Well, this is a new one. I didn’t even get the notification in my ask box. So here we go.
Missouri does currently have a death penalty in place. Capital crimes include aggravated kidnapping, drug trafficking, aircraft hijacking, and placing a bomb near a bus terminal but have basically been limited to first degree murder.
So let’s assume the very worst of Mike Brown. At absolute worst, Brown committed strong-arm robbery, jaywalking, attempting to steal a weapon, and resisting arrest. So what is our list again?
- Aggravated kidnapping
- Drug trafficking
- Aircraft hijacking
- Placing a bomb near a bus terminal
- First degree murder
And even then, precedent basically states that only first degree murder will even begin the process of thinking about handing down the death penalty.
So what are Brown’s crimes?
- Strong-arm robbery (1-20 years)
- Jaywalking (fine)
- Stealing an officer’s weapon (4 years)
- Resisting arrest (fine and up to a year in county jail)
So I would really like to understand the reasoning of you thinking an 18-year-old boy who at worst committed crimes to get sentenced to a maximum of twenty years deserved to die.
His attempting to flee absolutely proves that the officer had no reason to fear for his life. If the assailant is running away, that means all risk for the officer’s life has vanished. Any attempting to harm the person after that is overkill.
Even beyond that, the police are not judge, jury, and executioner. No one person gets to decide if another gets to live or die, especially not one who is put in the position of keeping the community safe. Even if Mike Brown had done everything on the list of capital crimes in Missouri, he would not have deserved to die the way he did (not to say I support the death penalty, I have been outspoken against it since I wrote an opinion piece for my local paper when I was 13).
Do cops have the right to defend themselves? Yup, just like everyone else. Does shooting an unarmed boy six times count as defense? No fucking way, it is murder.
And excuse me if I am not moved by Wilson’s broken jaw. I would say that seeing how he is still on paid suspension by the FPD and Mike Brown is fucking dead, he came out of this with the better deal.
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Dave Bautista takes the ALS ice bucket challenge up a notch.
"Imagine; I used to have really long blonde hair, always wearing heels, lots of make-up. I had been someone who was highly feminised and had chosen to look that way, partly because I was 6ft 3in but also I was into that aesthetic. I knew it had to be stripped away. I knew this would be an important part, not just for my work but in terms of my own development, because I would be confronting elements of myself that I didn’t want to confront (…) To see yourself displayed as unattractive, large, masculine, it’s quite tough… But I know it’s just perspective. A social conditioning that causes us to view these traits in a woman in a negative way." — Gwendoline Christie
I’m actually disappointed that Bill Nyes face can’t get more unapproving
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