August 18, 2014 by Chris Kite
I’ve been observing the Ferguson, MO Michael Brown shooting aftermath from a distance and without paying too much attention. It seemed pretty clear that the police shot an unarmed person. It seemed pretty clear to me that the shooting would be pretty hard to justify and I could fully understand the outrage.
It seemed to me the protesters had a right to protest this incident. Clearly there were some people in the crowd that took advantage of the situation to do things that were not within their rights. They looted. This is not all that uncommon in the world. It happens at protests. It happens at “celebrations” after major sports team victories or losses. To me, it seemed that the police response to the protests and looting was one of gross over reaction and not at all a reasonable show of force against an unarmed and largely peaceful group of protesters.
However, after finding out that Michael Brown was shot six times (how did I miss this?), it is kind of hard to believe that the outrage hasn’t gone further. I’m not sure how you could argue that a police officer shooting an unarmed suspect was exercising reasonable force when he shot him six times. SIX TIMES! No shots fired back. No sign of a weapon. No threat to the police officer.
Which leaves me with two simple to ask but hard to answer questions?