We know – or should know – that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson had just left another call when he encountered 18-year-old Michael Brown and another young man walking in the middle of a road, a road also trafficked by motor vehicles, including the police cruiser. The officer’s narrative is that he instructed the two to move from the road to the sidewalk to get out of the way of traffic.
We know – or should know – that after the confrontation played out Officer Wilson was taken by the assistant police chief to a local hospital emergency room near-unconscious and suffering what turned out to be a severely bruised and swollen face and an orbital fracture of an eye socket. Autopsy results, confirmed by a second, reconfirmed by a third report that the six gunshot wounds suffered by Brown were all to his front, none to his back. A reasonable person, it seems to me, would, based on just that, discount eyewitness statements that Brown was shot in the back while fleeing Wilson.
When Dorian Johnson, the other young man who was walking with Brown, during police interrogation confirmed both that he was with Brown when they committed a strong-arm robbery of a convenience store moments before encountering Officer Wilson and that Brown had assaulted Officer Wilson at the driver-side door of the police cruiser before any shots were fired, reasonable and thinking persons, it seems to me, begin to see more clearly the sequence of events.
Officer Wilson, I think, was self-defending and fearful. He was also visually-impaired and in great pain. That can help explain the six shots, not all that accurate at the range. There is also that Brown is something like 6’8” and almost 300 pounds.
Why did Michael Brown react so violently to a police instruction to move to the sidewalk? I don’t and cannot know. Motive can only be inferred, and that with due caution. Brown knew that he had just robbed the convenience store, but couldn’t have known whether or not Officer Wilson even knew that the crime had occurred. A toxscreen revealed later that Brown was also under influence of marijuana.
Many in America are invested heavily in a template, one that includes that blacks are oppressed by whites and that whenever there is a conflict between a white person and a black person, the cause is not only racism, but white-on-black racism. This template also holds that blacks shouldn’t be held to the same standards of behavior as whites. When more blacks are arrested percentagewise than whites, when black school students are disciplined more percentagewise, when a smaller percentage of blacks graduate from high school than whites, the conclusion is, de facto, racism. When on standard tests blacks score in the aggregate much much lower than their white counterparts, the conclusion is that the tests are racially- biased.
Before almost anyone in Ferguson, Missouri had any knowledge, any evidence of what had happened between Policeman Darren Wilson and young Michael Brown, what everyone knew – because so-called “news” media made certain they did – was that Wilson was white and Brown black. Uh-oh. Template in. Jesse Jackson in. Al Sharpton in. Eric Holder maneuvering to assert the template while burying evidence against said. President Obama appearing disengaged while moving the puzzle pieces from behind the curtain. Self-anointed race victims and race pimps from all over Missouri and well-beyond come to rally, to protest, to sloganeer, and to loot.
Why has Ferguson, Missouri been rioting and looting? Why is Detroit a ghost town? Why is it more-dangerous on the streets of Chicago than Baghdad? Why were there riots in Los Angeles and New Orleans? The combination of both federal AND local progressivism/liberalism in government.
In countries with the most economic freedom (the 10%) — so minimum government intrusion, regulation, and taxation — the poorest of the poor (bottom 10%) are five times as wealthy as their counterparts in the countries with the least economic freedom. Economic freedom in America has been plummeting.
My top-3 big-government intrusions devastating Americans: (1) Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society”. (2) Any and all “minimum wage” laws. (3) All federal involvement in so-called “healthcare”, from Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, and last, but not least, the new “Affordable Care Act”, aka “Obamacare”. The more that libertarians/constitutional conservatives populate government, the better off ALL Americans will be, and especially the poorest of the poor.
So, what about law-enforcement’s handling of the easily-anticipated rallying, sloganeering, protesting, and looting. Military clothing, guns, missiles, tanks, etc. have funneled from the U.S. Department of Defense to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and from DHS via grants to local police forces in towns large and small, all to “fight terrorism”. What rallyers and protesters and looters all encountered the first night was an armed force dressed in Middle-East dessert camouflage, bulletproof vests, helmets with face shields, and automatic weapons.
The DHS grant gear is to intimidate. Intimidate whom? “Terrorists”, you know, Tea Partiers, FreedomWorks, Heritage Action, and all Americans who contemplate how to overcome the #1 enemy of We the People, namely the U.S. Government. And if you’re thinking this is how enemy #1 is planning to bypass Posse Comitatus, no even that’s underestimating. In April the U.S. Army issued a paper on how to deploy to counter “civil unrest”. And what has occurred to me – and evidence is ample – is that while I was concluding who my enemy#1 was, that U.S. Government was concluding who its enemy#1 was, and I believe I made their list in early 2008.
Okay, so meanwhile, the police didn’t look like the neighborhood boys and girls in blue, the folks who speak to young kids in school. They looked and acted like an outsider military invasion force. Rather than control, mitigate, and de-escalate, the “police” escalated and exacerbated big-time. Make no mistake, 1st amendment rights were squashed under hobnail boots, not just infringed. And not by mistake in the field and under stress. No, by plan, under orders.
So-called “news” media – There’s no such thing, hasn’t been for quite a while – have been committed to the template, burying or ignoring evidence against, while even fabricating “evidence” supporting it. But, they’ve been confused and taken off their game by the militarized police. While Missouri Highway Patrol replaced Ferguson Police at behest of Governor Jeremiah Wilson “Jay” Nixon (D), and with a black face both at the mic and leading on the street all singing Kumbaya, violence and looting lessened . . . for one night. Then, the MHP was overwhelmed by the New Black Panthers from Oakland, California, et al the next. Next came the Missouri National Guard.
I wonder a little what the responses will be from all of those committed to the template when, despite all underhanded, even illegal, efforts to obfuscate, a grand jury refuses to indict Officer Wilson, having determined that his shooting of Brown was righteous and legal. My wondering is long over on the war between the U.S. Government and We the People. We lose.