One would think that a high-ranking elected official would support local law enforcement and call for restraint to avoid a “rush to judgement.” But, here we find the Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, calling for the “vigorous prosecution” of a police officer and justice for Michael Brown in the face of preliminary evidence that a 6’4” 300-pound thug, fresh from committing a strong-arm burglary, confronted and injured a police officer – forcing him to use deadly force to save his own life.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a progressive socialist democrat who appears to be exploiting racial politics perhaps to boost his national name recognition in preparation for a 2016 presidential bid … [My comments in blue italic]
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“Ten days ago, a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, in broad daylight. Since then, the world has watched a community become engulfed in grief, anger, fear and at times violence.
[Ten days ago, Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer.]
For a family mourning the loss of a son, it has been a profound personal tragedy. For Ferguson and our entire nation, it has ripped open old wounds that have festered for generations, and exposed difficult issues that communities across our country must still resolve.
But amid all the pain and distrust and anger, we’ve also seen tremendous acts of grace, courage, and kindness as the people of Ferguson try to maintain peace, while they call for justice for the family of Michael Brown. In Ferguson, people of all races and creeds are joining hands to pray for justice. Teenagers cooking meals for law enforcement officers. Community leaders demonstrating courage and heroism throughout the night in standing against armed and violent instigators. Volunteers coming out to pick up littered neighborhoods.
They are the faces of Ferguson. They are the faces of this region. They are the faces and soul of Missouri.
For them, for the family of Michael Brown, for all the parents who have had their sons taken from them much too soon, and for all the children dreaming of a brighter and better future, we now have a responsibility to come together and do everything we can to achieve justice for this family, peace for this community, and have the courage to address the problems that have divided us for too long. Real problems of poverty, education inequality, and race.
[We have a responsibility to insure that we follow the United States Constitution in providing equal treatment under the law, and respect that we are a nation of laws. And, while peaceful protest is your right as a citizen, the destruction of property or the injury of citizens will not be tolerated. We can address our apparent grievances in the proper forum and with proper and respectful decorum.]
So how do we do that?
First, we must protect the people of Ferguson.
The officers of the Missouri Highway Patrol, St. Louis County, St. Louis City, and other jurisdictions are united in working valiantly to protect the public, while at the same time preserving citizens’ rights to express their anger peacefully.
As we’ve seen over the past week, it is not an easy balance to strike. And it becomes much more difficult in the dark of night, when organized and increasingly violent instigators take to the streets intent on creating chaos and lawlessness.
But we will not be defeated by bricks and guns and Molotov cocktails. With the help of peaceful demonstrators, pastors and community leaders, Captain Johnson and law enforcement will not give up trying to ensure that those with peace in their hearts are not drowned out by those with senseless violence in their hands.
Second, a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.
[Second, a vigorous examination of the facts must now be pursued, with additional legal actions taken as circumstances warrant.]
The democratically elected St. Louis County prosecutor and the Attorney General of the United States, each have a job to do. Their obligation to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown must be carried out thoroughly, promptly, and correctly; and I call upon them to meet those expectations.
[Their obligation to achieve justice in this matter must be carried out thoroughly, promptly, and correctly; and I call upon them to meet those expectations.]
Finally, once we have achieved peace in Ferguson and justice for the family of Michael Brown, we must remain committed to rebuilding the trust that has been lost, mending what has been broken, and healing the wounds we have endured.
[…and justice for all concerned, …]
This is hard. Nothing about this is simple. We won’t always get it right, but we’re going to keep trying. Because Ferguson is a test, a test not just for the people of this community, but for all Americans. And it is a test we must not fail.
[This is a local matter that gained national attention as it was endlessly promoted as a race-based incident (like the Trayvon Martin incident) instead of a local law enforcement matter. The media attention brought out the activists, agitators, and others seeking to exploit the situation to their own self-benefit. This is not what America looks like, it is what the progressive socialist democrats would have it look like if they are to rally their base for the upcoming election.]
Last week I met with and prayed with the mother of Michael Brown. She has lost a son who she can never bring back. But what we can do is work together to ensure that Michael Brown’s death is not remembered as the tragedy that sparked a cycle of violence and distrust, but rather marks the beginning of a process of healing and reconciliation.
[Did he similarly meet and pray with the family of the officer who was forced into hiding for fear of his life? With communist agitators like the New Black Panther Party leading chants calling for the officer’s death? Why does he care how Michael Brown’s self-inflicted death should be remembered. He was an inconsequential thug that should be buried by the sands of time.]
So I ask that we continue to stand together as we work to achieve justice for Michael Brown, restore hope and peace to the streets of Ferguson, and march together toward a future of greater opportunity and understanding for all of us.”
[… as we work to achieve justice for our community and all of our citizens.]
Nixon is a well-established attorney, was a State Senator, and has served as the Missouri Attorney General. He should know better than to issue a statement that appears one-sided and instead of calling for justice based on the facts, he called for justice for Michael Brown. Especially before the case goes to the Grand Jury that may be overwhelmed and influenced by the virulence of community reactions to a “no indict” action.
Screw Michael Brown – where is the equitable justice for the injured police officer who is being vilified as a murderer and watching citizens being whipped-up by communist agitators calling for his death?
From all reports …
Michael Brown was a 6’4” 300-pound thug who just committed a strong-arm burglary of a convenience store and was walking down the middle of the street when confronted by a police officer asking him to get back on the curb.
Refusing to follow the officer’s legal order, an altercation ensued between Brown and the officer -- and depending on which reports you believe; escalated into a physical attack on the officer where the suspect tried to grab the officer’s weapon. In this melee, the officer was injured – with a blowout fracture of his orbital socket – perhaps leading to perception problem and fearing a potential loss of consciousness.
At this point, the officer appears to be engaged in an existential struggle for his life as he is, for the second time, was rushed by suspect Brown – leading to the fatal shots that took Brown’s life.
The details are sketchy, but do not even come close to some of the eyewitness accounts in the media … of Brown being shot in the back, on his knees with his hands raised, and the officer simply shooting a surrendering suspect. Therefore, both parties should be presumed innocent until the investigation is complete or one party is proven guilty in a court of competent jurisdiction.
Enter the race-baiters, haters, agitators and the media, and the story goes beyond a local crime directly to a race-riot.
Bottom line …
If the facts that have dribbled out of Ferguson, Missouri are true – what justice can be given to Michael Brown, the perpetrator of this event, but a plaque on his grave saying “Here lies a criminal thug whose own actions lead to his death while inciting a race riot that ultimately destroyed the career of a police officer?”
If the facts favor the police officer – perhaps all of those who have failed to uphold the officer and the activities of local law enforcement should resign. As for Jay Nixon, he has cooked his own political goose by his own actions.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius