Today is August 9, 2015. One year ago today, an incident proved just how destructive a lie could become and how well the media and self serving people in power can exploit a lie for their own means. It was a successful use of marketing towards the base level of hatred, resentment and jealousy that began a movement.
Let’s begin with the facts:
1>Eighteen year old Michael Brown was shot on August 9, 2014 in an obscure place called Ferguson, Missouri. He was shot by Officer Darren Wilson.
2>Prior to the shooting, Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson stole some Cigarillos from a local convenience store. Michael Brown’s activity in the store was recorded by the store security cameras. The video often played following its release in August by the Ferguson police department shows Michael Brown grabbing a handful of Cigarillos and heading toward the exit without paying. As Michael Brown and his companion left the store, somebody inside called the police. The store video also showed something crucial. When confronted by the store manager or owner, Michael Brown, who was very large, became quite aggressive with the store manager.
3>Officer Wilson encountered Mr. Brown and his companion walking in the middle of the street. As Wilson slowed, he told them to move to the sidewalk. Words were exchanged and they continued to walk down the middle of the street. They did not comply with the officer’s request.
4> Officer Wilson observed that Brown and his companion Dorian Johnson fit the description of the two that robbed the convenience store earlier in the day and At approximately 12:02 PM, Wilson radioed he had two individuals and needed assistance.
5> An EYE WITNESS to the incident said the following: “the altercation began after Officer Darren Wilson rolled down his window to tell Brown and a friend to stop walking in the street. When Wilson tried to get out of his cruiser, Brown first tried to push the officer back into the car, then punched him in the face and grabbed for his gun before breaking free after the gun went off once, the caller said.”
6> Darren Wilson testified: “He then grabs my door again and shuts my door. At that time is when I saw him coming into my vehicle. His head was higher than the top of my car. And I see him ducking and as he is ducking, his hands are up and he is coming in my vehicle.” Several other witnesses described Mr. Brown as punching Officer Wilson while Mr. Brown was partially inside the vehicle.
In other words, for those who can not understand, Michael Brown attacked the police officer. AND THIS WAS CORROBERATED BY TESTIMONY GIVEN BY PEOPLE WHO WITNESSED THE EVENT.
7>The sworn testimony continues: “He grabs my gun, says, “You are too much of a pussy to shoot me.” The gun goes down into my hip and at that point I thought I was getting shot. I can feel his fingers try to get inside the trigger guard with my finger and I distinctly remember envisioning a bullet going into my leg. I thought that was the next step.” A total of 12 rounds were fired, two in the car. Michael Brown’s finger was grazed in this portion of the fight. Officer Wilson sustains three punches to the face and states that he becomes fearful that the larger man, Brown, would overpower him and kill him so he orders Brown to surrender. Michael Brown does not surrender and instead begins to charge the officer.
8>Michael Brown was charging Officer Wilson when he was fatally shot. Michael Brown hands were not held up in surrender when he was shot. “Several witnesses stated that Mr. Brown did not raise his hands at all or that he raised them briefly and then dropped them and turned towards Officer Wilson who fired several rounds.”
9>The lie started by Dorian Johnson was just one of the fairy-tales put forth of heroism and innocence that was gleefully sucked up by those in the media salivating for the good old protest days of the ’60’s. It was shameful and began the raw, open pandering phase of America’s journalistic and moral decline.
10>On November 24, 2014, it was announced that the St. Louis County grand jury had decided not to indict Wilson. On March 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice cleared Wilson of civil rights violations in the shooting, finding that witnesses who corroborated his account were credible while those who incriminated him were not, and that according to the evidence, Wilson shot Michael Brown in self-defense. An Associated Press review of the grand jury found that there were numerous problems in the witness testimony, including statements that were “inconsistent, fabricated, or provably wrong”. Several of the witnesses admitted changing their testimony to fit released evidence, or other witness statements. None of the witnesses who reported that they lied in the first testimonial round were charged or cited for these lies.
11> Over this past year, we witnessed not only a mob of people mobilized by this lie but also threatening and angry when this lie is exposed. Policemen have been demonized and lost their lives and livelihood because of this. This includes an open assassination of two policemen in New York City. Ferguson, Missouri, already poor and blighted withstood riots fueled by political opportunists seeking to exploit the already present despair with their own agenda.
. For defending himself, Officer Darren Wilson has lost his career and is currently unemployed. Wilson admits that he hasn’t read the Justice Department report of systemic racism in Ferguson. (“I don’t have any desire,” he said. “I’m not going to keep living in the past about what Ferguson did. The 29-year-old former Ferguson police officer hasn’t been able to land a new police job, and is haunted by death threats stemming from Brown’s shooting almost exactly one year ago.
He worked for two weeks at a boot store, stocking inventory, but quit when reporters started calling the store.
“No matter what I do, they try to get a story off of it,” he said.
Wilson said he’s still able to go to restaurants with his wife and have some semblance of a normal life — he just has to do so carefully.
Wilson is studying criminal justice at a local college, is writing a memoir and is planning to become a motivational speaker “to do some good in the world.”
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article30054738.html#storylink=cpy
. Dorian Johnson, for the most part has gone from fame, based upon his testimony to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer in St. Louis. Johnson and his brother Demonte, 21, were among a “large group of subjects who were possibly armed with firearms,” according to an incident report, when Demonte grabbed the arm of an officer to stop him from patting down a man with a bulge in his waistband that police believed may have been a gun, the newspaper reports. When officers tried to arrest Demonte, he resisted. Dorian then approached, standing close to the officer and yelling at him. Dorian and the third man all were arrested.
Dorian Johnson filed a civil lawsuit against Ferguson, Wilson and the city’s former police chief Thomas Jackson, repeating Johnson’s statements that Wilson used excessive force and “acted with deliberate or reckless disregard” for Johnson’s life in the confrontation that preceded Brown’s shooting.
. Michael Brown’s parents in the meanwhile have had several brushes with the law for various reasons over the past year. They say that they miss him and reportedly his mother refers to former Officer Wilson as “the devil”. They have initiated lawsuits against Ferguson and Darren Wilson for varying amounts.
. And what about Ferguson? The city fell $3 million below its projected budget for the last fiscal year, largely due to $1 million in expenses related to the street protests and rioting and to a roughly $1.1-million drop in revenue from tickets handed out by officers. Many of the Caucasian officials and members of the police force have been replaced by African Americans. Ferguson, a mostly black community of 21,000 in the patchwork of suburbs north of St. Louis, remains very much a halting work in progress.
Actually, nothing much has been reported to change except for hiring and firings in the local government. As for the economic lag that existed prior to the riots which caused much of the poor education, unemployment, poverty and resentment which was then exacerbated by the burning and looting of businesses? Not so much, however , there are plans by the Urban League for job training and the like.