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Mens amerikanske medier lot fellesnevneren i tre terrorrettssaker gå ukommentert, visste de godt hva de skulle si om frikjennelsen av politimannen Darren Wilson for nedskytingen av Michael Brown i Ferguson i fjor: rasisme og diskriminering.

Justisminister Eric Holder sa undersøkelsene ikke ga grunnlag for å tvile på politimann Wilsons forklaring om at han følte seg truet på livet. Motsatt hadde ikke undersøkelsene bekreftet uttalelser om at Brown hadde overgitt seg og sto med hendene i været da han ble skutt.

The decision, which was announced on Wednesday, ends a lengthy investigation into the shooting last August, in which Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Mr. Brown in the street. Many witnesses said Mr. Brown had his hands up in surrender when he died, leading to nationwide protest chants of “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

But federal agents and civil rights prosecutors rejected that story, just as a state grand jury did in November. The Justice Department said forensic evidence and other witnesses backed up the account of Officer Wilson, who said Mr. Brown fought with him, reached for his gun, then charged at him. He told investigators that he feared for his life.
“There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety,” the report said.

The report found that witnesses who claimed that Mr. Brown was surrendering were not credible. “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 witnesses’ own prior statements with no explanation,” it said.

Resultatet skuffet alle de som var sikre på at Brown var offer for politivold og diskriminering. Til gjengjeld kunne mediene og eksperter konsentrere seg om påvisning av diskriminering av svarte i Ferguson. Justisminister Holder sa at raseriet mange følte, var berettiget:

The Justice Department on Wednesday called on Ferguson, Mo., to overhaul its criminal justice system, declaring that the city had engaged in so many constitutional violations that they could be corrected only by abandoning its entire approach to policing, retraining its employees and establishing new oversight.

In one example after another, the report described a city that used its police and courts as moneymaking ventures, a place where officers stopped and handcuffed people without probable cause, hurled racial slurs, usedstun guns without provocation, and treated anyone as suspicious merely for questioning police tactics.

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“Seen in this context — amid a highly toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment, stoked by years of bad feelings, and spurred by illegal and misguided practices — it is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg,” Mr. Holder said.

Ferguson er blitt brukt som eksempel på rasismen i USA av politisk korrekte i andre land, deriblant Norge. Det kommer inn «handy», og settes inn i samme ramme som islamofobi: det ene bygger på det andre. Slik får man bekreftet oppfatningen om den hvite manns iboende og uforbederlige ondskap. Påvisningen av rasismen er samtidig en sterk søknad for at mediene og politikerne må fortsette sin oppdragergjerning. De trengs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/05/us/us-calls-on-ferguson-to-overhaul-criminal-justice-system.html?emc=edit_th_20150305&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=30317720&_r=0