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Mike Brown’s and Eric Garner’s choices led to their deaths


I seldom miss an opportunity to mock a “victim” mindset. Or an activist/protester/rioter who justifies their actions based on a victim mindset. So watching all the media-fueled hoopla and  judicial machinations surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri and of Eric Garner in New York City have only strengthened my contempt for those who wallow in victimhood.

So, for the record, I will remind such people that both black men ended up dead at the hands of white policemen because of actions those black men took, actions that set the course toward their deaths. And both instances can be boiled down to two things:

  • Each black man engaged in antisocial or illegal activity which attracted the police’s attention.
    • Michael Brown had just robbed a convenience store of a $48 box of cigars and assaulted the clerk (caught on video), then walked down the middle of the street instead of on the side of the road.
    • Eric Garner was selling “loosies,” individual cigarettes from a pack, without charging or remitting the city- and state-mandated  tobacco tax. Garner had been arrested 8 times since 2009 for selling “loosies” (a misdemeanor), had a criminal record of 30 arrests going back to 1980 (including assault and grand larceny), and had charges of driving without a license, marijuana possession and false impersonation pending against him when police again attempted to stop him from selling loosies on the street.
  • Each black man refused to follow the instructions of the police.
    • A policeman encountered Brown walking down the middle of the street, heading home from the store he had just robbed. The policeman did not know at the time that Brown had just robbed a store. The policeman told Brown and his friend to move to the side of the road, and Brown refused. The policeman tried to stop him, Brown attacked the police officer, and the officer shot him.
    • Garner refused to cooperate with a crowd of police, shouted at them at length, resisted arrest, and then, after the police tackled him and held him down in a “submission hold” (chokeholds are forbidden by NYPD policy), Garner died of a heart attack . Severely obese at 160 kg, Garner also suffered from severe asthma, heart disease, sleep apnea, and diabetes, which the medical examiner ruled were contributing factors in his death.

Both Brown and Garner wound up dead, which is unfortunate, but which is also a direct consequence of their own actions. Most reasonable people can understand that refusing to comply with a policeman who has a weapon, the force of law, and many other armed policemen to assist them, can necessarily have unpleasant consequences. But people who subscribe to a “victim” mentality simply refuse to acknowledge that fact. They want to do whatever they want, using the excuse of their victimhood as justification. And so people like Brown and Garner get dead, and “activists” who want to use their deaths to justify more bad behavior will caper and scream, and steal and burn things, using their manufactured rage at the perceived “injustice” of Brown and Garner’s deaths as an excuse for more antisocial behavior.

I have no sympathy for any of them.

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