Last Night's Vigil for Mike Brown on Continental Bridge Was Thoughtful, Heartfelt

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Stephen Young
Vigil Attendees

A group that swelled to perhaps as large as 100 at its biggest gathered at the Continental Bridge Park Thursday night to express solidarity with Mike Brown, the Ferguson, Missouri, man gunned down by a police officer Saturday, and the protesters in Ferguson who have faced tear gas and intimidation from Ferguson and Saint Louis County police.

At just after 6 p.m. when the candlelight portion of the gathering started, it was very much still light on the bridge. There was a loud-music-accompanied exercise class going on nearby and it was hot. Participants seemed to appreciate the chance to be together and to be heard.

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Sky Chadde

People spoke of police impact on their lives, and of what should be done to restore trust and balance to relationships between officers and civilians. There was disappointment that it took another unarmed man's death to resurrect the unity that has surfaced and clearly dissipated in the aftermath of other recent killings around the country. Beyond a couple of guys with bandanas covering their faces and signs claiming that the pair represented Anonymous, there was no sign of the Day of Rage protests the group had promoted around the country. There were prayers, hugs and songs, but only one law enforcement officer. There were signs, but no raised voices.

"It's necessary to show solidarity when these things happen," Chad Stanton, a community liaison for Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson said. "It's important to go out and make your displeasure known."

Ebony Isaac, the woman who organized the event, could be seen exchanging contact information and promising future action with those who had gathered as they readied to go home, still well before sundown.

"My mind is blown. Everyone was here, it was a unified effort," she said of the crowd, noting its diversity.



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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Any which way you look at it, killing Brown for no reason (cop had no idea if he did anything wrong besides walk in the middle of the street) is unacceptable, as is the rioting and looting by a few thugs who have no respect for themselves, the law, or anything else. 

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

Historically, the national media chased, worked up, created and sold some white racist outrage;  only to find out after a thorough review, when all the facts come out, it’s all a fiasco – a farse?

Tawana Brawley, Duke LaCross, Jena Six and recently Trayvon Martin just to name a few. Now Ferguson follows the EXACT SAME FORMULA.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

This article, I'm sorry to say, is terribly slanted and contains what appear to be factual errors.  I realize that is not an impediment to being published, but it's disappointing to those who spot it, and hurts the credibility of an otherwise good journalism product that is also needed in the community.

It also attempts to make respectable unrestrained mob violence in small suburb of St. Louis. There is NEVER a case where mob violence and destruction of private property is justified!

This 300 pound thug, 6'4" tall, robbed a convenience store, assault a clerk, and had an accomplice with him.  He later tried to take a police officer's gun after he assaulted the officer, and was shot. 

His accomplice in both crimes lied to police about what happened, and was proved a liar by forensic evidence. 

Any time you cross the line and assault a police officer, you should expect to have a really bad day afterwards. 

Subnx
Subnx

A 300 pound thug roughshod up a store clerk, punches an officer in his face, tries to take his gun and his friends loot and burn and we are having rallies for him. Crazy.

the_dude47
the_dude47

did any of these "grievers" see the video of him robbing and assaulting a clerk just prior to his death? this "kid" is like 6'4", nearly 300 pounds- he is a lethal weapon. too bad most of them have made up their minds and don't want to know the truth anymore. the cop is going to get thrown under the bus to appease the community, and nobody will really care what the outcome of any investigation is unless it says the cops were 100% wrong. 

rubbbrduky
rubbbrduky

should've let Curious George keep the cigars, that way he would have died a SLOW death from lung cancer or something. LOL

rubbbrduky
rubbbrduky

pant's down low, hat turned sideways.....oops wrong topic.....LOL

rubbbrduky
rubbbrduky

only the blackie's would think of something like " hands up don't shoot " Where is the klan when we need em'.

rubbbrduky
rubbbrduky

I'm on the cops side. Wouldn't never had an meeting with any law officers if he wasn't out doing monkey shit. Very simple, don't do shit to get you in any sight of the law. Good riddance.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

SHM...lost his life over a box of $50 cigars.

Get a job.

lkasldkla
lkasldkla

Liberals - "Officer that shot Mike Brown is a murderer." However, "Mike Brown ALLEGEDLY  involved in an aggressive shoplifting incident... Innocent until proven guilty..."

Catbird
Catbird

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  this is incorrect. police radio recording this morning proves the officer was dispatched to the "strong arm" robbery that Brown is seen committing on store security video. please be responsible with your comments.   

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I saw an interview on CNN with a gentleman (who was not white) who had his store completely looted, fixtures damaged, and then set on fire. He was almost in tears.

He had worked two jobs for over 20 years to establish a business in the black community to help people and make a better quality of life for them, as well as providing a living for him.

He was wiped out. There was nothing left.  And, he's going to leave the area and go find a job somewhere so he can eventually retire. 

