I do try to not make judgements on issues until the smoke clears & a clear picture emerges. I mostly ignored the Zimmerman story for a couple of days. I have tried to do so on Ferguson until enough facts emerged to form an intelligent opinion. First fact, the MO Govern is a total tool & should be recalled, impeached or just shipped to Iraq to directly head negotiations with ISIS. (OK, not a fact, just a strongly expressed opinion)
On Tuesday, August 19, Governor Jay Nixon (D-Mo.) called for the “vigorous prosecution” of Darren Wilson, the Missouri police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown last week.
Despite the highly charged rhetoric by the state’s Democratic governor, NBC’s Today was the only network morning show to acknowledge Nixon’s comments, giving it a mere 41 seconds on its Wednesday morning broadcast.
So what do you think? Calling for vigorous prosecution before even determining if he committed a crime? I have a different perspective. Officer Darren Wilson should be awarded the highest awards available to a law enforcement officer for his actions. By several accounts, Michael Brown & another male were walking down the middle of a city street, disrupting traffic. (This was soon after the report of a robbery in that area.) Officer Wilson yelled at them to get out of the street. (this is a LEGAL order! The ideal that this is a free country does not mean there are not laws such as those that restrict the streets to vehicles, not pedestrians. Police also have the authority to enforce those laws thru tickets, arrest or whatever level of force is required) Brown walking down the middle of the street after committing a strong arm robbery (battery) shows he was intent on violence, on provoking a confrontation.
Officer Wilson ordered him out of the street. Brown ignored him. Officer Wilson started to exit his vehicle but was stopped by Brown & his accomplice, who shoved him back into the police car. Brown then punched officer Wilson several times resulting in significant to severe injuries. There are reports the struggled for Wilson’s gun. Brown stepped away & Wilson exited the car. Brown then taunted Wilson, “What you gonna do, shoot me”? Brown then began an aggressive run at Wilson, who then shot Brown six times.
Reports indicate Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket from Browns attack. A few days ago, I criticized Wilson’s marksmanship. I was wrong. While Brown was struck four times in the right arm, two went thru and struck the upper body. Wilson was aiming center mass, exactly as police officers are trained. That he was this accurate after a brutal beating, impaired vision and possible concussion or concussion like symptoms shows focus, restraint and professionalism of the highest order. Brown had shown himself intent on violence and unwilling to submit to arrest. Had Wilson allowed him to escape, who would have been his next victim? Wilson, as a police officer, is entrusted with authority & powers not shared with the general public. He is expected to protect the general public from violence. Had Brown continued to walk away, Wilson would still be expected to stop Brown. Compare that to you or I. If we had been beaten & they walk away, we cannot legally shoot them or use lethal force. Once the threat to our or others safety passes, we cannot legally engage even a violent criminal. But in this encounter, we & officer Wilson have the clear right to self defense. Brown reversed direction and began a fast approach toward Wilson. He died an aggressor. He died because he choose to attack others. Wilson was injured doing his job stopping people like Brown.