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Flipping Ferguson

To the Editor:

The shooting in Ferguson 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 while his hands were up in the air. The victim was executed. To add more injury to harm, the Ferguson Police Department seems to be protecting the offender, the officer that murdered the victim.

Flip the above scenario around to a hypothetical situation: If a black police officer in Ferguson committed the above crime, 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 in Ferguson; and the Ferguson Police Department would be separating itself from this criminal 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 was deprived of that right when Darren Wilson shot and killed him while his hands were up in the air.

-Alfred Waddell


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