I can imagine the frustration some people are feeling over the Grand Jury’s decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson. It’s easy to say it was racially motivated. It’s easy to say that the “kid” was unarmed. The media of course didn’t help any. They seemed to do everything they could to increase racial tensions by interviewing everyone that said they saw what happened. And, almost every story we heard sounded the same. The kid had his hands in the air and the cop just kept shooting him. And, when the cop is white and the kid is black. Someone is going to make it a race issue. So I can’t blame anyone for being upset by the decision not to indict. When you consider how they are being manipulated by the media and by the community leaders they put their trust and faith in it was a recipe for an ignorant disaster.
I was attacked by so many people mainly white well meaning liberals for my opinion that before I pass judgment, I would like to hear the facts of the case. I was of course called names for choosing to wait for something as simple as wanting to hear the actual facts before condemning anyone. I was told that all I need to know is that an unarmed black kid was shot and killed by a white cop. For some, that’s all this will ever be about and I feel sad for those people. Because it’s that kind of shallow thinking that holds society back. There is true racism in this world.
Look no further than what’s happening in Florida to Marissa Alexander. Don’t know her name? I don’t blame you. While the world was freaking over the lawful shooting of Treyvon Martin and doing their best to make it a case about race yet again. Marissa Alexander fired a warning shot over the head of her abusive husband hoping to make him stop coming at her. What did she get for not killing him? 20 years in prison! No one marched, there was no constant media coverage. A few of us wrote letters and tried to be productive about it. We signed petitions and so on. We managed to get her new trial but now the DA’s office, last I heard, was trying to get her 60 years in prison! Now maybe it’s not racially motivated. But, subtext sure is there. Case law certainly doesn’t support a sixty year sentence. But, there’s no outrage. No nightly coverage.
I sat back last night waiting to hear if there would be any indictments. I was pretty sure there wouldn’t be. Sadly I was pretty sure that there were going to be riots no matter what the decision was. I then became sure of this prediction as I sat and watched CNN’s coverage and saw a great many people hiding their faces. They looked like terrorists. Cowards behind masks. Between idiots just looking for a reason to incite violence and the so called community leaders, religious leaders and the media, there was no hope for this going down without a riot. The media was like in some kinda orgasmic glow just waiting for the violence. I especially loved the group of people outside of the Ferguson police station blasting away NWA’s “Fuck The Police” as the crowd sang along gleefully.
As the prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch did his best to carefully explain the process of how a grand jury works and then relate the actual facts of the case I was saddened to see that within a few moments of the crowd on the outside hearing that no indictments would follow, the crowd seemed to stop listening. The prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch continued to carefully layout the facts of the case as the majority of protestors had stopped listening by this point. I was terribly saddened by this. Because once again, it shows our failure as human beings.
Our failure comes in the fact that as a society, we have made it a habit to ignore the facts. It is much easier for us to just simply believe what we want to believe. Our motto as humans apparently is, “Why let a little thing like facts get in the way of a good story.” We wanted to believe that this shooting of Michael Brown was racially motivated. We want to believe that Michael Brown was a good kid on his way to college like his parents said. We wanted to believe that Michael Brown was surrendering with his hands in the air when officer Darren Wilson shot him repeatedly in the back thereby killing him. We want to believe this! We’ve been basically told this by the media, by religious leaders and community leaders for months now that is was blatant racism. But, the simple fact is that there is no evidence that any of it is true except for the fact that Micheal Brown was black and officer Darren Wilson is white. And, if you think because Michael Brown is black and officer Darren Wilson is white that this is racially motivated, you’re the one being racist.
