Police in St. Louis have confirmed that the man who shot two police officers in the early morning hours Thursday is in custody.
A known Ferguson, Missouri police protestor, Jeffrey Williams, 20, is reportedly charged with two counts of first-degree assault, firing a weapon from a vehicle, and two counts of armed criminal action. The shootings took place outside the police department in the wake of the resignation of the city’s police chief.
Although Williams admits firing the shots that struck the officers, his claim that he didn’t intend to shoot them verges on implausible. At the time of the shooting, the young black parolee was the subject of an arrest warrant for failing to meet with his parole officer in connection with a previous conviction of receiving stolen property.
Although the Justice Department claims that Ferguson police have been too aggressive in their interaction with black residents, a credible case could be made that police weren’t vigorous enough. If Williams had been tracked down and arrested pursuant to the outstanding warrant, chances are he would not have been on the streets and able to shoot the officers.
On Friday we posted “Chaos in Ferguson fueled by Obama, Holder.” In it, we noted Attorney General Holder called the gunman “a damn punk” who was “trying to sow discord in an area that was trying to get its act together, trying to bring together a community that had been fractured for too long.”
But Holder’s Justice Department also released a separate report asserting that racial profiling was at play in the city police force, and the municipal court system was driven by profit on the backs of the town’s predominantly low-income black residents.
As SRAZ commenter Frankly Speaking noted, Barack Obama appeared on comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s show talking out of both sides of his mouth after the police officers were shot: “What had been happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest.” And “whoever fired those shots shouldn’t detract from the issue. They’re criminals. They need to be arrested.” Read his words carefully.
Obama skillfully sticks to the narrative alluding that the protestors had every right to burn down stores and overturn police cars, characterizing any authority as something that needs to be assaulted and destroyed. This is the same president who characterized shooting victims Trayvon Martin as his “son” and robber Michael Brown as a “gentle giant.”
Kevin Jackson of Blacksphere reports Brown’s mother posted these vile comments on her Facebook page after the police shooting.
The racial divide in our country has worsened under the nation’s first half-black president.