In the aftermath of Eric Garner's death, the conservative writer argues body cameras are essential to buttressing the justifications used by police to murder black citizens.
The fundamental reason why Michael Brown’s killer, Officer Darren Wilson, was able to manufacture a story that fit the evidence is because there was no camera to record the truth. Because there was no video evidence and there were multiple conflicting witness testimonies, Wilson knew it was ultimately his badge-protected word against the silence of his dead black male victim. No initial statement was taken at the time of his shooting of Michael Brown, so Wilson had time to construct his story. That coupled with the fact that people are so easily fooled into believing that any story that matches evidence must be true, Wilson walked. His fantasy of Michael Brown being a monster that 'hulked up' after receiving bullets is patently nonsensical, but it can be believed in a society where anti-blackness is unquestioningly accepted and there is no video evidence to dispute such a narrative.
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