My latest column is up at AND Magazine.
Here is an excerpt:
Riots and looting began immediately following the prosecutor’s announcement. By the next morning, at least 25 businesses had been burned, 61 people arrested, numerous businesses looted, and countless windows broken throughout Ferguson and the surrounding area.
Darren Wilson’s side of the story has finally been released. According to Wilson’s account, he was leaving a call when he came upon Michael Brown and his accomplice, Dorian Johnson, walking down the middle of the street. Cars were maneuvering around them. They were obviously a road hazard, so Wilson told them to walk on the sidewalk. Next thing he knew, he was trapped in his car, being assaulted by Michael Brown, fearing for his life.
As much as Michael Brown’s parents, the protesters, and the activists may want to believe that Officer Wilson is some racist cracker pig who just felt like gunning down an unarmed black kid, that isn’t what happened. The physical evidence backed up Darren Wilson’s account of events. The “witnesses” who claimed to have seen Darren Wilson murder Michael Brown changed their stories.There was no case.