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‘Fox & Friends’ comforts Darren Wilson’s friend: ‘What has been the toughest part’ for him?

‘Fox & Friends’ comforts Darren Wilson’s friend: ‘What has been the toughest part’ for him?


“What do you want people to know about Officer Wilson?” Hasselbeck asked. “What kind of guy is he? Who is he?”

“He’s just a cop who responding to a call for a baby — an African-American baby — who was gravely ill,” Roorda insisted. “It wasn’t his area. He responded because he’s there to serve that community, and he observed a crime in progress — a suspect from a crime that had just occurred — as he was leaving there. And the rest is history now.”

In conclusion, Roorda asserted that the Brown family should be comforted by the fact that the prosecutor provided “every single piece of physical evidence, every witness, every witness statement” to the grand jury.

“And now he’s being criticized harshly for introducing all that evidence,” he opined. “Imagine the tsunami of criticism that would have followed if he had withheld even one piece of evidence.”

MORE sap:

Holder's statement (which gives me a little hope)

“While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing. Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now. Even at this mature stage of the investigation, we have avoided prejudging any of the evidence. And although federal civil rights law imposes a high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted forming premature conclusions.

“Michael Brown’s death was a tragedy. This incident has sparked a national conversation about the need to ensure confidence between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve. While constructive efforts are underway in Ferguson and communities nationwide, far more must be done to create enduring trust. The Department will continue to work with law enforcement, civil rights, faith and community leaders across the country to foster effective relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve and to improve fairness in the criminal justice system overall. In addition, the Department continues to investigate allegations of unconstitutional policing patterns or practices by the Ferguson Police Department.

“Though there will be disagreement with the grand jury's decision not to indict, this feeling should not lead to violence. Those who decide to participate in demonstrations should remember the wishes of Michael Brown's parents, who have asked that remembrances of their son be conducted peacefully. It does not honor his memory to engage in violence or looting. In the coming days, it will likewise be important for local law enforcement authorities to respect the rights of demonstrators, and deescalate tensions by avoiding excessive displays—and uses—of force.”


Officer Darren Wilson's story is unbelievable. Literally. --- by Ezra Klein on November 25, 2014

Officer Darren Wilson's story is unbelievable. Literally.
Updated by Ezra Klein on November 25, 2014, 11:00 a.m. ET


Let's take a breath and recap. Wilson sees two young black men walking in the middle of the street. He pulls over and politely asks them to use the sidewalk. They refuse. He asks again, still polite. Brown tells Wilson — again, a uniformed police officer in a police car — "fuck what you have to say." Wilson stops his car, tries to get out, and Brown slams the car door on him and then begins punching him through the open window.

What happens next is the most unbelievable moment in the narrative. And so it's probably best that I just quote Wilson's account at length on it.

I was doing the, just scrambling, trying to get his arms out of my face and him from grabbing me and everything else. He turned to his...if he's at my vehicle, he turned to his left and handed the first subject. He said, "here, take these." He was holding a pack of — several packs of cigarillos which was just, what was stolen from the Market Store was several packs of cigarillos. He said, "here, hold these" and when he did that I grabbed his right arm trying just to control something at that point. Um, as I was holding it, and he came around, he came around with his arm extended, fist made, and went like that straight at my face with his...a full swing from his left hand.

So Brown is punching inside the car. Wilson is scrambling to deflect the blows, to protect his face, to regain control of the situation. And then Brown stops, turns to his left, says to his friend, "Here, hold these," and hands him the cigarillos stolen from Ferguson Market. Then he turns back to Wilson and, with his left hand now freed from holding the contraband goods, throws a haymaker at Wilson.

Every bullshit detector in me went off when I read that passage. Which doesn't mean that it didn't happen exactly the way Wilson describes. But it is, again, hard to imagine. Brown, an 18-year-old kid holding stolen goods, decides to attack a cop and, while attacking him, stops, hands his stolen goods to his friend, and then returns to the beatdown. It reads less like something a human would do and more like a moment meant to connect Brown to the robbery.

