"I just wish the people in America would wait to see all the facts. The autopsy pretty much confirms the story the police officer told regarding what happened. If he knew a strong-arm robbery had taken place, he didn't know it was these two. But they knew and when they were stopped, it explains their belligerence. The 'witness' had every reason to make it look as though the police officer overstepped. Remember all this talk of 'just' stealing cigars isn't quite the case given the photos we saw. He did strong-arm that small clerk.So are Americans ever willing to wait for the whole story, or do they just want the story that suits their agenda... right or left!
Frankly I feel sorry for the police as they face such dicey situations. Yes, it sounds like Ferguson police had been abusing power but that does not mean this officer was doing less than his job. He has been hung out to hang by those who want to profit from this politically-- on both sides and it looks like it ignores the real problem-- what has happened to Ferguson itself as our country has changed.
When I read that Ferguson high schools are not accredited because the kids scored too low, I wondered why Missouri hadn't cared enough to work on that problem years ago. Young men who can't get an education are on a dead-end road whether it ends violently or hopelessly. Yes, this is a systemic problem and not just Ferguson. Yes, we should have standards for police that they have to meet whether it's a minority or not. But this should be about what happened first; then deal with the reason the people have reacted as they have. If people feel powerless, it can lead to rage. But using it to blame one police officer for what happened seems wrong until we know more about what happened. The autopsy certainly affirms what I had heard he claimed more than the supposed witness who had a stake in it being bad cop."
When I read the explanation of what led to the shooting, which had been called into a radio station by a 'supposed' friend of the police officer, it rang true to me and having seen what happened in the store earlier, I could see why the young black man acted as he did also: [transcript from radio caller]. When I finally decided to write something about it here, I had to really dig to find a link. It's not being widely spread what his story was. Our government didn't even want released the surveillance tape of the teen manhandling a much smaller clerk to steal those cigars.
For those who say this was all about stealing cigars, which should not be a big deal and you add onto it the things you recall stealing-- did you threaten someone else to do it? Manhandle them? If you did, then you weren't just a thief, were you?
Right now, and not surprisingly, one side sees it as all about the misuse of power by the cops and the other purely about what was done wrong to this black community in general. In the last week, we got examples of both overreaches. It is being exploited by those who seek to profit from it and Americans eagerly go along with that because we love exciting stories even tragic ones.
All right, I do think the black community in Ferguson had been done wrong, but do they have some responsibility for that or are they total victims? If the school board is all white but the community is 70% black, what's that about? Why has the state of Missouri ignored a whole community where the high school is not accredited? A place where there really is no way out and up-- except maybe to deal drugs to the nearby white community or to steal. Does that seem bad for everybody to you? It sure does to me.
I know one thing -- after rioting and looting, what business will want to go back into that community? It has cost such communities local jobs in the past and likely will again. Business wants stability and rioting doesn't offer it.
Recently we saw a lawless bunch supporting that rancher in Nevada and they were all or mostly at least white. They also claimed an abuse of power and wanted to use violence to get their idea of justice. Frankly, this is not so much about color as it is about education. What will we do about that? Nothing is what we have been doing... and for those blacks who said it's their hood and we should stay out. Nope. It's our country, and we can't afford to let an abscess grow. We have to work to fix it and I think it starts with a meaningful education system that leads to hope not hopelessness. It takes convincing young people that they need an education. Right now we aren't winning that battle with too many.
And on the shooting-- separate out whether it was legally and morally done from the bigger picture of what has happened to this community. It is possible the officer overreacted and did commit murder. I don't know. But who does right now? We should not lose track of the bigger picture of what got us here. We also should not confuse it with the shooting itself. The officer could be guilty of murder or not. Why can't we wait to find out? The six shots are meaningless. Once you start to attack an officer, if that is what happened, he will shoot until you are down. I am not trying to defend the shooter. I just think right now we don't know and a lot of the hysterical rhetoric on both sides does not want to know. I've seen these kinds of stories before and it often takes a long time to sort out logical facts. Nobody in the media gave it the time this go round-- they never do and they don't help.