Michael Brown: Analyzing the Witness testimony.

The rightwing media pulled no punches in dancing on Michael Brown’s grave and spitting in the face of his family. We are led to believe from evidence most of us never will see that the case is closed based solely upon the word of an irresponsible prosecutor who seemed to be acting as Darren Wilson’s defense attorney. More than that, he seemed, by the theatrics and teasing of the release, animated towards provoking emotions in the community. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s announcement regarding the Grand Jury’s decision seemed more like a campaign speech for political advancement than a public announcement.

Key to the case are the witness statements, in which Wilson also plays apart. Here it is also important to recognize several key aspects of the witness testimony. First, the more immediate the recollection by witnesses the better. That is, we can prioritize witness testimony taken the day of the shooting, August 9, 2014. Here is break down based on an analysis created from witness testimony by PBS Newshour. Excluding Officer Wilson, 21 witnesses were interviewed, 7 of those multiple times.

First, Officer Darren Wilson did not give testimony for a full 10 days following the shooting. That testimony is dated August 19th. That is critical to understanding the validity, veracity and accuracy of his statement.

of the 21 witnesses interviewed, 7 were interviewed more than once. In each case key aspects of their testimony changed. None of them could agree on the number of shots fired, ranging widely from between 3 and 11. Witness #44, interviewed on 8/16 and again on 9/25, a month and a half after the shooting, appears to have changed testimony in favor of Wilson. Initially the witness did not know if Brown reached into the car, but then changed testimony to indicate he had. Witness #48 initially indicated Brown had his hands up, but then recanted that

Excluding Wilson, whose testimony must be considered biased, the key issue is the alleged altercation at the vehicle. We are led to believe by the prosecutor that witnesses agreed fully that there was a battle in the vehicle, with Brown assaulting Wilson, supposedly in going for the gun, which subsequently went off injuring Brown and leaving residue on his hand. The facts show something quite different. While 8 witnesses recalled an altercation of some sort at the vehicle, 3 disagreed. 2 of the 8 changed their testimony on whether or not there was an altercation, both times in favor of the prosecution. While no allegations of witness intimidation have come to light, it must, until verified, remain a possibility.table-finalfinalup

While the prosecutor and the right wing media seem fixated on the alleged altercation at the vehicle, that is only part of the incident. Equally, if not more important, is whether Michael Brown had his hands up and was surrendering. Only 2 witness said that Brown did not have his hands up. Their testimony was taken days after the incident. 12 witnesses reported that his hands were up when shot. Likewise, only 3 witnesses said Brown was NOT running away when shot. Nearly every witness testified unanimously that he was running away when fired upon.

5 witnesses reported that Brown charged Wilson. 5 disagreed. That alone should have been enough to warrant a trial.

Finally, only 6 witnesses were interviewed the day of the shooting. That is curious, given the nature of the incident. Many of the rest were not interviewed for more than a week, several after a month or more and one on the 11th of November, more than three months after the shooting. Of those interviewed the day of the shooting, all were unanimous that Brown did not charge Wilson, or that they gave no answer

Clearly this is a simple analysis of the witness testimony. Not included here, but critical to any assessment is the distance and visibility of each witness to the shooting. Also critical is at what point in the incident each witness arrived. That is, did they witness fully, unencumbered by trees, angle, distance or lighting (1.e., glare) the incident from the moment Brown approached the vehicle until his death, or did the witness only the incident in part.

Still, based even upon a simple analysis we are left with an inescapable conclusion; it is not as airtight and simple a case as the prosecutor and media would lead us to believe. On that basis alone, in an uncorrupted system there should have been more than enough cause to hold Wilson for trial. And for those who would place too much faith in the infallibility of the judicial system, one only has to look to the civil rights era to realize that the courts have long maintained a bias towards the status quo rather than to minorities.



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CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Rally for Roshad McIntosh: Today at 5pm, at 2600 W Harrison

5PM, Friday 8/29: Rally for Roshad McIntosh

Community and Family Demand Name of Cop Who Killed Him
Chicago 8/29 — Today at 5pm, at 2600 W Harrison, Roshad McIntosh’s community will hold another protest in his name. An announcement for the gathering was posted last night to Facebook and Twitter.

Roshad was shot by police on August 24th in his North Lawndale neighborhood. At a press conference Wednesday, The Dissenter reports, his mother Dawn said, “My son was killed senselessly, and he shouldn’t have been. He was surrendering, and they shot him anyway. He was on his knees with both hands up begging for his life. They killed him.”

