There is so much that can be said about the situation in Ferguson. It's easy to think it doesn't impact any of us here in New Hampshire because it's several states away but it does. There are protests already organized and happening here.
What is really sad about the whole thing is that it could have been avoided if people and the media focused on facts instead of rumors and hype.
When the story first broke the national media jumped because it was a white cop shooting an unarmed black teen. They got nearly every part of the story wrong.
The fatal shooting of a black teenager by police sent hundreds of angry residents out of their apartments Saturday in a St. Louis suburb, igniting shouts of "kill the police" during a confrontation that lasted several hours.
Brown's grandmother, Desiree Harris, said she saw him running in her neighborhood Saturday afternoon when she passed him in her car. Just minutes later, after she returned home, she heard a commotion and went outside to check on it. Less than two blocks away, she found Brown's body.
"He was running this way," she said. "When I got up there, my grandson was lying on the pavement. I asked the police what happened. They didn't tell me nothing."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported several distraught relatives were outside talking with neighbors, including Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, and stepfather, Louis Head. Head held a sign that read: "Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!"
County police said a large crowd confronted officers following the shooting, yelling such things as "kill the police."
Harris said her grandson had recently graduated high school and was looking forward to the future, including possibly attending college.
"My grandson never even got into a fight," she said. "He was just looking forward to getting on with his life. He was on his way."
Already before any facts beyond that the police officer shot and killed Michael Brown it was already being painted an a good innocent teen gunned down in cold blood.
A friend and witnesses say Missouri teen Michael Brown was unarmed and had his hands in the air when a Ferguson police officer shot and killed him, but that account is in dispute.
This is when we begin to see claims of him having his hands up. Of course we know now that the "friend" was Dorian Johnson, the same "friend" who assisted Brown when they robbed a local store not long before the shooting and the claims that he had his hands up were lies.
Let's recap, from day one we have already seen evidence of a family with violent tendency yelling "kill the police" and their key witness was the partner in a robbery. The video of the robbery was released around 8/15 just under a week after the shooting took place and police admitted he was a suspect in the robbery.
The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed.
I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.
His comments gave credibility to the protesting because he was saying he felt there was enough evidence for the Department of Justice to get involved.
For months this story festered and grew as the media continued to promote the claims that he had his hands up even though the autopsy disproved that claim and they continued to present witness after witness who supported the lie that he had his hands up, which later turned out none of the "witnesses" actually witnessed the shooting.
In internet debates I had in the weeks following people continued to present details which had been debunked and insisted they were fact and questioned anything that disagreed with the version they wanted to believe. Claims that "Fox news lies" were thrown out attacking the source of articles instead of the content within them (which turned out to be factually correct)
The evidence (read as facts) presented to the Grand Jury has been put out for the public to see HERE but it no longer matters. People have made their minds up and at this point facts no longer matter.
The result is what we saw the other night. Fires burning, people who have worked hard to start a business watched their dreams destroyed by the misguided protesters, police cars on fire.
What exactly did they get out of it all? Now businesses are destoryed and jobs they had are gone. Those that remain will see higher insurance rates and most likely see lower sales numbers. And all of it was because of a two bit thug and a pack of lies.
Little bit of advice to anyone thinking of joining any of the New Hampshire protests, or any others for that matter, please get informed before stepping outside and really understand what the facts really are.