As a grand jury nears release of its verdict in the shooting death of Michael Brown, dire warnings of racial unrest and rioting mount, if the police officer involved is exonerated.
The saddest word in that sentence is “if”.
Brown, 18, was 6′ 4″ and weighed 292 lbs. Just prior to being ordered to stop walking in the middle of a street, he had shoplifted a convenience story, assaulting the clerk.
Minutes later, when ordered by a policeman to move to the sidewalk. Brown viciously assaulted the officer in his car, and tried to get the officer’s gun, which discharged in the scuffle. He ran, but then turned on the injured officer, who shot and killed Brown.
Brown was shot 6 times before going down, the last bullet probably hitting him as he fell to the ground. Autopsy results of his wounds show he was facing the officer, who had taken a severe beating to the face and eye during the minutes-earlier scuffle.
Common sense tells us there was strong provocation for the shooting, when facing a 6’4″, 292 lb assailant who had just shown no hesitation by attacking the police officer.
If the color of these two participants were reversed, there’s not a black person alive who would question whether a black police officer should be exonerated based on the facts.
But where are the black leaders now?
Sharpton, Jackson, and, yes, Obama, must take a strong stand on this issue.
Allowing more violence now does no service for the people and businesses in our communities, for the black community as a whole, or for the rioters themselves.
It just creates more white-v-black resentment…
…but maybe, that’s what black leaders want?