Answer 1. Shade, based on Wilson’s statements, this is what I believe he did wrong.
A) On his own, Wilson aggressively confronted two very young men – one of whom was uncommonly large – in a way that forced them to either back down or escalate. Dorrian Johnson backed down but Michael Brown escalated. Wilson
could should have approached in a friendly way ostensibly trying to get information after he had called for backup.
B) After Brown reached into the police car trying to grab Wilson’s weapon, Wilson succeeded in driving him off then correctly called for back up. Next however, the officer unnecessarily exited his vehicle and chased Wilson thereby setting the stage for the kill shots. Instead, Wilson should have waited for backup so Brown, if he was still in the area, could have been approached by law enforcement from different sides.
C) If Brown escaped for the moment, so be it, Wilson had the opportunity to canvass the neighborhood looking for him and Johnson. Remember, Wilson had good reason to believe they were videoed at the convenience store.
D) After Brown allegedly turned towards Wilson, Wilson could have backed up with his gun trained on Brown while speaking calmly to Brown hoping to defuse the situation.
E) In a post-grand jury interview, Wilson refused to acknowledge any remorse or even sadness over the killing.
At every turn Wilson inflamed an ever more dangerous situation forseeably ending in his employment of deadly force. This does not prove that Wilson broke the law but it does mean that he is far from blameless.
Question 2. But, aren’t you concerned that by criticizing Wilson, you will alienate working-class whites who are on the cop’s side?
Answer 2. Sure I’m concerned. I’m also concerned that I might be alienating more liberal people of all colors who are convinced that Wilson deliberately executed Michael Brown because he is black. They would greatly prefer that I call for the immediate resignation of Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Wilson’s arrest despite the grand jury’s refusal to indict. Look, I hate everything about this situation. I hate the fact that an unarmed 18-year old was shot to death. I hate that the cop filled him up with lead. I hate the fact that the Prosecuting Attorney didn’t appoint a special prosecutor given that he appeared to be trying to give the grand jury every reason not to indict. I hate the fact that this case cleaves apart various groups who should be united against corporatist government. But, I have to call it as I see it and that’s what I have done.