Slain Missouri teen remembered with calls for peace, justice

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NCMAN64 wrote:

Of course the Martins will join the circus rally for the thug M. Brown, after all, the Martins got a million dollar payday when their thug son brought his fists to a gun fight and lost, so the Brown family will be looking for their payday too, in spite of the obvious facts, and some we don’t know yet.

Aug 24, 2014 10:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Evidently Reuters does not have a grasp of the English language. There is a distinct difference between a community watch volunteer, who observes and reports possible crime as allowed by law, and a vigilante who sets out to create his own laws and justice. If a community watch volunteer is attacked, he can respond and still operate within the law. The use of the word vigilante is designed to elevate emotions rather than convey truthful news. I guess if someone in Ferguson throws gasoline in the crowd, reuters will be there to strike a match. Shame on you!

Aug 25, 2014 1:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
notveryamused wrote:

A little late to call for calm…..everything has been looted by the residents

Aug 25, 2014 6:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
timebandit wrote:

Standing next to charlatan mail order reverend Al Sharpton, while giving an interview to the leftie U.S. media, removes all credibility from anything that anyone says. Ditto, punk U.S. president sending 3 White House representatives OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE to the funeral of a violent stoned up punk criminal thief has no credibility.

Aug 25, 2014 7:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rlm328 wrote:

To the previous commentors, the Browns have been calling for calm from day one. No matter which side of the fence you fall on the loss of a child is tragedy, and they have been constant.

Aug 25, 2014 7:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
bartoncarrie wrote:

Breaking News: Unarmed White Youth shot and Killed by Black Police Officer… http://dcgazette.com/breaking-news-unarmed-white-youth-shot-and-killed-by-black-police-officer/

Aug 25, 2014 11:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

Just remember as you read these comments that the GOP has said racism is dead in America, so that is not racism you are reading it is just ‘telling it like it is’. /end sarcasm

Aug 25, 2014 11:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sytec wrote:

Only trash heroize a robbery.

Aug 25, 2014 11:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CrowdsGather wrote:

I’d say ‘RIP’ but the race-baiters and race hustlers won’t let him.

Aug 25, 2014 11:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SJmithB wrote:

The brain initiative and Obama Care are the great deceptions and two of the worst deceptions perpetrated on the citizens of the United States of America. State and Local law enforcement are implanting innocent citizens with a biochip. According to “A Note on Uberveillance” by MG & Katina Michael, it’s “like big brother on the inside looking out.” “Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence” by Springer page 9 states, “law enforcement would have us believe that we can only be safe as long as they know where we are at all times, what we’re doing and what we are ‘thinking’”. It is such an invasion of privacy. They use the active denial system to make you think you are hearing voices – it has technology like the audio spotlight. Next they use Psyops like stalking, drugs, kidnapping, whatever they can to either 1) put you in a “crisis stabilization ward” (to take away your 2nd Amendment rights) or 2) a prison. It is a plan for law enforcement to confiscate all guns so they can torture you without fear for their lives. They are targeting female Christians and military veterans. Go to Rutherford Institute and check out Brandon Raub. His lawyers uncovered the plot against our veterans and made it public in court papers. They take you to crisis stabilization wards even if you’re not a danger to yourself or others and show no sign of mental illness. Why? Because there is a Supreme Court Case by Justice Cardoza – Schloendorff v. Society of New York Hospital,105 N.E. 92 (1914 ) that says anyone of sound mind and not a criminal has a right to say what goes in their body or on their body. They want to ensure there is no way you can get this off. No one in America wants this level of privacy invasion. In addition, it allows law enforcement the opportunity to torture you at will with sleep deprivation, heart attacks and other pains. The active denial system can murder without leaving a mark! The Bio Initiative Report with 2014 additions details all the cancers, diseases and disabilities it causes. Hence, the need for Obama Care and to open all American’s medical records for law enforcement to altar.

Aug 25, 2014 11:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SJmithB wrote:

Police are starting foundations so they can hide the military equipment they are buying from the public. In Newport News Virginia they bought hand held tera hertz scanners that can see through your clothes. They got called out in the Daily Press trolling the local college (CNU) and complaining about only seeing fat chicks. No wonder six cops have been arrested for sexual crimes. Who is overseeing these foundations to ensure their purchases are constitutional!

