I’m sure glad that all of the protesters in Ferguson and around the nation tonight waited until they had all of the facts in before jumping to any violent and emotional false judgements about what actually happened
“No Justice, No Peace!”
“F**k the police!”
“We ain’t going back into slavery ever again! No more!”
“Hands up, don’t shoot!”
These are a few of the statements I’ve heard tonight and the familiar cries people are hearing around the country right now as supposedly innocent-black-teenager-killing cop Darren Wilson was not indicted by a Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday evening. Clearly the best method of displaying our anger and further honoring the sainthood of the ‘gentle giant’ Michael Brown is best achieved by throwing molotov cocktails at the police, shooting cops, torching their cars, looting all of the neighborhood stores, and burning everything down to the ground. After all, what better way to honor his memory?
So, to go back to the beginning in case any of you don’t have any idea what even happened in Ferguson in the first place, here are the two narratives:
Michael Brown Supporters:
Michael Brown was a ‘gentle giant,’ a good guy all around, who was stopped in the street by a white police officer for no reason. His excuse was because Brown and his friend were ‘blocking traffic.’ But in reality, he was clearly stopped because of racial profiling, and the cop had nothing better to do. The white cop picked a fight with Brown and his friend for no reason, and then threatened Brown if he would not get out of the street. Michael Brown then put his arms up in the air in standard surrender procedure, (giving way to the now famous rallying cry of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!”) The officer proceeded to then shoot Brown in the back execution style six times, killing him without cause. This belief was primarily perpetuated by Brown’s friend that was with him when all of this took place, Dorian Johnson.
Darren Wilson Supporters:
Michael Brown was captured on video minutes before the incident strong-arm robbing a convenience store with his friend. Officer Wilson did pull up to Brown and his friend and ask them to stop walking down the middle of the street because they were blocking traffic. About a minute later, after the call on the police radio came in of the robbery suspect’s description, Wilson saw that Brown matched the description, and confronted him again. At this point, as Wilson tried to get out of his car, Brown and his friend slammed the door shut on the officer. Brown then assaulted the officer, punching him in the face, fracturing his orbital. As the officer tried to reach for his gun, there was a struggle over the officer’s weapon. The weapon was fired from inside the car, hitting Brown. Brown and his friend started to run away. The officer, after getting over his daze from being punched in the face by a 300 pound man, got out of his car and yelled for Brown and his friend to freeze. Brown turned around, and bull-rushed/charged the officer. Despite being shot again, Brown kept on charging. The officer proceeded to keep firing his weapon at the assailant until he went down.
Now clearly, most people have came up with their own opinions before any actual evidence came in. I had my own conclusions as well, but refrained from claiming they were gospel until all of the facts came in. But since everyone on social media is all of a sudden an expert on criminal law and grand jury proceedings, and many are still perpetuating myths and hatred about what actually happened, here’s the actual video of the prosecutor in its entirety from tonight’s press conference. Watch it if you want to actually be informed.
The Grand Jury proceedings went on for three months, and went through countless presentations of evidence, testimonies, and counter-testimonies. If you want to know what the facts actually said, not what you wanted them to say or what you wished they would say, then watch the video. All of the evidence as well is going online tonight so that the whole process is truly open and transparent. The full account from Darren Wilson is now public for the first time as well.
Some of the highlights of the actual evidence are as follows:
– This is the video of Michael Brown strong-arm robbing the convenience store, who was currently staffed by a much smaller, older gentleman. Right from the get-go, Brown’s mother confirmed that it was her son in the video.
– Contrary to popular belief, Michael Brown WAS stopped by Officer Wilson because he matched the description of the store robbery minutes earlier, and was seen with the stolen merchandise in his hands. The audio from the police has been released proving this, so the myth that he was stopped and assaulted based off of racial profiling is false. He was stopped because he matched the description of a criminal, which he indeed was.
– Officer Wilson suffered a fractured orbital from his altercation with Michael Brown. This corroborated the officer’s story that Brown attacked him.
– Michael Brown’s blood and DNA were found on Officer Wilson’s gun, uniform, and vehicle. This, as well as the autopsies, also corroborate Officer Wilson’s account that Brown attacked Wilson and attempted to procure his firearm. Browns blood would not have been on the car and firearm unless he did actually attack Wilson while he was still in his vehicle. Next, the autopsies also showed that the first bullet that hit Brown happened while he was reaching for Wilson’s gun. This was the shot to the hand/arm.
