The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has released videos showing Officer Darren Wilson leaving the police station to go to the hospital and returning after being checked out. By their report, he left for the hospital two hours after the shooting and returned back to the police station about two and a half hours later.
I’m posting the videos so you can see for yourself, but I don’t see anything that appears to show that Wilson was badly injured as some have claimed. The video is not the best quality, but there are no indications to show that he’s seriously hurt. There’s no look of being in pain in his facial expressions. I don’t see any visible bandages that would be used to treat cuts. There’s no ice pack being used to control bruising or swelling either.
With the impending release of the grand jury decision, I think the die has already been cast, and the immediate outlook for Ferguson is not good at all. I’m hoping that people don’t allow their emotions to get the best of them and resort to violence, but I will not be surprised if Ferguson doesn’t look like Atlanta after Sherman and his guys marched through.
We’re taught that the justice system is blind and we should trust the authorities to be honest and fair. The longer this drags on, the more that the opposite appears to be going on here. There has been a concerted effort to portray Wilson as the hero cop who was confronted by the criminal thug. The only “reliable” eyewitness testimony that we have is Wilson’s himself. Brown can’t testify on his behalf.
There have been videos that show Brown to be a thug, and they’ve been explained that way. Talking with someone from the area, I found that a different story is being told by those in the community. I was told that Brown paid for cigars in that store on that fateful day. When he reached behind the counter, he put back some cigars and and got some different ones.. It sounds like a stretch, but without audio to hear exactly what was said, we don’t know. If you look, the entire unedited video of the store confrontation has never been shown.
The reason I say this is because I was sharing what I thought could have been an alternative scenario that took place in that store. There were no charges pressed in any shoplifting or strongarm robbery incident. I haven’t seen any report for a shoplifting or robbery either. The only mention of that is in the report involving the shooting. If there was really a crime committed, there should be a separate report for that incident whether the store owner pressed charges or not. If that report existed, I’m sure that it would have been released with the video to show proof of a crime.
In my view, there’s just too many “what if’s” and unanswered questions to think that everything has been done fairly and above board. In an instance like this, the officer is always going to get the benefit of the doubt. When the trust of the authorities isn’t there, that benefit looks shady. As a result of the appearance of a cover-up being done here, the lack of trust is going to end in a fit of violence. I honestly hope that I am wrong about this though.