It’s a little tiresome to go back and forth on social media with folks about the shooting of Michael Brown. Far be it for me, Your Friendly Neighborhood Black Man to turn into Your Stereotypical Angry Black Man, but people are taking assumptions for facts and figuring that one side of a story tells the entire story. So to put it succinctly, LOOK AT THIS PICTURE:
This was from the autopsy report done by world renown pathologist, Michael Baden. The official autopsy shows an additional wound grazing the right thumb of Michael Brown. Officer Darren Wilson who shot to death Michael Brown he testified(more on that in a minute) that Michael Brown confronted him at his SUV window punching him twice(that made his face look like he was in 30 degree weather for a few minutes(after being punched in the face by someone that outweighed you by 70 pounds(with the intentions of killing you))), lunged for his firearm on the right side of his body and after discharging a round(into himself), Michael Brown ran away, thus ending any credible threat to Wilson’s life. When Wilson exited his vehicle, firing twice more at a fleeing Michael Brown, Brown then stopped turned back to Wilson and charged forward with his right hand under his shirt, which left Wilson with no other choice but to shoot Brown to death, including twice in the head. That’s Wilson’s account. And since the Grand Jury came to the decision to not find probable cause for an indictment, a lot of attention has been given to the thumb wound, which would support Wilson’s story, and the two headshots(for a total of three combined wounds).
What I find more curious and tragically ignored are the THREE other shots that were inflicted on Michael Brown’s Body. For the last week I learned that Facebook has more forensics experts than I originally imagined. However, the one thing they never explain to me if Michael Brown was “charging” at Darren Wilson or took a step towards Wilson with his right arm reaching for his belt line, HOW IN THE HELL DOES HE GET SHOT THREE TIMES ON THE INNER RIGHT ARM?! If you’re reading this, look at the picture again. Now try re-enacting either of what Darren Wilson is claiming. Try running forward…. Finished? Now take you right hand and grab your belt…. Did that too? Good. Now tell me how is it humanly possible for either three of those arm wounds to happen doing either action you just did?!
One more quick exercise: Put your hands in the air… NOW TELL ME WHICH PART OF YOUR BODY IS READILY EXPOSED TO BE SHOT?
No, I’m not a forensics expert. I just like using common sense, which this Grand Jury didn’t use. Speaking of this jury. Now, I don’t know what the jury was comprised of or who believed what, but I’m almost positive that the decision to not indict was not unanimous. And honestly, it didn’t have to be. Why? BECAUSE THIS WAS NOT A TRIAL JURY! Darren Wilson was not on trial. The witnesses did not have proper representation or advocacy. The evidence wasn’t examined and re-examined. This was a GRAND JURY. A grand jury is used by a prosecutor to get an indictment so there can BE a trial. However, forensics experts of Facebook takes this decision as a full trial and adjudication of all evidence and acquittal for Darren Wilson. “The evidence clearly shows”, I’ve heard far too often. NO, THE EVIDENCE DOES NOT CLEARLY SHOW! The Grand jury was given over SIXTY witnesses. Barely any of them had COMPLETELY consistent accounts of what happened step for step. Even the forensics, ran independently and by Saint Louis County, aren’t entirely consistent. So anyone who says the “evidence clearly shows” anything, HAS NO %#&@ING CLUE WHAT THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT! They need to keep quiet and stay in their lane.
Speaking of others who need to stay in their lane: Robert McCulloch! Robert McCulloch who’s father was a police officer that was shot and killed in the line of duty, was expected to objectively prosecute Darren Wilson. He’s the County Prosecutor. His job: prosecute. It’s actually in his job title. His goal is to get an indictment TO prosecute. Like with over 162,000 U.S. attorneys in 2010 seeking an indictment and only having 11 declining such an indictment. That’s not even one half of one half of one half of one percent. In other words when a prosecutor wants an indictment, they get their indictment. Why? Because it’s their job to get an indictment. They don’t have to give a exhaustive list of witnesses to a grand jury. They don’t have to tell the defendant’s side of the story. They’re suppose to be prosecuting the defendant. An indictment is a one-side formality. A prosecutor’s job is to go to a grand jury just to get an indictment. Not to give a grand jury reason to not give you your indictment that you’re SUPPOSE to get. I would say that’s doing a really poor job at being a prosecutor, but I have no choice but to believe that Robert McCulloch wasn’t doing the job he was elected to do.
So there it is. I really want to be done with this. And by done with this I mean STOP SEEING UNARMED BLACK PEOPLE SHOT under absolutely dubious circumstances. At the very least, be done with gullible people who are seemingly looking for a reason to not use logic. Really, if I’m wrong. I’m wrong about this, but I really wish someone would show me where. Until then, stop making idiotic assumptions. Your name is not Michael Brown. Your name is not Darren Wilson. No one is accusing you of murder.
Here’s what I would like for us to talk about. How shooting anyone six times, whether their hands are in the air or retreating to just get a running start to charge at you, is a PISS POOR way to detain a suspect. I don’t care what side you fall on. Let’s talk about better policing. Let’s talk about police working in communities, adopting a community and the people. Get to know the families and the children and what’s going on in their lives and be complete PUBLIC SERVANTS. That way, you’ll recognize them as human beings and less likely to fire at someone’s child. Let’s talk about police not only hold themselves and their authority accountable, but them wanting to show the world that they can be trusted and safe and fair by wearing body cameras and carrying non-lethal weaponry. Let’s recognize that while the police wants our communities to trust them so they can do their jobs, they need to make the effort to extend the olive branch and BE worthy of our trust. It’s a two-way street. We want better police. The police should expect the best and give the best. That way we don’t have to continue to have these things happen.
AND STOP PRETENDING BAD POLICE DON’T EXIST AND BLACK MEN JUST HAVE IT COMING!
Now I’m done.
Back to your regularly scheduled Friendly Neighborhood Black Man.