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Osborne: Media Egging On Ferguson Crisis

MORE CHAOS, MORE RATINGS, MORE REVENUE … By John Osborne  ||  If you want an example of how the media can inflame tensions, look no further than Ferguson, Missouri. In Ferguson, the protestors themselves are trying to use this event as a way to instill fear in the minds of…

MORE CHAOS, MORE RATINGS, MORE REVENUE …

By John Osborne  || osborne If you want an example of how the media can inflame tensions, look no further than Ferguson, Missouri.

In Ferguson, the protestors themselves are trying to use this event as a way to instill fear in the minds of the police officers.  With a hapless set of twenty-something reporters following any bystander willing to talk, the rabble have been emboldened.  Unfortunately, this scenario happens far more than it should in the Middle East.  Jihadists blow themselves up in a market, because the one thing they know is that people respond to fear.  This isn’t a new strategy; American citizens just haven’t used it – at least not often.  It’s honestly brilliant.  However, to neglect pointing out that the very people covering the story are also antagonists stirring the pot strikes me as wrong.

Countless times, we’ve seen articles claiming – or implying – that “the actions of the protestors are right, the actions of the police are wrong.”

This kind of situation is what makes ratings skyrocket – and a reporter’s worth grow almost overnight – but they won’t be the ones to correct the damage. The reporters will leave and the city will be rebuilt, but not by them.

For the first time in many people’s memory in America, members of the New Black Panthers Party are being hailed as “heroes” by the reporters, seemingly helping to minimize violence, all while chanting for the death of the police officer involved in the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown.

Which unfortunately, goes mostly unreported …

We’ve constantly heard about Ferguson reporters Ryan J. Reilly and Wesley Lowery being arrested for seemingly innocent behavior, but this is the role of today’s activist journalists.  Professional activists now stir the pot, buying ink by the barrel.  Unlike James Risen who is fighting for his life, protecting his source.

The new world of journalism is deciding what is newsworthy, by what damage they can produce.

Speaking of damage, when I was 21 years old, a SWAT team in Independence, Missouri took me down.  A young man had murdered his father, and I fit the description. The helicopters spent the night encircling my apartment, the lights ever present outside my windows … but this made me feel safer.  I didn’t ask for badge numbers, or fight the man, because unknowingly, I had crossed a line;

I produced an ID and went on with my life.  Having six M4’s pointed at my head didn’t even phase me.

My situation is different, I’ll agree. However, it doesn’t change the fact when the camera’s are on, it gives people who otherwise are in the shadows a chance to do something that will make them famous.

If we look at the first night of the curfew for instance, people were shouting to the media – “They got guns, we got guns!”

This created a situation for a police force that had been dogged by political reporters, activists and others, for days.  They had no choice but to act with controlled violence. In fact if you had watched the VICE News live stream, you would have heard bullets flying from the direction of the protestors.

This is counter to the narrative the media has adopted, as reporters have moaned incessantly about the ‘over-militarization’ of the police, and the misuse of force.

I’d ask you this, though: Just what are the police officers supposed to do?  And beyond that – what are they really able to do?

To the reporters, the answer is “nothing.”

If they fire CS gas (which every soldier has had to experience), they are damaging a population.  If they fire smoke, they are making a move for an ‘unprovoked’ action.  If they move at an armed group, they are showing more aggression than would appear to be necessary.

The over-dramatization of the situation has tied the officers’ hands – resulting in a reticence to engage that endangers lives and property.

This situation isn’t about what equipment the police use; it’s about the fact: when the media finds a great candidate for an unjust action, they exploit, corrupt the situation, and don’t move on until the next crisis.

Meanwhile, when the media leaves, the truth is more elusive than it was before they came.

John Osborne is a commentator on controversial issues, and a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina.  You can follow him on Twitter @jpaulosborne.

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88 comments

CorruptionInColumbia August 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Good article! Thank you, John!

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SCBlues August 17, 2014 at 8:55 pm

We agree. Changed my mind. The police are the good guys.

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SCBlues August 17, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Sandi/Sandy – your crap has gotten really old – you call me a communist and terrorist and a Nazi and then spoof my posting name to post disgusting crap – you really ought to seek some mental health assistance. How old are you? Are you this juvenile and this pathetic that this is what you resort to? Get some help and get a life!

