Biden Tweet Rekindles Debate Over Michael Brown Case

This week, former Vice President Joe Biden rekindled the debate over the killing of Michael Brown in 2014 with a tweet stating that his life was “taken” by police and represents the systemic racism in our society. The sixth anniversary of the killing is obviously notable as protests continue across the country over the killing of George Floyd. However, two of Biden’s leading candidates for vice president still maintain the police “murdered” Brown in Ferguson, Missouri — a claim that could become a contested campaign issue since it was the Obama Administration that found that shooting to be justified while Biden was vice president.  Given the additional comments from Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, a brief recap of the multiple investigations into the shooting seems warranted.

While widely criticized on conservative sites for suggesting that Brown was an unjustified shooting, Biden’s tweet is actually carefully crafted. He stated ““It’s been six years since Michael Brown’s life was taken in Ferguson — reigniting a movement. We must continue the work of tackling systemic racism and reforming policing.” In fairness to Biden, the shooting did start a national protest over racism in society generally and policing in particular.

However, the clear implication is that this was an unjustified shooting. That is the position of Democratic leaders like Warren and Harris.  Warren previousl that stated that Brown was “murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson” and that his death was an example of “police violence.”

Harris has also called the shooting of Brown “murder” and an example of the lack of “accountability” in the criminal system.

These views are likely to be raised during the campaign, particularly if either Warren or Harris are selected this week as the vice presidential candidate by Biden.

The Brown case was the subject of multiple investigations by state police, state prosecutors, the Justice Department, and a grand jury. All of those investigations found no basis to charge Office Darren Wilson with a crime. The investigations also found that the evidence showed that Brown did not have his hands up (which led to the widely used “Don’t Shoot” demonstrations) and that he attacked Wilson after robbing a store. Specifically, the Obama Administration under Attorney General Eric Holder reached the following conclusion: “The autopsy results confirm that Wilson did not shoot Brown in the back as he was running away because there were no entrance wounds to Brown’s back—several witnesses stated that Brown appeared to pose a physical threat to Wilson as he moved toward Wilson.”

Early witness accounts against Wilson were discredited by the Obama Justice Department after a full investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office.  Some of the witnesses quoted in the media admitted in the grand jury that they lied.

The shooting occurred after Brown was videotaped stealing a box of Swisher Sweets cigars from a store and then shoving a clerk.  Wilson found Brown and a friend walking in the middle of the street and told them to move to the sidewalk. Wilson said that he first drove past the men but then back up to speak to them again. He claims that during the exchange Brown reached into his police SUV. During the struggle, Wilson’s weapon discharged inside the vehicle and hit Brown’s right hand. Brown ran off and Wilson pursued him.  Wilson shoot Brown six times in the front of his body, not in the back as widely reported. A number of witnesses came forward and supported Wilson’s account.

The Justice Department concluded that

“there is no credible evidence that Wilson willfully shot Brown as he was attempting to surrender or was otherwise not posing a threat. Even if Wilson was mistaken in his interpretation of Brown’s conduct, the fact that others interpreted that conduct the same way as Wilson precludes a determination that he acted with a bad purpose to disobey the law.”

The Justice Department issued the report below with the categorical statement that “Wilson did not act with the requisite criminal intent.” Accordingly, it concluded that “this matter lacks prosecutive merit and should be closed.”

In 2014, a grand jury met over three months looking at all of the evidence. It also rejected criminal charges against Wilson.

In 2020 a new prosecutor, Wesley Bell initiated a new five month investigation, but concluded that there was no basis for any charge against Wilson.  

Biden’s tweet and the prior statements of Warren and Harris could refocus attention on not just the case but the findings of Obama Administration.

The controversy continues for Wilson, as CNN reported a few years ago “Darren Wilson may have been legally vindicated in killing Michael Brown, but in many ways, he doesn’t live like a free man.”  These tweets however indicate that Wilson is not viewed as vindicated by Warren or Harris and seemingly by Biden.