Aug 25, 2014 11:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SJmithB wrote:

Police are starting foundations so they can hide the military equipment they are buying from the public. In Newport News Virginia they bought hand held tera hertz scanners that can see through your clothes. They got called out in the Daily Press trolling the local college (CNU) and complaining about only seeing fat chicks. No wonder six cops have been arrested for sexual crimes. Who is overseeing these foundations to ensure their purchases are constitutional!

Aug 25, 2014 11:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ReduceGHGs wrote:

As tragic as Michael’s death is we should wait for all the evidence before jumping to conclusions.

But there are far more reaching issues that are getting far too little attention as the media capitalizes on hyping race related tensions. Climate change will affect billions for generations. And because the public is not outraged member of our Congress can get away with blocking legislation to reduce emissions. They continue to cater to vested fossil fuel interests or some political agenda. It’s shows a willingness to put our future generations at risk.

Join the efforts to confront and remove Congressmen/women that refuse to face and deal with reality.

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Aug 25, 2014 11:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
grassroot wrote:

So he disobeyed an officer of the law, turned and attacked him,
and this happens? Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Aug 25, 2014 11:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
grassroot wrote:

So he disobeyed an officer of the law, turned and attacked him,
and this happens? Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Aug 25, 2014 11:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
grassroot wrote:

So he disobeyed an officer of the law, turned and attacked him,
and this happens? Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Aug 25, 2014 11:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
zizzer wrote:

Michael Brown didn’t die because of racism. He died because he assaulted a police officer while resisting arrest because he knew the police would soon discover (if they already hadn’t) that he’d just robbed a store and assaulted the clerk.

Racism is a terrible thing but the black community is blind to what truly ails them. Change must start within their community.

Aug 25, 2014 12:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PCL1 wrote:

How nauseating. If this guy were white, I wouldn’t be mourning him and neither would anyone else. He robbed a store, bullied someone half his size, blocked traffic for no reason then punched a cop. Good riddance.

Aug 25, 2014 12:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kolbe wrote:

So Obama will attend the funeral of a yet to be prosecuted dead youth, but he would not attend, let alone send aides to the funeral of a War Hero 2-star General? An American is beheaded and he is “appalled”, but will not leave Martha’s Vineyard to say something because he is too busy rubbing the backs of Democratic constituents giving to the 2016 campaign system?

Obama… A source of American depravity.

Aug 25, 2014 12:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SoutherRican wrote:

In addition to Al Sharpton, civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, will also be on hand, both plan making this their fund raising highlight of the year. For Black on Black crimes and/or Drive-by shootings fund raisers don’t return as much funds. After this affair they will go to Staten Island to use their race baiting tactics on the choke hold victim that was selling illegal smokes and did not want to listen to instructions Police gave him, if he did he would have been handcuffed and alive today.

Aug 25, 2014 12:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sophie11rose wrote:

My sympathy to the family/friends of this young man no matter why/how he died the pain is the same. I have the mid-day news on and they showed the funeral and my first thought was this very personal, painful moment for this young man’s family and friends has been hijacked by the media and all the activists out to garner attention for themselves their causes.

This family, this community could use the media’s and the activist’s help on getting organized to make positive changes NOT be used for further attention/drama. Instead they should be focused on the November elections when this community will have the chance to run and elect officials of their choice.

Aug 25, 2014 12:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sophie11rose wrote:

My sympathy to the family/friends of this young man no matter why/how he died the pain is the same. I have the mid-day news on and they showed the funeral and my first thought was this very personal, painful moment for this young man’s family and friends has been hijacked by the media and all the activists out to garner attention for themselves their causes.

This family, this community could use the media’s and the activist’s help on getting organized to make positive changes NOT be used for further attention/drama. Instead they should be focused on the November elections when this community will have the chance to run and elect officials of their choice.

Aug 25, 2014 12:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sophie11rose wrote:

My sympathy to the family/friends of this young man no matter why/how he died the pain is the same. I have the mid-day news on and they showed the funeral and my first thought was this very personal, painful moment for this young man’s family and friends has been hijacked by the media and all the activists out to garner attention for themselves their causes.

This family, this community could use the media’s and the activist’s help on getting organized to make positive changes NOT be used for further attention/drama. Instead they should be focused on the November elections when this community will have the chance to run and elect officials of their choice.

Aug 25, 2014 12:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TomMariner wrote:

The second worst day of the lives of Brown’s parents — we are supposed to go before our kids! And even on this horrendous time of seeing the earthly remains of their child for the last time, the bottom scum “Activists” and media are intent to accomplish their personal aims on the Brown family’s backs! Disgraceful!