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Sandi Morals August 17, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Not ME twinkle toes.You are however a communist and in my opinion, a supporter of ISIS and the radical, racist terrorist’s that are destroying Ferguson.
Nazi? You support partial-birth abortion. Yes.

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JohnQ August 18, 2014 at 9:23 am

I would support a fully born abortion of you. Now.

Smirks August 18, 2014 at 8:30 am

you really ought to seek some mental health assistance.

She’s just doing what Haley pays her to do. Come November she’ll go find a new job.

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Route 66 August 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

In the end, the blame rests with the residents and their crappy world, not the media presence. Law-abiding people with moral and ethic codes are not swayed by external influences such as the media. Case in point, come to my neighborhood and see how little concern and violence will result from the inclusion of several talking heads. Anyway, my solution for the “Ferguson’s” of this country is simple, divest all police from their midst (since they don’t want them anyway) and let them go at it. As such, they’ll either step up and learn how to deal with their own messes, or, they’ll go down in flames. Either way, the country will be better off. Simply, I’ve never been more cynical of this country’s future.

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Thomas August 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

The “fuck you and your constitutional rights” crowd with taxpayer furnished paychecks, healthcare plans that now include offspring to age 26 and COBRA coverage after age 26, and a life pension that will keep being funded with taxpayer revenue long after and stock market crash now has military grade weapons.

Saluda County:
12 military assault rifles 5.56mm and 7.62mm

Edgefield County:
62 military assault rifles 5.56mm and 7.62mm

Aiken County:
154 night vision pieces
104 military assault rifles 5.56mm and 7.62mm
6 body armor pieces
4 grenade launchers
4 mine resistant vehicles

Orangeburg County: 64 night vision pieces
2 mine resistant vehicles

Lexington County:
112 night vision pieces
94 night vision pieces
16 shotguns (AA-12’s?)
6 helicopters and planes
4 body armor pieces
2 mine resistant vehicles

Richland County:
306 military assault rifles 5.56mm and 7.62mm
192 night vision pieces
16 shotguns
10 helicopters and planes
4 mine resistant vehicles
4 plane
2 other armored vehicle

Kershaw County: Information not available?

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shifty henry August 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm

What inventory does SLED maintain?

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Thomas August 17, 2014 at 7:26 pm

How about some law enforcement jokes first?

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shifty henry August 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm

The town elected a new police chief. His first job was to arrest the OLD police chief!

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The cops in downtown Columbia work on the buddy system. One says, “Let’s check out this dark alley.” The other one says, “Not
me, buddy!”

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OK, Thomas, now – what inventory does SLED maintain?

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Thomas August 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm

My guess is that the NY Times link I used depicting Richland Counties haul of 1033 military grade weapons, vehicles, etc., does includes SLED since SLED’s HQs is in Richland County. Official documents from the Department of Defense shows only how much each county requested, not how each county disbursed the materials received.

shifty henry August 17, 2014 at 8:19 pm

hmmmm — interesting..

Mike at the Beach August 18, 2014 at 1:32 am

Keep in mind, too, that requests for equipment through the 1033 program and the actual disbursement are usually worlds apart- agencies are told to request many times what they actually need in order to get the basic amount of gear desired.

Original Good Old Boy August 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

It’s hard to ask for someone’s ID when they are punching you in the face and then bullrushing you. Interesting that none of the shots are in the back, like some of these “key” witnesses had claimed.

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Guero August 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Just like a Republican; blame the media and lie about it. No one has called the NBPP “heroes”.

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real guest August 17, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Richland County Sheriff’s Department does not have the number of aircraft you listed

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Mike at the Beach August 18, 2014 at 1:30 am

I will warn you as I do anyone who does what you are attempting to do here- be careful using facts during debate on this blog…you will be scorned and ridiculed if your pesky facts get in the way of a sexy diatribe.

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IcyDeadPeople August 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

So the number might be off a little, RichCo is heavily militarized by a libtard sherif that counts Crazy Uncle Joe among one of his closest friends.

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Thomas August 17, 2014 at 7:37 pm

The Posse Comitatus Act was passed to restrict the powers of the Federal government from enforcing Federal laws in the state of SC. The great thinkers of our generation decided that law was old fashioned and came up with a run around the law. Arm county police departments with free Federal military grade vehicles, aircraft, weapons, body armor and let them enforce Federal laws in their own states! Is there anyone here really think all those practically free military grade toys will not be used to enforce Federal laws in South Carolina?

