‘Gentle Giant’ Teen Murdered By Overzealous Cop With Clean Record
I have been following the story of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen shot and killed by police in Missouri. For the family of both the victim and the officer, I feel for the pain and grief caused by this overzealous act. I call it over-zealous as I can’t understand why in any situation, a cop would feel that his life was in such danger than it warranted pumping 10 bullets into a young man, (two in his head), whether he be black, white, Asian or other.
The cop was identified as 28 year old Darren Wilson who apparently was given a commendation for ‘extraordinary effort in the line of duty’ back in February. Michael Browne was described as a ‘gentle giant’ by his family. He was apparently shot when he was stopped along with his friends for walking in traffic and disturbing traffic. His non-compliance caused the tragic chain of events. Unknowingly to Wilson, Michael was also the prime suspect in a robbery that had taken place only moments before.
Now, I find it interesting when someone’s past is used as a yardstick to determine whether or not they are bad people. Having a previously clean record of service with a commendation does not mean Mr. Wilson is not a racist or a rogue cop who relished the chance to use his firearm. Being a ‘gentle giant’ with no priors does not mean Michael Brown did not have the potential to rob a store. On the flip side, even if he did commit that crime, it still does not make him a monster deserving to be shot dead and left lying on the streets for hours. (In my early teens, I gave in to peer pressure and stole comic books from bookstores, not once but a few times. Until I was caught and reprimanded). At the time of the Missouri incident, what each of these people did in their past means squat. I am sure serial killers had a few clean years under their belts too.
So what I’m getting at is this, dispense with the regaling or dehumanizing of the deceased and the perpetrator. Deal with the incident as what it is. An unarmed teen was shot by a cop who displayed a lack of judgement and self-control in carrying out his duty. His act should be thoroughly and independently investigated without bias and he should be dealt with accordingly. A sequence of unfortunate events saw a life lost. Maybe it’s black and white, maybe it’s not…