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More National Guardsmen Called to Ferguson

MO Governor Jay Nixon has ordered 2,200 more national guardsman to Ferguson.

More than 2,200 additional National Guard troops will take to the streets in the St. Louis area at night, Gov. Jay Nixon announced. They will join 700 Guardsmen already on the scene and hundreds of local police officers.

The Washington Post notes some contradictions in Wilson's testimony and "unorthodox police procedures." The New York Times says much of the evidence was conflicting.

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    Okay, not believing everything the cop (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by nycstray on Tue Nov 25, 2014 at 07:43:30 PM EST
    says and I question his judgement. I do find it fascinating that he had time to wonder if it would be legal to shoot Brown . . .

    Yep (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Uncle Chip on Tue Nov 25, 2014 at 11:16:29 PM EST
    He had time to think about that but no time to think about where his gas pedal was so as to put his foot on it and drive away from him.

    And not one investigator or prosecutor or legal mind ever thought to ask him that question.

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    Not just Ferguson anymore (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Nov 25, 2014 at 06:49:47 PM EST
    protests in 37 states tonight.  We are gonna need more national guard.

    And (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Nov 25, 2014 at 06:55:03 PM EST
    a bigger boat.

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    Contradictory witnesses? (none / 0) (#3)
    by toggle on Tue Nov 25, 2014 at 07:08:13 PM EST
    Having reviewed excerpts from the various witnesses posted by the Atlantic, it's hard to fairly call them contradictory. Yes, some of the witnesses tried their best to spin it against Wilson with various conclusory allegations (.e.g, "It was an execution" after describing Brown advancing on Wilson), but the credible witnesses agreed on the important underlying facts.

    With one exception (which was obviously perjured) they agreed that Brown was advancing on Wilson and that he never raised his hands significantly. All that commented on it, as best I can remember, said the shooting happened from close range, not the 20-30 feet claimed in initial reports.

    This was corroborated by the blood trail that went at least twenty feet behind Brown's body, indicating that he was advancing when he was shot. The shell casings also seem to be staggered, corroborating Wilson's account.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/11/major-contradictions-in-eyewitness-accounts-of-m ichael-browns-death/383157/?single_page=true

    You have to give the author, Conor Friedersdorf, some credit for being honest about the testimony, as well as ultimately admitting Wilson shouldn't have been charged, even if he does engage in the same editorializing and "conflicting evidence" spin.

    Hands up "significantly" (none / 0) (#7)
    by Uncle Chip on Tue Nov 25, 2014 at 11:25:40 PM EST
    that he never raised his hands significantly.

    So when they say he "never raised his hands", that's what they mean.

    In order to qualify for "raising his hands" he had to have been reaching for the sky in a significant way -- and with a bullet in his arm and more on the way.

    Having his hands up in front of him or at shoulder level or at head level is just not "significant" enough to qualify for the phrase "raising his hands".

    I think we're getting the picture -- it had to be a "significant" hands up -- anything less doesn't count.

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    gunshot wound (none / 0) (#5)
    by Uncle Chip on Tue Nov 25, 2014 at 11:10:07 PM EST
    He described the soot, or unburned gunpowder, on a graze wound on Mr. Brown's hand, proof that it was shot at a range of six to nine inches.

    So all the slop that we have been treated to for the last two months has been exactly that. How does 6 to 9 inches away indicate a struggle for the gun.

    Furthermore we find out that Brown was never inside the SUV as we have been inundated with for 3 months -- that it was just his arm and hands. He was outside the window the whole time.

    Then Wilson in an interview today admits that he had a grip on Brown's right wrist and was pulling on it with his left hand while trying to shoot him with the gun in his right hand -- just as witnesses said.

    That explains the gunshot to Brown's right hand more than him reaching for the gun with his right hand across his body -- something virtually impossible to do even for a contortionist.

    And of course no one was able to explain the shot to Brown's right forearm unless he was shot from behind running away or shot with his forearm and hands up facing the shooter.

    Then we find out that Wilson was allowed to leave the scene and wash up and bag his own gun. Really!!!  

    And then there is McCulloch's inability to tell time trying to convince us all that a 12:02 call was made at 12:01. Really!!! It must have been one incriminating call -- and it was.

    The fact remains that Wilson's account of what happened after he left the SUV would have taken 30 to 40 seconds if it went the way he prefabricates it -- but he was pumping bullets into Brown within 7 seconds and was finished wihin just 14 seconds.

    No witnesses were needed for the Grand Jury to have known that -- just incontrovertible timestamped forensic evidence that had to be lied about to the very end -- and a whole lot of people saw it coming.

    Respect for a lot of people who used to be held in high regard took a nosedive yesterday without the prospect of it ever recovering.

    "Unbelievable" story of officer Wilson (none / 0) (#8)
    by Green26 on Wed Nov 26, 2014 at 12:13:32 AM EST
    This is a good article based on Wilson's testimony.

    Vox.com.