Skip to comments.Geraldo Rivera: Michael Brown And Trayvon Martin, Spinning Tragedy
Posted on 08/15/2014 3:59:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
It is outrageous that we only found out now, nearly a week after the fact, that 18-year-old Michael Brown, the kid tragically killed on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, met the description of a suspect in a strong-arm robbery of a convenience store obtained from a 911 call received at 11:51 a.m. on Saturday August 9. Ten minutes later, at 12:01 p.m., and just a ¼ mile away, Brown and his alleged accomplice are spotted and confronted by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
If Officer Wilson heard the 911 call, of course the cop is tensed up. The six-year veteran with a spotless record is facing a belligerent 64 250 pound kid who the cop may have reasonable cause to believe is a suspect who has just forcibly robbed someone.
Why the delay in releasing the information about the robbery?
Late Friday afternoon, the muddled police chief of Ferguson, Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson said Officer Wilson never drew the link between that strong-arm robbery and the jaywalking incident that supposedly captured the cops attention ten minutes later.
So why release the explosive surveillance video of the convenience store robbery at all if there is no connection with the kids subsequent death?
The video shows the convenience store incident starting as a minor shoplifting of a box of cigars apparently by Michael Brown. When the diminutive store clerk confronts the big kid, Brown appears to whack him up the side of his face. Then, pushing past the stunned clerk, Brown and a pal leave the store.
The family of the victim says the release of the video is just character assassination. I disagree. At the very least, watching the surveillance video of Brown allegedly robbing the convenience store should alter our perception of the victim....
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Good old reliable Jerry Rivers.
Jewey Rivers is a POS
Now go back and read it.
Give him a few minutes. He’s always reliable.
OK I did read the same thing Jerry Rivers Sux
Sorry Jerry. An 18 year old, 290 pound, 6’4” behemoth with a chip on his shoulder is NOT A “KID”.
I hate it every time his mustache moves. The baby just can’t get enough attention.
Every time he’s outside reporting during a severe weather event, I cheer for the storm.
Right you are. Rivera actually wrote a balanced piece here. From the article:
"But efforts by activists to portray the unarmed teen as a choirboy maliciously murdered by a racist cop are misguided, unhelpful and untrue."
I wonder if he’s going to do a special feature presentation where he’s huddled down behind a car and there is rioting going on in Madison Square with maltov cocktails flying and cars being turned over with and then they cut to commercial break a little late and we’ll hear a director yell, “Cut”’
All the puff pieces about how black men are victims of racism and police violence just dropped significantly after it was revealed Micheal “baby” Brown robbed a store, beat on an Indian clerk....
I have to say that I am stunned he was actually honest enough to say that much.
As Senator Rand Paul of nearby Kentucky just wrote in Time Magazine, Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention.
It is Americas dirty secret.
Wow. Am I really reading an indictment of black on white racism - from General Geraldo? I'm stunned.
I think pictures of the cops face are now front and center in this incident.
If his face is bruised and cut significantly, or indeed at all, it will show what the officers state of mind, therefore his intent was as he was pulling the trigger.
I don’t mind saying that if some 6’ 6” 290 lb man was pounding on me and I had a gun he would be a dead big guy AND with multiple holes in his bod!
On the other hand, IF Brown did indeed fall to his knees with his hands up in the air, and then the cop started shooting, the cop is justifiably in big trouble no matter what.
Bottom line: We still don’t know all the facts.
I'm sorry, but public officials need to be careful what they say in situations like this. This comment would feed into the mindset of those angry over this shooting. The fact is, this may not have been a bad shoot at all, and the public should not be fed statements that are counter-productive.
Here Paul tries to come off as a candid straight shooter, and instead comes of as a dim-witted violence enabler.
Residents of the inner city will see the slain youngster as a surrogate for every black man ever killed by police violence.
This about the best we could hope for from Jerry Rivers. It still displays a very twisted view that police are the ones who instigate violence in Black neighborhoods.
Jerry, I'm not saying every police shooting is justified, but to act as if the police are the ones who cause the violence is the product of a very lazy mind.
But then there's this line: "The video shows the convenience store incident starting as a minor shoplifting of a box of cigars apparently by Michael Brown. When the diminutive store clerk confronts the big kid, Brown appears to whack him up the side of his face."
That makes the charge go from "minor shoplifting" to "robbery" and "assault", doesn't it?
Frankly I was stunned by that video. Either the clerk is tiny, or Brown was a huge, very powerful thug.
He pushes the clerk around like a rag doll.
I can totally buy the cops story now.
Even a big cop would have trouble trying to wrestle with a gorilla like that.
I’ve never had much respect for Geraldo, but this time he really nails it. He pulls no punches in this well-written, factual article and it should be read by everybody.
Brown is huge.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Why the delay? the police likely did not wish to disclose evidence
I’d like to think that it was planned that way. My guess is the cops had a pretty good idea of what happened soon after the incident. What better way to make all of the thugs and the outa town race baiters look like frigging indiots than to let ‘em make asses out of themselves for a few days and then lower the boom. I’d say the coppers sandbagged these guys pretty good.
Not a “minor shoplifting”, just a few like that over time can kill a business.
My take is that if the coroner’s report shows GSW on the Dead cigar bandit it supports the reported officers account of the fight over the gun and discharge in the cruiser, he crossed the line and lethal force was necessary/justified. Bull rushing the cop after that was just saying ‘I wants to win the Darwin award of the week’.
GSW on his hands...
He's a lawyer by training, and actually worked briefly for the New York City police department early in his career as an internal investigator. If you go back through his career, I'll bet you'd find that his reporting on stories like this involving police matters is typically thorough and objective.
From reports that I’ve seen, the “kid” is 6’ 4” and about 290 pounds. That’s a very large “kid”.
..............hmmm..............good take. Hate to show my ignorance but what is GSW? I presume it is some kind of drug. If so, your right and that will explain the whole thing. Obviously the cop, having good sense, was not about to let this 290 lb guy high on something have a second go at him. If this turns out to be the case, I don’t blame him.
Sorry, mistype. Meant GSR
If he was fighting with the cop struggling over the gun in the cops vehicle when it discharged he’ll have trace evidence on his hands/wrists.
..........the thing I think you have steered me to is toxicology. If he were HIGH on some drug, that could corroborate the allegation that he “bull charged the cop”.........
IF he did “bull charge” the cop while HIGH and after being whipped up on pretty bad once a minute or so earlier, the cop was within his rights to fire.
Simple as that, and those bullets once airborne don’t have a recall feature!
And, this helps explain a second autopsy.