With Michael Brown comment, Biden promotes phony narrative that keeps dividing Americans
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden figuratively knelt before the forces roiling some of America’s biggest cities by recalling the incident that started it all: the shooting of Michael Brown.
Brown was the Black 18-year-old Ferguson, Missouri man who was killed in August 2014 by a white police officer after a confrontation. Brown, a robbery suspect, was unarmed, but not necessarily non-violent, and his death ignited the Black Lives Matter movement.
Whatever the merits of its cause, BLM was built on claims of police abuse, promoted by liberal journalists and race hustlers, that were later proven false by a Justice Department investigation: that Brown was shot in the back and had his hands up at the time.
On Sunday, Biden recalled that incident with a tweet: “It’s been six years since Michael Brown’s life was taken in Ferguson — reigniting a movement. We must continue the work of tackling systemic racism and reforming policing.”
The problem for Biden, in linking Brown’s death to BLM’s 2020 activities, touched off by the death of Black Minneapolis resident George Floyd while in police custody, is twofold.
First, his tacit endorsement of current BLM “protests” — which at times have devolved into mayhem and shakedowns — show Biden as clueless to the concerns of Americans worried about uncontrolled violence in big cities.
Secondly, Biden did not go as far as Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, both of whom last year claimed that Officer Darren Wilson had “murdered” Brown.
But his tweet implied that Brown was not responsible for his demise — contrary to the outcomes of three separate investigations.
The first came right after the shooting. A St. Louis grand jury spent three months, reviewed 5,000 pages of documents and heard from 60 witnesses before determining that Wilson should not be charged.
The FBI and the Justice Department, under President Barack Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden, conducted the second investigation. The probe found that Wilson’s use of force was not “objectively unreasonable” under federal law, and thus did not violate Brown’s civil rights.
Along the way, the inquiries revealed that many witnesses lied or did not actually see the shooting. And three separate autopsies, including one done at the behest of the family, found that Brown was not shot in the back.
The last review occurred this year, when Wesley Bell, St. Louis County’s first elected Black prosecutor, undertook a five-month inquiry to pursue a murder case against Wilson. In late July, Bell announced that while his “heart breaks” for the Brown family, he lacked legal grounds to bring charges. “The question for this office was a simple one: Could we prove beyond a reasonable doubt that when Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown he committed murder or manslaughter under Missouri law?” Brown said. “After an independent and in-depth review of the evidence, we cannot prove that he did.”
Biden, in pandering to BLM activists, may think he’s promoting systemic “reform.” But in reality, he keeps alive a thoroughly discredited narrative that’s now used only to stoke contempt of police, undermine peace and incite hatred of America itself.
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