UPDATE: AP has a report about the changing stories of some of the people who claimed Wilson executed Brown. Turns out some of them were not even at the scene and others changed their story once the autopsy results were released. Will these "mistaken" or lying people be held accountable?
NBC has the story of Officer Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot and killed Michael Brown. Wilson's testimony was found to be accurate and matched the other facts in the case. What a shame this news couldn't have been released immediately after the shooting. Everything else you heard about the shooting was a lie. Not that it matters to the looters, shooters and rioters in Ferguson.
UPDATE: Obama supports controls on police but says very little about criminal violence.
Obama was in Chicago Tuesday. He spoke one sentence condemning the criminal violence in Ferguson yet that appeal to law and order was lost in remarks that suggested the police, not just in Ferguson, but nationwide were partly to blame.
He went on to say he "instructed the Attorney General" to investigate not the looters, but the Ferguson Police and to extend those efforts nationwide focusing on law enforcement, not law breakers. Holder was instructed to "start identifying very specific steps that we can take to make sure that law enforcement is fair and it is being applied equally to every person in this country." While he said he had "no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities," the totality of his statement suggests otherwise.
Michael Brown is dead because he was a thug who strong armed a convenience store owner and tried to take the gun away from a cop. And instead of surrendering, he charged the officer. This has NOTHING to do with law enforcement attitudes towards blacks and Obama should be ashamed for pretending it does. No wonder so little progress in race relations has been made during his tenure as President!
UPDATE: Witness statement confirms Officer Wilson's account. How long will he live if his name is revealed?
From the NY Times report:
Some people claiming to be eyewitnesses said Mr. Brown was shot in the back, Mr. McCulloch said, but later changed their stories when autopsies found no injuries entering his back. But others, African-Americans who did not speak out publicly, he said, consistently said that the youth had menaced the officer.Will those who lied in their initial testimony and in police interviews be held accountable? Don't bet on it!
Then, there are the other black eyewitnesses who told the truth. Here's the entire testimony of Witness #10. Page down to the yellow highlighted area. Witness #10 said he saw the initial scuffle and heard the gunshot inside the police officers car and feared that Brown had murdered Wilson. Witness #10 continues:
The blood trail of forensic evidence at the scene presented to the Grand Jury also confirms the movements testified by both the witness above and Officer Wilson.
UPDATE: Aerial photos show extent of the damage. Where is the justice for those who lost jobs and property?
How many of these burned out businesses were black owned? How many blacks are out of work right before Christmas? Full size images here.
From the Daily Mail.
Burning down the pizza restaurant. How many jobs were lost?
Looting a liquor store. Is this justice? What does it tell you about these people?
The police showed restraint. Not so for the rioters.
I have NO respect for people who do this to the flag.
Since when did looting become a legitimate tool of protest? This isn't political protest. It's mayhem. SCUM!
UPDATE: Full testimony of Officer Wilson before the Grand Jury is here. Full transcript of Grand Jury proceedings is here. Note how the NY Times story describes the outcome:
The most credible eyewitnesses to the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., said he had charged toward Police Officer Darren Wilson just before the final, fatal shots, the St. Louis County prosecutor said Monday night as he sought to explain why a grand jury had not found probable cause to indict the officer.So, the whole nasty hubbub was founded on a lie! How do you suppose that happened? Who benefited from the outrage? Race hustlers like Al Sharpton, Obama and the Democrats who shamefully used the lie to stoke anger in the black community to motivate them to vote!
The accounts of several other witnesses from the Ferguson neighborhood where Mr. Brown, 18 and unarmed, met his death on Aug. 9 — including those who said Mr. Brown was trying to surrender — changed over time or were inconsistent with physical evidence, the prosecutor, Robert P. McCulloch, said in a news conference.
“The duty of the grand jury is to separate fact and fiction,” he said in a statement watched by a tense nation. “No probable cause exists to file any charges against Darren Wilson.”
Some people claiming to be eyewitnesses said Mr. Brown was shot in the back, Mr. McCulloch said, but later changed their stories when autopsies found no injuries entering his back. But others, African-Americans who did not speak out publicly, he said, consistently said that the youth had menaced the officer.