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November 25th, 2014
10:57 PM ET

Fact vs. fiction in Ferguson

Hundreds of pages of court records released after the announcement reveal just what the grand jurors heard. That includes testimony from witnesses who we heard from shortly after the shooting. Randi Kaye looks at how their accounts compare to what grand jurors heard in court.

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Filed under: Randi Kaye • Ferguson • Michael Brown • Officer Darren Wilson
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  1. jeffast

    Why is the physical evidence not discussed here?

    For example, one that seemed very telling was the blood trail that went beyond where Brown came to rest (by 30 ft if I recall). What about ballistics that refute a shot in the back?

    December 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm |
  2. jamiepeters48

    The Death of Michael Brown, the trial of officer Wilson, the media frenzy and the reaction of the public in Ferguson.
    A lot to be said here. I certainly have my suspicions about the Law, people in authority and the like. It has been rare to find honest, true servants of the people here to protect those whom they serve.
    Power certainly has its way to contaminate even the best wells of humanity.
    It is certainly true that racism and bigotry still exists in America.
    There have been many cases in the past several months that the law has usurped it's authority and went too far in serving "justice". ; http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/david-hooks-raid/ ; http://m.savannahnow.com/crime/2010-05-23/autistic-man-tazed-tybee-family-says ; http://crooksandliars.com/2014/01/cops-not-guilty-beating-tasering-death ; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2736948/Man-24-died-tasered-13-TIMES-cops-handcuffed-laying-ground.html ; http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/25/the-14-teens-killed-by-cops-since-michael-brown.html ; and so on....
    1st... this does happen, alot, TOO MUCH.
    I believe that people in the position to lose their lives in bringing justice and peace to the public and private sector have alot to deal with. I believe that along with training in the law and procedures, officers need to spend more time than given in learning how to control themselves and recognizing their own mental health.
    I also think that there has not been enough time and space given to the subject of different disabilities and mental illnesses. I also believe that the character of an officer should be just as important as how well they handle a gun or suspect. How well do they handle themselves should come in question. Do they get off on bringing a "criminal down" more than or as much as serving the peace and providing safety and protecting truth. Are they truly honorable. Are they leaders or people who are easily led. Do they have integrity.
    The other thing is that although what the public wanted to riot about certainly happens way too often.... the case of Michael Brown is not the case that they should have picked.
    In this case Wilson was well within his rights however I think it should have been handled differently. I think that Michael calling him a pussy kind of triggered his ultimate response. Why couldn't he have let him run off having been shot twice since as he said, he knew that back up was on the way. I think his heart was pounding, blood rushing through his head.. hand shaking... I think he was scared and started blindly shooting.
    I also think that, God rest Michael's soul, he wasn't quite right in the head and I mean no disrespect.
    I also think that the organizations that be have been thirsty for something to make news that they chose this to jump on and the media hungry..... but honey, this is the wrong case, there are many others that are an outrage. Let's cry out about that. It's funny that the news media is not shouting about the evidence and AL Sharpton is like a coward that stirs up a crowd to do its shooting but when faced with the truth he allows the family and their attorney to look like a fool. And do grieve with the family, and I do not mean to hurt you but the organizations are using you guys to take the hits for their own agendas. I am so sorry for your loss and the way the media and others are using you.
    I am sorry for Ferguson. You too have been used and will suffer from all of this.
    I wish we could stand on a united front, not divided by race, culture or sex and protest the misuse of authority altogether. Stand up for education. Stand up for brotherly love and yes bring justice where there is no justice.
    Teach our people to not only survive in our society, but thrive.
    Teach our people the golden rule and truly live it.
    And of all things.... why aren't we doing something about Isis... talk about a Pussy.
    Don't you realize that this is being used to push other topics under the table?
    Yes, there are plenty of reasons to be outraged. It is time that things change... but this was the wrong case to focus on. I am glad that Wilson was not rail roaded, but I do not believe that our society is blame free.
    Can someone answer one thing for me?
    Why was the boy's body left in the street for so long?
    Tammy Ricks

    November 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm |
    • sixthromeo

      Michael Brown was a male but not a "boy." He was an adult.

      December 2, 2014 at 11:21 pm |
  3. jmrandolph2013

    Darren ask George Zimmerman how that normal life thing is working out. You say your conscious is clear? Wait to see what your sub-conscious has in store for you!

    November 25, 2014 at 11:48 pm |
    • fascinatedspectator

      ???? What is that supposed to mean? Please explain.

      December 3, 2014 at 10:47 am |
      • zzlangerhans

        Poster is semi-illiterate, does not realize conscious and conscience are two different words.

        December 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm |

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