First, you have a "community" that wants to separate itself from the rest of the nation, yet considers anyone separating them from anything as racist. Their leaders promote the attitude that they are all owed something and that the successful of any race have been keeping them from being successful as well.
Without Sharpton and Jackson and the rest of the "You Owe Me Something" peddlers, Michael Brown would have had just as many opportunities for success as anyone else, and may have been a Med Student or a CEO. But the "mentality" made him a thug. Disagree, but do it from an educated point of view, and not an emotional one.
Second, you have a group of men and women (of all colors incidentally) that are tasked with enforcing the law. Their job is not to wipe the ass of society, nor to take care of its kids. It is simple and clear. Enforce the law.
So you have a replay of the Rodney King events of so long ago. A big muscular Altadena Bloc Crip Gang Member named Rodney King with an arrest record of distinction that wanted to draw some physically weak, and marginally trained CHP girl into a wrestling match, saved by the LAPD using force to do their jobs...enforce the laws.
I would have choked bigger, stronger, younger, Rodney King's into vegetative, catatonic, defecative unconsciousness.
None of that was available to those guys, according to policy of their agency.
There was rioting, burning, looting, shooting, etc. A fine time. And to stop the violence of the mob, even Bush The First flew into Santa Monica Airport to be the Urban Renewal President. In the end, what are a few cops when compared to the support of the disenfranchised? Briseno was the only one to escape by turning on his own brothers.
To this day, betraying your team is called, "Pulling a Briseno".
Had he taken his time, gotten there late, let the bad guy get away, been sympatheic, and written a kick-ass report, nothing would have happened to him and he would be at home now making love to his girl, rather than wondering what the rest of his life will be like.
But foolishly, the officer was dutiful in his task.
Now picture big, strong Michael Brown coming at you like he did the poor store clerk.
Are you a powerlifter? Are you an MMA guy? Have you spent your life fighting?
No? OK…what is your plan?
Are you going to reason with him?
Are you going to council him?
You have about two seconds before he is on top of you and good heavens, you know what will happen if he knocks you out and takes your gun. I see only one resolution to being rushed by a younger, stronger, bigger bad guy, excluding special skills being present. Had Michael Brown been an Aryan Brotherhood Viking type we would likely never have heard of it at all.
But he wasn’t, so the circus begins. The mob begins its craziness…just like in L.A., and just like in ancient Rome. You have Ron Johnson (I wonder if he has any political aspirations?), whose speech is filled with all manner of double-speak and innuendo.
Couple those circumstances with a racially motivated, or racist Chief (like I worked for at one time) who would sacrifice his own officers like a devil worshipper on Halloween in Haiti – and the mob will get its desires - the officer's head on a pike.
I will make a prediction – in this order.
The Grand Jury will find the officer “Innocent Of Any Wrong Doing”.
The mob will not accept it and riot again.
Obama will step in, demanding another hearing.
No justice – no peace...as it were.
There will be another hearing where the officer is found guilty (wink-wink-nod-nod)
And all will live happily ever after.