Ferguson Update

Why it’s always best to wait and see how things develope:

The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Mr. Brown, according to government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter.

The officer, Darren Wilson, has told the authorities that during the scuffle, Mr. Brown reached for the gun. It was fired twice in the car, according to forensics tests performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The first bullet struck Mr. Brown in the arm; the second bullet missed.

The forensics tests showed Mr. Brown’s blood on the gun, as well as on the interior door panel and on Officer Wilson’s uniform. Officer Wilson told the authorities that Mr. Brown had punched and scratched him repeatedly, leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck… (emphasis added)

As I said when the case first emerged – as a general rule, un-armed people should not be shot by the police. As the police did shoot in this case, I’d want to see some absolutely clear reasons why the officer fired. It looks as though we are going to get them: while this is still preliminary, the fact that the Feds are not coming up with any civil rights violations to charge Officer Wilson and the fact that forensics is starting to strongly support the accusation that Mr. Brown attacked, indicates that the shooting may well have been justified.

This doesn’t at all alter my view that the police are still not policing properly, nor that they are over-militarized, nor that deep reforms are needed – but it does kick a massive hole in the liberal narrative about gangs of racist cops out to kill black people. And that, in turn, leads me to wonder just why this particular incident caught on so fast in the national media. Just as with the Martin killing, I suspect a deliberate, orchestrated attempt to get the incident in the public eye.

3 thoughts on “Ferguson Update

  1. Amazona October 19, 2014 / 11:24 am

    Mark, you may “….suspect a deliberate, orchestrated attempt to get the incident in the public eye” but I have never doubted it.

    One thing that struck me early on was the “eyewitness” account claiming that Wilson had called Brown over to his police car and then dragged him into the car and started to beat him. Well, no one is going to drag someone in on top of him, which is the only way Wilson could have dragged Brown into the car. By “no one” I mean not even the village idiot. Take a trained police officer who is tightly focused on never letting a bad guy get hold of his weapon, and add that to the insanity of purposely dragging a big, muscular, younger guy on top of you in a small enclosed space and the whole thing quickly disintegrates into a very obvious lie.

    The speed, vehemence and sheer quantity of manufactured outrage made it clear that some people had been waiting for something like this to happen, so they could blow it up into a precursor of a race war.

    I have come to suspect that the race pimps behind this kind of activity, including those in the White House, accept a full-blown race war as a possible outcome of what is probably, at this point, just stirring people up to gain votes. I can’t say that I believe a race war is their immediate goal, but like the guy whose trash fire gets out of control and ends up taking out hundreds of thousands of acres of forest they have to know this can get out of control very easily. And I don’t think they care. Race-based hatred, suspicion, and even violence, at any level, serve their purposes.

    • Amazona October 19, 2014 / 3:35 pm

      I would also like to point out that to see Brown halfway in the police car, on top of the driver, in the front seat, with some sort of struggle going on, and to snap to the assumption that Brown was dragged in by a policeman intent on attacking him from that position is proof of a bone-deep bias, an inability (or refusal) to see any action in any way other than a black man being attacked and victimized by a white man, no matter what.

      • Cluster October 19, 2014 / 8:27 pm

        And the race hustlers savage another scene, another community, grab their 15 minutes of fame, raise more funds and move on.

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