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Michael Brown and selective concern about race

What would happen if a black cop killed an unarmed white man? Well, there wouldn’t be a nation wide media frenzy over it. How do I know that? Because it just happened recently:

Black cop kills white man, media hide race by Joe Kovacks

While national news media continue to focus on race in Ferguson, Missouri, where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, they apparently don’t think a similar case in Utah with the races reversed is that newsworthy.

Police in Salt Lake City are continuing their probe into an Aug. 11 shooting outside a 7-Eleven convenience store, when a black police officer, whom local media are referring to as “not white,” shot and killed 20-year-old Dillon Taylor, who was unarmed at the time, according to his supporters.

Police Chief Chris Burbank said the entire incident was captured on the body camera of the officer who shot Taylor.

“You will see on camera … the actions of everyone involved, including up to the point where our officer utilizes deadly force and his response thereafter,” Burbank told reporters.

He said the video, along with the officer’s identity, will be released at the “appropriate” time, adding it could be days, weeks or months.

You may notice this shooting occurred August 11, merely 2 days after Michael Brown was shot and killed. Where is the mass rage related to the Dillon Taylor killing? Have you even heard of the Dillon Taylor killing? Probably not. Which makes my point. A black cop kills an unarmed white man and no one outside the local area finds it news worthy.

Why is that? Oh, right, because no black person can do wrong in this politically correct age (unless they vote Republican, of course). This obviously selective concern about race does not help anyone. What’s worse, the selective concern about race also leads to selective concern about the facts and about justice.

The Ferguson Lie Comes Undone

First they told us Michael Brown was a gentle giant. That wasn’t true. He was a thug, high on pot, fresh from a robbery a few minutes before a police officer killed him on the troubled streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

Then they told us this 18-year old, 6’4, 280-pounder was shot in the back, trying to get away. That’s not true either.

Then they told us the militarized police caused the days and nights of rioting. Not true. Or the curfew did. Not true. Or the lack of diversity on the police department was to blame. Not true either.

They said police had no reason to unleash a cloud of pepper spray and tear gas on the demonstrators. False as well, as dozens of rocks and bottles and bricks and molotov cocktails and burning storefronts and bullets testify.

There has been a lot of talk about the Michael Brown shooting, but mainly from the perspective of the officer who shot him supposedly being a cold blooded killer. The fact that some evidence of the incident conflicts with this narrative matters not.

COP NEARLY BEATEN UNCONSCIOUS BY BROWN
‘Solid proof’ of struggle for officer’s firearm

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…

Fortunately, there are some cooler heads out there who know how tragedies like this are to be dealt with. Chief Ed Delmore, Chief of Police in Gulf Shores, Alabama, former Chief of Police in the St. Louis, Missouri area, has something to say to current Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson in an open letter.

An Open Letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson
August 17, 2014 by Chief Ed Delmore (hat tip to Allan West)

I have to call you out.

I don’t care what the media says. I expect them to get it wrong and they often do. But I expect you as a veteran law enforcement commander—talking about law enforcement—to get it right.

But Attorney General Eric Holder is personally going to Ferguson to deal with the situation. His personal attention is meant to show the American people he and President Obama are taking racism seriously. But there are others in law enforcement who see nothing but politics behind the move.

Ferguson: Another false narrative meant to divide?

Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday to head up a federal investigation that is becoming unprecedented in American law enforcement, legal experts say.

With an army of FBI agents on the ground and the governor of Missouri calling for a “vigorous prosecution” of the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, many are questioning if the case isn’t already tainted before any arrest has been made.

Gov. Jay Nixon’s comments, along with the arrival of Holder and his statements in a local newspaper, are creating a toxic environment for any future trial that may be conducted for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, says one former cop and member of the White House Secret Service team.

Dan Bongino sees the hallmarks of a political psychological operation rather than an honest criminal investigation.

“Everything to them is political,” he said, and Ferguson has proved no exception.

But surely there isn’t “even a smidgen of corruption” going on here, is there? The media aren’t purposefully working with the Obama administration to foment racial strife for political gain, are they? Isn’t it merely a divisive right wing conspiracy theory alleging the main stream news media are minimizing or ignoring some news stories just as note worthy as the Michael Brown story in order to promote a particular narrative?

Holder AWOL for black mom killed by cops

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder is in Ferguson, Missouri, ostensibly to investigate the shooting of an unarmed African-American by a white police officer.

What he is not investigating is the shooting of an unarmed African-American woman by his own federal officers, in his own jurisdiction, the District of Columbia.

And that has the family of the late Miriam Carey so outraged, they announced Wednesday they plan to double the amount of money in their lawsuit against the federal government to $150 million.

While the attorney general looks for the possibility of bad intentions and a wrongful death by an officer in the Midwest, Carey family attorney Eric Sanders believes he need look no further than under his nose in Washington, D.C., where an innocent, unarmed, suburban mother was gunned down in a barrage of bullets by Holder’s officers, all because, he said, one off-duty U.S. Secret Service officer “wanted to make that b—-h pay.”

It is fair to ask why members of our news media and our government take the Michael Brown story so seriously but shun other tragic civilian deaths by law enforcement. Clearly, their concern about race is highly selective to promoting a particular narrative.

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