– Autopsies have confirmed that contrary to social media myth and popular belief, Michael Brown was NOT shot in the back multiple times, and was in fact not shot in the back at all. The testimony of his friend Dorian Johnson that was with him was disproven at this point, and he could now face perjury charges for lying about the incident.
– Autopsies have also shown that Michael Brown’s hands were NOT up when he was shot either. The autopsy reports confirmed that the shots were consistent with someone who was lunging forward and/or charging/running towards the gun.
– Autopsies have shown that Michael Brown was very high on marijuana at the time of the incident. He had enough in his system that some experts argue he may have even had hallucinations, but that he more-likely had a heightened sense of paranoia and anxiety, which helps explain why he may have assaulted the police officer. “Marijuana does impair judgment and thinking,” according to Jonathan Caulkins of Carnegie-Mellon University. “Anything that clouds judgment or interferes with communication ability can promote misunderstanding, and misunderstanding can lead to bad resolutions of conflict situations.”
– Unlike the previous commenter stated, there WERE other people there that saw what happened. In fact, SEVEN-to-EIGHT of them, who were also black, testified to the Grand Jury and corroborated Officer Wilson’s account.
– Michael Brown proceeded to keep charging Officer Wilson, despite being shot multiple times. Police officers are trained to shoot until the target goes down. If Brown had simply stopped after getting shot the first several times, he would still be alive today.
– The Grand Jury, which consisted of 9 white people and 3 black people, was unanimous. They only needed 9 out of 12 to reach a decision. Many people concerned with race were worried that the 9 white would unfairly say Wilson was innocent, while the 3 black would say guilty. Also of note is that this Grand Jury was anonymously decided months before the incident even happened. The evidence was clear enough that all 12 were in agreement that Wilson was innocent.
This whole ordeal began when Brown’s friend, literally minutes after the attack, began perpetuating the myth that Brown was shot in the back, was stopped for no reason, and shot multiple times with his hands up in a surrender position. His account was proven blatantly false months ago as the autopsy reports came in. Instead of ranting on social media about no justice, no peace, perhaps everyone should make it a habit of waiting to make any judgements until the actual FACTS are out, like they are now.
Want to know a great way to not get shot? Don’t commit crimes, rob stores, assault police officers, and reach for said officer’s weapon, all while high on pot.
Here is the original autopsy report as reported by the New York Times as well if anyone wants to take a look.
It’s not surprising what happened though. Everyone pre-judged the situation before the facts were all known, coming to their own conclusions. Professional race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson helped fuel the flames.
You can check out Al Sharpton’s race-fueled speech here:
He even addresses the video of Brown robbing the store, and tries to justify Brown’s actions saying that “there is a difference between robbing and shoplifting!”
The problem with these race-baiters and agitators is that facts don’t matter to them. There could be a video showing Michael Brown assaulting Officer Brown, and they would still argue that Brown was not at fault. But this is how they make their living. Jesse Jackson was even publicly rebuked by Ferguson protesters after asking them for donations. It’s all about the money.
What didn’t help the situation at all was when President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder further injected race into the incident. Eric Holder went so far as to say, “I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man.” This was as he decided that the state investigation would not be enough. He would have to open up his own federal investigation into the incident to see if there were any race-related civil rights violations that took place.
Sorry Attorney General, but the fact that you are black shouldn’t have anything to do with finding the actual facts in an ongoing investigation. All that is accomplished by saying this is contributing to the narrative that this was solely about race, and that you sympathize. But your job is not to advance your own narrative of race-baiting, it’s to find the truth. That’s it.
To further add to Holder’s race baiting and refusal of the actual evidence, he made a statement tonight that despite the Grand Jury’s decision, his own federal investigation into Officer Wilson would still go on.
“While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing,”
Several days ago before the decision was announced, President Obama met with protest leaders and urged them to, “Stay the course,” no matter what the Grand Jury decision was.
Sorry Mr. President, but stay the course of what exactly? Of continuing the false narrative of racial police brutality? Why are you making statements at all encouraging protests to continue, before even you yourself knew what had actually happened? After all, if the officer’s account would be proven true, like it now has been, doesn’t that mean that the people have been protesting for no reason the entire time?
