Injustice in Ferguson Missouri Simply Explained

This is the face of a killer


Darren Wilson

This is the killer’s accomplice


Robert McCullouch

These are their victims



Posted on 11/26/2014, in Cases, Cops Gone Wild, Michael Brown - Ferguson and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 108 Comments.

  1. Again, will it ever end.

  2. yeseventhistoowillpass

    The story doesn’t make sense. No one believes a little lie…

    • Juan, as Judge Judy often says, “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not the truth.” McCullough has a personal agenda in failing to do his job. No attorney — NOT ONE — whether private or serving the public, wants to lose; is happy losing; and defends the very person he is hired to prosecute. McCullough can’t get a grand jury to indict on homicide, he shouldn’t be in office.

      • yeseventhistoowillpass

        Who walks up to a cop car and puts his hands in the car? No one. “I thought the third blow would be lethal.” Are you kidding… I think he hit himself…after

        • Juan,
          Wilson told us who would do that — Hulk Hogan — a super big, strong guy who couldn’t take a gun from a wimp, but who could run through bullets.

          • yeseventhistoowillpass

            George Stephanopolous then says, “he’ll tell us what really happened.”

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      You are right, Juan. Wilson’s story does NOT make sense.

  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    The facts explained very simply …..

  4. For 108 days, we have continuously been admonished that we should “let the system work,” and wait to see what the results are.

    The results are in.

    And we still don’t have justice.

    An excerpt from the Open Letter From Ferguson Protesters.

  5. McCullough could never be responsible for indicting, let alone convicting a police officer for murdering a citizen, let alone a black one. His entire career is predicated on his ties to the police. That list includes his father, mother, uncle and cousin. He wouldn’t have a friend of family member in law inforcement. He probably couldn’t indict a ham sandwich after that. No officer would even want to assist him, let alone speak to him. His career would be over.
    The civil unrest should continue until every police officer in America has on a body cam and mic.

    • 925mvp24,

      The civil unrest should continue until every police officer in America has on a body cam and mic.

      Yes, and be assigned to work in their own neighborhoods.

  6. chuquestaquenumber1

    Whenever I see injustices such as this and others I will always reflect on Maryland vs Walker.That was the case of Black off duty Detective Joseph Walker killing unarmed white Joseph Harvey.I’ve discussed Walker here. Again my issue in Walker’s case always was the way he as a Black police officer was treated for doing what LEOs do all the time.Walker ,like Wilson,Boss and so many other LEOs stated he shot Harvey because “I feared for my life and He came charging towards me.” That usually ends any arrest or charges.If The killers of Mike Brown,Eric Garner,Ayana Jones,etc were treated the way Walker was(immediately arrested,4 charges ,upgraded to 1st degree murder,1,000,000 bail. suspended without pay.Even after being acquitted in court of all charges 4 mos ago,Walker still hasn’t been reinstated.)It is these and other inequities that need to be brodcasted.

    • Two sides to a story


    • chuquest,
      The double-standards exist in the workplace as well. Companies recruit for positions requiring the individual to be “assertive.” If they hire an “assertive” black or brown person however, that is construed as being “aggressive,” interpreted as “angry.”

      MSNBC played the cop call after Tamir Rice was shot. The cop actually described that 12 year old as being in his 20’s.

      • roderick2012

        The double-standards exist in the workplace as well. Companies recruit for positions requiring the individual to be “assertive.” If they hire an “assertive” black or brown person however, that is construed as being “aggressive,” interpreted as “angry.”

        The same thing happened to Jill Abrams who was called ‘abrasive’ and the b-word when she was the editor at the NYT.

        It’s 2014 and sadly much hasn’t changed since the 1960’s.

        • Roderick

          It’s 2014 and sadly much hasn’t changed since the 1960’s.

          We can go back much further. In the Bible, those who did not believe like the Hebrews were called “pagan.” By the time that Christian colonists decided they needed free land and free labor, they changed the word to “savages.”

  7. I still say that very person interested in justice in that county needs to vote him out. They need to find a lawyer who will demand unbiased justice willing to accept a nomination and vote HIM in.

