Michael Brown on The Ferguson Lie That Will Not Die

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To this day, in protests across America, crowds will taunt policemen with the words, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” These words were allegedly uttered by my namesake, Michael Brown, before he was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri by white police officer Darren Wilson in 2014.

The fact that witnesses attest that Brown never uttered such words is immaterial. The myth has been enshrined.

Brown’s death, which sparked weeks of rioting and helped spawn the Black Lives Matter movement, is something I am reminded of virtually every single day. And I mean that literally.

That’s because, a few years ago, a colleague of mine suggested that I sign up for Google Alerts, letting me know when my name was mentioned somewhere in the news.

Out of curiosity, but with full knowledge that there are many different Michael Browns in the news, I signed up for this free service. And for years now, virtually without break, there are at least four or five articles a day mentioning the death of Michael Brown.

He has been codified as a martyr. His name is mentioned side by side with Eric Garner and George Floyd and other Blacks who have died at the hands of the police. He died as the innocent victim of white police brutality. His last words were, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” The stories are always the same.

It doesn’t matter that local authorities did not find sufficient evidence to convict Officer Wilson of manslaughter, let alone murder.

It doesn’t matter that a lengthy, expensive investigation led by President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder also did not find evidence to convict Wilson. (Bear in mind that this investigation did find evidence of racism in the local police department. Yet it did not find evidence that Wilson used excessive force in his encounter with Brown.)

And it won’t matter now that St. Louis County’s top prosecutor, Prosecuting Attorney William Bell, himself Black, has not found sufficient evidence to convict Wilson after a five-month investigation.

The myth will live on. It has been codified.

In Bell’s own words, “‘My heart breaks’ for Michael’s parents. ‘I know this is not the result they were looking for and that their pain will continue forever.'”

Yet it was the result of his investigation, just as it has been the result of every investigation conducted to date. There is no clear evidence to convict Wilson.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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