In the case of the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, we have heard numerous current and former peace officers weigh in with both their anecdotal war stories and their “I wasn’t there, but it probably went down like this” analysis. There are times when the opinions of those engaged in a select profession can prove to be illuminating and informative to those not familiar with the practices, procedures, rules, and how the job works. Unfortunately, many of these cops have been all about making excuses, rationalizations and justifications of Darren Wilson and profiling, criminalizing, and convicting Mike Brown, all without a trial.
The other night I came across one such ex-cop and this is what followed. The names have been omitted to protect the not at all innocent.
Bottom line…Michael Brown was a violent punk. In 30 years of law enforcement, ran into a lot of Michael Browns…white, black, hispanic.
When my partner and I worked the streets, and drove into a questionable situation, we would) routinely have our weapons drawn and in our lap, especially when someone was approaching our unit. The only “procedural” error I fault Officer Wilson for, is not being prepared when Brown came at him in his patrol unit.
I’m amazed at the meme coming out of Ferguson…”18 year old teenager (6’3″, 290 lbs, just committed a strong arm robbery, and then, instead of maybe being a little circumspect, walks down the middle of the street daring someone to challenge him), when Wilson arrives on scene, this asshole assaults him in his patrol unit, and gets shot.
Would really be honestly interested in knowing why the black community holds individuals like Brown in high regard as some kind of saint when black role models abound.
I do appreciate you opening up your racial stereotyping with gratuitous throwaway lines about “ran into a lot of Michael Browns…White, Black Hispanic.” How many of those other Michael Browns did you shoot when their hands were raised?
Also, where is Brown’s criminal record proving he was “a violent punk?” Was he carrying a gun? Had he been convicted of any robberies, rapes, or murders? Was he inked from the top of his head to the tips of his toenails in prison tattoos from years in prison? With all the other leaks flooding out of the Ferguson P.D. and the supposedly “secret” hearings by the grand jury you’d think Brown’s criminal background would have come out for Fox News to breathlessly broadcast.
Since when did a big, tall unarmed teenager become as lethal as a police officer armed with a loaded gun? How far will Wilson’s defenders go to make him the innocent victim and Brown the dangerous thug who had to be taken out?
Blow away the smoke and cut through the crap and what is really being said is obvious: Mike Brown: Big Scary Black Kid. If he hadn’t done something yet sooner of later he would have. Why wait to put him down later when you have a chance to put him down now?
Michael Brown was not a “thug.” No more than Trayvon Martin was a “thug.”
Brown was not a candidate for sainthood, but neither was he the Scary Negro Frankenstein his detractors have transformed him into. If orange is the new black then thug is the new “nigger.” “Thug”has become the vogue head fake when it’s time to call out young Blacks behaving badly as “niggers” without actually saying it.
Jaywalking. Impeding traffic. Being bad-asses. Big Black kid. Capital offense. I Am the Law and the Sentence Is Death.
This member of the Black community doesn’t hold Michael Brown in high regard. I didn’t know him. I hold Michael Brown up as a young man who was deprived of his rights and his life taken by a cop who probably had no damn business carrying a gun and a badge.
This member of the Black community believes Black lives matter and those lives include “assholes” like Brown who joins a long list of Black lives taken by White cops.
This member of the Black community doesn’t need any suggestions from the White cop community whom his “Black role models” should be.
I could try to explain, but it’s a Black thing. You wouldn’t understand and I don’t care enough to try.