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Ferguson Police Chief contradicts earlier statements, prompts more questions

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Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 3:39 pm

In the second press conference today, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson managed to once again incite negative emotions when he addressed the media regarding new developments released regarding the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

“The initial contact between the officer and Mr. Brown was not related to the robbery,” Thomas Jackson, the police chief, said during a news conference Friday afternoon.

His words seem to contradict the information he disseminated at the morning news conference.

At that time Jackson alleged Brown was a robbery suspect and released still images that he claimed were Brown involved in what he called a “strong arm robbery” at an area convenience mart.

The purpose of that news conference was to identify the officer responsible for Brown’s death, which he did while simultaneously implying that the officer acted in response to Brown’s alleged actions against the store clerk.

Jackson stated that the officer who killed Brown, who he identified as Darren Wilson, had been responding to a call when a radio dispatcher reported the robbery as well as the suspect’s description and approximate location.

Wilson then left the call he had been responding to and encountered Brown a short time later, Jackson said Friday morning.

Jackson and the Ferguson police then released the robbery report and footage, saying it was in response to requests from media outlets.

“I sat on it for as long as I could,” Jackson said when questioned about the timing of the release of the video and revealing the identity of the officer.

He didn’t share any more information about the encounter or the fatal shooting of Brown.

“I don’t know. I know his initial contact was not related to the robbery,” Jackson said in response to an inquiry as to whether Wilson was aware of the call about the alleged robbery when he crossed paths with Brown.

Jackson instead said that Brown and his friend were approached by Wilson because they were obstructing traffic by walking in the middle of the street.

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  • Cynical Observer posted at 9:03 pm on Sat, Aug 16, 2014.

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    It is clear to me that the Ferguson Police Chief figured out, or was told, that he was STUPID in making his first comments about the shop lifting at the convenience shore not being known by Officer Wilson. So, as a result of many years of bending the truth, as white male law enforcement officers are taught by their peers and mentors to do, the Police Chief changed his story. Of course I am expecting the Ferguson Police Department to release an audio tape, allegedly of police radio communications just before the murder of Mr. Brown, showing that Officer Wilson knew had heard, over the radio, that a "strong arm robbery" had occurred...even if no robbery of that sort occurred.

    Also, when the family of a person killed by a policeman sues the policeman-killer for money damages under 42 U.S.C. 1983 (the "Civil Rights Act"), the City of Ferguson will not be allowed to be a defendant unless the plaintiff's lawyer can show that the Ferguson Police Chief and his immediate subordinates had a policy of using violence against black males. The claim is called a "Monell Claim" under Federal Court case law. All thinking people living in Ferguson should be using the internet to read up on Monell Claims so that they can help the Brown family's lawyer find evidence of activities of the Ferguson Police Chief and his immediate subordinate supervisors which would show that they have engaged in conduct which would allow the Browns to recover on a Monell Claim against the City of Ferguson.

    I fully expect that in the next election for City Council members in Ferguson, that "national resources" will be made available to people in Ferguson to get them registered to vote and to get them voting for African American candidates, so that the racial make-up of the Council and Mayor can reflect the actual population demographics of Ferguson. When that happens the Police Chief's days on the job will be numbered. There are also ways for a "new" City Council to encourage the existing 50 white policemen to find jobs in other cities, since you can't teach old dogs new tricks, in terms of their behavior.

    It's my guess that the Ferguson Police Chief is trying to keep his own job as long as possible, and trying to save his employer money, by saying and doing things to frighten Ferguson residents into not talking about other events of brutality by the Ferguson police, because that's how you prove a Monell claim.

    To the entire Ferguson community: I can see the white police establishment in the St. Louis area, probably led by consultants to their unions, trying to spin the news and trying to taint jury pools for any criminal prosecution of Officer Darrin Wilson, and trying to taint jury pools for any 42 USC 1983 money damages litigation against Officer Wilson and the Ferguson Police Department.
    It is very important that people of color in the St. Louis not be suckered into adopting the police establishment's spin language. The Ferguson Police CHief is trying to make Michael Brown out to be a dangerous criminal as a means of tainting the jury pools as mentioned above.

    The concept of a "strong arm robbery", a term which the Missouri police officials are misusing, has specific definition in most state's laws. I did not see a strong arm robbery being committed on the video released on Friday. It was not strong arm. It was not a robbery. It was shoplifting at best. So please people stop being sucked into using the police establishment's terms when you talk. Call it shop lifting. Start telling every reporter who will listen that the term "strongarm robbery" in this case is the height of racism by police agencies and by news commentators. Say that again and again, so they will get your point.

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