On Wednesday evening, hundreds of community members marched on the 11th precinct police station, demanding the name of the officer who killed Roshad. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DukBfDGVbM

Community members organizing these protests say: “We want the name of the cop that killed Roshad. We want him arrested and held accountable – immediately. We want every cop who was present the night Roshad was murdered to be held accountable. We want the police out of our communities – their racist campaign of terrorizing us, brutalizing us, putting us in prison cages and exterminating us has to end immediately. We want our community park back, immediately. We want our programs and the resources to benefit our kids and our communities that will lead to self-empowerment and autonomy.”

Roshad McIntosh’s death and the community response to it has been covered by: Democracy Now!, Examiner, ABC 7, Chicago Tribune, The Dissenter, DNAinfo Chicago, Huffington Post, and more.

A Storify post about his death has received over 32,000 views.

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BREAKING: Rogers Park Murder: The confluence of tragedies

Revolution and Beer was on scene shortly after a fatal shooting in Rogers Park Saturday afternoon. The shooting occurred around 3:30pm. A 28 year old man died in the incident that took place at the intersection of Glenwood and Devon in front of the Uncommon Ground restaurant along a normally quiet and busy block. The unidentified man later died at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. 2 people, a man and woman, were taken into custody. Unconfirmed reports indicated that the weapon was found with the woman.

A police technician gathers evidence following a fatal shooting in Rogers Park. Photos by WC Turck

A police technician gathers evidence following a fatal shooting in Rogers Park. Photos by WC Turck

Witnessed said they thought it was firecrackers. They said the victim was standing at the corner when at least one of the suspects approached and began firing along the busy street. The victim turned but was struck in the back at least once. The wounds proved fatal.

The shooting disrupted businesses along Devon, rattled residents and rerouted the Number 36 bus. Predominantly gang violence has spilled out across the city apparently and shows no sign of slowing. Edgewater and Rogers Park have seen an increase in shootings in just the last week. A police source who asked to remain anonymous said that guns are now more readily available to gangs across the city.120_0776

Some blame gun advocates and pro-gun proliferation activists who challenge any effort at reasonable oversights and controls. Media hysteria about guns may be driving the precipitous influx of guns, as dealers and opportunists fear controls might curb straw purchases. According to the FBI and Chicago police, most guns that wind up being used by gangs are purchased legally. Very few guns recovered by police were stolen. Chicago is ringed by gun stores, although, for now, guns sales in Chicago are prohibited. In neighboring Indiana, where gun shows are prevalent, guns can be purchased without the normal waiting period. A number of recovered weapons on the streets of Chicago were purchased legally at gun shows and then sold to gang members; so called “straw” purchases.

Local groups like Ceasefire and OneNorthside have been working to step the violence in Rogers Park. As the violence grows they can use the public’s help to get involved in their community. For information on how the public can help visit : http://onenorthside.org/ or visit http://cureviolence.org/post/rogers-park-uptown-ceasefire-on-anderson-cooper-360/

One resident of the neighborhood cited the proliferation of guns, lack of opportunity in critical neighborhoods and the dismantling of CHA projects that scattered gang members throughout the city and suburbs.

It’s the system, man,” he said candidly. “You throw away a generation of young men, criminalize race and blame the symptom instead of the disease, then throw in gun and drugs, and something bad is going to happen.”

WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Las vegas Cop killers only doing what Rightwing media advocated over Cliven Bundy. They should celebrate death of these officers, right?

A couple ambushed two Las Vegas police officers and then opened fire inside a Walmart yesterday, proclaiming “This is the start of the revolution!” The terrorist attack took place only a month after militias swarmed to Nevada and threatened to murder law enforcement officers at Cliven Bundy’s ranch nearby. It is unclear if the ongoing Bundy case influenced the two who committed suicide after being confronted by police.


The couple, who have not been officially identified yet, reportedly had Tea Party and Rightwing paraphernalia, and quoted rhetoric commonly heard on Rightwing talk radio and FOX news, which regularly courts and incites fringe and rightwing terrorists.

In such cases the media is quick to distance itself from culpability and responsibility for such attacks, despite feeding both this sort of ideology and the proliferation of guns. Rightwing and white supremacists terrorists have murdered hundreds over the last decade in the United States, while so-called Muslim terrorists have killed fewer than 5 in the US over the past 10 years.

More on this from Revolution and Beer as details emerge.

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