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Ferguson: Before and After the Riots

The following “before [riot]” and “after [riot]” photos, showing the aftermath of riots following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, are from The Wall St. Journal, Nov. 25, 2014:

Advance Auto Parts and Fashion R on West Florissant Avenue just south of Chambers Road

Advance Auto Parts and Fashion R on W. Florissant Ave. just south of Chambers Rd.


TitleMax Title Loans on W. Florissant Ave.

TitleMax Title Loans on W. Florissant Ave.


Clean World Laundromat on corner of W. Florissant Ave. & Chambers Rd

Clean World Laundromat on corner of W. Florissant Ave. & Chambers Rd


Little Caesars on N. Florissant Rd

Little Caesars on N. Florissant Rd


Prime Beauty Supply, corner of W. Florissant & Chambers

Prime Beauty Supply, corner of W. Florissant & Chambers


From The Daily Mail:
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Hunan Chop Suey Chinese restaurant


This used to be an antique store


This used to be a gas station


To the Ferguson rioters/looters/vandals/arsonists:

This is what you did in the name of “Justice for Michael Brown.”
You must be so proud burning, looting, demolishing small businesses, most of which are owned by minorities.
You must be so proud trashing your home town. Even animals know better than to foul their nests.
Just remember these pictures when you complain in the weeks, months and years to come that no one wants to set up business in Ferguson — an auto store, a laundromat, a beauty supply store, a Little Caesar’s pizza, a gas station, an antique store, a Chinese restaurant . . . .

To Barack Obama:
You’ve made two speeches since the Ferguson grand jury decision. I read both speeches (here and here) and found NOT ONE WORD of empathy for the owners whose small businesses were maliciously and wantonly destroyed. Instead, you asked for “understanding” for the rioters and condemned Americans who actually are disturbed by the violence:

“But what is also true is that there are still problems and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up. Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in discriminatory fashion. I don’t think that’s the norm. I don’t think that’s true for the majority of communities or the vast majority of law enforcement officials. But these are real issues.  And we have to lift them up and not deny them or try to tamp them down. What we need to do is to understand them. […] those who are only interested in focusing on the violence and just want the problem to go away need to recognize that we do have work to do here, and we shouldn’t try to paper it over.” (“Remarks by the President After Announcement of the Decision by the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri,” Nov. 24, 2014)
“And as I said last night, the frustrations that we’ve seen are not just about a particular incident.  They have deep roots in many communities of color who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly. […] Separate and apart from the particular circumstances in Ferguson, which I am careful not to speak to because it’s not my job as President to comment on ongoing investigations and specific cases, but the frustrations people have generally — those are rooted in some hard truths that have to be addressed. […]  And to those who think that what happened in Ferguson is an excuse for violence, I do not have any sympathy for that.  (Applause.) […] But for the overwhelming majority of people who just feel frustrated and pain because they get a sense that maybe some communities aren’t treated fairly, or some individuals aren’t seen as worthy as others, I understand that.  (“Remarks by the President on Immigration – Chicago, IL,” Nov. 25, 2014)

From your speeches, I can only conclude that you view yourself as President of only “communities of color” and those misunderstood “frustrated” rioters, but not of the small business owners, many of whom are minorities, whose businesses were looted, trashed, and burned to the ground, nor of Americans like me who actually take notice of the violence and destruction.
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Ferguson cop: Michael Brown looked like "a demon"

Michael Brown, 6"4", 300 lb.

Michael Brown, 6″4″, 300 lb.