Even more disturbing was that President Obama sent three White House representatives to the funeral of Michael Brown, signifying his support. Again, all before the evidence was even in. Even more disturbing was that Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War, died in battle, and yet had no White House representation at his funeral. There were more White House representatives at Brown’s funeral than there were at Margaret Thatcher’s. Doesn’t that seem a little backwards to you?
Still adding fuel to the fire, some liberal news outlets are still attempting to deny the facts and continue to cry racism and injustice. Here, popular site Upworthy openly decries the Grand Jury decision, stating that this clearly means that police brutality of young black men will obviously continue.
And here, uber-liberal Mother Jones ignores every fact about what just happened, to continue their narrative of police brutality against black people. How is this relevant again, since all the evidence just proved none of that took place in Ferguson?
To give you a perspective at how much overwhelming evidence there was against Brown and in favor of Wilson, just consider that Wilson was considered to be indicted on five separate charges. The lowliest of these charges would have been Involuntary Manslaughter, which would have still led to four years in prison. The jury would have had to prove without a shadow of a doubt that Wilson murdered Brown without cause. There wasn’t even enough evidence to convict Wilson of this lowliest charge. That shows you how cut and dry this case really is.
Now, as the civil unrest and violent protest began right after the decision was made, President Obama held a press conference urging peace and respecting the law. He opened with this line:
“First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law, and so, we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make.”
I’ll just pretend to ignore the irony of the President stating the importance of following and respecting the rule of law, literally days after he ignored our existing laws, Congress, and the majority of the American public, to magically create his own new immigration laws. What was also fascinating was seeing the violence beginning in Ferguson as the President was making his speech. He urged for peaceful protests and restraint from the police officers.
Here, you can see hundreds of black protesters breaking the glass on a McDonalds and Ferguson alcohol store, as they proceed to loot them. *Language Advisory*
Here, looters attack a Fox News cameraman:
Here, protesters burn American flags:
As the night continues on, more stores are being set on fire, and they are just burning to the ground. An AutoZone, beauty store, storage facility, and Sam’s Meat Market are also currently burning to the ground.
After a University Police Officer has already been shot tonight, and shots have continually been fired at the police and firefighters, the police and firefighters are largely just letting everything happen. They would rather let the town burn than risk their lives getting shot at to try and stop the madness.
It’s sad really. That all of these people are protesting something which never needed protesting in the first place. It was all based off of lies and myths told by someone who perjured his testimony, and race-baiters that continued to perpetuate the false narrative, because it made for a good headline, and helped line their pockets.
Newsflash: Burning down your town won’t accomplish anything other than burning down your town.
Another fun fact? There were more than 119 black murders in the Chicago area and hundreds more wounded by gunshot since the Ferguson incident on August 9. The crimes were primarily black on black. A person, usually black, is statistically shot approximately every 3 minutes and 18 seconds in Chicago alone. 2,345 people have been shot so far in Chicago just this year. Where’s the outrage for all of them?
Maybe it’s time that we look at the larger picture in true perspective. Is this really the black community’s biggest problem? What about the government report that showed that 93% of black violent crimes and murders are caused by other black people? Is this really the cross that protestors want to die on? Is the now-proven criminal assailant Michael Brown really the best poster-boy for your cause? If you want to cry racism, make sure your example is an actual case of racism. If you want to cry police brutality, make sure your example is an actual example of police brutality. I’m not denying that there has never been racial profiling or police brutality, because there has. But if you’re going to rally around a cause, how about you first make sure the thing you are rallying behind, actually happened.
Officer Wilson didn’t stop Michael Brown because he was racially-profiling him. He stopped him because he was a criminal. Officer Wilson did also not shoot Brown until first assaulted, and only continued to shoot at the end because Brown wouldn’t stop charging, despite continuing to be shot. This does not make Officer Wilson a racist or police-brutality offender. It makes him a cop.
With the violence, looting, arson, and shootings taking place around the nation right now, is this really how you want to honor the memory of Michael Brown?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is rolling over in his grave.
All of the Grand Jury documents, thousands of pages, have now been released and can be viewed here.
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