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BREAKING: Eric Holder Delivers Formal Apology to Officer Darren Wilson

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Photo of Attorney General delivering apology to Darren Wilson

From The Washington Post: 

Here is a key part of the conclusion of DOJ’s report:

As discussed above, Darren Wilson has stated his intent in shooting Michael Brown was in response to a perceived deadly threat. The only possible basis for prosecuting Wilson under section 242 would therefore be if the government could prove that his account is not true – i.e., that Brown never assaulted Wilson at the SUV, never attempted to gain control of Wilson’s gun, and thereafter clearly surrendered in a way that no reasonable officer could have failed to perceive. Given that Wilson’s account is corroborated by physical evidence and that his perception of a threat posed by Brown is corroborated by other eyewitnesses, to include aspects of the testimony of Witness 101, there is no credible evidence that Wilson willfully shot Brown as he was attempting to surrender or was otherwise not posing a threat. Even if Wilson was mistaken in his interpretation of Brown’s conduct, the fact that others interpreted that conduct the same way as Wilson precludes a determination that he acted with a bad purpose to disobey the law.  (p. 86).

Audio Exclusive: Eric Holder’s Apology to Officer Wilson

Hopefully this report will put to rest some of the outlandish claims that have been made about Michael Brown’s death. For example, the report convincingly rebuts the “hands up, don’t shoot” account:

[T]here are no witnesses who could testify credibly that Wilson shot Brown while Brown was clearly attempting to surrender. The accounts of the witnesses who have claimed that Brown raised his hands above his head to surrender and said “I don’t have a gun,” or “okay, okay, okay” are inconsistent with the physical evidence or can be challenged in other material ways, and thus cannot be relied upon to form the foundation of a federal prosecution. Read the rest of this entry »

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Media Bias: A Tale of Two News Alerts

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UNBELIEVABLE: New York Times Publishes Darren Wilson’s Home Address

right-scoop-logoOf all the foolish things to do, the NY Times published the address of Officer Darren Wilson despite the fact that there are people who likely want to get their own brand of justice and kill him.

Redacted screenshot I took from the NY Times article (that we won’t link to):

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UPDATE: In a related note…

Scoop: New York Times signals more newsroom layoffs are imminent


Jonah Goldberg: ‘In Ferguson, the race to be wrong, it seems, isn’t a sprint but a marathon’

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Legions of activists and commentators have convinced themselves that we know exactly what happenedgpoa-stamp

The events in Ferguson, Mo., have launched a familiar spectacle: the race to be wrong first.

[Jonah’s book, The Tyranny of Cliches, is available at Amazon]

Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The Washington Post had more on the story about what one witness called an “execution-style slaying”:

“Lawyer Freeman Bosley Jr. said Dorian Johnson, a friend of Brown’s, has told the FBI shaprton-fingerthat Officer Darren Wilson confronted the two because they were walking in the middle of the street.

“Al Sharpton, with decades of racial ambulance-chasing under his belt, insists that “America is on trial” in Ferguson. Of course he does.”

“Wilson cursed at the pair and ordered them onto the sidewalk, Bosley told The Washington Post. When they refused to comply, he said, the officer grabbed Brown’s throat through the window of his cruiser, pulled out a pistol and shot him.

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Wilson then chased Brown, shot him in the back and shot him five to six more times as Brown’s hands were raised, Bosley said.”

“There also seems to be a bipartisan desire to make President Obama part of the story…Obama, as is his wont, took the bait…”

An autopsy commissioned by the Brown family suggests that account is not true, at least in regard to the most incendiary charge. None of the bullets fired at Johnson entered his body through his back. That hardly means Wilson was justified in shooting Brown even once. Nor does it necessarily mean Wilson is a murderer. The simple fact is we don’t know.

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“…His comments Friday were defensible on the merits, but what was the point? He clearly mollified no one and exposed himself, once again, to being dragged along by events.”

The rush to condemn Wilson’s conduct and the gallop to martyr Brown may have set land-speed records. The New Yorker, like numerous outlets, reported that Brown was walking to his grandmother’s home when confronted by Wilson. A video released from the by turns hapless and devious Ferguson Police Department alleges that he was actually walking from a thuggish and brazen shoplifting of a box of cigars from a convenience store. Read the rest of this entry »


Ambiguous Tweet Retraction of the Day

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UPDATE:

Retracted: The reporter who tweeted out that 12 witnesses confirmed the cops’ accounting of events has now retracted her tweet — and announced that she’s currently on a Family and Medical Leave Act departure from work.

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On FMLA from paper. Earlier tweets did not meet standards for publication.

What?

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[VIDEO] Malik Shabazz: Provocateurs, Plants Causing Violence in Ferguson

“We cannot allow this movement to be destroyed — we’re here for justice.”

From The CornerAndrew Johnson reports: “Intentional provocateurs” and “outside infiltrators” are responsible for the eruptions of violence during the protests of peaceful marchers in Ferguson, Mo., according to Black Lawyers for Justice president Malik Shabazz.

“I don’t know who he’s planted by, but he’s not with us — he’s here to make this look bad, and we don’t want to make it look bad.”

“They’ve been here everyday to try to provoke the police to attack us,” Shabazz told CNN as tensions escalated in the city shortly after 10 p.m. local time…(read more)

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[VIDEO] Game-Changer: Witness Conversation Unknowingly Captured at the Scene of the Ferguson Shooting

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IJReview reports: A previously unnoticed detail in a background conversion of a video taken minutes after the Ferguson shooting could change the course of the investigation into Mike Brown’s death.

[See video at IJReview]

The original video [below] poster appears sympathetic to the narrative that Mike Brown was shot unarmed with his hands in the air. But he unknowingly picks up conversation between a man who saw the altercation and another neighbor.

An approximate transcription of the background conversation, as related by the “Conservative Treehouse” blog:

@6:28/6:29 of video

#1 How’d he get from there to there?

#2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck

{crosstalk}

#2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him

{crosstalk}

#2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus – the police had his gun drawn already on him –

#1. Oh, the police got his gun

#2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him

{crosstalk}

#2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing

#1 The Police?

#2 The Police shot him

#1 Police?

#2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”)

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This is terribly important because if Mike Brown had been shot, and he advanced towards the cop instead of surrendering, it would substantiate the narrative that the policeman shot in self-defense due to the fact that he was being threatened with severe bodily harm. Read the rest of this entry »