I’m very disappointed that you continually run articles by Leonard Pitts Jr., Mary Sanchez, and others who push the false narrative surrounding Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo.
They persist in using the words “unarmed teenager” and “unarmed black teenager.” While technically accurate, these words can be misleading to readers who know nothing about self defense and how police officers are attacked and killed.Would it be asking too much of you for some balanced articles?
Many officers are shot and killed by so-called unarmed attackers who overpower the officer and take away his gun. The evidence is overwhelming that Brown, at 6’4” and 292 pounds, attacked officer Darren Wilson and tried to take his gun. Several black eyewitnesses courageously came forward, and their testimony supports the forensic evidence and the officer’s story.
If you’re a cop who has just been shoved back into his patrol vehicle (where you have a tactical disadvantage) and a guy the size of Michael Brown punches you and tries to take your gun, the last thing you’d worry about is his age and his race.
Leonard Pitts downplays the officer’s facial injuries, but one punch from somebody that size could have knocked Wilson senseless. How many punches is an officer supposed to take?
Your readers should learn what police tactical experts have to say. Massad Ayoob, a former police officer and internationally respected law enforcement trainer, has explained the Ferguson evidence very clearly.