Even after eyewitness accounts bolstering police officer Darren Wilson’s report and his exoneration by a grand jury, rioters in Missouri and beyond continue to portray Michael Brown’s shooting death as evidence of institutionalized racism among law enforcement. Exhaustive evidence, including an autopsy of the 18-year-old Brown, supported Wilson’s assertion that the robbery suspect attacked him while he was in his squad car and attempted to grab his service weapon.
— Just Richard (@nowiknowmyabcs) December 1, 2014
While no two cases are the same, the events leading up to Johnson City, N.Y., police officer David Smith’s death earlier this year offers a startling glimpse into what could have happened had Wilson not taken decisive action in his fight with Brown.
In March, Smith found himself face-to-face with an unstable man who punched him as he began to exit his vehicle. The man was then able to grab the veteran officer’s pistol and shoot Smith multiple times, leading to the 43-year-old’s death.
“Once Officer Smith was down,” a police spokesperson confirmed, “then the suspect shot him two more times.”
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Suspect James Clark, also 43, was later fatally shot by another officer; however, the damage had already been done.
The reported details of these two cases are shockingly similar, though their ultimate resolutions were very different. By comparing the two incidents, many have come to the conclusion that Wilson’s quick response to Brown’s threat saved his life.
— Jim (@Jimusmc) November 28, 2014
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