The Tainted Testimony the Media Gave Us on Ferguson

When the media can only get stories from the witnesses who are not intimidated, the result is tainted testimony.

Here’s the Independent Journal Review quoting The Washington Post:

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.

Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.

Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post’s sources said, which casts Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case.

We definitely need a serious reevaluation by the media of how they treat alleged eyewitness testimony in volatile cases like Ferguson. The hard evidence now demonstrates that Michael Brown’s friend—who was with him for the strong-arm robbery, and the confrontation with Officer Darren Wilson—lied in his claims

Apparently others did, too, as a number of black witnesses reportedly corroborate the forensic evidence and Officer Wilson’s account—but those people are said to be afraid to make their testimony public out of fear for their own safety. Why? Largely because the media, and race-baiters like Al Sharpton, are irresponsibly feeding a mindless frenzy with zero respect for real evidence.

MSNBC host Al Sharpton entitled a segment “Still no arrest in Michael Brown shooting,” as if arresting officer Wilson was overdue, presuming that he is certainly guilty.

And some news outlets, including CNN and The Washington Post, in a dangerous move for Wilson, published detailed information about the officer’s home and address, practically giving directions to angry mobs so they could show up at his door.

Are there remaining issues of color that need to be addressed in America? Absolutely. But we are losing the ability to have those conversations when so many demonstrate a total disregard for evidence, and only seem to support a predetermined outcome based upon so-called “racial” factors.

Simply put, we cannot address white racism by using black racism. This situation must be addressed as a matter of justice, with politics left for a different context.