If this information were released the same day, riots may have been avoided or reduced. Why such key evidence, has been withheld so long, is not easy to explain.
The looters and rioters have no excuse, their guilt is not in question. The mystery is why the police withheld the information that Brown was a robbery suspect for a crime that had happened about ten minutes before the shooting of Brown. Surely if that was the reason for the struggle between Brown and the officer, the officer would have reported it immediately after the shooting.
The chief also finally named the police officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force with no prior disciplinary record. He also said that Brown was a suspect in the robbery and that police were looking for Michael Brown as the suspect, at the time of the shooting. Although they had not told Wilson that. This somewhat conflicts with the initial police claims. It does however provide a possible motive for Brown to rush the police car, if he thought he was going to be arrested if the officer got out. Only the officer claims he was rushed in the car, so far.
To further confuse matters, Fox News , in a video report below, said that Officer Wilson was told about the robbery and was looking for the robber after dropping other matters. It is hard to say what is the truth, and the Ferguson police statements have not helped in that regard.
The police chief released the photos of the robbery, a $40 robbery of cigars in which the robber towered over the clerk he assaulted. The suspect does look like Michael Brown who is 6’4″ and 280 pounds. He is wearing the same baseball cap and in the same manner Brown was depicted wearing the cap, in older photos. In fact his friend who was with him that day, Dorian Johnson, has admitted it is Brown in the video.
A major factor mentioned in this case was that Brown was unarmed. That does not automatically establish guilt. More important than that, is the testimony of two eyewitnesses. In TV interviews, they say Brown was running away before he was shot the first time. They say that he then stopped, after he was hit, turned around with his hands up and was shot several times more. If this is true, it would clearly be an unjustified homicide, whether by police or a citizen.
Here is one of the videos, showing the person who is a possible suspect, Dorian Johnson, as he was with Brown at the time of the robbery and shooting.
However a woman, who did not know Brown, who lived nearby had a somewhat similar story. Her interview, which we believe is more objective, as she was not involved in any way, is here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/14/us/ferguson-michael-brown-shooting-5-things/index.html
How many shots were fired?
CNN today reported:
This is murky, but all parties agree Brown was shot multiple times.
Mitchell said it was “more than about five or six” times, while Johnson said it was more than three.
Brown’s mother said she was told he was shot eight times. Some witnesses said they heard as many as 10 shots.
Belmar said only that it “was more than just a couple.”
It is absurd that six days after a shooting, that police have not given any information about how many shots were fired and how many hit Brown.
This is not rocket science. Within an hour it should have been known. Police have to account for every bullet fired while on duty. If he had a semi-auto, shots fired is determined by the casings on the ground, and how many were left in the magazine. If a revolver, a 10 second check of the gun would reveal that. Also how many entrance wounds were found on the body? An autopsy normally takes one day.
That today the police have still not revealed, at least a minimum number of shots and hits, is as believable as the IRS losing emails after they were subpoenaed. The reason the info is being withheld is most likely because it is incriminating.
The bottom line as to why the riots have been so bad, seems to be a combination of evil looters and mob rule/lynch mob crowd behavior, and the government withholding information.