While racism and murder may pay in the case of Darren Wilson, for whom nearly a quarter of a million dollars has been raised by his adoring public–namely, racist white people and the Ku Klux Klan — people desperate to believe anything that could paint his victim, Michael Brown, in a negative light.
While there is no video of the shooting because the city of Ferguson is too cheap to install dash cameras or actually utilize body cameras they already have, Ferguson did not file an incident report on the shooting, and the report filed by St. Louis County contains no more than “who, where, and when,” an independent autopsy has revealed that there was “no sign of a struggle,” Brown had a pattern of bullet perforations that suggested arms being raised, and that one bullet entered “front to back,” supporting witness claims that Brown was shot in the back, turned around, and raised his hands in surrender before his life was ended prematurely.
During the protests that have arisen from this debacle, a St. Louis County police officer roughly shoved CNN reporter Don Lemon and a crowd of protesters back from the spot on which they stood for hours–and that man turned out to be a bigger asshat than revealed simply by his conduct regarding the press and protesters. It turns out he firmly believes that President Obama was born in Kenya, gays and women are infiltrating the armed forces, at least four Supreme Court Justices are “sodomites,” and any laws aimed at creating equality are evil–Oh, and he looooooooooves to kill people!
Officer Dan Page of the St. Louis County PD has not fared quite as well as Wilson once his bigotry was laid bare via the discovery of a video of his speech at an Oath Keepers meeting. “I flew to Africa, right there, and I went to our undocumented president’s home,” Page said in the video. “He was born in Kenya.” He told the group that he loves his Jesus, but he also loves to kill–something that did not sit well with his superiors.
“I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord and savior, but I’m also a killer,” Page told the “patriots” in the crowd. “I’ve killed a lot. And if I need to, I’ll kill a whole bunch more. If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me. I have no problems with it. God did not raise me to be a coward.”
Page has been suspended and ordered to take a psychiatric exam, and County Police Chief Jon Belmar issued a public apology “to anybody that was offended” by Page’s comments. “He does not represent the rank-and-file of St. Louis County Police Department,” Belmar told Don Lemon in an interview on Friday.
Belmar declined to say more about the ongoing investigation.