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Because there are so many things wrong with the events going on in Ferguson on so many levels - to wit, the vicious crackdown against peaceful protesters and journalists, the excessive display of militarized police akin more to an occupying force than public defenders, the facilitation of evidence tampering and obstruction of evidence gathering, the overt and covert institutionalized racism that underlies all the tension and anger, and the overall tone-deafness and history-blindness of officials in charge of cooling emotions and securing peace - that it is understandable that people would get sidetracked by any one of these betrayals of the values of justice and equality, all outrageous in their own right.

But there is just one point that I think puts all the insanity in Ferguson in perfect frame:

All of this is to protect one man.

A single man. Namely, the police officer who allegedly killed Michael Brown, Darren Wilson.

An entire police force waging war against the community they purport to protect and serve. An entire demographic of Americans hostilely oppressed and denigrated. A supposedly civilized country, whose warhawk representatives expect us to police the rest of the world, embarrassed on the global stage for its blatant disregard for due process. Politicians who denounce the murderous terrorists overseas yet do not call for the arrest of a similar accused killer in our own territory. American citizens, journalists, youth and children and elderly and mothers and fathers, risking being trampled to death by mobs, shot by bullets rubber or otherwise, and risk facing the criminal justice system themselves because they are brave enough to protest injustice.

All of this is to prevent one man from facing any sort of scrutiny for the actions he chose to take.

Maybe he's guilty of a crime. Maybe not. But the system - no, the country - has been forced to expose some of its most glaring inherent flaws and inconsistencies and failings, both unintended and completely contrived, all to prevent this single man from facing anyone he has wronged, or courtroom, or jailcell.

Regardless of whether the officer Darren Wilson is ultimately found guilty of any crime, there is supposed to be protocol in place when police officers are caught in these altercations. And yet, there is no word that he has been dealt any sort of punishment, any sort of suspension or firing, or had to surrender his badge or firearm, let alone facing any judge or criminal prosecution.

One man is being valued higher than all the integrity of and the trust we put into the most important defenders of our lives and communities.

All the riots, all the teargassing and arrests, all the protests and demonstrations, these are all because one man is being shielded from the law, the same law each and every American citizen is supposedly expected to follow, the same law he was sworn to protect and serve.

With all the protections afforded a member of the police like Darren Wilson, it was always a miniscule probability from the outset that he would ever face any real punishment for killing Mike Brown, made all the more audacious compared to the lack of similar resources available to Mike Brown or his family to seek justice in the very same courts. And yet the powers that be still found it necessary to impede the serving of justice by every means available.

They would rather protect this officer to extraordinary levels, potentially withholding evidence and fabricating evidence and witness tampering and knowingly giving false information, all of which could likely get anyone who's not a cop arrested themselves.

They would rather have marchers and protesters in the streets every day and rioters and looters every night.

They would rather shoot tear gas and suit up in combat gear and brandish assault rifles and drive their tanks onto civilian streets.

They would rather expose the city of Ferguson to mountains of civil lawsuits and millions of dollars in settlements and legal fees by infringing on people's and reporters' First Amendment rights.

All because they don't want one man to even have handcuffs on his wrists. Someone who has probably placed handcuffs on countless other individuals, before they were ever charged with or found guilty of a crime, as well.

All of this is to protect one man. People's lives are being put on the line, our taxes are being wasted, our justice system is being made a mockery of, all because the people who supposedly pass as leaders refuse to treat a single man to even a fraction of the justice he himself dealt to Michael Brown.

Let us not forget that all the turmoil, all the tension and anger and apathy raised in Ferguson and throughout the country, this all could have been avoided if police officials or the elected officials who oversee them, had just done their jobs, their sworn duties devoted to the community of Ferguson, and arrested Darren Wilson and properly investigated Michael Brown's death.

And from now on, anytime anyone in the Republican Party tries to claim that they don't have a problem appealing to minorities, or say that they don't have a racism problem, they can sit down and shut the hell up and get nothing but facepalms on their twitters for the rest of their lives. Your shameless hypocritical double standards have been put on full display. Your party, that deems it so important to judge every drug user, welfare fraud, and illegal immigrant, can't even be bothered to make the most simplest call for someone who clearly should go to court to be arrested. You may be able to convince your own devotees who already believe everything you say, but you have absolutely zero credibility with anyone who chooses to look at the facts objectively. As if it wasn't already plain as day to anyone who doesn't willfully allow themselves to be lied to on a perpetual mind-numbing basis. Republicans would rather obfuscate and divert attention and point fingers at Obama, then to plainly admit the simple truth. You don't even have to go whole-hog kumbaya with all races and minorities and call for Darren Wilson to be found guilty; you can't even plainly say that Mike Brown should not have died, without sounding phony. What would get you to mourn Mike Brown's death, other than posthumously turning him into an unborn fetus? What would get you to call for Darren Wilson's arrest, other than finding out that he officiated a gay wedding?

