Tragedy has actually struck the small town of Ferguson, Missouri. This once peaceful town has actually been rocked by violence, closing schools, placing business owners on guard. Church leaders question authority and civil rights advocates are standing on proverbial soap boxes in the town square. The death of Michael Brown, 18, has actually earned global news these days as a result of the media storm dredging up race and bigotry where it might or might not exist. Bias news networks have actually jumped on the bandwagon for ratings, pushing an image of a black junior higher school youngster that was gunned down by a racially encouraged white police officer. Despite the fact that early on, a video was leaked from the security camera in a convenience store showing Michael’s petty theft and assault on the business owner prior to his encounter along with the officer, Michael is portrayed as devoid of malice in the news, the officer as a racist. There is as much mistruth in the 2 characterization as each one reacted badly in a single moment in time.
This small town of 21,000 residents has actually 53 police officers along with only three being of color. The demographics of Ferguson is a ratio of 67% African American residents to 29% Caucasian. To give a reasonable and balanced debate on exactly what happened in Ferguson, it is vital to look closely using critical thinking to uncover the potential truth. According to the autopsy given by the family of Michael Brown, evidence supports a head shot to the teen as he was falling forward, rushing forward or kneeing along with his head down. The officer reported Michael charged in to his car attempting to take his firearm, resulting in his gun firing twice, one hitting the teen, one bullet lodged inside the roof of the car. The news report from CNN released October 18th reported that forensic evidence might prove the officer’s claim. From supposition gathered by “eye witness account” it appears that Michael, Despite the fact that mortally wounded managed to spine from the auto throwing his arms up yelling, “Okay, Okay” prior to dropping to the pavement.
Justice, or impartiality, usually implies that the situation at hand has actually been investigated using forensic evidence much more compared to questionable eye witness account or outside sources making racial tension. Justice is served after a legal panel has actually determined a crime has actually been commited. The case in Ferguson will certainly not be known until November, after the Grand Jury has actually had time to view and analyze all of the evidence, yet the officer’s life has actually been threatened and he has actually been painted a racist. He might be or he might not be.
There might be a racial conflict between the citizens and the police, yet this honest truth is not proven to date. Last Wednesday an 18 year old African American male was killed by a white officer in Saint Louis, Merely 18 miles from Ferguson. The parents of Vonderrit Myers Jr., and eye witnesses claimed this teen wasn’t armed. Protests broke out calling for justice for the teen, that was on parole at the time of his death. The facts and forensic evidence proved that this troubled teen was covered in gunshot residue proving he fired on the officer. The offices claimed the youth shot three rounds prior to the police opened fire, case closed; media swiftly broke the reality and buried the story. Eye witnesses gave false testimony, claiming he was unarmed; the officer was defending himself, the forensic evidence proved his claim. Racial tensions broke out briefly prior to moving spine to Ferguson.
States away, Merely two days after the teen in Ferguson was killed by a white officer, a white and Hispanic mixed 20 year was killed by a black officer. This case was a Ferguson-love attack in Salt Lake City, Utah. The young man, Dillon Taylor was due in court for unlawful use of a firearm and resisting arrest, yet the officer did not understand this at the time. Accounts proved that Despite the fact that this white male was unarmed, there was enough evidence to prove reasonable intent to shoot the officer, a physique cam and recorder on the police cruiser backed up the claims; a case of self-defense. Black officer killed white youth, yet nothing concerning race was pressed by the media here.
The Duty Officer in Ferguson, Mo., October 19th, told this reporter that the majority of protestors have actually been respectful, yet the “opportunist” that come out at night have actually trigger terrific property damage. The gentleman from the convenience store robbed by Michael has actually withdrawn his eye witness account. The officer remarked that it was probably as a result of fear. A Quick method was burned to the ground and a spray paint authorize appeared on the standing wall, “this is exactly what happens to squealers.”
Rev. Peter Morales of the Unitarian Universalist Association calls for a vigil for Ferguson “Standing on the edge of love” standing along with those seeking healing and justice. exactly what portion of social justice do the Unitarians stand for? Ought to Al Sharpton, others faith leaders as well as the Unitarian Universalist Association champ a trigger which might prove false or wait for justice and the law to prove guilt?
devoid of caution on events media moguls twist in to racial tension, our liberal faith could fall victim to the rather bias the Unitarian Universalist Association desires to quell. Stand on the edge of enjoy for justice sake using facts to guide the way. The theme at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix this month is forgiveness. It is time to forgive misguided protestors on the 2 sides of the issue. It is time to promote healing and teach tolerance to those that are seeking. Ferguson is earned up of victims and offenders yet it is time to lay down implements of violence, seek forgiveness and wait for the reality to be known.