Yes, it would be nice if all the Right Wingers---the Republicans, the Tea Party, the Libertarians, etc.--would all have already long since spoken up on this. Not a peep, standing up for the unarmed man, gunned down by the police. In effect, by "government."
Kansas City police officer Marc Catron is under internal review following Facebook posts aboutMichael Brown, including one photo erroneously purported on social media to be a picture of Brown.
Catron posted to his feed comments like, “Remember how white people rioted after OJ’s acquittal? Me neither.” But it was the following photo that really got him in trouble:
That’s actually a picture of a murder defendant from Oregon.
People in the community saw Catron’s photos and alerted the police; the department said it was handling the case internally. Meanwhile, a Facebook page, “Marc Catron Isn’t worthy of the shield,” is already up and running.
In the meantime, there was yet another shooting/killing of a citizen in St. Louis today:
I nor no one else can declare guilt or innocence of Michael Brown nor the policeman who shot him nor this man, today, or his shooter, certainly. What we can tell is that Michael Brwon shouldn't be dead, first, and that this man, today, maybe should have been tased instead of shot. Fact is, apparently tasers aren't standard issue for St. Louis police.
If things were going to quiet down over there on the East side of the state, it very likely won't be tomorrow.
Then, from Facebook, FB friend and Kansas City photographer Roy Inmanwrote this, on a completely different thread: A person can be DETAINED for up to 24 hours without charges in most jurisdictions. It is a typical law enforcement technique: Using intimidation to discourage the truth being told. In my 60 years of knocking around the news photography trails I have observed that whenever someone does not want photos taken that person has something to hide. There are no exceptions. You see, dear fb friends, The Camera is a wicked tool, a device abhorred by dictators, would-be controllers of society. It can be brutally honest, totally revealing, unflinching. It can show the grotesque, blood-dripping raw fangs of oppressors in a way that mere words never can. Although in some corners of the Earth writers are put to death or imprisoned for what comes from their pen. Let’s face it: NONE of us likes to hear the truth about ourselves. If the truth is revealed about those in power, with the most guns, things can get nasty quickly. Trust me.#chicagopoliceriot1968