Back in August, a young man by the name of Michael Brown was shot to death by a Police Officer. There was a lot of media hype surrounding the shooting. There was a lot of sensationalist reporting by untalented hacks and there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of focussing on the facts, other than the victim was black and unarmed and that police officer was white. For anyone who cared to check, the facts of the case were as follows:
Michael Brown had just committed a robbery (a $48 box of cigarillos) – that’s why the officer stopped him.
Autopsy evidence corroborates the officers version of events – that there was a struggle inside the car and that the perpetrator was shot while the struggle took place.
Forensic evidence corroborates the officers version of events – that the perpetrator was walking towards him while he was fatally shot.
The initial autopsy undertaken by the County corroborated the officers version of events.
The federal autopsy (which was released on Dec 8) reached the same conclusion.
Eye witness accounts varied wildly and in some cases were demonstrably wrong.
The bottom line is that although tragic, this was not a miscarriage of justice. There was no conspiracy that existed between the Police and the Attorney General’s office and the Judge and the Grand Judge or any other such nonsense. There was no indictment because there was no cause for there to be one. A kid robbed a store, assaulted a Police officer and got shot. All the evidence points in that direction. So what’s all this about rioting and burning down half the city and holding up signs saying “No Justice, No Peace” and the St Louis Rams making “hands up” gestures during their last NFL game? Mob mentality. That’s what this is all about. Believing what you want to believe no matter what. Believing that white cops can walk around gunning down unarmed black teenagers in broad daylight for no reason with absolute impunity because of systemic racism. Everybody is in on it and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them. Never mind facts, never mind evidence. It’s the “system” that’s flawed. It’s because of racism. It’s because of this or that. NONSENSE. Anyone, with a passing interest in the facts and willingness to find out what really happened can find out very easily for themselves. The officer didn’t do anything wrong. He tried to arrest a robbery suspect got assaulted and he reasonably believed that his life was in danger and defended himself. End of story.