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The Shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and The Aftermath

Updated on August 18, 2014

This is how much we can see clearly.

Not enough information to make a true judgment call here yet.
Not enough information to make a true judgment call here yet. | Source

There are no clear facts except for bits and pieces.

A white cop shot a black young man. That is what we know for certain. We know approximate time and we know the actors involved. We know about where it happened and that it was centered around a police car. We know that there were words exchanged between the officer and the person shot. We know they were in very close proximity to each other. We know six shots were fired. We know that two were to the head of the person shot. We know the officer is alive.

We know there were peaceful and violent protests following the shooting. We know that there was looting and homemade incendiary devices used in the rioting. We know rubber bullets, tear gas and batons have been used by "policing" forces.

We know that huge politicos like Jesse Jackson are involved. We know that the very best of the best came and did an autopsy. We know that state police were called in and replaced local police and now the National Guard is on scene.

We know that one rally was called to start at 4:20 and people were urged to wear/flash red colors. We know that most of the protesters are peaceful. We know that some reporters have been shabbily treated some days ago.

We know that many if not most the reports coming out of Ferguson are horribly biased one way or another.

It is not raining all over the world. It just feels that way.

Stormy clouds bring a clarity.

Let the sunlight shine where it belongs.
Let the sunlight shine where it belongs. | Source

So who would act violently over something with so little facts on which to base actions?

We understand a candle light vigil and a prompt memorial type service and some talkers talking about the situation.

Or is just one fact important --- it was a white on black shooting?

I hope that Ferguson is not that racist going in any direction. But it looks like they are. Whites hate the blacks and the blacks hate the whites. Otherwise rational minds just cannot act like they are acting. How do you "police" hatred. You cannot.

Can it be a matter of hatred of cops? We expect that from gang bangers or radicals from the 70's but today? It really does look like a situation where citizens just hate cops and cops reciprocate. We really are talking about hate actions here and not like a clash between intent forces.

I surely did think I saw black cops.

(Just to set the record straight -- we use "black" here because there is no evidence of any "African Roots" except maybe 400 year old type but that is too far removed. Clearly these are Americans of long heritage)

I surely did see white protesters. (again I have no idea about ancient heritage -- they are clearly Americans that look white)

But would president Obama look black or white under a gas mask and face shield? Was Michael Brown, Cajun, Jamaican, Puerto Rican or Hawaiian or California type black man?

It seems like color is a small part of identifying someone nowadays. Is my Amerasian son just a white guy or is he an Asian guy or is he just a So. Cal. guy. Is Obama now a D.C. Black man?

In case it slipped your attention we do not even know the complexion of the Michael Brown and just what he looked like at night.

If these people are all really hating each other because of skin tone --- I have my doubts about the water supply in that area. Seems like some kind of mass poisoning.

I dare you to take this poll with what you now know.

Was Michael Brown shot because he was African American?

See results

Side by side -- Oh Lord why don't we?

What would he make of such madness.

Plenty to mourn without making it worse.
Plenty to mourn without making it worse. | Source

Why do the pictures look like hate -- please excuse we mean Gaza.

Gaza is complicated in the sense that hatred flows for almost a full century now with little or no progress in that regard. Gazans really are second class citizens and they really have lost their homes and they really are treated badly and their religion clashes with those in power in the region. Their violence is just about almost darn near justifiable in certain regards.

Is it that bad in Ferguson? Do they really need to resort to violence to be heard? The films really look a lot like Gaza. Is it justified?

No people it is not. And do not start believing that a Molotov Cocktail is justified in this country and that looting is justified and that violence against our police is justified. It just is not justified here and certainly no longer in Ferguson.

We have a great system of justice. We have rules and by law all are treated in our system the same. On the street it is personal. And we will have to wait to see how that plays out. If the cop was wrong we will know and he will be dealt with accordingly.

If someone stands and decries the system and then stands side by side with a looter of an innocent woman's property they are fakes and should be heard as such. What did the female store operator due to be looted by the fine people of Ferguson? Why did the black clerk loose here job because the store was burnt down? Ferguson people need to get it together quickly and send publicity garnering carpet baggers' back to DC and the like.

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      big daddy oreo 2 years ago

      Hey Eric! Guess what? The president of the naacp is a white lady disguised as a black lady! She lied about her race to get through college on minority scholarships. She used makeup to disguise. It is all over youtube. You should look it up.

      There is no reason why the police can't do it. They have nothing to lose. They are already getting horassed. The worst that could happen is they have to go back to being white.

      They could just say they wanted to look stronger, or impress the ladies or look younger or make more black friends if confronted by media. No more excuses for white people. They now have a way out.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Mona, it is good to hear from you and I hope all is well. This situation is terribly troubling. I think you said it well "sad and confusing". Thank you for coming by and commenting.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      I've heard about this issue but this is the first article I read about it. It's sad that this happened after Trayvon Martin. I recently saw the video of a man who was killed by an officer when he was put in a choke hold. He kept saying he couldn't breathe. But today, I saw a video of a policeman who cried because someone he shot died. It's so sad and confusing. On a happier note, I noticed the addition of a signature with a pitch for your blog. You are so funny!