This is what an ignorant, hateful, criminal black mob does in the name of race, and has been since the '64 Civil Rights Act.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@rufuslevin Yep...very true. And who was the catalyst for all of those:  Al Sharpton, The New Black Panthers, Jesse Jackson, and the NAACP.  Each of those are involved in this up their eyeballs.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@rufuslevin  It's spelled "farce".  Kind of like the Republican lawsuit against Obama.  Or farce, as in Republican claims that our first Black President is a Communist, a Terrorist, a Mau Mau warrior, a Kenyan, an Atheist, a Muslim, a Nazi, a racist hater, and a dictator?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@rufuslevin Except the national media didn't chase this one.  They had to be dragged along after the looting gave them a salacious angle.  This one was entirely local and internet driven until then.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas There's been no forensic evidence released.  If you are insider with knowledge of the investigation, then your internal affairs department should be talking to you shortly (although I'm sure IA in STL is as corrupt as all the other cops there seem to be.)


I won't bother to detail all the other lies/assumptions in your comment before the "proved a liar by forensic evidence" lie.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@the_dude47 The cop isn't under the bus -- he put himself in this position with a bad shoot.  Brown isn't better than them -- they are both thugs.  The difference is, the cop decided to shoot him under the authority we gave him making him shooting in our name.

cajohnson
cajohnson

The klan is dead.Get a life.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@rubbbrduky Blacks in Ferguson apparently don't believe robbing a store and assaulting the clerk to be a crime.  And, apparently, neither is assaulting a police officer and trying to take his service weapon.

You can't make up this kind of stupid.  It's industrial strength. 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Sharon_Moreanus Reports are that it wasn't.  In any event, property theft at a remote location doesn't justify lethal force in itself.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@Catbird @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz There is no question the officer received a radio call about the robbery.  The key question is when - juxtaposed to the shooting - did the officer and the suspect and the accomplice come together. 


We know, for a certainty, that the suspect and the accomplice had top of mind that they has just committed a robbery, an assault on an unarmed store clerk, and Johnson (accomplice) receiving stolen goods in commission of a felony). 


So, the shooter had every reason fight with the police officer and evade arrest, and Johnson had every reason to run and to lie about what happened. 


The as-yet-undiscovered question by the suspect was roughly, "Does this cop suspect us of the robbery and assault, and will he find the cigars on Johnson if arrested?"

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@myrna

Obama claimed to be Kenyan until it was inconvenient, and it was the leader of the NBP who called him a Mau-Mau, as well as Kenyan.

We do know one thing tho, he is a lousy pres.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@everlastingphelps @noblefurrtexas It turns out that the witness was an accomplice in the robbery of the store and assault on the owner.  He also received stolen merchandise, also a felony.

According to law enforcement professionals, the officer was visibly assaulted, which is consistent with his account of what happened.  The officer also has a good six-year record as a police officer with no complaints or disciplinary actions.

I'm sure you know this but just forgot....."forensics" are not just associated with shootings.  They are any scientific information or evidence developed in the course of an investigation.

There are competing accounts of exactly what happened in terms of the officer's use of deadly force.  Those will get sorted out, and probably be combined in the forensics of the case.

Mr. Johnson, the accomplice in the store robbery and about the only witness to the assault on the officer in his squad car, claims the officer shot the suspect for no reason at all.  But, the more evidence that is uncovered or discovered, the more Johnson's version of what happened appears false and contrived.

You're welcome to your own opinions; but you're not welcome to your own facts.  

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@TheRuddSki Yeah, the distancing by the national left from this impending self-goal is the sanest thing they've done in a while.  Perry's campaign writes itself.


"The Democratic Party defends drunk drivers.  Rick Perry defunds them."  (An ad that I've already seen on social media.)

Subnx
Subnx

And there was a riot the next night and the cops, led by Johnson, did nothing to protect stores.

pak152
pak152

@TheRuddSki this was because not everyone got their new rims the first night

rubbbrduky
rubbbrduky

@noblefurrtexas @rubbbrduky you said it bro, and these DARKIE'S will protest over a shortage of chicken at a KFC. I once questioned myself if I could be non- biased against the black race, and the answer is a definite NO. The answer is simple in these cases of young men. Parents raise your children right, beat their asses when they fuck up, but more important love them unconditionally. I had to do an video observation for a sociology classes back in college and I went with my camera phone to a local walmart to try and video any various races of people and how they act in public, as well as with their children, and I honestly caught some real white trash in addition to black mothers yelling at their children like they were adults and using profanity left and right. I went to various departments and caught on video many black employees complaining about their jobs, as well as no smile from any black employee when I asked for help. And they wonder why we stereo type them when this thing with Micheal Brown show undeniable proof of a major fuck up in society, AND then show a lack of intelligence to go and destroy a hard working mans store when it was NEVER the clerks fault in the first place. So I say with a resounding yes....... FUCK THE NEGRO RACE , you will never be a friend of mine, and I will at all times when necessary try and fuck you out of all I can because you haven't learned from the past.

