Letter: What would you have done?
Let’s imagine you are a police officer. You turn down a street and see two young people walking in the middle of the road obstructing traffic. You roll down your window and ask them to get out of the road and the larger kid, 6’3” 300 pounds struts up to your window.
You try to get out of your car, but he pushes you back in and punches you in the face, blackening your right eye. You reach for your gun and so does he. The gun fires. The kid runs away. You regain your senses and step out of the car and order the kid to the ground. He has just committed an assault and battery on a law enforcement officer. He turns around, puts his hands in the air and taunts you. What are you going to do? Shoot me? You keep ordering him to the ground. Now he lowers his hands and starts to rush at you.
What are your thoughts? Is he going to punch me in the face again? Is he going to take my weapon from me and kill me? You start firing. Hitting him in the right arm several times, yet he continues to rush forward, like a running back trying to score a touchdown. Your last shots find their mark and the kid lies dead in the street. Backup arrives within two minutes to the scene. The ambulance takes you to the hospital. This is the account of the officer in Ferguson, Missouri, corroborated by several eyewitnesses.
The news media went wild with reporting a false narrative of a gentle giant. A gentle giant who had committed a strong-arm robbery moments earlier, then committed a felony assault and battery. Riots destroyed their neighborhood. Race baiters swooped in to do what they do best. You know them, Sharpton and Jackson, then our bigoted Attorney General himself. Fanning the racist flames that need not exist.
The majority of the trouble was caused by people who don’t even live in that community; therefore, they don’t have to live with the destruction they created. They just got to haul away their booty. I doubt they even knew Michael Brown or really cared.
It is a sad day in America when we are too quick to judge without even a morsel of truth. You are the officer. What would you have done?
Gloucester Point, Va.