The Rams and a Word on Ferguson
The bitter irony of the Michael Brown case is that if he had actually put his hands up and said don’t shoot, he would almost certainly be alive today. His family would have been spared an unspeakable loss, and Ferguson, Missouri wouldn’t have experienced multiple bouts of rioting, including the torching of at least a dozen businesses the night it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson wouldn’t be charged with a crime.
Instead, the credible evidence (i.e., the testimony that doesn’t contradict itself or the physical evidence) suggests that Michael Brown had no interest in surrendering. After committing an act of petty robbery at a local business, he attacked Officer Wilson when he stopped him on the street. Brown punched Wilson when the officer was still in his patrol car and attempted to take his gun from him.
The first shots were fired within the car in the struggle over the gun. Then, Michael Brown ran. Even if he hadn’t put his hands up, but merely kept running away, he would also almost certainly be alive today. Again, according to the credible evidence, he turned back and rushed Wilson. The officer shot several times, but Brown kept on coming until Wilson killed him.
This is a terrible tragedy. It isn’t a metaphor for police brutality or race repression or anything else, and never was. Aided and abetted by a compliant national media, the Ferguson protestors spun a dishonest or misinformed version of what happened—Michael Brown murdered in cold blood while trying to give up—into a chant (“hands up, don’t shoot”) and then a mini-movement.
When the facts didn’t back their narrative, they dismissed the facts and retreated into paranoid suspicion of the legal system. They preferred to charge that the grand jury process was rigged, because St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch didn’t seek an indictment of Wilson and allowed the grand jury to hear all the evidence and make its own decision.
And finally, The agitators of Ferguson have proven themselves proficient at destroying other people’s property, no matter what the rationale. This summer, they rioted when the police response was “militarized” and rioted when the police response was un-militarized.
NBA legend and broadcaster Charles Barkley said there is “no excuse” for protesters in Ferguson, Mo., to burn down and loot businesses and heavily criticized the black community’s reaction to the recent news regarding the killing of Michael Brown. Now with all the trouble the NFL has been up too and trust me, we are going to hear a lot more before it is over — what those irresponsible St. Louis Rams were doing by making some sort of protest with their actions calls for nothing shy of a Class Action suit, or maybe a discrimination beef.
Yet, let it be said that despite the amount of head injuries — a fallacy that is perpetuated more and more everyday — it is for the retirement gang.
Barkley went after the black community for attacking the grand jury and Officer Darren Wilson. “We have to be really careful with the cops, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods,” he said. “We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad. . . . Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn’t for the cops?”
Barkley also lashed out at “scumbags” who took part in the violent protests after the decision was announced. “There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning up police cars,” he said.
“The true story [in the Brown case] came out from the grand-jury testimony,” he said, noting that the court’s work included physical evidence and testimony from black witnesses.