Let’s be blunt about this.
Not only did Democrats on the floor of the convention interrupt a moment of silence for fallen police officers. The official, mainstream, establishment leadership of the Democratic National Committee celebrated, by inviting his mother onstage, a man who actually attempted to kill a police officer.
Honored along with other mothers of blacks killed by white police officers, in an event titled “Mothers of the movement,” was Lezley McSpadden, whose son Michael Brown was shot in August 2014 by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer.
McSpadden is second from the right in the video below. According to President Obama’s own Justice Department report, he tried twice to harm and possibly kill officer Wilson, once by attempting to grab Wilson’s gun – now what do you think he was going to do with it? – and another time by charging him, which is when he was killed.
Take a look at this excerpt I’ve put together from the Justice Department report. It’s fascinating and unambiguous.
Wilson and other witnesses stated that Brown then reached into the SUV through the open driver’s window and punched and grabbed Wilson. This is corroborated by bruising on Wilson’s jaw and scratches on his neck, the presence of Brown’s DNA on Wilson’s collar, shirt, and pants, and Wilson’s DNA on Brown’s palm. While there are other individuals who stated that Wilson reached out of the SUV and grabbed Brown by the neck, prosecutors could not credit their accounts because they were inconsistent with physical and forensic evidence, as detailed throughout this report.
Wilson told prosecutors and investigators that he responded to Brown reaching into the SUV and punching him by withdrawing his gun because he could not access less lethal weapons while seated inside the SUV. Brown then grabbed the weapon and struggled with Wilson to gain control of it. Wilson fired, striking Brown in the hand. Autopsy results and bullet trajectory, skin from Brown’s palm on the outside of the SUV door as well as Brown’s DNA on the inside of the driver’s door corroborate Wilson’s account that during the struggle, Brown used his right hand to grab and attempt to control Wilson’s gun.
Brown ran at least 180 feet away from the SUV, as verified by the location of bloodstains on the roadway, which DNA analysis confirms was Brown’s blood. Brown then turned around and came back toward Wilson, falling to his death approximately 21.6 feet west of the blood in the roadway. Those witness accounts stating that Brown never moved back toward Wilson could not be relied upon in a prosecution because their accounts cannot be reconciled with the DNA bloodstain evidence and other credible witness accounts.
As detailed throughout this report, several witnesses stated that Brown appeared to pose a physical threat to Wilson as he moved toward Wilson. According to these witnesses, who are corroborated by blood evidence in the roadway, as Brown continued to move toward Wilson, Wilson fired at Brown in what appeared to be self-defense and stopped firing once Brown fell to the ground.
Although there are several individuals who have stated that Brown held his hands up in an unambiguous sign of surrender prior to Wilson shooting him dead, their accounts do not support a prosecution of Wilson. As detailed throughout this report, some of those accounts are inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence; some of those accounts are materially inconsistent with that witness’s own prior statements with no explanation, credible for otherwise, as to why those accounts changed over time. Certain other witnesses who originally stated Brown had his hands up in surrender recanted their original accounts.
And yet the Democrats celebrated this man. And Clinton met with her mother as if she were some kind of martyr, instead of a woman who raised a monster.
This is the Democratic Party, circa 2016.
This is the new Democratic Party. Anybody representing our military – former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Gen. John Allen, and an medal of honor recipient – were shouted down by anti-war sloganeering. Anything having to do with law and order or national security is anathema or of little concern to what is now the mainstream of the party.
I think Americans watched this, saw the reporting, and took note. If Hillary Clinton gets a bump out of this convention, I’d be very surprised.
And all of this has to effect the way she conducts herself in office. These are her people, whether she wants them or not.
This one was particularly dramatic. Look at what happened to former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is respected on both sides of the aisle. He couldn’t even make his speech.
Well, looks like Bill and I have something in common.
Vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine notices and appears to try to block the camera by leaning forward.
11:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
2:00 pm || Meets with Secretary of State Kerry
All times Eastern
Live stream of the White House briefing at 11:30 am
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