On Saturday, August 9th Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. The killing of this teen has causes protests throughout the country; and violence (looting) in the actual community. The left (media, and race pimps) quickly played the race card in condemning the shooting, the police in general, and the officer in particular. And while there were legitimate questions concerning the young man’s death the vitriol (instigated by the left) has now insured that nothing will be looked at objectively. If something is ever done to the officer or the system it will be for no other reason than revenge and political correctness, regardless of the facts either way.
This is the “post racial” America the likes of Barack Obama and Eric Holder envision.
While it is a little early to post on this tragedy; I’ve decided to go ahead and put in my two cents.
The Facts [With a few TexasLynn Observations]:
Michael Brown is a 6’4″ 292 pound black male described by family and friends as a quiet and shy homebody who lives with his grandmother. [This immediately brings up the rhetorical question of "Where are his parents?" This is probably yet another example of the moral and social decline we are facing in this nation; one that is not limited to, but is epidemic in the black community.]
Just before noon on Saturday, August 9th shy, quite, Michael Brown used his size and strength to rob the Ferguson Market and Liquors of a handful of cigarillos. Brown is seen in the store surveillance video shyly and quietly strong-arming the store manager/owner as he exits the store with his stolen merchandise.
About ten minutes later, just after noon, Michael Brown and companion, Dorian Johnson, were walking in the street of Canfield Drive. Brown had a fistful of cigarillos. [Note: At the time there was likely no way the officer knew that the cigarillos were stolen.] [The practice of walking in the street (often in the middle) and blocking traffic is a young male equivalent of pissing on trees. I have personally seen this activity in the streets of Houston. As with any activity of this nature its seriousness is dependent on how far the ill-behaved are willing to take it. According to the law, it is considered a form of jaywalking; and at a minimum, it would be any officers duty to correct the situation anytime they saw it.]
Officer Darren Wilson observed the behavior and ordered the two men off the street and onto the sidewalk… It is at this point that the stories of what happened differ going forward.
Officer Wilson’s account says that he stopped the car next to the men when they refused his order. As Officer Wilson exited his vehicle to confront the men, Brown rushed him “pushed the police officer back into the car [and] physically assaulted the police officer. Within the police car there was a struggle over the officer’s weapon… There was at least one shot fired from within the car.” During the struggle, Officer Wilson exited the car and shot the aggressive Michael Brown a number of times (apparently six) until he dropped.
Dorian Johnson, the companion walking down the middle of the street with Michael Brown says the following. He and Brown were walking in the street (though maybe not the middle) and were ordered to move to the sidewalk by Officer Wilson. They refused (his account). The office backed up his car to get closer to them, opened his door which struck Brown. Officer Wilson then grabbed Brown by the neck. “It’s like tug-of-war. He’s (the officer) trying to pull him in. He’s (Brown) pulling away, that’s when I heard, ‘I’m gonna shoot you.’” [I (TexasLynn) will be honest here. This account sounds really stupid on the part of the police officers’ actions. We are to assume if this accounting is correct that a police officer is going to grab and try to manhandle a 6'4" 300 pound man. That would be against all training he has received, not to mention a modicum of common sense. I just don't see it happening. The officer would have to be a complete idiot.] Mr. Johnson continues that after the initial shot from within the car, he and Brown begin to run away; he managed to hide behind a parked car but Brown was struck by a bullet to the back as he ran away. Michael Brown stopped, turned to face the officer, raised his hands and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” The officer proceeded to shoot several more times killing Michael Brown.
Tiffany Mitchell, a witness said (on MSNBC) she heard a tire squeal and then saw Brown and Wilson wrestling through the open car window and heard an initial shot from within the car. Brown and Johnson began to run, but the officer pursued Brown, and then continued to shoot. [Again, this would indicate that Brown was shot in the back.] “Michael’s body jerks as if he was hit and then he put his hands up.” The officer proceeded to shoot several more times killing Michael Brown. [Note that this was an interview on MSNBC.]
Other witness statements have been given to police (probably not seen in Main Stream Media “reporting”) backing up the officers account of events. It is important to note the distinction in the venue of the statements made. Dorian Johnson (and I believe Tiffany Mitchell) have refused to give statements to police, their venue is simple the media, the Main Stream Media seeking that anti-police, anti-white angle to the story. What’s the difference? It’s not illegal to lie to the media; but lie to the police in a statement? That’s perjury. Personally? I question the honesty and integrity of someone not willing to make an official statement of what they saw.
An official autopsy was done by the city of Michael Brown. The results of that autopsy have not been released. I believe that would be standard procedure with an investigation. The family hired/requested that well known medical examiner, Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, perform a separate autopsy. I understand that he waived his 10K fee for the procedure out of sympathy for the family (which is admirable).
Dr. Baden released the results of his findings though I don’t think they were exactly what the family was hoping for. Michael Brown was shot six times; four times in the right arm, twice in the head. All shots were to the front of the body. Michael Brown was facing the officer who shot him the entire time; thus discrediting completely any statements that he was shot in the back.
Dr. Baden did try and throw the family a bone. “This one here looks like his head was bent downward.” (indicating a shot at the top of Brown’s head] “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.”
