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For the record, here’s George Stephanopoulos’ complete 45-minute interview with officer Darren Wilson, in which Wilson basically repeats the story he told the St. Louis County grand jury.
The grand jury testimony in the Darren Wilson case reveals some shockingly lax procedures by the Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments: Unorthodox Police Procedures Emerge in Grand Jury Documents.
When Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson left the scene of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the officer returned to the police station unescorted, washed blood off his hands and placed his recently fired pistol into an evidence bag himself.
Such seemingly unorthodox forensic practices emerged from the voluminous testimony released in the aftermath of a grand jury decision Monday night not to indict Wilson.
The transcript showed that local officers who interviewed Wilson immediately after the shooting did not tape the conversations and sometimes conducted them with other police personnel present. An investigator with the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office testified that he opted not to take measurements at the crime scene.
“I got there, it was self-explanatory what happened,” said the investigator, whose name was not released, in his grand jury testimony. “Somebody shot somebody. There was no question as to any distances or anything of that nature at the time I was there.”
The investigator, described as a 25-year veteran, did not take his own photographs at the scene of the shooting because his camera battery was dead, he said.
Perhaps the most outrageous thing: police never tested Wilson’s gun for Michael Brown’s fingerprints. Since one of the main points of Wilson’s story was that Brown grabbed his gun, why wasn’t this done?
Yes, folks, our pal Chuck C. Johnson (who is NOT ME) has been suspended from Twitter for the third time, and he’s posted a message to his mailing list saying it’s “permanent” this time.
Twitter decided without warning to permanently suspend my account after I broke a series of stories about Ferguson and Michael Brown verdict at gotnews. Twitter has not provided a reason why.
I didn’t see the tweets that got his account shut down, but I’m told he was bragging about being a better shot than Darren Wilson and threatening people. Which sounds like our boy Chuck.
So much for a “permanent” suspension; Twitter has now reinstated Johnson’s account again, and he’s gloating about it.
Republican Rep. Peter King thinks it would be a great idea for President Obama to invite Darren Wilson to the White House.
“I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer or invited him to the White House and said, ‘You’ve gone through four months of smear and slander and the least we can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job.’ And then try to bring the communities together,” King said in an interview with Fox Business News.
George Stephanopoulos apparently won the media competition to interview officer Darren Wilson. In a preview of the interview, Stephanopoulos says Wilson told him that although he was sorry for the loss of Michael Brown’s life, he “would not do anything different that day” and has a clean conscience about what happened.
And by the way, ABC News says they did not pay for the interview.
TV nets sometimes find $$$ ways to “win” exclusive interviews. But not Darren Wilson: ABCer says “No payment, no licensing, no NOTHING.”
Right wing blogger Jim Hoft’s bogus claim on August 19 that officer Darren Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture of the eye socket” at the hands of Michael Brown was shared on Facebook almost 900,000 times, and Hoft has continued to relentlessly repeat this claim for months, in post after rabble-rousing post at Gateway Pundit.
Then, the photos of Darren Wilson’s real facial injuries were released (and showed only very slight reddening on one side of his face):
How does the Stupidest and Most Unethical Man on the Internet react? By going back to that original post and completely wiping it out, even changing the title: UPDATE: Officer Darren Wilson Suffered Severe Facial Contusions After Severe Beating During Mike Brown Attack | the Gateway Pundit.
Notice that the URL still contains the original title: “breaking-report-po-darren-wilson-suffered-orbital-blowout-fracture-to-eye-socket-during-encounter-with-mike-brown”.
The new text he added:
THIS POST WAS UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 24, 2014
The medical report was released after the jury decision was announced.
Darren Wilson suffered severe contusions after he was beat in the head by Michael Brown.
The police Report is here.
We previously reported that Officer Wilson suffered and [sic] orbital eye-socket fracture. It now appears he suffered severe bruising but no fracture.
Here’s a screenshot of Hoft’s original post:
And here’s what it looks like now:
So rather than publishing a retraction in a new post people won’t miss, Hoft has hidden his acknowledgment that he was pushing a fake story in a 4-month old post he thinks almost no one will see, and still vastly exaggerates Wilson’s injuries as “severe facial contusions” from a “severe beating.”
“Sleazy” doesn’t even begin to describe this. It’s a completely unacceptable way to correct a false story that has done an incredible amount to poison the well of public opinion.
I have known and seen racism and discrimination. I have known and experienced privilege.
And I have the common sense to distinguish between the two.
Ferguson is a place that is riddled with racism and discrimination. The police are known by all to engage in discrimination and racism. The state has disbanded police departments for racism and other malfeasance. Darren Wilson belonged to one such department to start his career. He came to Ferguson where the Department has long had issues in policing the community. All but a handful of officers are white in a community that is overwhelmingly black.
Blacks are stopped far more frequently than white (when adjusting per capita). That’s despite fact that whites that are stopped are found to have contraband in higher rates.
In this respect, Ferguson is hardly alone. Many other communities around the St. Louis region (and indeed nationally) face the same problems.
But the specifics of this case are exceptionally troubling. Only Officer Wilson was able to speak to what happened - and it was couched from the outset that he feared for his life when he stopped Brown. Both were the same height (Brown had 70 pounds on him). All the shots were fired by Wilson. And Brown lay dead more than 150 feet from the vehicle, in about a minute after the stop was initiated by Wilson.
All the eyewitness evidence was disregarded or minimized by the fact that Wilson feared for his life. That there’s no bruising apparent from the photos taken hours later. Yet, he thought he was a punch or two from being disabled?