The controversy has also continued in Ferguson itself where officers this week stopped activists from painting a mural for Brown.

Here is the report of the Obama Administration on the Brown shooting: 2015 Report


120 thoughts on “Biden Tweet Rekindles Debate Over Michael Brown Case”

    1. Ind Bob. …….LOL. That’s what he said. We got it straight from that lyin dog face pony soldier’s mouth.

      1. Cindy Bragg – Joe Biden is a placeholder for Horrible Harris. He is already setting up plans for stepping down

  1. “In March of 1921, I witnessed the clash of a three-person machine-gun squad with a demonstration march comprised of as many as 5,000 participants.—
    A minute after the order to fire was given, the demonstrators vanished from the scene even though not one single person had been
    injured. The sight of this event had something magical about it; it evoked that deep sense of delight which takes hold of one when an
    ignoble demon is unmasked.”

    — Ernst Junger, “On Pain”

  2. Michael Brown ‘narrative’ was a lie. George Floyd ‘narrative’ was a lie. What the media and the Democrat sleezebag politicians keep doing to rile up the country is disgusting. Disgusting lies!

  3. BLM and their democrat enablers got some ‘splainin’ to do to their cult. Remember all those statues that were torn down because of the connection to slavery? Well, Joe Biden has picked a running mate whose direct ancestor was a big time slave owner in Jamaica– at least according to Kamala Brown’s Stanford Economics Professor father:

    “My roots go back, within my lifetime, to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown’s Town),” he wrote in a post for Jamaica Global.

    For the full article see
    This is priceless, and watching them explain how it is all good will be great entertainment.

    1. honestlawyer – you know the moderators are going to do their darndest to keep out of that briar patch.

    2. So Honest, being a descendant of someone raped by a white slave holder is disqualifying?

      Help me out here.

      1. Book can you believe how stupid this conversation is?? Like we’re supposed to think Harris is really ‘controversial’ because a distant ancestor to Harris ‘owned slaves’..??

        It’s like Honest is scraping the bottom of the barrel for taking points and going for a Hail Mary.

        1. Seth……god you’re dense. Honest was pointing out the blatant hypocrisy of Dems and their outrage re: any whisper of slavery related evidence in someone’s distant family history…….Jeeze Seth, you must be 8 years ol,.

      2. Democrats will tear down statues of slave owners, but nominate the descendant of one of Jamaica’s biggest slave owners for VP. It’s gross hypocrisy. Per usual for Democrats.

        Nope, not rape. Kamala’s paternal great-grandmother was a white Irish woman, Christiana Brown. and Harris is linked to Hamilton Brown through her. Not rape.

        How will the media and the Democrats spin and hide this fact about their VP candidate? (Among so many others they will try to hide, that is)

    3. “In March of 1921, I witnessed the clash of a three-person machine-gun squad with a demonstration march comprised of as many as 5,000 participants.—
      A minute after the order to fire was given, the demonstrators vanished from the scene even though not one single person had been
      injured. The sight of this event had something magical about it; it evoked that deep sense of delight which takes hold of one when an
      ignoble demon is unmasked.”

      — Ernst Junger, “On Pain”

  4. Kamala Harris will NEVER be eligible to be U.S. president.

    Kamala Harris’ parents were foreign citizens at the time of her birth.

    – A mere “citizen” could only have been President at the time of the adoption of the Constitution – not after.

    – The U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5, requires the President to be a “natural born citizen,” which, by definition in the Law of Nations, requires “parents who are citizens” at the time of birth of the candidate and that he be “…born of a father who is a citizen;…”

    – Ben Franklin thanked Charles Dumas for copies of the Law of Nations which “…has been continually in the hands of the members of our Congress, now sitting,…”

    – The Jay/Washington letter of July, 1787, raised the presidential requirement from citizen to “natural born citizen” to place a “strong check” against foreign allegiances by the commander-in-chief.

    – Every American President before Obama had two parents who were American citizens.

    – The Constitution is not a dictionary and does not define words or phrases like “natural born citizen” as a dictionary, while the Law of Nations, 1758, did.


    Law of Nations, Vattel, 1758

    Book 1, Ch. 19

    § 212. Citizens and natives.

    “The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. As the society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights. The society is supposed to desire this, in consequence of what it owes to its own preservation; and it is presumed, as matter of course, that each citizen, on entering into society, reserves to his children the right of becoming members of it. The country of the fathers is therefore that of the children; and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent. We shall soon see whether, on their coming to the years of discretion, they may renounce their right, and what they owe to the society in which they were born. I say, that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; for, if he is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country.”


    Ben Franklin letter December 9, 1775, thanking Charles Dumas for 3 copies of the Law of Nations:

    “…I am much obliged by the kind present you have made us of your edition of Vattel. It came to us in good season, when the circumstances of a rising state make it necessary frequently to consult the law of nations. Accordingly that copy, which I kept, (after depositing one in our own public library here, and sending the other to the College of Massachusetts Bay, as you directed,) has been continually in the hands of the members of our Congress, now sitting, who are much pleased with your notes and preface, and have entertained a high and just esteem for their author…”


    To George Washington from John Jay, 25 July 1787

    From John Jay

    New York 25 July 1787

    Dear Sir

    I was this morning honored with your Excellency’s Favor of the 22d

    Inst: & immediately delivered the Letter it enclosed to Commodore

    Jones, who being detained by Business, did not go in the french Packet,

    which sailed Yesterday.

    Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise & seasonable to

    provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the

    administration of our national Government, and to declare expressly that the Command in chief

    of the american army shall not be given to, nor devolved on, any but a natural born Citizen.

    Mrs Jay is obliged by your attention, and assures You of her perfect

    Esteem & Regard—with similar Sentiments the most cordial and sincere

    I remain Dear Sir Your faithful Friend & Servt

    John Jay

  5. It’s fitting that Biden chose someone who slept her way to the top…….and at the top: Sleepy Joe.

    1. “Jim Crow Joe” had is VP “pick” made for him by the Obama Coup D’etat in America, lo, these many months ago.

      “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

      – “Jim Crow Joe”

    2. Campaign slogans include:

      Joe and the Hoe
      Joe Blow
      Pedo Ho
      Sniffer Sucker
      Joe Goes Low
      Blow and Blo
      No Go

      Let us face the facts….Joe is demented (look at his eyes for the dead giveaway + look at his overly botoxed facelifted plastic face with all his hair plugs plugging up his bald ring head that has clearly affected his BRAIN function) and Kammy Harris is as appealing as nails on a chalkboard).

      VOTE Trump 2020!

      1. Face lifts, Botox, Hair plugs, etc, have ALL affected Joe’s brain, but let’s not forget the FACTS that Joe has had serious injuries to his brain by way of not just one, but two!! brain anyeurisms!!! If you don’t know anyone who has come thru a brain anyeurism, then I beg of you to not even consider voting for a PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE who has had TWO brain anyearisms! Joe Biden’s brain should be disqualified!!

        VOTE TRUMP 2020 because this country depends on it!

        1. Aneurysm is corrected spelling. But people, no matter what “they” say, a brain aneurysm is a serious impact on one’s brain. And Joe Biden? He has had TWO!!!

          Do not feel at all comfortable turning over the levers of power to someone demented with a history of brain aneurysm’s like Joe Biden.

          Kamala Harris is almost a joke if the joke fake news media wan’t propping her up as a serious candidate. She is a joke. A no go. A Hoe. A no go Hoe.


          1. The choice in 2020 is clear: A demented old brain injured Joe Biden with the crack addict son and corrupt as all get out family of whores getting rich off his political “office” and his “choice” for VP/POTUS in waiting candidate Kamala Harris who is completely fake, lying, inauthentic, corrupt, a Hoe who sucked her way to political power and a blatant LIAR who changes with the wind.

