A few suggestions for Conservatives on Ferguson
I realize that the conservative community has always been a “Law and Order” community, from Gullijani’s little things matter to Nixon’s Silent Majority. And in fairness, there have been times in our history (the 70’s in particular) where the pendulum had swung the other way and a trip to the courthouse was a revolving door for even the most violent of criminals, and many of our cities were not safe anywhere. But the reality is, in the US Crime is falling and falling dramatically for a vast majority in this country.
But there are things that are troubling. One, there are far too many people locked up in this country. Over Two million by the last count, and many for non-violent offenses. If we really believe in smaller government we have to begin to look at alternatives to locking them up and throwing away the key. Because no government is bigger than the one that has you in prison.
Second, there have been some troubling things in Ferguson that point to an LE community that has a problem with truth. And lets not forget this is a top down problem. When the IRS is losing emails and is unaccountable and above the law, why should we be surprised when it filters down to local LE?
While I have seen all kinds of stories on conservative media commenting on Michael Browns having an illegal drug in his system, his alleged robbery, the accounts of witnesses corroborating the officers version, and the police officer having a broken orbital socket, I’m not sure they stand the test of reality. 1) The video that was released proved to be a non-event. What we saw wasn’t a “robbery” but a misunderstanding, and the store owner has claimed clearly that there was no robbery and he didn’t report one. So Michael Brown should have had no fears of the police identifying him as a suspect. Ferguson, should have never released this video especially when it was withholding other facts.
2) What does the Pot in Michael’s system have to do with anything? The symptoms of pot use are not aggressiveness or even hallucinations, if anything pot smokers tend to be passive, perhaps too passive. It certainly doesn’t excuse getting killed. If a policeman can’t recognize the signs of pot use and deal with them after six years on the street, I have to wonder what he’s doing there.
3) As far as the witnesses, the reality is the stories of the witnesses have been all over the place. And none have proven conclusive. It is one of the reasons this case is going to be hard to adjudicate. 4) The officers injury story bothers me the most. Ferguson released the video obviously with the intent of proving that Michael Brown wasn’t the “gentile giant” that some called him. Then the story dribbled out from “LE Sources” that the officer had suffered a serious injury at Michaels hand. My question is why hasn’t Ferguson who has done everything in their power to prejudice the public to support them not released pictures of the injured officer? A broken orbital socket is a nasty injury and would certainly generate a lot of sympathy for the officers assertions.
In conclusion, while I’m all for the police having all the tools they need to do their jobs (legal and hardware), Ferguson Police has left me no more reason to trust them than Lois Lerner did. We should hold them to the same standards.