If you want to soak up excess military defense contract supplies, how about reactivating a few divisions and deploy them on the Southern Front?

The Defense Department should recall A-L-L military grade supplies and vehicles from A-L-L counties that received them since 1033 Program came into existence!

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E Norma Scok August 18, 2014 at 10:04 am

Well all this info certainly makes me want to go steal a TV set and burn up the neighborhood gas station.

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Original Good Old Boy August 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

The over-militarization of police is an issue. And one that needs to be addressed.
But Mike Brown is wrong martyr for that cause.

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euwe max August 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Right… his only problem is he forgot to take his gun to a gun fight.

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Original Good Old Boy August 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm

If he tried to strong-arm the cop (like he did the store owner) that’s his own fault. If you are unarmed and start a fight with a cop, don’t be surprised when you get shot.

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Don’t get me wrong.. I’m not surprised.

Original Good Old Boy August 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Do you think it was a racist killing?

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm

No

Same ol' Same ol' August 18, 2014 at 11:08 am

more needed in Orangeburg county.

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Samuel Clements August 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm

This guy has now proven to be a complete idiot in everything he writes. Mr. Twain once said, “It’s better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” Heed his advice, Mr. Osborne.

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euwe max August 17, 2014 at 8:40 pm

The media… I wonder who it was that released the video of Big Mike pushing that little Indian guy around?

The fucking cops, that’s who!

Who was it that put off naming the cop for a week, and then put out 3 different stories in 3 different press releases?

The fucking cops, that’s who!

Who shot an unarmed kid to death?

A cop, that’s who!

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SCBlues August 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm

I love when you get angry.Makes me want to suck your cock!

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euwe max August 17, 2014 at 8:56 pm

You don’t have to post under other people’s names – we know you’re gay.

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SCBlues August 17, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Sandi/Sandy your crap has gotten really old – you call me a communist and terrorist and a Nazi and then spoof my posting name to post disgusting crap – you really ought to seek some mental health assistance. How old are you? Are you this juvenile and this pathetic that this is what you resort to? Get some help and get a life!

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Smirks August 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

The cops didn’t want to release how many times Michael Brown was shot, either. At least, not until the toxicology report came in. They’re probably hoping, praying the toxicology comes back with something, even if it’s just marijuana, because according to a second autopsy, he was shot “at least six times.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/18/us/michael-brown-autopsy-shows-he-was-shot-at-least-6-times.html?_r=0

“People have been asking: How many times was he shot? This information could have been released on Day 1”

Like hell they are going to tell the public that an officer shot this guy at least 6 times. Classic CYA.

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euwe max August 18, 2014 at 9:57 am

Why not shoot him 6 times? He turned around after he was hit the first time, while running away…and then he raised both arms in a threatening manner!

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Devil's Advocate August 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

Can you post a link to the video that supports this series of events?

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euwe max August 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

It was just a suggestion.

Devil'sAdvocate August 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

The hell it was a suggestion, you’re attempting to perpetuate the same bullshit narrative all the race baiters have been broadcasting for a week. it’s falling apart day by day.

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm

That’s what the question mark suggests… why not shoot him six times?

That’s what they would do in Great Britain.

Halfvast Conspirator August 18, 2014 at 10:19 am

All shots in the front does not suggest “running away”

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TSIB August 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Two shots to the head suggests “overkill” or “‘roid rage.”

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm

It was just a suggestion. A fiction depicting what I would do in similar circumstances.

Republican't August 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

Pics or it didn’t happen.

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euwe max August 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Hey I didn’t say it happened. I figure the kid wasn’t even shot.

He’s alive until I examine the body personally.

VoiceOfReason August 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Not that it’s going to matter much to overly emotional liberals, but the autopsy shows entry wounds ONLY on the front of Mike Brown. The story about him running away and being shot in the back is complete nonsense.

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Original Good Old Boy August 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm

If he was never shot in the back (per the autopsy) how was he hit before turning around?

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euwe max August 18, 2014 at 2:05 pm

his right arm was hit in the side – that corresponds with eye witnesses that saw him flinch when he was running away before stopping.

