St. Louis Rioters: Shame on Them

St. Louis Rioters: Shame on Them

18-year-old Michael Brown is dead. We don’t know why the initial confrontation happened. We don’t know how he ended up in the squad car. We don’t know what prompted the struggle in the squad car that resulted in a shot fired. And we certainly do not know the reasons he was fired upon, and killed after he exited the squad car.

What we do know is that there are different versions of what happened. That is ALL that we know. But never mind the lack of facts in the case. A person is dead under questionable circumstances, so people thought they’d have a great excuse to riot in the streets, and loot and destroy businesses.

Michael Brown’s parents say they don’t want violence. Will the situation calm down now that they’ve hired Tallahassee civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump? I believe we are all pretty familiar with Benjamin Crump. He’s the very same attorney who is currently representing Trayvon Martin’s parents.

Will the situation calm down now that race-baiter Al Sharpton has blustered into town? I sincerely doubt it. Perhaps he expects a speaking fee to help defray some of the $4.7 million liens and debt he owes to numerous entities?  Nope, can’t be that. I’m sure he’ll be very helpful in promoting fairness and justice on one hand while inferring that local law enforcement isn’t to be trusted. Just as helpful as he has been with his role in the 1987 Tawana Brawley hoax, or right now in New York concerning the death of Eric Garner.

The US Attorney’s office and the Justice Department have heeded Al Sharpton’s call.  Attorney General Holder stated:

“The shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri this weekend deserves a fulsome review. In addition to the local investigation already underway, FBI agents from the St. Louis field office, working together with attorneys from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and US Attorney’s Office, have opened a concurrent, federal inquiry. The federal investigation will supplement, rather than supplant, the inquiry by local authorities. At every step, we will work with the local investigators, who should be prepared to complete a thorough, fair investigation in their own right. I will continue to receive regular updates on this matter in the coming days. Aggressively pursuing investigations such as this is critical for preserving trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

With Holder’s involvement will there be a positive resolution to the case? I won’t hold my breath. Particularly not when Holder and Sharpton are such good friends.  They are both interested in sound bites rather than helping bring resolution to this tragedy.

Full disclosure. My family has a long multi-generational history with St. Louis. I have family there still. I’ve been to St. Louis twice this year, have another trip planned, and am very familiar with the Clayton area. St. Louis as a whole is an amazing city with opportunity and potential for everyone.

But the photos below are  not representative of St. Louis

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This entire situation angers me. They’ve left a trail of destruction behind them, while using Michael Brown’s death as an excuse to be lawless. Most if not all of those looters and rioters didn’t know nor do they care about Michael Brown and his family. The looters and rioters have taken a tragedy and turned into a senseless lawless farce. The shame is on them.

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