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More On Ferguson.

Brevard-County-MilitaryWe’ll let others dissect the meaning of the release of the preliminary findings of the first (of three) autopsies of the body of Micheal Brown to others. While we now seem to have some indication of the bullet wounds, we don’t know Brown’s position when the shots were fired.

Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.

One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was

bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.

Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.

The bullets did not appear to have been shot from very close range because no gunpowder was present on his body. However, that determination could change if it turns out that there is gunshot residue on Mr. Brown’s clothing, to which Dr. Baden did not have access.


A friend sent us a link on an interactive map from the NY Times. Entitled “Mapping the Spread of the Military’s Surplus Gear,” the map allows you to rollover counties and cities to see what surplus military equipment was received by the county or city.

According to the map, (see above left) here in Brevard County, Florida, we received 395 assault rifles, 79 helicopters, 8 planes, 5 “other armored vehicles,” 2 grenade launchers, 1 mine resistant vehicle and 1 night vision piece.

The number of helicopters seems extremely high to us.

It is worth spending a few minutes playing with the map to not only the distribution of the equipment, but the large quantity of equipment that was distributed.


Finally, this past Friday, the City of Ferguson, the County of St. Louis, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the ACLU entered into an agreement that allows people to film the police.

The agreement reads:

Parties acknowledge and agree that the media and members of the public have a right to record public events without abridgement unless it obstructs the activity or threatens the safety of others, or physically interferes with the ability of law enforcement officers to perform their duty.

We cannot express how wonderful it is knowing that the police now agree to let people do what no court has ever restricted or said was illegal. We cannot tell you how thrilled we are that people can film the police in public just like everyone else.

Who in the heck from the police ever thought that the public could be stopped from filming the police in the first place?

When you think the police in Ferguson cannot do anything more to make a situation worse, they do stuff like this.


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