    THEN, reopen the case………They need to formulate a plan and beat them at their own game. From what I read the AA population is almost 70% but the registered voter turn out is small. Fight back legally, protest peacefully and get your own guy in…….Two can play that game.

  8. They say a picture tells a thousand words. You have hit this on the head.

    • Hey Raewyn and welcome to Blackbutterfly7. Thanks for the comment. I’m from the Flower Child generation. We’ve been talking for over 40 years but this week, I ran out of words.

      • We talked about peace back then, The words came to nothing – as you say you ran out of words. It is time for action.

        • Raewyn, Yes. We talked about peace, we did loving things, even approached strangers with flowers. At times, we were called names, but we never diverted from the message of peace and love. Then, all of our heroes died, from politicians to entertainers. Many were killed — John and Bobby Kennedy; Martin Luther King Jr.; Gandhi. The music died, and we took on the burden of being adults with 3D lives.

  9. scrodriguez

    Reading Wilsons testimony just disgust me to the core, check this out, his birthmark they are claiming is an injury on the right side of his face explain how Brown got in position to hit him on that side of the face with his left fist?
    Brown is outside the vehicle, The window is partially rolled up how the hell does brown throw a shot hard enough fast enough and that accurate and not hit any part of the door or the window doing so? its impossible.
    Then you have a fellow officer who testified and clearly stated that Wilson told him that he had no knowledge of the theft at the store.
    Then you have Wilson stating he considered using pepper spray but states that it would not have been effective cus Browns hands were covering his face, However just before he stated that he claims that he grabbed Browns right wrist to gain some sort of control in the struggle.
    So which one is it Mr Wilson? did you have Brown by the wrist or was he covering his face?

  10. yahtzeebutterfly

    deray mckesson
    “Even Emmett Till’s murderers were indicted. #Ferguson”

  11. Two sides to a story

    I’m encouraged that Wilson can be indicted again since this was a no-bill, not a trial. There is hope.

  12. Asst State’s Attorney for McCullough gave grand jurors a law that was declared unconstitutional in the 80’s. Lawrence O’Donnell tells us about it.

  13. yahtzeebutterfly

    Any thoughts on these 2 photos? —>

    #62 of 83:

    Note the handprints on rear window.
    #3 evidence marker = shell casing

    #64 of 83:

    There appear to be 2 blood spots on the print about in the print area of the right hand.

    Are these Michael’s prints? Was Michael ducking the 2nd shot of Wilson while perhaps Wilson had his head and gun hand out the driver’s window aiming and firing back (in relation to his cruiser) at Michael as Michael was running away?

    Is this why there is a shell casing (marker #3) on the ground near Wilson’s driver’s door?

    There is a chip on Wilson’s driver’s door near the handle. Does the chip relate somehow to Wilson firing his gun at the retreating Michael?

    I will post this “chip” picture under here as a reply.

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Chip on Wilson’s cruiser driver’s door:
      #61 of 83:

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Bullet casing next to driver’s door of Wilson’s cruiser:

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      We also need to consider this photo of the driver’s armrest in Wilson’s cruiser as we consider my above questions.
      #73 of 83

      Was this damage caused by a shell casing? Is yellow marker #3 THAT shell casing that somehow fell there on the road when Wilson got out of his cruiser?

      • yahtzeebutterfly

        Was this damage caused when Wilson fired his gun upward at Michael at the window?

        It looks as though Michael’s blood is next to the damage. (Probably when Michael’s right thumb was grazed by the bullet when Michael pushed the barrel of gun away to avoid being hit.)

      • Shell casings are typically very hot when they come out……I don’t see them ripping the plastic but instead melting it.

        • yahtzeebutterfly

          Thanks for pointing this out to me, tower flower.

          One question, before I study the photos of the other casings on the road…..if a person is standing firing the gun in a forward direction, which direction do the casings eject?

