I wanted to comment on the bigger picture in the shooting of Michael Brown. I don’t think you could indict the police in the shooting of someone black or white even if you had a video. A lot of police officers don’t even live in the areas they patrol. That makes me question their commitment to those communities. Over a decade ago when I visited Mexico I learned something about their military. They were everywhere in the streets and their mission was not to protect Mexico from outside invasion. They were there to keep a lid on those who might finally get fed up at the unjust and corrupt country they were living in. As the U.S. further and further militarize our police departments I feel their mission is to keep our citizens in line in case wake up to fact that corporations and the 1% now own our country.
Richard Mellor sent me something he wrote about the Michael Brown case. It does a far better job than I could have done, at pointing out what I’m getting at about the police. I thank him for what he wrote and you can find it here.
An epidemic of police shootings.
Aorta: “My Mind’s Eye”
“Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal.”― Benjamin Spock