The protests in Ferguson were some of the most mindless, selfish, unproductive actions I have seen in my adult life. Even in the midst of president Obama and Michael Brown’s own family called for peace. There was an element of mindless anarchy and lawlessness that caused a lot of damage, and not just to the city of Ferguson.
We live in a nation of law and order and we prosecute and uphold the law based on evidence. Not emotion, not the misguided idea of white privilege, not even based on popular ideas. We have laws and we prosecute those who break them solely on physical evidence and testimony that is consistent with that evidence.
Those responsible for the damage last night should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Not just because they pointlessly ruined businesses and lawlessly burned cars and buildings, or shot guns at other human beings, but because they also damaged the very thing they are trying to get justice for. Short of the African American communities helping bring these rioters to justice hand in hand with the rest of the nation, it is very difficult to move forward productively.
We learned from the only people who ever looked at all the evidence that Michael Brown robbed a store, disobeyed police, was shot while he was partially inside a police car where he struck the police officer and was shot fatally while facing the officer in the top of his head, something that can only be done if he was charging. These aren’t race problems. They are breaking the law problems. If he didn’t rob the store, he would be alive today. If he didn’t fight with the police, he would be alive today. It is that simple. This has nothing to do with race. It has to do with the actions of a poor young man who made some bad choices that cost him his life. Hid death, as tragic as it was, is only because he broke the law and disobeyed police.
In this country we have laws, if you don’t like the laws, you can elect people who can change them. In this country we elect our local officials. If you don’t like the local officials, you can elect new ones. That is how the system works. You can’t change things by burning cars, or stealing from local businesses. As long as the dialogue in this issue is about rioters, there will never be justice for Mike Brown and there will never be healing in this nation. We should be very glad our system only prosecutes on evidence because that is the only way to protect every innocent person.
Look at these images. Is this justice? Is this moving anyones agenda forward? If anything it hurts African American communities and it hurts America. Let’s speak out about these violent protestors, and remind the peaceful ones that justice has already been served as there wasn’t even a smidgen of evidence that would lead to probable cause of a crime.
MT @PolitiBunny The media should pay for DuBose to rebuild her bakery since they stoked the riots in #Ferguson #TCOT pic.twitter.com/3al1QIygGw — Queen Of Liberty.com (@MercuryOneOC) November 25, 2014
But, it get’s even worse. We have an Anti-Riot Act. Read what the Washington Times Reported:
Federal law (18 U.S. Code § 2101) makes it a crime to travel or to use interstate communications (which includes social media) “(1) to incite a riot; or (2) to organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on a riot; or (3) to commit any act of violence in furtherance of a riot; or (4) to aid or abet any person in inciting or participating in or carrying on a riot or committing any act of violence in furtherance of a riot.” Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/19/holder-and-obama-must-enforce-anti-riot-act-agains/#ixzz3JzsDOYtX Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
Instead, we got this: These riots were preventable. It is Holders and Obama’s job to execute the law. Why didn’t they invoke this act?