Dr. Baden did not find any gunpowder residue on the body. He did not have access to Brown’s clothing or the interior of the police car. This would be important in confirming the close quarters struggle for the gun.
Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Justice Department will perform its own autopsy as part of its investigation. Normally I would have no problem with this. But here we’re talking about Eric Holder who himself is a race pimp with little or no interest in the truth behind the matter.
The following are some of the arguments concerning the shooting that I would like to address.
“The sheer number of bullets and the way they were scattered all over his body showed this police officer had a brazen disregard for the very people he was supposed to protect in that community.” — Benjamin L. Crump (lawyer for the Brown Family)
I don’t see that. The officer definitely had an obligation to the citizens to get two men walking in the street to instead walk on the sidewalk. This would be the officer addressing a misdemeanor. The police would have the same obligation of two men were walking around pissing on every pole, tree, and fire hydrant they came across. The situation escalating as the officer contends happened is not beyond the pale. Misdemeanors (especially traffic stops) escalate in this way hundreds if not thousands of times a year.
As for the number of shots, police (and just about anybody trained to use a gun) are taught that if you ever make the decision to pull the trigger, don’t just pull it once. Doing that will get you killed when the first bullet doesn’t do the job. I’ve heard that you are to pull the trigger at least three times. So the question is, “Is six too many; does six show disregard?” I don’t think so.
“We want to make sure people understand what this case is about: This case is about a police officer executing a young unarmed man in broad daylight.” — Benjamin L. Crump (lawyer for the Brown Family)
Again, this is just lawyer speak, and that is indeed the case he and his clients and the race pimps are presenting. That doesn’t make it true. There is probably evidence supporting what did happen, but since the race card has been played here it is very unlikely that evidence will now have any effect on the case now.
“The fact that Michael Brown had just robbed a convenience store (not of money but of merchandise) is not relevant to the case since the officer did not know of this altercation.” — — General Statement from witnesses, protesters, etc…
Not entirely true. Yes the officer did not have the excuse of confronting a thief in mind even though in reality that was indeed the case. But the officer did have a legitimate reason (a misdemeanor) to confront Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson. But… the nature of the theft just 10 minutes earlier does speak to the violent mindset of Michael Brown when approached by the officer. Plus Brown does not know the officer is unaware of the theft, which may have provoked him to be more aggressive and/or violent.
“Michael Brown was shot in the back by the officer” – Dorian Johnson and Tiffany Mitchell
Not true. Period. The autopsy from Dr. Baden discounts this completely. And I will add this would be a detail I think would be hard to be mistaken about. So what am I saying? Dorian Johnson and Tiffany Mitchell LIED. Again it should be noted they lied to the media which to my knowledge is not a crime… and in this case was even encouraged by the media itself.
“Michael Brown had his hands up surrendering to the officer when he was shot.” — General Statement from witnesses, protesters, etc…
Here, I will throw the opposition a bone. The autopsy report from Dr. Baden shows the entry wounds to the right arm to be to the front. This would be consistent with raised arms, so the autopsy does not disprove this assertion. But neither does it prove it. The same wounds could have been sustained from a young man rushing forward with arms raised.
Almost everything thus far is pointing to the witnesses being mistaken (at best) concerning what Mr. Brown was doing when he was shot and very little corroborate even the possibility of their accounts.
Race and Poverty Pimps:
On cue the race and poverty pimps have swooped down upon the community of Ferguson to work their magic. The likes of the “Reverends” Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton repeat this process again and again to line their pockets. The damage they do to these communities they claim to represent and the nation as a whole is incalculable. I can only imagine there is a special corner of hell reserved for such men. “You will know them by their fruits.”
But I will add two more poverty pimps to the mix this go round. Oh, they aren’t in the same league as Jackson and Sharpton who have been doing this professionally for decades, but they can match the damage of these pros this go-round at least. I am of course referring to Attorney General Eric Holder and his boss President Barack Obama. Yes… they say the words of restraint, but their actions say something completely different.
Eric Holder’s stated concerns so far.
- “[Arrest patterns] must not lead to disparate treatment under the law, even if such treatment is unintended.” Translation: We’ll not waste this opportunity to claim the white police officer was racially profiling.
- “And police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.” Translation: We’ll not wasted this opportunity to push affirmative action (which is just more racism.)
- “[The Justice Department will] defend the right of protesters to peacefully demonstrate and for the media to cover a story that must be told.” Translation: We’ll not waste this opportunity to depict the police as heave handed and pressure them to allow the media (out toadies) to push our agenda.
Holder and Obama have decided to stir the race pot, I believe for 2014/2016 political reasons. The dividends could be enormous, and all it will cost them is the career and life of one St. Louis police officer. They have thrown much greater men (and friends, and relatives) under the bus for much less payback than that.
As for the community; they fell into the trap of allowing the racial fervor to take control. They were inclined to believe the young man was killed in cold blood by heartless police; so they jumped on that bandwagon as soon as they were given permission to by the liars and community leaders (race pimps). I’m not saying that a community of a different persuasion would do any better under the circumstances. Its human nature… it’s just bad human nature and should be exposed for what it is.
