This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 24, 2014:
To no one’s surprise, Rasmussen reported on Friday that fewer than 1 in 4 Americans think Officer Darren Wilson is guilty of the murder of Michael Brown. Almost twice as many think Wilson acted in self-defense on August 9 when he shot Brown during an altercation on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.
Dean Obeidallah is certain Wilson will get off. Writing at the Daily Beast, Obeidallah, a former lawyer and now political commentator, looked carefully at a Missouri statute that will exonerate Wilson and concluded that he will walk. He wrote:
Three questions must be answered to determine if Wilson is entitled to this statutory defense: Had Brown committed a felony? Was Wilson aware of this fact before the incident? Did Wilson act reasonably under the circumstances?
The likely answer to all three questions is yes.
Noted Obeidallah, under Missouri law, property theft coupled with the use of force constitutes robbery in the second degree, which is a felony. When Brown helped himself to some cigars and then pushed the store clerk away, he committed a felony.
When Wilson initially stopped Brown, it was because he and his friend were talking down the middle of the street, blocking traffic. It was only after he learned that Brown was the likely suspect in the robbery that Wilson stopped his cruiser, backed up, intending to question Brown about the matter. So Wilson knew.
And did he act reasonably? As Obeidallah noted, Wilson himself spent four hours in front of the grand jury, a remarkably rare occurrence, and one that bodes well for Wilson because in the past whenever a police officer testifies in his own behalf, he always gets off – no exceptions.
Rumors that the grand jury had come to just such a conclusion and would issue its verdict sometime over the weekend were quashed when USA Today received an anonymous but reliable tip from an insider that the jury spent another five hours considering the case on Friday and scheduled another hearing for Monday. It was noted that the jury was going to inform law enforcement people 48 hours before letting the decision go public, so the earliest that anything official would be announced would be late Tuesday evening or Wednesday, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Everyone in Ferguson is ready. The police have invested in additional riot gear, Governor Nixon has declared a state of emergency and is ready to call in the National Guard if necessary, schools are being closed, store fronts are being boarded up, gun sales have quintupled just since August, the radicals have been training for insurrection, and Obama and Holder have added their own incendiary remarks to make sure this is an opportunity that won’t be wasted.
Just to make the point, riots broke out Saturday night, forcing the police to disperse them with prejudice, arresting at least two protestors in the process. On Thursday, two New Black Panthers, each with a long list of felony charges, were arrested for buying explosives with plans to build pipe bombs to add to the fray.
Especially galling in the run-up to the expected explosion in Ferguson is the hypocrisy of President Obama. In August, he remarked that he wanted to avoid looking “like I’m putting my thumb on the scales one way or the other,” and then spoke on Friday in terms all reasonable and peaceful:
First and foremost, keep [those expected] protests peaceful.
This is a country that allows everybody to express their views, allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust.
But using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to the rule of law and contrary to who we are.
But this flies in the face of the secret meeting he had with several black revolutionaries the day after the mid-term elections to make sure that everything was on track for that explosion. The New York Times reported that the “Rev.” Al Sharpton, now vetted as Obama’s closest advisor on issues revolutionary, said that Obama “was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating.” (emphasis added)
His Attorney General, Eric Holder, was more forthright than his boss about the opportunities for mischief in Ferguson. Instead of letting justice take its course in Ferguson (which is what would have happened if the Department of Justice hadn’t intervened), he actually encouraged the radicals and revolutionaries in their work:
I ask all those who seek to lend their voice to important causes and discussions, and who seek to elevate these vital conversations, to do so in a way that respects the gravity of their subject matter.
Nothing was said about avoiding breaking the law. Nothing about letting the legal system do its work. Instead, Holder added:
I recognize that progress will not come easily, and long-simmering tensions will not be cooled overnight. These struggles go to the heart of who we are, and who we aspire to be, both as a nation and as a people….
It is clear that we have a great deal of important work to do.
Only a third-grader could miss to whom Holder was speaking. Those radicals had an opportunity to wreak havoc in Ferguson, that there was “important work” to be done to promote the White House agenda: defaming local enforcement to build the case for a national police force.
While Wilson’s acquittal seems certain, what’s also nearly certain is the planned and plotted explosion of violence that will greet it. Just like the Zimmerman/Martin shooting that exploded onto the national scene thanks to efforts by Holder and the White House, Ferguson is next in line.
The Daily Beast: Why Darren Wilson Will Walk
Rasmussen Reports: Few Expect Ferguson Police Officer To Be Charged
USA Today: What we know today [Sunday] about Ferguson