I was very disappointed to read my colleague’s column on what we have learned about Ferguson. It was a perpetuating of the false narrative many have believed since the testimony of Michael Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, that Michael Brown was the victim of Officer Darren Wilson’s murderous rage. It was shown to be totally false and a lie.
Many witnesses came forward to state Brown was not running away with his hands up, but in fact charging Wilson, and then attempting to wrench the handgun out of Wilson’s hands when shots rang out. Wilson was fighting for his life then, when Brown was killed. Brown was totally out of control and threatening Wilson’s life, while Wilson was in his police car.
The forensic evidence was carefully examined by the county prosecutor, showed this to be true. And then the ballistic evidence proved that Wilson’s statement was true. This evidence was undeniable that there were bullets found having been fired in Wilson’s car, and unmistakable gunpowder of bullets shot from Wilson’s handgun on Brown’s hand.
The fabricated story of Brown running away with hands up was a lie. All of this evidence was carefully sifted and examined by the Department of Justice of the administration of President Obama, which Curry extolls, and judged by Attorney General Eric Holder as completely true.
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What we have one year later is the psychological need of many, including political, community, and clergy leaders, even newspaper editors, to perpetuate these lies. And I say this straightforwardly, these are all lies.
I would suggest that Dr. John Curry read the reports of the county prosecutor’s office and the Federal Department of Justice to see for himself if he can continue to state these falsehoods. This is doing great injury to the morale of the police in St. Louis County and the metro-east, and a clergyman in particular should know bearing false witness is against the law of God.
The Rev. Canon Dale Coleman is the rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Belleville.