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      oreo man 2 years ago

      Solution to race problems.

      oreo bosses. White bosses and assistant bosses go undercover as black bosses to get mor productivity out of black employees.

      Oreo cops. White cops go undercover as black cops to talk sense into black thug culture.

      oreo teachers. White teachers go undercover as black teachers to motivate black students.

      oreo lawyers. White lawyers go undercover as black to protect white people in discrimination lawsuits.

      Where did I get the idea that a black face person could make a difference. I watched morgan freeman lay down the law in the movie lean on me. I watched samuel jackson handle his business in movie coach carter. After these movies were made I said to myself man I bet those white bosses and cops wish they could be black. Then I saw the movie tropic thunder. Robert Downey Jr goes undercover as a black man. I could not believe my eyes. It is possible! I thought a new era was coming. Then we had trayvon martin and mike brown surely this would be the beginning of the race change movement.

      but the white man walks around with egg shell on his face. Black skin would have been and could have been his hero time and time again. But the white man is like a rat in a maze. I see it he doesn't.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Inventurist, thank you for your read and comment. This hub was written long before the GJ and the second set of riots. It now appears you may have some valid points.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oreo man you sure have a strange bent on this whole scenario. But it is very interesting to think about.

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      Inventurist 2 years ago from Georgia, USA

      If Obama and Holder get their way, this will lead to a new civil war. It is their intent and desire to destroy America as we know it, to bring it down. They have tried through 2nd Amendment activity, Fast & Furious. They have used the IRS and EPA illegally. They have subverted the Constitution, all with the intent to get Americans fighting Americans. They have found their golden egg in the idiotic concept of white cops killing black children as "the problem." 96-97% of black children are killed by OTHER BLACKS! FOCUS ON THE PROBLEM. The less than 1% that are killed by cops WERE BREAKING THE LAW. EASY FIX - DON'T BREAK THE LAW. But Obama and Holder will continue to stir this up as it offers cover for the lawlessness of the administration.

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      big daddy oreo 2 years ago

      My all black face law enforcement idea is looking better. Oreo cops. White on inside painted black on the outside. That will stop riots. Somebody call Robert Downey Jr.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Truth. Thanks for the insightful comment. It is amazing how quickly this story is no longer news.

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      John Marshall 2 years ago from glasgow

      I remember seeing the report on Sky news,terrible tragedy.unfortunately there are a very small proportion of the human race take advantage when these stories occur,where there is any good being done,bad is never far away trying to undo it.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      BDO you always have an interesting take on these issues thank you for sharing them and for sure enjoy that book, I did.

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      big daddy oreo 3 years ago

      Eric,

      good news! I bought the book black like me! Hopefully one day i will go undercover as a black man 4 life.

      White people like inventouris just don't get it. Complaining about black on white crime does nothing. You want to know how to reduce these problems. Take all the white cops have them go undercover as black cops and let them deal with black criminals. Stop using white hands to handle you black enemies. All you get is more black enemies. Always use black hands to handle your black enemies.

      They also should have white bosses and teachers go undercover as black to get more productivity out of black employees and students. Watch lean on me and coach carter. It shows how powerful a black faced authority figure is with dealing with black boys.

      I know my idea is out there and different but guess what if my idea is not executed things will not improve. I told people after trayvon martin to paint the police black no one listened. It I see time to bring pigmentation into the white community.

      Eric always remember a black person can protect you from a black person better than a white person can. A white male disguised as a black male can protect you better than a white face.

      black skin is good for protection

      white skin is not good for protection

      that is reality. Spread the word. Peace

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting take on the issues Inventurist. You raise great questions to this day are not answered. Time will tell but we all agree the looting and rioting was not justified at all.

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      Inventurist 3 years ago from Georgia, USA

      BS. If it was truly about such injustice then when a devout black Muslim (officer) shot a white boy to death 2 days after MB the outrage should be about the same pitch - but it doesn't fit the narrative. Which is worse? Neither. Which fits a narrative that the left exploits daily? Obvious. Which indicates there was a problem with the officer and not with the society? Not sure - we don't have all the facts. Which one would be reason enough to destroy private businesses and cause millions in costs to taxpayers?

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I get your point Ron. And we clearly have an attitude instilled there of young black men thinking "us versus them" also. The situation is sad and I would now --- some time later like to see those peaceful demonstrations continue and be vigil in demanding reform from both sides. And the "authority" must take the lead.

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      Ronald E Franklin 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      Of course the rioting was not justified, as most of the people of Ferguson said over and over, including Michael Brown's parents. But that reaction is an indicator of a frustration that is very real and very understandable. That "to protect and serve" was the opposite of the Ferguson police force's focus is evident from their military-like response after the shooting. They clearly have an "us versus them" mentality regarding the community they are policing. And that kind of attitude in men with guns will lead, as we have seen again and again over the last several years, to bullets ending up in the bodies of unarmed young black men. Without people taking to the streets to peacefully demonstrate their unwillingness to continue being victimized, would anything be done about it? History says no.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It brings up an interesting point about the hate that must exist there.

