Was the Michael Brown Shooting Justified? What If It Was?

A former police chief speaks on the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson.

St. Louis needs to brace for impact.


Police have done themselves no favors by heavy-handed and unnecessary tactics in so many instances, but you still have to let the evidence speak in each individual case, and never render final judgment until all of the facts are on the table.

But, according to this local CBS story, it looks like those facts are going to go in a different direction than many protestors expected.

Information about the Michael Brown fatal police shooting is beginning to leak out, and former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says it’s no accident the feds are allowing the information.

Fitch discussed a New York Times article indicating, according to federal investigators, there was a struggle that led up to the fatal police shooting of Brown, with KMOX’s Mark Reardon on Monday.

Fitch calls the information from the investigation coming out as phase two – to “coordinate leaks to the media, and to start getting some of the facts out there to kind of let people down slowly,” he says. “When I say this is phase two – phase one was really Eric Holder’s announcement how they were going to basically do a complete review and take over the Ferguson Police Department.”

Fitch says he thinks the feds recognize that it’s “probably very unlikely” that there’s going to be charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

It is increasingly apparent that the Michael Brown shooting was very likely justified, given what he did in the couple of minutes prior to his being shot and killed. Those “protesters” and “community leaders” threatening mayhem if they don’t get the indictment they desired are being irresponsible and potentially criminal (inciting a riot to come).

Justice must always be blind to politics, race, and every other cultural or social factor–including the pretty clear historical reality that police have unjustly profiled people of color in Ferguson for a long time. Those issues need to be seriously addressed in the days ahead. But you do not punish anyone as a symbol of what’s wrong in the bigger picture. Darren Wilson must not be penalized unless he did something wrong in this confrontation.

All that matters is what happened in this specific case.

[See also, “Ferguson Sniper Coming to Your Neighborhood Unless God Spares Us.”]

The cold, hard fact is that if you batter an officer, and struggle with him for his gun, you’d better be ready to die, because the officer has every right to take you down and end the threat. Don’t simply choose the “eyewitness” report that best fits the narrative you prefer—let the facts speak, because at least some of the alleged eyewitnesses are clearly not telling the truth.

Also, note this headline: “Protester: ‘All Hell is Going to Break Loose’ if Darren Wilson Isn’t Indicted.”

This is an expression of a tantrum, bordering on criminality of inciting a riot. You don’t get to choose outcomes in a criminal case based on “cultural themes” and “history of oppression.” The truth of the case in view is all that matters in whether there is an indictment or not.

If a riot breaks out, I think the city should send the bill to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who helped fuel this madness.