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The Problem with Blackness

On February 6, 2012, a teenager walking home with a pack of skittles through a quiet, middle-class Florida neighborhood was shot dead. The riots and outrage that followed brought the issue of race to the forefront and, from the Rose Garden, the President spoke to an embattled nation. “You know,” he said, “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

The shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of the neighborhood watch shooter that followed in July of 2013 came under public scrutiny. Black America was up in arms over what they perceived as a national atrocity. Had it been a white, Latino or Asian kid, it would have been business as usual. But Trayvon was different; he was one of their own and they saw nothing beyond his dark brown skin. It didn’t matter that it was within his control to end the altercation peacefully. It didn’t matter that race was not a factor in the jurors’ decision. It didn’t matter that it was a Latino, not a white man, who ended Trayvon’s life. Nor did it matter that stores were being vandalized and rioters were closing down freeways.

All that mattered was a black youth was dead and come hell or high water the piper had to be paid.

There are many sides and perspectives in this thorny issue. It’s frequently stated by conservative news pundits that the black community is selective in its black death toll outrage. A black gang member can shoot down a kid on a playground and you might hear disgust, pity or sorrow. A white man or cop shoots down a black in a case of self-defense and protesters are out in full force… and they want blood.

And this was the impetus of Black Lives Matter.

No matter how engrained in perceived injustice and persecution as the movement was over the untimely death of a young black man, it didn’t focus its rage on the Latino shooter as much as it did on the majority white jury that decided the case. The black community came together in their rage over the acquittal and white America was the enemy.

Since that fateful day, the anti-white racism coming from the black community has grown exponentially. President Obama took the unprecedented step of applauding BLM for its riot-filled, anti-cop protests and shutting down freeways. He fueled the fire and gave the group legitimacy, validation and condonation. He then welcomed them to the White House.

Yes, the group screaming “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon” in reference to killing cops was rewarded with an invite to the White House where they attended a three-hour meeting with President Obama, and nearly three-dozen law enforcement officials, civil rights leaders, educators and local politicians to discuss the divide between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Amid the political chaos and run for the presidency playing out in the media in the summer of 2016, racial tensions took front and center in July with the officer-involved shooting deaths of Alton Sterling   and Philando Castile. Black Lives Matter was out in full force shutting down freeways and the nation was captivated. The networks broke from their round-the-clock political coverage and Trump attacks, and took time to cover the outrage of lethal shootings committed by cops against the black community and the shuttered highways and looted stores brought on by hordes of BLM protesters.

Mica Grimm, who helped organize the BLM mass riots and shutdown of Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minnesota after the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the shooting death of Philando Castile, was among one of the guests invited to the meeting at the White House. She also supported protesters chanting “fuck the police” and even posted the message via Twitter.

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Mica Grimm speaks to a group of protesters outside Hennepin County Courthouse March 30, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

BLM supported fellow protest group, “Coalition to Wake Your Ass Up,” which shut down the Twin Cities’ 35W bridge in support of the BLM protest.

In a press release, the coalition demanded disassembling the police department.

“This group demands the dismantling of the police department, which includes disarming, defunding, demilitarizing, and disbanding police,” the statement read. The release goes on to say, “We believe that security for all of us does not lie in use of aggression and force.”

The turmoil and animosity stirred and exacerbated by the Black Lives Matter protests with the full support of Commander and Chief Barack Obama and the White House came to a head during a protest in Dallas on Thursday, July 7, 2016 when Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old Army vet, went on a one-man crusade slaughtering five police officers and wounding seven more.

During talks to surrender, he confided in police he was upset about Black Lives Matter and the recent police shootings.  Johnson was killed by a Dallas PD robotic explosive a short time later after refusing to abandon his quest and give up peacefully. Police Chief David Brown told the nation in a press conference, “The suspect said he was upset with white people and wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”

Carol Swain, a black law professor at Vanderbilt University, responded to the slaughter of the officers in an interview with CNN, and was blunt in her assessment that it should signify the end of the Black Lives Matter movement. She views BLM as a Marxist uprising which has become a destructive force in America, and sees no evidence it addresses the problems affecting African Americans.

Pointing to the organization’s web site, she urged CNN viewers to read it and said, “It’s pure Marxism; it talks about state violence, genocide; all of those are buzzwords that are quite destructive.”

Swain also condemned the media for rushing to judgment following the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Obama, however, took a polar opposite approach in his response to the five dead officers massacred by a black man.

