Enabling Facebook comments is fine as long as using a regular City account remains an option too. Some people prefer to not have Facebook accounts for various reasons.
To all concerned...the grand jury proceedings are now open to the public and on-line for your reading and study. No stone was left un-turned and it is what it is...isn't it ?
Some states differ in procedure but all the state's prosecutor evidence was presented to 9 people : 3 black and 6 white based on the population of the county. As well, several black people testified against the deceased young man confirming all the evidence presented. These people of color and honor truthfully and under oath confirmed what really happened.
A young man stealing cigars and bullying and then intimidating a store clerk; walking away from the crime, down the street and are then confronted by the officer. The young man went to the police car and a struggle began for the officers gun. The gun discharged inside the patrol car once although, during the struggle multiple punches were thrown by the deceased connected to the face of the officer with his fists. The officer regained control of his weapon and pursued the deceased outside of his patrol car calling out to the young man to stop and get down on the ground with his gun drawn. The young man turned and charged back to the officer like an enraged rhinoceros and the officer responded within his right and duty as a sworn officer of the law; and ,shot the young man and killed him. Very tragic and tough on all of us...indeed both family's members.
Now it is the entire nation....
Again, when a police officer orders you, me, your mother, father or sister; no matter what race or color, do what the police officer says. Figure the rest out later...save your life and show respect for yourself and the law whether you like it or not.
With all that I have said... it really, deeply, bothers me that you folks that disagree keep trying to find that the "balance of justice is no longer fair "; that the " prosecutor should have announced the verdict early that day " ; that Sharpton and the rest are further dividing the Nation and Rochester, NY; that I heard a man on the radio today that said " I was a cracker and said that we should pray to God that us Black Folks don't kill or hurt you like you have done to me. I am 58 years old and am very fair and open to all people and am also fed up with the race disconnect. Keep burning down your own community but just don't come here to do it. Find a nice hobby or volunteer for something good in the community. Respect the police and they will respect you.
Thank you, Mary Catherine Healy, for telling it exactly as it is. And these women call themselves feminists, while working to strip women of their rights, especially poor women. It's disgraceful.
Where are Rochester's rioters and looters. Today, the local GJ declined to indict the black man that stabbed and killed an unarmed black teen in Penfield recently. It seems that GJs are actually thinking, and take into account such things as self defense, even if the media does not.
It appeared to me that the prosecutor subverted the grand jury to get the no bill he wanted. Why place witnesses on the stands whose credibility was questionable and not in accordance with the physical evidence? Since when is a defendant allowed to testify at a grand jury, getting his story out without being challenged by an alternative scenario by the prosecution. The prosecutor's father was a cop who was murdered by a black suspect and this was the FIFTH case he's handled where a cop shooting a citizen under questionable circumstances was derailed by him before even allowing it to come to trial. His behavior was clearly biased and he should have been forced to recuse himself from this case and appointed a special prosecutor. Officer Wilson may very well be not guilty, but the way this whole thing was handled by the DA leaves many of Brown's supporters feeling they didn't get a fair and open inquiry into all the facts surrounding this case
You didn't mention the lighting. It was SO frustrating to so frequently not be able to see the actors or their faces, especially when compounded with the sound issues. I agree with your comments about the orchestra. The sets were uninspired. All in all, I felt that the talented people on stage were let down by the production side of things, as was the audience. Even the ushering was weird - did no one meet with the ushers to explain the numbering system?. And one usher opted to disrupt the opening number by bringing a couple down to the very front, only to return up the aisle with them (noisily) because they were on the wrong side. I was very excited to return to the Kodak Center to see a show as I often went there when Greece Athena did their shows there. The Athena production staff did not seem to have these same issues with the venue. For the price RAPA is now charging for tickets, one expects more...
And don't forget Steve Czubara -- this Rochester-based music photographer holds a special place for Peter Gabriel fans: http://www.steveczubara.com/#!music-3
Please learn about the Ferguson grand jury system here. Grand juries do not sift through all the details. That happens in a trial, which the DA easily scuttled.
You are correct J ... I should have said the entire community. And, Kawi Chang after the " big bomb " dropped by Lovely Warren today I do not care if she sees my comment. Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP Leader, Mayor Warren and the rest are using this terrible tragedy as a platform... for whatever purpose is beyond me. I am sickened by this entire mess that all of us have put ourselves into. We are all responsible for this spread of distrust and disconnect ( racism ). Young black men do not trust police and police do not trust young black men.