        • yahtzeebutterfly

          Perhaps that was the bullet hole that caused the driver’s window glass to shatter:

          Photo #13 of 49 from this link:

          • yahtzeebutterfly

            The two blue-green fragment pieces on the driver’s seat of Wilson’s cruiser here are glass fragments:

            (#74 of 83)

            I think this photo shows the bullet retrieved from the glass inside the driver’s door:

            #5 of 49

            • yahtzeebutterfly

              Now, I am thinking that perhaps (big maybe) the chipped of paint on the exterior of the door might have been caused by this bullet that entered into the door from the interior and also caused the glass window (which had been down=inside door panel) to shatter.

          • With the tearing of the material surrounding the hole I believe you are correct, that this might be a bullet hole.

      • I’d like to hear the explanation of all those shell casings so close to Mike’s body. if Wilson wasn’t right on top of him, chasing him over 100yds from the car, then why are all the casings do close to Mike?

        • yahtzeebutterfly

          Shannon, what you have brought out is why I asked tower flower about the direction the casings are ejected.

          Those casings near Michael’s body seem to be in the wrong place in my mind…at least as far as Wilson’s story.

          • yahtzeebutterfly

            Also, after looking at the photos, I am surprised that some of the arriving officer’s parked their cruisers on the road WITHIN the crime scene.

            • yahtzeebutterfly

              Well, this cruiser in the road, anyway:

              Photo 17 of 83

              Photo #19 of 83

            • Yahtze,
              because it wasn’t a crime scene it was a police lynching and they certainly didn’t expect to be questioned about it.
              besides, why preserve any ‘evidence’ when they can just make their own.
              remember, one tech didn’t have batteries for her camera or take measurements cuz “self explanatory.”

              BTW, someone sent a cell phone video taken seconds after killing Mike, where Wilson seemed be acting suspicious bcuz he was walking around looking at the ground right next to Mikes body. the person who sent the vid was wondering if he could’ve been dropping evidence like casings or something.

              but at the time i was more interested in why he was basically stomping through the crime scene instead of keeping a distance so he wouldn’t contaminate the area like we’d expect they’d do after a killing.
              it wasn’t like he was checking on Mike’s condition, he never did, it was just him &then the other cop talking and walking around his body looking at the ground and I wondered if he was trying to determine measurements by counting the steps with his own feet from the body in different directions.. weird.
              i’ll try to find that video.

        • Shannon, did DW ever say he backed up from MB after he first ran after him? I haven’t gotten into the evidence yet to see. But if he fired at one point and then backed up when MB advanced toward him then the casings would end up near MB…..except for those last two shots.

      • yahtzeebutterfly


        I always thought shell casings flew back to the right side. That’s why I am asking towerflower to help me understand the directions that Wilson’s casings would have gone as he fired his gun.

        For instance, at his cruiser, this #4 marker is for one of his shell casings. It is in the gutter of the road and to the right (and I think BACK FROM) of where he had to been standing.

        Take a look:

        (Photo #43 of 83)

        (Photo #45 of 83)

    • Yahtzee, I’m sorry to be absent from this discussion about the shell casings, etc. I’m more inclined to address words/testimony and show inconsistencies. At this point, I think that everyone knows Wilson lied directly and by omission to the grand jury. The interpretation of blood droppings behind Michael cannot be limited to Michael bum-rushing Wilson, neither that he came towards Wilson with bad intent. Based on other witnesses, Michael was trying to get Wilson to stop shooting him.

      The other fact is that Wilson actually shot in someone’s apartment. IMHO, that acquaints to shooting at a person running away, rather than facing and coming towards you. According to Wilson however, he did not fire while Michael’s back was towards him. Another fact — other than the one shot to the top of Michael’s head, the other shots were on Michael’s right-side, indicating that he was turning around as Wilson fired.

      Wilson’s story is that he fired several times until Michael stopped advancing, then fired again as Michael advanced on him. The path of the bullets in Michael’s body is what is important and the independent ME gave some explanation.

      Long story short — McCullough’s office limited the possibilities of all evidence, only presenting it for Wilson’s benefit.

      • yahtzeebutterfly

        Good points, Xena.

