As is so often the case, battle lines have been drawn to pit neighbor against neighbor with nobody benefiting in the end when it comes to the shooting of Michael Brown. You’ve got one side of the line burning down Ferguson, Missouri and the other pointing out that the grand jury refused to pursue the case because the cop’s side of the story checked out. You’ve got one side claiming Brown was a “gentle giant” and the other saying he was a thug (and they have video evidence that shows the “giant” part was right but the “gentle” is way over the line), that the only problem was the cop didn’t kill him quick enough. Eyewitnesses are trotted out on both sides, however right or wrong, however ignorant or fair, and the other side cries foul…
The truth is, none of that matters, at least not in the way you might think… The damage is done, those who need to remain angry have had the fire significantly stoked and the rest of us will pay for that anger. That was the point all along anyway.
The truth is, whether you agree with the premise or not, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” is a good thing and both sides (and everyone in the middle) should be able to agree on this rather simply. Either way, what ends up happening is more kids end up throwing their hands in the air when approached by police officers, whether to prove a point or not. Exactly how is that a bad thing?
The only question is whether the carjackers, thugs and murderers of the world will follow the same rule. I won’t hold my breath.