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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

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    This is a song which came out shortly after the Rodney King riots and it is indicative of the mindset of the demographic.
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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    I saw the video of it.

    The guy was out for revenge at any cost. No wonder Michael Brown turned out to be a scumbag with scumbag parents.

    I think Stepdad, Holder, the NAACP and Obama should all publically apologise to officer Wilson.

    That would be enough.
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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    No, I'm referring to before the riots. It is the media that decides what of 100,000 things to focus on.
    Do you think they should ignore the anger in Ferguson?

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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    In front of a large crowd of protestors, Michael Brown's stepfather on a platform started shouting "BURN IT DOWN! BURN IT DOWN!" to a larger crowd in a situation were arson was not only a possibility, but then in fact did happen.

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    Should he be prosecuted?
    Not exactly the classiest guy and nobody I'd want as a next door neighbor but a few things:

    1. Anyone committing arson KNEW is was a crime regardless of what the step dad said. They are truly the guilty ones.
    2. Although calling for rioting is a crime, I tend to give people suffering a recent death of a loved one some leeway when no one was harmed as a direct result of their actions, at least until some time has passed.
    3. That naturally leads to this question: Would the rioters have rioted anyway or where they just going to get together and sing cum ba ya but were driven to barbarism by Michael Brown's stepdad? I personally then no.
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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    Quote Originally Posted by JumpinJack View Post
    Merely stating the words in public is evidence of incitement to violence. I'm not sure that even violence has to occur. It's the incitement (the speaking of the words in public) that is illegal. But the fact that violence did occur soon afterwords makes that question moot.

    Some people don't realize that freedom of speech is not all encompassing. Your freedom to speak ends at the beginning of someone else's rights, and it is illegal to tell people in a public forum to harm other people or property. It is illegal to yell "fire" in a theater, even if not everyone runs for safety, believing there's a fire. It's the words spoken that are illegal.

    If I go on tv or other public forum and say ya da ya da ya da, and conclud with saying that people need to rise up and assassinate Obama (which I would never do, obviously), I would be arrested and charged with a crime, whether or not someone tried to act on my words.

    So he should be arrested & charged for inciting violence on the property or persons of other people. But he won't be. He'll get a pass.

    Imagine if a KKK member were to give an angry speech and tell people to rise up and set fire to black businesses, saying "burn 'em! burn 'em!" That is illegal.
    Oh I agree with everything you said here. I was just wondering if when you asked about evidence were you saying that you hadn't seen the video with him uttering these oh so charming words.
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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    Do you think they should ignore the anger in Ferguson?
    No, absolutely not. The media should cover it 24/7 as the most vital topic in the world today - and particularly give advance notice of what is going to happen (arson and looting), when and where.

    Ferguson is the political, industrial, social and economic center of the United States so what happens there is far more important than what happens in the backwaters like Washington DC or Congress.

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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    No, absolutely not. The media should cover it 24/7 as the most vital topic in the world today - and particularly give advance notice of what is going to happen (arson and looting), when and where.

    Ferguson is the political, industrial, social and economic center of the United States so what happens there is far more important than what happens in the backwaters like Washington DC or Congress.
    You lost me when you said Ferguson was the "political, industrial, social and economic center of the United States".

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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    I think he definitely should be prosecuted of something. However, the chances of it happening are slim. Musicians aren't held responsible for the actions of their listeners. He won't be either. What he should be found guilty of is inciting violence.
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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    A middle ground would he the catch-all disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace - a ticket - and let it quietly fade away. Something done, but not really.

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    Re: Should Michael Brown's Step father be prosecuted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    You lost me when you said Ferguson was the "political, industrial, social and economic center of the United States".
    Satire.

    Given all happening in the USA and the world, do you REALLY think the media coverage time given to Ferguson was proportional to everything else?

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