"It Was a Demon"
Ferguson Police Officer, Darren Wilson has decided to make his version of what went down on the August afternoon in Ferguson County, public. He sat down to speak with ABC's George Stephanopoulous looking boyish with a thatch of newly-grown red hair that drew your attention to his face as he spoke calmly and somberly.
In the interview, he insists that he had no choice but to shoot Mike Brown. He went on to say, "The reason I have a clean conscience is I know I did my job right." In your world of judge, jury and executioner, Officer Wilson, you may be right. He went on to add, "It was a demon," describing Brown's face. The it was a human being, an eighteen-year-old who was a little larger than life maybe but that didn't give you the right as a police officer carrying a gun and a badge to put an end to his life. Let me further add that the it was an untrained, unarmed teenager who did not have superhuman powers just because he was large.
Let me play the devil's advocate here. Could it be that this is how it went down? You see two black males walking in the middle of the road. You approach them and deliver an expletive to get off the road. They stare at you. After you find out that the bigger one of the two had been involved in a shoplifting incident, you rev back, your hackles up. Now, you have just cause.
You pull Mike Brown's head into the cruiser through the open window and deliver a couple more expletives. You see his "demon" face staring back at you. He is frightened but you are angry. A struggle ensues, he tries to pull back and you shoot. You are hurt. He flees on foot and then decides to calm the situation down. He turns and faces you putting his hands up. You shoot and he says, "Don't shoot." He staggers towards you, a plea on that "demon" face of his. He goes down on his knees and you deliver the final shot that has silenced his voice forever.
You think, "I'll get away with this. I have enough buddies in the Police Department who will vouch for my credibility and if worse comes to worse, a prosecutor who will come to my rescue if needed."
Unfortunately, you didn't count on nationwide protests and you didn't count on the news making the front page of every newspaper in this country and around the world. The tall, black teenager you killed on that August afternoon was a teenager who had loved ones, believe it or not. Perhaps, he was a nemesis to you, a caricature of all that you encounter in your daily life as a police officer.
Moderators and media pundits have held up the forensic and physical evidence as the only truth because science doesn't lie and that may be the truth, however, science and statistics may be skewed to fit whatever outcome you may want it to have and that too is the truth. Why would an unarmed teenager decide to "rough you up" knowing full well that you had the gun and badge to deliver justice? Why? You see, your version just doesn't add up.
Is this the first of many interviews you will give, Officer Wilson? Your path to fame and fortune? The truth of the matter is, you didn't have to shoot to kill, you didn't have to deliver that last fatal shot. I hope when you look within that conscience of yours, it will scream back at you saying, "You know the truth, Darren, but you'll have to live with the death of a teenager for the rest of your life." The sad thing is, you might be able to live with it because in your own words, he was just a "demon" and so a lesser being. That is the sad thing really because there are many others out there who think the same way you do and so we will see the killing of young black men to continue and their voices will be silenced forever.