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Can Someone Please Explain Ferguson to Me?

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Meriadoc

Meriadoc

I’m not really up-to-date on what’s going on. I know that it involves white officers shooting unarmed black kids, but that’s about all. Would someone fill me in, please and thanks?

December 3, 2014 at 13:14
McKayla Denise

McKayla Denise

Oh dear. We’ve had our share of opinions on here but here is the basic low down of it all. Yes, a white officer shot and killed an unarmed black male named Michael Brown. Was Michael still a threat? Idk. Was the officer right to do what he did? Idk, I wasnt there. The main issues causing so much contreversy is 1. Officer white, kid black. 2. Kid was unarmed. 3. And now the officer has been let off the hook or something idk the correct term for it. So here’s what I suggest. Google it all you can because on here, all your gonna get is peoples opinions and feelings on it instead of facts. People might seem to be stating “facts” but they’re gonna state them the way they want them to be portrayed instead of the simple truth. So that’s all I got for ya

December 3, 2014 at 16:02
alie35

alie35

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/13/us/ferguson-missouri-town-under-siege-after-police-shooting.html?_r=0

This describes a lot. I don’t know where I stand on this. But I am a police explorer and i respect the police and I trust them and not all officers are the same. Just because one man did something doesn’t mean everyone does. I don’t hate people who stand with him but I also don’t think I support Officer Wilson in what he did.

Many of my friends are police explorers with me and many of the adults in my life are cops and thats what I wanna be one day. They are not all like that. I hate that one thing happens and then everyone hates cops.

December 3, 2014 at 16:02
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

What Mckayla said! 🙂

Keep in mind this is a very controversial subject, so many (most) articles are biased one way or another. It’s difficult to form an opinion on.

December 3, 2014 at 16:24
alie35

alie35

Yes. Basically disregard all other people’s views and make your own. As I said. I don’t know what I think of it. I respect officers who have earned my trust and respect but this one guy isn’t how all cops are.

December 3, 2014 at 16:33
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

^Absolutely. Even if you believe Officer Wilson did murder Michael Brown, it would be absurd to say all cops are corrupt based on his actions.

Police Officers are human just like the rest of us: capable of forming their own opinions (or bias) and reacting to any given situation as individuals.

December 3, 2014 at 18:08
GypsyStorm

GypsyStorm

Okay, I might regret this, but I just wanted to say that,

From what I’ve heard, and they have it on video, Michael Brown made the first move. He came at the officer, and the officer shot out of self defense. Now keep in mind that Michael Brown was no scrawny little teen. He was very large, heavyset, and strong. And if I was the officer I would have been pretty scared to death to see him coming at me like that. I’m not saying that I think the officer did the right thing, but I don’t think that he did the wrong thing either. He reacted. He shot out of self defense. Michael Brown jumped him first. (I have seen the videos) Also, this may seem a little off topic, but I believe Michael Brown had just robbed a store not long before all this happened. So you can kinda see where that’s going…

I would like to put in that this is not about racism, like the world is trying to make it seem. You know what? Not long ago a black officer shot a white 18 year old man. Because the cop saw a gun, and thought the guy was going to shoot. Self defense. I didn’t see that going all hay-wire all over the place with white people rioting in the streets and looting stores. This isn’t about racism. People need to grow up.

(And those people out there rioting, and looting stores are just using this as an excuse for their actions. Looting and stealing is not showing respect for Michael Brown.)

That’s all I have to say, Besides I hope this doesn’t turn into another mile long screaming over the internet fight. (Haha hopefully not) 🙂

December 3, 2014 at 19:35
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

^Hopefully we’ve learned from the last Ferguson post to discuss this topic like the kind, mature, *Christian* teenage girls we are 😉

I haven’t actually told anyone what I think of the case yet, so I guess this is as good a place as any to start sharing my opinion.
I’ve read several articles, and I believe Officer Wilson acted within his rights. He believed he would be killed–and he was quite possible correct–unless he acted first.

Idk if they actually have a video of this or not, I read they had one of Michael Brown robbing a convenience store a little while before. But then I heard that the footage was really grainy and it’s impossible to tell if it’s Michael Brown or someone else. So there’s that.

Regardless, please remember that what happened should not be turned political. I’m absolutely disgusted by the insinuation that liberals are supporting Michael Brown and Conservatives are supporting Wilson. Like what?! A human life was taken. Many more lives were destroyed. And you want to talk politics?

