Hands up. Don’t Shoot. Vomit.
The universal sign of surrender
by David Miller, Publisher
Beyond the horror of taking my mind and heart to the thought of ever losing a firstborn, teen-age son a week after he graduated high school, in a senseless murder…
I have been to war. However, never so traumatized since the murders committed at Sandy Hook. Finally, tears were not enough. I had more than I could stomach Friday evening. Vomited.
To see a police chief telling lie after lie after deploying a military force to terrorize his small, mid-west community. Swat teams arresting journalists. To cover-up the murder committed by a officer under his command, in Ferguson, Missouri.
Police Chief Thomas Jackson spent last Friday, either admitting perjury or committing it.
He taunted his fell citizens. He trained machine guns and tanks on his own community, journalists, and the grieving family. The automatic weapons were not only drawn, but through rifle-sights, pointed. He used stun grenades. Tear and pepper grenades. Dogs. Rubber bullets. Armed and armored tanks.
Weapons he acquired from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, purportedly provided to protect his small town from “foreign” terrorists.
Eighteen year-old, Mike Brown, his loved ones, nor the community and reporters were not war criminals or domestic terrorists.
When the grieving family asked, “Who killed my son?” And, “How and why?” Lies.
“Why was their son left laying in the middle of the street for more than four hours?”
The community asked, “How.” Journalists asked, “How?” Everyone outside of the police department asked, “Who?” Lies.
Instead of answering the questions, he first trashed the dead, teen-age son's reputation, before his funeral.
A bigoted, racist, militarized police force terrorized all, including myself… to cover-it-up. And kept lying, lying, lying.
Perhaps, although we may never know, if Mike Brown had been allowed medical attention that qualified bystanders at the scene tried to administer, he may have been able to tell us his side of the story. Was allowing him to die after being shot - the beginning of the cover-up?
At the very least, the killer should be arrested and held for questioning. He is still free.
At the very least, police chief Jackson should be arrested and charged with inciting a riot.
At the very, very least, police chief Jackson should be arrested and charged with disturbing the peace.
A mother not yet able to bury her son because she has very good reason to mistrust the autopsy.
The high school Mike graduated from was so impoverished they had only two gowns to share for graduation photos.
The police chief is still on the job calling most of the shots.
A couple of weeks before his death, Brown had confessed Jesus as his savior, said a great-uncle, pastor Charles Ewing. Shortly thereafter, Brown had a dream in which he saw a body laying covered by a sheet, Ewing said.
"He didn't know whose body it was," Ewing said, his voice cracking. "He said, 'One day, the whole world is going to know my name' ... not knowing this is what was going to happen."
- DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press