Maybe these creeps are a distraction — anything to put off the time when everything calms down and you are alone with your thoughts that the kid is never going to come through that door again. God be with the parents — many don’t survive the ordeal as a couple.

Aug 25, 2014 12:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Thomas269 wrote:

Ah, let the racist comments rain down upon us. Reuters is becoming a KKK rally site.

Aug 25, 2014 12:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mmor0gmail wrote:

Terrible reporting….. Journalists (loose term anymore) should try to report the news, rather than create it. Your bias is so typical of the liberal media. Shame on you!

Aug 25, 2014 1:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BeRealistic wrote:

“Racism is a terrible thing but the black community is blind to what truly ails them. Change must start within their community.” A great post, but I would change blind to willfully ignorant, but my opinion.

Aug 25, 2014 1:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BeRealistic wrote:

So did anyone watch the funeral of the fallen general? Oh, yeah, a hero doesn’t get honopred, only criminals of the proper skin tone. Did you hear obama’s eulogy for this general who died in the line of duty? No, there was none. Can you cite the White House attendees to the general’s funeral? No, they didn’t care enough to attend. But let a black man who just robbed a store, attacked the clerk, and possibly (evidence so far says definietly) assaulted a police officer die and obama and his racist opportunists and scum are all over it. obama has made a mockery of this land and needs to be removed. How can anyone support this divider and destroyer? It is beyond comprehension.

Thomas, can you please point to anything on this thread that you consider racist that is not accurate? Observation of reality, no matter how ugly, is NOT racist. Wake up fool.

Aug 25, 2014 1:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gatortater wrote:

Wonder who paid for the funeral?

Aug 25, 2014 1:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BeRealistic wrote:

By Jennifer Burke(a conservative black woman):

Barack Obama and Joe Biden did not attend the funeral of Major General Harold Greene, the two star general recently killed in Afghanistan. He was the highest ranking officer killed on the battlefield since the Vietnam War. Only low-level members of the regime were sent to the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, one of Ronald Reagan’s greatest allies in ending the Cold War.

Though Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died as a result of the Obama regimes failed gun running fiasco, Operation Fast and Furious, no one from the administration attended his funeral. No one from the Obama regime has called the Terry Family to offer apologies or condolences. Eric Holder claims they sent a letter, while refusing to apologize at a Senate hearing, but the family is adamant that no such letter was sent or received.

Less than 10 minutes after giving a speech, one that came 24 hours late, about the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by the Muslim terrorist group ISIS, Obama was on the golf course yucking it up with friends, which included two high powered and wealthy lobbyists.

But, Barack Obama will be sending not one, not two, but three members of his administration to the funeral of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. This is after Eric Holder stood before the cameras and told the people of Ferguson that he stands with them.

After Eric Holder all but condemned Officer Darren Wilson, ignoring the evidence of the strong armed robbery that Brown is said to have committed or the pummeling to the face experienced by Wilson at the hands of Brown, perhaps this should come as no surprise. After all, we have a community agitator organizer, who stirred up strife and division as a way of life, occupying the Office of the Presidency and an attorney general who identifies as an activist rather than an attorney.

Aug 25, 2014 1:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Solkre wrote:

I want to hear more about the officer’s injuries. And his official account.

Aug 25, 2014 1:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KaosRex wrote:

Remember him not with violence? But with peace? Um hello? That says it all what is wrong with this country. Wake up !

Aug 25, 2014 1:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
flower1 wrote:

Just read an article on NYT about officer Wilson. They digged any dirt on him that is possible like how many tickets he had issued. Liberal NYT has to burn down. They had too long run manipulating media for their agenda. Not a word on Brown and his run ins with law.

Aug 25, 2014 2:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mahituna wrote:

How many White House officials have attended the funeral of a slain police officer, white or black? The police around the nation are now feeling what the military has been feeling for years..betrayed.

Aug 25, 2014 2:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
doncraw wrote:

“America, how do you think we look when the world can see you can’t come up with a police report but you can find a video?”

-Al Sharpton

What really irritates me about comments like this is the fact that he knows what Mike Brown was doing in that video was wrong and refuses to acknowledge it.

Instead of using it as a teaching tool he uses it as a way to spread more suspicion/hatred toward the police. The fact that this guy is still considered a “leader of the black community” after that Tawana Brawley mess is mind blowing. You would think he would have learned his lessons then but apparently not.

