Aug. 20, 2014 Day 11 and Mike Brown is not only waiting for justice, he’s waiting to be buried by his family in Ferguson Missouri. To end the grief of another African American family that has to bury their young black son, a son who was looking forward to going to college to start his way in life.
The Civil Rights of All Americans -Freedom
The slaying of a young teenager, an African American in the small town Missouri of Ferguson on August 9, 2014 has garnered world-wide outrage and horror.
Photo: Mike Brown, a student, 18 years old was supposed to start college a week ago. Photo Credit: His Facebook Account
Police Officer – Shoot First -Obey Commands and Mis-Using their Authority over The Public
If you don’t immediately obey a police command in today’s America you can be shot, tapered, ticketed, abused, punched, kicked or choked by a police officer. This is unacceptable unless you are at war with the public those are strong handed tactics that are meant to incite anger by people.
There were many options in this case, may ways to diffuse the attitudes of young people, it requires training, proper police procedures that don’t involve antagonistic methods. In New York a black man, Eric Garner was choked to death by police officers on the street and died. Garner was approached in the “Stop and Frisk” style that a new mayor has banned, for selling cigarettes on the street.
A choke hold is banned by the NY Police Department and that case is going to the Grand Jury for the indictment of murder. Mr. Garner was also left on the street to die, with no emergency unit at hand to try to revive him, they just watched him die on the street.
Ferguson Police Try To Justify Murder As A Way to Keep Blacks In Line or Intimidation To The Point Where they Disobey the Police
The teen was shot after a police officer saw him walking on a road and told him to “get the F off the road” witnesses say. His friend Dorian Johnson walking along side him, is the closest witness to the many versions coming out in the media of what happened.
Many witnesses at the scene say Mike Brown was assassinated, shot with 6 bullet holes one which was the fatal shot to the top of his head. Witnesses say he had his hands up in the air, surrendering after running away from the police car. The officer’s account has never been given to the public and until it has been offered in a court of law is hearsay.
Mr. Brown’s body was left on the street for 5 hours as one man approached to try to revive him if that was possible was turned away by the two police officers at the scene. The blood flowing from Mike Brown was left to be photographed until someone put a sheet over him. It was indicative of the inhumanity in this case, the total disregard by the City of Ferguson for a human life.
Photo: The site on road in Ferguson where Mike Brown was shot and killed remains a site of mourning and grief
It spoke volumes to those who witnessed the murder, by the many times the photos are show and the callous way to any observer.
There were no photos of a coroner arriving and later Brown’s body was summarily put into a police SUV not a coronor vehicle and not an ambulance if the coroner vehicle is not available.
There was no video tape by the police of their attention to the body after the shooting and preserving any evidence, there is no count of bullet shells found on the ground. Nothing.
Any evidence collected at the scene such as stippling of bullet powder, hair samples or other forensic evidence has still not been released by the Ferguson police or coroner. No autopsy has been released by the City’s Coroner’s Office, that had to be done by the Brown family.
The police finally had to release the name of the officer after five days or more, since other names were being mentioned in the media to identify the officer. All of this information was being kept from the public to protect the cop. Mr. Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department was finally revealed to be the shooter, after he had the opportunity to leave his home under death threats.
Photo: Darren Wilson, identified as the shooter of Mike Brown from PD files
The officer claims he was attacked by Mike Brown at his car and while Brown was walking away he had no choices but to shoot the unarmed teen six times until death occurred. When he shot Mike Brown, witnesses say that he had his hands up in the air and said “Don’t shoot”.
In most incidents, lethal force is not warranted, or necessary but police are killing people for the smallest of infractions. Another solution would have been if the officer had shot “near to Mike Brown” but not directly taking aim at his head or body, as a warning shot. Apparently, the officer made to statement to warn Mike Brown, no pronouncement of what was to come next – he just kept firing off his gun at the body in front of him.
