Civil unrest and criminality are not the same thing

Yesterday the name of the police officer who killed Michael Brown was released. The video tape shown above was also released. The tape according the police shows Michael Brown stealing cigars prior to his death. So how does this relate to the shooting of Brown? Does it show that he was a bad guy? It might, but was the stealing of cigars worthy of a death sentence? No. Last night there was more looting in Ferguson and that does not help the situation. Criminal behavior will not yield positive results. The police are being very careful, but their patience will only last for a season. Business owners are now taking arms to protect their businesses and who can blame them? Earlier this morning I heard a reporter say he saw two looters carrying an industrial saw to their car. What does this theft have to do with Brown? Nothing. This is criminal behavior not civil unrest. They are not the same thing.

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  • vamain  On August 16, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    These looters are wrong and should be punished severely. Is this what Michael Brown, the robber, would have wanted?

  • Bill  On August 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    There has been no relationship between this incident and the shooting of Michael Brown established. If what we see on that surveillance video is true, what it shows him to be was a bully and a thief. But your question of whether the displayed behavior is worthy of a death sentence is a non sequitur because there is no established relationship between the two.

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