Monday, August 18, 2014

St. Louis black killing becomes "Dude, Where's My Car"

Authorities in St. Louis are getting publicity for a report that the 18-year-old black killed by a white cop had marijuana in his system. Once a claim becomes a “scoop,” the rules of fact checking do not apply.
Anonymous sources were used by the Washington Post to reveal that Michael Brown had used marijuana. Reporters and editors who do any research on any story about marijuana will inevitably encounter early the fact that marijuana tests do not have a time stamp on them. Instead,  Post focused on demands by blacks that the cop also be tested. But testing him would reveal the same thing – that marijuana can show up as long as a month after taken.
The failure to develop a test that can show that a driver had used marijuana within even a couple of hours of driving has made it difficult to prosecute. Not mentioning it is especially shameless in stories in which blacks are victims. Federal statistics have shown that blacks are far more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites. As Jon Oliver said this weekend in his Comedy Central show, whites pretty much know to be caught they would have to be snorting cocaine on their dashboard in full view. Twitchy had warned that the toxicology report could be a “bombshell.” The site saw the case in the light of “Dude Where’s My Car.” It asked why would a sober, unarmed black man "Bust A Move" on  a white cop. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder is headed to Ferguson, where Brown was killed. Hopefully he will be able to bring some clarity on questions like why was the Missouri national guard deployed. President Barack Obama said on Monday that he believed they should only be used in a limited way, and added that Gov. Jay Nixon told him that was the intention. But that means the situation remains in the hands of local authorities who have failed miserably to let the nation know what happened. These authorities also have incited blacks to riot and loot, by distributing material about Brown suggesting that somehow his possible involvement in the theft of $50 in cigarillos helped explain why he was shot six times. The authorities also roughed up and arrested reporters, and even fired rubber bullets and tear gas at them. Skeptics of national guard involvement point out that when they were called in to deal with student riots at Kent State during the Vietnam War, four students died in a still unjustified action on May 4, 1970.

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