from the social-media-now-killing-more-unarmed-citizens-than-ever-before! dept
On August 9th Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. Within minutes, various accounts of the incident began appearing on social media, accounts filled with speculation and little, if any, solid, accurate information...One would have thought the most significant challenge would have been the investgation itself, rather than the words of multiple uninvolved parties. Government officials blaming outside entities for their own struggles and failures is nothing new. The normal, non-social media has taken numerous turns as the scapegoat du jour. But now it's more fashionable to blame the general public and their social outlets. When not blaming the public for talking about stuff, government officials blame the services themselves, villainizing them for providing platforms that criminals, terrorists and other malcontents might use.
The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything, to talk about, following closely behind with the nonstop rumors on social media.
Not included in the blame-shifting was the Ferguson police department's severe mismanagement of the "investigation," the decision to turn Ferguson into a lower-Midwest Afghanistan, the combativeness of the city's FOIA departments or the no-fly zone erected solely for the purpose of keeping the media out. No. As McCulloch saw it, the Twitter, Facebook, et al (but mostly Twitter) obstructed justice.
It's little surprise McCulloch has no affection for social media, especially when it's being used to highlight his inaccuracies.
"Darren Wilson never stood over Mike Brown's body" - Bob McCullough pic.twitter.com/TAe2gYGLoR— Jay (@JayChillinBro) November 25, 2014
Wil Wheaton referenced a classic board game.
It was social media, on the internet, with the smart phone.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) November 25, 2014
It was social media, on the internet, with the smart phone.Lowering the Bar's Kevin Underhill stopped presses, shouted "Here's your headline, boys!"
FERGUSON PROSECUTOR ANNOUNCES GRAND JURY HAS INDICTED SOCIAL MEDIA— Kevin Underhill (@loweringthebar) November 25, 2014
FERGUSON PROSECUTOR ANNOUNCES GRAND JURY HAS INDICTED SOCIAL MEDIAGod Himself:
Apparently Mike Brown was shot and killed by social media.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) November 25, 2014
Apparently Mike Brown was shot and killed by social mediaMcCulloch's "extended whine" (according to CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin) has to be seen to be
McCulloch didn't discuss his decision to take a (wholly fake) "impartial" stance during the grand jury deliberations rather than act as a prosecutor and drive for an indictment. His disingenuous nod towards "jury independence" was just a weak cover for his unwillingness to prosecute Darren Wilson. He also didn't discuss his family ties to law enforcement or his previous reluctance to pursue prosecution of police officers.
By the end of the press conference (which has been described as "bizarre" and "rambling"), McCulloch had made his views perfectly clear: the only person blameless in this incident is the officer who shot an unarmed man.