The shooting in Ferguson, Mo., of the 18-year-old unarmed black male by a policeman is an example of a lawman doing the opposite of what is expected of a lawman -- that is, to protect the people and the community from harm. If the witnesses are telling the truth, the victim (the 18 year old) was fatally harmed by an officer of the law who delivered several shots to him with his hands up in the air; the victim was executed. To add more injury, the Ferguson Police Department seems to be protecting the offender.
Flip the above true scenario around to a hypothetical situation: If a black police officer shot and killed an unarmed white 18-year-old with his hands in the air, it is my belief along with many others in this country, that the black police officer would now be in custody and the Police Department would be separating itself from this act rather than trying to justify it.
In America, we are not living in a dictatorship, we are living in a democracy; everyone has the right to due process. Michael Brown (the victim) was deprived of that right when Darren Wilson (the Ferguson police officer) shot and killed him with his hands up in the air.
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