We weep for Michael Brown because we fear for our own sons

When I heard the news that Darren Wilson was not indicted I was not surprised, but I was sad. Michael Brown might not have been an angel, but he was no demon. Over the past few months he has been characterized as a thief, a thug and finally a demon, but even if the characterizations are correct should he have been killed? He was somebody’s son, and this Thanksgiving he will be absent from the table. When the policeman approached him did he see suspect first? The question is what do policeman see when they look at our sons? Do they immediately think suspect even when there is no criminal activity going on? I talked to a friend of mine this morning and she said she had hoped for indictment. She admitted that it was more about her son than Brown, and I echo her sentiments. My son is universally described as a great guy. He is the kind of person that never meets a stranger and he goes out of his way to make people feel appreciated, but when a cop pulls him over what do they see? That’s the life and death question. That’s why so many mothers grieve with the Brown family because we are haunted by the question what do the cops see when they look at our sons.

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  • rs  On November 26, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    It is very sad that Michael Brown lost his life. Yet, let’s not forget his actions. He was killed because he was assaulting a police officer. The officer feared for his life and took the shot that ended Mr. Brown’s life to save possibly his own. On a side note, you do know there is a very similar case in Salt Lake City Utah, except it was a black cop and a white unarmed 20 year old. Apparently, the victim had headphones on and did not hear the police officer’s order to stop. Where is the outrage for this killing? The young man’s name was Dillon Taylor.

    Where is the outrage for countless young black men who die at the hands of other young black men?

    Where is the outrage for the white 5 year old girl in Milwaukee who was shot in a drive by shooting by two black men while INSIDE her home? The family’s crime, being white in a mostly black neighborhood. She WAS an angel.

    As far as Mr. Brown being an angel or a demon, that is for God to decide. But I do not know many good young men who assault a convenience store clerk while stealing, refuse to obey an officer, and then assault that same officer and try to take his gun.

  • elogam  On November 29, 2014 at 6:16 am

    While I empathize with the grieving parents, I cannot help but say that the entire exchange between Brown and the police should have been as follows:

    Police Officer: “Hey! You two pedestrians! Please leave the middle of the street and use the sidewalk!”

    Brown & Friend: “Yes Sir.”

    Police Officer: “Thank you, have a nice day.”

    I can’t help but think that poor home training led to this young man losing his life. There is NO excuse for him having attitude when approached by law enforcement. If he’d simply been walking down the sidewalk and the police rolled up on him and took him down without probably cause, you may have an argument for misconduct on the part of the police. But such is not the case. Instead, we have yet another “promising young man” cut down in his youth because he didn’t know how to deal with a law enforcement situation.

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