The headline above, "You can't go shoot someone already down," comes from Nicole Tinson, a 23-year-old Yale Divinity School graduate student. However, her statement wasn't about Michael Brown's horrific death at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. It was about Ezell Ford, another young African American man who was gunned down by an LAPD officer. Via an L.A. Times article about hundreds who rallied for Ford over the weekend:
Ford’s killing has been compared with that of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., whose death has attracted national attention.
This morning on MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell interviewed Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D). She quoted a young male Ferguson resident, also African American, who in two sentences expressed feelings of betrayal, fear, anger, resentment, pain, and disenfranchisement felt by so many others:
"I don't mind giving up my life right now. It's amazing I made it to twenty-one."
People want charges brought. People want decency and justice. People are hurting.
But there's no toxicology report for Darren Wilson? Oh.
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) August 18, 2014
This morning, a private, preliminary autopsy report was released.
A preliminary autopsy commissioned by the family of Michael Brown suggests that there was no sign of a struggle in his death, and that all but one of at least six gunshot wounds in his body were likely survivable, according to Dr. Michael Baden, a renowned New York forensic pathologist who performed a private autopsy after a Ferguson, Mo., police officer killed the unarmed, black 18-year-old.
Baden said in his preliminary autopsy that he believes Brown would not have been able to survive the bullet that hit at the top of his head and traveled through his brain.
Baden said that Brown would have survived had that last gun shot not been fired into the top of his head. There were four bullets to the arm, two to the head, according to the preliminary report.
There was no reason to shoot Michael Brown in the head after having disabled him with at least four other bullets, based on what we know.
Also threatened by police Sunday night was MSNBC's Chris Hayes, who was filming when police told him, "Media do not pass us, you're getting maced next time you pass us."
Video at the link. Per Hayes, today the curfew has been lifted.
Sunday's Los Angeles Times has a regular feature in their Calendar section called "Underrated, Overrated." There is no link to this, but here it is, verbatim:
The year 2014: Amid a summer filled with a bad action movie's worth of global crises that include a drought, an ebola outbreak and too many reports of war and violence to count, this year has seen a disproportionate loss of creative spirits, including Charlie Haden, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maya Angelou and now Robin Williams. If no one minds, how about we just fast forward to New Year's Eve and get this over with?
It's nearly too much to bear. But that doesn't matter, because despite how tough this is, we have to right the enormous wrongs. We have to look beneath the surface to understand that there's way more to this than these two appalling incidents. We have to educate ourselves and each other-- are you listening, news media?-- so that we can prevent further excruciating episodes, defuse the senseless discrimination and socioeconomic bombs that will continue to go off if we don't.
Chaos is not the answer. Listening, understanding, behavior modification, enforcing and respecting civil rights, finally doing something to effectively improve economic disparity, and practicing mutual respect is a start.
Just do something. The injustice, persistent anguish, and gaping wounds must not be tolerated. We're supposed to be better than this.