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From youtube.com/watch?v=oX8J4o7CdIs: Police chief: The shooting was 'hardest night of my ... Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson talks about the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown by police in Missouri.
Police chief: The shooting was 'hardest night of my ... Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson talks about the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown by police in Missouri.
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Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Thomas Jackson

The murder of Michael Brown gunned down by police in Ferguson, Missouri has drawn international attention; and why not.

China, Iran, Russia among others have weighed in giving the sanctimonious US a dish of its own medicine pointing out the hypocrisy of the US condemning others for human rights violations while its own house is in disorder.

All the preliminary autopsy reports from three different pathologists confirm the 18 year old Brown was shot six times, all in front with one in the head that was the fatal blow.

Couple this with eye witness accounts that the unarmed teenager had his hands raised, pleaded "Don't shoot" as he faced police officer Darren Wilson, yet despite his pleas was gunned down in cold blood.

As for the authorities handling this case, could they be any more stupid; apparently not?

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The latest had Governor Jay Nixon calling up the National Guard to quell the angry crowds protesting against what they legitimately see as the unjustified killing of an unarmed black teenager.

Is it any wonder crowds have gathered not only in Ferguson but all over the country, protesting against the militarization of police in America that are increasingly shooting first and then like Wilson, be put on paid administrative leave, whisked away to some "unknown location" instead of being arrested as evidence mounts to his likely committing an unjustifiable homicide.

Of course the official ineptness began when Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson initially refused to name the officer that shot Brown then compounded it by releasing footage from a surveillance camera at a nearby convenience store showing someone looking like Brown shoplifting something off a shelf then making it appear the unnamed officer committed a justifiable homicide and he was just doing his duty.

Well the protesting crowds in Ferguson didn't buy it easily saw through ruse and refused to be put off by what they saw as a cover-up by officials being dishonest when the protesters wanted a truthful explanation not some "blue wall" defense of one of their own.

Throw in the Saturday night midnight curfew authorized by the governor, military clad police tossing tear gas canisters at what had been mostly peaceful protesters then officials releasing autopsy diagrams of the shooting revealing Brown being shot six times, all in front and what looks to be one in the right eye and these protests reveal a justifiable anger.

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As for the protests what could they be revealing?

Could it be there's a strong hint of racism behind the shooting by a white cop of a black teenager? Ferguson is a majority black town with a mostly white police force, an all white city council that recently dismissed its black school superintendent.

Could the unjustified murder of a black teenager-hardly an anomaly in post civil rights America-be the catalyst for a wider racial explosion exposing a seething anger usually kept below the surface but ready to explode particularly when their appeals for justice go largely unheard? America's dark racist past has seen this before.

And then how to reconcile this reality; those put in charge to "protect the public"-by a mostly white power structure that appeals for calm-instead of "protecting the public" commit unjustified violence against that public?

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Retired. The author of "DECEIT AND EXCESS IN AMERICA, HOW THE MONEYED INTERESTS HAVE STOLEN AMERICA AND HOW WE CAN GET IT BACK", Authorhouse, 2009

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Calling this murder and jumping to the conclusion ... by Taylor Morgeson on Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 8:48:26 PM
Agreed. This piece should not have even been poste... by Bill Johnson on Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 10:35:41 PM
Thanks for the input. It helped me decide to top-h... by Rob Kall on Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 9:29:38 AM
Y'know, Rob, it's actually possible to be progress... by Carl de Villar on Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 4:16:57 PM
There are quality rants that embrace some complexi... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 5:08:40 PM
I think our esteemed editor was being a wee bit sa... by J. Edward Tremlett on Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 6:14:47 PM
Thanks, as I am sure you are right. Of course a m... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 8:49:43 PM
One sociologists stated that less then 5% of the b... by Shirley Braverman on Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 1:09:13 PM
Officer Darren Wilson Suffered "Orbital Blowout F... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 1:38:46 PM
Little Green Footballs has put the kibosh on this ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 8:06:30 PM
And, as Doc McCoy pointed out, that should be Offi... by J. Edward Tremlett on Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 8:31:53 PM
Until the evidence is released no one can be sure ... by Bill Johnson on Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 9:43:16 PM