“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
One thing is definite, the looting and rioting will stop or someone else is going to die.
the police say that brown shoved the officer back in the car then tried to go for his gun but we only have their word for it. hearsay at best.
then we have eye witness accounts that say they were walking down the street which is not a crime in a neighborhood. the cop got mad because they wouldn't get out of the street.
they said that the cop put him in a neck hold etc ...
so the actual evidences are sketchy.
now if they link this kid to the robbery then the cop had enough for a reasonable stop. otherwise walking down the street is not enough for a cop to stop them.
IMO, there are two issues:
1. Completing the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown. This has to be a priority. I reserve judgment on that matter as a lot of facts have yet to be determined. If the officer used excessive force--and it remains to be seen--he most definitely should be held fully accountable. For now, the witnesses will need to be carefully and thoroughly questioned and any other evidence will need to be meticulously examined before conclusions are reached. Unlike with the Garner case in New York City, no video of the incident has surfaced to date, which makes the questioning of witnesses and examination of additional information even more critical. I'll await the findings. The media speculation is not really helpful. Neither is the release of the alleged robbery video, as the video does not show what happened at the time and place of the shooting. In general, early information is often incomplete and/or inaccurate.
2. Addressing post-incident security issues. Although many and probably most protesters are peaceful and have not created security issues, there has been some number who have decidedly exploited the situation to opportunistically loot, carry out violence, etc. That smaller number of persons undermines the credibility of the peaceful protesters as their actions drown out the message of the larger group. That smaller number also needs to be contained and, for those apprehended, prosecuted for their crimes. Rule of law is essential to safeguarding the rights and safety of all residents, including those impacted by the violence/vandalism and also the peaceful protesters. The National Guard's being called out is necessary toward that end. First, there has been a significant loss of confidence in the local police department at present. Second, the State Troopers were not very effective in the end.
32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
People are seriously going after the National Guard ?
It took the California National Guard to finally shut down the LA Riots.
I hope the looters understand the difference between a Soldier and a Police officer.
If not, it might cost them their lives.
Also, sending in the national guard I think is good to relieve the Ferguson police because the ferg police are suspect as hell and need to be removed from the situation and investigated.
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength - Henry Ward Beecher
Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way - Rooster Cogburn