I wrote this more than a month ago, then used WordPress’ Scheduling function to publish it now. The reason: to see how my observations stood the test of time.
There’s a simple truth that most of us have to deal with: these incidents come to us through various filters. No one is immune to the temptation to indulge in conformation bias. The problem is that, absent the actual documents and the actual footage of the grand jury proceedings we just can’t have any great confidence that our conclusions are based on solid information. For that reason, I have not said much on the Michael Brown and Eric Garner incidents.
Now, I happen to have some insider sources, but I will not use them to speak about this now.
Here are my observations, so far:
On Michael Brown:
- The Race Grievance Industry and the media did their level best to convict Officer Darren Wilson before all the evidence was in. They do this all the time. This behavior is un-American at its best; obscene at its worst.
- It appears likely that Darren Wilson did not commit a crime.
- The “Hands up, don’t shoot” meme was fabricated. As Rich Lowry said, if Michael Brown had actually said, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” he’d be alive today.
- Michael Brown was no model citizen, and the “gentle giant” thing was exactly the opposite of what he was. He was a bullying thug, as the video of his strong arm theft of a handful of cigarillos demonstrates.
On Eric Garner:
- If you can’t breathe, you can’t say, “I can’t breathe.” You might be having trouble breathing, but you are breathing.
- Apparently, Garner died some eleven minutes after he was down and restrained, indicating that the “hold,” whatever kind it was, was not what killed Garner.
- Garner was a massive man, who apparently had numerous health problems. He was also well-acquainted with the penal system.
- Apparently, there are different types of holds: choke holds and other types. If that’s the case, then it’s entirely possible that Officer Pantaleo did not commit a crime. That doesn’t mean that what he did was the right thing.
- However, in America, we don’t try people in courts-of-law based on whether or not they “do the right thing,” but on whether or not they broke the law. If the law is wrong, make a better one.
- Furthermore, the Constitution says we can’t do ex post facto trials and convictions.
- The right-wing commentators are correct: a man is dead now because of vastly overzealous enforcement of a really trivial law — unpaid cigarette taxes — and there is no good reason for that.
- With that said, Eric Garner, like Michael Brown, was plainly no model citizen.
- The coroner ruled Garner’s death a homicide. What does that mean? Is “homicide” always criminal? I don’t know.
- I remember the Rodney King video. It looked as though the police had absolutely abused their authority. When, however, you watch the entire Rodney King video, all of a sudden things looked a whole lot different, and the cops even looked justified. I don’t know if this would be the case with the full Garner video, but it is a warning that cameras do not represent any guarantee that the real story will be told. Might they be an improvement? Sure. They might. And they might not. It would represent another piece of information. All pieces of information can be distorted and manipulated to tell untruths.
On Both Brown and Garner:
- It’s hard to imagine either of these two unfortunate men living a long life.
- Regardless of what the grand juries concluded, there would have been a bunch of rioting. That particular die was cast as soon as the cases received national attention. As soon as the Race Grievance Industry got involved.
- Much of this “mistrust” of the police is fabricated. The people who live in the neighborhoods where Garner and Brown lived fear their neighbors a whole lot more.
- Whether or not there was injustice in either case, the Race Grievance Industry guaranteed that they would flog that meme until their willing accomplices in the lazy, dinosaur media would pick it up and parrot it. It was inevitable, then, that “rampant racist cops” become the dominant theme from these two incidents, whether or not it’s true.
- Obama and Holder do nothing but pour gasoline on race fires. These two are ham-handed idiots. It’s possible that Eric Holder is the worst Attorney General ever. He’s certainly the worst there’s been in my lifetime.
- There will be no progress in race relations until you get the Race Grievance Industry out of the picture.