Separated by Perception: Michael Brown and the Media’s Bias. Updated with good advice from Robert Stacy McCain

Michael Brown

Separated by Perception

I still do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot. I know the original statements that he was shot in the back turned out to be not true.

The suggestion he surrendered and was shot seem incredible, and that is not disproved by the evidence (at least as far as I can tell). But this evidence is also consistent with the claim that Brown was moving toward Officer Wilson when he opened fire. The issue remains did Michael Brown threaten Officer Wilson in a manner that justified the use of deadly force.

Why Michael Brown’s violent behavior just minutes before his shooting would not be relevant is beyond me.  People seem very interested in Darren Wilson’s history with the Ferguson Police Department. But to Governor Jay Nixon, the NAACP, and the rioters, what Michael Brown did just minutes before the shooting is irrelevant. It is perfectly okay, however, for the Black Panthers to call for Officer Wilson’s death. Events are moving quickly while the truth lags behind. There was an initial rush to judgment in the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward matter, but the media rarely engages in any self-reflection.

The Ferguson Chief said that the initial contact between Wilson and Brown was not related to the store robbery, but that Wilson made the connection when he saw the cigars in Brown’s hands.

I wish there was some balance here in the reporting. I agree with Mark Steyn that police should be taping their encounters with citizens as a matter of course.  I am troubled by the over militarization of police forces in general and the impact to our civil liberties.  While Jazz Shaw makes the case we can’t go back to those halcyon days of Andy Taylor taking Barney Frank’s bullet (as if they ever really existed), the truth is good policing starts with good community relations.

I want to find out what actually happened with this shooting and I am concerned that is not going to happen in this case. If Officer Wilson did something wrong he should be dealt with appropriately. I am hopeful that Darren Wilson gets a fair review, but how this is playing out is troublesome.

Should this give us a sense of relief? Eric Holder is on the way to Ferguson.

Update:

AP Style Book says 18 years olds should be referred to as “man” or “adult” and not a teenager. So why is the media repeatedly calling him a teenager?

Obama to pontificate about Ferguson

Poll:  57% of blacks think Wilson is guilty of murder, Whites and other Minorities mostly undecided (waiting to see what evidence there is). Polls of this type are going to be erratic, especially given emotions are high right now.  I look at this as more of the glass being half full (or 43% full if you are referencing African Americans). But when 80% of Blacks think the justice system is unfair to them, there is a serious problem.

More witness accounts

It is getting harder to have a serious dialog on this topic

Ace is now reporting what Michael Haz had in the “Wilson” Facebook post (again I am not sure this can be relied upon)

TOM’s #Ferguson Advice: Stop watching Cable “News” Instalanched!

Mother of the Year

Was Officer Wilson injured during altercation with Brown? (it seems insane the police would not mention this sooner)

Instapundit/Trifecta

Is Gov. Jay Nixon nuts?

The Narrative is Breaking Down