Michael Brown: Assumptions in Ferguson

The world is going crazy over the shooting of Michael Brown. You can’t scroll down your Twitter feed or turn on the news with out hearing about it.

Apparently, a teen was walking down the street when he was targeted and fatally shot by a cop.

Wait. Did you read that? I did not put any race or age in that description. How did you feel about it? If you haven’t heard about the shooting, did you question why that information was missing? And if you have, did you still question why the information was missing?

The media – the news, bloggers, regular members of the community and the world – are speaking up and protesting about the shooting of an AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEENAGER that was shot and killed by a WHITE police officer even though his hands were RAISED. There have been no reports of Michael Brown actually committing any act of violence in which the police officer would have to draw his weapon, let alone shoot.

So how do you feel now?

Reports are coming in from everywhere. I’ve read something about a hammer, I’ve read that Brown has a history of gang involvement and violence and I’ve also read that the community is plagued by white on black crime.

Who was there? The only witness report that I’ve read has stated that Brown didn’t do a thing. I’m not disputing that by any means. I am not stating that I believe Brown ran up on the cop or made himself a target by doing some crazy act to show his hatred of the white police force in Ferguson. I’m just stating that we don’t know. This witness, Tiffany Mitchell, stated that she witnessed a fight happening in the police car between the officer and Brown. Isn’t that a crime? Assulting an officer? I do believe, however, that if the witness is correct in stating that the officer continued to shoot Brown after he chased him and even after he was down, that is not justified.

As far as the raising of his hands, the witness stated that Brown did not raise his hands until after he fought with the officer in the car and after he ran away from the scene. I’m NOT justifying the act of the cop running after him and continuously shooting. But Brown did not have his hands up in a surrender – like pose though out the entire ordeal. It is reported that it was only AFTER, and I repeat, the fight in the car and running from the scene of assulting an officer.

Once again, I am just stating facts.  I have not decided on who’s side to chose or if I will even chose a side. I am just speculating that there could be more to this story than what we know right now. The media is throwing this image of a young man with his hands raised being fatally and continually shot at by a white officer in our faces and we are all believing it. We still don’t know what happened before the ONLY witness to come forward turned the corner onto the scene. Once again, I’m just speculating and stating the facts of what we do and don’t know.

How do we know he didn’t do anything? How do we know the cop’s reaction was not justified? On the other hand, how do we know that the cop had every right to pull the trigger or even draw his weapon in the first place? How do we know that white cops are indeed targeting the African-American community in Ferguson.

Yes, history does show and numbers do prove that racial profiling does exist in the world. Justice isn’t always justified. Kids are getting killed and cops are way too trigger happy.

But before we protest, before we riot on the streets and loot stores, before we, as both black and white American citizens react, can we all please just educate ourselves?

What is the protocol for a police officer, white or black, to draw his weapon? What is the protocol for a police officer to have the authority to fire his weapon? Before you start speaking up about all the injustice in the world of racial crime, racial targeting and children dying, make sure the issue has nothing to do with race!

This is strictly my opinion. You can disagree with it 100% and think I’m an idiot because, you say, “the facts are there”. But are they? Are you getting your facts from the white police department or the black community?

At the end of the day, your opinion should be made on FACTS. I’m waiting until I hear more from both sides. I can’t listen to your screams and protests of “don’t shoot” and

“give us a name”. Let’s wait more than a few days before we jump to conclusions.


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