making potato salad. I haven’t decided what kind yet.
UPDATE: WE DID IT
$35 – I will make 4x as much Potato Salad. I know $40 isn’t 4x $10, but you guys have earned it.
$75 – Pizza Party!
$100 – I will try two different Potato Salad recipes.
UPDATE #2: ALL THE POTATO THAT’S FIT TO PRINT
We made the news. Let’s keep up the good work! New stretch goals coming soon!
UPDATE #3: WOW YOU GUYS
We’re making a lot of great progress. I think it’s time for us to think about getting hats made. I added a new donor level for people who want hats. For those who are interested the hats could look like this: http://www.zazzle.com/i_love_potato_salad_mesh_hat-148005376484063142
$250 – Better mayonnaise (from the natural foods section)
$300 – Call a chef to get a better recipe
$350 – Make way more potato salad and probably do a third recipe.
WE MADE THE NEWS!
NEW STRETCH GOALS:
$1000: I’ll do a live stream of the potato salad making
$1200: I’ll pay someone to film a thank-you video for all of my backers!
A BIG STRETCH GOAL:
We’re really tearing through these stretch goals. I honestly don’t know what is realistic anymore. So, I thought maybe we try to double the current number?
$3000: My kitchen is too small! I will rent out a party hall and invite the whole internet to the potato salad party (only $10 and above will be allowed in the kitchen)! The internet loves potato salad! Let’s show them that potato salad loves the internet!!
Now let me make a few things clear.