Devil's Advocate August 18, 2014 at 10:02 am

What if, just what if, the conflicting eyewitness account is true and Mike Brown “just wouldn’t stop coming at the cop”? The guy was 6’4″ 300 lbs.

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Original Good Old Boy August 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Seems much more plausible than evil whitey cop shooting him for no reason other than him being black.

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Devil'sAdvocate August 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

I’m just glad to see that the narrative has been taken away from the community with some cold hard facts that refute the notion that Mike Brown was a big ole cuddly teddy bear that was shot in the back as he ran away with his hands in the air.

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Yeah… now for that nagging “unarmed” part.

Devil'sAdvocate August 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Unarmed doesn’t amount to a hill of beans when you’re disobeying orders from law enforcement and advancing on them.

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I know… it’s gonna be a field day for shooting unarmed kids, now that we have that out of the way.

Original Good Old Boy August 18, 2014 at 2:09 pm

6’4″ 300 pounds. Someone very capable of disarming you and using your weapon against you.

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Don’t become a cop if you aren’t ready to take down an 18 year old kid with your bare hands and a taser.

Kidding!

Right to kill is per pound.

Original Good Old Boy August 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm

You, me, and every cop out there has a right to kill when defending yourself from a threat to serious bodily harm. Are you at least leaving open the very distinct possiblity that the cop was justfied in using lethal force?

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 7:25 pm

leaving open the very distinct possiblity that the cop was justfied in using lethal force?

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let’s hear your legal defense of shooting an unarmed kid as “a threat to serious bodily harm” in such a way as not to apply to every difficult suspect, not already in custody.

Original Good Old Boy August 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Not sure I’m following you. According to the cop’s story (which has allegedly been corroborated by many witnesses who don’t want to go to the media over fear of reprisal), there was a struggle for the cop’s pistol, they became disentangled and Mike started to run, and then the cop yelled for Mike Brown to stop. Brown then turned and charged at him. He’s 6’4″ 300 pounds and, judging by the cop’s photo, outweighs the cop by 100 pounds. If you have already been in a struggle for your weapon, and some dude who outweighs you by 100 pounds is now turning to bull-rush you, it would be suicidal NOT to use your firearm to neutralize the threat.
Again, if this is the version that really happened, would you still say the shooting was unjustified?

euwe max August 19, 2014 at 5:33 pm

As you might have guessed by now, I’m heavily invested in the prevention of a police state by degrees.

I would like to know how an officer who is allowed to use deadly force against “the threat” of mere physical force, would not lead to massive abuse of power by our city’s finest.

Once the precedent is set to kill a person who does not possess deadly force at the discretion of the officer, I don’t see how an officer can be accused of abuse of that power.

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Well… to a white man, anyway.

Original Good Old Boy August 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm

No, to anyone using their common sense.
Sure, it’s possible that this guy was gunned down for no reason. But given the timing of the shooting (moments after Brown committed a violent crime), the swollen face of the cop, and the fact that he was shot in the front, it all tends to corroborate the cop’s story. It’s very possible the cop fired too many rounds and got caught in the heat of the moment. But I think it’s evil-whitey fairy-tale land to assume that this cop just gunned him down for no reason.

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Sure, it’s possible that this guy was gunned down for no reason.

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no reason?

The cop was PISSED! That’s the *reason*

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

What if, just what if, the cop hadn’t had his gun out? He’d have to subdue the suspect just like cops do 24/7/365, without shooting him in the face first.

This guy was incopetent (sp) – he didn’t carry a throw down with him for these kinds of things.

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Original Good Old Boy August 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Six times in the front, which is consistent with the officer’s story. It’s inconsistent with the story from two ‘key’ witnesses, so that’s an unformfortable issue that the agitaters will have to deal with.

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Devil's Advocate August 18, 2014 at 9:53 am

Conflicting eyewitness accounts are coming out now. Sure he was unarmed, but sounds like he could have possibly been the aggressor. What are you gonna do if a 6’4″ 300 lb angry guy is coming towards you and you cannot reach around to get your taser out in time?

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euwe max August 18, 2014 at 9:55 am

Shoot him 6 times… of course. Twice in the face for good measure.

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Devil's Advocate August 18, 2014 at 10:06 am

Conflicting eyewitnesses are saying Mike Brown “just wouldn’t stop coming at the cop” (calm down, that’s not a bukkake reference). I wonder why a taser wasn’t used, but if someone continually refuses to comply, what’s a guy to do?

