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Everything you need to know about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 3:09 a.m. MDT

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Unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown was shot multiple times and killed by Ferguson city police officer Darren Wilson.

According to the BBC, at 11:51 am a local convenience store called 911 to report a robbery. This is what brought Officer Wilson to the area, although according to news outlet KSDK, Wilson did not know that Brown was a suspect in the robbery when he encountered him. Reportedly, Brown’s body was left outside an uncovered for four hours.
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BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

I expected this list to include the fact that the autopsies (3 so far) show that the bullets entered the victim's body from the front. Brown was not shot in the back on the run as first reported. Also there are witnesses that saw Brown charge the officer to attack him, accounting for the multiple shots to defend himself.

Where is the outrage from the black community in Chicago where there are 20+ shootings and killings of blacks every day?

This is an interesting distraction from the illegal immigrants who continue to pour into our country from the southern border with drug trafficking and people being killed every day. Iraq is on fire; Christians are being slaughtered by the thousands. Media reports Ferguson, MO, 24/7 as if there is no other news happening elsewhere.

HRC: "Never let a crisis go to waste."

kranny
utah, UT

I blame largely the media for baiting the people of Ferguson w/ biased and incomplete information regarding the reactionary events of that incident, again portraying blacks as innocent victims of white police brutality and prejudice. And Obama, Sharpton, Jackson merely feed the frenzy of the less informed crowds that seem to be looking for any excuse to there race-fed bitterness toward white society tp rise up in rebellion at every sound of supposed injustice. Now, the raucous crowds become "innocent victims" of law enforcement.

What did this kid Brown do during his confrontation w/ the police? The police may not have known that Brown just robbed a store, but Brown sure knew he did and may have reacted accordingly.

People need to get the facts before reacting to such stories, and even this article seems to lack many of these facts.

dave4197
Redding, CA

I have no patience with police or their shields, some above in this blog, who ignore the fact that a young man was killed. This killing is 10x worse than any other tangential "facts" about the situation. The young man's killing was not justified by any stretch of imagination of any "facts" being bandied about. The young man perhaps needed to be restrained or arrested, certainly not killed. The police in this case committed murder, I do judge. The police in this case are now taking their time coming up with their own version. The young man and his family don't have that kind of time. The young man's family is on high ground when they promote peaceful protests, but I protest the police and their shields taking this much time and more in their investigation. We don't know enough DN, certainly we don't know everything we need!
Now I can no longer trust my friends in law enforcement as much.
Now I stand with my friends who are African American who mourn this tragedy.

Sven
Morgan, UT

I have a question:

The liberal media, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and several posters here on DN are asking us to believe that violence against Black men by white law enforcement officers is an epidemic in this country. Okay, here's my question:

Other than the Trayvon Martin case (which was several years ago and very questionable), please enumerate all of the cases of violence perpetrated by white police officers on Black Men. Since we're being told this is an epidemic, specificity should be very easy. Please provide us the names of the Black men, white police officers, and other details of the case. We're being told this is happening all of the time, it should be easy to provide an abundance of incidences proving this assertion.

I'm ready to believe, please provide us the details...?

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Was Trayvon Martin killed by a policeman?

kranny
utah, UT

And how many whites have been killed by black police officers? Why isn't this an issue in America?

FDRfan
Sugar City, ID

The media are about ratings and making money. Understand that and you can easily see why they do what they do. It is not about reporting news. It's fanning the flames for gain, pure and simple.

Jack
Aurora, CO

@Dave4197
Perhaps you have read some of the reports coming from Ferguson about the police version of events, "verified" by others, whose credibility is yet to be established.
Brown is filmed robbing a store, beating the owner. Several versions of the events say that Brown was in the street when contacted by the officer. A confrontation occurred where Brown beat the officer and tried to take his gun. Brown has shown his propensity to violence and disregard for the police. According to reports, the officer then learned of the robbery, and again tried to arrest Brown, and another confrontation occurred, which ended in the shooting death. So, the officer tried twice to arrest Brown, and was beaten. There's your restraint or arrest attempt. From there, it was escalated by Brown and ended with his unfortunate death. He wasn't going peaceably, he wasn't going at all. Robbery, violence, assault. Sounds like we need the wait for the facts before judgement, yes?

play by the rules
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

Why has the media been slow to report on the injuries sustained by officer Wilson. This should have been among the first pieces of evidence released. I get an officer with a blown out eye socket and I am releasing him immediately. No way this officer should ever receive a trial he would be lynched.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@BYUalum
There's a difference when it involves police and I imagine they're arresting and charging the people who did those killings in Chicago.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@Sven
Look up the Eric Garner incident that was videotaped in New York City around 2 weeks ago (chokehold by police officer led to his death). There was the Los Angeles one a week ago where there were protests a few days ago over the shooting death of Ezell Ford.

Svenn
Morgan, UT

Schnee said:

"Look up the Eric Garner incident that was videotaped in New York City around 2 weeks ago (chokehold by police officer led to his death). There was the Los Angeles one a week ago where there were protests a few days ago over the shooting death of Ezell Ford."

Okay, so you've provided two. Anymore?

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Maybe we should ask Sgt Cory Wride, or Sgt Derek Johnson, Officer Jared Francom, or Deputy Brian Harris, or Deputy Josie Fox about if being a cop is dangerous. But, we cannot. Every one of those Utah police officers was killed by a bad guy without any provocation. Police (and indeed, private citizens) may legally use deadly force if necessary to defend themselves from death or serious bodily harm. And they should not be condemned before the facts are known.

Before anyone criticizes the Ferguson officer, we need to know for sure what went on, not the biased reports from those who have made a career out of exploiting racial differences. That may take some some time, but anyone calling for lynching a cop without solid evidence, not rumor, speculation or exaggeration should be locked up.

I don't know the facts right now, and neither does anyone else making comments here. But, I bet that when the facts are known the cop will be found to have acted in a lawful manner and that the deceased got what he deserved.

TheProudDuck
Newport Beach, CA

All you need to know about Ferguson:

Don't punch cops, and you won't get shot.

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