MORE (please read it all):

What happened on Twitter when the Darren Wilson grand jury decision was announced


Racism is baked right into the foundation

racism is asphalt, racism is a bullet

Every one of those grand jurors might have hearts of purest gold. The outcome was predetermined precisely because the outcome did not rely on the individual character of the jurors. We have police aggression against black people because the white moneyed classes of this country have demanded aggressive policing and the moneyed control our policy. We have police aggression because the War on Drugs provokes it and we still have a War on Drugs because the War on Drugs puts vast amounts of tax dollars in the hands of police departments and a voracious prison industrial complex. We have police aggression against black people because centuries of gerrymandering and political manipulation have been undertaken with the explicit purpose of empowering some people and disenfranchising others. None of that can be solved through having pure hearts and pure minds. Racism is not a problem of mind. Racism cannot be combated by individuals not being racist. A pure heart makes no difference. In response to systemic injustice, you’ve got to change the systems themselves. It’s the only thing that will ever work.


Witness #40

Witness #40
Posted by Betty Cracker at 10:44 am


By a series of amazing coincidences, this person magically ended up witnessing events, and his or her perspective aligned perfectly with Officer Wilson’s account. Witness #40’s testimony comes in the form of handwritten journal entries, which you can view for yourself here. http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1370734-witness-40-journal-entry.html

Here’s how it starts:

August 9th Saturday 8 am
Well I’m gonna take my random drive to Florissant. Need to understand the Black race better so I stop calling Blacks Niggers and start calling them People. Like dad always said you cant fear or hate an entire race cause of what one man did 40 yrs ago.

The “journal” goes on to recount how Witness #40 takes a series of wrong turns and coincidentally turns up at the scene of the Brown shooting moments before it happens and sees the whole thing unfold. His or her account includes the following:

The cop just stood there dang if that kid didnt start running right at the cop like a football player. Head down.

The story is helpfully populated with “sweet” and “nice” local people whose wonderful qualities Witness #40 notes in the journal, qualities a racist who was attempting to create a post-hoc justification for a widely publicized police shooting would totally NOT appreciate, let alone record in a personal diary that later inexplicably found its way into evidence files. (wink-wink-nudge-nudge).



Tears roll down the cheek of Lesley McSpadden, the mother of slain teenager Michael Brown. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

How the media would cover the events in Ferguson were this another country:

Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive American province of Missouri, where ancient communal tensions have boiled over into full-blown violence.

“We must use all means at our disposal to end the violence and restore calm to the region,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments to an emergency United Nations Security Council session on the America crisis.


“”we can and should support moderate forces who can bring stability to America””

America has been roiled by political instability and protests in recent years, which analysts warn can create fertile ground for extremists.


He "Looked Like A Demon"

Darren Wilson: Michael Brown "Looked Like a Demon"

No one who thinks he sees demons should be allowed to be around other people.
He's lost his grip on reality and he's dangerous.

Q:’I have a few other questions while we are waiting on that (the photos). So during the time that he’s, you said Michael Brown is striking you in the face through the car door.’
A: ’Right.’
Q: ’And it was your opinion that you needed to pull out your weapon because? Why did you feel that way? I don’t want to put words in your mouth.’
A: ’I felt that another one of those punches in my face could knock me out or worse. I mean it was, he’s obviously bigger than I was and stronger and I’ve already taken two to the face and I didn’t think I would... The third one could be fatal if he hit me right.’
Q: ’You thought he could his you and it would be a fatal injury?’
A: ’Or at least unconscious and then who knows what would happen to me after that.’
Officer Wilson shows photographs of gun and his facial injuries.

Officer Wilson uses pictures provided to show the jury how Michael Brown grabbed the gun and shows further pictures to show where he suffered scratched and swelling to the face.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2848666/In-unedited-officer-Darren-Wilson-s-account-happened-day-shot-dead-Michael-Brown.html#ixzz3K5lYCSf3


Grand Jury Testimony 4,799 pages Here:

Emails Reveal How GOP Consultants Secretly Gerrymandered Florida

....newly released emails published Sunday shed light on the lengths those political consultants went to tweak the state's congressional districts in favor of the GOP despite a gerrymandering ban.

The emails, which were obtained by the Naples Daily News and the Miami Herald, detail how "paranoid" consultants with the GOP consulting firm Data Targeting kept their efforts to redraw some of the state's congressional maps under wraps. Earlier this month the Florida Supreme Court ordered that the documents, which were a part of the original lawsuit accused Republicans of manipulating Florida's political map, must be unsealed. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas upheld that order on Friday, according to the Naples Daily News.

One exchange showed that the consultants discussed a map proposal that would kick longtime U.S. Rep. Bill Young (R-FL), who died last November, out of his seat.

"If you have to have a minority-majority seat, this does it," Anthony Pedicini, a Tampa-based political consultant, wrote of a redistricting plan that he said would also "retire Bill Young," according to the Naples Daily News.

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