The Real Facts of Ferguson Case

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Now that some of the wildly overt emotions and the senseless violence in Ferguson, Missouri has dissipated, it is time to reflect on what really happened and what were the real facts.

Protesters claim the violence was a direct result of the grand jury’s failure to indict Officer Darren Wilson who fatally shot Michael Brown. In their minds it was a white cop shooting a black teenager for no reason.

Here are the real facts that much of the mainstream media failed to uncover, or were unwilling to divulge. Whatever the case, they are hard to find.

It is an irrefutable fact that surveillance tape shows that before the fatal Wilson/Brown confrontation, 18-year-old Michael Brown stole cigarillos from a convenience store and shoved a clerk who tried to stop him.

After the confrontation and shooting, when the autopsies were conducted, reports indicated Brown had marijuana in his system when he died. Whether or not that explains his violent behavior before and after confronting Wilson is up to the experts on the subject.

The fact is that Brown was inebriated on the drug.

It is a secondary matter that Shawn Parcells, a Kansas-based assistant examiner who participated in one of the autopsies, apparently has no qualifications. CNN and others used this man as an expert witness multiple times.

Wilson was initially driving to a medical emergency, not responding to the Brown convenience store incident. He encountered Brown blatantly strolling down the middle of a street in broad daylight with his friend. When approached inside of his car, Wilson was met with an expletive. Not exactly what he expected for a grown man violating the law in such an open manner.

This led to Wilson confronting Brown (what police officer wouldn’t?) after he witnessed the cigarillos he had stolen in open sight that he has heard on his police radio moments before. It only took the officer a few seconds to put the puzzle together.

Wilson attempted to open his door only to be met by an angry Brown who slammed it back shut. And then the part that much of the media neglected to report; Brown struck Wilson in the face.

Is there anyone in this country that would not expect a police officer to attempt to arrest you for doing such an act? Nevertheless, that part of many media accounts is completely left out.

Wilson, fearing another assault, drew his weapon, as he told the grand jury, as Brown screamed “you are too much of a pussy to shoot me.” The incident up to this point begs anyone listening to ask, what would you do if you were that police officer?

Wilson’s account of the incident was confirmed by an African-American witness that the two men were “arm-wrestling” by the car. An open confirmation totally unprovoked by the police officer with a man high on marijuana. Yet another witness saw Brown leaning through the car’s window and said “some sort of confrontation was taking place.”

Again, the question to ask, as it was put to the grand jury, is, if you were a police officer dealing with this situation, what would you do? Brown may have been only 18 years old, but he weighed almost 300 pounds and was 6 feet four, an intimidating figure by any perspective. Officer Wilson is also 6 feet four, weighing 210 pounds.

Would you be looking at the color of his skin or fearing for your life?

You only have one second to decide.

As this flash moment continued, Wilson fired a shot that struck Brown’s hand, Brown fled and Wilson gave chase. Brown then suddenly stopped. One witness told the grand jury that 6-foot-4, 292-pound Brown charged Wilson, head down ready for physical contact.

According to Wilson, Brown then put his hand under the waistband of his pants as he continued toward Wilson, signifying the possibility he was carrying a weapon. It must be remembered that all of this took place within a few moments.

That’s when Wilson fired. Again, what clear-headed grand juror could not comprehend that reaction with this 292 pound assailant literally threatening your life? Compound that with the fact that a credible witness said Brown never raised his hands, contrary to the mob’s assertion after the fact.

Gunpowder residue was found in the wound on Brown’s hand indicating how close he was when the officer fired. Hardly the scenario for a “hands up” situation. In fact, according to a report, the hand wound showed foreign matter “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm.”

Could that indicate Brown was reaching for Wilson’s gun? Wilson later said Brown was physically uncontrollable during the confrontation. He said he was thinking, “He’s gonna kill me. How do I survive?”

The closing chapter of this unfortunate, incident is the fact that police officers typically have wide latitude to use deadly force when they feel their safety is threatened.

Now, do the American people wish to believe a sworn grand jury of our peers or the rants of race-baiters like The Reverend Al Sharpton?

Your call.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. His BS in journalism from University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.

Dwight has 30 years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. A native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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