Monday, August 25, 2014

Why Ferguson Has Calmed

Some say that Attorney General Eric Holder's visit to Ferguson was the calming factor that was needed to stop the violence; and, coincidentally, the violence did subside on the very evening of his visit.  But, Holder's visit only insured an ongoing investigation and not a quick arrest and prosecution as the angry crowds had wanted. Others think that Governor Nixon's statement of "vigorously prosecuting"  Officer Darren Wilson was an indication that he is presumed guilty and will ultimately be convicted of killing Michael Brown, though any court proceedings are still a long way off and, if the officer is found to have used force pursuant to protecting himself, no conviction will be issued.

Personally, I think that the violence stopped because most of the reasons inciting it were found to be false.

Initially, the news media told us that an unarmed teenager (no age given) was shot by a white cop.  The story was soon embellished by the media and people like Jesse Jackson. We were told that the teen was on his way to his grandfather's house and was simply shot for refusing to get out of the street.  Other accounts had him being shot in the back while running away.  There also was the story that a tussle occurred in the squad car when the 6'3" and nearly 300 pound Michael Brown was pulled into the car (apparently, through the window) by a police officer.  Then as one shot was fired inside the car, Brown tried to get away but soon surrendered by raising his arms in the air; and, still, the cop executed him with multiple shots.

Finally, instead of the emotionally charged story outlined above, we started to get a clearer picture of what actually occurred.

First, we found out that, minutes before the shooting, Brown had committed a "strong arm" robbery for some Swisher Sweet Tipped Cigarillos; literally muscling the clerk backwards who was nearly a third shorter then he was.  While not mentioned in the news, I am sure that anyone who was drug-wise understood that those "Swishers" could be used to make "blunts" (hollowed out cigars that are filled with marijuana and which, sometimes, can mask the smell of the cannabis).  Then, there were the photos of Michael Brown giving the "Bloods" gang signs.  Again, not reported by the national media, most likely in an effort to protect the innocent persona already projected on Brown.

We also were told by the Ferguson Police Chief, that Officer Wilson did not know that Brown was suspected in that robbery.  But, I am quite sure that Brown, himself, thought Wilson was looking for him. That belief, alone, may have escalated his emotional response and caused him to attack Wilson (inside the police car) as Brown may have feared arrest

When the Brown family autopsy results were released, there were no wounds in the back.  Marijuana  was found in his blood stream.  Remember those Swishers? The fatal shot was on the top of  Brown's head; perhaps suggesting that Brown was charging the police car as nearly a dozen witnesses reported.  Of the four shots in the arm, three suggest that his hands were not up in a surrendering fashion, and the multiple arm shots also suggest that Officer Wilson was trying to stop Brown and not kill him. 

Lastly, we found out that Wilson was beaten severely in his face and suffered an orbital fracture to his eye socket; thus, confirming that there could have been a fight initiated by Brown in an attempt to get the officer's gun.  However, there are now reports that a fracture to the eye socket didn't occur but, instead,  severe bruising to one-side of Wilson's head.  A friend of Wilson's said that Brown bum-rushed him and that officer Wilson seriously thought that he was acting like he was on something.   Of course, the "something" won't be known until the final toxicology results are in.  Certainly, it would have to be more than pot to make Brown act in such a bullish fashion against an armed policeman.

The bottom line is that we won't know for weeks what the results of all the investigations are and what the Grand Jury will rule.  But, the innocence of Michael Brown, simply on his way to Grandpa's house, is now in question and could be the real reason why the city's violence has calmed.


Pictures: Michael Brown Flashing Gang Signs:

Video: Michael Brown Strong Arm Robbery:

Michael Brown's autopsy: What it can (and can't) tell us:

Police officer who shot Michael Brown did NOT suffer a broken eye socket but he did go to hospital with a swollen face after deadly altercation:

Friend of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson: Brown ‘Bum Rushed’ And ‘Punched Him In Face’:

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