FERGUSON UPDATE

FERGUSON POLICE CHIEF ISSUES APOLOGY TO MICHAEL BROWN'S FAMILY AND PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS




The apology was created in conjunction with a public relations firm.  Which is fine.  But what has troubled me from the beginning of this incident, is the actions and non-actions of the Ferguson Police Department in informing and reaching out to the Ferguson community.   

From the Chief's first press conference where he introduced the video of Michael Brown in the convenience store - and precious little else about the case -  to the latest "there is no Police use of force report" as required by the Department in all cases involving the use of force, I've grown increasingly skeptical of the Department.  For example, there has been the "broken eye-socket" rumor that's been floating around since Brown was killed.  Whether or not Office Wilson had a broken eye-socket is not something that is difficult to prove.  After all he was seen by staff at a hospital following the incident.  Would the confirmation or denial of this rumor by the Police Department jeopardize the integrity of the ongoing investigations and the Grand Jury's deliberations?  

I've said before, if our Police Chief, Kathy Lanier (a White female, by the way, heading up the police force in a predominantly Black city) acted like the Ferguson Police Department, she would have been fired.

Well, we'll see what happens.  

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