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The fact that police have falsified evidence is nothing new or even uncommon these days let alone in the past. I know people whom have served time because a dirty cop falsified evidence.I didn't know a police officer could take away anyone's freedom? I thought that could only be done by a judge and jury?
Hits at 125yds with a handgun on stationary man sized targets isn't difficult. While I don't doubt there could be more to the shooting its not really a stretch to see someone getting a couple random hits at that range.Come on krabba, let's go to the range and try this out. 3 shots, no practice, and get 2 hits on target (the entire target counts not just head shots). It'll be fun!
What issues? If you actually read the DOJ report, it is blatantly a hit piece. Its provides facts and figures and then draws a conclusion that is the exact opposite of those facts and figures! That kind of work would get you fired, even at a liberal university.
For example. The report says that 93% of the arrests in Ferguson are black. By itself that number seems horrible, proof of the problems in Ferguson. But when factored against Ferguson's population mix and national criminality statistics, it is proof of the exact opposite. It should be higher!
The report goes on to lament about Ferguson's racial mix at the police department. But never provides any factual basis to show that the mix is due to racial hiring. It simply tries to use the mix as proof in and of itself. Something anyone with intelligence and lack of bias can see straight thru. To actually prove its point it would have to show a trend of black applicants who were not hired. The reason it skips all this - lack of black applicants. Well, you can't hire those who are not applying for jobs. Same with the Judges and City Council. The report goes as far as blaming whites for the fact that the black community comes out for Nov national elections, but not for April local elections.
I ma not saying that one or more officers at the Ferguson FD aren't racists or assholes. But the DOJ report is proof that the PD itself is not the primary issue.
I'm assuming everyone just glazed over the stuff that points out how they were essentially running a for profit court system full of needless stops, arrest, tickets, and add on fines all targeted at a population of poor people whom have no recourse. I saw a lady in a TV interview with a stack of tickets where she and her teen sons have been stopped roughly 30+ times over the past year and ticketed for unwarranted offenses. The missed time at work for court appearances have had a significant financial impact on her family.Seven bigoted or off color emails =/= proof of racism.
Statistics presented without context =/= proof of racism.
Anecdotal accounts from unnamed sources about unnamed officers =/= proof of racism.
But, it was printed on DOJ letterhead and that was all that was needed to generate the desired headlines so the weak-minded believe it.
Wasn't necessary. Mike Brown getting shot is all the proof some required. Hell, the "community wouldn't be upset if it wasn't true" is offered up as evidence.