Ferguson, Missouri. Is Your Town Next?

Seemed like a nice enough little community. Well, it did until a 28-year-old police officer, Darren Wilson, attempted to apprehend Michael Brown, a 270-pound convenience store robber. I don’t have to repeat the details, you know them already.

Do we have gun-happy police officers? Of course we do. There are always those who let a little authority go to their heads. Having a lethal weapon at your disposal is a great ego booster, and we males are creatures of ego.

Working in downtown Atlanta during the Rodney King demonstrations, I felt the need to keep a handgun in the glove compartment. Driving home a day or so later, some smart-alecky kid in a white van went out of his way to cut me off in the merging traffic. My first reaction was to reach for the gun. I was shocked! If that was my reaction, I could only imagine the bravado having a weapon would engender in a less mild-mannered person than I.

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You know the story of Marian Casey, the African-American mother who apparently became confused at a traffic barrier in front of the White House. Federal officers chased her down and killed her with five shots to the head, back, and arm. Miraculously, Ms. Casey’s one year old daughter in the back seat escaped without injury.

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Was that unnecessary police brutality? Of course it was. But a thorough investigation by the Eric Holder Justice Department concluded that “the evidence was insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers who were involved in the shooting used excessive force.” So why the national outcry over Ferguson, and no similar concern over a truly more heinous incident just three blocks from the White House? Politics, of course.

The same Attorney General Eric Holder sent a cadre of 44 FBI agents to investigate the Ferguson incident. A Grand Jury was convened to determine if the officer involved should be charged with manslaughter or worse, even though the governor or Missouri, and even the president of the United States, had already offered pre-determined conclusions. The results of the Grand Jury investigation are possibly being withheld until after the November elections, but word has already leaked out indicating they found that the officer did nothing improper.

Nevertheless, US Attorney General Holder has declared a need for “wholesale change” in the Ferguson police department, and is conducting two separate investigations into what he terms “a pattern of civil rights violations.”

The Reverend Jesse Jackson has already been there and done his thing, shaking down the locals for donations to his “Rainbow Coalition.” And the Reverend Al Sharpton; MSNBC news host, and the President’s civil rights advisor, is headed to Ferguson for a four-day “Justice for Michael Brown” protest rally.

Will the Grand Jury findings matter? No, not really. It has already been reported that Officer Wilson is being quietly removed from the force, and for his own safety is being relocated to parts unknown. Being pressured by local, state, and federal officials, the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to step down, even before any investigative results are released.

Our law enforcement officers are expected to put their lives on the line to preserve civil order, but when they do, they are prosecuted for it; vilified, threatened, intimidated, and subjected to mob rule – not just locally but led by the White House and the Justice Department.

If you were still on the police force in Ferguson, what would you do? Knowing the probable consequences, would you put your life on the line to maintain law and order for the upcoming Al Sharpton rally, or would you just let the looting and pillaging continue?

Yes, Ferguson is a long way from where you live, but if mob rule is allowed to succeed in Ferguson, what will keep your peaceful community from being next? Gives a whole new relevance to the protections afforded under the Second Amendment, doesn’t it?

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