Leonardo Blair writes for The Christian Post, Nov. 25, 2014:
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, revealed in grand jury testimony released Monday evening that he was attacked by a hulking teenager who had the look of a “demon.”
In his chilling account before the Grand Jury on Sept. 16 of what led to Brown’s death on Aug. 9, Wilson described Brown as belligerent, petulant and showed no respect for his authority as an officer of the law. Wilson, who describes himself as 6-foot-4 and weighing approximately 210 pounds, explained that when he first tried to defend himself against Brown he was forced to grapple with the teenager’s incredible strength.
“… When I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan. … That’s how big he felt and how small I felt just from grasping his arm,” said Wilson.
He further explained that during a fight with Brown inside his patrol vehicle, Brown dared him to shoot him and he was worried that a third punch from the teenager could have killed him [Wilson].
“He grabs my gun, says ‘You are too much of a [expletive] to shoot me.’ The gun goes down into my hip and at that point I thought I was getting shot. I can feel his fingers try to get inside the trigger guard with my finger and I distinctly remember envisioning a bullet going into my leg. I thought that was the next step,” Wilson said of the struggle.
Wilson explained that he attempted to fire his gun several times as he struggled with Brown in his patrol vehicle but it didn’t go off.
“Like I said, I was just so focused on getting the gun out of me. When I did get it up to this point, he is still holding onto it and I pulled the trigger and nothing happens. It just clicked. I pulled it again, it just clicked again,” he noted.
The gun eventually goes off after a third attempt.
“At this point, I’m like why isn’t this working, this guy is going to kill me if he gets ahold of this gun. I pulled it a third time, it goes off. When it went off, it shot through my door panel and my window was down and glass flew off my door panel. I think that kind of startled him and me at the same time,” Wilson said. “When I see the glass come up, it comes, a chunk about that big comes across my right hand and then I notice I have blood on the back of my hand.”
Wilson explained that after the first shot is fired and he sees blood on his hand, Brown gives him an angry look that makes him appear “like a demon.”
“After seeing the blood on my hand, I looked at him … he looked up at me and had the most intense aggressive face. The only way I can describe it, it looks like demon, that’s how angry he looked. He comes back toward me again with his hands up. At that point I just went like this, I tried to pull the trigger again, click, nothing happened,” said Wilson.
He said he then saw Brown’s hands and demon-like face coming toward him and he shielded his face as Brown hit him. That attack forces him to fire his gun without even taking aim.
So I pulled the trigger, it just clicks that time. Without even looking, I just grab the top of my gun, the slide and I racked it, and I put my, still not looking just holding my hand up, I pulled the trigger again, it goes off.
Wilson is then asked how many times the gun went off in the police car and he said twice.
“When I look up after that, I see him start to run and I see a cloud of dust behind him. I then get out of my car. As I’m getting out of the car I tell dispatch, ‘shots fired, send me more cars.'”
At this point, Wilson said he decides to go after Brown.
“We start running, kind of the same direction that Johnson had pointed. Across the street like a diagonal toward this, kind of like where the parking lot came in for Copper Creek Court and Canfield, right at that intersection. And there is a light pole right there, I remember him running toward the light pole,” said Wilson.
He then said he continued to chase Brown, passing two cars until he suddenly stopped.
“When I passed the second one, about that same time, he stopped running and he’s at that light pole. So when he stopped, I stopped. And then he starts to turn around, I tell him to get on the ground, get on the ground,” said Wilson.
“He turns, and when he looked at me, he made like a grunting, like aggravated sound and he starts, he turns and he’s coming back toward me. His first step is coming toward me, he kind of does like a stutter step to start running. When he does that, his left hand goes into a fist and goes to his side, his right hand goes under his shirt in his waistband and he starts running at me,” he continued.
Wilson said Brown was wearing a shirt longer than his waistband and at the time he placed his hands under his waistband Brown made his first stride toward him.
“As he is coming toward me, I tell, keep telling him to get on the ground, he doesn’t,” Wilson continued.
I shoot a series of shots. I don’t know how many I shot, I just know I shot it. I know I missed a couple, I don’t know how many, but I know I hit him at least once, because I saw his body kind of jerk or flinched. I remember having tunnel vision on his right hand, that’s all, I’m focusing on that hand when I was shooting,” he noted.
Brown, however, refused to stop even with Wilson’s shooting.
“… After the last shot my tunnel vision kind of opened up. I remember seeing the smoke from the gun and I kind of looked at him and he’s still coming at me, he hadn’t slowed down.
“At this point I start backpedaling and again, I tell him to get on the ground, get on the ground, he doesn’t. I shoot another round of shots. Again, I don’t recall how many it was or if I hit him every time. I know at least once because he flinched again,” said Wilson.
Officer Wilson said Brown appeared ready to “run through the shots” even after being shot several times already.
“At this point it looked like he was almost bulking up to run through the shots, like it was making him mad that I’m shooting at him. And the face that he had was looking straight through me, like I wasn’t even there, I wasn’t even anything in his way,” said Wilson.
The officer explained that it was at this point he was certain that if Brown got to him, he would be killed.
“Well, he keeps coming at me after that again. During the pause I tell him to get on the ground, get on the ground. He still keeps coming at me, gets about 8 to 10 feet away. At this point I’m backing up pretty rapidly, I’m backpedaling pretty good because I know if he reaches me, he’ll kill me,” said Wilson.
He said Brown then leaned forward toward him as if he was getting ready to tackle him, despite being shot already.
“His hand was in a fist at his side, this one is in his waistband under his shirt, and he was like this. Just coming straight at me like he was going to run through me. And when he gets about that 8 to 10 feet away, I look down, I remember looking at my sites and firing, all I see is his head and that’s what I shot,” said Wilson.
“I don’t know how many, I know at least once because I saw the last one go into him. And then when it went into him, the demeanor on his face went blank, the aggression was gone, it was gone, I mean, I knew he stopped, the threat was stopped,” he said.
“When he fell, he fell on his face. And I remember his feet coming up, like he had so much momentum carrying him forward that when he fell, his feet kind of came up a little bit and then they rested.
“At that point I got back on the radio and said, ‘Send me a supervisor and every car you got.'”