While I believe Officer Wilson acted in self defense, I think it’s tragic that Michael Brown was only 18. 18 is really young. Let’s face it: most people are still developing good judgment and character in their teens. People do a lot of stupid things when they’re 18, but most don’t have to suffer the same consequences that Michael Brown had. 🙁

Also, in all honesty, I wasn’t there and neither were you. Neither were most of the authors of the articles you will find. You can’t say, unquestionably, that either Michael Brown or Officer Wilson is the “good guy.”

Remember as well that prayer is more important that opinions.

December 3, 2014 at 20:30
loveoutloud

loveoutloud

Okay, so, from what I understand, here is what is fact-

Michael brown Robbed a store (pretty sure it was shoplifting) and the police were called.
A white police officer was dispatched, and something happened there.
White police officer shot Micheal brown. (I don’t think there’s any evidence as to wether it was justified or not, but Idk)
People got really upset for 2 main reasons- one, the officer was white and kid was black, 2) brown was unnarmed.
Now people are raiding/ looting stores, claiming it’s in the name of justice.

December 4, 2014 at 12:11
loveoutloud

loveoutloud

oh, side thing semi related-
did you guys know that, last year, there were riots in denver because we didn’t win the superbowl? The world is a stupid place sometimes.

December 4, 2014 at 12:13
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

^Omg lol that’s so dumb about the superbowl –__–

Here’s an interview of Officer Wilson’s side of the story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llwdma6zVhA

If you support Brown, please feel free to share (reliable!) sources and videos explaining why 🙂

December 4, 2014 at 12:16
haileyleblanc

haileyleblanc

I totally agree Gypsy. This is not about racism. Michael Brown came up to the officer, and began to pound his face into the ground. This is a fact. The officer did what any reasonable person would do: take out their self defense weapon and shoot. Whether the kid was black or white, the officer would have done the same thing. I don’t think what Officer Wilson did was wrong at all. He had the absolute right to defend himself no matter whether to kid was black or white, or any other race for that matter.

December 5, 2014 at 08:53
Meriadoc

Meriadoc

Okay, I watched the video AdventureGirl linked. It makes sense now. I was under the impression that that happened a while ago, which it did, and then another shooting happened in Ferguson recently.
I do agree that this is not about racism at all. Officer Wilson was in danger for his life and did what he was trained to do if such a situation arose.
Thanks, ladies!

December 5, 2014 at 14:58
Rbubbles

Rbubbles

When I saw this post on here, I was really nervous to click because I figured it would be a bunch of people calling all police officers racist. You know how even the best people can get sometimes.But I’m proud and happy to see that’s not what this is, and I pretty much agree with everyone. If you want to know something with two strong opinions, you are going to have to research yourself or you will get a biased, one sided view.

My opinion? The media likes to over-exaggerate pretty much everything. I don’t see any evidence honestly that the guy was racist. He was threatened. Just because they are different races and the guy shot doesn’t mean he is racist… I mean, isn’t this almost racist the other way? Like oh, every time a white person doesn’t agree with a black person they just shoot, white people are horrible people. And if you disagree, all I’d like to see is the firm evidence of Brown’s racism, which none of my friends who believe Brown is horrible have been able to provide.

Not to say all cops are always good people, unfortunately. There was a strangling (look up the Eric Garner case in NY) of a man who has done no violence, taken down by four police officers and strangled to death by one of them.

On another note, I don’t believe Brown was 100% in the right either. Yes, he was attacked, and I believe it was self defense (and not racism, either). However, he did shoot 12 times, and I don’t consider that entirely necessary. But there is no way to know the circumstance. There’s no way to know if it was needed, theres no way to know every piece of information about the case. But I just thought I’d add my two cents. 🙂

December 6, 2014 at 13:37
NerdyChick334

NerdyChick334

I don’t think this is about race but that in no way means that I think what the officer did was right. I don’t believe taking a life is ever justifiable. You don’t have to shoot to kill.

And there were other events, too, like the officers that shot and killed a 12 year old kid, and Eric Garner who was choked to death by cops. If you see the video of the Tamir Rice shooting, it makes you really question the validity of any cops’ recounting.

December 6, 2014 at 21:45
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