By which I mean, did he initiate the violence and leave his victim with no choice but to shoot to save his life? Because that was Trayvon Martin.
And it’s beginning to emerge that that was Michael Brown:
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told FoxNews.com.
“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”
According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said.
“They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move,” the source said. “They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face.
The source claims that there is “solid proof” that there was a struggle between Brown and Wilson for the policeman’s firearm, resulting in the gun going off – although it still remains unclear at this stage who pulled the trigger. Brown started to walk away according to the account, prompting Wilson to draw his gun and order him to freeze. Brown, the source said, raised his hands in the air, and turned around saying, “What, you’re going to shoot me?”
At that point, the source told FoxNews.com, the 6 foot, 4 inch, 292-pound Brown charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown’s skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown’s family.
Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket in the fracas, and was left dazed by the initial confrontation, the source said. He is now “traumatized, scared for his life and his family, injured and terrified” that a grand jury, which began hearing evidence on Wednesday, will “make some kind of example out of him,” the source said.
Darren Wilson sure sounds like George Zimmerman:
One difference between Trayvon and Michael is that Trayvon wasn’t doing anything wrong when he encountered Zimmerman (until he attacked Zimmerman, that is).
Michael Brown, on the other hand, may well have been doing something wrong:
Michael Brown was identified as a suspect in a strong-arm robbery of a box of cigars moments before he was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson, police said Friday.
In an afternoon press conference, Ferguson, Mo. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson did not initially make a connection between the robbery and Brown,whose death spurred violent protests and unrest in the St. Louis suburb over the past week.
Wilson stopped Brown and a friend because “they were in the middle of the street, blocking traffic,” Jackson said.
Hours later, however, Jackson told a slightly different story to CNN and NBC, saying that Wilson noticed Brown was carrying a box of cigars that had been reported stolen. Wilson, he said, initially stopped Brown for blocking traffic, but as he began driving past Brown, he noticed Brown was holding cigars.
At that point, Wilson “made the connection” that Brown might have been involved in a theft that had just been broadcast on police radio, Jackson said.
The discrepancy over the cigars may be an issue, or it may mean nothing: we haven’t heard Wilson’s story from his own mouth yet. Indeed, the large man strong-arming the store owner may not be Michael Brown (though the outfit of the robber appears to match that of Brown from post-mortem news photos).
What matters is that there is an alternate telling of the events of that day, with plenty of witnesses (and accompanying evidence) to attest to it, that depicts Michael Brown as anything but the innocent victim of racist police brutality. Which raises the question of what have the last several nights of rioting been all about?
Have Revs. Sharpton and Jackson helped or hurt? Has the presence of the New Black Panthers helped or hurt? Who are the alleged “provocateurs”, and where do they come from?
Out-of-town criminals are inciting violence and hijacking peaceful protests in Ferguson, police said early Tuesday, with officers coming under “heavy gunfire” in the Missouri town.
At least two people were shot in the violent overnight melee and 31 people were arrested – with some of those detained coming from New York and California, Johnson said.
When even the Black Panthers are blaming outside provocateurs, it suggests the violence and outrage is staged, manufactured. All the town leaders want it to stop, the clergy want it to stop, Michael’s parents want it to stop. Yet it continues.
I wasn’t there, so I don’t know—but Ferguson, MO resembles a Broadway production more than it does a modern lynching.