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Happy Hump Day!

One more piece of news on the Ferguson kerfuffle, this from the always-worth-reading Dr. Thomas Sowell; Opinion Vs. Facts.  Excerpt:

Soon after the shooting death of Michael Brown, this 285-pound young man was depicted as a “gentle giant.” But, after a video was leaked, showing him bullying the owner of a store from which he had stolen some merchandise, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed displeasure that the video was leaked. In other words, to Holder the truth was offensive, but the lie it exposed was not.

Many people who claimed to have been eyewitnesses to the fatal shooting gave opposite accounts of what happened. Some even gave accounts that contradicted what they themselves had said earlier.

Fortunately, the grand jury did not have to rely on such statements, though some in the media seemed to. What the grand jury had, that the rest of us did not have until the grand jury’s decision was announced, was a set of physical facts that told a story that was independent of what anybody said.

The facts have been available for some time.

Item:  The confrontation was initiated by Officer Wilson when Brown and his companion were walking in the middle of a street and defiantly refused to move to the sidewalk.

Grizzly-Bear-FaceItem:  Michael Brown’s blood and DNA were found inside the police vehicle and on Darren Wilson’s service sidearm, corroborating Wilson’s testimony that Brown lunged into the vehicle and attempted to grab the officer’s weapon.

Item:  Several autopsies confirmed that all of the shots that struck Michael Brown did so from the front, not the back.

Item:  Several witnesses confirmed Officer Wilson’s testimony that Brown was charging the police officer, head down “like a football player,” when Wilson fired the fatal shots.

Add to this that the burden of evidence for a grand jury is quite a bit lower than that demanded in a trial.  In a criminal trial, the prosecution is required to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.  To return an indictment, all a grand jury needs is a preponderance of evidence, or a likelihood that charges are justified.

This grand jury found no such preponderance of evidence.

So what do the Ferguson protestors want?  The rule of law junked for this case?  The decision of a legally convened and conducted grand jury thrown out to appease the demands of a mob?

Such a thing is unthinkable in a nation that claims to value the rule of law.

Splashing-BearsDr. Sowell concludes:  Who benefits from the Ferguson riots? The biggest beneficiaries are politicians and racial demagogues. In Detroit, Mayor Coleman Young was one of many political demagogues who were able to ensure their own reelection, using rhetoric and policies that drove away people who provided jobs and taxes, but who were likely to vote against him if they stayed. Such demagogues thrived as Detroit became a wasteland.

This, True Believers, is why the paid protestors and out-of-towners in Ferguson are rioting, stealing and burning.  They don’t give a damn about Michael Brown.  They have their own agendas, and this is an opportunity to chip away at the rule of law.