You think the immigrations system is “broken” (everyone’s favorite word)?
And it confirms that eyewitnesses either lied to investigators or refused to be interviewed out of fear of local vigilantes.
“Witness 109 claimed to have witnessed the shooting, stated that it was justified, and repeatedly refused to give formal statements to law enforcement for fear of reprisal should the Canfield Drive neighborhood find out that his account corroborated Wilson.”
Witness 113 “gave an account that generally corroborated Wilson, but only after she was confronted with statements she initially made in an effort to avoid neighborhood backlash. . . . She explained to the FBI that ‘You’ve gotta live the life to know it,’ and stated that she feared offering an account contrary to the narrative reported by the media that Brown held his hands up in surrender.”
Now there’s a story for the media: A community in which honest people can’t tell the truth for fear of running afoul local thugs enforcing “the narrative reported by the media.” Or is that more of a story about the media?
Courts can send you to the can for five years for the crime of perjury; another five for suborning perjury. Intimidating a witness has its own set of sentencing guidelines.
How many of you out there think a single witness or community “activist” will be charged with lying before the Grand Jury? Me neither. Same goes for those who looted, pillaged, and incited riot. Nothing. No justice.
So, Darren Wilson gets off (under an assumed name and new identity somewhere in Idaho); not so lucky Ferguson:
But let’s move to the other Ferguson fable, which is the Justice Department’s allegation, in an unfortunate second report, of systemic racism in the Ferguson police department.
This isn’t to say that the report doesn’t uncover more serious problems, including a number of racist emails in the department, policing that seems needlessly obnoxious or aggressive, and a municipal government desperate to prosecute every minor violation of the law in order to maximize city revenues—in effect, using cops as taxmen.
But this only demonstrates the journalistic truism that you can always find the “story” you’re looking for. Using ticket revenue and other fines to raise revenues is one of the oldest municipal tricks in the book, so much so that the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis even published a paper about it in 2006. “As local tax bases have been exhausted and public opposition to increases in local tax rates have increased over time, local governments face increased pressure to find alternative sources of revenue,” noted economists Thomas Garrett and Gary Wagner.
That turns out to be as true in Milwaukee, Nashville and Washington, D.C., as it is in Ferguson. So are we talking about institutional racism or just the usual government bloodsucking?
Exactly. The police were acting on instructions from elected officials. Just as they were in Staten Island, when trying to arrest Eric Garner for the tax crime of selling loose cigarettes on the street corner. It is a terrible use (and abuse) of police power, corrosive to the relationship between the officer on the beat and the community, but it is lawful. Blame the politicians who demand it, not the cops forced to carry it out. Same goes for the SWAT teams fielded by any number of federal agencies, from Education to the Railroad Retirement Board.
[T]he lesson of Ferguson is that there is no truth in statistics. There is truth in fact. There is truth in reason. There is truth in truthfulness. Nothing less.
To which I would add there is no truth in anything Obama and Holder have to say on race. None. Which is why they return to the subject so often.