And all this over a kid who did the following:
1. Stole some smokes with his buddy
2. Defied a police officer
3. Tried to verbally and physically intimidate the police officer
4. Physically attacked the police officer and hurt him bad
5. Tried to take the police officer's gun
6. Charged the police officer after orders to get on the ground
7. Was shot a couple times in non lethal areas and still continued to charge the police officer
8. Was the size of an NFL football player
And yet people are setting fire to their own homes and their neighbors' businesses because a grand jury won't charge an officer who did nothing wrong. What a crying shame.
There is a debate to be had over the details of the story (and I feel no desire to go over them) but I do feel like pointing out the officer was certainly not hurt bad. The photos are readily available. Check them out.
The debate isn't over the severity of his injuries, its what was Brown willing to do. He reached for his gun and witnesses say there was a struggle in the car.
The most damning evidence might be the testimony of a witness who said "Dang, that boy just turned and charged that cop." To say it like that suggests some honesty and no coaching by an outside party.
Its so easy for all of us to criticize a guy over a 60 second altercation and say what we would have done. Things happened so fast and he felt his life was in jeopardy. The evidence and the witness accounts debunk all the myths of Brown's hands being up or some sort of execution.
Biggest problem is the media tried this case before any of the facts came out. The rioters and protesters aren't looking for justice, they're looking for a certain narrative to play out which doesn't exist.
I feel bad for Brown's parents as I can't imagine the heartache of losing a child. But let's get some things straight:
1. Brown had significant traces of marijuana in his system
2. Brown committed a strong armed robbery just minutes earlier
3. Brown initiated the assault on Wilson
4. Injury and powder burn evidence show Brown went for Wilson's gun
5. CONSISTENT witness testimony states Brown continued charging Wilson after being told to get down