The grand jury investigating the shooting of Michael Brown could issue its decision soon, possibly even this afternoon. Most people expect that they will decide not to indict officer Darren Wilson but a few are holding out hope for an indictment for murder.
Will the reaction to their decision fizzle or sizzle?
I’m betting on fizzle.
It’s cold and there will be a bazillion cops on duty. That is not nearly as conducive to rioting and looting as warm weather and no cops in sight.
Earlier today I was discussing the Reginald Denny beating which took place during the Rodney King riots in 1992. My comment was “That scene would have played out differently if Denny had been armed.”
FTR: I thought the Rodney King beating was a clear case of police brutality and that not only should the cops involved be sent to prison but the other cops who stood back and watched and did nothing and did not report the beating should have all been fired.
OTOH: I think the police and National Guard should have reacted more quickly and more forcefully to stop the rioting.