Might as well post something for a consolidated thread, since there may be questions about what's may be blasted across television for a while. Putin and the Iranians must be laughing their asses off. Since many OTF'ers are not able to see American TV, in a nutshell there was a man named Michael Brown who was shot to death by a police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown was not armed. A grand jury decision was leaked to the media early yesterday, and the determination was that Officer Wilson would not be charged (i.e. it was a fair shooting under police guidelines). Last night riots with looting and arson erupted in Ferguson. There's so much misinformation floating around that I can't even find a solid, unbiased treatment quickly. Pretty much all media articles cited the testimony of Michael Brown's buddy as accurate, but his testimony was contradicted by others', and did not coincide with the assorted autopsies conducted on Brown's corpse. Now to the less-than-objective stuff - Brown was a punk, pure & simple, even though his family insists he was pure as the driven snow. Despite the media casting him as a "youth" or "boy", he was 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) tall and weighed 292 lb (132 kg). Furthermore, he was an aspiring gang-banger type, putting pictures of himself flashing gang hand signs on the Internet, and just before being confronted by Officer Wilson he had assaulted a smoke shop owner and stolen a box of cigars. What I find worse than disgusting about this entire affair is that all the race-baiting types, including President Obama and his closest buddy Al Sharpton, are rushing to judge Officer Wilson as a murderer. This despite 12-year-old Tamir Rice was gunned down by Cleveland (Ohio) police for playing with an Airsoft gun despite the 911 caller specifically pointing out that it was likely a toy gun. There are very real problems with racism in America, and moreover there are severe problems with police brutality in America. The shooting in Ferguson very likely wasn't either - until it was made into one.