Friday, August 15, 2014
Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief releases Officer's Name who shot Michael Brown - Thoughts?
For those of you who have been following the Ferguson, Missouri Shooting, today the Chief of Police Thomas Jackson released the name of the Officer who shot and killed Michael Brown last Saturday. I was sitting in the waiting room of a small office when I saw the report broadcast live on CNN. I would definitely say that the Police Chief seemed nervous and upset by the news he was giving, but I would be as well with all the threats and anger that has been aimed at the local police.
Nearly every report paints this whole ordeal as a hate crime or black vs. white. I don't believe that to be the case. What transpired last Saturday would have been just as horrible if it had been a child of a different race that had gotten shot. I'll be praying for the family tonight along with many other Americans across the USA. Losing a child is a parent's greatest fear, regardless of what race or background you come from. I can't possibly imagine what the Brown Family is going through right now, especially with how everything has blown up.
Reports say that riots have broken out in the Ferguson area as protesters for Michael Brown are looting stores and attacking other civilians. As the Brown Family has already stated, this needs to stop. How can you possibly protest against violence by committing more violence? Those shopkeepers and their staff are innocent; they had nothing to do with Michael Brown's shooting. Why are you targeting them?
"Don't take that to riot; don't take that to loot. The family has made clear that it doesn't want that," - Attorney Anthony Gray, Representative of the Brown Family
As the case drags on into a week now, people are getting more and more anxious to find out what happened and what will be done in consequence. With all that said, what are your thoughts after learning a little more information on the officer who fired the shot and with how the city of Ferguson is responding in kind?