The reason minorities vote overwhelmingly for Democrats is not because they like handouts and welfare. It's because the Republican Party protects and legitimizes the people who kill them. It's because the Republican Party works harder to prevent them from voting than for helping them feel represented in their own government. It's because the Republican Party fights harder to defend the Second Amendment rights of non-black Americans than their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, to peacably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. It's because the Republican Party would rather portray them as robbers and drug users than to treat them as just plain human beings, who don't deserve to be shot down in the middle of the street.

All the turmoil in Ferguson, all the threats against peace, all the rioting and looting, none of these even remotely compare to the level of betrayal represented by failing to arrest and charge Darren Wilson.

Darren Wilson, you are just one person, as we all are. Stand up and face the music, like any one of us is expected to.

And for any elected official who doesn't immediately call for Wilson's arrest or to turn himself in, you do not have any moral standing to call for civility in Ferguson, because to call for civility, you first have to show that you understand what it means to live in a civil society.

The question isn't if a lone individual like Darren Wilson is worth all of this.

The real question is, is any one?

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  •  Tip Jar (31+ / 0-)

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 04:58:02 AM PDT

  •  No, it is a system that is under attack -- (25+ / 0-)

    The definition of law and order is being questioned by people who are asserting their right to do so.
    When the people govern, their agents are reduced to servants. That's a reduction in status that is not going to go down well.
    Just the act of questioning reveals that the powers of law enforcers are an illusion, resting entirely on the consent of the people. When that consent is taken away, law enforcement collapses. The numbers are simply not in their favor.
    The system is in a no-win situation. Firing Wilson would be to admit weakness and weakness is evidence that power is lost. Those driven by the lust for power might as well throw in the towel.
    Things in Ferguson will never again be the same.

  •  400 years of evil & betrayal continues today (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, slowbutsure

    Gotta protect "the white man", because he has permission to do whatever he wants.

    It's the difference between being free & being freed.

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 05:12:10 AM PDT

    •  I Think It's a Little More Specifically About Cops (14+ / 0-)

      Many of us have seen exactly this behavior against white, even upper middle class people, from Occupy in our time, the anti war protests 2 generations ago, and labor actions a lifetime ago.

      The armadas of officers, the sweeping tear gas marches down streets, curfews enforced without warning hours too early and extended into announced open zones, arresting arbitrary pedestrians and journalists for existing while existing, censoring and destruction of official evidence. It's all been done and on exactly the same scale against lilly white civilians if they would tamper with the machine.

      Only the ordnance is contemporary.

      Obviously, against never-been-persons, it is done much more often and casually. We're seeing an amount of surprise over the police actions, among whites today, that I wasn't prepared for. But hopefully these are lessons relearned by the white community, bringing us closer to the tipping point of substantial motivation that's required to begin the depth and breadth of change our nation needs, that humanity needs our nation to make, in this time of mushrooming crises.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 05:31:05 AM PDT

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      •  And it's a G-ddamn Shame that these words (4+ / 0-)
        “Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies—where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most of Americans think of as law enforcement.”
        are coming from Rand Paul. I don't care if he even plagiarized that statement, that's the soundbite I want people hearing in the back of their heads because I agree with it!
            And this business of surplus-sharing from one budget to another- well it may be news to your neighbors. They may be hearing it first from Rand.

        'Our town' of less than 5000 residents had a swat team incident just off Main St. that rushed a person's home and killed him, even though he was unarmed and not guilty- not even wanted at that time- they were looking for his adult son who didn't live there and wasn't there at the time (because they already had him in custody, apparently). Far as I know it's not under investigation. This was all white on white, but that's just the demographics here.

        We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

        by nuclear winter solstice on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 07:41:05 AM PDT

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      •  No, it's bigger than that; it's why the RW hates (0+ / 0-)

        the President.

        He destroys "the American white man is better than myth" The police are part of that mythology. Gotta keep the negra in their place so kill one and leave his body out like a lynching. They forgot the castration and burning the body.

        Yeah, the police don't like disobedient people but it is the height of disobedience to have not white skin.

        'We' have to be punished by the evil overseer class. It makes the evil white 1% happy.