At the dead officers’ memorial, Obama couldn’t help but take a swipe at both the white community and the men and women of all colors who put their lives on the line for the everyman each time they put that uniform on and kiss their families goodbye.

“With an open heart, police departments will acknowledge that, just like the rest of us, they are not perfect; that insisting we do better to root out racial bias is not an attack on cops, but an effort to live up to our highest ideals,” Mr. Obama said at the ceremony.

In essence, even with five dead cops in caskets in Dallas, Obama still couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add insult to injury and paint the black community as the victim at the officers’ memorial.

Referring to the victim of the Baton Rouge shooting, Obama added, “even those who dislike the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter,’ surely we should be able to hear the pain of Alton Sterling’s family.”

The two officers responsible for Alton Sterling’s death were cleared of charges by the Department of Justice after concluding the officers’ actions were reasonable under the circumstances.

Today, Black Lives Matter is ingrained into the fabric of the black community with local chapters throughout the country. It has emboldened the black community to not only embrace a victim mindset and racist views about whites, but also to employ a no-holds-barred approach when speaking out against the white community and law enforcement. Twitter, Facebook and other social media have become a stomping ground for racist professors to air their grievances about the white population without so much as giving a second thought to precisely who is reading their messages and the repercussions their typewritten words carry. Some are even so brazen as to appear on national cable news shows and rant and rave about whiteness and white privilege and all the other keywords people of color use to support their racist views that they refuse to acknowledge are racist. According to many people of color, regardless of what black people do or say they are not racist. They are merely responding to the oppression of white privilege.

In other words, it’s the white man’s fault. This becomes all too clear when we look through the rantings of the men and women of color and not of color who are teaching today’s youth. People of color are victims of oppression and white privilege which transcends the space/time continuum and can be seen and felt by people of color in their everyday environment. They can be on an island honeymooning with their beau while drinking margaritas with colorful umbrellas and still feel the oppression of whites and their privilege. Their woes are unbearable and constant.

 

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Lisa Durden

Lisa Durden, who was an adjunct professor at Essex County college in Jew Jersey until she was fired for her anti-white tirade on Tucker Carlson’s show, had no qualms about going on national television to demean and patronize white people while defending a blacks-only Black Lives Matter Memorial Day celebration.

Her segment on the Fox News program was spent arguing back and forth with Carlson in what one creative Twitter user – @CTruth1965 – called a “vitriolic, venomous hate speech.”

“What I say to that is boo hoo hoo you white people are angry because you couldn’t use your white privilege card to get invited to the Black Lives Matters, all black, Memorial Day celebration,” Durden answered derisively, cutting off Carlson.

“White folks crack me up,” Durden barked. “All of a sudden, when we want one day for black folks to focus on ourselves, but you’ve been having white days forever. You don’t say the words anymore because you know it’s politically incorrect.”

In the wake of what she called an “unjust” firing, Durden and her supporters likened it to that of a rape survivor blamed for the assault and demanded she be reinstated in a change.org petition.

Today, Durden can be followed on Twitter where she talks about running for Lieutenant Governor for the state of New Jersey on the Green Party ticket with running mate Seth Kaper-Dale for Governor, who is a Protestant pastor. She is still active in the racism community and on September 1 she tweeted, “Acting like racism doesn’t exist, fuels racism.”

 

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Zandria Robinson

Zandria Robinson was an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Memphis until June of 2015 when the university parted ways due to her racist views. She first raised concern when tweeting the Confederate flag is “more than a symbol of white racial superiority. It is the ultimate symbol of white heteropatriarchal capitalism.”

She went on to say the flag is a direct symbol of race, class, gender and sexuality oppression and a more nuanced intersectional reading is needed.

“This isn’t to say that the American flag does not represent such things,” she stated, “but the Confederate flag only represents those things for whites.”

One important point she misses in her Confederate flag soliloquy is that the majority of white people in America, regardless of their political views, don’t obsess over the Confederate flag or its meaning. This seems to be a black thing that the majority of people really aren’t caught up in unless they’re a hardcore white supremacist or Klansman.

That wasn’t the worst of her anti-white ramblings. In a number of tweets she blasted “whiteness” and went so far as to equate whiteness to terrorism. By the sound of some of her tweets, one might imagine she’s hiding out in a basement waiting for the cover of darkness – one of the many blacks trying to get up north through way of the Underground Railroad.

“I’ve been working w teens this summer & it has been a surreal experience talking to them (& the 12-yr-old at home) about being under attack,” she tweeted. “Like, this is a daily part of our lives. We don’t accept it. We *don’t*. But we alive now. We push back. We write. We laugh. We twerk. Hard.”

