E Right Of Reply In Missouri

WS, a long time Missourian reader exercised his right of response to my note on Ferguson yesterday:

“I object to the phrase 'schoolboy error.' We in Missouri are closer to the situation than you. Some graduates of my high school, Normandy, the worst high school in the state, with just 8% of students competent in math, still have parents living fairly close to the W. Florissant area; we shopped and played on these same streets before the dysfunctional Missouri tax system rewarded wealthy taxpayers for putting up these massive Cabrini-Green type complexes that breed crime.

“I agree with you, this is not a simple error by the police; it involves tragically excessive force. But let's talk about your wording 'schoolboy error.' Did you see the police video or frames from the video? Is this just a schoolboy error, grabbing the storekeeper's shirt and practically lifting him off the ground?

“This was not just shoplifting. And you are right about the immigrants being amazed. St. Louis immigrants from Korea, Bosnia, and elsewhere have been amazed to discover the risks from working in American convenience stores. They had to bury relatives whose only crime was to work the late shift and were shot by thieves in the convenience store, who like Brown were using force.

“Just to be sure, you wouldn't call those armed robberies that turned fatal schoolboy errors, would you?

“He can vote, he's not a kid. If your kid dropped out of college, hung out at night on the street, was arrested multiple times, and was bullying storekeepers, would you sum this up by saying, 'he's not perfect?' This is a different culture than we had before. But still, I grieve right along with the mom.”

I  think the Missourian is wrong about the late Michael Brown dropping out of college or having an arrest record as I have not seen this reported. Hedy Epstein of St. Louis, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was arrested yesterday for blocking the entrance to Gov. Jay Nixon's office yesterday. She was protesting the shooting by police of Michael Brown.

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A note called “The Mitzvah Factory” was posted by the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation on the www.talkmarkets.com website to which I also contribute. By Roddy Boyd, it's about a US insurance group and its foundations to help Belzer Chassidic causes. It is outside my remit. News today from Portugal, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Brazil, South Korea, and Pakistan.

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