As you may have heard, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the grand jury decision on the Michael Brown shooting. All indications are that no indictment will be handed down against Officer Darren Wilson and the state is bracing for rioting and violence from irrational activists.
The good news in all of this is that the attorney for the Brown family has already given an excuse to the protestors for the inevitable chaos that will erupt. Any violence, destruction, or death that arises out of a post-grand jury announcement will not be the fault of any of the rioters because the state is to blame, according to the lawyer.
Anthony Gray, who represents the Brown family, told Jake Tapper of CNN that by preparing for looting and violence, the state is actually agitating the situation and could be responsible for inciting riots. When asked for his reaction to Nixon’s declaration of a state of emergency, Gray replied:
“…that’s the underlying message that we’re all getting. That he’s preparing for war, not necessarily for peace…”
Wow, the state of Missouri taking steps to ensure the safety of its citizens is a declaration of war? That has to be one of the most insane things I’ve ever heard. Here’s another:
“Our only hope is that it doesn’t generate the reaction they are looking for… Sometimes you can push people into behaving a certain way just by preparing for just that kind of a reaction,” said Gray.
So not only is Missouri declaring war on the mostly black Michael Brown protestors, according to Gray, they are in fact trying to incite riots. Just by being prepared for violence, he says, the state is looking for a violent reaction. Under that line of thinking, doctors are hoping to make people sick by being prepared to treat their illnesses.
If we can analyze Gray’s thinking further, he’s basically saying police are responsible for inciting crime. Criminals are not responsible for the acts they commit because the police, by their mere presence, goaded them into it. Police in riot gear will force otherwise peaceful protestors into acts of violence according to the lawyer.
This isn’t even a “which came first? the chicken or the egg” argument. The Ferguson protestors have demonstrated that they have little regard to public safety and private property. They have threatened violence and destruction if Darren Wilson is not indicted. It’s not a matter of whether a police presence will push the protestors into rioting; they have already promised that.
And now, thanks to the Brown family attorney, the protestors have a ready-made excuse to riot. It’s the state’s fault. They should have known better than to make any attempts at keeping the peace and protecting its citizens. Even better news for the protestors is that the media will promote this excuse, focusing all of their coverage not on criminal acts of violence, but rather perceived abuses by the police that are simply trying to maintain order.