Devil’s Advocate: Facts about Ferguson Shooting

Leave it to America to jump the gun about a shooting. Yes, I say that lightly. Michael Brown was a African-American teenager that was fatally shot by a White police officer a few days ago. Those are the only facts we know. Let’s break down what everyone is up in arms about:

Racial Profiling:
There is racial profiling happening everywhere. We all know it. African-Americans say it is against them and they are being targetted. And I don’t disagree. History is all you need to research to see that race plays a huge role in profiling. BUT, as a police department,  is it wrong to profile a suspect? The suspect in the robbery at the store is over 6 foot tall, over 250 pounds, wearing a white shirt and is African-American. Does this fit the description of Michael Brown? Yes. Racial Profiling is necessary when getting information regarding a crime. What I mean is, if the police put out WANTED posters or alerts giving the weight, height and location of a suspect and left out their race, how many people would be scratching their heads?

Militarization & Weapons used against Rioters, Looters and Protestors:
Let’s get this straight – when you “righteously” start yelling at officers, breaking into stores along the street, looting the stores items and causing mayhem in the streets aren’t the police “righteous” in your arrest and gearing up for the worst? You can’t expect ANY police department NOT to defend themselves. Assulting an officer is a CRIME. How do you point fingers at police when you react this way towards them?

The Witness:
Tiffany Mitchell, a young woman who stepped forward yesterday as a witness to the crime, has stated a few things – 1) she only witnessed the events taking place in the police car and up until the shooting. She did not witness the initial meeting between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson.
2) She has stated that Wilson and Brown were fighting in the police car. Is that not police brutality? How do we know that Brown did not assult the officer as he was approached because he fit the description of the nearby robbery?
3) Mitchell also stated that she witnessed Brown running away from the cop (Fleeing the Scene of the Crime) and that the cop continously shot Brown even as he was down with his hands raised. The witness says Browns hands were not raised until AFTER the fight in the car, after Brown ran from the cop and after the cop fired shots towards him. The media needs to stop saying this is an horrendous crime against “an innocent black teen that had his hands raised in a surrender-like stance”.

Listen, there are still people in this word that are racist and will use their authority against a race or specific person in a way that is not justified. I do believe that. But, in playing Devil’s Advocate, is it not righteous to think and educate ourselves of the fact of the matter? Brown could very well have been targetted because of his race, because this cop is a dick and because racial profiling and racism is still very prevalent today.  But until we have all the facts on the table in front of us, the looting and violence needs to stop. Regardless of the fact of the matter, acting out in this way will not get anyone anywhere but behind bars – righteous or not.

*I am currently on neither side of Michael Brown or Darren Wilson. I am playing Devil’s Advocate because I believe there is more to this story than is being disclosed. I believe the death of teenager Michael Brown is indeed a tragedy but I do not agree with the bandwagon jumpers who need to use their words and ears before taking action.

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4 Replies to “Devil’s Advocate: Facts about Ferguson Shooting”

  1. Militarization & Weapons used against Rioters, Looters and Protestors:

    There is a difference between the police responding to violence against them (legitimate) and concerns regarding the equipment (BearCats, MRAPs, flashbang grenades, body armor) and the tactics used by the military being employed by the police. The police are increasingly recruiting from those returning from military service; as such they are increasingly incorporating military tactic and rules of engagement against the people. Look at how often SWAT teams are called out to serve warrants for non-violent crimes.

    Look at the response to peaceful protesters — not the looters — but the peaceful protesters in Ferguson; tear gas and rubber rounds being fired. “Protest zones” being established, access to areas being denied, media representatives being arrested — or tear gassed. This are overly harsh tactics that aren’t needed.

    she has stated that Wilson and Brown were fighting in the police car. Is that not police brutality?

    Now to turn it around — no it is not necessarily ‘police brutality’ — trying to subdue a suspect isn’t police brutality. The courts have consistently ruled that resisting a ‘legal arrest’ is a crime. The question is why were they fighting.

    We don’t know that reason. We have heard two different and conflicting stories. We haven’t seen any video — and according to the police chief won’t because there isn’t any, haven’t heard any audio, again see previous — and haven’t seen any forensic evidence (bruising of the victims fists, injury to his neck, etc ) that would support one side or the other. Until then we don’t know which version is most correct.

    But until we have all the facts on the table in front of us, the looting and violence needs to stop.

    I agree.
    And we need to take it further. We need to stop the militarization of the police forces. Look at how often family pets are being shot. Look at how often cops shoot suspects or innocent people within seconds of rolling up on scene. We need to stop the police from adopting military tactics and over-reaching unconstitutional authority. The lock down of an entire city while the police looked for the Boson Marathon bombing suspects is a great example of this — they told everyone to stay in their homes, then proceeded to pull people out of their homes at gun point.

    The situation in Ferguson is showing just how far spread, how it isn’t just big city departments that have this issue.

    Bob S.

    1. Let’s not look at any other instance except this one. If you owned a legitimate business in Ferguson and your business got looted and broken into during this riot, how would you feel about a small, local police department trying to defend your community against hundreds of rioters? It won’t work. Look at the change between rioting a few days ago and protesting last night. Very different once police officials stepped it up. There are no reports that they are unjustifyingly hurting or injuring the protesters and rioters. Yes there have been arrests but no official has pulled out an AK-47 on community members or protesters.

    2. I’m sorry. I did not read your entire comment at first. Issues with loading on phone. But yes, I agree with that you are saying. Wrongful shooting and tear gas is NOT okay. But is it okay to assult an officer? Is it okay to throw things into a crowd of officers and military officials? The world has gotten crazy. No one knows what can happen these days. Yes, I do agree that they are going over board. But is it unnecessary following the history or violent acts and brutality that follows?

      1. Danie,

        If you owned a legitimate business in Ferguson and your business got looted and broken into during this riot, how would you feel about a small, local police department trying to defend your community against hundreds of rioters?

        I don’t have a problem with the police trying to stop looters. But that isn’t why they geared up. The police responded in force and with military equipment and tactics to the peaceful protests hours before the looting started.

        Second, I firmly believe the business owners have a right and responsibility to protect their own property.
        http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/08/armed-guards-at-strip-mall-save-north-st-louis-businesses-from-looters/

        This is especially important as it does several things. It increases the number of people stopping crimes. It shows that some behaviors will not be tolerated, it is people from the community responding to the situation instead of the police imposing order.

        There are no reports that they are unjustifyingly hurting or injuring the protesters and rioters.

        Tear gassing news crews for filming the police isn’t unjustified? Arresting media personnel who are working at McDonald’s isn’t unjustified? Limiting people where they can protest or not isn’t unjustified?

        The police are using extreme measures that limits liberty in the name of ‘public safety’. — that hurts the entire country…..the more we accept that behavior, the more the police will do it.

        Let’s not look at any other instance except this one.

        If you went to the doctor and said “I don’t feel good” or “This hurts” — would he not look at your medical history?
        We have to diagnosis the issue in Ferguson in relation to the rest of the country and history. Is it out of line or not can only be determined by doing so.

        Think about it this way instead — the citizens of Ferguson are complaining about this incident, — telling them “hey looking at past incidents with the police department is wrong” misses the entire point — there have been too many incidents like this.

        Bob S.

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