        I am a visual person….I am going to approach the released evidence by studying scene photos first, then investigator’s description and measurements of the scene. After I have a good grasp of the scene evidence, I plan to study testimony.

        I am so glad you are going into the testimony now and searching for inconsistencies.

        • Yahtzeebutterfly,

          I am a visual person….

          Yes you are, and it takes many members to make a “body.” I just didn’t want you to think that I missed your comments of the research.

          I am so glad you are going into the testimony now and searching for inconsistencies.

          Actually, Wilson’s is the only testimony I’m interested in, and since so many others have already addressed it, I’m reblogging and posting links to their articles in the comment section. McCullough is an embarrassment to America’s judicial system and my eye is still on him.

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Just read in Part 2 evidence that the Investigator, when taking rear window photo, was told by a police officer on the scene that the handprint on rear window was seen before “roll call” in the morning and Darren Wilson was told to have the car washed.

      Investigator left the photo in evidence because he had already taken the photo.

    • yahtzeebutterfly


      The black markers (from NYTimes graphic) are all of the shell casings at the scene:

    • yahtzeebutterfly

    • yahtzeebutterfly

  14. peni4yothot

    For those interested in contacting the DOJ to demand an indictment of Darren Wilson.
    Justin Hansford retweeted
    National Bar Assoc. @nationalbar
    · Nov 26
    *** MEDIA ADVISORY *** National Bar Association Call to Action: “War on Police Brutality” –

    • So this slob is laid up in some other man’s home, while he’s still married himself, and gets in a fight when the man comes home to find him there? this is exactly the type of entitled, self centered, egotistical bully that has no problem driving by screaming profanities out the car window at a couple of young men and then cops an attitude when they don’t bow down to his authority!
      this is who then slams on the breaks and recklessly backs up screeching wheels and all and admits to snatching Mike Brown by his arm from the car! then when Mike is trying to get away this guy decided to pull a gun and shoot him right there! but when that wasn’t enough he gets out and gives chase and shoots at this unarmed teenager even when he’s pleading with him to stop!

      “Wilson said Brown would be alive today if he had just followed his original order to stop walking on the street, and move to the sidewalk.”

      See, even Wilson admits he killed an 18yr because he didn’t obey his barking orders in a drive-by harassment.

      • Shannon,

        “Wilson said Brown would be alive today if he had just followed his original order to stop walking on the street, and move to the sidewalk.”

        See, even Wilson admits he killed an 18yr because he didn’t obey his barking orders in a drive-by harassment.


        The adulterer got into a fight with his girlfriend’s baby’s daddy, and now there is a custody battle. That child in the same residence with Wilson is at risk.

  15. “Realistically speaking, Darren will never be a police officer again, and he understands that,” attorney Jim Towey said. “Going forward it will be school, and trying to carve out a new niche, new career, for he and his family.”

    An online school? He won’t be able to sit in class with others putting them at risk. Here’s a career idea; go to the middle east and herd camels.

  16. yahtzeebutterfly

    Lots of good tweets by Lisa Bloom on her twitter page:

    I like this one:
    Lisa Bloom @LisaBloom · 3h 3 hours ago
    “What do I do not to get beaten inside my car,” Darren Wilson said he thought. Yet prosecutors never asked why he didn’t hit the gas.”

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Paul Rosenberg @PaulHRosenberg
      @LisaBloom Your on-air comments Tues were vital to my @Salon story:

      WEDNESDAY, NOV 26, 2014 8:45 PM UTC
      “Everything the Darren Wilson grand jury got wrong: The lies, errors and mistruths that let Michael Brown’s killer off the hook
      The prosecutor’s document dump was designed for transparency. It shows how transparently flawed the process was”


    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Lisa Bloom tweets:

      Lisa Bloom @LisaBloom

      Astoundingly, prosecutors never asked Darren Wilson if he shot Mike Brown when his hands were up.

      “What do I do not to get beaten inside my car,” Darren Wilson said he thought. Yet prosecutors never asked why he didn’t hit the gas.