            Just say NO to Joe and his Hoe!

            Vote TRUMP 2020!

            Literally EVERYTHING you value depends on it!

              1. If Kammy Harris is serious VP candidate and actually BELIEVES Joe Biden (and her) can WIN…then shouldn’t she RESIGN her Senate seat and go ALL IN?

                And if Kammy does NOT resign her Senate seat, what does that say???

        1. Kamala gives new meaning to ‘oral argument.’ For Kammy, it’s not who you know, it’s who you blow. Oh!

          (Insert Kammy’s inappropriate annoying laughter here)

          Now the question is….Will Kamala be able to lock up the black vote for Joe?

  6. Ferguson Was A Powder Keg

    I followed the events in Ferguson very closely. Michael Brown behaved in such a manner that death by police shooting was the inevitable outcome.

    But that report by the Obama Justice Department revealed that Ferguson was run by a substandard municipal government that relied heavily on traffic fines for funding.

    Consequently the Ferguson P D was under intense pressure to hand out as many traffic citations as possible. Which led them to dog motorists on the city’s few main thoroughfares.

    Sady the residents of Ferguson had to actually keep money in their personal budgets for the many traffic citations they were likely to get in a typical year. It was ‘this’ reality that led residents of Ferguson to really hate local police. And this hatred all came to head when Michael Brown was shot.

    One can argue that Black residents of Ferguson should have been greatly more involved in matters of local government. But that’s a slightly different debate.

    1. But that report by the Obama Justice Department revealed that Ferguson was run by a substandard municipal government that relied heavily on traffic fines for funding.

      That persuades libertarian twerps like Alex Tabarrak, who can’t be bothered to look at a map and notice that Ferguson is one of twelve municipalities in St. Louis County (which has 90 municipalities) which has a segment of the inner ring of the local Interstate. Where do you think they’re going to make the tickets returnable to?

      NB, Ferguson was one of the more populous suburban municipalities in the area.

    2. “In March of 1921, I witnessed the clash of a three-person machine-gun squad with a demonstration march comprised of as many as 5,000 participants.— A minute after the order to fire was given, the demonstrators vanished from the scene even though not one single person had been injured. The sight of this event had something magical about it; it evoked that deep sense of delight which takes hold of one when an ignoble demon is unmasked.”

      — Ernst Junger, “On Pain”

  7. He was an aspiring rapper who was in the process of turning his life around. He’s a good boy, a very good boy.

  8. Be refreshing if BLM, Antifa, and the Dimmies could produce some ‘martyrs’ who weren’t so sketchy. They don’t seem to give a flying S for all the innocent lives lost as a result of the mob ruckeses–oh sorry! I mean ‘protests’–they inflict on the cities.

  9. Gee .. Is my recollection correct or incorrect … that it was one of the USA’s Attorneys General during the obama-biden administrations who decided to NOT pursue any federal charges against law enforcement following Brown’s death.

    1. The reason attorney general Holder didn’t pursue any charges against the Ferguson police is because they didn’t have a good case.

  10. OT

    America is NOT communist, you say?

    The 5th Amendment right to private property is not qualified by the Constitution and is, therefore, absolute.

    Government has no power to “…claim or exercise dominion…” over private property.

    California judge: Uber and Lyft must make drivers employees – By JEREMY B. WHITE – 08/10/2020 04:15 PM EDT

    OAKLAND — A California judge has ordered Uber and Lyft to stop classifying its drivers as independent contractors, handing the state a signal victory in a battle over the gig economy Monday.

    After the state passed a law broadly requiring more workers to be treated as employees, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and city attorneys sued the ride-hailing firms this year, arguing they were violating the law by deeming their drivers to be independent contractors. Becerra went to court for an injunction immediately compelling the companies to treat their drivers differently.

