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Police Lied — Mike Brown Was Killed 148 Feet Away from Darren Wilson's SUV

December 2, 2014 in Blogs

By Shaun King, Daily Kos

Distance is essential to the defense and how Darren Wilson must demonstrate that he “reasonably feared for his safety.”

For 104 days, the police have lied and said Mike Brown was killed 35 feet away from Darren Wilson's SUV. It was actually 148 feet.

This distance is essential to the defense and how Darren Wilson must demonstrate that he “reasonably feared for his safety.” At the point in which Mike Brown ran half a football field away, how reasonable is it for an armed officer to fear anyone?

On the afternoon of August 9, 2014, Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri. Below is the first video filmed from Canfield Drive, where the shooting occurred, showing the exact measurement between where Darren Wilson's SUV was parked and Mike Brown died. After that, we methodically debunk the lie that Mike Brown was killed in close proximity to Darren Wilson's SUV.

Our starting point, which is 17 feet behind the driver's side window of Darren Wilson's SUV, is this yellow fire hydrant next to the storm drain.

Our end point is 2943 Canfield. Notice the building number in the back of this photo below where Mike Brown's father and family members are standing over the exact location where Mike Brown was killed.

Mike Brown's family at 2943 on Canfield at the exact spot of Mike Brown's death

Watch us measure the distance below.

So: 131 feet, 1 inch (distance between the fire hydrant and where Mike Brown died), + 17 feet (distance between the fire hydrant and the driver's side door of Darren Wilson's SUV) = 148 feet.

The St. Louis-area police have continued to advance this lie for over 104 days since Mike Brown was killed on Canfield Drive on the afternoon of August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. Here we will methodically expose this lie and examine just why it's so important.

On this past Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri in anticipation …read more


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Break ups, Evil relatives, and Partying in Big Bear (The Boredom—Week 1, Part 2)

December 2, 2014 in Blogs

By Political Zach Foster

Jeff Roorda was reprimanded in 1997 for filing a false police report to cover up for another officer.

A member of the St. Louis Police Officers Association (SLPOA) – which demanded yesterday that the NFL discipline five players who marched onto the field at the opening of a game to show support for the Ferguson protestors — was reprimanded and later fired from a Missouri police department for lying to cover up for another officer.

At the opening of yesterday’s game in St. Louis, Rams players Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt stood together on the field with their arms above their heads, displaying the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture of protestors in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The town has experienced days of unrest following the grand jury decision not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

Shortly after the game, SLPOA business manager Jeff Roorda issued a statement asking for the NFL and the Rams to discipline the five players and compel them to make a public apology.

Roorda said: “Now that the evidence is in and Officer Wilson's account has been verified by physical and ballistic evidence as well as eyewitness testimony, which led the grand jury to conclude that no probable cause existed that Wilson engaged in any wrongdoing, it is unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over-and-over again.”

According to court documents, Roorda was fired from the Arnold, Missouri police department, where he served as a police officer for 11 years, for misconduct after having been reprimanded years earlier for lying in a police report. According to the documents, Roorda filed false statements in a police report about a suspect's arrest, in order to cover up for another officer. As a result of the false report, all charges against the defendant were dropped. Roorda was then fired after falsely accusing other officers of threatening and abusing him, according to the court documents.

Roorda served briefly as the police chief in Kimmswick, Missouri before he was elected to the state's …read more