In defense of some in the community, there are a few out there encouraging peace. God bless them, they are the children of God.
There were legitimate members of the community who came out to peacefully protest; raising their arms in the air in mock surrender. It is their right to be vocal after all so long as they are peaceful as they seek redress of their grievances (based on fact or not). Unfortunately the barbarians among them have taken control of those originally legitimate protests. Some are simply full of racial hate, while others are simply looters and thieves taking advantage of the situation. The solution in both cases should be the same. They should be arrested if possible and shot if necessary. But politicians lack the will to do the right thing here and thus citizens and property owners lose the very protection they entrust to government and pay excessive taxes for.
“I’m proud of us. We deserve this, and this is what’s supposed to happen when there’s injustice in your community. St. Louis — not going to take this anymore.” — DeAndre Smith (Ferguson Looter)
Police have said that a lot of the looters are from out of town; calling it ““looting tourism.” I’m sure there is some of this but question the extent. It is the nature of people to blame bad things on outside influences. I would still guess that a vast majority of thugs are local. I would be curious as to what percentage of those arrested are from out of town. That would tell the tale.
As with any national news that has the potential to further divide the nation along racial lines the Main Stream Media is doing its Democratic duty. They promote a narrative that is anti-police (unless it is federals assaulting conservatives), and anti-white.
Thus we have CNN (Jake Tapper) and many others bringing up the heavy handedness and militarization of the police response. They would have you think police in riot gear are baton whipping granny protesting in a wheel chair; instead of going after looters burning and pillaging.
“Reporters” Wesley Lowery (Washington Post) and Ryan Reilly (Huffington Post) were arrested briefly when they didn’t pack up and leave a closed restaurant quick enough for police last week. Seeing the video of the arrest, I think it is clear that the two men were intentionally being as slow as they could while feigning cooperation. It was like two children having to do something they didn’t want to and making a show of doing it as slow as possible. The two needed to be arrested or at least manhandled off of the premises with or without whatever crap they were taking their sweet time in packing up.
[Side Note: It is a further indictment of the state of journalism when the likes of a Huffington Post employee is considered a journalist.]
There are also reports that police have harassed reporters (up to and including tear gas). To which I say… “Good. If you guys are going to pretend that you’re performing some public service, that you have no agenda here, and that your profession entitles you to be assholes with impunity then don’t be surprised when a stray rubber bullet or tear gas canister accidentally veers off in your direction.” Pretending goes both ways.
Officer Darren Wilson:
Officer Darren Wilson is likely on a quick path to indictment. (The grand jury begins deliberation Wed. 8/20/14.) My guess is that there is currently a 70% chance there will be a trial. Not that I know everything the grand jury will see, but what little I’ve seen points to a no-bill (not indictment or trial). But like I’ve already said, facts have been taken out of the equation. Race is probably the deciding factor here.
No indictment, probably means more protests (which would be fine); but it also means more riots, and burning, and looting. No indictment means more effective racial hatred stirred up by the left; which will actually happen not matter what. It’s what they do; and do well.
So it comes down to this. Is the injustice of destroying the life of one likely innocent and above all white police officer worth the mitigation of massive injustices by the immoral and guilty? If the politicians, and the media, and the left have their way, the answer will be a swift and incontrovertible “Yes!”
Indictment or no, Officer Darren Wilson’s life is likely wrecked already; the media, the left, and the race pimps will see to that.
Obviously my bias shows here, but I still think I’m being objective in my analysis of the situation. Admittedly, as a conservative I’m inclined to give the police officer the benefit of the doubt. That’s not saying I take his word as gospel. Every account is slanted in favor of the teller. And I’m very interested in hearing from other official witnesses and results of other tests concerning the case.
To date everything that has come out has supported the story of the police officer. It is obvious now that the witnesses (through the leftist press) are, to be blunt, lying; at least about the officer shooting the teen in the back and probably about much more. With that in mind, who now gets the benefit of the doubt concerning the rest of the story? For me… it’s pretty simple.
Thus far when one side is proven to be a liar on one important point (Brown shot in the back), my propensity to believe them on other points greatly diminishes. I think I can reasonably say that if the autopsy had said the young man had been shot in the back I would be much less inclined to believe the officer.
And still, evidence could come out that would convinces me that I’m completely wrong on this. I don’t expect it, but it could happen. I submit, not so with the opposition. Those who claim the officer is guilty refuse all evidence to the contrary. NOTHING will prove otherwise.
There are two sides to the opposition. First there are those who will use this as an opportunity to use race as a means to money, power and social change (through racial strife); and those who empower them by blindly accepting their assertions of this event and society in general.
Many of the racists taking advantage of the situation scream of the coming “race war”. For them it’s already in progress and will be for the rest of their lives (unless they change their evil ways). The question of the damage this war will inflict is simply one of numbers. How many of their kind will reach this level of abject racial hatred? This does not bode well for the nation when such hatred is the source of riches and power for many community leaders and organizers; a hatred that has blinded a people who cannot even admit such demons can exist, much less flourish, within their community.