Having said that, I am so tired of the Controlled, Corporate Media parading pictures of the recently deceased at the hands of the LEO Community, when they were 10 years old and their choir robes talking about what a good boy/girl they were and how they were kind to animals and their Grandmother.
The guy in this case, M. Brown was certainly not currently a choir boy. The security video, moments before his death reveal a much different picture. The picture of a physically large and menacing individual who manhandled a clerk at a convenience store he was robbing of cigars and possibly liquor or beer.
Now, since no other video has been released of the incident between Brown and the L.E.O. who used deadly force, or atleast I have not seen it, I am making some assumptions here.
First I am assuming that, Brown was probably belligerent towards the officer, refused his lawful commands to freeze and may have even threatened the officer. I know that deadly force is justified if the officer is in fear of his/her life, the protection of others lives and if the actor is within 21 feet. Now, if the Officer, had his weapon drawn and a struggle ensued or if the actor had struggled for the gun, then legally it would be justifiable use of force. However, L.E.O.'s have other, possibly much better alternatives to deadly force- ie. Taser, OC Spray, PR-24 or Tonfa and even their 5 cell Maglight.
Photo by arrested photographer Scott Olsen of Getty Images, of the scenes on the street in Ferguson, Mo.
I can not and will not judge that L.E.O. without more evidence, I will however judge that community's Police Dept. and even the Mo National Guard for their extreme use of force and arresting of the free press for being outside of the allowed Media Area and even the arrest of a 90 year old Holocaust Survivor for protesting the events.
I can even understand the frustration on the part of residents there. You are talking about a community with a 70% Non Caucasian population and a 30% Caucasian population. The City's 60+ member Police Department has 4 Non Caucasian Members. Between the Mayor and City Council there is 1 African American and between the School Superintendent and School Board there is 1 Hispanic. The statistic I saw today said that there are roughly 3 Felony warrants per household. Many became Felons because they can not afford the Court Fines and thus have lost their voting privileges and ability to change the makeup of their local Gov't.
Sadly, it is being alleged that the majority of those involved in the larceny and looting are not even from Ferguson but from other Mo. communities and are just using the incident to further their own gain.
It's an extremely sad and frustrating situation for all concerned, but I am left wondering, is this just an isolated incident or this a sign of the things to come??