Michael Brown And Ferguson: Biased Cops, Blacks Vote Out Whites And Westboro Church Bigots
THERE is a reason why the police are warned about posting on social media in the UK. It’s to prevent them from looking biased and commenting on cases. But people will be people. As the BBC reports:
Hundreds of police officers have been investigated for breaching social media guidelines, research has revealed.Freedom of Information requests by the Press Association found officers made racist comments online and asked crime victims to become Facebook friends.
Of 828 cases in England and Wales from 2009 to February this year, 9% ended in resignation, dismissal or retirement.
So. To the US, where Kansas City police officer Marc Catron thought it a good idea to post a picure of killed 18-year-old Michael Brown looking tough. See the above photo.
The comment is clearly judgemental.
And it’s not Brown in the photo. It’s Jodah Cain, a 17-year-old accused of murdering his grandmother in Oregon last year.
Fine police work, there.
One point is that Brown was unarmed when he was shot dead. And that the shooter, Police Officer Darren Wilson, suffered facial fractures during his confrontation with Brown.
Local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.”
We still do not know all that occured before the shooting.
There is news that Michael Brown robbed a convenience store on the day of his death.
But the officer who shot him didn’t know that.
The officer got into row with Brown over the dead man’s jaywalking.
Hollie McKay at FOX News reported:
“They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move,” the source said. “They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face.
The source claims that there is “solid proof” that there was a struggle between Brown and Wilson for the policeman’s firearm, resulting in the gun going off – although it still remains unclear at this stage who pulled the trigger. Brown started to walk away according to the account, prompting Wilson to draw his gun and order him to freeze. Brown, the source said, raised his hands in the air, and turned around saying, “What, you’re going to shoot me?”
At that point, the source told FoxNews.com, the 6 foot, 4 inch, 300-pound Brown charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown’s skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown’s family.
Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket in the fracas, and was left dazed by the initial confrontation, the source said. He is now “traumatized, scared for his life and his family, injured and terrified” that a grand jury, which began hearing evidence on Wednesday, will “make some kind of example out of him,” the source said.
The source also said the dashboard and body cameras, which might have recorded crucial evidence, had been ordered by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, but had only recently arrived and had not yet been deployed.
At which point the nutjobs from the Westboro Baptist Church rock up:
But there is plenty of firepower to deal with them.
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YouGov registers an immense racial split regarding views on Ferguson:
Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the shooting of Michael Brown “raises important issues about race that need to be discussed.” Wide racial differences also are evident in opinions about of whether local police went too far in the aftermath of Brown’s death, and in confidence in the investigations into the shooting.
How to get change? By revolution?
Nobody who lives in the area could possibly think that local government doesn’t matter any more, and a community capable of organizing nightly protest marches should have relatively little trouble getting people to come out and vote. And if Ferguson’s African-American residents do vote, they should have relatively little trouble installing a government that hears their concerns and leans against the systemic inequities in the American criminal justice system.
In other words, the town at the center of this drama may well see a real improvement in political representation. The deeper problem is going to lie elsewhere — in the many towns large and small where people of color are a minority of eligible voters and the basis of white political power is firmer.