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Charles Barkley speaks from the Big House

Did you see Charles Barkley’s Ferguson comments?* At some point people are gonna notice how much Charles Barkley resembles Stephen of Mississippi’s Candyland from Django Unchained. His defense of a broken, biased policing system is relentless, predictable and understandable. He is high in massa’s house and of course he should be the staunchest defender of the status quo. He of course should be expected to defend Zimmerman when he kills Trayvon and Darren Wilson when he kills Mike Brown. Stephen, I mean Charles, being well situated (wealthy and isolated), couldn’t possibly understand how someone not so well situated could be experiencing a sense of hopeless and disconnection from those more well off , how people could lash out at things that seem permanent and stationary, things that give the impression that all is well, normal. Stephen, I mean Charles, doesn’t have to worry about where he will get the money to pay a traffic ticket in a place, Ferguson, which relies heavily upon traffic citations to meet its budget (“It was the city’s second-biggest source of income of the $20 million it collected in revenues.”),** a place which disproportionately fishes for and nets blacks to pay these fines (“67 percent of the city’s population, but are 86 percent of motorists stopped by police.”) He doesn’t have to worry about a son being stalked and gunned down and having some basketball-star-turned-clown who the media seeks for comments on social issues talk about his son being an aggressor when he’s murdered. So when someone sets something in Candyland on fire you can expect Stephen, I mean Charles, to call them scumbags. Perhaps the real scumbag is someone who defends vigilantism and cops who behave like skinheads (Officer Wilson even came from a police department (Jennings, Mo.) in which a white police officer actually beat a black woman for laughing at him)***
without asking:
1. When does an officer draw his weapon while sitting in his patrol car?
2. When does an officer not write a report about his shooting of an unarmed citizen until after he has a chance to hear what the witnesses have said?
3. When does an officer bag his own weapon after he has shot a citizen?
4. When does a police department leave a gunned-down citizen in the street for 4 hours?
5. What message does leaving a gunned-down citizen in the street for 4 hours send to the community and how closely does that action resemble leaving a lynched man hanging in a tree like some strange fruit?
Abusive police and the people who defend may be the real scumbags. Apologists like Stephen, I mean Charles, curse the fruit and ignore the seeding and cultivation. The fact that he has a microphone with which to announce his pithy conclusions is attributable to his priesthood in America’s true religion, entertainment. Remove the athletic success and it is possible that Barkley would not be prince or priest but pauper and some other priest might be calling him “scumbag.” Something some of those in the big house could never imagine.
* Charles Barkley backs police, calls violent Ferguson protestors ‘scumbags’ by RYAN GORMAN Dec. 2, 2014 AOL.com
** “In Ferguson, Court Fines And Fees Fuel Anger” by Joseph Shapiro NPR August 25, 2014
*** “Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities” By Carol D. Leonnig, Kimberly Kindy and Joel Achenbach Washington Post Aug. 23, 2014

The answer: What is a Fox News report?

The Question: It says a toxicology report casts doubt on witnesses’ claims that a murdered man was running away when he was shot.

To make the story more convincing you must also report that the drug in the murdered man’s system was marijuana. We all know the crime sprees those pot smoking go on and the brawls they tend to start with armed law officers. But funnier still is how the officer still has to explain how the dead man reached into the SUV across the officer’s sitting body and the steering wheel and un-holstered his weapon before the officer shot him.
So why would you mentioned marijuana in the dead man’s system? Because in the mind of a conservative (those who suck up every feces-saturated morsel produced by Fox) drug use is vindication for the officer. And actually citing a forensic consultant who said “that there was no reliable measurement” to reach the conclusion that THC (marijuana) could have impaired the dead man’s judgment or slowed his reaction time is like saying there is no evidence that your father is an ax murdered. “Impaired judgment” dominates and floods the mind in one instance like “ax murderer” does in the other. And to fill the cesspool to overflow, they called the dead man a zombie, who after being shot twice in the chest, the upper right arm, the forehead, took the fatal shot to the top of the head indicating that the dead man was possibly “in a lunging position toward the shooter.”

I’d laugh about this but I can’t stop crying.

The Fox story in its entirety:

Autopsy, toxicology report on Michael Brown reportedly reveal marijuana, cast doubt on witness claims he was running away
Published October 22, 2014

Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August touched off weeks of racially-charged rioting, had marijuana in his system, was initially shot at close range and does not appear to have been killed while running away, according to experts who reviewed the official autopsy and toxicology report.
The documents, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and analyzed by two experts not directly involved in the case, appears to contradict witness accounts that claimed Brown was running away from Police Officer Darren Wilson, 28, when he was killed on Aug. 9. The new information comes on the heels of reports that Wilson told authorities Brown had reached inside Wilson’s police SUV and struggled for his gun, resulting in Wilson firing twice, hitting Brown once in the hand. Moments later and outside of the vehicle, Wilson fired the fatal bullets that sparked a national controversy.
The newspaper had St. Louis medical examiner Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official investigation, review the autopsy report, and he determined that it “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car” including a shot that hit Brown’s right hand. Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco who also reviewed the documents, concurred that the autopsy “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun” and that it did not support claims Brown was shot while running away from Wilson, or with his hands up.
The toxicology test. also obtained by the newspaper and performed by a St. Louis University laboratory, revealed marijuana in Brown’s blood and urine. Alfred Staubus, a consultant in forensic toxicology at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, told the newspaper THC could impair judgment or slow reaction times but that there was no reliable measurement to make those conclusions.
“The detection of THC in the postmortem blood of Michael Brown really indicates his recent use of marijuana (within a few hours) and that he may or may not have been impaired at the time of his death,” Staubus said.
The shots fired outside of the vehicle hit Brown in the forehead, upper right arm and twice in the chest, Melinek said. The fatal shot to the top of Brown’s head indicates he was falling forward or in a lunging position toward the shooter, she said. The fact that a sixth shot hit his forearm and traveled from the back of the arm to the inner arm shows Brown’s palms could not have been facing Wilson, as some witnesses have said, Melinek said.
The findings could be at odds with those of a private autopsy arranged by Brown’s family, conducted by former New York City Chief Medical Examiner Michael Baden and made public Aug. 18. Baden said none of Brown’s wounds appeared to have been from shots fired at close range, noting a lack of stippling, or pattern of tiny blood spatters. However, Graham told the Post-Dispatch, “Sometimes when it’s really close, such as within an inch or so, there is no stipple, just smoke.”
A third autopsy has been ordered by federal officials as part of their investigation into whether Brown’s civil rights were violated. Results of that one have not been revealed.
The New York Times, citing government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter that, while the federal investigation was continuing, the evidence so far did not support civil rights charges against Wilson. The officials told the Times the forensic evidence supported Wilson’s version of events, which was that he was trying to leave his vehicle when Brown pushed him back in and sparked the struggle for the gun.
Surveillance video from a nearby store allegedly showed the 6-foot, 4-inch Brown committing a strong-arm robbery minutes before the confrontation, stealing a box of cigars from a shopkeeper who he pushed out of his way.
A grand jury has been hearing testimony in the case since Aug. 20, but has not yet returned an indictment or a no-bill against Wilson. If the police officer is not indicted, supporters of Brown have vowed to resume demonstrations that began immediately after the shooting and became violent, with looting, arrests and the imposition of a curfew. President Obama consoled Brown’s family in the immediate aftermath, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder went to Ferguson and announced a separate federal investigation.