Subject: These settlements are disgraceful. They should have gotten zero.
'The parents of Michael Brown, who was killed by police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri,
in 2014, have just gotten a financial windfall. The city’s insurance company has agreed to pay
them $1.5 million to settle their wrongful death lawsuit against the town, the former police chief
In other words, Ferguson folded, probably on the advice of their insurance company’s lawyers.
While I cannot imagine the grief of those parents, losing their son the way they did, I can’t
shake the feeling that they are being rewarded for their 18-year-old’s bad behavior. The cold hard
truth of that day is that Brown had just stolen a box of cigarillos from a local market and was
defiantly walking down the middle of the street, ignoring the officer’s instructions to get on the
sidewalk. Trustworthy eyewitnesses reported it was their son who was the aggressor that day, that he
violently pushed Wilson back into his patrol car as he tried to get out, and then wrestled over his
Forensic evidence confirmed the teenager’s blood was found on Wilson’s gun and on the inside of
the car, clear corroboration of the eyewitness accounts that Brown started the fight and the
officer’s claim that Brown was going for the weapon.
Initial witnesses screamed into TV cameras that Brown had his hands in the air and was begging,
“Don’t shoot!” before he was shot in the back. Those reports were proven to be false. Of the
six bullets fired by the officer, the first took off a hunk of Brown’s right thumb, and four
others hit the teen in the right side of the neck and chest, and right arm. The fatal bullet struck
him in the top of his head, indicating the 6-foot-5-inch 289-pound young man was either falling
forward or charging at Wilson.
A grand jury heard 60 witnesses and declined to indict Officer Wilson. A separate Justice Department
investigation during Barack Obama’s presidency cleared the officer of any civil rights abuses.'
'CINCINNATI -- A white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist during a Cincinnati
traffic stop won't face a third trial, a prosecutor announced Tuesday.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said he was dropping the case against 27-year-old Ray Tensing.
Two previous juries couldn't reach a unanimous agreement on murder and voluntary manslaughter
charges against the former University of Cincinnati officer.
DuBose had significant amounts of marijuana and cash on him, and Mathews contended he was desperate
to get away from police because he knew he would be headed to jail.
The university fired Tensing after his indictment. It restructured its public safety department and
made other policing reforms. The university reached a $5.3 million settlement with DuBose's family,
including free undergraduate tuition for DuBose's 13 children.'
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