Riots are a setback to improving conditions.

Reading the evidence distributed following the Grand Jury decision in the Michael Brown/Ferguson, MO case, it appears the 12 citizens came to the only conclusion possible, given the preponderance of that evidence. It was not good enough for some, and was an injustice to others.

So, protesters burned 12 business buildings to the ground, burned the cars in a full used car lot, and fired weapons indiscriminately.

Hindsight is 100 percent perfectly accurate in describing what “should have been done”. Clearly Mike Brown was a burly young thug, as evidenced by the convenience store video where he stole cigars and threatened a smaller store employee. It is supposition that Officer Wilson probably should not have gone after the young man alone after the policeman was attacked by Brown. Had the officer waited for backup, only seconds away, Brown, on foot, may not be dead today. But, that was not the case. Wilson fired at Brown, Brown turned and charged headlong at the officer. Of course, Wilson feared the husky young man and fired the fatal shots.

Perhaps it is unfair to term the black communities around the nation’s larger cities “disadvantaged”, but that is an indisputable fact. St. Louis County and Ferguson are not different. The causes have been multiplied over the years by the inaction of Democrat politicians who are consistently re-elected to represent those citizens. That is, apparently, the political cause. One can cite lack of jobs, pervasive government hand outs, and more. It is said the crime rates are high because the young have nothing to do, so they prey upon one another. Is lack of parental guidance at fault, the schools, what?

Al Sharpton and his ilk apparently have only one self-serving purpose: To fan the flames of unrest, thereby all but eliminating the possibility of the community and the authorities coming together to solve the real problems. Consider this:

jus·tice — noun \ˈjəs-təs\  — : the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals; a judge in a court of law; Justice —used as a title for a judge (such as a judge of the U.S. Supreme Court). Full Definition of JUSTICE — 1. a :  the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments; b :  judge; c :  the administration of law; especially :  the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity; 2, a :  the quality of being just, impartial, or fair; b (1) :  the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2):  conformity to this principle or ideal :  righteousnessc :  the quality of conforming to law.

Therefore, one cannot decide what is justice, based upon personal opinion. Justice requires verifiable facts. Certainly, everyone is saddened by the death of another, but the United States is a country of laws, not the lawless. — D. C. ‘Dan’ Lee

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