Lezley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, who was killed in Ferguson, touching off anti-police riots across the nation, is scheduled to speak at the Democratic convention tonight.
Our hearts go out to Ms. McSpadden. Nothing compares with the sorrow of losing a child. But why is she speaking at the Democratic convention?
Michael Brown's death was a tragedy, but there are no reasonable indications that he died saying, "Hands up, don't shoot," the slogan of those who rioted in his memory.
The American Thinker refers to the "Hands up, don't shoot" myth that will be glorified at the Democratic convention tonight. Colin Flaherty writes:
Your humble correspondent documented on these pages all the lies surrounding Brown’s shooting within a few days of his death on August 9, 2014. It took the Washington Post 16 months to reach the same conclusion: “Hands up, don’t shoot did not happen in Ferguson,” intoned the headlines.
But not before police were shot, citizens hurt, and property damaged. All while the Democrat governor gave the looters plenty of room to destroy. All while obliging national reporters insisted the riots were, in turn, “largely peaceful”, and then justified.
Curiously, Post reporters still refer to the events of Ferguson as if they really happened. Which is exactly the treatment the Democrats are giving the sainted Michael Brown at their convention: His mother has been invited to tell her story of denial, deceit, and delusion Tuesday night.
Also speaking will be Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, and Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton. The theme tonight is "A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families."
Do you detect–um–an anti-police bias here?
The video of Eric Garner's death is extremely disturbing and in this instance the police seem to have acted with excessive force–though we don't know what happened before the camera started. A grand jury did not find sufficient evidence to indict the officers. Garner was stopped for selling "looseys," or cigarettes not in packages. This should not be illegal, but liberals love the law.
We will never know for certain what happened the night Trayvon Martin died at the hands of neighborhood watch activist George Zimmerman. But Zimmerman was acquitted and it appears that the death resulted from misguided actions of an overly zealous and not overly smart guy. There is no police angle here unless you consider Zimmerman a policeman, which he wasn't, but the death quickly became part of the anti-police movement.
Hillary "lifetime of fighting" for children and families doesn't include enough emphasis on what really sets back black children–it isn't the police but the breakup or non-formation of families. I don't know about Garner but neither Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin had the advantage of an intact family.
Although we sympathize with the pain of the mothers, Hillary Clinton should never have included this segment–in addition to being based on factual errors, it stirs up animosity against the police and thus is reckless on her part–but it will serve to mobilize her base and that must be all that matters.
It will also serve to draw another clear distinction between Clinton and law and order candidate Donald Trump.