Thug?! Where do I get that depiction? From the grand jury report. Michael Brown as the aggressor who advanced upon and challenged an armed police officer. This isn’t rocket science. You’ve simply picked the wrong case to make the case of police brutality and excess. For crying out loud, Sparky, there are so many cases of cops brutalizing citizens for merely dating to photograph them. Why aren’t those the standards and exemplars of crazy militarism? Michael Brown like Trayvon Martin involve two menacing hulks threatening armed victims. Tragic. And deadly stupid.
The devolution of a one proud system. Gadzooks! I might and must add, the Jurassic media were in full force and rare form. The Ted Baxter sockpuppet, echo chamber, bumper sticker, cookie cutter impuissant hoary media. But alas, Murrow. Alternative media win the day, yet again. I commend to you an excellent analysis from Andrew Branca. The facts of the case are critical and he brilliantly dissects and parses them in a surgical presentment that’s nonpareil.
- Read how Officer Wilson was menaced by Brown, attacked, and after Brown left, then returned.
- How Brown engaged the officer and how these fantastic claims of Brown executed or on his knees with palms up, read how that never happened. Repeat: Never happened!
And this brilliant schematic from Branca. A priceless tutorila on the law of self-defense.
- Innocence: Wilson must not have been the unlawful physical aggressor.
- Imminence: Wilson must have been facing a threat that is either about to occur right now, or is in actual progress.
- Proportionality: To be justified in the use of deadly force in self-defense Wilson must have been facing a threat of death or grave bodily harm.
- Reasonableness: Wilson’s perceptions, decisions, and actions must have been those of a reasonable and prudent police officer in the same circumstances, with the same capabilities, possessing the same specialized knowledge, and under the same stresses of an existential fight.
There has been more exactitude in the case of Bill Cosby than in the public pillorying of Officer Wilson. And all thanks to the usual bands of racial arsonists who are trucked in spouting insane claims, hoping to beef up their reel and getting a place on Mediaite as viral video of the hour. The media are like a voracious animal whose gaping maw needs constant replenishing. Like the runaway train whose boiler has to be replenished constantly. Emphasis on the term runaway.
The decision explicated perfectly. The rudiments, bases, the basest bases.
The worst grand jury announcement in the history of humankind. This monstrosity. How horrible was that? It was the video equivalent of water boarding. If you didn’t know within the first two minutes that there was no indictment, you weren’t paying attention. It was maundering and circular, confused and ill-measured. Horrid. And in many respects cruel because so many folks truly believed a true bill would mean justice some how.
My prediction as to exactly what the Ferguson Grand Jury did. It wasn’t obvious. It was the only outcome possible. And it had nothing to do with the bases advanced by media racial arsonist.