More than 300 religious leaders from across the nation .. issued an open letter — condemning “abusive police actions” and calling for a change.
In part, the letter reads: FBI data shows that police killed two African Americans per week … between 2005 and 2012. While law enforcement officers at times face threatening situations … surely this amount of bloodshed is indicative of failed strategies and systemic racism.
I accept that premise .. to an extent.
I also believe that these religious leaders and others … need to issue another open letter.
This letter should condemn African Americans … killing African Americans — at a much higher rate than 2 per week.
That letter should conclude: This amount of bloodshed … is indicative of failed strategies … and systemic “lack of respect for life”.
While we wait to see if that letter comes, there might be a credibility issue with a key witness in the Michael Brown shooting.
Dorian Johnson who was with Brown during that strong-armed robbery and with him when they encountered Officer Darren Wilson … is facing criminal charges from 2011.
He’s not convicted, just charged … but still, does that damage his credibility as he claims that Officer Wilson shot and killed Brown while he was trying to surrender?
If you say … No, that has no bearing on this event — I have a question.
I want you to be honest.
If a report surfaces that Officer Wilson’s has a past that raises questions about his credibility … are you willing to have the same standard? Or do you suddenly claim: That past proves that Wilson is lying?
I’m just asking … because I want to know regardless of where you stand on this issue — can you be fair and truly seek justice … not revenge.
That statement takes me back to what Attorney General Eric Holder said after visiting Ferguson this week.
The nation’s highest prosecutor said: This office stands with the People of Ferguson.
Really? The People of Ferguson?
Does that mean the “people” who are police officers … or does Attorney General Holder’s definition of the “people” refer to those demonstrating in the streets. That group includes many who shout: No Justice – No Peace.
The Attorney General .. again, the highest lawman in the nation … should not be saying: I stand with the People.
He should be saying: I stand with: Justice.
Starting at 9PM on Larry Conners USA, we will examine these issues. We will also take a closer look at ISIS — fanatical Islamic terrorists that the Defense Secretary is calling a greater threat to our nation than Al Quaida.
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Below are last night’s programs; the 9PM Hour was pre-empted by sports: