Am I missing something here? Is the Ferguson police department that incompetent? Is the police chief there just interning for his job? Did this group of military-wanna-be's have all this equipment they have just been dying to play with? Do they all really hate the black community that much? Were they just hoping that some sort of riot would be provoked, so that they would finally have an excuse to "go to war?"
From Day One the whole Michael Brown incident was mishandled….by everyone All the information that the police had was NOT made public: this was largely why the protests over the shooting grew into the mess it was. Keeping the body in full view was distasteful also. I believe the two witnesses saw what they saw……but again, that may only been one part of it. I don't know: I wasn't there. But if there were videos of the theft in the convenience store, the community needed to know that. That did NOT excuse shooting a kid multiple times while he was walking away…but I do believe these folks would have liked to have complete picture of the allegations, and the "proof." They are not stupid "animals" as was shouted by the cops, and captured on video. And most of the activists and protesters were not looting and acting badly…they condemned those that were. It did not help their cause.
The police department, and their "reinforcements" only added to the mystery and the bad feelings spreading through the crowds. The police department was only interested in protecting their own. I STILL believe that if the cop had nothing to hide, or be ashamed of, or if his version of the happenings were honest…it would NOT have taken six days to come to a head. Journalists just doing their job of informing the country of what was happening did not have to be arrested, their equipment damaged and their lives threatened. First amendment, remember…..the factions on the Right here demand it. (Where were those voices, by the way??) Clearing the air space in the area? Something is wrong somewhere. The people who were protesting were truly acting on the information they were given by the police and the head of the department. They were protesting the treatment received over the years…in this "post racial society." ( http://tinyurl.com/qjpgmq4 )
If a crime was committed by the teenager, that is one thing. There should have been appropriate punishment for that. ( http://tinyurl.com/ksdrtz3 ) Murder…no. If these police were derelict in their duty by not informing the public of their findings; conspiring to hide the identity of the shooter; not supplying all relative information and updates; over- militarizing the operation using taxpayer money and surplus equipment with untrained personnel; fanning the flames of mistrust, hatred and racial tension by their passive/aggressive actions…then the whole department needs to be dismantled and retrained. If there is that large a racist vein in this group Ferguson is in a world of hurt…but then, so is the rest of the country.