Aug 25, 2014 2:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bmiller107 wrote:

For those of you who apparently witnessed this incident, please contact the FBI at once and give them your eye witness testimony. Since I wasn’t anywhere near Missouri when this happened, I’m going to wait to see what the investigators have to say.

My heart goes out to the family of this 18 year old boy, his family and to the officer who shot him since, whether we find out he was right or wrong, his life will be forever changed by this event.

Aug 25, 2014 2:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

The Rev. Al doesn’t know what “fair and impartial” mean. He flits into town, stirs up the crowds with his usual race-baiting drivel, THEN turns around & says, hey, let’s all be calm & let justice takes its course….what a crock!

Aug 25, 2014 3:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
diluded000 wrote:

The riots in Ferguson were just people fighting back in a race war that they didn’t start. I applaud the patriots that stand up for their constitutional freedoms, we need more of that, and less people presuming guilt.

Aug 25, 2014 3:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Seacat21 wrote:

No Justice – No peace is NOT a call for peace..

Aug 25, 2014 3:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bfar wrote:

Did it EVER OCCUR to the Black leaders (and media and celebrities and politicians) that WHITE PEOPLE grow weary of CONSTANT NEGATIVE DEROGATORY STEREOTYPING of WHITES??? WE ARE TO BLAME FOR EVERYTHING THAT EVER WENT WRONG FOR ANY MINORITY OR COUNTRY ANYWHERE ANYTIME ANYPLACE — it is very very unfair and demoralizing — the constact negatives , CRITICISM, VILLIFICATION , and nonstop barrage of every thing is always wrong and to blame about the WHITES.

Aug 25, 2014 3:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CrowdsGather wrote:

IN the vernacular of the people supporting this, the term ‘justice’ means justice in the sense of a lynch mob.

Aug 25, 2014 3:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Justice isn’t exploiting people and events based on race. Justice isn’t intentionally misleading people and refusing to report on evidence to help continue a racist narrative.

Aug 25, 2014 3:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lowell_Thinks wrote:

Okay…now who is going to pay for those cigars?

Aug 25, 2014 3:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mils54 wrote:

I feel for Mr Browns parent’s, They must feel horrible not only because they lost their Son but because his actions fall squarly in their laps for the responsibility of teaching your Children the basic human function of right from wrong!, Same applies to every parent on the planet!. IMHO had that Man been taught properly he would still be alive today. RIP.

Aug 25, 2014 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:

@OneSoldiersView wrote: “Evidently Reuters does not have a grasp of the English language. There is a distinct difference between a community watch volunteer … and a vigilante”

RESPONSE:
True, there is a difference. But it is a difference which is not relevant to Mr. Zimmerman. You are ignoring facts in the public record, which came out in Mr. Zimmerman’s trial, which make Reuters’ description perfectly accurate, and journalistically sound:

A). Mr. Zimmerman was not a “community watch volunteer.”
B). There was no active, authorized “community watch” (aka: neighborhood watch) program in Mr. Zimmerman’s gated community for which he could “volunteer”, had he wished to do so.
C). Mr. Zimmerman was a “volunteer” only in the context that the word is used in agriculture: specifically: growing without being seeded, planted, or cultivated by a person; springing up spontaneously.
D). Mr. Zimmerman’s role was self-perceived, and his “community watch volunteer” (neighborhood watch) status was self-appointed and imaginary.
E). No police authorized “community” or “neighborhood watch” program in America approves of authorizes its volunteers to patrol their communities or their neighborhoods with loaded guns.
F). The definition of vigilante is as follows:
vig·i·lan·te [ vìjjə lántee ] noun. A member of a self-appointed group that undertakes law enforcement without legal authority; law-enforcing citizen: somebody who punishes lawbreakers personally rather than relying on the legal authorities; a self-appointed doer of justice.

Mr. Zimmerman does not fit the description you prefer, “community watch volunteer”, but is accurately described by the word chosen by Reuters, specifically: “vigilante.”

I hope now your own “grasp of the English language” is now more clear regarding Reuter’s meaning vs. your own perception of Mr. Zimmerman, which is based in personal opinion rather than established facts in the public record.
You’re welcome.

Aug 25, 2014 4:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Trichiurus wrote:

And did they place a box of stolen cigars on the casket?

