The Michael Brown Misunderstanding

Michael Brown, 18, was not as innocent as people may think


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Protestors in Ferguson march for Michael Brown

When most of us think of the small town of Ferguson Missouri these days, the first thing that comes to mind is that Officer Darren Wilson, who shot 18-year old African-American, Michael Brown, is a racist, cold-blooded murder. Yes, it’s true that Officer Wilson did shoot and kill the young man, but by looking at the objective evidence, the young Brown was not as innocent as people may think.


First, let’s take a look into the life of Michael Brown. The 6’4”-tall, 292-pound man was no stranger to the justice system, possessing a string of juvenile crimes ranging from domestic violence to gang affiliation. And, people seem to forget that on the day of his shooting, he and his friend, Dorian Johnson, were captured on camera strong-arm robbing a convenience store and physically assaulting the store’s owner.


In Wilson’s and Brown’s altercation, Brown reportedly punched Wilson several times in the face as the officer tried to simply get out of his car. Wilson pulled out his gun, which misfired twice and went off a third time, upon which Brown tried to grab it and shoot Wilson. Three autopsies performed on Brown’s body have indicated that the six-frontal gunshots and residue on his clothes are a result of him charging Wilson.


Wilson, as a police officer in his duty to protect the law, was simply doing his job by killing an unarmed civilian. Had the killing been in cold blood, the gunshot wounds on Brown’s body would have centered in one area instead of several. Although it may appear that Wilson senselessly shot Brown, Brown’s failure to uphold the law resulted in Wilson’s immediate action to protect and keep it.

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