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euwe max August 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

run? piss your pants? Shoot him in the face? Wish you were in London?

Devil's Advocate August 18, 2014 at 10:36 am

LOL, piss your pants! Are you channeling libtard state rep Joe Salazar? Vomit, pee and flee!

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Yeah… I’m a fucking coward. I’d shoot an unarmed kid running in either direction if I had a gun. No matter how far away he was.

I love the feeling of power… don’t you?

Devil'sAdvocate August 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm

I stopped reading after you admitted to being a coward. What does the rest say?

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm

The rest says the same old shit cowards always say… shoot em fore they run.

Devil'sAdvocate August 18, 2014 at 1:58 pm

So what if they are running towards you? Do you wait until they have their hands around your throat before you shoot? Go crap your panties why don’t you?

euwe max August 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Gee… if you’re a coward, you should shoot whenever you feel anxious… it’s not that big of a deal!

TSIB August 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Conflicting eyewitnesses are saying Mike Brown “just wouldn’t stop coming at the cop”

Do you have a link to support that? I’m only aware of three eyewitnesses who have spoken out and not one of them says Brown was “coming at the cop.”

Devil'sAdvocate August 18, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Sounds like a bunch of idiots on parade, but listen at the 6:30 mark…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdL9dqkyjhM

BeLikeMike August 18, 2014 at 2:04 pm

7:23, “dude was running towards the police”

easterndumbfuckistan August 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Standard drill is two to the center of mass and one shot to the head until the threat is neutralized. Threat was not neutralized on the first volley so wash, rinse repeat. Two volleys of stopped the threat so the officer stopped shooting. If the attacker had been running away the bullet holes would have been in his back not his front.

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Original Good Old Boy August 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

That’s actually accepted protocol. Shoot until the danger is neutralized. Unless you are hit in the head or spine or another “immobilizing” spot, someone’s adrenaline can keep them coming even after being shot several times.

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Original Good Old Boy August 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

They released the photo in the store because it had been requested under a freedom of information requestion (that’s my understanding) but they probably also released it for PR reasons, as a way to say: “There’s more to this story, and your ‘martyr’ may not be the gentle giant that some claim.” It’s also relevant because it shows that the confrontation occurred just moments after, when Brown knew he had committed a felony and knew the cops would be looking for him.
Why did they hold off releasing his name? Probably to give him and his family an opportunity to avoid a lynching by those who wanted to string him up without giving him due process. Most of those people don’t want justice; they want blodd.

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fuwhat@stupidtalk.com August 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Stupid is as stupid says.

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capnanarcho August 17, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Wow, according to this moron who wrote this jack boot licking tripe the job of the media is to do whatever the authorities want.

The reporting was starting to do its JOB: empowering the people over their oppressors.

John Osborne, we shall remember your crimes.

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Sandi Morals August 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Just in. About 100 protesters/SCBlues heroes, tried too “march/encroach” on the police command post in Ferguson.Police and protesters are clashing.
Apparently the police ‘gassed’ the reporters. Good job police.

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JohnQ August 18, 2014 at 6:34 am

“Having six M4’s pointed at my head didn’t even phase me.”

Well you are one dumb son of a bitch then. In case you didn’t notice sometimes those guns go off. It wouldn’t phase us but it would ruin your whole bootlickin day.

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TSIB August 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Wonder how many of the mouthbreathing authoritarian shoot-to-kill fucktards on this thread supported the Bundy Ranch thugs.

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BarneyRubble August 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Fucktards? The last time I heard someone say that I fell off of my dinosaur.

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ASS BLOW August 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Was that a news piece, I thought I was watching planet of the apes. Pretty much the same plot. Love how all the broke ass niggers stand around and film a fellow primate dead in the street meanwhile laughing and saying mudda fuck dis and mudda fuck that. Hay nigs we brought ebola over just for you ………time for a fucking double dose you useless pieces of shit.

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Soft Sigh from Hell August 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm

It will accomplish something. In two years I’ll bet there are a LOT more black faces on city council, in city hall, and on the police department. It won’t take much of a get-out-the-vote drive now to the 2/3rds majority, even if they are normally apathetic over voting.

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