A black man was shot by police two miles from Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday. Luckily, the incident was caught on tape, and clearly exonerates the officer who fired his weapon.
According to the Associated Press, a Berkeley police officer was conducting a routine business check at a gas station around 11:15 p.m., when he saw two men and approached them. One of those men was 18-year-old Antonio Martin. He drew a gun and pointed it at the officer, which is shown on the surveillance footage.
The officer fired several shots at Martin, fatally wounding him. The individual who was with him at the gas station fled the scene. Martin’s weapon has been recovered. Surveillance footage of the incident has been released, though edited not to show the graphic moments after Martin was shot.
The fatal shooting of a black man at the hands of a police officer drew the usual crowd, but law enforcement was able to contain the situation. Not before the ill-informed activists smashed a few police car windows, though.
If there had been this sort of footage of the Michael Brown shooting, so many things would be different today. Ferguson would not be the smoldering wreckage of months worth of race riots, a grand jury would have likely never convened and Darren Wilson would have his life back. Unfortunately, there is no hard copy of the Michael Brown shooting to witness with our own eyes, and so the liberal crowd has used that to their advantage, manipulating the narrative to fit their agenda, regardless of the evidence that is available.
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