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    Posted August 19, 2014 by
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    Your view of the Ferguson decision

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    What about the guy who ran the convenient store?

     
    Ove the past few weeks, I've been watching the protests in Ferguson progress. Then I saw the footage of the victim robbing this convenient store. I notice that as he tries to walk out of the store, the clerk, a frail Indian man, is trying to stop him from stealing from his store. The victim responds by pushing him around and running off with the stolen goods. Obviously when someone steals from your store, you're going to call 911. Naturally the police are going to show up and chase you. He resisted arrest, so the police had to use force. He stole from a convenient store and he needed to be stopped. Yes, maybe death was too strong of a punishment, but I don't think the officer who fired the shots aimed to kill him, just maim him to stop him from running.
    But what gets me the most is that at these protests, they burned down this poor man's store. What did he do to deserve his living taken away from him? He was being stolen from, and so he called the police. This man was just trying to make a living, and doing his job? Was he not supposed to report that he was being robbed ?
    The true injustice is in the protests. The victim was robbing someone else and resisted arrest. Again, death might have been too strong, but he wasn't an innocent roaming the streets. He committed a crime and was running away.

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