Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Joel weighs in on Ferguson

Alright, I'm going to say a few things about Ferguson. Here goes:

1. The prosecutor did not want to prosecute the case, that's obvious. I think a special prosecutor would have avoided the appearance of a conflict of interest. The presentation he gave the night of the announcement sounded more like a defence attorney. Furthermore, while it may seem fair to present both sides to a grand jury, my gut tells me other defendants do not get the same consideration. This appears to be a double standard.

2.  Wilson said he didn't carry a taser because it was 'bulky'. I understand that a police officer has to be agile, but we should consider the possibility that a bulky encumbrance is a small price to pay if it means not killing an unarmed person. Also, I've certainly heard of and even seen on TV police using tasers, I would need to know how they were able to carry them if they were so bad, but I'm not an expert on this and would be interested to hear other opinions.

3.  I knew a number of small-time thugs when I was growing up who did worse things than what Brown did at the convenient store(they were all white). Several of them were arrested etc.. but NONE of them were killed by police. I realize this is anecdotal, but I wonder if I would be able to report the same result if they were not white. By the way, I hope these kids have grown up to be law-abiding adults and I wish them well.