Just remember: This is the angelic helpless teenager who’s being celebrated by rioters and protesters — a 6’4″ 300-lb hulk who tried to grab a cop’s gun and, despite having already been shot, nevertheless turned back to charge at the cop.

Darren Wilson in the hospital, Aug. 9, 2014.

Darren Wilson in the hospital, Aug. 9, 2014.


According to Darren Wilson’s medical records that were released by the Missouri grand jury, 28-year-old Wilson arrived at the Emergency Room of Northwest Healthcare hospital in Florissant, Missouri, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at 14:28 hour. He complained of aches (“bilateral jaw pain”) and requested X-rays because he had been “hit in the face a couple of times.” He had also been “scratched in the neck.”
X-rays show “punch to right side of jaw” but “the [right] mandible appears intact without fracture or dislocation.”
Diagnosis: “Facial contusion of mandibular joint area. Assault by other bodily force.”
Wilson was prescribed 20 500-mg Naprosyn pills, to be taken “one by mouth twice daily as needed for pain, with food,” and released from the hospital on Aug. 9, 2014, at 15:34 hour.
The hospital also certified that Darren Wilson was not taking any medications at the time. Toxicology report confirmed Wilson had no drugs in his system: Negative for cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana, opiates, and phencyclidine.
In contrast, toxicology report on Michael Brown showed he had marijuana (cannabis) in his system.
To see Darren Wilson’s testimony to the St. Louis County grand jury as well as all of the other documents released by the grand jury, go here.
To read Darren Wilson’s statement reacting to the grand jury’s decision, go here.
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Those who are fanning Ferguson riots into a race war

Last night, after St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch, a Democrat, announced and explained the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, Obama’s sons and daughters predictably rioted in the streets of Ferguson and St. Louis.
The rioters overturned and vandalized cars.
They blocked traffic on the interstate.
They transformed downtown St. Louis into a war zone.
They looted, burned, or completely destroyed small businesses, most of which are owned by minorities, including Walgreens, Little Caesers Pizza, Autozone (burned, with explosions), Beauty Town, Title Max, Family Dollar Store, O’Reilly Auto Parts (completedly engulfed by flames), a cake store owned by Natalie Dubose who was reduced to tears, and Ferguson Market and Liquor, the convenience store that Michael Brown had strong-arm robbed before he was killed by Officer Wilson. (Source: Breitbart)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPZTe9M06xM
Fox News’ Juan Williams noted that all the self-appointed and media-recognized Black leaders are missing in action. Williams plaintively asks:

Where is the black leadership now that a grand jury has decided not to indict the police officer that killed Michael Brown?
Where is Al Sharpton? He advertises himself as a spokesman for the best interests of black America. But he is absent.
Where is Jesse Jackson, another popular media personality who says he speaks for black America? He’s missing in action, too.

In the place of those MIA leaders, these are the blacks who fanned the flames.

Michael Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden

In the days preceding the grand jury announcement, Michael Brown’s divorced parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., had issued statements calling for peaceful protests in the wake of the grand jury’s decision.
But McSpadden clearly changed her mind because after the prosecutor announced no charges would be filed against Officer Wilson, the woman went into a screaming obscenities-laden tirade: “You motherfuckers think this is a joke!”

Michael Brown’s Stepfather Louis Head

For his part, Brown’s stepfather, 38-year-old Louis Head, an ex-con who is married to McSpadden and whose rap sheet includes two felony narcotics convictions, stood atop a platform in the middle of the agitated crowd of several hundred protesters, and screamed “Burn this bitch down!” He did this at least ten times, and at one point yelled for a microphone so that he could broadcast his incendiary message beyond the range of his unamplified voice. (Source: Smoking Gun)

Louis Head, in a Mike Brown t-shirt, incites the crows to "Burn this bitch down!"

Louis Head, in a Mike Brown t-shirt, incites the crowd to “Burn this bitch down!”

Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadali (D) calls for a “race war”

On MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadali, a Democrat, calls the riots a “race war” that’s long-time coming. In doing so, the senator in effect deems the riots to be an appropriate reaction. She also threatens in so many words that the riots are only a beginning and there’ll be more to come.
Maria Chappelle-Nadali
These are Chappelle-Nadali’s words:

“This is St. Louis’s race war. We didn’t have a race war like other cities throughout the U.S. This is our race war. I have to tell you that there has been systematic racism, institutionally in state government for decades, including my own state party. So what we are looking at right now is a symptom of racism that has been swept under the rug for decades…. I know people in my own party, in my own government structure who disregard things that we say and how we feel, and we are not going to allow it anymore.

Obama sends mixed messages

As the rioters overtook streets and cable TV broadcasts showed them setting fires and attacking police cars, Obama spoke from the safety and loftiness of the White House.
While pleading for calm — saying that “there’s never an excuse for violence” and asking that the grand jury’s decision be accepted — the President of the United States also talked from both sides of his mouth when he gave an excuse for the rioters by saying that their anger is an “understandable reaction” from people who believe “the law is being applied in a discriminatory fashion” and that “what we need to do is try to understand them.” (Source: White House)
Only one black man is making sense.
Rev. and Dr. James David Manning, of the ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, New York, tells his people that if they want to progress, they must “break the demonic ancestral spirits” — the Barack Obamas, Nelson Mandelas, the Louis Farrakhans, the Jesse Jacksons, the Al Sharptons, who offer blacks nothing but “food stamps and cell phones” instead of helping them to be owners of homes and businesses. Instead of the Holy Spirit, these so-called leaders to whom blacks look up, are all demon-possessed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eZSb9dArVg
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Ferguson grand jury reaches decision: NO INDICTMENT

A St. Louis County grand jury, made up of nine whites and three blacks, decided not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.
Wilson has been on paid leave and in hiding since Aug. 9.
The grand jury of 12 are the only people who have examined all of the evidence, including all three autopsies, as well as the testimonies of all the witnesses related to this case.
The law authorizes a law enforcement officer, as well as all civilians, to use force as self-defense in a dangerous situation.
The unusual timing of the grand jury’s announcement, after darkness had fallen, was a decision of prosecutors. Several local churches would provide shelter, safe haven and medical care in the event of unrest.
As officials called for peace, security preparations were beefed up around the courthouse and at other locations including the Ferguson police headquarters. Barricades were erected and Missouri state troopers were present with rifles, 3-foot batons, riot shields and other equipment. Crowds of protesters waving signs and chanting spilled into streets near the police offices. (Source: USA Today)

Stores close ahead of announcement…

Signs of rising tension...
Protests growing...

Please pray for peace. Please pray for America.

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Waiting for Ferguson grand jury, St. Louis buys guns and prepares for worst

People in St. Louis, Missouri, are preparing for the worst as they await the grand jury’s decision in the police shooting death of 300-lb. Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis.
The shooting of the black 18-year-old by white officer Darren Wilson had sparked looting and weeks of sometimes-violent protests all through the month of August. Fearing for his life, Officer Wilson has been in hiding on paid leave ever since the shooting.
ferguson-market-looting
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On Monday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard in advance of the decision by the grand jury.
Gun shops in the St. Louis area reportedly are selling everything they can get their hands on.
Metro Shooting Supplies, near the city’s main airport, is selling two to three times more weapons than usual in recent weeks — an average of 30 to 50 guns each day. Owner Steven King said, “We’re selling everything that’s not nailed down. Police aren’t going to be able to protect every single individual. If you don’t prepare yourself and get ready for the worst, you have no one to blame but yourself.”
Other gun dealers say their sales spikes are comparable to the increases seen soon after Brown’s death on Aug. 9. County Guns owner Adam Weinstein said, “I’ve probably sold more guns this past month than all of last year.” Last summer, Weinstein had fended off looters with an assault rifle and pistol at his storefront on West Florissant Avenue, the roadway that was the scene of many nightly protests.
Many commenters on the “St. Louis Coptalk” forum expressed fears that demonstrators will take to the streets regardless of the grand jury’s decision. A man who calls himself “A Concerned [Ferguson] Cop” issued a warning to the community to protect their families with firearms:

If you do not have a gun, get one and get one soon. We will not be able to protect you or your family. It will be your responsibility to protect them. Our gutless commanders and politicians have neutered us. I’m serious, get a gun, get more than one, and keep one with you at all times.”

While the commenter’s status as a police officer cannot be confirmed, his warning is neither alarmist nor preposterous. None other than the FBI had released an intelligence bulletin stating a grand jury decision “will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure.”

