This thread is not about whether or not the cop shooting an unarmed teenager was in the right or wrong. All of that hinges on a critical question; was the teen a threat to his life? Autopsy reports have come in and they do seem to dispute the story about the struggle inside the car, as there was no gunpowder found on the body, which points out that all the shots were at long range. The definitive test, a test which would absolutely make all of these questions clear, is whether or not gunpowder was found on Michael Brown's clothing. Mysteriously, this clothing cannot be found.
So, we will never know.
So, let's not argue about things that would require speculation or faith in things that cannot be proven. If we had access to this one critical fact (whether or not Brown was surrendering or attacking the much smaller police officer,) I think we would all agree if the cop was in the right or wrong.
This is about how those in power are handling the public relations fiasco. The police in military garb, the nonstop tear-gassing of protesters (protesters are not to be confused with looters,) the curfews, the delay in releasing the police officers name (our criminal justice system regular releases names of perpetrators that commit horrendous and despicable crimes, completely disregarding any harm that the suspect may endure in the aftermath. So, their logic is erroneous.) All of it...there's much more.
This is what this thread is about. It's not about the cop. It's not about Michael Brown, either.
TLDR? Check out this video with John Oliver from "Last Week Tonight." It's extremely interesting and will get us all on the same page with what's going on.
Edited by Megasoup, 19 August 2014 - 02:24 PM.