Things Police Did Wrong In Ferguson, Missouri After the Shooting of Michael Brown

Other than the glaring cause of the problems, the shooting of an unarmed teenager, what else have the police done wrong in the town of Ferguson, Missouri?

The Top Ten

1 Were not forthcoming with information

This list was compiled by a bonehead.
Besides the Monday-morning quarterbacking on what police "should" have done, there are standard rules that must be followed, unless you think mobs should just be allowed to make decisions regarding the law.
And most important, Michael BROWN WAS GUILTY, HE ATTACKED A POLICE OFFICER, end of story.

Newest manifestation of insanity: the Charlotte riots, protesting a man with a gun being shot after being given ample chance to drop it.

From the beginning the police were loathe to give anyone any clear information. Police said one thing, witnesses said another, and police weren't saying much else. When asked point-blank how many times Michael Brown was shot, the Chief said "more than just a couple". So much for being concise.

The idiots who kept saying

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2 Took too long to name the officer who shot Michael Brown

Took too long? Exactly how much time is appropriate in cases like this? What are your qualifications to make that determination? Chances are you are in high school or probably middle school, your mommy still washes your undies, and you know less than a well-trained puppy.

This list is a complete lie and should be removed.
Now that the investigation is complete nearly a year later, it is obvious that Michael Brown was GUILTY, and a complete jerk, who brought about his own demise.
The people who sided with him were proven to be brainwashed idiots.

They took too long, and they let it fester with people, and the escalation, combined with the lack of information made people crazy.

3 Made inappropriate and inflammatory statements towards protesters

The latest from Ferguson's "peacefully" protesting citizens who were randomly firing into buildings still in 2015, they killed a 9-year old girl doing her homework on her mother's bed.
Chances are not one of the morons making pro-protest posts here even knows that girl's name.

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4 Exhibited intensely aggressive behavior towards unarmed protesters

Now that the whole affair is exposed and over, the truth of the matter is that the protesters were the ones who were intensely aggressive and provoked the violence.
These days its most likely that Ferguson's "citizens" will viciously attack random people on trains and buses, as shown often on video.

I understand that looters and the violent protesters flinging Molotovs should be dealt with, but what gives with the marching of a police group on one unarmed man, etc?

5 Fired rubber bullets and tear gas into protesting crowds

The protesters were, for the most part, violent and destructive, doing their best to destroy whatever they touched. A year later in summer of 2015, the so-called peaceful protesters shot and killed a 9 year old girl.

The protester were, for the most part, peaceful, isolate troublemakers, don't fire into a crowd. And tear gas? I can tell you first hand that tear gas is awful, and should be the answer to a much bigger threat than angry people in the street, executing their right to peacefully protest.

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7 Did not hand over security sooner

The police HAD to know immediately that they did not have this situation under control. When things kept getting worse instead of better, they should have asked for help, and looked for ways to diffuse things.

8 General overkill of weapons and equipment, A.K.A. the 1033 Program

What are the police doing with these kinds of weapons and equipment? The answer is the 1033 program, but I don't think this is what the government had in mind when they gave this stuff out. It seems like kids dying to use their new toys...

9 Arrested and harassed journalists

Police roughed up and arrested journalists in McDonald's, fired tear gas at Al Jazeera crews, and generally tried everything they could to avoid this clown-show being documented and broadcast. The blatant attempts to hide what was going on there only made things worse. This is the AGE OF MEDIA. What's next, China-up and block the internet so people can't post their videos?

10 Did not isolate troublemakers

Group punishments like tear gas and rubber and pepper bullets in response to a few bad eggs in mass groups of protesters isn't a smart way to go. This is a very charged situation, and they are only making it worse.

The Contenders

11 Had a lack of diversity in the police force

Diversity is important or a lot of reasons, but it should have been obvious from the beginning that this was also a racially charged atmosphere. A bit of diversity would have gone a long way, I think, towards not polarizing this situation. The chiefs should have seen this.

12 They did not cover his body for hours

Noticed that the OP did some maintenance of this list.
A much better idea would be to delete it.

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