Ferguson: A tragic loss balloons into an unneeded confrontation
None of us knows what really happened Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.
The available facts are that Michael Brown, unarmed, robbed a convenience store. He was shot during a confrontation of undetermined circumstances with a police officer and died.
Since then, there have been riots, lootings, protests, hundreds of arrests most of people not living in Ferguson a visit from the U.S. Attorney General and the convention of a grand jury.
The last part is actually the most important part because it marks the correct use of our justice system, which is based on a collection of facts and evidence surrounding a situation. Unfortunately, it has been the least covered part of the issue by a national media which seems to take its lead from people such as Al Sharpton who make a living inciting people without any regard to the actual facts.
We didn’t need Sharpton’s appearances in Ferguson. They solved nothing. They healed nothing.
We didn’t need a one-sided public appeal from the state’s governor calling for “vigorous prosecution” of the policeman whose eye socket was reportedly fractured during the incident.
What we need are facts. And until then, we should all refrain from inaccurate conclusions.
Autopsies already have determined that Brown was shot, not in the back while fleeing as initially reported, but in the front.
What else will the grand jury uncover? We don’t know. We just want the country to deal in facts in these cases.
Our sadness at a young man’s death is boundless. Our wishes for a continued improvement in the nation’s racial climate are neverending.
But none of this is served by what has happened in Ferguson since Aug. 9.
If those seeking to take advantage of this situation care as much about justice and race relations as they say, they could have spent much of the past two weeks driving up the road in Chicago figuring out why murder mostly involving young black people is a regular occurrence there.