The irony is if you read the police reports you'll see black witnesses said Brown charged Officer Wilson and he was justified in shooting Brown! But those witnesses never went to the press in fear of their life. Only liars like Dorian Johnson went to the press!
And I didn't even mention the strongarm robbery and assaulting a cop Brown committed, both felonies!
The disconnect is that you (and most other white folk) are starting from a place where you accept the premise that the police/prosecutor are telling the truth; that the system works.
The reality is cops/prosecutors circle the wagons and right or wrong they protect their own.
So we've never met the black people who agree with Wilson, but how many black witnesses' statements that agreed with Brown's side were taken and never reported by the police? Why is it okay to assault the credibility of the witnesses who disagree with your position, but not apply the same level of scrutiny to witness statements that confirm your bias?
Idk, but your points here seem like someone who believes in Jesus with the amount of blind faith you are tossing about.
I have no idea and neither do you, but the truth is often somewhere closer to the middle.
In this specific case, I just find it hard to take the side of a man who manhandled a convenience store owner, robbed him, disobeyed a police officer multiple times, punched said police officer, and then tried to take a gun away from said police officer, then apparently charged at the officer after first trying to run away.
That is according to the evidence (if you believe the evidence)...the video at the convenience store...witnesses...shots being fired inside the police car...slight bruising on the officer's face, Michael Brown's blood being on the gun...forensics proving his hand was on the gun when it was shot, etc.
The end result is that he was shot and killed by that police officer. That is really dumbing down the case, but damnit...based on the evidence they have and the witnesses who gave statements, Michael Brown does not look innocent at all, and to me, it's not surprising that he was shot and killed based on the evidence.
I think the protesters are taking a stand on the wrong case here. I'm sure they could have picked a case where the outrage would be understood by a lot more folks. But right now, there are a LOT of people who don't think the officer used excessive force against Michael Brown and that it was self defense.
The evidence also indicates that Michael Brown's hands were not up when he was shot. How accurate that evidence is, I don't know...but it was apparently accurate enough to have come to that conclusion.
I think the outrage is much more justified in the choke hold case in NY...even though the suspect still resisted arrest, he didn't seem to be a threat and the methods used to arrest him seemed very excessive, especially for the crime he was accused of committing...which is a very minor offense. The dude had something like 30+ arrests prior to this incident, so he was no angel, but still.
I read a comment that said something along the lines of, "If those two victims had simply listened to the police, they would be alive today." I think that is a pretty fair statement...however, it does flippantly excuse the aggressive tactics used by the NYPD, which were caught on video.
I can understand the outrage in the NYPD case. I do not understand the outrage in the Ferguson case.
People are saying they want justice for Michael Brown. That is the rally cry. Why is that? Justice for what? Based on the evidence, the justice system worked just fine in this case. Just because you don't like the outcome of a legal proceeding, it doesn't mean there wasn't justice.