Video of Michael Brown robbing convenience store. This is not a very nice guy. Believable that he would get into fight with police.

I wanted to wait until some evidence was in about the Ferguson, Missouri shooting.  However, after watching this video of a robbery that Michael Brown committed shortly before he was shot by police, I find it credible that Brown could instigate a fight with a police officer.  This is one big guy who was very belligerent.  Whether he also attacked the police officer isn't clear at this point, but I would find it quite plausible that he did.

More commentary from a former federal prosecutor on this new video is available here.



Blogger Sevesteen said...

Whether or not Michael Brown's actions justified his being shot is a relatively minor part of this. The protests may be mistaken. The police reaction and especially their treatment of the media is absolutely unjustified.

8/16/2014 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I tend to agree with your sentiments, we DO NOT KNOW what happened in the shooting event. So far as I have been able to ascertain, we have Brown's friend saying one thing, a "later witness" (whom I would dismiss as an opportunist given his own statements) and NOTHING of substance from the police.

Please, DO NOT jump on the right-wing bandwagon of condemning Brown absent all evidence.

We didn't like it when the left-wing media did this in the Zimmerman case. Don't you be the same kind of Jackwad who does the exact same thing in this one.

We have NO IDEA at this point, what actually happened, because the Ferguson Police, frankly, are a Barney Fife bunch of idiots.

An initial statement of facts is not hard to do. And officer's rights have only so much weight. How would you or I be treated in a criminal homicide investigation? Would we have 7 days (and counting) before a comprehensive review of the facts of the shooting were introduced, at least from a LE perspective? -I think not.

The officer involved has LESS rights to privacy and public information than a citizen, IMO.

Unlike us, it's his JOB to chase and apprehend criminals, at the public expense.

The silence of the Ferguson PD, for a WEEK, combined with the pathetic Barney Fife wanna-be SEALS attitude of the rest of the police forces displayed in Ferguson leads me to take with a large grain of salt anything coming out of this pathetic, Barney Fife department.

I live in a pretty small town where we've had a few controversial officer-involved shootings. the PD and sheriffs' dept has shown more PR skill on it's worst day than this Barney Fife idiot of a Chief in a racially diverse and economically deprived town has managed.

Five minutes with the officer on TV could have diffused this toxic situation before the first rioter ever appeared.

But, as usual, the cop in question turned chicken, no doubt on advice from his corrupt public union advisers.

Brown may well have been a thug. But that has nothing to do with the shooting itself, about which we have essentially ZERO information.

So whether he did or didn't do something that precipitated a justifiable homicide is a completely unknown factor at this point.

Frankly Dr. Lott, I think better of you than this post. Your blowing smoke up your reader's butts and pretending like it's substance.

It's not. It's speculation at best, race-baiting at worst. I have always thought better of you than this latest post. I hope you will clarify or detail it so I can revise my now drastically reduced opinion of your objectivity. -Or are you just another Fox News contributor with an income (from Fox) to protect?

8/17/2014 6:14 AM  
Blogger Chas said...

It seems that aspiring rapper Michael Brown had a SoundCloud account:
And a Facebook page too:
Very nasty lyrics.

8/17/2014 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Believable that he would get into a fight with police."

Especially if he (mistakenly) believed the officer knew that he matched the description of the thief in the video, the theft having occurred only minutes before the officer stopped him and his companion.

8/18/2014 12:33 AM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear Bill:

I don't think that I jumped to any conclusion. Here is what I wrote: "Whether he also attacked the police officer isn't clear at this point, but I would find it quite plausible that he did."

8/19/2014 1:39 AM  

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