        I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

        by a2nite on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 09:49:54 AM PDT

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  •  Let's not let facts cloud the truth.. (5+ / 0-)

    The fact is, there was no one on that street other than Constable Wilson, who had the ability and the desire to make Michael Brown die... Did anyone else pull a gun and shoot the 18 year old youth: NO!!! then the inescapable fact is, Darren Wilson Killed a Person on that day, and that person was Michael Brown... No one else... Whether or not Darren Wilson is guilty of murder, is up to the courts... and right now the courts and the judicial system are doing everything in it's power to prevent the bringing of charges and a court case against the Police Officer... We are losing out faith in that system, quickly...

    For Michael Brown, etal, RIP: #STAYWOKE #Ferguson RT @jasinreverie: @elonjames That nice, but how do we keep it from going back to business as USUAL?

    by Schneewolfe on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 05:28:34 AM PDT

  •  Btw great diary (4+ / 0-)

    Wish I could rec more than once...

    For Michael Brown, etal, RIP: #STAYWOKE #Ferguson RT @jasinreverie: @elonjames That nice, but how do we keep it from going back to business as USUAL?

    by Schneewolfe on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 05:30:58 AM PDT

  •  All this to Protect a System of Use of Lethal... (7+ / 0-)

    ...force by Police Departments across the nation, without any consequences for the shooters.  

    In the US, police departments across the nation are getting/have gotten away with routinely detaining persons of color for whatever reason they choose.  

    In the US, police departments across the nation are getting/have gotten away with using lethal force as a first resort, without consequence.  

    That's what is at the heart of the protests, as well as the defensiveness/offensiveness in the responses of the police department and the mayor.  The protesters are not just protesting the murder of Michael Brown.  

    They are protesting the system that routinely allows such murders be far to frequent and to go unpunished.

    Local officials like the Mayor of Ferguson deny any responsibility for the current situation, in order to protect a system of the hiring of personnel and the governing of the majority by the minority, without any efforts to address the concerns of the majority.

    The local and national police defensiveness aren't just about Michael Brown's murder, it's about their defending their routine use of lethal force as a first resort, without consequence.

    •  It makes DEATH BY POLICE suicides so much easier (3+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, shaharazade, kurious

      Scenario, terminally ill elderly person wanting to die.


      Act crazy and brandish a weapon when the police show up.
      It can be a cane! or a butter knife!

      Elders in America have been shot dead by police for less.

      Refusing to leave the nursing home for hospital treatment resulted in DEATH BY POLICE recently, if I remember correctly.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 07:14:10 AM PDT

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  •  Well Definitely t Protect Him But It's Win-Win-Win (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, shaharazade

    for the authorities.

    The Blacks have the reputation and credibility of Untouchables with the machine and ownership so there's no downside to pissing them off.

    There's all the new toys and tactics that are fun to play with, and in any case require regular practice to retain their fighting edge.

    The cops get to blow off steam against civilians, which they'll historically do even against whites if provoked.

    Lots of marketable footage for the State Press.

    Galvanized rightwing authoritarian electorate just in time for the typically low liberal participation midterms.

    What's not to love?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 05:36:36 AM PDT

  •  It was to protect A COP (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, shaharazade, BobX

    and the entire Cop Accountabilty Avoidance Construct.

    Men get killed.

    Cops get protected.


  •  Not "one man" but "everybody like that one man" (6+ / 0-)

    I don't think they are protecting Wilson just because he was Wilson.  If he was caught molesting a white kid (just to take an example) they would cut him loose ASAP.

    They are protecting the racism and white privilege "enjoyed" by the police force and possibly the whole "government" of Ferguson.

  •  This was to protect EveryPig (9+ / 0-)

    as they set about to oppress EveryMan.

  •  Not to protect one man. To protect a culture. (3+ / 0-)
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    Chi, a2nite, shaharazade

    This is a threat to their way of life. Their response would be appropriate to any actual existential threat.

  •  Not to protect Wilson per se, (3+ / 0-)
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    pierre9045, AJayne, shaharazade

    but to safeguard their ability to kill African Americans with impunity.

    And for any elected official who doesn't immediately call for Wilson's arrest or to turn himself in, you do not have any moral standing to call for civility in Ferguson, because to call for civility, you first have to show that you understand what it means to live in a civil society.
    Thank you. I ask in every diary I comment in, have they arrested Wilson yet?

    "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." -- JC, Matthew 6:24

    by Chi on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 07:47:27 AM PDT

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