By Tammy Swofford, Daily Times Pakistan
Not only are there attempts at character assassination of the officer but the character assassination of the complete police department of Ferguson has ensued
Michael Brown steals a fistful of cigars from a convenience store. The surveillance video shows him shoving a man who attempts to block the door. As the man backs away, Mr Brown turns and walks in a threatening manner towards the shopkeeper. Michael Brown is 6’4” and 300 pounds. Any physical altercation between the robber and merchant is a mismatch of force. The actions of Michael Brown are deemed a “strong-arm robbery with the use of force”. Let me put this in perspective. The shopkeeper is about my size. Visualise a 300-pound man shoving a woman who is 5’2”. You get the picture.
Minutes later, Michael Brown and his accomplice are seen walking in the street and obstructing traffic. Officer Darren Wilson asks the men to move off the street. He is unaware of the events that had occurred earlier. As the officer seeks to exit his vehicle, the 300-pound walking tower beats the officer nearly to unconsciousness leaving him with periorbital fractures (unconfirmed) and facial injuries (unconfirmed). There are unconfirmed reports of a shot fired during the struggle.
What we do know for sure is that Michael Brown is dead. We do know that the officer is injured. His home is vacant. He cannot stay there. We know that Ferguson, Missouri, had a regional crime scene that involved an assault on a uniformed public safety officer. We know the officer discharged his weapon and killed his assailant. We also know that Ferguson, Missouri, is a case study for national race baiting. Ferguson is a keg. The government postured toward the political checkerboard and chose the colour black.
August 12, 2014. Close on the heels of any event that might showcase white-on-black violence is the usual appearance of Reverend Al Sharpton, otherwise known as Reverend sower-of-seeds-of-discord. This man cut his teeth on falsehood and propaganda in the prior century. In 1987, Tawana Brawley set our nation on its heels with her false accusation of being raped by six white men. The 15-year-old’s list of villains included police officers and a prosecuting attorney. Mainstream media gave relentless coverage to Tawana Brawley. Sharpton was omnipresent to console and cajole. The media circus began in 1987 and continued into October of the following year. At that time, a grand jury determined that lil’ Miss Brawley had made the whole thing up. We swallowed the big lie. To this day, more than a few refuse to spit it out. Mainstream media has given equally vigorous coverage to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. Reverand Al Sharpton? He operates with the same dynamic as the average Sunni versus Shia cleric, or vice versa. Words of peace do not generate zakat, baby!