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Published:August 25th, 2014 12:25 EST

Michael Brown: Thug or Gentle Giant?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A clip that allegedly shows the slain 18-year-old pushing around a clerk and stealing cigars has infuriated the teen`s family, who vows to make sure it`s not the last image seen of the teen. Brown`s funeral is scheduled for Monday."


The New York Daily News

Let me start by taking issue with the use of the word "allegedly" by the New York Daily News reporter. Michael Brown`s partner-in-crime, Dorian Johnson, has admitted that the surveillance video depicts him and Brown at the convenience store. Only someone in complete denial would suggest that the video captured somebody other than Brown robbing and bullying the store owner.

Brown`s parents protest that the Ferguson Police Department released the video to make their son look bad. The police didn`t Photoshop the surveillance video, nor did they trick the hulking giant into robbing the store.

Brown`s criminal behavior made him look bad, without any help from the police. I can understand Brown`s parents defending their son, but shame on the race agitators and clueless reporters who won`t abandon the false narrative that a " Gentle Giant" was executed by a racist cop.

Darren Wilson, the police officer who confronted Brown, may or may not have known that he was a suspect in a robbery, but he certainly knew that Brown was brazenly jaywalking in the middle of the street.

Brown`s defenders wax Biblical on us exclaimng: Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. Who hasn`t shoplifted or jaywalked?

I shoplifted as a teen, but I never committed a strong arm robbery or shoved a store owner. On occasion I still jaywalk, but I have never strolled down the middle of the street obstructing traffic. There is a huge difference between running across a street because you are too lazy to wait until you come to the crosswalk, and leisurely strolling down the middle of the street.

If Brown had simply walked to the sidewalk instead of assaulting the officer, he would still be alive enjoying his blunts.

The racial divide in America will never disappear until the African American community stops making excuses for the propensity of their youth to resort to violence.

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