On my birthday, Aug 9th, a young man named Michael Brown assaulted a convenience store clerk and stole a box of cigars. This incident was caught on the store’s video camera.
Following the robbery, he and some other young men (the number is unclear) were walking down the middle of the street when police officer Darren Wilson told them to clear the road and walk down the sidewalk. Michael Brown attacked the officer, breaking bones in the officer’s skull and attempting to take control of the officer’s weapon.
Brown then fled on foot. When the officer told Brown to stop, Brown charged the officer and the officer shot and killed him in what seems to be a clear act of self defense. Immediately following the shooting the local police department ordered a full investigation of the incident, turning the case over the the County police rather than handling it themselves. The results of this investigation are still pending. The County has asked for the assistance of the FBI.
The young men with Brown claimed that Brown was shot in the back and that he was holding his hands up in surrender. This claim was contradicted by both other eyewitnesses and the physical evidence at the scene.
Following this incident there have been riots, looting, arson, and acts of vandalism in the area, largely committed by mobs from outside of the jurisdiction where the shooting took place.
I ordinarily don’t comment on news stories, but this is taking place in my home town, within a fifteen minute drive of my house and even closer to where my roommate works. Watching the national media coverage of these events consistently misrepresent the facts of the case has prompted me to set the record straight.