October 29, 2014
Self Defense, Ferguson Style

From The Economist:

The official autopsy report, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, indicates that Brown was shot at close range, which seems to support Mr Wilsonís assertion that Brown reached for his gun. It also seems to back up his testimony that Brown first ran from the vehicle, defying the officerís command to stop, and then turned around and charged him. Brownís blood was found on the gun, on Mr Wilsonís uniform as well as inside the car, which also supports Mr Wilsonís claim that the confrontation took place at short range and that he was acting in self-defense. Half a dozen witnesses also provided testimony supporting Mr Wilsonís view of the events.

Once again, great attention is paid here to any evidence that a shot was fired in the car, as if this supported the policemanís story that Brown was reaching for his gun. The unspoken assumption is that Brown wanted that gun in order to shoot the cop. How likely is that?

A jaywalker runs from a cop seated in a patrol car, door closed and window open. The suspect stops, turns, and ďcharges the vehicle,Ē presumably having been struck in mid flight by the thought that it ought to be easy to haul a cop out through a car window and teach him a good lesson by beating him to a bloody pulp in front of dozens of witnesses. However the victimís gun turns out to be in his hand instead of out of reach on his right hip.

Why was Wilsonís gun out? Why not? Wouldnít any officer slap leather if a jaywalker with a big mouth ran away from a patrol car? Case after case after case, here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, has demonstrated that running away from a cop calls for immediate application of the death penalty.

Brown seems to have forgotten this. What an idiot.

Does improbability creep into this version here and there? Then letís try another one.

Brown runs. Wilson shouts at him to stop. Brown stops and returns. Arriving at the vehicle he sees the gun in Wilsonís hand. Brown, being a black man, makes the reasonable assumption that Wilson, being a white cop, is about to shoot him. In self defense, he goes for the gun and is shot in the hand.

That so many media accounts treat the presence of powder residue and blood inside the car as an indication Brown was trying to shoot the cop is astonishing. Well, no, I guess it isnít.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 29, 2014 03:42 PM
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