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You know, like in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's:
Ferguson police are now alleging that Michael Brown stole merchandise from a local store and authorities are admitting that when Mr. Brown ran into a cop, the cop shot him.

In the clip from Blake Edwards classic film of Truman Capote's best selling novel, two people commit a minor theft at a retail store, leave the store and immediately run into a cop, who, conspicuously, does not shoot them. Michael Brown was an American citizen just like these characters. A White, middle-class, no . . . wait a minute . . . well, he was an American citizen, anyway.

The film wouldn't have seemed such a lighthearted romp if those characters had run into a member of Ferguson's finest at the end, but, luckily, they ran into a member of the easygoing, slow to the trigger, milquetoast NYPD. Whew! What lucky duckies they are.

FPD had six days to cook up a story about why their guy shot Michael Brown and the best they could come up with is shoplifting. Well, Breakfast at Tiffany's is fiction, and so is this BS out of Ferguson, MO.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith

    by LeftOfYou on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 08:56:54 AM PDT

  •  What allegedly happened at the store... (2+ / 0-)
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    NYFM, dallasdunlap

    was NOT shoplifting.  It was robbery.  

    From the Missouri Revised Statutes:

    Robbery in the second degree.  
    569.030. 1. A person commits the crime of robbery in the second degree when he forcibly steals property.

    2. Robbery in the second degree is a class B felony.

    http://www.moga.mo.gov/...

    The video allegedly shows a man alleged to be Brown using force to steal from the store.  For example, at one point, he is alleged to grab the storekeeper by the shirt, pull him close to him, and then push him back into a display case.  Later, Brown is alleged to approach the storekeeper again in a threatening manner.

    This matters as it relates to Brown's shooting.  If the perpetrator in the store was indeed Brown, it shows that he was willing to use violence.  It is easier to believe that he may have been violent in resisting arrest.  And since the penalties for robbery are much more severe than shoplifting, Brown would have had more motivation to resist arrest with violence.  Also, the seriousness of the crime committed would give the alleged accomplice Johnson, who also witnessed the shooting of Brown, more of a motive to not be truthful about what occurred.

    •  Wow. (1+ / 0-)
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      a2nite

      Thank you Mr. Judge and Jury. You've explained perfectly why the cop waited too long to shoot Mr. Brown. Thank you for setting me straight.

      "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith

      by LeftOfYou on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 09:32:32 AM PDT

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    •  What video? (0+ / 0-)

      Why don't the police provide the video?  Ferguson police are grasping at straws.  Why are the police producing NOTHING to corroborate their version of the events?

      By the way, where are the cigars?  Shouldn't they have been smoking cigars as they brazenly walked down the middle of the street?

      "But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." - bush, summing up his first year in office, 3 months after 9/11, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001

      by rmx2630 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 09:37:43 AM PDT

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      •  There is a written police account... (1+ / 0-)
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        NYFM

        ..that describes what occurs in the security camera video at the store where the alleged robbery occurred.  The police also released pictures, allegedly screen shots from the video, which show pictures of a large man, alleged to be Brown, with his hands on a much smaller man, presumably the shopkeeper, in a store.  Sure, there are more questions than answers at this point, and I'd like to see the video too, but what's been released is far more than nothing.  

        •  Show me. (0+ / 0-)

          "But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." - bush, summing up his first year in office, 3 months after 9/11, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001

          by rmx2630 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:03:08 AM PDT

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          •  By the way, (1+ / 0-)
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            Denise Oliver Velez

            What the real issue here is the alleged first degree murder of an unarmed suspect, committed under the cover of law by a Ferguson police officer.  How does it even matter if the murder victim was a thief?

            "But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." - bush, summing up his first year in office, 3 months after 9/11, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2001

            by rmx2630 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:44:53 AM PDT

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            •  Because if Brown assaulted the cop, (0+ / 0-)

              and then the cop killed him within a matter of seconds, it almost certainly isn't first degree murder.

              Again, from the Missouri Revised Statutes:

              First degree murder, penalty--person under sixteen years of age not to receive death penalty.  

              565.020. 1. A person commits the crime of murder in the first degree if he knowingly causes the death of another person after deliberation upon the matter.

              http://www.moga.mo.gov/...

              "Deliberation" means cool reflection for any length of time no matter how brief

              http://www.moga.mo.gov/...

              The prosecution would have a real tough time proving deliberation against a defendant who was assaulted first and then seconds later and in the same chain of events shot someone dead.  When would the officer have had an opportunity for "cool reflection", if he had just been assaulted seconds before?
    •  well, that explains everything, then /snark (2+ / 0-)
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      LeftOfYou, Denise Oliver Velez

      jeebus

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 09:45:03 AM PDT

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    •  Meh... All that matters is whether or not the... (0+ / 0-)

      cop had cause to shoot a fleeing felon...

      Under U.S. law the fleeing felon rule was limited to non-lethal force in most cases by Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1 (1985). The justices held that deadly force "may not be used unless necessary to prevent the escape and the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious bodily harm to the officer or others."

      The worst thing about St. Louis is Missouri.

      by duckhunter on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:34:28 AM PDT

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      •  If the cop shot Brown in the back, he might well (1+ / 0-)
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        duckhunter

        be on the hook for murder. If he can plausibly argue that Brown was headed in his direction, then he can argue that he was in fear for his life.
           At that point, if Brown can be depicted as a robber, the shooting will almost certainly be ruled an excusable or justifiable homicide.

        •  "probable cause to believe the suspect poses a (0+ / 0-)

          significant threat of death or serious bodily injury..."

          Brown was wounded, and in flight when he was shot a second time.  Maybe there was reasonable cause to believe he was significant threat at that time.  So he gets shot a third time.  At this point I think it safe to assume that Brown is on the ground or going down.  Maybe he's still a significant threat?  So he's shot a fourth time.  When does the significant threat end and the shooting stop?

          The worst thing about St. Louis is Missouri.

          by duckhunter on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 12:18:43 PM PDT

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    •  The police Chief said that the cop that (1+ / 0-)
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      LeftOfYou

      murdered - um apprehended Brown didn't have a clue about Brown and shoplifting.

      So we are back to:

      Cop:  "Get out of the fucking street"

       

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 05:54:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Even though the cop did not know... (0+ / 0-)

        that Brown had robbed the store, Brown knew (assuming that Brown did rob the convenience store).  Brown could have panicked once he was stopped by the officer because he was worried that had been or would be linked to the robbery.  So the convenience store robbery is still relevant because it makes it more likely that Brown assaulted the officer, and if that happened, even if the officer shot Brown as he was obviously surrendering, I don't think we are talking about a cold blooded execution here, and the crime committed by the officer would probably be a lesser degree of homicide.

  •  Police Chief just stated that cop didn't know. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Denise Oliver Velez

    Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

    by franklyn on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 12:19:44 PM PDT

  •  The smell (2+ / 0-)
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    LeftOfYou, Denise Oliver Velez

    The lime smell from the whitewash is starting to get overpowering.

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