The tragic case of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year old teen who was shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer, will become the new Trayvon Martin case. District Attorney Eric Holder is already involved in the Brown death before local law enforcement has had an opportunity to properly investigate. Mr. Obama has weighed in and is “heartbroken” as he was over the jury’s decision in the Trayvon Martin case.
There are conflicting accounts about how the shooting occurred but we have no wish to litigate this case and hope that justice will prevail.
Before the case has been properly reviewed, however, protesters quickly became rioters and vandals. The violence, vandalism, and ransacking of stores has gone on for two nights.
This is the statement from President Barack Obama:
“The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.”
His response to the violence and theft is deplorably inadequate, but we’ve become used to it from this president. Does Mr. Obama really believe that the vandals and thieves are simply upset over this boy they didn’t even know?
Mr. Obama didn’t go after ISIS because it was not politically expedient – by his own admission – but he and Eric Holder jumped into this case. Is it because this is heartbreaking but children being beheaded and cut in half in Iraq aren’t? Or…is it all about politics?
This is a timely distraction.