David Brooks, a man with a national newspaper platform upon which he can reflect and analyze events for potentially millions of readers, is using that rich platform to ruminate on the recent grand jury non-indictments in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, innocent men who were killed for no reason by police officers.
At a September townhall meeting in Harlem, Carl Dix, a longtime Uptown fixture and mouthpiece, stood before the microphone in the auditorium of the Schomburg Center and called for mass rebellion. "It's going to take a revolution," he said, "nothing less, to end this and the horrors of the system once and for all."
The Ferguson church where Michael Brown Sr. was baptized this past weekend was set on fire during protests in the city Monday night. Rev. Carlton Lee told NBC News he suspects his church was targeted because of his vocal support of the Brown family and his repeated calling for Darren Wilson's arrest.
On Tuesday, Darren Wilson spoke with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos for over an hour. In the interview, a promo for which was released Tuesday afternoon, Wilson repeatedly defended killing Michael Brown in August, saying he did what he was trained to do that day and that wouldn't do anything differently. Later in the interview, Wilson told Stephanopoulos he had a clean conscience, though he said he regretted the loss of life.
In explaining why a grand jury decided not to press charges against Darren Wilson, St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch presented what sounded like the defense's version of the incident. This morning, he was one-upped by the Washington Post in a package matter-of-factly titled "What happened in Ferguson," which only suspiciously leaves off the addendum "according to Darren Wilson."
People kept posting this Vine in the comments on posts about the grand jury's decision not to charge Darren Wilson in shooting of Michael Brown, because it seemed to them, on a horrible night in America, that it makes a sad and important point. And it does.
After a grand jury moved not to indict Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting and killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, protests erupted into chaos in the town. Dozens of buildings were reportedly set ablaze, with heavy gunfire sounding through the streets late into the night.