Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon posted in his website on Tuesday a video address in which he spoke about the recent Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown, saying, he hopes that officer Darren Wilson gets a "vigorous prosecution."
During the five minute video address Nixon spoke about what needs to happen now in terms of achieving "justice" for Michael Brown:
"A vigorous prosecution must now be pursued. The democratically elected St. Louis county prosecutor and the attorney general of the United States each have a job to do. Their obligation to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown must be carried out thoroughly, promptly, and correctly."It is a little curious that Nixon is calling for the prosecution of officer Wilson since many witnesses claim he was acting in self-defense after being attacked by Brown; these facts remain to be clarified.
Darren Wilson, who has been with the force for six years, has a clean disciplinary record and, as yet, has not even been arrested or charged with a crime of any description.
So far, according to Wilson, Brown rushed him and tried to grab his gun while also striking the officer in the face.
Even though some witnesses said that Wilson shot Brown while he had his hands up, others verified the story that the officer was in fact attacked by the suspect, who is known to be involved in criminal activities, such as robbing convenience stores.
A private autopsy, commissioned by the Brown family, determined that the suspect was shot six times, twice in the head and four times in the right arm.
Nixon, in an open display of Democratic pandering, said:
"We have a responsibility to come together to do everything we can for this family, peace for this community, and have the courage to address the problems that have divided us for too long."The outrage and violent rioting that has followed the Ferguson shooting is almost unbelievable as thousands of people protest police brutality without confirmation of the true circumstances of what happened being clear.
Those who support the rioting against the police support the narrative that officer Wilson shot Michael Brown, in cold blood, six times, as he was brutal (and probably racist) and was simply hungry for African-American blood with no regard for any consequences.
Perhaps the rioters in Ferguson should have some patience and wait until a thorough investigation into the fatal shooting of Michael Brown is complete.
If it does turn out to be the case that Wilson shot Brown because he was attacked by him and felt his life was threatened the rioters will look pretty silly, having gone into a rage without thinking about the consequences of their action.
On the other hand, many of them have looted a lot of merchandise they could not have afforded to pay for. So, for some, it was not all negative. Why would they turn away from a good excuse to vandalize and steal?