A Body’s Story and A Burning Town

Just moments after my Twitter feed advised me that the Ferguson PD elected to crack down on the curfewed protesters and journalists about two hours early, I got a good idea about why—

The independent autopsy of Michael Brown’s body had been released (and where is the autopsy from the local ME? one might well ask, as well as ask why another federal one might be requested before this young man’s bones are put to rest). And the wounds tell a story. They can’t not.

“People have been asking: How many times was he shot? This information could have been released on Day 1,” Dr. Baden said in an interview after performing the autopsy. “They don’t do that, even as feelings built up among the citizenry that there was a cover-up. We are hoping to alleviate that.”

Dr. Baden said that while Mr. Brown was shot at least six times, only three bullets were recovered from his body. But he has not yet seen the X-rays showing where the bullets were found, which would clarify the autopsy results. Nor has he had access to witness and police statements.

But the entry wounds to the arms and head of Michael Brown from a distance suggest to me shots not to incapacitate but kill—two to the head? I think he was down and his hands may have been up to shield himself—a totally submissive posture and not out of line with what eyewitnesses have indicated.  And I don’t really have time to argue why this is not what anyone does with a suspect picked up for walking in the street who may meet the description of an unarmed person who boosted some ‘rellos from a convenience store.

So let’s take the unmeasured response the PD in Ferguson seem to have been taking, and let me drop any pretense at saying anyone did anything right here—can I point out that Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is about as clueless and useless as a person could be?  That enacting a curfew on mostly peaceful protests where local citizens used their bodies to block the efforts of looters, as if they were the problem, other than directing the local authorities to comply with some semblance of what was reasonably being requested—at least the appearance of an investigation and the charging of the officer in question with the homicide he apparently committed in the line—is shamefully pandering to the white law’n'order fetishists? Let me even go so far as to shame the Democrats in the House who have been presented with opportunity to demilitarize local police forces before, and abstained. It is entirely true that every step taken here has been wrongfooted.


But tonight’s fuckup is different. The tear-gassing of even children and the threatening of journalists on some real short notice to get out of the streets even after a formation to box folks in.  As if to distract from that tale of the young man’s body and to distribute shame all along that thin blue line. Journalists have been arrested and released—but with the understanding that they are not welcomed, and even the host of an MSNBC show, Chris Hayes, was threatened with being maced. 

I can’t stop myself from supposing that just like the police presser that had to dig in and release a store surveillance video that may be of Michael Brown to try and smear him even while releasing the officer’s name,  this weird overreaching response to hurt protestors and journalists and make things worse, is somehow to distract from the grave, murderous incompetence of the police force in the first place. When, for crying out loud!  Even an honest trial could not do so much damage to the reputation of any of these fine upstanding peace officers of the local law as this brutality which everyone has eyes to see.

It doesn’t have to be this way. They chose it.

(X-posted at Strangely Blogged)

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 08/18/14 at 12:12 AM • Permalink

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This “exceptional” America is not all it’s cracked up to be—as every generation gets to learn to their chagrin.

So far, over some 200+ years, the voices that shrill “we are the GREATEST,” accompanied by great pomp and circumstance, drown out the voices that ask “but what about ____________, shouldn’t we fix __________ before claiming we’re all that?” EVERY time.

Every damn time.  Majority [mob] rules, I guess.

This is so completely out of hand; you can pretty much tell when the police are going to pull one of these escalation moves since they always happen right about when something that makes the police look like they’re a rogue agency gets released.  Last night’s events were all about the feds saying they are going to do their own autopsy, which has been stonewalled by the locals not releasing necessary info to the feds (like Xrays, prior results, etc.) according to reports this morning. 

I just watched John Oliver’s take on this, and let me say now that Gov. Nixon is a complete and total moron.  “This is a test”? Oh really Gov., how about a test of the winger, racist, power-mad police force on how effective community policing works, instead of escalating every situation just so they can keep escalating the situation and thus justify more and more violence?

And hey, look at this.  So maybe he paid, which is why the store owner didn’t call the police on him? And the cops came around looking for the video to intentionally create the narrative that the kid was “asking for it”?

These little shady details, like arresting journos and not wearing badges. It doesn’t add up to anything good.

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