      Prosecutors never asked Darren Wilson how Mike Brown “grabbed” his gun without leaving a single fingerprint.

      Prosecutors never asked Wilson to demonstrate with a mannequin how Brown hit his right cheek w right hand while standing on his left.

      Prosecutors never asked Wilson to demonstrate how Brown grabbed his gun with Brown’s right hand and twisted it (backhand?) into his pelvis

      Would Hulk Hogan or a demon be able to twice strike a man’s face with a “full swing” and leave no injury but a bit of pinkness?

      When a witness gestures in a legal proceeding, SOP is for lawyers to describe that in words so record is clear. Not done in Wilson GJ.

      If Mike Brown twisted Wilson’s gun-holding hand backwards into Wilson’s pelvis, why doesn’t Wilson have a wrist injury or even redness?

      Like George Zimmerman, Darren Wilson has yet to face any tough questions for killing an unarmed kid. Can’t we agree that’s a minimum reqt?

      Like George Zimmerman, Darren Wilson did not have to accurately re-enact his story. Devil’s in the details. Much of his story doesn’t add up

      Wilson at station right after shooting says he told cops he’d been punched in the face. Their response: “where?” Bc they cdn’t see anything

      “I believe I closed my eyes,” Wilson says re the altercation at the car. If so, how did he see Brown’s supposedly demonic face? (Not asked)

      “You said you felt threatened in that area bc there is violence & guns & everything” pros says to Wilson in GJ. Actually he didn’t say that

      “Ofc Wilson, I’m not trying to get in your head” pros says to Wilson apologetically. Actually figuring out motive and intent is whole point

      Remarkably, grand jurors, not prosectors, who ask Wilson about eyewitness testimony about grabbing Brown’s throat or shooting as he ran away

      Just read all of Wilson’s grand jury testimony a second time. Reads like a defense attorney asking easy, friendly Qs of her own client

      Darren Wilson says he had scratches on his neck, but never once says Mike Brown caused them. & naturally prosecutors don’t bother to ask

  17. In 2007, McCullough got a grand jury to indict former Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell. Then McCullough dismissed the case.

  18. I will say this. I’ve followed this case from day 1. I feel like I’ve been privately protesting at home while others have been out on the streets. I’ve felt from day 1 that Wilson was guilty. He definitely murdered that kid out of anger and the thought that if Brown lived, he’d be testifying againstWilsonand locking him up for the killing. Wilson embellished so much of his story but yes, he had lots of help. McCullough certainly did his part. His two assistants did their part as well. This was a department wide coverup. You had the chief, other officers, police photographers, prosecutors and Christine Byers of The St Louis paper as well.
    I have to mention this. There was no way that Wilson was going to be convicted with the evidence in this case. These witnesses that were interviewed and brought before this grand jury was ridiculous. I’ll give one example for the evidence.
    Wilson said that Brown actually grabbed his gun at one point. However, as far as we know, this gun has yet to be fingerprinted to this day! How ridiculous is that?
    As far as the witnesses. I’ve read every witnesses testimony in this case and it was really sad. Mike a brown had lots of friends but he had no witnesses to his murder. I said on a post a bit earlier last week that Piaget crenshaw and Tiffany Johnson were not being honest and that they tried to duplicate one another’s story. That proved to be more than true. Not only did they lie, they basically just testified as to what they had both heard. They didn’t even see the shooting. Piaget’s testimony was embarrassing. The main witnesses that testified for Brown had just too many holes in their stories and some of them just flat out came in and lied. That being said,there were 2 witnesses that testified very well in Browns favor. However, they lacked the confidence and fortitude to stand up to what amounted to a cross examination from the prosecutors office. Lots of these witnesses were young and not very well spoken. Just not very Intellegent. They thought that they could just come in and tell a story about what happened and everyone would believe them. That is hy the grand jury ultimately accepted Wilsons story. He was lying but the witnesses were lying more.
    Now I realize that Wilson should have been indicted if the prosecution and grand jury and the investigation had been handled properly. However, there was no way he was going to get indicted for this case. The fix was truly in place in this case.
    I truly believe that Wilson shot at Brown from behind a few times. Unfortunately, he missed those shots and I believe the bicep graze was from behind. Wilson clearly used excessive for and his story is a joke. However, his lawyers did an incredible job with him and crafting his story around the evidence.
    Body cams for every officer in America amd a special prosecutor for every officer related shooting. That has to be the law very soon!