J_A_
J_A_

Apparently if you're black it does

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@everlastingphelps @Sharon_Moreanus Assaulting a police officer IS a felony and a crime.  Attempting to take his service revolver is a felony and a crime.  Resisting arrest is also a crime, although there are different degrees.

EdCota
EdCota

@everlastingphelps No, but if he or his friend assaulted a police officer and tried to grab his gun, that would complicate things. Either way, we don't know what happened and won't until the investigation has been completed.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas @everlastingphelps There are many, many more witnesses than simply the accomplice.  This was a well witnessed event.  Like any real life witnessed situation, there are varying accounts.  The two things that are consistent across the accounts are that:


Brown was running when he was first shot

and

The cop continued shooting once Brown had stopped running.


There have been NO RESULTS RELEASED on forensic evidence.  If you've seen where it has been released, please link it to me.  All we have is speculation as to what that evidence will eventually show by "law enforcement professionals", which is simply a longer way of saying "career liars" (because all cops lie, all the time.)

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@everlastingphelps

Even Obama's brain Axlerod is unimpressed, as is the totality of legal opinion from left, right, and middle that I've read so far.

In fact, if anyone can find a legal opinion that considers this a great idea, they should post the link here.

The videos of the drunken old bat are priceless.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

"Politically-motivated foes" are responsible for the indictment on two felony charges.  Maybe they should have just sued OOPS... kind of like the politically motivated Boehner and the Republican scandal machine did to Obama?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@pak152

Ahem.

It seems the Ghandi policing approach created what could be seen as black-on-black violence. Looters vs. the community, which is responding by (gasp) open carry of "assault weapons".

So now Ferguson has sampled too hot a policing porridge, and too cool a policing porridge.

Maybe tonight's tactics will be just right.

the_dude47
the_dude47

@everlastingphelps @noblefurrtexas the results of the autopsy show he was hit with 6 bullets- all from the front, hence he was not "shot in the back" as the narrative has been from the looting community. 

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@everlastingphelps @noblefurrtexas It's my understanding some has been released locally; the police haven't released other.  I DO know the clerk in the convenience store identified the deceased as the robber who also assaulted him, and Johnson as the accomplice. 


Johnson, unquestionably the accomplice to a robbery that included violence (which elevates the crime in most states) was an accessory to the crime which included receiving stolen merchandise which he knew for a fact to be stolen. 


Johnson had a motive for lying, and is an unreliable source of information.  Another piece of forensics being developed is when the officer - and possibly the deceased - got the radio call and description of the suspect.  This takes some time to get exact. but there are ways to pin it down to the minute. 


My only interest is getting the facts, identifying the rioters and those who stole from and damaged stores and private property, and seeing they go to jail for a very long time. 


The deceased suspect was a criminal, although that didn't justify being shot in the back unless there are unknown facts.  However, assaulting a police officer and then running presents an interesting scenario and motives.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@the_dude47 @everlastingphelps @noblefurrtexas They also show that they were all from relatively long range (meaning greater than 3-6 feet), so the cop's story is also wrong -- he was not shot while he was still in the car.


The best narrative that jives with the evidence and most of the stories is that there was a struggle in the car, shots may or may not have been fired in the car (powder residue and shell casing locations would show that), but Brown ran away before he was hit.  There was likely a shot(s) fired that missed (which was what caused the "jerking" that witnesses describe and assumed was him getting hit) at which point he turned around, and was shot/hit six times.


I don't think six hits is unreasonable in an otherwise justified shoot.  I don't think shooting to retain control of your weapon is unjustified.  The problem is that when Brown ran away, the justification for lethal force stopped there.  The hypothetical missed shot, and even the shots that hit, still look like a bad shoot.


Like I said earlier, there are no good guys in this story.  Both Brown and the cop are dropping into the "scumbag" bucket.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas @everlastingphelps My only interest is getting the facts, identifying the rioters and those who stole from and damaged stores and private property, and seeing they go to jail for a very long time. 


The deceased suspect was a criminal, although that didn't justify being shot in the back unless there are unknown facts.  However, assaulting a police officer and then running presents an interesting scenario and motives. 


If you are suggesting that it is likely that there are no good guys in this story, then I agree 100%.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@everlastingphelps @noblefurrtexas After today, I think the question of the officer's culpability or poor judgement is largely unanswered. 


The circumstantial and forensic evidence stacks are building, and the preponderance of evidence tends to support the officer. 


I also want to know why the deceased, if unarmed, confronted a duly armed law enforcement officer, and was just asking to get shot. (You may expect to get shot for a number of reasons, but especially for making a grab for an officer's service weapon. This is not rocket science.)





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