Wednesday, August 20, 2014
According to reports from two St. Louis sources who probably don't want their homes burned down, the officer who shot "Big Mike" Brown suffered an "orbital blowout fracture of the eye socket" when the "gentle giant" was punching him in the face.
Searching Google for images of similar injuries will cause your butt to pucker in sympathy, because clearly getting your facial bones broken hurts. A lot.
Pretty much any officer in this situation would feel that the threshold for using deadly force had been reached. But according to a growing number of witnesses, the officer didn't fire his weapon at Brown until the belligerently aggressive, 6 foot 4, 292 pound giant charged directly at him to do even more damage.
It's still too early to know exactly what happened in Ferguson - but it's not too early to say that no good can come from race-baiting rabble-rousers like Al Sharpton praising the violent nitwits burning and sacking local businesses as "liberators not looters."
It's time for the Reverend Al to make a greater effort to have his actions guided by the Good Book rather than his well-worn racial playbook.