Indeed, the protest group RbG Black Rebels tweeted a stream of violent online posts saying “We are paying $5k cash for location of Ofc. Darren Wilson. Real $, no joke, no crime we just wana get his photo an ask him a few questions,” and boasting of “combat experience,” “stockpiling” ammunition, cleaning out gun stores and being #WarReady. 

RbG Black Rebels tweet
It doesn’t help that Muslims are exploiting the Ferguson unrest by equating Brown’s death to the death of a black radical Islamist, Detroit mosque leader Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was shot during an FBI raid in 2009.

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, b. Christopher Thomas in 1956

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, b. Christopher Thomas in 1956


Federal prosecutors say Abdullah was a separatist intent on overthrowing the U.S. government. But Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR’s Michigan Chapter, calls Abdullah a martyr and portrays both Abdullah and Brown as victims of a national security apparatus that had “completely gone wild” and engaged in “demonizing and criminalizing Muslims.” (Michael Brown was not a Muslim. He was buried in August after a memorial service at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.)
Kyle Shideler, director of the Washington-based watchdog group Center for Security Policy’s Threat Information Office, says that CAIR and other radical Muslims are “interested in building coalitions with other organizations in order to effect a legislative change to weaken anti-terrorism laws and weaken the ability of law enforcement to engage in counter terrorism.”
Sources: Bearing Arms; CBS St. Louis; New York Times, Daily Mail; Fox News
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As America waits for Ferguson grand jury decision, Obama has secret meeting with protest leaders to "stay on course"

The grand jury’s decision on whether to prosecute white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting on August 9 of black 300-lb 18-year-old Michael Brown is expected sometime this week.

Michael Brown (l); Darren Wilson (r)

Michael Brown (l); Darren Wilson (r)


Demonstrators have been mobbing the St. Louis County Courthouse all last week.
Yesterday, demonstrators actually staged a die-in — laying in the middle of a street in University City, Mo., near Ferguson.
Ferguson die-in, University City, Mo
Ferguson protesters already had looted over 100 businesses in the St. Louis area, but the Justice for Mike Brown protest group released a list of new potential targets that includes not just the expected Ferguson City Hall and the County Courthouse, but also targets like Anheuser Busch and Boeing that have NOTHING to do with the Michael Brown situation.
ferguson-market-looting
As the Ferguson police and police nationwide brace themselves for unrest, they should know that none other than their big boss, the president of the United States, is playing puppet master, orchestrating and planning with protest leaders.
On November 5, the day after the midterm elections that delivered him a stunning blow from the electorate, Obama met with Ferguson protest leaders to ensure that they “stay on course” — whatever that means. (See “Beware of Obama, the wounded vengeful narcissist”)
The meeting was not on Obama’s daily schedule, which means the American public aren’t supposed to know about the meeting. That, in turn, means the meeting is supposed to be a secret.
Buried in a long New York Times article on Ferguson, Nov. 16, 2014, is this fascinating piece of information (colored red below):

[Protest] leaders here [Ferguson] acknowledge that there are disagreements about what form of response is fitting and whether militant acts might spill over into violence.

At least one group has said on Twitter that it was offering a reward for information on the whereabouts of the officer, Darren Wilson, and, at another point, that it was “restocking on 7.62 & 9 mm ammo.” 

[…] About 50 organizations…have joined forces in a “Don’t Shoot Coalition,” and the level of planning is intense…. some leaders say they intend to carry out their acts of protest even if the grand jury brings charges against Officer Wilson to show that the issues raised by this case reach beyond a single shooting.

At times, there has been a split between national civil rights leaders and the younger leaders on the ground here, who see their efforts as more immediate, less passive than an older generation’s….
Some of the national leaders met with President Obama on Nov. 5 for a gathering that included a conversation about Ferguson.
According to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has appeared frequently in St. Louis with the Brown family and delivered a speech at Mr. Brown’s funeral, Mr. Obama “was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating. He said he hopes that we’re doing all we can to keep peace.”

Obama said he hopes that protest organizers are doing all they can to keep peace?

What a load of bovine excrement!

Demonstrations began immediately after Michael Brown’s death on Aug. 9, and have continued nearly every night since. Some of the protests became violent. Stores were looted. Demonstrators threw gasoline bombs and tried to set fires. The police used tear gas and rubber bullets.

That’s what Obama means by the Ferguson demonstrators “staying on course.”

