Supporters Of Mike Brown’s Killer Selling White Badge T-Shirts
For the past eight days, America has watched the City of Ferguson, Missouri react to the killing of 18 year-old Mike Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, but on Sunday, supporters of officer Wilson gathered to raise their voices, and make some bank. The rally of about 150 supporters was poorly attended by the media, and drew a small counter-protest, as well as “hands up, don’t shoot” signals from some passing motorists, honks of approval from others:
In addition to holding a rally in downtown St. Louis, supporters of Darren Wilson hawked t-shirts that, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Nicholas J.C. Pistor, were quite the hot ticket:
— Nicholas J.C. Pistor (@nickpistor) August 17, 2014
Proceeds from the sale of the shirts will, according to the group selling them, “go directly to Officer Darren Wilson with the Ferguson Police Department and his family.” If you think it’s more than a little bit sick for people to be profiteering off of the death of an unarmed teenager, especially the person who shot him, then the design of the shirts themselves won’t make you feel any better. The navy-blue shirts feature a white badge on the front that says “Officer Darren Wilson – I Stand By You,” and below that, the date “8.9.14,” which was the day that Darren Wilson shot and killed Mike Brown.
In a particularly jarring coincidence, given the just-made revelation that Mike Brown was shot six times, the back of the shirt reads “We’ve Got Your 6.”
According to the group, you can also order Darren Wilson hoodies.
The group has also raised more than $5000.00 via a GoFundMe page, funds which are also slated to be turned over directly to Officer Wilson. This, apparently, is how white people loot.
Meanwhile, back in Ferguson, another night of violence prompted Governor Jay Nixon to announce that he will deploy the Missouri National Guard to Ferguson. As has been the case throughout the unrest in Ferguson, the under-reported fact about the looting and violence is that it is largely the work of non-residents:
“Tonight, a day of hope, prayers and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk,” Mr. (Governor Jay) Nixon said.
Early Monday morning, Captain Ron Johnson explained the police response to stepped-up violence:
President Obama, who commented extensively about the situation in Ferguson last week, is set to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder this afternoon for an update on the situation. That meeting, scheduled for 1:15 pm at the White House, will be closed to the press, although there will be a photo-only pool spray at the top of the meeting. The President is in Washington, DC until Tuesday, when he will return to Martha’s Vineyard to contiue his family vacation.
Obviously, no one is going to be happy about the use of National Guard troops in Ferguson, but it does point up something that’s being distorted by the media, especially liberals, regarding the problems in Ferguson…READ MORE