It seems to me that the majority of media and bloggers have been operating from a position of immediately jumping to conclusions, based on inaccurate and biased information. The standard narrative has been “a white cop shot and killed an unarmed black teenager”. Unspoken are the assumptions:
That the cop shot the teenager without provocation (the “killed for being black” assumption).
That the teenager was by definition weaker than the cop, and was simply walking down the street when shot.
That the witnesses’ stories were accurate, including those that said the teenager was shot in the back, or he had his hands up and was trying to surrender.
That the many protesters who rioted and looted businesses in Ferguson were local residents.
Let’s counter some of those assumptions.
Michael Brown was 6 feet 4 inches tall and over 300 pounds. He was a rather intimidating presence, certainly much bigger than the policeman. He didn’t need to be “armed” to be a threat. And, from photos widely released, it appears that he and his “witness” friend Dorian Johnson, had just robbed a local convenience store. Innocent? Possibly not so much. And why is there no mention of the POLICEMAN’S INJURIES? He was punched in the face by the unarmed teenager, sustaining terrible fractures.
Also widely distributed are pictures of the “protests” that took place in Ferguson after the shooting. What these pictures and videos show is that, along with some local residents, there were large crowds of New Black Panthers and Revolutionary Communists, inciting the crowd to looting and violence.
And there’s the way the Press covered the incident. How about the National Media saying that it’s okay for the upset blacks in Ferguson to destroy and loot local businesses? Yes, this story appeared in the Washington Post. And here’s another one.
And this from a Ricochet friend who says it better than I can:
It does not look like the poor young man in Ferguson, MO made the choice to be good. His path, like that of so many like him, pointed elsewhere. The cop who killed him may well have overstepped, or not, that is being investigated. But the dogma of the left remains exposed once again. These young black men, like Travon Martin and Michael Brown and the host of other young black men who die on the inner city streets of America, have accepted the liberal dogma and denied their own hand in their own choices. They do not choose to be good, to do the best with the opportunities afforded them and the hucksters give them cover. The result is yet another chapter in an unending tragedy.
So, everyone, don’t just believe everything you see or hear. Get the real facts. Don’t jump to conclusions about the standard Liberal narrative that the big, bad cop shot the poor, little, innocent black teenager. It did not happen that way at all. And I give a huge shout out to the Gateway Pundit, whose reporting from the local scene has been invaluable. Thanks!
<One final note. If you are wondering why in the mostly-black St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, the majority of their police force is white, the reason is Unions. The Police Union has garnered very high salaries, and generous pensions for its members. As a result, there is very little turnover in most police departments, with most policemen working many years to build up their pension benefits. This causes their ranks to reflect the community demographics from 25-30 years ago. They don’t reflect the population, because the population changes much faster.>