The original witness who started all of this, Dorian Johnson, helped Brown rob the convenience store. He then went on television and lied about Brown having his hands up and being shot from behind. He then had to change his story multiple times to fit the autopsy results. Still, there he was with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes last week, telling his lies.
And those lies had quickly become the prevailing wisdom. At least 12 witnesses claimed that Brown was shot from behind, which was factually false. At least 16 witnesses said Brown’s hands were up when he was shot, which was factually false. One witness said Wilson used a Taser, then a gun: false. Another said she witnessed the events, but admitted she was blocks away when the events occurred. Still another witness said there were two officers involved in the shooting, and admitted she couldn’t tell what she’d seen and what she’d read about the case. One witness admitted in testimony to changing his story to “coincide with what really happened.” Another witness said that he was friends with Brown, and that Brown was shot while on his knees. When informed that such a story contradicted all physical evidence, the man admitted that he had not seen the shooting and then asked if he could leave because he was “uncomfortable.”
This is evil. An entire community conspiring to put an innocent man in prison for the rest of his life based on his race is evil. But then again, so is “social justice” – the notion that individual lives and decisions don’t matter, so long as the narrative of American racism is forwarded. Truth is the first casualty of the social justice mob. And in Ferguson, and now across America, that mob runs wild.
The city of Ferguson, Mo., is now burned into our consciousness in a way that few other places are. In my youth, the race riots in Newark, Detroit and Los Angeles marked turning points in my own and in the public’s awareness of the problems of a black underclass that perceives itself as being so unfairly governed by a white power structure that it resorted to violence.
Those disturbances also revealed the difficulties of hardworking black families trying to make decent lives for themselves by endeavoring to leave the inner cities and, as basketball player-turned-philosopher Charles Barkley stated, the opportunities of inner city “scumbags” willing to steal and pillage and incite for some temporary material or political gain.