Since her employment came to an abrupt halt with the University of Memphis, Robinson is teaching at Rhodes College in Memphis. She goes under a different Twitter name and recently retweeted, “white people find the term “white people” uncomfortable because they’re used to being the default definition of “people.”

In July 2016 Robinson was a speaker at #SLAY: Approaching The Black Lives Matter Movement at New York University.

 

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Saida Grundy

Saida Grundy is an interesting study in the kind of professor a university should not hire from the get-go. In 2008, she was reportedly charged with felony identity theft for making a fake account for another woman on the adult website Fling.com. She also tweeted controversial and racist posts on Twitter.  Nevertheless, Boston University brought her onboard in May 2015.

Right out of the gate apologies were forthcoming to mitigate the blowback from a couple of inflammatory Twitter remarks, one referring to white males as a “problem population.”

Among other tweets, she posted, “Every MLK week I commit myself to not spending a dime in white-owned businesses. And every year I find it nearly impossible.” And “can we just call St. Patrick’s Day the white people’s Kwanzaa that it is?”

Six months before her Twitter remarks she went off on a white rape victim and told her to “go cry somewhere,” however, that wasn’t the worst of it. Here is part of the actual exchange which was saved and put on the website of DailyMail:

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Judging by a piece she put out, titled, “Ethnic and Racial Studies on Black Lives Matter,” she faults white people, calling the objection to her racist tweets a “white backlash against black advancement.”

She seems to be saying that being black and labeling white males as a “problem population” and tweeting anti-white racial comments is black advancement.

Hawaii math teacher Piper Harron created quite a commotion in conservative media circles in May 2017 when she suggested that white men need to quit their jobs to make room for minorities and those identifying as LGBQT.

In a May 11 blog post, Harron conveyed her frustration at the lack of representation of these groups in the workplace and, in particular, academia.

“Not to alarm you, but I probably want you to quit your job, or at least take a demotion,” Harron wrote in the post, titled, “Get Out the Way.” “Statistically speaking, you are probably taking up room that should go to someone else. If you are a white cis man (meaning you identify as male and you were assigned male at birth) you almost certainly should resign from your position of power.”

“That’s right, please quit. Too difficult? Well, as a first step, at least get off your hiring committee, your curriculum committee, and make sure you’re replaced by a woman of color or trans person. Don’t have any in your department? HOW SHOCKING.”

Craig Bennett, a UH Manoa student took issue with Harron’s writings in an email to local media outlets.

“Could you imagine if a white male advocated the removal of all Jews or all blacks from campus yet this type of extreme bigotry is tolerated against whites as if civil rights only applies to certain groups. Should we all not be treated equally and given the same rights?” he wrote. “Amazing how it falls under ‘academic freedom’ when a black (woman) spews this extreme bigotry yet everyone knows if a straight white male said anything close to that they would be rightfully fired.”

At the conclusion of “Get Out the Way,” she explains that she is trying to get white men to think differently in order to understand people like her as well as how American society favors white males.

“This is not about shame or guilt. Those things are useless. This is about shifting perspective. I know you’re not going to quit your job, but I want you to understand that you should. And to understand that by keeping your job and your other unearned privileges, you are running a continued debt to marginalized people and you should always be seeking ways to pay us back.”

She ends her article this way: “Not to alarm you, but statistically speaking you are the problem. Your very presence. I can’t tell you what is the best strategy for you to stop blocking my path. I can just ask that you please get out of my way.”

It’s reasonable to assume Harron has never met one of the many disabled, white male war vets in ragged clothes asking for change to feed himself and his loyal four-legged companion. They can be found from New York to California and everywhere in between. Many of them chose fighting for our freedoms over pampering themselves at prestigious universities to learn about everything they owe to people of color who demand reparations for a past they didn’t experience.

 

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Johnny Eric Williams

Trinity College’s Johnny Eric Williams, an associate professor of sociology, became an overnight sensation in June and it wasn’t for just demanding reparations for white supremacy. He got caught up in a self-induced firestorm following the shootings of congressional Republicans at the ballpark that almost took the life of Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise.

He reposted a Medium story titled, “Let Them Fucking Die!” on his Facebook page which was in reference to the shooting of the congressional Republicans and all hell broke loose from there.

The story reads, “If they are choking in a restaurant. If they are bleeding out in an emergency room. If the ground is crumbling beneath them. If they are in a park and they turn their weapons on each other: Do nothing.”

