975 - What Would Wilson Do?

28th Nov 2014, 1:00 PM in 2014
What Would Wilson Do?
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Tim 28th Nov 2014, 1:00 PM edit delete
Tim
One of the most common things I hear from people defending Darren Wilson is a description of Mike Brown's weight and height - as if those were automatic indicators of the danger someone poses. I'm pretty close to Mike's description - an inch taller and somewhere around 30 pounds lighter, and I know people on the street have been intimidated by me. I've had people cross the road on seeing me, one woman was so adamant to block eye contact by lowering her umbrella that she couldn't see where she was going and walked head-on into me. But the fact that I am how I am doesn't mean I'm automatically a threat (regardless of how strangers react to me being somewhere), and I think someone's physical description should play a comparatively tiny role in working out what someone did.

Additionally, on duty police officers are trained in close-quarters fighting and armed with non-lethal weapons such as batons and tazers. If Mike posed a threat, those should have been used first. Also, you'd have thought 6 bullets would be a bit much to unload into one suspect, even if you were panicking.

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Guest 28th Nov 2014, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
wasn't wilson also 6' 4" ?
Tim 28th Nov 2014, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
Tim
Yup.
antonio 2nd Dec 2014, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
cause ur white