A riot police officer aims his weapon while demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri August 13, 2014. Police in Ferguson fired several rounds of tear gas to disperse protesters late on Wednesday, on the fourth night of demonstrations over the fatal shooting last weekend of an unarmed black teenager Brown, 18, by a police officer on Saturday after what police said was a struggle with a gun in a police car. A witness in the case told local media that Brown had raised his arms to police to show that he was unarmed before being killed. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
A "police" officer prepares to shoot his fellow American citizens for exercising their First Amendment rights.
It's like the Ferguson cops are trying to prove they are the biggest assholes in the country.
Nine people face charges for looting in Ferguson that followed the fatal shooting of Michael Brown Sunday night into Monday morning, according to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch.

The nine face varying felony charges relating to burglary and theft along West Florissant.

The story then goes on to list the names, ages, and specific charges of each of those. And that's fine! They have been charged with a crime, that information is public record.

The problem, of course, is that the officer who murdered Michael Brown remains incognito, protected by a police force that has clearly closed ranks around its resident killer.

Now, some may argue, the murderer cop hasn't been charged with anything yet! And of course, that's even more of a problem. The eyewitness accounts are pretty clear about what happened. And the autopsy report? Well, police are trying to keep it secret for the next month:

Police won't release any further details of the autopsy, pending the results of toxicology tests. Those should be available in the next four weeks.
We already know that Robin Williams committed suicide, but Ferguson police will hold on to that report for four weeks fervently hoping they can show that he was smoking the marijuana. Who doesn't think that if the autopsy exonerated the cop, that it wouldn't have been released by now? Instead, you have the police chief making lame arguments about not "tainting the witness pool." Nice try, asshole.

But by all means, highlight this double standard, the very double standard that has led to one tragic murder and days of justified unrests.

Originally posted to kos on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 08:27 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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