TKC READER REAX: PATIENCE NOT FERGUSON, MISSOURI RAGE REQUIRED TO JUDGE MERITS OF MICHAEL BROWN DEADLY SHOOTING CASE!!!
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Ferguson, MO Message To TKC
My perspective is that of respect for due process. The media on both ends of the spectrum have sensationalized this sad event. Huffpo -- my normal go to national news website -- had the open page headline of "ARREST HIM!" It is easy to say that the Ferguson police has completely botched the handling of this event, though they are limited as to what information they can release as it is an ongoing investigation. The Coroner findings, as reported, are inconclusive. The Sharptons/Jacksons of the world are fanning the flames of unrest and using it for personal gain (remember Tawana Brawley?). "Witnesses" are being trotted out. And the media has all but convicted this cop in the court of public opinion.
Now, a St Louis Post Dispatch Crime-beat reporter has offered that police have over a dozen witnesses supporting the police officer's account. But if you go to her Twitter feed, nearly all commenters are skeptical, if not ridiculing her professional integrity. But the police cannot participate in this media circus, and are not allowed to put their witnesses on parade. And the witnesses supporting the officer's account are no doubt fearful of reprisal should they go public.
This is a pick-and-choose media event. Last weekend, 6 people were murdered in Chicago -- all people of color. But that's just another weekend in Chicago. Likewise with the murders in KCMO. A murder of a white person in the suburbs is big news. But if person of color is killed, especially black on black crime, it's just "normal." Sadly, we don't see either media outrage or activists addressing this. Jesse Jackson lives in Chicago, yet he ignores his hometown tragedies, but goes to Ferguson to express his "outrage."
In the Ferguson case, grand jury will be convened, witnesses will testify, testimony will be considered, and a decision to prosecute or not will be made. Unfortunately, as it appears, should the officer be cleared, or not charged with murder, this will only go further to strain race relations. And no doubt further rioting.
Sure, there are bad cops. But there is no evidence to support a history of racism by the officer in question. People are likewise "outraged" that minorities are so unrepresented by the Ferguson Police Department. But has anyone asked how many people of color applied to serve with the department? Not making excuses, just looking at the realities.
Bottom Line: Ferguson is a tragedy, just like every death by violence of any form. And there is NO fair or balanced reporting of this sad string of events. But without due process, there is no system of law. While this is a polarizing and emotional event, we all should exercise patience.
Rolling Stone: Ferguson, UNCENSORED
FOX4KC: Shawn Parcells’ credentials, role in Michael Brown autopsy questioned by doctors
Crooks And Liars Takes A Partisan View: WTF? Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder Wants 'Anglo-American' Justice In Ferguson
KCUR: Ferguson Update: Holder Writes Op-Ed; City Calls For Nighttime Calm
KMBC: Ferguson store owner frustrated after 2nd looting
Herald Extra: Ferguson arrests include at least 10 journalists
Huff Post: 10 Ways You Can Help The People Of Ferguson, Missouri
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