Darren Wilson is the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson. But you knew that. What officer Wilson has quickly become, thanks in large part to the utter incompetence of his local police department, is a pawn in a brewing race war.
To be clear, we have no idea whether Wilson made a “good shoot” or not. We are absolutely appalled at the conduct of the cops after the shoot, we’ve written several thousand words on that so that horse is pretty much dead.
One of the important facts that must be established is whether or not Michael Brown assaulted Wilson, and if he did, what was the extent of the assault. The facts surrounding their interaction will likely determine whether Wilson gets indicted and convicted or cleared of the most serious charges – murder – that are being demanded. He will also be the subject of a civil rights investigation, as will the Ferguson police department. Those can be very serious charges, but they are also subject to perception, not facts. Eric Holder, on behalf of keeping world events and a soon to crumble economy off the front pages before the election, will certainly bring in a couple of dump trucks of rocks to turn over through the summer and fall.
All that said, we cannot understand why the following has taken place. Here’s the first version of the story from August 19th, from the New York Post (and everyplace else).
The black teen killed by a white cop in Ferguson, Mo., viciously attacked the officer as he sat in his patrol car, delivering a bone-crunching punch that shattered the cop’s eye socket, a report claimed Tuesday.
Officer Darren Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket,” Gateway Pundit reported, citing sources in the St. Louis County Police Department and the DA’s office.
So, on the 19th it’s looking like Wilson was likely attacked “viciously” by Brown. That could lead to the perception that Brown’s death was from a “good shoot.” Then, two days later, came this.
CNN’s Don Lemon has reported that Wilson did not, in fact, have a broken eye socket, but was treated at the hospital for swelling around his face and eyes. Lemon has not revealed the source of the information, citing instead “a source close to the investigation,” which, frankly, is just as shady as the opposing rumors.
“The source says it is not true, at all, he did not have a torn eye socket,” Lemon said. “Unequivocally.”
OK, broken eye socket or swollen face? Which is it? Most of all, why is it important?
As you certainly know, Ferguson has been hosting crowds of angry demonstrators. The problems in Ferguson, in our opinion, are not the local residents, it’s the imports who show up for a looting shopping spree every time something like this happens. It’s also the outsiders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson – who gave the game away when he started fund raising at a rally. And then there’s the New Black Panther Party, those guys who openly intimidate voters with the blessing of Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.
The Ferguson police, the Missouri State Police, and the National Guard have been trying – poorly, with the exception of the Guard – to quell rioting in Ferguson. The one thing that Missouri officials, from Governor “Vigorous Prosecution” to the local office holders in Ferguson could have done to begin to relieve tensions would have been to simply give the most important available fact. Did Wilson have a broken eye socket or not. If, in fact, his eye socket was broken it takes away from the “murder” charges and pulls the rug out from under the most inflammatory rhetoric. If not, a press release about his condition would indicate that an investigation is in progress and the grand jury will make a determination.
Will releasing the facts calm everybody down? Of course not. There are nut cases on both sides – see Eric Holder & the Revs – who want this to keep going for political and financial reasons. There are also lots of people – read the comments on any blog post on this subject – who would love to see a race war start.
Our bottom line here is the the officials in Missouri could have made a real contribution to beginning to ratchet down tensions by simply telling the truth about one easy to understand thing relating to this shooting. They didn’t.
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