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Re: “Ferguson Has Happened Here

Pretty simple,

What if Brown actually did try to take the officer's gun and a round discharged as according to the officer?

Not saying that is what happened, just that there are justifications for using lethal force.

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Posted by 44allin on 08/19/2014 at 3:40 PM

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I don't resent white people, just the racist yoyo moi.

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Posted by my skin color is not a threat to you on 08/19/2014 at 3:37 PM

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Unless he had a gun, lethal force was not required.

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Posted by pretty simple on 08/19/2014 at 3:35 PM

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@Bubbadog: That beating made national news. The only acceptable conclusion to the incident is for the white cops to get fired and face felony charges. Did they?

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Posted by yoyo moi on 08/19/2014 at 3:33 PM

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The word of God rebukes yoyo and still he will not listen.

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Posted by job on 08/19/2014 at 3:33 PM

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The article makes a false premise. There was no racism in Ferguson.

The cop has a shattered eye socket and more than 12 eye-witnesses say that the Brown kid "bum-rushed" the cop and he was forced to shoot him.

What's really sad is anyone would believe the eye-witness who said the kid had his hands up surrendering. That witness was an accomplice to Brown in the robbery 10 minutes before the shooting.

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Posted by B McL on 08/19/2014 at 3:30 PM

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John, john, john, so tetchous, and so bilious. Take your water hose and give yourself a colonic until you flush all this race hate out of your system.

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Posted by bubbadog on 08/19/2014 at 3:23 PM

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What makes you a mostly black FBI agent?

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Posted by bubbadog on 08/19/2014 at 3:12 PM

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Are there 50 (yes, I hear 50) FBI agenst all black or mostly black headed for St Louis? That is racist, if true, on the face of it. Actually, maybe a good idea, but I wonder what the accused officer is thinking.

Would have been nice to get 50 agents on L Lerner's tail. I'm just curious, calm down. BTW, I did tell JC to stop capping so many word,s and he appears to have done so. How about a round of thanks to JC!!!

The cops shot another man in St Louis last night. He was after them with a knife. Yes, team, he was black.

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Posted by john on 08/19/2014 at 3:04 PM

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Undercover officer's name was Reggie Miller.

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Posted by bubbadog on 08/19/2014 at 1:49 PM

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Uh-oh, more witnesses:…

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Posted by yoyo moi on 08/19/2014 at 1:34 PM

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I don't think you have to go back 47 years. I remember a string of incidents in the 80s and maybe early 90s, starting when Joe "Hang em High" Casey was police chief. As I recall, in 1981 and 1982 the police shot several unarmed suspects under questionable circumstances. A few years after that, I recall an incident when police responded to a call about a mentally ill man who was raving on his front porch and wouldn't calm down. When the cops arrived, he brandished a shovel. He refused multiple police commands to put it down. So, despite the fact that the police were out by the sidewalk and the man did not charge at them, they shot him dead.

There was also the infamous incident when a police undercover officer, who was black, was beaten to a pulp "accidentally" by a group of uniformed officers, who were white, despite the black officer's protests that he was a cop and his attempts to produce his badge. The uniformed cops said it was all a mistake. The black cop was injured badly enough to require hospitalization. As I recall, he was awarded monetary damages over the incident, and last I knew he was still on the force.

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Posted by bubbadog on 08/19/2014 at 1:33 PM

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@White Sharpton: There isn't anybody being oppressed. There are people who don't, or won't take advantage of the opportunities available to them, but that's not oppression. Apparently there is a sizeable percentage of the black community who grow up with resentment towards white America and when they get the provocation and opportunity - Ferguson - they act out. They're even bused in to act out. Half of all young black men are arrested because of criminal activity - that's reality and that's the problem, especially when added to the resentment towards whites endemic to the black community. Police don't keep an eye on black youth because of skin color, it's because of reputation and past actions. Black America needs to clean up its act.…

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Posted by yoyo moi on 08/19/2014 at 1:17 PM

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If 44allin's wish for dash cams had been granted we might not have to rely on articles like these:….

It's the 'he said/she said' nature of the encounter that allows tools for both ends of the spectrum to remain in the spotlight.

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Posted by localboy on 08/19/2014 at 1:12 PM

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White people this and black people that doesn't matter. We all make our own decision and must live with what happens. What this guy a punk/thug? From what I can tell yes. Did he have to be shot? No he did not however he chose to "bum rush" the police officer. Well his dumbass seems to have gotten what he deserved. If someone broke into my house I am not going to ask them if they are thirsty or why did they pick this life of crime or did someone of another color push them to station in life.........I am going to blow holes in them with my twelve gauge. The only person that is responsible for you is you.

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Posted by theone on 08/19/2014 at 11:38 AM

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As a community, we can always create rules and legislation for how the police interact with the community (on-board cameras, using swat and paramilitary tactics only to combat excessive violence and *protecting the public*, never using excessive force to serve non-violent warrants, etc.).

You cannot however control the fact that an officer might or might not be racist and making a judgement based on a prejudice. I'm not defending bigotry in any way, but I would much rather have cops with dash cams, as opposed to cops that favor my own race.

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Posted by 44allin on 08/19/2014 at 11:21 AM

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I personally think the main difference between Nashville and Ferguson is that Ferguson is a suburb of St. Louis with a 2/3 African American population in which only 7% of African Americans vote.

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Posted by Gregory D. Hanners on 08/19/2014 at 11:12 AM

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I don't have a firm opinion on where the "right" and "wrong" is in the Ferguson, MO shooting of Mr. Brown. I do recognize the reaction to it as one which is the result of pent-up frustration with "the system." Nashville has its own simmering frustrations with "the system." We have been mostly successful in allowing such frustrations to have an outlet. The recent AMP situation is one example. What I understand is planned in the West Nashville area in response to the recent tanker crash is another. The size of our council is yet another way that allows frustrations to be expressed before they blow up. Yes, our police force has made strides to be more accessible to and reflective of the community at large and that makes some difference. We must be constantly vigilant to allow those who feel that they are outside of the "power structure" and "left out" of consideration to have a voice. If we fail to do that then we will be subject to the same type of eruption at some point over something.

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Posted by Nashvillian on 08/19/2014 at 10:41 AM

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Don't confuse someone that's "unarmed" with someone that is posing a deadly threat against another. None of us have the facts to determine what happened that day. One thing you can be sure of though, the black leadership getting citizens riled up about an "execution in broad daylight" are doing absolutely nothing to help. Lets say Holder or a grand jury determine that Officer Wilson acted in self defense. What then? How much worse could this get? I really feel for the people of Ferguson but they need cool headed leadership that can help them get the facts. Lastly, reminder to the Brown family - Benjamin Crump fumbled the Zimmerman case and has yet to even bring Civil action against Zimmerman. You have hired a TV lawyer with no record.

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Posted by Andy on 08/19/2014 at 10:16 AM

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**shrug** 47 years ago is within my lifetime. And it doesn't matter if the shooting is deemed justified. Having a police officer shoot an unarmed citizen to death is a big problem for any society.

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Posted by Min on 08/19/2014 at 9:37 AM

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