“When folks stop making a mockery of the justice system, that’s when this stops,” said protester Jay Weaver as riot police slowly but steadily advanced their phalanx towards the crowd. “Until that mock trial mess going on in the courtroom stops, this can’t stop. They’re the ones making things worse, not the people out on the street protesting.”
So, what’s got them all riled up this time?
Three years and some change since the police shooting of Mike Brown and the ensuing unrest burned the name Ferguson into the nation’s consciousness, the visuals persisted a few miles down the road at the St Louis Galleria in Clayton, Missouri. So did the catalyst. This was sixth day of protest since the acquittal of former St Louis officer Jason Stockley, who is white, over the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man.
Stockley shot and killed Smith after a car chase; he said he thought Smith was reaching for a gun. The defense presented evidence, which the judge in the case ignored, that the gun recovered may have been planted.
So the judge ‘just ignored it’, according to the protestors? He didn’t listen to it (as he did with all the other evidence, as he is legally bound to do) and decide it wasn’t convincing? He has to have ignored it, because what else makes sense to someone like you?
You see, you – and your fellow rabble – don’t want justice. You want to win. You want to be able to ignore laws and have no consequences.
And until you change your attitudes, there’ll be no change in outcomes. None.