Even in a war zone, when a person puts their hands up, that is a universal sign of not shooting them, it is well known through history and it is always granted to a human being. The officer had many options including talking to the teen, a taser gun, or simply driving away but he did not.
The Chief of Police in Ferguson, had chosen to not release the name of the police officer for many, many days after the shooting for the officer’s safety. This also enraged protesters who feel this case will be swept under the rug, or legally botched on purpose to allow the cop to get away with another murder of a citizen.
The officer has left his home and gone into hiding but has co-operated with two investigations on the shooting-murder of Mike Brown.
The police have not been open, nor ethical and have purposely released a video of Mike Brown to smear the victim.
The Family’s Undue Agony – No Answers – 3 Autopsies
All this time, the family have asked for justice, have not been able to bury their son and have not had any information on the many reports missing in this case, namely the facts.
In most cases, the name of the police officer who has to file an Incident Report are both released in short order. That simply didn’t happen in this case which led to a public outcry for transparency by the community.
The results of course led to peaceful protests for the past 11 days, turning the small town of Ferguson, population 22,000 into a world media circus of anxiety, needless stress and keeping police reports private.
When this lack of transparency, the lack of releasing police reports, the lack of releasing an autopsy report, police incident report has led to the outrage for almost two weeks now.
So far Mike Brown has undergone 3 autopsies, the Brown family, the city and the Justice Department all have conducted an autopsy on his body.
Photo: Lesley McSpadden, Mike Brown Sr, Parents of Mike Brown, Photo Credit: Reuters
The entire chaotic scene in Ferguson is unprecedented secrecy, mysterious videos released that are not related to the case by the Police department has provoked the public. The police department do not give any details of the shooting nor have they asked witnesses for their statements, it is all an undercover operation.
A Prosecutor With Ties to the Police Department
Also, many are asking that the St. Louis County prosecutor assigned to this case, Robert McCulloch recuse himself due to his past history. That includes not prosecuting a case involving an African American.
Photo: Prosecutor Robert McColloch won’t recuse himself
Another reason, is that, McColloch’s own father was killed by an African American when he was 12 years old. These two pertinent facts would have bearing on a decision to recuse, however McCulloch will not recuse himself. He also predicts it will take until September to complete the investigations at hand, which of course the public are dismayed at why he has not made an indictment yet.
Department of Justice Launches Investigation into the Mike Brown Case
The attorney General Eric Holder arrives in Ferguson today, after the Justice Department has also filed an investigation into the civil rights factors that involve this case. Holder intends to learn more about how the case can be assisted and ensures in a “fair and thorough manner of -exactly what happened.”
There are 50 FBI special agents amongst other personnel gathering information, interviewing witnesses going door to door for any details on the case.
Ferguson’s Long History Of Racial Inequality
There is a history and generations of stories about racial inequality in Ferguson and America, especially applicable to this case.
Photo: Ferguson is just one town where social justice is absent and economic problems are at the core. Photo Credit: Kathleen Caulderwood
Just one glaring problem in Ferguson is that there are 50 white policemen and only three African American policemen. Police are routinely stopping black Americans for ticketing and generally harassing them for no good reasons. It has become a routine to the black community to be summarily approached many times by police officers. That has to stop.
There seems to be a long standing pattern of racial problems in Ferguson which has been seriously overlooked by state politicians. The state also has a joblessness problem, where people turn to crime due to the lack of jobs and a future. This not only applies to Missouri, but to many US states that are languishing in poverty since the Wall Street crash in 2008.
Militarizing Police in America -Creates More Chaos And Threats
Many states like Missouri are also obtaining free hardware from Homeland Security, left over from the Iraq and Afghan invasions. This has turned small town USA cops in to soldiers with military tactics and equipment and acting like the public is their sworn enemy. Congress is attempting to re-visit these multi-million dollar give-a-ways to cities of armored tanks and tear gas. But it seems from the example of Ferguson, it has turned police against the public by their ability to use more powerful weapons, bullets and less community with the people they are supposed to protect.
Photo: Police in Ferguson dressed as soldiers in Ferguson Aug 17/2014 Photo Credit Reuters
State Turned Ferguson Into A War Zone
In this case however, the state of Missouri trying to stop protesters have botched their attempts to reach out to the community but rather approached them at gun point.
A Governor Out of Touch With Reality and Racism
Since his death which presumably was for walking on a street, has also caused a mis-directed Gov. Jay Nixon to use military force agains the voice of protesters.
Photo: Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has never been to the area of Ferguson shooting in 11 days. Not once has he showed support for the family, no apology for the murder of Mike Brown
Outside provoking trouble makers have arrived to make matters much worse by looting, throwing objects at police to incite a riot.
The mistakes of the Governor Jay Nixon, a democrat in this case are both glaring and alarming in his use of excessive force against civil protesting. The Governor was no where to be found on the first night after the murder when the flames of unrest were burning.
Mr. Nixon has been severely criticized for his use of military cops and also has called in the National Guard to cease the protesting. His judgement comes from the fact that Mr. Nixon is also on the Governor’s Committee for Homeland Security. This is also where states have obtain the “free stuff hardware” from HS that is enraging the public, turning cops into military soldiers. To see tanks, armored cars, war tactics used on his own constituents was a sight to behold.
Nationally, the media has been either arrested, accosted or threatened by city, state and federal National Guards in what everyone is calling the “Ferguson War Zone”.
The number of Civil Rights, Human Rights and proper police procedures that have been broken is astounding to the world media and the public.
Homeland Security On The Loose in America
Since the invasion of Iraq has been winding down, military hardware owned by the US government, who grossly overspent taxpayers money has seeped into small cities for “protection” against incidents. But has this equipment made the public more likely to rebel especially when treated like the enemy as in Ferguson?
Photo: The Militarizing of America’s Cops – courtesy of The Daily Beast
Have American city police forces been too aggressive and broken the Constitutional right of the people’s freedom of speech and freedom to assemble? Indeed, the answer is yes.
The use of Homeland Security equipment used in the protests didn’t make matters any better. That equipment includes: police officers loaded with automatic rifles pointing at protesters, riot gear helmets, bullet proof vets, batons, shields, tear gas and armored vehicles to quell the protesters. The amount of tear gas lobbed at reporters, protesters including children is a complete example of a Police State.
Billions of dollars are being spent by Congress, which approves the Homeland Security budget, should be geared towards their sparse use in foreign wars. However, what has transpired since 2007 or later, is the assault on the public by these menacing looking Militarized Robo Cops who have nothing to fear from unarmed or armed citizens. But if you see the reality, if the government isn’t doing anything wrong, then there wouldn’t be a protesting public.
Mostly 98% of Americans want to live in peace, want to earn a living, want to raise their children and want to retire some day. They do not set out to harm their government unless there is a visible and continuous abusive government who are misusing power and taking away their civil rights.
Ferguson Becomes A 2014 Kent State Shoot To Kill Protestors All Over Again
During the Kent State incident in 1970 where students in Kent University protested the Vietnam war four students were shot to death.
Most of the entire country wanted an end to the war, but Nixon would not withdraw troops. Instead, he sent in the National Guard to stop the protesting and bust some heads at the school.
The entire country was in protest mode and so was the rest of the world, but still Pres. Richard Nixon kept sending troops to their certain death which at final count was over 60,000 dead American soldiers. Four students were shot by the National Guard and that did not stop the protests, that only infuriated people to protest more which they did of course.
In the meantime, the Brown family has had to hire lawyers, a forensic pathologist to perform an autopsy on their son. In their grief they have been asking for Mike’s civil rights to walk on a US street, without being shot. They are asking for non-violent actions and to stop any rioting or looting in Ferguson.
If the civil rights of the 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s and so forth have taught us anything it is that governments “must listen to the will of the people or perish”.
All the Brown family is asking for is justice in the death of their son and for the government to come clean, fix the problems and to bury their son in dignity.