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Friday, August 15, 2014

Naming the cop

We finally have the name of the cop in Ferguson, Missouri, who shot Michael Brown: Darren Wilson.

The police also revealed that a robbery -- a minor matter involving a box of Swisher Sweets cigars -- took place shortly before the incident. At this point, matters become murky: The NPR report cited above says that Wilson was unaware of the robbery, although a police report pictured here named Brown as a suspect.The NYT indicates that the cops may have felt that Brown was connected to the robbery. Michael Brown's family issued a statement alleging that the Ferguson authorities are trying to "assassinate the character" of the victim.

Incidentally, this amazing and shocking story about an unrelated earlier incident gives us a pretty good idea as to what the cops are like in Ferguson. The police arrested a man they mistakenly thought had outstanding warrants. (Same name, different guy.) Instead of letting him go once the error came out, officers filed charges against the man for getting blood on their uniforms during a beating. The story becomes even more surreal after that.
Here's a nice slice of the overall problem. Assholes and ignorant red-necks are the reason we can't have nice things.

"Here in Olivette, the people I spoke to showed little sympathy for Michael Brown, or the protesters.

"It's bullshit," said one woman, who declined to give her name. When I asked her to clarify what, specifically, was bullshit, she said, "All of it. I don't even know what they're fighting for."

"It's just a lot of misplaced anger," said one teenage boy, echoing his parents. He wasn't sure where the anger should be, just that there should be no anger at all, and definitely no stealing.

"Our opinion," said the talkative one in a group of six women in their sixties sitting outside the Starbucks, "is the media should just stay out of it because they're riling themselves up even more."

"The protesters like seeing themselves on TV," her friend added.

"It's just a small group of people making trouble," said another."

Joseph, I saw that same surreal story. Police are fucking out of control.

Ben, I often wonder if these people you correctly describe have any clue how AMERICAN "innocent until proven guilty" is.

Police training snipers on protesters --- as they did yesterday here in Baltimore as well as in Ferguson ---smacks of me as guilty until proven innocent.
The video from the convenience store might be a lot less than what is being claimed. The use of the technical term - strong armed robbery - effectively established a narrative, but the police report was written on another day as it names Brown, and only two witnesses out of at least six are quoted, and they are both store employees. The only items Brown appears to walk away with are on the floor and he had to bend down to pick them up. As he does so, the store owner is rushing to the door where the shoving occurs. Obviously there is some kind of dispute, but the footage is not conclusive of a robbery.
It's getting interesting, Anon. But do remember that I wrote this brief post roughly twenty minutes after the NYT published. Far fewer facts were at hand at that time.

Treating lawful protest as terrorism;
Too bad it bears that Info Wars stamp. Otherwise, I would have published the image. But anything involving that maniac Alex Jones is toxic...
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