Justice for Michael Brown. No justice, no peace. Justice for Ferguson. These are just some of the signs that so-called protesters have been carrying this past week. This, mind you, is after the Grand Jury has made their finding that no indictment was coming down against the officer involved in the shooting of Brown. After interviewing at least 60 key witnesses and hearing hours and hours of testimony, that jury found no probable cause for any legal action against the officer. That is justice. In our country of law and order, justice is defined by a jury hearing testimony and making a finding based on that evidence or lack of it. Justice has been served.
So, what’s the problem? Why, since the Grand Jury made their judgment, has it still been necessary for protesters to take to the streets and try to burn their city down? It would appear to some of the protesters, justice could only be defined as the prosecution of officer Wilson, regardless of his guilt or innocence.
In reality this group of violent, so-called protesters doesn’t care whether the officer is guilty or innocent, they only want revenge. Never mind the evidence clearly shows Brown attacked the police officer right after he had violently robbed a merchant and walked down the middle of a busy street defying everyone. When approached by the officer, he showed contempt and disregard for law and law enforcement. He even struck the officer multiple times causing the officer to fear for his life. That’s what we call “suicide by cop.” If you attack a police officer, rest assured it’s not going to end well for you.
Why did they shoot him so many times? Why didn’t they fire a warning shot? These are some of the questions I’ve heard since the incident. The rules are simple. If you are in danger and you fear for your life, you shoot until the danger passes. This isn’t the movies. You don’t shoot to wound. You shoot until the danger passes, period.
I have sympathy for the parents of Michael Brown. They have lost their son. But the truth of the matter is they lost their son long ago when they didn’t teach him right from wrong and respect for law and law enforcement.
Just last week a 12-year-old kid was shot and killed by a police officer when he refused to put down what turned out to be a pellet gun that was altered to look like a semi-automatic pistol. Even as a 12-year-old, he defied law enforcement. I have great sympathy for his parents also. But at the same time, I feel sorry for the officer who now must live with the fact he killed a kid, even though it was completely justified.
So, these protesters want justice. So do I. When O. J. Simpson was found not guilty of murder by a jury several years ago, I was upset. I was angry. I believed then as I do now that he killed his ex-wife and her friend, but he was found not guilty. I did not go out and burn down any buildings. I did not march in the street. I do, however, continue to pray that every time he tries to close his eyes to sleep he sees the terror in their eyes that he caused and that his days are shortened by his knowledge of his own guilt. I believe he will someday face true judgment for his actions and he won’t have a slick lawyer defending him.
Justice is not about getting what you want. Ferguson got justice. I hope the hate-mongers who created the riots in that city are proud of themselves. All of the violence and destruction is laid at their feet.