An American police officer shooting an unarmed black man is something that happens often enough that there can be studies done on it. Now that's depressing.
It remains to be seen whether Wilson will face criminal charges, but a limited review of similar killings by police suggests that the officers more often than not walk away without an indictment, and are very rarely convicted. Delores Jones-Brown, a law professor and director of the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, looked at 21 publicized cases from 1994 through 2009 in which a police officer killed an unarmed black person. Of those, only seven cases resulted in an indictment—for criminally negligent homicide, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, or violation of civil rights—and only three officers were found guilty.
You know something? I'm fine with the whole notion of not-rushing-to-judgment in this case. I'm fine with it taking a while to figure out "what happened." The vast majority of America is fine with that as well.
What's not fine was and is the apparent disinterest of the Ferguson authorities in finding out. A half-dozen eyewitnesses, not interviewed. No explanation of the officer's side of events at all, save an anonymous "friend" of his "fiancé" giving out a thirdhand account on CNN. The aggressive and militarized and very violent response to protesters asking for more justification than the fistful of nothing that the police have handed out.
The department is either utterly incompetent, so incompetent that the lot of them needs to be canned and the town be placed under the jurisdiction of God knows who, or crooked, in which case ditto. Regardless of whether the shooting itself was "justified," the response has ticked off all the marks of what a racist and hyper-agressive police response would look like, and every last protester can see that firsthand, and if you can't figure out how that might be confirming every one of the neighborhood's suspicions about how the shooting of Michael Brown went down, neither I nor anyone else can help you out on that one.this is inherent passed down by each generation since they first came here. today it's as rampant as ever with the election of Pres. they have a new mission they have not completely failed at approval ratings are low for Pres. my question why? for a party that claims so much knowledge of Black America they have yet to qualify that more guns and killings is not the answer, "you have to learn how to see us before you can read us", from En Vogue's Free Your Mind paraphrased
job growth is great market better housing coming back you have better chance to prosper now than you ever will under republican rule if you have trouble with that look at all they have refused you in last 6 years that should have been the time they were trying to win your favor instead of alienating everyone and yet their base the ones who are IMO more effected because they are supporting lies that hurt them as well as us the ones they cheer for when republicans thwart another thing like health care. I think they all suffer with Stockholm Syndrome. and let's throw this in the pot,