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      y2j 3 years ago

      I totally agree with the suggestion that a black faced law enforcement team could keep things calm with the ferguson riots. I actually think using white cops just makes things worse.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, it is just plain sad.

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      These types of cases just make me sad. Just when you think you seen the last of this type, another one comes along. I agree with your other commentator's I don't have enough information on this case to make an educated opinion and I believe certain facts are always left out so we never know the real truth unless we are a part of the jury. But it is sad that people will use opportunities like these to loot, burn up buildings all in the case of their own personal justice. They feel the "victim" was wronged and are angry because he is not getting justice but they feel nothing for the victims they make out of other people when they loot and burn their buildings and they are actually innocent people.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Daddy, no one else is putting out any better suggestions.

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      big daddy oreo 3 years ago

      I think they need to take all the white law enforcement have them go undercover as black men and let them try to get some law and order in this situation. You know kind of like john griffin did.

      I really do think that the cops could handle black people better with a heavy black faced staff. It just seems like an angry black mobs and an almost all white police staff is a recipe for disaster.

      I tell you one thing. If I ever get into a fight with a black person I will make sure my skin is black when it happens. I could not deal with all the race card drama. Atleast if you are black skin you are protected.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent points tillsontitan. Your back problem has not slowed your wits one bit :-)

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      In my humble opinion, the tragedy here is that no one is taking the time to find out the truth before inflaming a neighborhood and a country. NO ONE wants to see injustice done to anyone, but as you've pointed out we still don't have all the facts. How can you take sides when you don't know the truth? Well, apparently by just jumping on the bandwagon.

      Well done my friend.

      Voted up, useful, and very interesting.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It looks like in this case the evidence is being put together from both sides in a timely and professional manner. I think we will get a clear picture this time around, but we must be patient and not rush to judgment.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John these are two terrible travesties. And they both make clear that there are two sides of legitimacy to the issues. cjstone here is worth the read on Gaza -- you will like his reporting.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I don't know enough about this case to offer an educated opinion Eric, but I am interesting to here the outcome. There have been too many incidents similar to this recently. Gaza is a travesty. The Palestinians are being persecuted and Israel are getting away with war crimes as far as I am concerned. Others who take this side of the conflict on social media and and mainstream media here in Australia are labelled anti-semitic, and one journalist was sacked because of siding with Palestine. As long as you support Israel you can say or write anything.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      This is the first time I actually read about this case. In the past it was just headlines. You ask a lot of good questions here, Ericdierker. It's very sad that these things are happening. It's sad that even with a black president, things like these occur and people get away with it. I still believe the ruling on the Trayvon Martin case was wrong. But the Martin family simply didn't work hard enough to build a case which was so obviously convincing. They needed a Juan Martinez to put the story together properly. Even the witnesses were not good, except for the mother.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Quite right Dora and it seems like most of it is coming from outside agitators.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      We still cannot make a judgement about the people of Ferguson; just because some are talking loud doesn't mean that they talk for the majority.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hate sure does seem to breed stupid. One of the nicer things about getting older. Is that it seems to fade at least a little.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The looting...the violence...there is no quicker way to lose my support than through violence. I gave up buying into an eye for an eye a long time ago.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Inventurist, thank you for covering those bases. It does look like we can put down at the very least "physical altercation" between parties involved.

      And as you say "assault and battery" on a police officer is a huge no no and can get you killed as it probably should.

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      Inventurist 3 years ago from Georgia, USA

      junkseller I only commented after the county identified positive for marijuana which doesn't have guaranteed "effects" on anyone. Tox for "other" may come later - use of those cigars for X? Truly a tragic situation when parents don't teach their kids to respect adults, police, the law and things like this happen, I don't care what color that happens to be. Now instigators are there to profit by this and fires are being lit by politicians at all levels. Attacking a uniformed police officer is a felony. Shooting a fleeing felon is legal. Shooting an attacking felon is legal. Even Johnson, the first witness and accomplice in the strong arm robbery agreed MD went into the car on the officer. I look for truth and justice, and I don't accept this garbage about destroying a town over any injustice makes any sense.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      DDE it is truly tragic and just keeps getting worse.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      junkseller thank you for keeping it real and in tune with what we really know.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I have been briefly following the incident and think it is terrible for what had happened.

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      junkseller 3 years ago from Michigan

      Inventurist, toxicology reports take weeks. Anything out now is suspect, especially from some anonymous source. I'd hardly call that a known. Even if present, that doesn't mean he was under its influence at that time, and even if he was, marijuana isn't known for producing "drug induced rage[s]" or aggressive behavior. And while every account includes some sort of scuffle, it isn't known who was the instigator.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The autopsy makes it look like a physical confrontation and not a point and click shooting.

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      Inventurist 3 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Identifying the who will include instigators from NY, LA, NOLA - not just MO. Marijuana was in his blood system, now a known. He fought a uniformed police officer, a felony, known. Did he charge same officer in a fit of drug induced rage ending in shots fired by a cop that didn't know if this guy who intended harm on him moments earlier may have other weapons - boom, dead boy, live cop. Could have just moved to the side of the street, live boy, live cop, life without looting.