“Least of all put your life on the line for theirs, and do not dare think doing so, putting your life on the line for theirs, gives you reason or cause to feel celestial. Saving the life of those that would kill you is the opposite of virtuous. Let. Them. Fucking. Die. And smile a bit when you do. For you have done the universe a great service.”

“It is past time for the racially oppressed to do what people who believe themselves to be ‘white’ will not do, put end to the vectors of their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system. #LetThemFuckingDie,” he posted to social media.

Williams’ thoughts concerning white people weren’t much more favorable. His tirade on Facebook called on minorities to “confront” white people and “end [white supremacy] now.” He wrote he was “fed the fuck up with self-identified ‘white’s’ daily violence directed at immigrants, Muslims, and sexual and racially oppressed people. The time is now to confront these inhuman assholes and end this now.”

“It is past time for the racially oppressed to do what people who believe themselves to be ‘white’ will not do, put end to the vectors of their destructive mythology of whiteness and their white supremacy system. #LetThemF–ingDie.”

According to Trinity College, the associate professor’s diatribe cost the school 16 students and $200,000 in donations. The school’s president didn’t seem overly concerned. In the August 1 edition of the Hartford Courant, President Berger-Sweeney is quoted as saying. “We can and will recover from the financial cost of this incident; the work before us now is to heal as a community.”

 

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Tommy Curry

Texas A&M’s  Tommy Curry has an interesting bigotry about him and is more of a closet racist than most of his peers and masks it in historical terms.  In 2012 Curry was a guest on the Sirius XM program, “Redding News Review,” hosted by Rob Redding. The two discussed Quentin Tarantino’s violent film “Django Unchained,” about a slave with a brutal history played by Jamie Foxx, who joked on Saturday Night Live regarding killing all the white people in the movie.

For background, Curry is a professor of philosophy and has written many papers pertaining to anti-black racism in America, including “The Cries of the Unheard: State Violence, Black Bodies, and Martin Luther King’s Black Power,” “The Eschatological Dilemma: The Problem of Studying the Black Male only as the Deaths that Result from Anti-Black Racism,” “You make me wanna holler and throw up both my hands!’: campus culture, Black misandric microaggressions, and racial battle fatigue,” and many more.

It’s fair to say, Curry is pre-occupied with racism against blacks in America by white people and law enforcement.

In the 2012 interview, Curry said he was disappointed with Foxx’s statement and its use in the context of the movie because “it’s a fantasy in which the deaths of white people are really just an entertaining spectacle. It’s something that didn’t really happen. It’s not like black people had that type of opportunity under enslavement, and today what you see is a backlash from white conservatives on one hand who are offended, saying that Jamie Foxx is racist, and white liberals on the other hand who are saying, well this is not productive, you ever talking about killing white people and putting the burden back on black people who have actually suffered these types of horrors, saying, you can never have a political conversation about the killing of white people cause that in and of itself is evil, is not productive, is nationalistic.”

He goes on to say the black community  hasn’t taken the time to discipline itself on “black politics as an outgrowth of how it needs to protect itself from violent anti-black forces that are still killing our children, are still attacking our communities, and now is trying to justify nationalist rhetoric to preserve its right to bear arms.”

When this podcast surfaced through a conservative web site, it was splattered on every other conservative web site and news channels and Curry received hate mail, the wrath of conservatives, and death threats.

The majority of conservatives, however, do not take issue with Curry’s words or sentiments or his right to say whatever he wants in his private life; they take issue with teaching their sons and daughters that white people are evil oppressors of blacks and reparations are in order. They take issue with the double standard existing in American schools today.

Today’s white students are subjected to an array of “social justice” curricula and behavioral modifications that twenty years ago would have been fodder for humor. Today this discussion is serious business that can and will result in serious consequences for the “offender.” What used to be pranks are now subject to criminal investigations. Society has veered off its course and has made a pit stop into a very insane world in relation to what many would consider rational or normal.

The entire “social justice” curriculum in today’s universities is an affront to the white population. It openly denigrates, demotes and oppresses Caucasian students with European ancestry. Considering more and more schools are carrying the courses and social justice is now a major in universities, this is completely acceptable to the system of education in our country.