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Autopsy of Mike Brown shows he did not have his hands up when shot

Turns out Ferguson cop Darren Wilson is right:

  • Michael Brown did NOT have his hands up when Wilson shot him, as some purported eyewitnesses had claimed.
  • Brown did struggle with Wilson in the cop’s car.
  • Brown was lunging at Wilson.

Color me surprised. Not!

Michael Brown (l); Darren Wilson (r)

Michael Brown (l); Darren Wilson (r)


Christine Byers reports for St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oct. 22, 2014:
The official autopsy on Michael Brown shows that he was shot in the hand at close range, according to an analysis of the findings by two experts not involved directly in the case.

The accompanying toxicology report shows he had been using marijuana.

Those documents, prepared by the St. Louis County medical examiner and obtained by the Post-Dispatch, provide the most detailed description to date of the wounds Brown sustained in a confrontation Aug. 9 with Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

A source with knowledge of Wilson’s statements said the officer had told investigators that Brown had struggled for Wilson’s pistol inside a police SUV and that Wilson had fired the gun twice, hitting Brown once in the hand. Later, Wilson fired additional shots that killed Brown and ignited a national controversy.

The St. Louis medical examiner, Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official investigation, reviewed the autopsy report for the newspaper. He said Tuesday that it “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car.

Graham said the examination indicated a shot traveled from the tip of Brown’s right thumb toward his wrist. The official report notes an absence of stippling, powder burns around a wound that indicate a shot fired at relatively short range.

But Graham said, “Sometimes when it’s really close, such as within an inch or so, there is no stipple, just smoke.”

The report on a supplemental microscopic exam of tissue from the thumb wound showed foreign matter “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm.”

Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, said the autopsy “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.” She added, “If he has his hand near the gun when it goes off, he’s going for the officer’s gun.

Sources told the Post-Dispatch that Brown’s blood had been found on Wilson’s gun.

Melinek also said the autopsy did not support witnesses who have claimed Brown was shot while running away from Wilson, or with his hands up.

She said Brown was facing Wilson when Brown took a shot to the forehead, two shots to the chest and a shot to the upper right arm. The wound to the top of Brown’s head would indicate he was falling forward or in a lunging position toward the shooter; the shot was instantly fatal.

A sixth shot that hit the forearm traveled from the back of the arm to the inner arm, which means Brown’s palms could not have been facing Wilson, as some witnesses have said, Melinek said. That trajectory shows Brown probably was not taking a standard surrender position with arms above the shoulders and palms out when he was hit, she said.

The county medical examiner, Dr. Mary Case, could not be reached. The assistant who performed the autopsy, Dr. Gershom Norfleet, relayed word that he would not comment. [Both must be terrified of being accused of racism. ~Eowyn]

That post mortem, conducted the morning after Brown’s death, comports in most ways with the findings of a private autopsy arranged by Brown’s family and made public Aug. 18.

In that one, Dr. Michael M. Baden, a nationally known forensic pathologist, said none of Brown’s wounds appeared to have been from shots fired at close range.

Baden noted then that there was no gunshot residue on the body, so it appeared to him that the muzzle of the weapon was at least one or two feet away. He said, “It could have been 30 feet away.”

A third autopsy was ordered by federal officials as part of their separate investigation of the shooting. Results of that one have not been revealed.

The county and private autopsies agree on the number and location of the wounds.

The official autopsy also confirmed that tissue from Brown was found on the exterior of the driver’s side of Wilson’s vehicle.

“Someone got an injury that tore off skin and left it on the car,” Graham said. “That fits with everything else that came out. There’s blood in the car, now skin on the car, that shows something happened right there.

The toxicology test, performed by a St. Louis University laboratory, revealed tetrahydrocannabinol, THC for short, in Brown’s blood and urine.

Alfred Staubus, a consultant in forensic toxicology at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, said that THC could impair judgment or slow reaction times but that there was no reliable measurement to make those conclusions.

States that have legalized marijuana have struggled with the issue of how to measure impairment.

“The detection of THC in the postmortem blood of Michael Brown really indicates his recent use of marijuana (within a few hours) and that he may or may not have been impaired at the time of his death,” Staubus wrote in an email.

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So, with these results from the official autopsy, will blacks in Missouri go on a rampage, as some have threatened?

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Report From The NY Times About Officer Wilson's Shooting Of Michael Brown.

Here’s a story from the NY Times about testimony Officer Darren Wilson gave investigators about his struggle, and fatal shooting of Michael Brown. It definitely shows a struggle and 2 shots in the car. From there we’re left with state of mind and witness’s testimony. Not enough to indict in my mind, but then again what’s the saying…”You can indict a ham sandwich” It won’t be pretty.  

