Tag: Ferguson

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Extraordinary Life of Barack Obama’s Imaginary Son


In an upcoming People magazine interview, Barack and Michelle Obama sit down and discuss life as the First Oppressed Couple of the United States. Hoping to shed light and relate to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, Barack reached into the upstairs White House bedroom of his mind and called upon his famous imaginary son to make an appearance:

The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced,” President Obama said. “It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Dear White People: Stop Gentrifying Black-led Protests


In an early episode of South Park, dimwitted Mr. Garrison asked Chef, an African-American, how he dealt with whites constantly co-opting black culture. Chef said, “we black people just always tried to stay out in front of them.”

Like with our slang. Black people always used to say, “I’m in the house” instead of “I’m here.” But then white people all started to say “in the house” so we switched it to “in the hizzouse.” “Hizzouse” became “hizzizzouse,” and then white folk started saying that, and we had to change it to “hizzie,” then “in the hizzle” which we had to change to “hizzle fo shizzle,” and now, because white people say “hizzle fo shizzle,” we have to say “flippity floppity floop.”

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Post-Ferguson: Bridging the Gap Between Protector and Protected


Having followed policing issues professionally and personally for more than two decades, the events of recent weeks frustrated me deeply. I’ve experienced more than 35 ride-alongs with departments across Southern California and covered hundreds of criminal investigations. I’ve seen many of the strengths, weaknesses and changes of modern policing and developed a sense for the dissonance between public expectations and the realities of safely capturing miscreants.

The solution was revealed in something I jokingly suggested to a frustrated LAPD friend as he fumed that the local Ferguson protesters he dealt with “have no idea how this job works.” “You’re right,” I said, “you ought to hand out (police) recruiting flyers to them. Just say ‘you can be the solution.’”

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We have had two grand juries make correct decisions (Ferguson and New York), in spite of heavy outside pressure to come up with indictments. Nonetheless, we are on the verge of societal collapse, and here’s why. The first time a white police officer is indicted—or even worse (God forbid)—wrongfully convicted of justifiably killing a black […]

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To my wife’s chagrin, I spent part of the long weekend in an email argument with a libertarian friend about whether cops and the War on Drugs are to blame for the violence in our culture. Then, just yesterday three interesting articles spoke to the issue: First, Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson explains “How Sociologists Made […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Was Michael Brown’s Death Unavoidable?


In my most recent contribution over at PJ Media, I examine the Michael Brown-Darren Wilson encounter with a focus on Wilson’s tactics. I’m in complete agreement with the grand jury’s decision not to indict him, but this is not to say there might have been a different outcome had Wilson not made some key decisions in the moments leading up to the shooting. A sample:

But even as Michael Brown’s death recedes from the front pages, there are still aspects of the case that require examination, not least of which are the tactics employed by Darren Wilson in the moments leading up to the shooting. Though I’m in agreement with the grand jury’s decision in declining to charge Wilson in Brown’s death, it doesn’t mean I agree the shooting was unavoidable. If we imagine a counterfactual scenario and back up, step by step, from the moment the first shot was fired, we can come up with a way in which Michael Brown might have been arrested without the use of deadly force. This is not intended as a criticism of Darren Wilson, but rather as a reminder to police officers who may someday find themselves in a similar situation.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Ferguson Goes Just as Expected


There were no surprises in Ferguson last night — not the grand jury’s decision, and not the riot that followed (I predicted both on NRO last month). Nor was there anything unexpected in the pitiful display of bellyaching by some in the media about the “flawed process” that produced an outcome other than the one they desired.

For all the time it took to reach their decision, my sense is that it wasn’t even a close case for the grand jurors. Either Darren Wilson was in legitimate fear for his life when he shot Michael Brown or he wasn’t. There was abundant evidence to suggest he was and very little that he wasn’t. The evidence proved the only criminal in the fatal encounter was Michael Brown, the not-so-gentle giant.

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I have a few simple questions: Why is grand jury testimony usually kept secret? How expansive is the secrecy rule? Isn’t it a violation of free speech principles? Is the intent of this secrecy to protect the innocent, and does the Ferguson case undermine that? Is the release of testimony typical? Is it justified in […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. BREAKING: No Indictment for Darren Wilson


A St. Louis County grand jury has reached a decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch made the announcement at 8:15 p.m. Central Time. Grand jury testimony is expected to be made available to reporters online at 9 p.m.

Via Twitter, NBC Nightly News has released a statement from the family of Michael Brown:

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I’ve come across a number of items for potential Ricochet discussion, but I’ve been too busy (or lazy — pick one) to post lately. Here are some links that may be of interest. Please feel free to steal them for real posts. “Anti-Violence Activists Charged in Vicious Attack” Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Democrats Shuffle Their Deck of Race Cards


Faced with a deeply unpopular President and a potential GOP wave, Democrats are digging deep to motivate their lackadaisical base. As always, the most prominent play is the race card.

In North Carolina, fans of incumbent Senator Kay Hagan are passing out disturbing fliers in African-American neighborhoods. “Kay Hagan Doesn’t WIN! Obama’s IMPEACHMENT Will Begin! Vote in 2014” says the text, which is printed over a photo of a white crowd lynching a black man.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Report on the Pumpkin Riots in Keene, NH


Keene is a small city in a quiet corner of New Hampshire. It is quintessential New England: traditional architecture, small-town feel, beautiful foliage, and civic pride. Bordering Vermont and Massachusetts, it has a touch of the gray-haired Yankee hippy with localvore, local-this and local-that, mixing commerce and idealism. A college town — Keene State College abuts the downtown area — it has plenty of Volvos and Subarus.

For more than 20 years, Keene has hosted its annual Pumpkin Festival, a combination Halloween and Harvest Festival that regularly is the largest congregation of carved pumpkins in the world, briefly turning this quiet, bucolic town into a tourist destination for thousands of visitors. Lately, HGTV has gotten in on the act with reality shows from the event. Every state-wide and regional politician — both incumbents and challengers — was there, pressing the flesh. Scott Brown, in particular, was a huge hit this year.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. No Time for Outrage In Missouri


There will be no protests, no looting, no rioting, and no expressions of outrage over it. The New York Times and the Washington Post will print no news stories or editorials about it. CNN and MSNBC will send no reporters — let alone primetime anchors — to cover it. And neither Eric Holder, nor Al Sharpton, nor Jesse Jackson, nor any of the lesser lights of the racial grievance industry will have a word to say about it.

But I submit that what happened in downtown St. Louis on Monday is far more emblematic of what ails the black community in America than the death of Michael Brown, the “unarmed black teen” who on August 9 was shot and killed by a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.