Darren Wilson Would Do it Again

One of the things that bothers me about a vigorous defense in cases like the shooting of Michael Brown is that there is a line. Call it a “thin, white line”, where a slight amount of untruth might be tolerated because everyone is entitled to a defense and facts can be slippery in fast-moving judgment calls, but there is an area beyond that line.  And I think this is where we’ve been taken with Mr. Wilson’s defense. Because when we got to see his supposedly battered puss in photos released shortly after the non-verdict, the only thing I could think was:

“Shit. Even George Zimmerman looked more jacked up than this guy.”

I don’t know what to make of it, except to think he visited a hospital to have a bruise looked at and a prescription for the OTC pain remedy Naprosyn ordered to create a very-needed paper trail.

Then there’s this little bit of testimony:

Wilson told Brown to “get the f— back,” but Brown allegedly hit Wilson in the side of his face “with a fist…. There was a significant amount of contact that was made to my face,” Wilson testified.

Wilson, who weighs more than 200 pounds, said he grabbed the 6-foot-4-inch Brown. “When I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old* holding onto Hulk Hogan.” Thoughts raced through Wilson’s head, he said. “What do I do not to get beaten inside my car?” he said he thought.

I dunno—be in control of the situation in the first place? Not apprehend someone for jaywalking? Brown also couldn’t possibly be going for a gun unless some fool decided to hold a gun on a jaywalker? Another point—Darren Wilson is also 6’4”, himself. A five year old holding onto Hulk Hogan? And there’s this:

Nothing. “It just clicked,” Wilson testified. “I pull it again. It just clicked. At this point, I’m like ‘why isn’t this working,’ this guy is going to kill me if he gets ahold of this gun.’” It finally goes off and the car’s interior explodes with shattered glass and globs of blood. Wilson looked at the unarmed teen and the teen looked back. “He looked up at me and had the most intense aggressive face. The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked. He comes back towards me again with his hands up.” But then, Wilson said Brown hit him again, and the cop couldn’t get his gun to work. It clicked again, until it finally discharged a second time.

Don’t that beat all—people make contorted faces when they are shot. It makes them mad, hurt, angry and lots of things. (And when you do it six or more times, your person is very, very dead.) But “a demon”? The guy you just shot? And then, after exiting the vehicle and sprinting for a bit, this demonic, Hulk Hogan sized prodigy did something quite bizarre:

“He was almost bulking up to run through the shots, like it was making him mad that I’m shooting him,” Wilson said. “And the face that he had was looking straight through me, like I wasn’t even there, I wasn’t even anything in his way.”

Where by “bulking up” one is to assume “acquiring an impervious exoskeleton”? I’m not a lawyer, and I could make spaghetti from this farina. Robert McCulloch made all this into reasonable doubt, because, to reiterate, he was running defense. But if you want another insult on top of all this injury to justice, here’s a piece from the recent interview where he said he wouldn’t do anything differently:

“I don’t think it’s haunting,” Wilson said. “It’s always going to be something that happened. The reason I have a clean conscience is that I know I did my job right.”

Ferguson has been lit up since August. This numbnuts has no idea that shooting that kid multiple times while he was some distance away until blood was streaming in the street might possibly not be a good thing, all things considered? Ah, but why should he see it that way? He got a paid vacation, got married, has gone on with his life, and over $400,000 has been raised for his defense, some by brother officers who wore “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets as if that did not signal to the populace they serve that they, too, would kill an unarmed man, and some in other ways?

Lots of lines have been crossed, here. The rage people are feeling over this episode is purely justifiable, and even more so since this incident is by all means not isolated. Not at all.

*There is foggy evidence indeed that Wilson knew shit about the alleged cigarillo heist. And many other reasons to think his story is highly suspect.

*As another shocking addendum, did you know more kids 5 and under died from guns in 2010 than LE officers? I’m not applauding anyone getting killed, but I think that is a sign we have a seriously fucked up culture.

(X-posted at Strangely Blogged.)

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 11/26/14 at 12:19 AM • Permalink

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It’s really more shocking than the lack of an indictment that all these people, from Wilson to McCulloch, seem to think nobody except Michael Brown did anything wrong. Even to say that Wilson was badly trained. Worse than Wilson lying as he evidently does is his sincerity in insisting that he was behaving in a reasonable and correct way.

This whole thing is incredibly fucked up, as is everything involving guns in our culture.  Like the report yesterday that the single highest cause of gun death in the state of Utah is being shot by a LE officer (thanks for not using that “LEO” shit, it just encourages them). 

Or how we can’t ban the trade in “antique” ivory because the NRA opposed it, even though the US is the world’s second largest consumer of illegal ivory that is faked as “antique”, and the ivory trade is the main reason why the world’s elephants are being slaughtered and terrorist groups like Boko Haram funded with the money.  No, no, we can’t pass a proposed law that had tons of support until the NRA decided that might interfere with the trade in guns with “antique” ivory handles, because the NRA squawked. 

We are a deeply fucked up culture being run by bullies who know they can always get their way, shooting unarmed young black men and anything else they please.

“What do I do not to get beaten inside my car?”

Me? I’d step on those pedals on the floor and make the car move. But that’s just me.

Wilson’s story is so totally fucked up it’s not even a joke.  “Demons”? “Bulking up to run through the shots?”  How much more ooga booga can you get?  There are so many things wrong with the handling of this murder.  I guess about the only thing we can hope for now is that the Justice Dept. does an aggressive civil rights violation investigation and, frankly, I’m not so sure if that’s going to happen.  And I’m actually a supporter of this administration.  I just don’t know if they have the fortitude to overtake the overt racism that seems to be taking the country anymore.

I just read that for almost the entire time that the Grand Jury was interviewing witnesses, the GJ members were under the distinct impression that the standard for police use of deadly force was the old statute, the one that the Supreme Court had invalidated!  Only in the last few days were they given a copy of the current VALID statute, and when one GJ member asked about the differences between the two, they were told “this isn’t a law class”, but nothing more.  If that isn’t a clear example of fucked-up, I don’t know what is.

Of course he’d do it again, he made hundreds of thousands in contributions after the fact.

What’s starting to piss me off is the white people claiming it’s time to move on from Ferguson. Like people of color REALLY have that option. White privilege and racism, alive and well in post-racist America. :P

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