If they are true believers and truly believe scripture, then stop judging and stop being so inflammatory. Wanting justice means being able to deal with the truth of the facts; all the facts. Actions speak louder that words…

Aug 25, 2014 4:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Psyllicon wrote:

Immediately after the incident it became obvious that this event was being used as a rallying cry for an ‘injustice’ that was unclear, even unjust without due process. And what followed was two full weeks of chaos, criminal behavior, vitriol and violence..

The rallying cry moved people to respond, but clearly the response obtained is not what our society requires – nor should we support it.

Frankly, there should be a great number more people prosecuted for their actions since the ‘incident’ — it’s not just the police who have to follow the rules.

Aug 25, 2014 4:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BeRealistic wrote:

REnninga, I have not heard your assertions about the community watch program, but even if true, it is still irrelevant as EVERY neighbor has a civic duty to look out for their neighbors. As for the Zimmerman’s actions, I do not see how you equate self-defense with be a vigilante. While any violent death is unwanted, both Martin and Brown seem to have been in full control of their destinies via their personal behavior.

Aug 25, 2014 4:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Pyro2080 wrote:

I still don’t understand the chaos breaking out, at this time. The investigation is still pending and there has been no trial yet. This situation is overflowing with irony.

Even though there is no clear evidence yet one way or another as to whether this was a hate crime, people immediately shout racism and emphasize the fact this was a BLACK kid, not just a kid.

Then, people demand justice without the justice system having even run its course. So it seems the word justice isn’t being used properly. People are looking for a guilty verdict, not justice. So it’s wrong to profile and it should be innocent until proven guilty, but so many people are profiling the cop because he is white and are asking for the same injustice, guilty until proven innocent.

There is a seed of racism in everyone, we live in an objectifying society. The question is whether you choose to be a better person, regardless of injustices around you.

Aug 25, 2014 4:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BeRealistic wrote:

bfar, we feel your aggravation.

Aug 25, 2014 4:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sophie11rose wrote:

This funeral was on the news and my first question was where are all the women? All you see is the front of the church packed with old, black male activists. I have had the opportunity to work with/for well educated, professionally employed black women who are leaders at work and in their community, so WHERE were they at this funeral?

According to current information MORE black women are college graduates, are employed and are single head of households than black males, so why aren’t they represented at this event?

Aug 25, 2014 5:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZ1811 wrote:

A “peaceful, gentle soul”. I wonder if the storekeeper he shoved aside after stealing a box a cigars the day he got shot thinks so?

Maybe that robbery was the reason he wouldn’t cooperate when confronted a couple of hours later?

The media is so far off on this one is pitiful.

Aug 25, 2014 5:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
timebandit wrote:

Sadly, in any city where there is a Martin Luther King Dr., that is where one finds the inner city corrupt race baiters and criminals. Obviously, St. Louis is not the exception to that rule.

Aug 25, 2014 6:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

also remember that the term ‘thug’ has become a racist code word for the ‘N’ word. Richard Sherman was the first I heard of that noticed this, he is a VERY insightful and smart young man, and not too shabby a football player.

Aug 25, 2014 6:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Daleville wrote:

Are we ever going to hear the end of all the Michael Brown/Ferguson mess? It is getting very tiresome.

There was a police chief shot to death in Texas a few days ago by a young Hispanic male.

Where are the endless front page articles about that murder? Where is Eric Holder? Where is Obama’s comment? Is Obama going to send representatives to the police chief’s funeral.

Maybe Obama should remember that he is half white and president of all of the people of this country, not just the black ones.

Aug 25, 2014 6:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dd606 wrote:

So is DC sending out any fed manpower to help track down all the guys that destroyed people’s businesses, which may not even be covered by insurance? Oh, that’s right… They’re evil business people trying to make an honest living. Washington only cares about you if you’re a minority, gay, or have a sob story.

Aug 25, 2014 6:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dragos111 wrote:

These folks are rewriting history. The guy was a thug, plain and simple. He went after a cop after robbing a store. He was not the little kid seen in pictures at that service.

This is simply more reverse racism coming from the minority community.

Aug 25, 2014 8:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:

It is shocking the number of commenters here on Reuters who believe that being young and black in America translates to being a “thug”, and who so thinly and unapologetically veil their core beliefs that being young and black in public is a capital crime, only awaiting the least provocation for executing the sentence.

Aug 25, 2014 10:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Davido1 wrote:

Reuters, give your heads a shake. The kid was a thug. Do more research before trying to bend the minds of low-information readers.

Aug 25, 2014 11:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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