Courses with the titles, “the problem with whiteness,” “abolition of whiteness,” and others within that realm are attempts to frame them as an honest intellectual discussion, but is in reality an attack on white identity. “The Anti-White Report” has this to say about anti-whiteness courses:  “On the surface, “Whiteness studies” courses may seem to be the honest dialogue on race the left continuously claims it wants, however, closer examination reveals it to be yet another weapon deployed by the anti-White stronghold of western academia. The very term “Whiteness” is itself a linguistic attack designed to deny the heritage and culture of people of European descent. By framing White identity as nothing more than a “social construct” it dehumanizes Whites and delegitimizes our interests and struggles as a people. If those of European descent are not defined as a people with distinct heritage, customs, and identity, but rather as a meaningless social label, they become much more vulnerable to attack.”

All of the aforementioned professors losing their jobs or finding themselves to be the subject of ridicule and death threats have done nothing more but taken the racist attitudes they bring to their classrooms and introduced them into the mainstream by way of interviews, Facebook posts, tweets and other avenues of communication. This has given the world outside the university walls a look-see into the minds of our educators. Judging by their outwardly racist views of whites, it’s no wonder some students are turning into the abominations we’re seeing coming out of the likes of Evergreens College, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, University of Chicago, and Ohio State, to name just a handful.

Case in point, in 2013, Val Rust, a white UCLA professor emeritus of education, was called a racist and found guilty of a “micro-aggression” against black graduate students for “perceived grammatical choices that in actuality reflect ideologies” and “repeatedly questioning the value of our work on social identity and the related dynamics of oppression, power and privilege.”

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Val Rust giving a well-deserved F to a graduate student who think Ebonics is proper English.

A protest was promptly organized due to what graduate students perceived as his white privilege oppressing them for making these corrections. Students claimed the professor’s actions created a hostile climate on campus. About 25 students participated in a sit-in in Rust’s class and read a letter of demands and complaints.

Professor Rust was 80-years-old in 2013 and has been teaching since the 1960s, however, this is the first report of him being a racist. In a letter sent to colleagues, Rust said students in the demonstration described grammar and spelling corrections he made on their dissertation proposals as a form of “micro-aggression.”

“I have attempted to be rather thorough on the papers and am particularly concerned that they do a good job with their bibliographies and citations, and these students apparently don’t feel that is appropriate,” he stated in the letter.

What it came down to is the graduate students of color at UCLA expected to be graded based on Ebonics or African American vernacular, and by Rust grading and correcting their papers in the context of informed and educated Americans, they considered him racist.

Although it’s been more than four years since the not guilty verdict in Trayvon Martin’s shooting death, the effects are still reverberating through the black community. Black Lives Matter organizers and activists work in many fields, including education. Professor Anthony Ratcliff of Cal State Los Angeles is one of the leading Black Lives Matter activists in Southern California. Professor Medina Abdullah, is among the original group of organizers that assembled to form Black Lives Matter and still serves as the Los Angeles chapter lead, in addition to contributing to the BLM national leadership. She is also the chairwoman of Cal State Los Angeles’ Pan-African department.

These professors and other BLM activists are radicals, protesters and leading the charge against “whiteness,” their conception of “white supremacy” and even law enforcement. So far, they’ve managed to further the racial divide in this country and are to blame for an untold number of officer deaths. They’ve become a distraction and a nuisance. They’ve corrupted our educational system.

When a school in America has a class titled, “The problem with Whiteness,” and your child’s teacher is on the news for saying white men are a “problem population” and are “running a continued debt to marginalized people and should always be seeking ways to pay us back,” there’s a really big problem in this country.

And the problem isn’t whiteness.

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2 Comments on The Problem with Blackness

  1. Joe Pimpernel // September 4, 2017 at 3:55 pm // Reply

    “Hands up! Don’t shoot! was a complete, total and absolute lie.

    TWENTY-FIVE TOP QUOTES FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REPORT ON THE MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING

    http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/doj_report_on_shooting_of_michael_brown_1.pdf

    (If above link does not work Google “DOJ Report on Shooting of Michael Brown PDF” for official DOJ report.)

    [01] The evidence, when viewed as a whole, does not support the conclusion that Wilson’s uses of deadly force were “objectively unreasonable” under the Supreme Court’s definition. (Page 5)

    [02] when the store clerk tried to stop Brown, Brown used his physical size to stand over him and forcefully shove him away. (Page 6)

    [03] Wilson was aware of the theft and had a description of the suspects as he encountered Brown and Witness 101. (Page 6)

    [04] Autopsy results and bullet trajectory, skin from Brown’s palm on the outside of the SUV door as well as Brown’s DNA on the inside of the driver’s door corroborate Wilson’s account that during the struggle, Brown used his right hand to grab and attempt to control Wilson’s gun. (Page 6)