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Police Officer in Ferguson Is Said to Recount a Struggle

WASHINGTON — The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Mr. Brown, according to government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter.

This is the first public account of Officer Wilson’s testimony to investigators, but it does not explain why, after he emerged from his vehicle, he fired at Mr. Brown multiple times. It contradicts some witness accounts, and it will not calm those who have been demanding to know why an unarmed man was shot a total of six times. Mr. Brown’s death continues to fuel anger and sometimes-violent protests.

The officer, Darren Wilson, has told the authorities that during the scuffle, Mr. Brown reached for the gun. It was fired twice in the car, according to forensics tests performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The first bullet struck Mr. Brown in the arm; the second bullet missed.

The forensics tests showed Mr. Brown’s blood on the gun, as well as on the interior door panel and on Officer Wilson’s uniform. Officer Wilson told the authorities that Mr. Brown had punched and scratched him repeatedly, leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck.

In September, Officer Wilson appeared for four hours before a St. Louis County grand jury, which was convened to determine whether there is probable cause that he committed a crime. Legal experts have said that his decision to testify was surprising, given that it was not required by law. But the struggle in the car may prove to be a more influential piece of information for the grand jury, one that speaks to Officer Wilson’s state of mind, his feeling of vulnerability and his sense of heightened alert when he killed Mr. Brown.

Police officers typically have wide latitude to use lethal force if they reasonably believe that they are in imminent danger.

The officials said that while the federal investigation was continuing, the evidence so far did not support civil rights charges against Officer Wilson. To press charges, the Justice Department would need to clear a high bar, proving that Officer Wilson willfully violated Mr. Brown’s civil rights when he shot him.

Rest of Times Story Here.

~Steve~

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Police officers shot in racial tension-filled Missouri

Police-Shooting-MissouriMissouri State Highway Patrol troopers in Ferguson, Mo., join police in search for suspects in the shooting of a police officer on Sept. 27, 2014.

Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, has the dubious distinction of being America’s new epicenter of black racial protests and looting since white officer Darren Wilson had shot an unarmed 300-lb black 18-year-old named Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014.
Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 25, after a period of quiescence, protests by blacks against the Brown shooting resumed. Yesterday (Sept. 27), around the time of two separate protests, a Ferguson police officer was shot and wounded. The two suspects remain at large.

Jon BelmarSt. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar

Although the protests were contemporaneous with the officer shooting, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar nevertheless confidently dismissed the possibility that the protests were related in any way to the attack on the officer.
Belmar said at a news conference early Sunday that at around 9 p.m. last night, while checking on a closed community center, the unnamed officer spotted two men who began running when he approached them. The officer chased them, and as he closed in on one of the suspects, the second suspect pulled out a gun and fired at the officer, shooting him in the arm. The officer fired several shots in return, but there was no indication that he hit either of the suspects.
Without identifying the officer or providing further details about his condition, Belmar said the officer is expected to survive.
The shooting comes amid simmering tension between blacks and the police in Ferguson, where two-thirds of the residents are black, but only three of the city’s 53 police officers are “African-American”.

Thomas JacksonFerguson police chief Thomas Jackson

Earlier Saturday, Brown’s parents told The Associated Press that they were unmoved by a videotaped apology released days earlier by Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, whose attempt to march with protesters Thursday sparked a clash that led to several arrests.
When asked whether Jackson should be fired, Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, said he should be. Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., said rather than an apology, they would like Darren Wilson, the officer who shot their son, to be arrested.

Michael Brown's parentsMichael Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr.

A county grand jury is weighing whether to indict Wilson in Brown’s shooting.
The Obama administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating whether Brown’s civil rights were violated and conducting a broader probe into the Ferguson police department. On Friday, the DOJ urged police chief Jackson to ban his officers from wearing bracelets supporting Wilson while on duty and from covering up their name plates with black tape.
A few days ago, at a meeting with federal officials, Ferguson residents had complained about the bracelets, which are black with “I am Darren Wilson” in white lettering.
Also early Sunday, not far from Ferguson, an off-duty St. Louis city police officer was injured on Interstate 70 when three suspects fired shots into his personal vehicle. The off-duty officer, who has nearly 20 years of experience, was being treated at a hospital for a minor injury to his arm from broken glass.
Like St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, police spokeswoman Schron Jackson also dismissed the shooting of the off-duty officer as racially motivated, or that the shooting is related to the shooting of the Ferguson police officer the night before.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon expressed sympathy for the injured officers in a conference call Sunday from Afghanistan with reporters from Missouri, and lamely described the violence as “a challenge for everyone.”
Meanwhile, in some quarters, the shooting of the Ferguson officer is being celebrated. Here’s a tweet by someone who calls himself “JosephIsVegan.” Note the hammer and sickle after his name:
tweet about Ferguson officer shooting
You can also hear a man in this short video of protesters (0:10 mark) say “I hope that bitch [the Ferguson cop] die,” and another man (the same JosephIsVegan?) at the end of the video say, “We praying that he dies”.
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJki13D7kTU#t=14]
But the police would have you believe that the shooting of the two police officers is not racially motivated.
Yeah, right. [sarc]
Sources: Associated Press, New York Times, The Last Refuge
H/t FOTM’s Maziel
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Ferguson cop Darren Wilson sustained injuries to his face