The reality of the situation is that Michael Brown was not a good kid, he wasn’t even a kid. I know that is going to hurt the feelings of some. I don’t think that he deserved to die for being a disrespectful criminal with no respect for authority and the law anymore than someone diagnosed with cancer. But, it is what it is. Michael Brown robbed a convenience store, pushed someone out of his way as he left. After committing the crime, he boldly walked down the middle of the street. To top it all off, when a cop had the poor misfortune of showing up and told Brown and his friend to get of the “fucking” street, Michael Brown attacked the cop. Even after being shot at, Michael Brown decided to keep coming after the officer. There is no real evidence that he was surrendering or had his hands in the air. This leaving officer Darren Wilson feeling that he had no choice but to keep shooting at Michael Brown because he feared of his life. All that we’ve been told about what happened by the media, the community and religious leaders was all miss-information.
Those are the facts of the of the case, everything else that all the outraged people are saying, is nothing but opinion that is based on a lack of understanding of the facts at hand or by biased people trying to push an agenda.
That being said, I absolutely believe that this is a tragedy. Though I am not terribly saddened for the death of Michael Brown personally. He attacked a cop, he robbed a liquor store and was high at the time. However, in the bigger picture, I am saddened at the loss of life. I am saddened for the family’s loss. But, what do we think is going to happen to someone who attacks the police? I don’t care if Michael Brown didn’t have a gun. He was bigger than the cop and the cop had no other means to safely protect himself. He did what his inadequate training told him to do. Sadly, that’s the way it is. There is no evidence of race being an issue.
One of the main issues here is the lack of training that officer Darren Wilson had as well as the lack of tactical equipment needed to protect himself and the community. In my eyes, it is absolutely pathetic that this officer felt that he had no other choice than to shoot Michael Brown. The fact that he didn’t have a stun gun or feel that he could successfully defend himself with pepper spray or baton is absolutely disgraceful! Michael Brown didn’t have to die on that day. But, this officers poor training is just as much at fault in this situation as are Michale Brown’s idiotic and criminal behavior that day.
The outrage over this decision I am sure will go on for a few more days, maybe a week and then die out. Then it will all start up when the fed’s refuse to file any charges. Or maybe they will kowtow the pressure and file some anyways. But, it won’t change anything, no jury is going to convict officer Darren Wilson as long as they are forced to base their decision only on the facts of the case.
The only way we are ever going to have a chance at resolving these issues is to focus on the real problems. And, the real problem here isn’t race. The real problems in this case are much bigger than a black kid getting shot by a white cop. The real problems are two things. First is the absolute and complete disrespect of authority some people have and their inability to simply follow the lawful orders of the police. Just think, none of this would have happened if when officer Darren Wilson asked Michael Brown and his friend to get off the street and on to the sidewalk, if they had just simply got off the street and walked over to the sidewalk. The second issue is a matter of training. Had officer Darren Wilson been better trained and had the proper equipment he would have had the confidence and ability to defend himself without having to resort to lethal force.
These are the real issues. We can cry all day long and pretend it’s a race issue. I actually heard a defense attorney complain on CNN that it was ridiculous for prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch to give the grand jury as much information as he did. I was flabbergasted by this. What this idiot defense attorney said was that any prosecutor could get a ham sandwich indicted. It’s that easy. The sad part of his blatant hypocrisy is how many times he has told this to the juries in an attempt to show how insignificant an indictment is and what little evidence is needed to get an indictment. So now he is basically complaining that the prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch actually did his job and presented enough evidence for the grand jury to make a reasonable decision based on the facts. The simple fact that no one wants to hear, is that prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch gave the grand jury all the facts of the case so that they could make a rational decision. His motivations are irrelevant. The complaint that he has long ties to law enforcement is ludicrous! He’s a prosecuting attorney, of course he has long ties to law enforcement? He is law enforcement! Blaming him for this is like blaming a fish for swimming too much.
So, if you plan to protest or support those protesting. Please ask yourself what you are protesting? Because chances are the reason you’re protesting or feeling compelled to have nothing to do with the facts involving the Michael Brown case. Most people are sadly just using his name as an excuse protest racial issues that also have nothing to do with this case.