The pattern is becoming all too familiar. There is a claim of a gross injustice with inflammatory allegations. Then there is a media firestorm. When a full investigation reveals the actual facts, there has been no injustice, yet a substantial segment of the population will continue to believe there was, continuing to believe the original, discredited, inflammatory allegations.
First Troy Davis, then Trayvon Martin, now Michael Brown. Different cases, different underlying facts, but the same overall pattern.No, Michael Brown was not shot in the back. The autopsy conclusively refutes that allegation. Yet the witnesses who claimed to have seen that still said it, and maybe they really believed it. These incidents have a deep, corrosive effect on our society. They add to polarization and alienation.
What can be done? Well for starters, all of us, but especially those in the media, need to be a bit less prone to jumping on claims such as the ones made in these cases. Lets get the real facts first.
Since 2012, 10,000 prison inmates have been released from prison EARLY!!! And, of course the public is unaware of any of this scandal.
We have Rep. John Tilley, (D-Hopkinsville) and the rest of Kentucky’s Legislators to thanks for this outrage. NOTE Rep. Stan Lee (R-Lexington) voted against the “Get out of Jail Free” law.
VICTIM’S FAMILY IS OUTRAGED OVER MURDERER’S EARLY RELEASE FROM PRISON, AND THEY WEREN’T EVEN NOTIFIED.
Once again the criminals win and the victims lose. “A Kentucky family is left feeling angry and confused after the man who murdered their family member 13 years ago was released from state custody without their knowledge.
Ann Bowden of WLKY News reports that convicted killer Shawn Patterson was released from prison under House Bill 463, a law that allows both non-violent and violent offenders to be released from custody early in an effort to save the state money. Since the law was passed in 2012, 10,000 inmates have been released ahead of schedule and placed on ‘mandatory re-entry supervision.’
I won’t go into the obvious difficulties with riots. I want to make only one point — that the Ferguson riot had next to nothing to do with the expression of dissent, about racial issues or any other. You don’t smash the store windows of private businesses and rush in to gobble up bunches of sweatshirts and sneakers and video games because you’ve got a political grievance.
You do it because it’s neat, it’s exhilarating, and most of all, because you can — because a weak, self-flagellating culture has handed you an excuse; because the cops are too intimidated by “militarization” talk to do anything; and because, just to be clear, stealing stuff is easier than buying it.
It was a split-screen spectacle, the president of the United States appealing for calm while Ferguson was starting to erupt in flames.
As Obama was saying “there is inevitably going to be some negative reaction, and it will make for good TV,” the images of tear gas and looting were competing for attention.
I don’t know that anything the president said at that point could have deterred the protestors and agitators after no indictment was returned, and here’s why: They were reacting to a media narrative that hardened into cement soon after the tragedy. And we now know that narrative was filled with misinformation.
We now know that some eyewitnesses changed their stories, or admitted they never actually saw the shooting.
But their accounts echoed across the media landscape, that Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown in the back, that Brown had his hands up, that he was trying to surrender.
Any wonder almost no one trusts or pays attention to the “news”
In the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, liberal media figures took to Twitter to voice their ire at the decision, but especially to vent at Democratic prosecutor Robert McCulloch.
JASON RILEY ON FERGUSON: ” THE ISSUE HERE IS BLACK CRIMINALITY, NOT THE BEHAVIOR OF COPS.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley said Tuesday the real cause of violence in black communities is black-on-black crime and not police officers.
“The issue here is black criminality, not the behavior of cops,” Riley told Fox News host Megyn Kelly, noting the homicide of African-Americans is too high, and the “leading cause of death for young black men.”
Riley, who appeared with Vincent Warren of the Center for Constitutional Rights, also echoed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s comments on “Meet the Press” Sunday, saying the main reason for deaths among African-Americans is “because other black people are shooting them.”
“Yeah, the left is selling a false narrative here. We have too many dead black bodies in this country. But cops are not the reason. The black homicide rate is much too high. It is the leading cause of death for young black men. But blacks also commit seven to 10 times more violent crime in this country than whites do, and 90 percent of their victims are other black people. We have so many dead black bodies in this country, Megyn, not because cops are shooting them, but because other black people are shooting them. And the left is selling a false narrative pretending that the opposite is true.
“The issue here is black criminality, not the behavior of cops. It’s the behavior of the young black men in these communities. Whenever a Ferguson goes down, we start talking about racial profiling, we start talking about poverty, we start talking about unemployment. We start talking about tensions between the cops and black people. Those are facts. Those are not causes. The cause here is black criminality, the fact that blacks, who are 13 percent of the population, are responsible for an outsized amount of violent crime in this country. Until that ends, you are going to have racial profiling. You are going to have tensions between blacks and whites.
“It’s not about the police, it is not about the over-policing of black communities and young black men getting picked on by cops. Blacks are arrested at the same rate that victims of crimes identify blacks as their assailants. Cops are in these communities because that’s where the 9-1-1 calls originate. They’re originally there stopping blacks from harming one another. This is not about the cops.
Victims: Jacqueline Greene, Joe Norman, Joey Durham
In Fayette County on January 13, 1983 Mitchell Willoughby, along with Leif Halvorsen, executed a teenage female,Jacqueline Greene, and two male victims, Joe Norman, and Joey Durham, inside a home they were remodeling. These killers shot the female eight times in the back of the head. They shot the younger male five times– in the back, the testicles, the right arm, the left leg, and the right temple. They shot the other male three times– in the back, the chest, and in the back of his neck. That night the killers attempted to dispose of the bodies by throwing them from the Brooklyn Bridge in Jessamine County, Kentucky.
Mitchell Willoughby was sentenced to death September 15, 1983 in Fayette County.