On August 9, 2014, a white police officer named Darren Wilson shot dead an unarmed 18-year-old black man named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting led to days and nights of rioting and looting .
Ferguson looter
In time, more information came out, giving a different version of what we first had been told:

  • Instead of Brown being a hapless gentle innocent “teen,” he was a giant at 6′ 4″ and 300 lbs who had strong-arm robbed a nearby convenience store just minutes before his fatal encounter with Officer Wilson.
  • Instead of Brown being shot in the back, autopsy results show he was shot in the front in areas of his body which point to him charging at Wilson.
  • What evidence we have indicates Brown was shot 6 times, instead of 11 times heard in an audio broadcast by CNN on Aug. 26, 2014 without first verifying the audio’s authenticity. The next day, CNN retreated from the audio after two law enforcement experts stated the audio to be a hoax.
  • Instead of Officer Wilson being the unprovoked aggressor, it was Brown who first attacked Wilson.

On August 19, it was first reported that Wilson had suffered an “orbital blowout fracture” to his eye socket from Brown’s attack. (See Steve’s post here.)
Now, a photo (below) alleged to be of Darren Wilson with eye and facial injuries has gone viral. But the photo is NOT of Wilson, but of a man named Jim McNeil. (A big h/t to FOTM’s Steve)

Darren Wilson

Despite the photo hoax, CNN is reporting that Darren Wilson did sustain injuries to his face from his encounter with hulking Brown.
Jason Howerton reports for CNN, Aug. 21, 2014, that “an anonymous source close to the investigation” said Officer Darren Wilson did not suffer a fractured eye socket prior to fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown. The anonymous source’s claim therefore “directly contradicts a recent Fox News story” that had also cited an anonymous source “close to the [police] department’s top brass.”
The Fox News report cited the anonymous source claiming that Wilson was beaten nearly unconscious and suffered a fractured orbital bone prior to the shooting. The source also said there is “solid proof” that a violent altercation occurred before Brown was shot.
At the same time as CNN saying that Wilson’s X-ray “came back negative for a fracture to his orbital bone,” CNN nevertheless admits that Wilson had gone to the hospital after the shooting incident with “swelling around his face and eyes.” 
CNN reader GeoCk says it the best:

I see… So if the officer was beaten severely, and has a broken orbital bone, the shooting is justified? But if the injury is only to soft tissue, then the shooting is NOT justified? I am so tired of biased reporting. The main stream media keeps reporting the autopsy results, headlining “he was shot SIX times!” Without emphasizing that he was shot, from the front, four times in the arm and shoulder, and twice in the head, in a pattern that shows that he was coming towards the officer in an aggressive manner? It’s obvious they want the rioting, they want this to be a racial issue, they want to distract from the miserable failure that is progressive leadership. It makes me sick, and I’ve lost hope that the people in this country will ever wake up and see that they are being manipulated

CNN was the first to make public Officer Wilson’s address and, in so doing, endanger the safety of Wilson and his family (they went into hiding).
On Aug. 15, 2014, after Ferguson police chief Jackson released Darren Wilson’s name, CNN broadcast a report that very day showing Wilson’s house, including the street number. In the video report, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera is seen walking in the street where Wilson lives. The CNN video shows a wide view of Wilson’s house and then pans around the street to show its relative position in the neighborhood. While Lavandera does not name the street, he gives its approximate location.
John Nolte of Breitbart points out that this is the second time CNN has been irresponsible with their reporting. Using unintelligible audio of George Zimmerman’s 911 call, CNN falsely claimed Zimmerman had described Trayvon Martin as a “fucking coon” before fatally shooting the teenager. Even after it was proven Zimmerman didn’t use the racial slur (Zimmerman said it was “fucking cold” that night), CNN continued to lie to its audience, insisting Zimmerman had said the racial epithet. 
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