Monday, November 24, 2014

Ferguson Tango

In Ferguson, Missouri, where last August a wayward police officer named Darren Wilson baited and killed a black unarmed teenager named Michael Brown, this evening a grand jury will announce the results of their months-long investigation. Will Darren Wilson be indicted?

The crowds are building. The FBI has sent a hundred agents to Ferguson to monitor the policemen and advise them when they are denying someone their constitutional rights. Perhaps to arrest them. The ACLU has sent a hundred lawyers, ready to file suit against the police at the drop of a hat.

The police appear ready to break the law:
   10 Ways Police in Ferguson May Be About to Break the Law

They may already in fact have thrown down the gauntlet:
   St. Louis County Police Violate Court Order By Arresting Journalist Standing on Sidewalk

The governor has come to town. He declared a state of emergency a week ago. He has activated the National Guard to provide security at command posts.

Ferguson protestors are in the running for Time Magazine's Person Of The Year. 

The Missouri KKK threatened to use "lethal force" on the protestors. Anonymous then dug up the addresses of the KKK honchos, published a few of them, stole the KKK's twitter account, and made it pretty clear that anyone who uses "lethal force" will not do so invisibly. Pulled the hoods right off their heads.

Then the FBI nabbed a couple of black guys who had bought explosives, apparently to make pipe bombs. Violence from the other side.

Today a lady waving a gun around in a car and shouting that she was ready for whatever might happen in Ferguson accidentally pulled the trigger and killed herself.


The Brown family has called for 4.5 minutes of silence after the grand jury's announcement to honor their son, in memory of the 4.5 hours his body lay in the hot sun after Wilson declined the request of a nurse to call an ambulance as Michael Brown still had vital signs.

The Grand Jury's decision has been slow to come. In this last week they may have found a need to re-write their decision a couple of times as new material surfaced about the veracity of the perpetrator.

On November 20th,

BREAKING VIDEO: Police Lied. Mike Brown was killed 148 feet away from Darren Wilson's SUV

For 104 days, the police have lied and said Mike Brown was killed 35 feet away from Darren Wilson's SUV. It was actually 148 feet.
 

If the grand jury has received sworn testimony that the distance was 35 feet, it may have difficulty reconciling that testimony with the photographs. Will the persons who lied be charged with perjury?

Secondly, after the police told the press that Wilson's face had been damaged in a tussle with his victim and talk of "orbital damage to the eye socket" filled the news, it appears from recently released videos taken at the police station that the damage if any, was very minor.

His eye was not even blackened.

Then there was a video from 2013 that shows Wilson calling on a fellow to deliver a warrant for the removal of old cars from his yard and turning that simple civil process into an arrest scenario because he didn't like being cammed. He arrested the fellow for recording his warrant delivery.The character of the man is impugnable:
"Despite being shown at the other end of Arman’s garden path, Wilson wrote in his report that he told Arman “to remove the camera from my face”. He claimed to have asked Arman to place his hands behind his back, which is not visible or audible from the recording. “I was forced to grab his wrists one at a time and secure them into handcuffs” Wilson wrote."
Darren Wilson lies. 148 feet is not 35 feet. A healthy eye is not a damaged eye. The camera was not in his face. Given all the testimony that has been presented to the grand jury, they may have noticed Wilson's romance with truth already.

In fifteen minutes, the decision will be known. The party will begin.

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