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originally posted by: jrod
a reply to: Vasa Croe
If this was an isolated incident of excessive force by a police in Ferguson, I do not think the community would have reacted so violently. The timeline and events leading up to the riots go back decades, the Brown shooting was just a spark in a volatile environment.
I do not think the video is conclusive, especially when it come from the Ferguson PD. Let's say the FBI is able to use facial recognition software to match the faces, then we have some solid evidence. Right now the evidence is scanty at best. Mr. Brown is about the same height, weight and skin color.
I live in a small town of about 10,000. Within 2 miles of me, I can think of at least 10 acquaintances that are about the same height, weight, and skin color as me. The video alone does not prove Mr. Brown was the robber, and if he was it does not explain the shooting.
originally posted by: Jennyfrenzy
You're right, I've found myself becoming very emotional about this whole situation. From the shooting to the way the police handled the protesters in Ferguson. The ballistic evidence is very important.
The police timing the release of the QT video with the officers name was well planned. The media has been focusing more on that video than the officer.
originally posted by: kosmicjack
Wow ..just heard the news the confrontation between Wilson and Brown had nothing to do with the video...unbelieveable. So why release the video if not to imply a connection or smear the victim? Crazy days.
originally posted by: Wrabbit2000
a reply to: LDragonFire
Yeah...(sigh) I caught that too. Sadly...
That site gives an interactive map for shading areas of the city based on things like values, race and other factors. I was curious what it showed for that whole neighborhood, given the impression out there ... You're right. It's a Middle-Upper Middle class black neighborhood to over 80%. To me? It's a point of trivia and demographic curiosity. To some? It does seem a defining factor to how the area is described.
originally posted by: habfan1968
originally posted by: WhiteAlice
originally posted by: FlyersFan
Watching the lower video without commentary, if that is indeed Brown (uncertain as Cardinal hat isn't on the deceased and shoes seem different though it does look like Dorian Johnson in the convenience store with the individual there), then what he would have been charged with is not shoplifting but Robbery in the 2nd degree.
Robbery is the use of force and/or intimidation. Shoving the small guy and taking a few steps towards him would fall under use of force and intimidation. There is no weapon being used so it would not be robbery in the first degree; ergo, second degree.
Robbery in the 2nd degree would be a Class B Felony, whose sentencing would be 5-15 years in prison in the state of Missouri.
Not capital punishment. Even if it is Brown, he was still unarmed and was shot 6 times while running away based on distance between the police car and the deceased's body. Still would be a case of inappropriate use of deadly force by a police officer.
OK, let's call the store incident a class b felony. The witness said that the officer, through the window, managed to grab a 6 foot man by the neck? how could that happen unless MB was leaning down onto the car? which then implies a whole set of circumstances not being eluded to.