    [05] there is no credible evidence to disprove Wilson’s account of what occurred inside the SUV. (Page 7)

    [06] autopsy results confirm that Wilson did not shoot Brown in the back as he was running away because there were no entrance wounds to Brown’s back. (Page 7)

    [07] witnesses who originally stated Brown had his hands up in surrender recanted their original accounts (Page 8)

    [08] several witnesses stated that Brown appeared to pose a physical threat to Wilson as he moved toward Wilson. (Page 8)

    [09] The physical evidence also establishes that Brown moved forward toward Wilson after he turned around to face him. The physical evidence is corroborated by multiple eyewitnesses. (Page 10)

    [10] evidence does not establish that it was unreasonable for Wilson to perceive Brown as a threat while Brown was punching and grabbing him in the SUV and attempting to take his gun. (Page 11)

    [11] Wilson’s account is corroborated by physical evidence and that his perception of a threat posed by Brown is corroborated by other eyewitnesses (Page 12)

    [12] Wilson’s account was consistent with those results, and consistent with the accounts of other independent eyewitnesses, whose accounts were also consistent with the physical evidence. Wilson’s statements were consistent with each other in all material ways, and would not be subject to effective impeachment for inconsistencies or deviation from the physical evidence.8 Therefore, in analyzing all of the evidence, federal prosecutors found Wilson’s account to be credible. (Page 16)

    [13] Witness accounts suggesting that Brown was standing still with his hands raised in an unambiguous signal of surrender when Wilson shot Brown are inconsistent with the physical evidence, are otherwise not credible because of internal inconsistencies, or are not credible because of inconsistencies with other credible evidence. (Page 78)

    [14] Multiple credible witnesses corroborate virtually every material aspect of Wilson’s account and are consistent with the physical evidence. (Page 78)

    [15] several of these witnesses stated that they would have felt threatened by Brown and would have responded in the same way Wilson did. (Page 82)

    [16] there are no witnesses who could testify credibly that Wilson shot Brown while Brown was clearly attempting to surrender. (Page 83)

    [17] There is no witness who has stated that Brown had his hands up in surrender whose statement is otherwise consistent with the physical evidence. (Page 83)

    [18] The media has widely reported that there is witness testimony that Brown said “don’t shoot” as he held his hands above his head. In fact, our investigation did not reveal any eyewitness who stated that Brown said “don’t shoot.” (Page 83)

    [19] Wilson did not know that Brown was not armed at the time he shot him, and had reason to suspect that he might be when Brown reached into the waistband of his pants as he advanced toward Wilson. (Page 84)

    [20] Wilson did not have time to determine whether Brown had a gun and was not required to risk being shot himself in order to make a more definitive assessment.

    [21] In addition, even assuming that Wilson definitively knew that Brown was not armed, Wilson was aware that Brown had already assaulted him once and attempted to gain control of his gun. (Page 85)

    [22] Wilson has a strong argument that he was justified in firing his weapon at Brown as he continued to advance toward him and refuse commands to stop, and the law does not require Wilson to wait until Brown was close enough to physically assault Wilson. (Page 85)

    [23] we must avoid substituting our personal notions of proper police procedure for the instantaneous decision of the officer at the scene. We must never allow the theoretical, sanitized world of our imagination to replace the dangerous and complex world that policemen face every day.” (Page 85)

    [24] “It may appear, in the calm aftermath, that an officer could have taken a different course, but we do not hold the police to such a demanding standard.” (citing Gardner v. Buerger, 82 F.3d 248, 251 (8th Cir. 1996) (same))). Rather, where, as here, an officer points his gun at a suspect to halt his advance, that suspect should be on notice that “escalation of the situation would result in the use of the firearm.” Estate of Morgan at 498. An officer is permitted to continue firing until the threat is neutralized. See Plumhoff v. Rickard, 134 S.Ct. 2012, 2022 (2014) (“Officers need not stop shooting until the threat has ended”). For all of the reasons stated, Wilson’s conduct in shooting Brown as he advanced on Wilson, and until he fell to the ground, was not objectively unreasonable and thus not a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 242. (Page 85)

    [25] Given that Wilson’s account is corroborated by physical evidence and that his perception of a threat posed by Brown is corroborated by other eyewitnesses, to include aspects of the testimony of Witness 101, there is no credible evidence that Wilson willfully shot Brown as he was attempting to surrender or was otherwise not posing a threat. (Page 86)

    For the reasons set forth above, this matter lacks prosecutive merit and should be closed.

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