The Federalist: The Line to Apologize Forms on the Left

Originally posted at The Federalist.

The news has been leaked to the New York Times: the Department of Justice has concluded its federal investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it has reached substantially the same conclusions as the local grand jury that chose not to press charges against police officer Darren Wilson.

Let’s reiterate that. Eric Holder‘s Justice Department has looked at the case and decided that the evidence indicates Officer Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown.

This is actually not much of a surprise. When local prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury’s decision not to prosecute the officer, he strongly emphasized that federal investigators had access to the exact same evidence, which was his way of expressing confidence that they would reach the same conclusions. The Times report confirms this: “The federal investigation did not uncover any facts that differed significantly from the evidence made public by the authorities in Missouri late last year.”

Among those facts: “Mr. Wilson told investigators that Mr. Brown had tussled with him through the window of his police car and tried to grab his gun, an account supported by bruises and DNA evidence.” And: “While some witnesses were adamant that Mr. Brown had his hands up, some recanted their stories. Mr. Wilson testified that Mr. Brown had charged at him, and other witnesses backed up his account.”

Oh, well never mind then. All that stuff about “hands up, don’t shoot,” or the implication that Brown was killed because black lives just don’t matter to the police—all of that has been thoroughly debunked. And Eric Holder is expected to sign off on that report.

What remains of the “narrative” of insidious police racism lurking everywhere? Well, there’s still “a broader Justice Department civil rights investigation into allegations of discriminatory traffic stops.” So there’s that.

But it’s clearly time to apologize—for every activist and journalist (but I repeat myself) who bought into the simplistic, self-serving “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative and broadcast it far and wide based on false testimony; who reflexively dismissed Wilson’s side of the story as preposterous and unbelievable; who doggedly upheld a wider narrative that slanders police officers across the country as murderous racists.

Don’t apologize because I shamed you into it, or because I’m trying to sell you on my advice for how to avoid debacles like this in the future. Do it because if you want to hold others accountable for their action, you need to first make sure you are accountable for your own.

So it’s time for an apology. And the line should be forming up, appropriately, on the left.

Read more at The Federalist.

 

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9 Comments

  • Boomer says:

    January 22, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Long Time Communist Billionaire George Sorros is behind ths financial support of Al Sharpton and Obama’s Campaigns as well as the Ferguson protesters. Which explains how some ghetto people suddenly bonded overnight and pooled money to pay for expensive protest signage. This is a communist set up and the Blacks have been used by this group for years and have not figured it out.

    • Clinton says:

      January 24, 2015 at 8:25 AM

      Did i miss something? Whereas this thing concerning thoros is not surprising, where is the proof?

      • bob martin says:

        January 24, 2015 at 8:55 PM

        how about this………you prove george soros is not behind al sharpton

  • Jimmy Macintosh says:

    January 22, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Don’t loot, I won’t shoot. 😀

  • Tom says:

    January 23, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Democrats never let facts get in the way of their idiocy.

  • Deb Blue says:

    January 23, 2015 at 6:36 AM

    What has become of this country when an individual can’t contribute a relatively small amount of money to a friend’s political campaign but George Soros can contribute a mind blowing amount of money to the debacle that is Ferguson? The Left and their “fearless” leaders, Obama, Holder, etc need to start apologizing now because it’s going to take this nation a lot of time to clean up the mess.

  • Anna Rose says:

    January 23, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Boomer is right, but it’s not only Blacks who haven’t figured it out. Public schools and colleges have been brainwashing our kids for years. It’s all part of a very long-term plan and if America doesn’t wake up, then Ferguson will be only the beginning of the dissolution of America. As it is now, the left in this country are only Communist robots!

  • BJ says:

    January 23, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Unfortunately for the country, by the time the truth emerges, the damage is done and unintended consequences abound and can never be undone. The left doesn’t care about the truth, only about their agenda. When confronted with the truth, they have their excuses already lined up to deflect, to deny and to deceive. That’s how they operate. But one has to trust that God is still in control and that He is more powerful than any evil man conceives or implements.

  • Billie Jo Wright says:

    January 24, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    Dinesh , thank you for your book AMERICA, I bought some for family and friends. Please do me a favor and get the Book ( The Communist ) by Paul Kingor PHD. It’s about Frank Marshall Davis. And it has so much information, about so many things and people ! I think I will buy more of these for people who don’t believe Communism is still a threat to America ! Thank you