Eyebrow Raising Moments from Ferguson
On August 9th 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. It was the shot heard around the nation, garnering polemic attention due, in part, to the fact that Brown was unarmed yet still shot six times. The case follows incident after incident of police brutality and worldwide unrest, however the protests have reached a new chapter with the Grand Jury deciding not to indict Wilson.
This decision has caused divided opinions, and while we’ll let you make up your mind on whether this was the right or wrong choice, we present to you a list of questionable facts surrounding the case that’s shaken up America.
Leader of the KKK Speaks to Law Enforcement Off Record
Frank Ancona, Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan (we swear that’s his actual title), went on MSNBC with Chris Hayes to explain the distribution of KKK pamphlets. These pamphlets are violent – not surprising coming from the Klan – saying they “will use lethal force as provided under Missouri Law to defend [themselves].” However the real cherry is when Ancona clearly states he has been talking to law enforcement “off the record.” When Hayes asks him shockingly if these conversations were off the record Ancona retracts it, saying he has “friends who know people in law enforcement, I’ll just put it that way.”
Police Forces Prepare for Riots Ahead of Grand Jury Decision
In October The Huffington Post reported a breakdown on the purchases made by the St. Louis County Police Department ahead of the decision whether to indict Darren Wilson or not. The PD reportedly spent over $200,000, purchasing army-like amounts of teargas grenades, smoke-and-gas grenades, rubber bullets, pepper balls rounds, and beanbag rounds, amongst other weaponry. This leaves one thing clear: it wasn’t just protesters and supporters of Michael Brown who were expecting that Wilson would walk free, the PD seem to have almost had a certainty of it, otherwise what would be the point of spending that insurmountable amount of money on weapons they wouldn’t use?
Photos of Wilson’s Injuries Surface Post-Decision
In the period between when Michael Brown was fatally shot and when the Grand Jury made their decision Wilson was kept seemingly protected, as evidenced by the fact that he was (and remains to be) on paid leave of absence. Now that the decision has been made public so have other things, namely a photo of Wilson’s gun and photos of Wilson’s injuries following the confrontation. The photos show Wilson with a bruised cheek (which could easily be confused with rosacea) as well as a lightly swollen lower lip. Let it be clear that these are the injuries suffered by a cop who had to open fire 12 times – 6 of which hit Brown – because he was fearful that [“another one of those punches in [his] face could knock [him] out or worse.”]( http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/25/366519644/ferguson-docs-officer-darren-wilsons-testimony)
Photos of Wilson via St. Louis County
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