Good questions. I do not condone the looting and violence, however, I understand it. I endorse non violent civil disobedience to address perceived social injustices. Looting and burning does not help solve anything. I think that there is a possibility that a criminal element exists amongst the peaceful protestors and that they are taking advantage of the situation. I saw some pictures of peaceful protestors standing in front of the store the 'cigars', supposedly were stolen from by the victim, in an effort to stop the looting and violence. Criminals KNOW that there exists 'opportunity' in chaos. The more chaos the better...for them. It does nothing to help solve the tragic events that led to the death of the young man.
The other derivative is that an onus is placed on law enforcement to go out of their way to charge the officer involved to attempt to deflect the current accusations. My fear is that if it is determined that it was a "justified" shooting the response will be to riot more.
what makes it so bad is the woman that claimed to see the actions happen that started all of this, made a video of the officer standing over the body while calling it in. she said it proves he was shot in the back while on the ground. but in her video you can hear two other people talking saying the kid charged at the cop. so as it looks as of now, the cops story matches the two witnesses heard in the tape, and the two autopsys. and all of it says she lied. no shots were from his back.
Eyewitness testimony has been historically proclaimed as the "best evidence" in criminal prosecutions, but modern forensics have turned that premise around. From what I've seen, the reported circumstantial evidence and the forensics tell a tale of an out-of-control person suspected of just recently committing a criminal act who "bum-rushed" a policeman and grabbed for his gun.
Was the cop justified in using deadly force in this situation? Did he have to shoot Brown six times in "self-defense?" I'll wait for the investigation on those questions. But I think it very unlikely that this is a case of a police officer gone wild who just willy-nilly shoots an innocent victim for the fun of it.
I think he was just scared. Nobody knows how they will really react in that situation until it happens. Not to mention after 4 shots he was still charging. I would be scared too
The other pachyderm in the room is the sad reality that Brown was a "good kid" at the wrong place at the wrong time. The facts continue to mount that this was not a wanton shooting by the police. I do concur that it may be an instance of excessive force however; Brown still had the ability to respond to the commands provided by the officer. If he would have done so this would probably be a much different story. Regardless the loss of life is always a tragedy but the emotion needs to be stripped away in order to reach an objective conclusion. No one wants to admit that their loved one may have had something to do with the circumstance but at the end of the day; it usually does...-