As the Ferguson shooting recedes into the forgotten regions of the national memory, an innocent copper rots in prison based on.....
What? You mean there hasn't been a trial yet? There hasn't even been a Grand Jury yet? The investigation is ongoing? But we thought it had already been settled. "Gentle Giant" and all that media hooey. Case is set in stone, nothing to see here, cops are racist, move along, immigration, ISIS, Russia invades Ukraine, climate change! We've moved on, right?
Anyone see this story in the national news?
- Journalist Charles C. Johnson of Got News confirmed earlier this month that he was told by multiple St. Louis area authorities that Michael Brown had a substantial criminal record as a juvenile – including a second-degree murder charge.
Golly. So a lawyer is now suing the State of Missouri to follow the laws of the State of Missouri and unseal the juvenile records:
- “What we’re arguing is that since he is deceased, those documents revert from being confidential,” Johnathon Burns said, “they revert back to the public sphere. Missouri common law applies, and under Missouri common law, court records and virtually all other documents are open to the public.
And there's precedent:
- Johnson wrote that, as part of the suit to gain access to Brown’s records, Burns is citing another case that bolsters his claim. In 1984, he explained, an 18-year-old was beaten and ultimately died after stealing a pack of cigarettes. During a subsequent wrongful death lawsuit, the victim’s parents pleaded for the court to keep his juvenile record private to no avail.
Imagine that. The investigation continues and isn't wrapped up in a neat little package like on TV. And the mainstream media, now that they're done savaging the cop's childhood, his parent's failures, broadcasting his address, the address of his girlfriend and at least one location that he might be seeking refuge, aren't interested at all in disturbing their carefully constructed narrative that conceals a giant, rage filled, strong-armed robber with impulse control problems who, in the not so distant past, seems to have collected a second-degree murder charge to go along with his gang membership.