In These Here Parts

25 Nov

stand your ground laws

The Grand Jury is in and Officer Wilson of the Ferguson, MO police department will not be indicted for committing any crime in the shooting death of Mr. Michael Brown…including Involuntary manslaughter which is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, either express or implied…distinguished from voluntary manslaughter by the absence of intention.

And as the Prosecutor who announced the Grand Jury’s decision pointed out: In the United States any individual (and that includes you and me) has no duty to retreat from any place they have lawful right to be and may use any level of force, including lethal, if they reasonably believe they face an imminent and immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death…and the Grand Jury found that to be the case..an armed police officer shot and killed an unarmed citizen because the officer felt seriously threatened.

So even though Officer Wilson killed a person with intention to do so it is not a prosecutable crime because of the fear he had for his safety…And you and I have the same right to do the same thing if we feel threatened by someone armed or un, whether intentional or un.

So be careful out there.

That’s the law in these here parts.

5 Responses to “In These Here Parts”

  1. kingmidget November 25, 2014 at 4:21 am #

    The problem I have with this particular case is that there has been such a contradictory set of facts presented as to what happened. That said, I think every version of the “facts” includes the reality that Wilson shot and killed Brown at a distance where Brown actually did not pose any credible threat. If that really is the case, than, yeah, there’s a major problem with the grand jury not being able to find at least an indictable offense for some version of manslaughter.

  2. A Voice November 25, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    NB What follows does not directly relate to the specific incident, rather it is conceptual in nature.

    (1) “[A]n armed police officer shot and killed an unarmed citizen because the officer felt seriously threatened.”

    The above quote is highly problematic and does not befit your regular demonstration of critical analysis and intelligence.

    (a) It is not the case that simply because A has access to lethal force that A is in the position to quickly and efficiently make use of said force, for any number of reasons, and even if the force applied to A is potential or actually non-lethal.

    (b) It is not the case that simply because A’s armament is better than B’s armament that A cannot feel meaningfully threatened by B because, as a consequence of a lack of parity in their armaments, B cannot possibly pose a meaningful threat to A.

    (2) Please look into the issue of Kajime Powell. This issue has received no attention over Michael Brown and it is disgusting.

    In the case of Powell, there is video evidence that Powell in no meaningful way posed any threat to armed officers behind the safety of police car doors with weapons trained on him. Further, this video evidence demonstrates that Powell never had a weapon on him and was only verbally aggressive, that however confrontational his behaviour was there was no call to do more than tase the man.

    The case of Brown is more problematic and is being treated like it was very cut and dry. It was not and, however tragic the incident, holding it up as ready example of a particular cultural problem is grossly inappropriate in the wake of better examples. Please look into what happened with Kajime Powell, watch him die, and compare the two events. Neither of these events needed to happen but Powell didn’t deserve to be forgotten and cast aside.

    Once more, a link to the video and an entry I wrote about it can be found here (http://thebittervoice.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/cry/).

  3. bruce thomas witzel November 25, 2014 at 5:02 am #

    Thanks for the post, though It’s hard to “like” this. I was waiting to here the verdict, although my wife said don’t hold my breath, it was already a done deal. Guess that there is frontier justice. And it is really no different than American foreign policy. Self serving and bullying.

  4. emmylgant November 25, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    That’s why it is the land of the free and home of the brave.

    Tread lightly.

  5. avwalters November 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    I’m still reeling. That result, along the continued militarization of urban police, feels very much like open season on the citizenry. I gag at the impact of it. I’m appalled that the D.A. held a private little mini-trial, outside the view of the public and concluded that a trial by jury wasn’t needed. What persuasive approach was used? Left with only the paper record, we’ll never know. I have never been so ashamed to live in this country.

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