Governor Nixon sends the National Guard to Ferguson | Human Events


Those with long historical memories can savor a bit of irony that the current governor of Missouri is named “Nixon,” and he’s sending in the National Guard to quell the riots in Ferguson.  Once upon a time, the “counter-culture” held the President of the United States accountable when the governor of a state called out the National Guard – they even immortalized it in a song that can still be heard occasionally on the radio – but now that they’re graybeards and the President is a Democrat, not so much.  (Good luck finding Obama to hold him accountable.  He was last seen partying at a jazz festival while Ferguson was burning, having returned to the golf course literally seven minutes after making his statement on the situation late last week.)

After a week of being second-guessed and shredded by the media, and abandoned by the rest of state and federal government, the Ferguson police department has been vindicated in just about everything except public relations – the one thing our titanic federal government, fused with media to the point where there’s a revolving door between “journalism” and Democrat politics, could have helped them with.   We’ll be arguing for years over whether it was unreasonable for the police to keep details of the case under wraps for a mere six days while they attempted to conduct an investigation of the Michael Brown shooting, but when the details finally began to emerge, we learned the mythology of Brown as a gentle giant who wouldn’t hurt a fly and got shot in the back by a rogue cop while he was trying to surrender was not consistent with the facts.  Brown had just pulled off a strong-arm robbery, and was carrying the stolen merchandise – a box of cigars – when he died.  The witness upon whose testimony much of this mythology was built, his friend Dorian Johnson, has now admitted to federal authorities that he was also involved in the robbery, making him an unreliable witness.

There has already been an official autopsy of Brown’s body, and now a private autopsy has been conducted, with results released on Sunday.  As the New York Times reports, nothing in the autopsy results is consistent with the “shot in the back while he was running away” narrative.  He most certainly was not shot in the back.  He was hit six times, in a pattern that strongly suggests he was rushing at the officer when the shots were fired:

One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.

Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.

The bullets did not appear to have been shot from very close range because no gunpowder was present on his body. However, that determination could change if it turns out that there is gunshot residue on Mr. Brown’s clothing, to which Dr. Baden did not have access.

Evidently that’s not good enough for Attorney General Eric Holder, who has ordered yet another autopsy by the Justice Department.  Hopefully he’s doing that to emphasize to the rioting mobs that the Obama Administration endorses the forensic evidence.

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