Years from now, history books will allot an undue amount of space to the twin cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in an attempt to make 2014 look as though it were a watershed year for racial inequality and police brutality. What they will likely gloss over – just as the mainstream media is eager to gloss over it today – is the new admission from Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. Holder, who has made his entire tenure as attorney general about race, was expected to report that the DOJ would not file charges against Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. It was his thorough denouncement of the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative that comes as a surprise.
“I recognize that the findings in our report may leave some to wonder how the department’s findings can differ so sharply from some of the initial, widely reported accounts of what transpired,” Holder told reporters. “It remains not only valid – but essential – to question how such a strong alternative version of events was able to take hold so swiftly, and be accepted so readily.”
Such questioning will scarcely take place in the media, since that would force the head honchos at CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and elsewhere to turn the spotlight back on themselves. It would require that the entire news media thrust themselves into a Brian Williams moment, and that’s not something we’re likely to see anytime soon. They’ll shrug and say, “Hey, we were just reporting what we heard,” in complete denial of the fact that they chose their narrative from the beginning and refused to let go even long after the evidence was clear.
According to the DOJ’s final report on the shooting, some witness accounts that claimed Brown was surrendering to Wilson were false “because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence.” Others, the report says, can be dismissed because they “are materially inconsistent with that witness’s own prior statements.” In other words, the exact findings of the much-maligned Ferguson grand jury.
In an attempt to pacify those thirsty for justice, Holder did allude to a system of racism in the Ferguson Police Department and a history of brutality and discrimination. He maintained that the Justice Department would be watching closely to make sure the department enacted changes that would help them get along better with the community.
Still, the big news is that all of those protestors who chanted “hands up, don’t shoot” for months were fools. More than that, they were played for fools. From the moment liberal operatives like George Soros saw an opportunity to shake up the establishment, the locomotive was off and running with no emergency brake. When it started to become abundantly obvious that things didn’t play out in Ferguson that day the way they said that it did, Brown’s defenders moved the goalposts. It’s not about this one case, they said. It’s about a system of oppression. Oh. Right.
That system of oppression must go all the way to the Justice Department, then, because Wilson has now been exonerated by two separate investigations. His story – one where he briefly became America’s Racial Boogeyman – is in many ways the saddest one of this entire event. He will likely never work in law enforcement again, and he will never feel safe in public because of what the left-wing of this country did to him. There will be no redemption, no matter how many agencies clear him of wrongdoing. It seems, sadly, that the only way he could have avoided this fate would have been to die at the hands of an unarmed, college-bound gentle giant. And if that had happened, we would know neither of their names today.