    • James,

      I said on a post a bit earlier last week that Piaget crenshaw and Tiffany Johnson were not being honest and that they tried to duplicate one another’s story.

      I haven’t read their testimonies and when I took a look at the data dump, the names of witnesses are redacted. I did however, see their television interviews. Rather than think of their testimonies as made-up duplications, I see them as consistent with each other.

      If it’s true as you say that the fix was in, then why would anyone’s testimony need to be construed true or false? I distinctly remember that in George Zimmerman’s case, John Goode wrote one statement that was inconsistent with his oral interview. On the witness stand, his demeanor was different than the tone of this written report, and different from that heard in his oral interview.

      Personally, the only evidence that I need to confirm that Wilson intentionally killed Michael is the shot to Michael’s head where the path of the bullet demonstrates that Michael was falling forward, and the shot to the top of Michael’s head, indicating that Michael was level to the ground.

    • I don’t know if the witnesses you’re talking about were lying and I haven’t read their testimony, but did see their TV interviews. But I do know lawyers certainly know how to make a mistake seem like a deliberant lie. Lots of witnesses said Mike was shot in the back, including Darion the guy with Mike that day. But we know that Mike wasn’t hit in the back from the Autopsy report. (Although he could’ve been hit in the arm from behind)
      But if I see someone being fired at numerous times as he’s running away almost 150yrds, and he suddenly stops and turns around, i’ll probably assume he was hit by at least one of those shots too. it’s only common sense, especially if its a trained police officer, because i’d expect him to be a better shot than he apparently was.
      That said, is it wrong to assume that Mike was hit in the back &would I be lying if I said so or would I be mistaken?
      And why would i intentionally lie about that when everyone knows that’s a fact easily checked at the autopsy?
      Why would witnesses lie about that knowing the autopsy would expose them as liars? In fact later when the family’s autopsy came out and showed Mike wasn’t hit in the back those ppl corrected their stories and said that they thought he was hit in the back and/or it seemed like he was hit in the back.
      I think the media and the prosecutor were intellectually dishonest to call them liars for what was mistake anyone could make.

      The other thing about the prosecutor’s fake grand jury was the witnesses he choose to use and the questions they asked and didn’t ask.
      They never did ask Wilson if Mike had his hands up but did ask him if Mike was charging. How does one not ask the target of the investigation one of the fundamental issues that could put his ass in prison or not? Was the prosecutor worried that a video could somehow show up of Mike Brown with his hands up and blow that lie right out of the water?
      Consider the questions that were and were not asked of all the witnesses, I believe that speaks to the intention of the prosecutor.

      • Shannon,
        I seem to remember at least one of them saying that Michael flinched as if he was hit/shot. I don’t remember them saying outright that Michael was shot in the back. We know how people who have an agenda to intimidate witnesses put words in their mouths.

  19. Just WoW~ they need to do something about this prosecutor now!!! 44times talking about Mike’s use of pot and completely erroneous implications that he was doing this thing called waxing!!!

    • Shannon,
      It’s the same propaganda that Hitler used against the Jews. When things are repeated over and over again, people start believing it about the person or group and so it then makes no difference how their lives ended because they are judged as a burden on society.

      The scary thing is, I’m seeing a nation subjected to the processes used by Hitler, and it’s going unnoticed.

      • I see ppl who are noticing it too but it’s so overwhelming and getting so pervasive we’re starting to expect it.
        I remember I having a healthy expectation that Trayvon’s murder was so horrific and self-evident that Zimmerman’s fantastic fantasy wouldn’t work on even the biggest RWNJ, no matter what the internet haters and hate hags on the internet were bullshitting about. Ppl like Jeb Bush knew it and said something. I don’t understand how the hatehags ended up having such influence in situations like this.

