Thursday, August 28, 2014

Why Justice for Michael Brown? and 20/20 Hindsight

It has become obvious that like a reverse form of the Jim Crow laws in the old South, the Black Community believes  that any time a black is killed (especially if the black is unarmed) there is no defense; it is a defacto racist killing. Immediately after the shooting of black Michael Brown by while Police Officer Darren Wilson, the media aired the usual false narrative (the victim was not doing anything and the cop just murdered him), always initiated from a subjective source. This narrative is always extremely simplistic  and void of any real evidence; however it is quickly codified by the media, hungry to sell the narrative that shows the victimization of blacks. Then comes the black activist (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Eric Holder) to make sure black community have been properly race baited to turn on their own community.  Once this narrative is codified, it is used to convict the white police officer in the court of public opinion. What is usually missing from the narrative is always common sense. First, policemen like Off Wilson, a white police officer in a black community, has probably had numerous occasions where he could have justified shooting an unarmed black, but he was never done so; six years of service and he has never fired his firearm in the line of duty. So something different must have occurred.

There is also the second guessing of the officers actions; Why didn't he use a taser? Why didn't he use  rubber bullets; How come he had to shot so many bullets? Most of these questions can be answered by how short  time was compressed (how much time Off Wilson had to make any decisions) between the time the fight in the Off Wilson fought Michael Brown for his pistol and when Off Wilson shot Michael Brown dead. As a matter of fact, the fight over Off Wilson's pistol pretty much determined the sequence of evens afterward. If there is one thing that will trigger the fight or flight response in a police officer it is a fight to retain his firearm. In this case two bullets were fired and Off Wilson's eye socket was shattered during the fight; at this point I imagine Off Wilson  responded mostly out of instinct. (edit) Another subject that is rarely discussed, but known well by Police Officers and is a vital part of their training, is that a surprising number of Police Officers are killed with their own guns; about 8% There are no national statistics on how many times officers' guns are taken away. But the FBI says that of the 616 law enforcement officers killed on duty by criminals from 1994 through 2003, 52 were killed with their own weapon, amounting to 8 percent. Officers Killed by Their Own Guns   (added 11.28.2014);

 Fight or Flight is the body's last ditch effort to save itself, which is fueled by adrenalin; Off Wilson's pulse  rate and blood pressure increased dramatically, he would loose some of his small motor skills, his strength is increased, his pain receptors will shutdown and he will experience tunnel vision as he zeros in on his perceived threat.

When  Michael Brown ran from Off Wilson and he (Off Wilson) exited his vehicle Off Wilson had a shattered eye socket and  had just experienced a life or death fight over his duty weapon; either would likely trigger fight or flight. As a result, Off Wilson probably did not realize the extent of his injury (due to fight or flight), but it is highly possible he was seeing double vision. It is also unlikely that he would have re-holstered his pistol. So pistol in hand as he pursued Michael Brown about 25 feet (according to witnesses) and yelled for him to "freeze!". Michael Brown may have stopped raised his hands and turned toward Off Wilson; whether he had his hands raized or not, he was taunting Off Wilson by saying something similar to, "You're are not going to arrest me" and "What are going to do; shoot me?" It was then Michael Brown apparently rushed Off Wilson.

One of the criteria of use of force is the size and pre-knowledge of their fighting ability of the suspect. Michael Brown was 604 390lbs,  Off Wilson on the other hand looks to be of average size, say 509-511 and average build. There is also the fact that just moments before, Off Wilson was in a fight for his life, as he and Michael Brown were fighting over his gun in Off Wilson's SUV. This means Off Wilson had pre-knowledge of Brown's fighting ability and his desire to disarm and possibly kill him (Off Wilson) with his own gun. Having this in mind one can only imagine what was going through Off Wilson's mind when Michael Brown suddenly rushed him. What we know happened was Off Wilson started shooting at Michael. When he a bullet actually struck Michael Brown is debatable. Contrary to most peoples belief system, unless a weight bearing bone is broken or a massive wound to the brain, bullets do not stop people. Michael Brown may have been struck early on or Off Wilson may have missed his first shots; it's unknown. If a person is struck with a fatal wound(s) that will cause him to bleed to death, it will take this wounded person 30 seconds to "bleed out"; during this time it is not unusual for the wounded person to continue their attack with no sign that they have been wounded, until they suddenly fall down dead. As mentioned before, the effects of fight or flight is a loss of some small motor skills and tunnel vision; which sometimes mean the shooter will loose the ability to hit any small targets, such as an arm or leg, that he might be aiming at. This is why the police are always trained to shoot "center of mass" as it offers the best chance of the shooter hitting his target.

If one wants to know why Off Wilson shot so many bullets, it is most likely because the first bullets he shot did not stop Michael Brown's attack. This was described by a witness: "The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him". So how many bullets does it take to stop a person attacking you? The answer should be self evident; as many as it takes to stop the attack. So the number of shots fired by Off Wilson is really irrelevant.

What has been obvious from the beginning, it seems the only entity interested in a vigorous investigation was the Ferguson Police Dept. Most of those politically posturing say they want "justice for Michael Brown;" the message is clear, I've already seen enough and Off Wilson is guilty."   This includes the most of the media (CNN  has been especially heavy handed with this), the Governor of Missouri,  Jay Nixon (who also said that a  "vigorous prosecution must now be pursued" in Michael Brown's death), the NAACP,the Brown Family' s Attorney Benjamin Crump (and chief  race baiter) not only demanded equal justice for Michael Brown also said "We will not accept three-fifths justice,"( a reference to the Three-Fifths Compromise in the US Constitution which had nothing to do with the comparative worth of black slaves and whites; this was even voiced by the legendary black activist Frederick Douglas," but has been used by many dishonest and unscrupulous black activist to forward a personal agenda ) . Eric Holder was the reason Ferguson PD waited so long to release the tape of Michael Brown robbery of the liquor store 10 minutes before Off Wilson's contact and also said he remembered being stopped for DWB (Driving While Black); again implying that Michael Brown to was contacted and shot because we was black.

The standard that Off Wilson needs to be judged is black letter law; Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386 (1989) (a court decision drummed into every police officer in training) "The reasonableness of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with 20/20 vision of hindsight. The reasonableness must account for the fact that officers are often forced to make split-second judgments - in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving". But this has not stopped the media and activist from de-compressing what was perhaps 20 harrowing seconds in both the life of Michael Brown's and Off Wilson. This of course is exactly what Graham v. Connor says should not be done;  "a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with 20/20 vision of hindsight." and this is what needs to stop or their will be no justice for either Michael Brown or Off Wilson.

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