It’s Only A Matter Of Opinion!

This Christmas, instead of presents, I’ve decided to give everyone my opinion.

Yesterday, I read some very disturbing comments made by an individual with regard to criminal activity against women. It was way out of control, in my opinion. I responded and then moved on, because I didn’t feel the need to get worked up because of one moron’s opinion.

There is so much negative garbage on Facebook right now. So many people are anti-police now, due to the events in Ferguson and elsewhere, because even though most of us were not there, we think we know what happened.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blindly siding with the police, but there are conflicting reports about who did what during these tragic events.

So, what did happen in Ferguson? According to the New York Times, this happened. I guess it all boils down to who you believe. I believe in evidence, not opinions. In every incident, there are almost always conflicting accounts. That’s why we have CSI teams and other forensic analysts.

I know people who live here who instantly sided with the violent protesters. When I asked them specific questions regarding the incident, they had no idea what both accounts were. It seemed to be easier to jump on the anti-police bandwagon than to actually read about the case.

I was not an eye witness, but there are plenty who were and who gave conflicting reports about what happened. Some said Brown attacked Wilson in the car, trying to get his gun and even punching Wilson in the face, and there is evidence that Wilson was punched, if you read the article.

The rest of the events in the incident incident are conflicting, as well. So the grand jury takes all of the evidence, carefully examines all of it, which is their job, and determined there was not enough evidence to support an indictment of officer Wilson.

Obviously, to the rioters and looters, this decision was unacceptable. They know best. Obviously, this thing was racially charged, much like the events surrounding the Rodney King verdict in Los Angeles.

The protests, I completely understand. The violence, rioting and looting? No way. It should never be tolerated by any group. African American businesses were burned and looted in Ferguson, just as they were in Los Angeles during the King riots. It makes no sense.

If the reaction is racially motivated, why destroy your own neighborhoods? This tells me that the looting, especially, had nothing to do with the case at all.

As for the Garner choke hold death? Again, the grand jury, comprised of Black and white jurors, failed to bring down an indictment. So, in each case, there will be lawsuits, and that’s a good thing. That’s part of the system.

I certainly understand the families of every individual who dies at the hand of the police angrily protesting. I really can. By the same token, I don’t want to see even one police officer, who’s life is in danger, hesitate to protect citizens or themselves.

I support every U.S. citizen’s right to peaceful, lawful protest, however they choose to do so. I will never support violent protest of any kind, for any reason. I hope the decisions made in these cases were the right ones, but I’ll never know for sure because I wasn’t there. Neither were nearly all of the protesters.

See you tomorrow.

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See you tomorrow! Jerry

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