the cop is at no fault whatsoever in ferguson missouri
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If you were the cop in this case, what would you have done in the same situation?
First, some background on the two involved in the shooting, Michael Brown and Darren Wilson. Michael Brown, the man who was shot and killed by Officer Wilson, was 6'4 and 300 pounds at just 18. He was a special education student. Brown had no criminal record at the time. Darren Wilson is a 28 year old police officer. Wilson had no disciplinary history with the Ferguson Police Department, and had in fact just been recognized for "extraordinary effort in the line of duty" in just February.
Let's start from the beginning. Michael Brown and his friend decided to rob a convenience store, assaulting the store clerk in the process. Brown and his accomplice decide to walk away from the store slowly down the middle of the street, blocking traffic. Wilson notices Brown and asks him to move, which Brown ignores. Wilson then recognizes Brown and his friend as very similar suspects to the convenience store robbery that just occurred nearby. Wilson orders the two to the side of the road, to which Brown responds by attacking Wilson, who is still in his cruiser. After a short exchange, Brown and his friend run. Wilson emerges from the car with reportedly a broken eye socket from Brown attacking him, and tells the criminals to stop running. Brown responds by turning back and charging Wilson. Wilson fires his weapon at Brown at this point, hitting him multiple times and killing him. Brown did not drop to the ground until within 10 feet of the officer. Wilson did fire his weapon six times to take down Brown, but it appeared to be completely necessary. Brown engaged in physical contact with Wilson by attacking him inside of his car, then attempted to charge the officer. Many witnesses mentioned that it appeared Brown was "on something." For some reason, this incident provoked excessive riots and looting of the town by the African American community of Ferguson. These citizens were encouraged by leaders such as Reverend Al Sharpton. The reactions by the community were completely unacceptable and inappropriate. Wilson acted as any cop would, no matter if he was black or white. He feared for his life and the safety of the community at that time, so he acted how he felt was appropriate. As I mentioned before, ask yourself what you would have done had you been in Wilson's shoes that day. I suspect many of you would have acted no different than this poor man that has had his reputation completely trashed by the media. I respect Darren Wilson and his actions, and support him 100%. Michael Brown was a very threatening man due to his size and mental condition at the time of the incident. He was not the innocent little boy that the media has made him out to be. Had this been a white criminal and/or a black cop, Officer Wilson would never have had any of this negative publicity, and this would never have reached this large of a story.
My simple question is: what exactly happened that day?
We still don"t know what exactly happened that day. What if Michael Brown was just walking and Officer Darren Wilson just shot him? He says Brown was blocking the traffic. Is that a good reason to shoot someone to death? He also shot Brown more than 6 times. Even if somebody was running full speed at me, I definitely wouldn"t be shooting him 6 times. Why couldn"t Wilson just shoot somewhere else as a warning? While we don"t know what exactly happened, we do know for sure he was shot multiple times. This fact alone proves Wilson was at fault
Let"s go over the fact that Brown robbed a convenience store. What"s suspicious is the cops released the video the same day they revealed the cop was Darren Wilson. They purposely released it on the same day because it seems more likely Brown threatened Wilson. Such nice timing! Why did they have to release it on the same day? They could have released it earlier or later but they didn"t.
Also, Brown was known to both his family and friends as a "gentle giant." If you were going to college in a few days, you wouldn"t want to threaten a police officer, do you? You want to go to college with a clean record. Why would Brown risk getting thrown to prison when his future is bright?
Finally, Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Ryan Reilley of the Huffington Post were arrested for no reason and no information was given to them. If Officer Darren Wilson was truly innocent, why would the police interfere with the freedom of the press?
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Vote Placed by bladerunner060 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro had the BoP here. The complete lack of sourcing really hurts Pro (particularly in some cases, where, though Con didn't necessarily seize on them, Pro has factual inaccuracies). In the end, Pro had a bunch of assertions that were never backed up. Con likewise made assertions, and didn't back his own up either--but Con didn't have the BoP. I'd be very interesting in seeing this debate again with a bit more rigor. As always, happy to clarify this RFD.
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