  20. Later, when Baldwin asked Grace if the grand jurors should have questioned Wilson’s story more, she said it was the prosecutor who failed, not the jurors. “The grand jurors are like sheep, they’re babes in the woods. The prosecutor’s duty is to seek the truth,” she said. “I am telling you that the prosecutors, if they want an indictment, they will get an indictment.”

    Finally, Grace questioned Wilson’s assertion that all he wanted to do in the moment of the shooting was “live.” She said, “If you wanted to live, then put the pedal to the metal and drive when the guy is trying to jump in your car and grab your gun!”

  21. yahtzeebutterfly

    “5 Key Inconsistencies in What Happened During the Michael Brown Shooting
    Where the accounts of Darren Wilson and witnesses don’t add up.”

  22. I called for the initiation of this hashtag last night on Twitter to encourage those of us who are white to come out of the closet and confess just how non-angelic we have been, all while relatively secure in the knowledge that our misdeeds would likely go unpunished. To fully grasp the depths of racial disparity that plague our justice system, it is necessary not only to acknowledge the glaring evidence of aggressive policing toward (and racial profiling and over-incarceration of) black and brown people, but also the flipside of that reality: the preferential treatment afforded those of us who are white, even when engaged in similar behaviors. So long as whites like me are receiving such preferential treatment—criminal justice affirmative action for white people, so to speak—we have no moral right to question claims of systemic racism made by people of color, who experience the downside of our institutional advantage every day. And we have no ethical leg to stand on when we complain about their anger in the face of yet again more evidence of that system, operating in its usual fashion.

  23. Does the Easter Bunny issue traffic tickets in Canada?

    • yahtzeebutterfly


      “Does the Easter Bunny issue traffic tickets in Canada?”

      Not sure….some Easter Bunnies do get tickets, however:

    • yahtzeebutterfly


      To answer the intent of your question: I hope people stop refusing to acknowledge that innocent Black ARE unjustly stereotyped and profiled by LE and others and oftentimes are treated violently or unfairly during unjustified stops.

      (I wish all the wonderful, good cops in our country would speak out against the bad cops.)

      • There’s a radio station in my neck of the woods that warns listeners of “debt relief day.” They tell them what intersections to watch for or avoid. “Debt relief day” is when cops sit at intersections to ticket motorists to raise money for the city to get out of debt and has nothing to do with traffic violations.

  24. Ok I may have missed it. Or just not typing the right info in the search engine. What the heck is waxing besides body parts? Sorry for my ignorance.

    • Shyloh, I’m with you — have no idea what “waxing” means besides removing hair from the body.

  25. Prosecutors gave grand jury a law that the Supreme Court of the U.S. ruled unconstitutional in 1985.

  26. That’s when hateful messages and death threats started — from Wilson supporters, from white supremacist groups and from Internet bigots.

    “Seventy-one death threats. But I’ll never forget what one man said to me: ‘I’m going to come pick you up with all you other hateful n—– preachers and put you all in your church and burn you straight to hell.’ ”

  27. “He asked Devonte why he was crying. His response about his concerns regarding the level of police brutality towards young black kids was met with an unexpected and seemingly authentic (to Devonte), ‘Yes. *sigh* I know. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’ The officer then asked if he could have one of his hugs,”

  28. butterflydreamer2

    ABC Reportedly Paid Darren Wilson Six-Figure Fee for Interview

    Killing a young black man is sure turning out profitable for Officer Wilson (“I was just doing my job and in fear of my life.”) Got yourself a new wife, a baby on the way, and looking forward to a normal life. Errr, about the normal life part, the odds are not in your favor, you might want to get in touch with Zimmerman and see how that’s working out for him. Karma has a special place for arrogant assholes such as yourself.

  29. Hat tip to Glenn;
    Asian Americans Call for National Dialogue on Race Post-Ferguson

  30. yahtzeebutterfly

    NY Times – Google map with buildings numbered and streets labeled at Canfield apartments:

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