Monday, August 11, 2014

Sad night in St. Louis

I AM SADDENED and shocked about what happened in Ferguson, or north St. Louis, last night.

All we know is a black and unarmed teen was shot and killed by a police officer. Then it all broke down and there was widespread looting and lawlessness.

The media coverage has ranged from chaotic to balanced. CNN seems to have the best grasp on what's happening, as do local outlets.

If covering crime and courts for 12 years taught me anything, it's that there is always more to the story, there's always two sides, and it takes time to figure things out.

A young man was shot to death, and that's the real tragedy of all this, but another thing I detest is the national bandwagon effect.

Stay home, Al Sharpton. Stay home, Trayvon Martin attorney. Let the good people of Ferguson get this figured out. And yes, there are good people there.

A sad night. Now let cooler heads prevail, along with peace and a coming together for a torn community.

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