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    • Vox has done some excellent analysis of the events in and around Ferguson.

    • If Wilson’s story is true, my question would be, Why didn’t he use a Taser?
      I suppose the answer is that you can’t use a Taser at 40 feet.
      Wait, what??

      • Wilson didn’t have a taser because, apparently, they are optional for the Ferguson PD. I’ve even seen a suggestion that it would be a bad idea to use one under these circumstances where the officer is on his own, although I have no idea what best practices really would be.

        But I do think to the extent we can learn something from this, one move is to push harder for cameras on police officers. It would protect them better, and helps reduce the claims of excessive force (presumably, by reducing the police officer’s willingness to push reasonable limits or worse). Also, finding ways to make the use of tasers and other non-deadly alternatives more universal, and less optional.

    • As a prosecutor, you’re supposed to act like you want a conviction.
      With a grand jury, this means presenting all the witnesses that support a conviction and none of the others. (That will be the defense’s job in the full trial).
      If you don’t want a conviction, just present all possible evidence and witnesses in a totally random, confused jumble with no connecting narrative.
      Guess what they did for Officer Wilson?

      • I was wondering about that. Why was Wilson even deposed?

        Since he was the subject of the grand jury inquiry, why would the prosecution want his input at all? You would think that it could only weaken the prosecution’s case to have the possible defendant’s side of things.

        The grand jury is not where the defendant gets to defend himself, that should be reserved the actual trial. Between that and the prosecutor’s obvious conflicts of interest, it strongly point to misconduct on Robert McCulloch’s part.

        He needs to be seriously investigated. I’ll be over here holding my breath.

    • Grand juries really aren’t about conviction, they’re about if we should send this to trial. So everything about the Ferguson jury was highly unorthodox.

    • Here’s an “interesting” take: using Ferguson to provide cover for Michael Shermer:


      • Sharon Hill is a geologist.
        Faye Flam has a degree in geophysics.

        While I appreciate their journalistic credentials, some how journalists that were on the ground in Ferguson have more credibility in my mind then armchair journalists who were not there.

        That the Forbes article dismissed all eye-witness evidence as tainted but accepted Darren Wilson’s account (which is, after all, an eye-witness account) speaks to bias. Imagine that?

        And for Sharon Hill to jump on a highly speculative article meant to dismiss a miscarriage of justice to excuse the more than credible case against a rapist who has seen no consequences makes my stomach turn. No wonder they have the comments turned off, I’m sure she was getting an earful.

      • To be fair, we don’t know from the evidence that it is Michael Shermer she is covering for. It could be Ben Radford or Brian Dunning or someone else (or all of them.)

        • Well, we know she is a Dunning apologist, but I don’t think she’s ever outright denied that he did anything wrong. I think Radford’s case is pretty cut a dried as well and I didn’t see many defending him at the time.

          But your right, she could have been hinting to others; but then so might I have been since I didn’t use names. 😉