On the right is the image right-wing pundit Jim Hoft used to prove that Darren Wilson had an orbital blowout fracture. On the left is a CT scan of a blowout fracture, taken at the University of Iowa in 2008 and used on a website explaining what orbital blowout fractures are. If you look carefully or casually or at all in any way using eyeballs of any kind, you’ll notice that they’re the same image, except that the one on the right has been edited so that it no longer includes the date or location. That’s because the story was made up.
In video taken after the shooting, you can see Wilson walking around uninjured. His eye socket is not busted, nor is his jaw (an addition to the story I’ve seen since it’s been on its telephone game journey across the internet). In addition, Michael Brown’s autopsy showed no sign of struggle. And the claim that over a dozen witnesses agreed with the cop’s story were fabricated, made up by either police or a local journalist who has been on leave since March and is not reporting officially or unofficially on the situation in Ferguson. None of the actual witnesses (the ones who exist and are not made up) agree with the cop’s story.
Given that everything so far in defense of Wilson has been made up, police have been intentionally spreading lies to make Wilson look better and Brown look worse, and they deleted Wilson’s social media presence and helped him flee town before revealing his identity (making it impossible to know what he may have said about the case or comments he may have made about other subjects that could paint a picture of who he is as a person), it’s pretty hard to presume they’re not hiding something.
Please forgive me, but I need to interject:
"The cop was severely beaten and suffered a major eye injury… Witnesses claim to have seen Mike Brown rush the cop…"
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that everything here is true. Mike Brown rushed the officer and attacked him, causing him severe eye injury.
IT DOESN’T MATTER A FLAMING FARTHING, THE DUDE WAS STILL MURDERED BECAUSE THE OFFICER USED UNNECESSARY LETHAL FORCE!
I’m the daughter of a Right-Wing, NRA loving, Republican voting police officer (may he rest in peace), and *I* know that this was murder, because it WAS murder, and even a criminal has the right not to be murdered!
(And I’m REALLY not convinced that Michael Brown had done anything illegal, but we’re pretending for argument’s sake.)
Brown was unarmed. He used physical violence that could have been handled in a non-lethal manner.
Lethal force is ONLY justifiable in matters of Last Resort. Last Resort means that if you don’t act right now, you or someone else will die.
You don’t shoot an unarmed man unless he’s right there going to kill someone. Yes, you have a right to defend yourself. Yes, you have a right to kill someone who is trying to murder you.
NO, you do NOT have the right to kill someone who is not going to, or not able to, kill you or someone else.
There are non-lethal methods of defense that this officer should have been trained in, not the least of which is the Taser and pepper spray. Both of which the officer should have had on his person.
WHY IS IT OKAY TO MURDER A CRIMINAL IF THE CRIMINAL IS UNABLE TO KILL YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE?!
If Mike Brown had a gun on him, yes, I’d wait and hear the officer out because there is a chance he could have brandished the weapon.
Hell, if Brown had a knife on him, I’d at least listen to the officer, though I’d want him suspended from the force for the duration of the investigation.
But Brown was UNARMED.
jean-luc-gohard, I love you for your thorough debunking of the Wilson eye-injury thing, and thank you.
But we shouldn’t have to sit here and debunk it, because it doesn’t matter! No lethal force was used against the officer, so none should have been used against Brown. It’s as simple as that!
It shouldn’t matter that Brown was black, it shouldn’t matter if he’d actually committed a crime or not, it shouldn’t matter if he punched the officer - a police officer has the responsibility to protect and serve, and that includes using the least amount of force necessary to stop a criminal.
If a white guy had thrown a punch at the officer, do you think the officer would have shot him, or do you think he’d have used non-lethal methods first?