One of the many things I don't understand about the Ferguson police department
is why they apparently do not have a protocol for dealing with any shooting in which an officer is involved.
It is a routine in Canada
when an officer shoots a civilian, that the officer is suspended, an investigation is done right away by a neighbouring police force, and a prosecutor from another jurisdiction is often used to evaluate possible charges. We might not believe or support the result, but everybody knows what steps need to be taken.
But in Ferguson, they seem to be struggling with these basic steps, and the credibility of the police force in this little town, and the confidence of the entire justice system in Missouri is being destroyed.
Its difficult to see how it will end, because every time things start to calm down, the incompetent Ferguson police release another meaningless tidbit to smear Brown some more.
Overall, I get the impression that nobody is in charge.
On CNN, Jake Tapper says "this doesn't make any sense
But as the saying goes, when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Or, in Saskboy's version:
when all you have is a gun, everything looks like a black man in Missouri. #Ferguson
— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) August 19, 2014