In preparation for the verdict, Talve and about 200 additional clergy have conducted and participated in deescalation training sessions so that they can calm people who may feel inclined to act violently. Deescalation entails talking to the protesters and flagging troublesome individuals so that peaceful demonstrators can surround and stop them. Should protesters take to the streets after the verdict, the goal of the clergy is keeping demonstrations non-violent, while facilitating “militant, organized civil disobedience.” Talve and her fellow participants in this effort will wear orange vests that say “Clergy” so that protesters know they are present.
As the community braces itself for the grand jury decision, religious leaders have also reached out to law enforcement officials about their use of excessive force. Although Governor Nixon’s announcement about officers gearing up and training for unrest after the grand jury decision signifies a potential militarized police response, clergy, like Talve, believe the militarization of police was responsible for the violence in August. According to the rabbi, “We’ve had meetings with the police as well, and the hope is that the police will not militarize as they did in the very beginning, because many people believe it was the militarization of the police that brought out the violence.” | ThinkProgress
A shocking KSLA news report has confirmed the story we first broke last year, that Clergy Response Teams are being trained
by the federal government to "quell dissent" and pacify citizens to obey the government in the event of a declaration of martial
In May 2006, we exposed the existence of a nationwide FEMA program which is training Pastors and other religious representatives to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to "obey the government" in
preparation for the implementation of martial law, property and firearm seizures, mass vaccination programs and forced relocation.
A whistleblower who was secretly enrolled into the program told us that the feds were clandestinely recruiting religious leaders
to help implement Homeland Security directives in anticipation ofa potential bio-terrorist attack, any natural disaster or a nationally declared emergency.
The first directive was for Pastors to preach to their congregations Romans 13, the often taken out of context
bible passage that was used by Hitler to hoodwink Christians into supporting him, in order to teach them to "obey the government" when martial law is declared.
It was related to the Pastors that quarantines, martial law and forced relocation were a problem for state authorities when
enforcing federal mandates due to the "cowboy mentality" of citizens standing up for their property and second amendment rights as well as farmers defending their crops and livestock from seizure.
It was stressed that the Pastors needed to preach subservience to the authorities ahead of time in preparation for the round-ups
and to make it clear to the congregation that "this is for their own good."
Pastors were told that they would be backed up by law enforcement in controlling uncooperative individuals and that they
would even lead SWAT teams in attempting to quell resistance.
Though some doubted the accuracy of this report at the time due to its fundamentally disturbing implications, the story has
now been confirmed by a KSLA 12 news report, in which participating clergy and officials admit to the existence of the program.