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Fear And Looting in Ferguson

I watched the Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Grand Jury announcement with an annoyed sort of interest. The prosecutor showed up a Barack Obama-ish 15 minutes late and then spent an additional 10 minutes bitching about the media before telling those same clowns in the press what the grand jury decided. You know, the jury. Those people who looked at the actual evidence instead of watching screaming idiots on MSNBC.

It’s not to say that the whole event has been for nothing. Besides the humor of the protestors having picked the absolute worst case they could’ve rallied behind and the tragedy of America grinding ever closer to waging a race war within the next generation, Ferguson has given us another fire bell about the dangers of the militarization of law enforcement. I hate rioting and looting, but St Louis-area police were utterly ham-fisted in their early responses to the protests and never missed a single opportunity to make things worse. I’d like to think that left-wing race pimps and right-wing pro-freedom types agree now more than ever that it’s time for the cops to give up their tanks and other war toys.

So there will be no criminal indictment for Officer Wilson. This was what I (and most people, I think) expected and I’m okay with it. Like the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman deal, the more evidence leaked out the more it indicated that the defendant wasn’t going to be punished as long as the jury took its job seriously.

Not that the facts ever mattered. The racial grievance industry stupidly swallowed every rumor and eagerly embraced this cause, making a martyr out of a strong-arm robbery suspect. Even when more and more details came out revealing that they had rallied to the wrong guy, they just couldn’t help themselves. The people who spread destructive rumors that furthered the cause were believed while those who provided evidence got to be accused of having racist motives. If they had just waited a few months, they could have probably earned more sympathy with the Tamir Rice shooting instead of shooting their wad on the corpse of a fat Swisher Sweet bandit.

In other words, it’s just another beautiful day in Obama’s America, with all the ineptitude and divisiveness we’ve come to expect.

Speaking of Obama, he couldn’t resist injecting himself into this local law enforcement use of force once again and, as he always does, he did everything he reasonably could to encourage his fellow street agitators by sending known racial extremist and mustachioed asshole Eric Holder into the fray. In his own post-no bill statement this evening, Obama spoke heavily against violent protests. But that’s pretty much going to be short-circuited by his own credibility problem wherein nobody believes or listens to him anymore, even when he tries saying helpful things for a change.

We now return you to the rioting and looting, already in progress. I’d like to think that both the protesters and the police in every city can avoid displaying the worst characteristics and stereotypes that each side has of the other, but it isn’t in the cards. Like most white suburbanites, I’ll just sit and watch, uncomfortably.

The Preschool Predator

This is enough to make you wish we could bring corporal punishment back into the justice system … and use it on prosecutors:

A 6-year-old Grant County boy has been accused of first-degree sexual assault after playing “doctor” with two 5-year-old friends.

Now, a federal lawsuit has been filed against the prosecutor, who attorneys said is trying to force the boy to admit guilt.

The boy’s parents had planned to speak with WISC-TV on Monday to discuss the emotional toll the prosecution has taken on their son. But the prosecutor, Grant County District Attorney Lisa Riniker, on Monday morning asked a judge for a gag order in the case and was granted it. The gag order prohibits the boy’s parents from talking about the case.

The claim is that he touched a girl’s butt. Seriously. This is the sign of a civilization gone deeply wrong. Jerry Sandusky was able to rape kids for 15 years. But instead of telling a 6-year-old — a God damned 6-year-old! — not to touch girls like that, he’s being brought up on sex charges.

In justification for the charge, Riniker is quoted in the lawsuit saying “the Legislature could have put an age restriction in the statute … the legislature did no such thing.”

The lawsuit also alleges the charges were brought because the 5-year-old is the daughter of a high-ranking official in Grant County.

As Radley Balko pointed out, this is why we should write laws to minimize prosecutorial power. Because if you give them an inch, they will take a mile. They will prosecute anything that is not specifically forbidden and persecute anyone who has pissed off the powerful.