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Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 08:08 PM (1 replies)
that I suspected the lower forearm wound was quite possibly obtained when Mike was running away and that's what caused him to stop.
In other words, not only did Wilson shoot while Mike ran away ... it's quite plausible he hit him. He just didn't hit him where Dorian Johnson thought he'd been hit - in the back.
Again, that's somewhat speculative on my part but I don't think it's unreasonable to point out it is quite possible Mike got hit by a bullet while he was running away.
On the subject of conjecture, I'll do a Star Trek and go "where no man's gone before":
Cop backs his cruiser up, jumps you and you're shot in the cruiser.
You try to run and get shot
You stop but the cop keeps coming at you still popping
Are you going to stand there and let him finish you off?
Maybe you'll take a crazy run at that cop to try to save your life.
In other words, even if the cops supposed claim that Mike ran at him were to be believed, he may well have arguably provoked it and left Mike, an unarmed man with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, little choice.
Food for thought
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 08:03 PM (2 replies)
A few selections from the link above:
Obama has been the biggest spending President in history! FALSE. Year to year spending increases have been less than 1%. They’ve also been at their lowest rate of year to year increases since Eisenhower.
On and on they go ..
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 07:41 PM (1 replies)
I've been trying for a couple of days to get a copy of the code of ethics for Ferguson or St Louis county. Website links won't respond. Maybe under the circumstances, that's symbolic.
Here's one for Concoria, Missouri
As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.
In light of Mike Brown, Henry Davis, the massive number of warrants issued against blacks in Ferguson, media arrests and even this guy pointing his gun "I will f'in kill you", I thought reviewing the standards of behavior these officers are sworn to deliver and bolding a few phrases for emphasis might be of interest.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 07:13 PM (1 replies)
They wouldn't be dishing out 3 warrants per household every year or whatever that crazy stat was - fewer cops required.
That might be offset by fewer fines but it has contributed to doubling poverty there so a bunch of those fines weren't ever getting paid anyway.
I hope Obama gives serious consideration to trying to help these folks with some pardons. It would be a wonderful gesture to these oppressed people that their president reached out directly to demonstrate to the country that they matter.
A bunch of these warrants stink and would be suffocating a bunch of innocent folks.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 06:30 PM (0 replies)
The quickest shooting death I saw was 2 hrs 45 mins from the time they found the body to removal
Whitney Houston (not a shooting) at 9 hrs was the longest I saw
I saw a number at 3-4 hours.
Two significant things would slow down the processing of this crime scene over some that I saw:
1. They called in the St Louis County police to process a Ferguson police crime scene
(ie lots of chatter between the two, additional time to respond, etc)
2. There were a lot of shots fired and most were outside of the vehicle - bullets not easily found stuck in a 2x4 in someone's basement.
So I'm not buying the 5 hours taken to process this crime scene as automatically sinister because they took a while.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 06:25 PM (1 replies)
Apparently Holder is looking at the Henry Davis case (the guy wrongfully arrested and charged with getting his blood on officers uniforms). A key perpetrator of that is now on the city council.
One Ferguson cop who has proved worth a good look is Eddie Boyd, who was previously with the St. Louis Police Department. He left there after twice being accused of striking youngsters with his service weapon, one a 16-year-old boy, the other a girl of just 12.
Typically 20% of something causes 80% of the problem. start by replacing 10 of the worst offenders along with the police chief and his top minions (20-25% of the force), with all black personnel, and I bet things would get substantially better. If there's still trouble, get rid of another 10 or whatever. They only have 3 black cops and should have 35 to match the mix of races in that city. With their behavior to date, a bunch of heads could roll.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 05:48 PM (1 replies)
Here's some of Holder's words:
At the same time, good law enforcement requires forging bonds of trust between the police and the public. This trust is all-important, but it is also fragile. It requires that force be used in appropriate ways. Enforcement priorities and arrest patterns must not lead to disparate treatment under the law, even if such treatment is unintended. And police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 04:54 PM (0 replies)
I realize people want action now and what that might sound like.
But if they're going to solve the problem properly or in a meaningful way, they have to look or research, get their facts, develop an approach, get consensus, implement or act, etc. No matter what, it's going to take some time to do it right.
One thing I read that was encouraging is they're looking beyond Mike Brown - at the guy who got charged for getting blood on the officers uniforms and a broader assessment of civil rights violations in the city of Ferguson.
With the cigarillos robbery, they may have trouble making a civil rights case against Wilson.
But with a broader approach, in some respects, they might get the whole Feruson police force for profiling or some other unfairness. That would be big.
When I hear that, I'm encouraged that they're not content with the status quo and are thinking outside of the box to try to do something meaningful.
Having said that, actions speak louder than words while patience is a virtue.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 04:44 PM (2 replies)
It was a key moment - another major steeping stone in the growth of the movement.
The bombing of North Vietnam in '65? seemed to get things really rolling
Bob Dylan and Joan Baez helped the music scene and artists get involved using non-news media and concerts to get the message out
MLK (who showed students the ropes on how to protest the war) & other civil rights leaders came out against the war.
So did RFK and others.
Walter Cronkite coming out against the war in early '68 was BIG in terms of gathering support in the media and from the more conservative public.
The protests in DC, NY & CA and elsewhere along the way grew larger and attracted more media support as the crowds grew. It was too big for the media to ignore.
Other artists, musicians, entertainers got on board. etc
The assassinations of MLK & RFK earlier in '68 stoked the unrest further
So the '68 convention was another key event in a string of events that helped get more media and citizens on board. At that juncture though, I'd say the momentum of the movement was too enormous to be denied.
After the '68 convention, the slaughter of protesting students at Kent State by the National Guard in the spring of '70 was another big moment we might relate to Ferguson to remind ourselves of the real and present danger the citizens of Ferguson are in right now. And for those wringing their hands over getting justice for Mike Brown, the families of those Kent State kids are still looking for the truth of what happened there today.
Posted by cleduc | Wed Aug 20, 2014, 03:20 PM (0 replies)