Wilson exonerated in Michael Brown killing

The U.S. Department of Justice exonerated Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Darren Wilson

Darren Wilson

The investigation determined that there was physical evidence that Brown reached into Wilson’s police car and grabbed Wilson.  It found no credible testimony that Brown was shot while surrendering.  He was not shot in the back.

The available evidence indicates that he was defending himself based on reasonable fears for his life.

Inasmuch as Darren Wilson is not a Wall Street financier, I don’t think Eric Holder’s Justice Department would cover up for him.

I initially thought that Wilson was guilty as hell.   As I learned more about the case, my concern shifted to whether there was a proper investigation, which the Ferguson authorities did not carry out.  Now there has been a proper investigation, and it vindicates Wilson.  Good!

What this shows is the danger of basing a protest against a widespread injustice on a single incident without knowing the facts of the incident.

I think the Hands Up! Don’t Shoot! movement is right about how common it is for police to use deadly force for trivial reasons or for no reason, especially but not exclusively against black people.

The spotlight on Ferguson, Missouri, shows how messed-up law enforcement is there, but, sadly, Ferguson is not unique and maybe not unusual.  Scapegoating Darren Wilson won’t change that.


DOJ on Michael Brown Shooting: Justified by Peter Moskos for Cop in the Hood.

The Gangsters of Ferguson by Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic.

The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-ridden ‘black site’ by Spencer Ackerman for The Guardian.

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