“Tensions are rising in Ferguson as new details about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown emerge,” reports CBS News in St. Louis. That would seem odd to the proverbial man from Mars, hopping out of his flying saucer and getting up to speed on the crisis, because the new details reveal that what they were protesting over didn’t happen. Rejoice, good people of Ferguson! Michael Brown was not a “gentle giant” executed on the street by a racist white cop for no reason.
The New York Times reported Friday evening that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson told authorities that Michael Brown reached for the gun during a scuffle. The officer’s account to authorities did not explain why he fired at Brown multiple times after emerging from his vehicle, according to the newspaper.
The Times reported that the account of Wilson’s version of events came from government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the Aug. 9 shooting that sparked racial unrest and weeks of protests, some of which turned violent. Wilson is white and Brown black.
The respective skin colors of Wilson and Brown are just about the only details of this story that was related accurately. Wilson’s account of Brown making a play for his gun is not new. The forensic evidence showing that Brown did not make the famed “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture is not new. What’s new is that the grand jury is considering all the evidence and drawing close to the day when it must decide whether or not to indict Wilson. That’s what has the Ferguson Mob upset.
Following The Times report, two protesters were arrested Monday by the St. Louis County Police, including Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, while protesting outside the Ferguson Police Department.
KMOV-TV reports Nasheed had a gun on her at the time of her arrest.
As the fate of Wilson lies in the hand of a grand jury, people are beginning to worry what might happen next.
“Everybody is planning for whatever the grand jury decides,” Amy Hunter, YWCA’s racial justice director, told CNN. “Certainly there are lots of us that are planning peaceful protests should it not be indicted. Certainly there are other people that have other ideas at hand.”
One protester warned to CNN about what would happen if Wilson is set free.
“If there is not an indictment, excuse my French, all hell is going …read more