A preliminary autopsy requested by the family of Mike Brown has found he was shot 6 times, all shots fired from the front and at a distance, not that he was shot in the back while fleeing or shot in the back of the head at close range as some have alleged.
There are at least two other autopsies being performed (one ordered by Holder/DOJ), forensics and other details we're all still waiting on.
Ridiculous but not too surprising cluster going on in the welcoming town of Ferguson, MO these days.
Cop shoots thug - he was stopped for stopping traffic by walking down the middle of the street and then resisted arrest, probably went for the officer's handgun and ended up shot dead.
Whether it was a good shoot, accidental shooting or a bad shoot...we don't know at this point. Officer is put on admin leave, shooting being investigated. If he murdered the kid, he should deservedly face the consequences.
Bored, bitter and entitled within the community see this as an excuse to freak out, riot, smash and loot themselves some free liquor and candy.
No one is particularly surprised by this...we've seen it before. There are gangs of bored criminal types just looking for an excuse to loot and plunder.
One of their buddies gets shot? Lootin' time!
Of course, the riot cops show up to protect local businesses and law abiding citizens. That's their job. Tear gas, rubber bullets...yep, if you're NOT looting and smashing, you don't usually have to worry about those hazards.
Enter the media. By and large, the media in this country sucks. They dislike the police, the military and to an extent, America and what it stands for. They don't understand any of them.
Reporters have a handful of standard themes that they report about the military or law enforcement - and abuse of power is their favorite.
They're in it for ratings. They're in it for money. Officer shoots suspected robber during struggle doesn't do much for the ratings. Cop executes church-going young man in broad daylight sure does.
So, media takes the side of the looters. They take the word of this dude (friend of the thug who was shot edited: and admitted accomplice in the robbery that happened minutes before)...
Over that of the local law enforcement. And make the situation worse.
Don't get me wrong. From accounts, it sounds like the police have handled things badly. But you go into a community of hundreds of pissed off, entitled thugs rioting, throwing rocks, and then you try to keep your cool.
So, media reports about abuse of power. Interweb and D.C. freak out. Riot cops get pulled back.
Highway patrol (???) gets pulled in. Cops seem to be ordered to stay away from the mobs, letting them run amok to avoid 'inciting' anything more.
Realizing that the police are no longer around, the looters goes back to looting...
From the local news station:
A reporter from the [local] station tweeted that police cars were seen driving past some of the stores being looted and did not respond. It rained in Ferguson Friday night and protesters could be seen outside until 6 a.m.
Two store owners, standing outside their business holding guns, told Fox2Now.com that when they called 911, they were sent from one police agency to another, and got no response.
One of the owners, with a large black gun resting on his shoulder, told the station that police were lined up blocks from the looting, and did not engage looters making off with large boxes from these stores.
"There's no police," he said. "We trusted the police to keep it peaceful; they didn't do their job."
Anyone surprised by this? Frustrating? Yes. Surprising? No. We've seen it more than a few times.
The situation is just more evidence of what happens rapidly when law and order break down, and one of the many reasons why law abiding citizens should be well armed to protect their family and property.
You can't count on the cops. This is a few days of some intermittent rioting, casual looting and racial tension. Doesn't take much imagination to think about what things would be like were the situation worse.
Here's some photos and story of what happened Friday night.
Apparently two groups amongst the crowds in Ferguson. Peaceful protestors and looters. Looting breaks out, peaceful protestors try to stand in front of/protect local businesses. Pretty cool.
Lots of stories of looters turning violent. Chasing reporters. Threatening to get guns and come back to fight their way through lines of protestors protecting shops.
State of emergency and a midnight to 5am curfew declared tonight. We'll see what how well that works.
And, sounds like it's not going to go over very well.
"Imposing this curfew is justification now for more people to be murder! Watch it's gonna happen! People are going die."
Most of the crowd dispersed peacefully last night, but a group stuck around to tangle with the police and defy the curfew.
After multiple warnings from police, they ended up getting the tear gas treatment. Shots fired from the crowd. One person apparently shot and in critical condition...and this person was not shot by police. (Update: Apparently the person shot Saturday night was a reporter, shot by one of the protestors).
From the local news:
One person shot, a police car hit by gun-fire, and seven arrests as police enforced the governor’s new curfew. Police fired smoke bombs and tear gas at protesters who didn’t want to leave after the midnight curfew rolled around. Police got reports of people on the roof at Red’s Barbecue. Then they saw a man in the street with a gun and they found a man shot in the neck, critically hurt. That is when the SWAT Team came in.
Police tried to move back the crowd with smoke bombs and tear gas to try to get to the shooting victim. By the time police got to the scene near Red’s the victim was already gone. He was taken to the hospital in a private car.
Authorities arrested seven people for failing to disperse the area around. At around 1am it appeared that police had removed all of the protesters.
Meanwhile, a family friend of the police officer calls into a radio show with what she claims is the officer's side of things:
And a taped account from the scene has emerged that seems to confirm this story. Still all conjecture, but makes more sense than the random execution in broad daylight in front of numerous witnesses.
Groups of protestors continue to flock to Ferguson. Mobs continue to destroy their own community. Violence breaking out elsewhere. We'll see what tonight holds, but over the past couple of days have sent race relations back a couple decades over this madness.
Meanwhile, Obama is, of course, on vacation...
And some truth, sanity and hilarity for your evening: