I don’t know what happened to Michael Brown.
Maybe something conclusive — solid, physical evidence, pointing in one direction or another — will come out within 15 minutes of this post’s publication. Maybe it will take another week. Maybe it will be a month. Maybe we’ll never know for sure.
I don’t know when we’ll know, or if we’ll know, or what we’ll know when we know if we ever know.
I don’t know.
But I do know this: it doesn’t much matter anymore.
Sure, it matters in the actual sense. It matters to God. It matters to honest people. It matters to mature adults who just want the truth, and who don’t show up at crime scenes with pom-poms and popcorn, rooting for one side or another to “win.” It matters to the rational, the reasonable, the thoughtful.
But that is a dwindling breed. As it rapidly fades into the ether, we are left with a society populated by frauds who simply don’t care about the truth at all. It’s almost pathological at this point. They don’t hate the truth, necessarily, they just don’t see it as a particularly compelling issue. They cast their die before the facts are known, and stick by their wagers in spite of whatever information comes to light. They play their assigned role in the Great Narrative, and they never, ever, under any circumstance, stray from the script. All of this, of course, perpetuated by a media that establishes its storyline and then “reports” only on events consistent with the plot. Sometimes they make complicated situations simple, and sometimes they make simple situations complicated. Whatever the case, they make it, and then eventually they drop it and move on to the next ratings stunt.
So that’s why, to many people, it doesn’t matter what actually happened to Michael Brown. This isn’t about Michael Brown anymore. It never was, really. It’s about a narrative — a story — and Michael Brown is useful so long as he serves it.
Does anyone think the protestors will go home and apologize if the officer is vindicated by the evidence? Will MSNBC retract every reckless conjecture and misleading statement? Will Al Sharpton shout “my bad,” and head home, never again to descend like a despicable vulture whenever news cameras and racial tensions meet? Will the looters return their stolen merchandise? Will the Twitter prognosticators tweet out their mea culpas? Will social media be flooded with humbled and humiliated concessions?
If Christ Himself spoke from the heavens and contradicted the established mainstream narrative, is there any way that any of these things would happen as a result?
No, definitely not. They’d just accuse Jesus of getting His facts from Fox News.
But maybe those who’ve rushed to judgment will finally, for once, get to puff up their chests and tell us that they told us so. Maybe they’ll be proven right. Maybe. I don’t know.
I’m willing to say I don’t know, even if it robs me of the opportunity to brag that “I was right from the beginning.”
The problem is that there’s little risk in being rash and reckless. These days, nobody remembers anything that happened before yesterday, nor dwells on anything once it stops trending on Twitter. Therefore, you can be wrong a hundred times a day, you can prophesy and proclaim and accuse, you can do it all without a modicum of reason or integrity, and you will never be held accountable for it. Your credibility is only ever damaged when you stray from the Established Truth, but not when you stray from the Actual Truth.
So this probably won’t do any good, but I’d like to try to break through this wall of false certainty. It’s not that I want to convince you to take a different side; I just want to convince you that you shouldn’t be on anyone’s side right now. I can only prove that nothing’s been proven. I can only show that not enough has been shown. Do what you will with the information — or rather the lack of information — but you must at least consider this:
– Michael Brown was shot six times, twice in the head. Much is being made of the fact that the officer hit him with six bullets, but there is nothing that can be immediately gleaned from this. Despite what you’ve been told, six shots are not automatically “excessive.” It’s particularly relevant in this case to note that Brown was shot in the arm several times, and that the first five wounds were survivable. This could mean that the cop riddled an innocent man with bullets, or it could mean that the cop was shooting at an aggressive, charging suspect, and he had to keep shooting until the suspect went down.
Police are trained to shoot “center mass,” which means they shoot until the threat is neutralized. Sometimes this takes two shots, sometimes six, sometimes ten, sometimes more. Sometimes they go overboard, but nobody with firearm experience would tell you that there’s any clear bullet limit; a number that, when reached, immediately renders each subsequent bullet “excessive.”
He was hit with three bullets, not six. A bullet can make more than one wound and only three bullets were recovered and there were no exit wounds out of Brown’s back.
Baden says six bullets, not three.
We’ll know for certain when the final report comes out, but I don’t think at this time that Brown was hit by six bullets, not that it really matters much. There are no exit wounds in his back.
And neither do the rioters.
Why aren’t you preaching your sermon to the rioters and the MSM?
Meanwhile, we civilized adults have the right to form an opinion based on many years of experience with how most of the MSM pumps up such events with unverified reports in an effort to push their liberal and/or commercial agendas (i.e. race baiting and/or increased viewership ratings).
A case in point is the fact that countless liberals, and the lib MSM, went to great lengths in order to falsely vilify George Zimmerman in regard to the Trayvon Martin case (some possibly went as far as to bend or break the law in doing so). These entities did everything they could to paint Trayon as an innocent and peaceful child while, at the same time, portraying GZ as a monster. Yet, both portrayals were found to be largely, if not entirely, untrue. The fact that these entities knowingly and willingly lied about both GZ and TM only made things worse.
Meanwhile, I’ll also remind you that we civilized adults aren’t using this event as an excuse to engage in violent riots…
All those who accused the Cambridge police officer of racism were proven to have been wrong. All those that characterized Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin a racially motivated killing were proven wrong. One would think these people (and they are many of the same, if not the same ilk) would hesitate just a moment to think about how often they have been wrong and how absolutely rare it is that a policeman shoots someone “for being black”.
I mean, damn, it ain’t rocket science or brain surgery.
We can’t know.
But two St. Louis sources confirmed to long-time blogger, the Gateway Pundit, that
The title and article ring truth.
I recently read a comment questioning why there wasn’t a dash cam on the police car.
Police officers ‘usually’ patrol in pairs.
This was a 2 on 1 situation – two suspects, one cop.
Michael was ‘brazen’ enough in the store minutes before ….could he have been sill feeling that ‘bravado’ from minutes before…when he encountered the cop? (he showed that punk-ass clerk who was boss) – (We don’t know)
One 290 lb Michael and one 160 lb cop? (I don’t know)
Maybe his bravado was still pumped up when he encountered the police and he felt like; ain’t no punk cop gonna…..(especially a white ass punk cop??) (We don’t know).
I wonder what might have transpired had there been 2 police in that patrol car.
I have watched a lot of episodes of ‘Cops’ and have seen those criminals who think they are invincible and begin fighting and struggling with the police….usually there is another police officer or back-up was already called and had arrived to assist…
I remember a episode, there was a Sheriff (forgot what state) who had 3 suspects in a car… Hispanic…on a lonely road at night, he called for back up, one fought the cop for his weapon and actually got it and the suspect shot the cop….killing him… the suspects got away…really really terrible to watch… his dash cam recorded everything…very sad.
@Bill#5 – Denial isn’t a river in Egypt. The blacks like these people…I say that because there are blacks who do the right things…. are clearly in denial. They have to face Truth before any real change will come to their communities and especially for themselves.