  11. OT

    “Democrat Mail-In Corruption Ballots” are illegally moving the constitutional election day.

    No person may execute a ballot before…”the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November…” in order that the president “…shall hold his office…[for]…the term of four years,…”

    Congress followed the Constitution by setting the election date.

    Democrats believe they are currently ahead in the polls and are illegally attempting to capture those votes before they change.

    Democrats cheat through “ballot harvesting” and democrats are, yet again, attempting to cheat by illegally moving the election “time, place and manner” and the election date.

    SCOTUS is derelict, negligent and highly criminal.

  12. Take Away. Another Biden screw up in an attempt to woo votes using racism. What he did however was indict the Obama faction. Can that dweeb not do anything right?

  13. They also shot Bin Laden.

    Beer for My Horses
    Toby Keith

    Well a man come on the 6 o’clock news
    Said somebody’s been shot, somebody’s been abused
    Somebody blew up a building, somebody stole a car
    Somebody got away, somebody didn’t get too far yeah
    They didn’t get too far

    Grandpappy told my pappy, back in my day, son
    A man had to answer for the wicked that he done
    Take all the rope in Texas find a tall oak tree,
    Round up all them bad boys hang them high in the street
    For all the people to see

    We got too many gangsters doing dirty deeds
    Too much corruption, and crime in the streets
    It’s time the long arm of the law put a few more in the ground
    Send ’em all to their maker and he’ll settle ’em down
    You can bet he’ll set ’em down

    That justice is the one thing you should always find
    You got to saddle up your boys, you got to draw a hard line
    When the gun smoke settles we’ll sing a victory tune
    And we’ll all meet back at the local saloon
    We’ll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing
    Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses

  14. In my opinion, the justice department report was very thorough and fair. All witnesses were judged for consistency and veracity. Forensics were studied. Wilson’s gun showed brown’s dna, suggesting a struggle for the gun. Hands up don’t shoot witnesses were not credible. Read this detailed report. To continue the narrative that brown was a helpless victim of police brutality, undermines the real cases where police used excessive forces. Unfortunately things are complicated and serious study is required to get at the facts. “Truth is more important than facts, “as cortes and biden proclaimed is a dangerous way of saying:”what i believe, my truth, is more important than facts.” Great ethos for a spoiled society of one, but impossible for a diverse nation.

  15. Well it seems very clear that Turley is on the Trump-Putin reelection team. Maybe his hero Bill Barr has not been reading Turley’s blog, and he should just put out a full page love letter in the Washington Free Beacon and be done with it. Turley’s posts to whip-up his Trump cult is on full display almost every day now. We get it Turley, so come out with it and just declare your using of the Trump brand to keep the 10 cultists that write 25 times on the same post drooling and spitting mad at the world happy. Do you even care that your twisting of facts and law for the benefit of a corrupt and impeached con-man is going to soon be your brand.

    1. Lefties leaving the left. Walk away. We’re very happy to see Turley’s daily awakening to the madness that threatens the future of our nation. Our’s is a big tent and he’s welcome to join us officially when he’s ready.

      1. Since the DNC is on it’s last legs commiting political suicide we find many moving to the Constitutional Centrist Coalition as an Independent or are working to establish a real second party that does not recognize nor support the neo socialist fascist of Schumer and Pelosi. Look for a name like Constitutional Democrats or similar. Same thing happening but they are a step ahead in the Constitutional Republic ranks as they weed out the RINOs. And now we are starting to see weeding out the DINOs.

    2. What’s Putin got to do with it. Just because the far left is trying to re-establish the USSR as the USSA? Seig Us No Heils Comrade you serve the party and we havce The Constitution in Our Constitutional Republic.

    3. My God you are shallow and stupid. And unfortunately YOU are exactly the kind of voter the Democrats COUNT ON to keep getting reelected. For shame. You are a pity even though you don’t know it. We see you. Poor poor pitiful you, Fishy.

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