A preventable tragedy occurred in Ferguson, Missouri last weekend. An unarmed teenager named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer. If this didn’t involve a police officer pulling the trigger, the media would report it as murder. But instead, because it was a police officer that pulled the trigger, mainstream media has tried to gloss over the event. Officials in Missouri have done a horrible job at handling the situation to say the least.
The incident in Ferguson, Missouri has resulted in rioting and outrage. The murder of Michael Brown should have never happened, and many Americans for the first time are witnessing just how militarized law enforcement has become in many areas. An autopsy was performed by Dr. Michael Baden. Dr. Baden was brought onto Fox News to discuss the autopsy, and rather than focus on pertinent facts, instead Fox News and Dr. Baden chose first to discuss the fact that marijuana was found in Michael Brown’s system at the time he was murdered. Per Mediaite:
“Does the fact that they found marijuana, does that exclude the fact that there might be other drugs in his system or even that the marijuana was laced with anything?” Van Susteren asked the doctor. “Is that the final analysis or could there be more information to come in terms of the toxicology?”
After admitting that he had not seen the toxicology report in question yet, Baden went on to speculate about what the presence of marijuana in Brown’s system could mean.
“Very important with marijuana is the levels of the different drugs that are present in marijuana to have an opinion as to whether or not he might have been affected by the marijuana,” he said, “so that he may have been acting in a crazy way and may have done things to the police officer that normally he would not have done.”
An innocent unarmed teenager was murdered by police. Rioting and outrage are occurring as a result. And what does the media and the doctor focus on? Marijuana. As I stated in the title, what the f**k does marijuana have to do with this case? Michael Brown could have smoked every gram of marijuana that is on this planet, and in no way would it justify the murder that occurred, nor would it be relevant to the case. Shame on you Fox News for trying to insinuate that marijuana played a role in this tragic event, and shame on you Dr. Baden for suggesting that marijuana, or anything other than police brutality, contributed to the murder of this innocent teenager. RIP Michael Brown. My heart goes out to your family, and I pray that meaningful change comes out of this horrific tragedy.