“The key element in the Brown-Wilson encounter was not any specific action either man took — it was the preset hostility to the cops that Brown apparently harbored. And that hostility was key because it was indeed totally justified.
“The right-wing take on Brown–that he was simply a “thug”–is a know-nothing position. The question we must ask is: What is the situation that makes two young black men comfortable dismissing a police officer’s request to step aside?”
“These men were expressing a community-wide sense that the official keepers of order are morally bankrupt.”
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