The other narrative about Ferguson, Mo. (COMMENTARY)

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Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the president of Morning Walk Media and publisher of Fresh Day online magazine. Photo courtesy of Tom Ehrich

Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the president of Morning Walk Media and publisher of Fresh Day online magazine. Photo courtesy of Tom Ehrich

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(RNS) I know from my years there as a pastor that Ferguson is a strong community. The town has rootedness, civic pride, strong churches, and a fervent desire to make an integrated community work.

  • Fran

    This event, along with all the bloodshed going on in the Middle East, Russia, and even the U.S., should not be any surprise.

    The Bible itself identifies what it would be like in the last days of an era:

    First of all, critical times hard to deal with would be here. People would be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, and having an appearance of godliness, but proving false to its power (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

    Such IS our entire world today!!! If everyone was loving and caring about their fellowman, it would be the total opposite!

    The great news is that God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44), will soon intervene in man’s affairs and put an end to all the terrible conditions we now face, including all wicked ones (Psalm 37:10,11).

    That government will rule with righteousness, love and justice (things we are not used to) and bring true peace and security to meek persons in all nations (Isaiah 11:1-9).

    Even all sickness, disease, old age and death will be done away with! (Revelation 21:1-4) The time for the “real life” we were meant to enjoy since our first parents, Adam and Eve, brought us sin and death, is almost here. 😀

  • rob

    its about a teen being killed we don’t know yet what happened.. Our sympathies
    go out to his parents regardless of what will come out about why this happened..

    it makes sense to think a white cop in a all black neighbor hood . was not a good idea in the first place and may have led to him being more frightened than if a black cop were in the same situation .. Also it appears the cop was rather foul mouthed using 4 letter words which very well might have escalated what ever happened.

  • rob

    yes I agree in a ‘non” millennial way.. (smile) iam Lutheran..
    were more A millennial also known as no or non

  • Doc Anthony

    So let’s try a different narrative about Ferguson, one that the national news media seems VERY intent on downplaying. Ferguson is not Selma, and Michael Brown Jr is not Martin Luther King Jr. This is not the New York chokehold case at all.

    In this narrative, there’s a 300-pound, 18 year old man (not a child but a grown man nicknamed “Big Mike”), a man with Marijuana in his system. This crooked bully of a man goes and literally assaults, robs, and terrorizes an innocent Asian store clerk half his size, right IN FRONT OF the store’s security cameras. Even his family’s lawyers will later concede that it’s him doing the damage.

    And THEN, this same 300 pound bully and robber, with the drug MJ in his system, accidentally crosses paths with the very cop who responded to the robbery call. But the policeman apparently doesn’t realize that he’s encountering the perp himself. All the policeman knows is that there’s this big man walking in the middle of the street with another guy, and as such he’s a traffic hazard.

    So the policeman gives a lawful traffic order (though possibly containing a standard swear word like “F” or “D”) for the 300 pound guy to get out of the road. Simply obeying this one order would have cause the big crooked robber to avoid further trouble and escape entirely. He would have been home free and still alive.

    But THEN the 300 pound robber and bully, directly refuses the lawful police order and gets into fighting with the policeman who would not even BE there at all, if the bully hadn’t committed his dirty crime.

    The big 300-lb crook, who has Marijuana in his system, not only punches the policeman hard enough to fracture the protective bone surrounding his eye, but even after being hit in the arm by four bullets while retreating, the crook may have turned around and CHARGED straight at the policeman again, even though the cop still has his gun. With totally predictable results.

    And yes, now there are a few “witnesses” on the policeman’s side of the narrative, just as there are a few “witnesses” on the crooked bully’s side of the narrative.

    Point is, it’s time to stop whitewashing the late Mr. Michael Brown Jr. Yes, there’s bad blood in Ferguson and a need for community policing changes. But Michael Brown Jr., NOT Policeman Darren Wilson, caused Brown’s death.

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, R.N.

    While there are many conflicting accounts of what actually happened in this tragedy, one thing is certain in my opinion: the officer did NOT have to use his firearm at all! Brown was UNARMED! The officer should have called for backup. It sounds like the officer was angry and afraid and so he resorted to the use of deadly force. Shot 6 or more times?! This is a criminal act under color of authority and this officer should be stripped of his badge and gun and held accountable for his behavior in a court of law.
    Police who cannot control their emotions, have no right policing others! You cannot control others if you are unable to control yourself. Police are held to a higher standard of conduct (or should be). He is guilty for using a firearm and then murdering a human being who was unarmed.

  • William

    If proven that Michael Brown punched the Police Officer, it would appear that Michael Brown gave the Police Officer a good reason to be fearful.

  • William

    Sister what is your background in Law Enforcement?
    There is a saying when seconds count, the Police are minutes away. If the Police Officer could have called for back up, there is a possibility he would have been dead or seriously injured before backup arrived.
    UNARMED does not mean harmless: many people have killed others with nothing more than their hands.
    Law Officers are trained that any one who tries to take their weapons: guns, night stick, tear gas: is a deadly threat. If Michael Brown had attempted to take the Police Officer’s gun, he became a deadly threat.
    Finally when a decision is made to use a gun, don’t stop shooting until the deadly threat (Michael Brown?) is stopped or you need to reload. I am sure what gun the Police Officer had, but it is possible it held 18 rounds. It is also possible to shoot 6 or 7 rounds in 2 to 3 seconds. With that in mind, if Michael Brown was charging the Police Officer (after Michael Brown punched the Police Officer and trying to take his gun?), firing 6 to 7 rounds in 2 or 3 seconds is very reasonable. If the Officer stopped firing and still had unused rounds that says that he was professional.

    Sister you seem to be pre judging without the facts: that makes you look prejudice and what ever not judging people?

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