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Published:August 13th, 2014 15:05 EST
Why Does Dorian Johnson`s Version of Michael Brown`s Shooting Sound Like the Absolute Honest Truth?

Why Does Dorian Johnson`s Version of Michael Brown`s Shooting Sound Like the Absolute Honest Truth?

By John G. Kays


My friend stopped running, his hands went immediately in the air and he turned towards the officer, face-to-face. He started to tell the officer he was unarmed and that you should stop shooting me. Before he can get his second sentence out, the officer fired several more shots into his head and chest areas... It was definitely like being shot like an animal. Dorian Johnson


What`s going on in Ferguson, Mo. is starting to look more like The Civil Rights Movement from the 1960s, than it does just a mere angry reaction to Saturday`s execution-like shooting of Michael Brown, Jr., by an, as yet, unidentified white police officer of the law. I`m seeing this situation projecting out of St. Louis, as well as its surrounding suburbs (they are great in number!), as the most important ongoing story in the U.S. news today; I`ll be quick in pointing out, however, the recent deaths of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall are close, if not equal contenders to Michael Brown`s. 


 But just to show you how strongly I feel about it, I`ll tell you it`s easily more significant than Trayvon Martin; the only comparison I could think of that might trump it, in terms of leaving its impact is the murder of three American civil rights workers (James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner) on the night of June 21-22, 1964 by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi.


That might clue you in on how important I think Michael Brown, Jr.`s shooting should be regarded; in saying that, I also mean all the events occurring afterwards, which might be described as the consequences of the shooting. One story is morphing to many more stories; it`s a cause and effect sort of phenomenon (or maybe Zeitgeist), where Blacks in St Louis are beginning to realize what happened to one young African American man, may have been replicated in slightly different forms, many times over in the past. 


One suspicious piece of statistical data elucidates a blatant imbalance of Black police officers versus whites, represented in the Ferguson force, whose population is 67% Black, yet whites hold 94% of the jobs. This stat speaks volumes to me, and I think you probably know the reason why. (theguardian-Michael Brown shooting:...)


The two parts of this continuing saga of racial discord (that likely won`t ever go away), regarding the unusual public reaction of the Ferguson Police, are easily worthy of minute scrutiny and careful criticism. Those two obvious blunders are: one, they haven`t even taken a public statement from Dorian Johnson yet, and this friend of Brown`s saw every last detail of Saturday afternoon`s horrifying shooting; the second item is, the Ferguson force won`t release the name of their officer who killed the young man. 


The community is already very angry, that`s a given, but this is making them even angrier. Well, it`s understandable, the fear that must be felt by those white officers and citizens (probably white also) in the community, but I feel like this is making it quite a bit worse. Will this unreasonable decision lead to more rioting and violence? I hope not, but I think they are making the wrong call by hiding and protecting this rogue cop.


What are their options? Should they dare back-pedal on their promulgated version of events, where they claim Brown was the initiator of the incident, and where he even assaulted the officer before he was forced into pulling his service revolver in order to subdue his attacker? How did they get this official rendition of the shooting in the first place? Was it only from the officer who did the shooting? Why is it we haven`t heard of anyone who was there backing up how they tell it? 


And if they do retract their version, won`t they have to interview Dorian Johnson first, since he`s closest and the most direct witness, seeing the entire harrowing sequence of events unfold right before his eyes? In a sense, it`s a little too late in the game for Ferguson to implement these needed corrections. That is, just since yesterday, Dorian has made the rounds of major media outlets; I`ve heard the story in his own words about 15 times already. 


Dorian seems very credible and can talk to the press with intelligence, ease, and confidence, remembering the excruciating details of this tragic day with poignant precision and microscopic intensity, omitting nothing (I haven`t noticed any inconsistencies or contradictions whatsoever)! I guess you`ll have to admit, the Ferguson Police Dept.`s goose is cooked! Better pass the case on to the FBI before it`s too late (it may already be).


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/12/ferguson-missouri-shooting-michael-brown-civil-rights-police-brutality