I must agree with David Sims’ comment — which is a shame because I agree with almost everything else. Qualified immunity has become all-but a license to kill, just as asset-forfeiture has become legal theft for police departments.
But Michael Brown’s shooting does not belong in the conversation. He attacked officer Darren Wilson, and the shooting was justifiable by a man in fear for his life. That was the conclusion not just of the grand jury in Missouri, but also of the official report by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. The report can be found here: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/national/department-of-justice-report-on-the-michael-brown-shooting/1436/.
Please read it.
And stop treating Michael Brown as a cultural hero or a martyr. There are enough legitimate cases to be found without fouling the well with this one!