But I still say...police are our last line of defense. If a policeman tells me or ANYONE ELSE to do something or gives me an order it is the law and I abide. We can sort out the differences later instead of hurting each other or killing the policeman or the " perp " being killed by the police.
I stand by the Pierson Family in Rochester, NY. Darrel chose not to pull his weapon on a career criminal parole escapee... instead to chase down the accused and was then MURDERED with a hand gun at point blank range to the head.
A Grand Jury is the Law in every state of the Union. It works just fine and those folks took their time on the matter and reached a decision based on the evidence in a court of law.
As far as I am concerned Sharpton and Lovely Warren have broken every law in the moral code book of this entire country... I have to listen to their opinions but it makes me sick to my stomach.
Mike is correct. After posting, I stand corrected. Sorry City. This venue still works. Easy and still private.
Craig - Did you watch any of last night's news coverage? If so, you would've noticed plenty of WHITE agitators (aka "do-gooders") stirring up trouble as well. As you know, these kinds of controversial, national news stories bring out the crazies (communists, anarchists, etc.) who, more often than not, have no real connection to the issue at hand but instead show up with the sole intention of causing havoc.
Why the complaints? Someone can still post anonymously using a pseudonym. All City Newspaper needs is an email address. Anyone can create an email address without any problems with anonymity.
Sheesh Craig - better hope Mayor Lovely doesn't see that!!!
Totally agree with above. The status quo remains because those in power threaten those who attempt to offer real alternatives. Fear wins. It appears like those in power have influenced your paper. So sad.
thank you for enabling everyone to use facebook to comment. You have undoubtedly sqelched those who fear reprisal because of their position in life, or where they may work. Again, another opportunity lost for some meaningful insight due to the political correctness of this cowardly nation.
People will no longer speak their minds.
Three months of a Grand Jury probe with a jury of peers examining every last detail showing that all of the evidence says " no wrong doing by the police officer ".
So...with that said, destruction of property; looting and vandalism; shooting of a police officer; arson and millions of dollars of damage to private and public property ?
Shame on the black community of Ferguson !!!
Craig R. Moffitt
One thing for sure, if former Brighton Supervisor Sandra Frankel becomes Monroe County Executive: No more Climate Change denial. With Sandy Frankel in office we can properly plan for our future. Climate Change means we have to plan.
In the Monroe County, including the Rochester region, we can barely speak about the worldwide crisis of Climate Change, let alone begin a major effort in our region to educate the public and begin properly planning for the changes that will come (and are happening now) to our region.
Sandy Frankel has spoken out many times publically on our critical need to address Climate Change and even backed our local efforts to get Rochesterians to the recent People’s Climate March in NYC to demonstrate our need for our leaders to act. Sandy Frankel is a proven leader and her leadership in our county would be a major step forward in planning for our future.
I am so not political, as the present scene is dreadful, but I must speak out for what would be a demonstrable change in the climate of our region. With someone leading on Climate Change in our county we would see a major shift in public attitudes on the crisis of our age, changes in the media and their willingness to connect the dots of local extreme weather with warming predictions, and changes in business who’d get a clear message that really being green means a sustainable future.
If you are looking for good news on the Climate Change crisis, Sandy Frankel as Monroe County Executive could be that news. Let the debates begin.
God no, please no, not Frankel. She was horrible as a candidate in '11 and I doubt she'd be better now. She's the Martha Coakley of Monroe County politics (the outgoing Massachusetts A.G. who lost bids for U.S. Senate and Governor in a row). Another Frankel run will be a waste of time and money. She's too liberal for the western suburbs, they won't turn out the base in Rochester and she's not a natural politician. She's very cold, smug and aloof for higher office. Please stay in retirement, Sandy. I don't want to sound ageist either, but she's in her 70s and has been in politics for over 20 years. Could the Democrats, supposedly the party of the future, nominate someone who hasn't been around for decades? Here are a couple names: Adam Bello or Joe Morelle Jr.,
This city sux, can't wait to leave! i leave it to the entitlement people. They can suck this city for all it's worth. Go ahead keep sucking till there's nothing left, then what, move to another liberal state and suck some more? Wait till immagration by obama passes, we'll be hit w/droves of free aliens looking for social handouts that the state mandates the county to pay for. SEE YA SUCKERS!
" And it’s going to require teachers and administrators to create a different kind of school experience." I would like to request that we create a different world in which we put children first.
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