As the situation in Ferguson has unfolded over recent days, one question I keep having is, is there a way the aftermath of this shooting could be handled anymore poorly? Zero transparency, over-the-top escalation. And is this really all being left in the hands of this small, close to all white police department which is at best deeply compromised by the original shooting of the unarmed 18 year old Michael Brown?
This editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (the home town newspaper I remember from when i was a little kid) has a good run down of facts as well as questions about just who is in charge and who should be. They come down, I think rightly, on saying that the Governor of the state, Jay Nixon, has to step in and take some charge of the situation – both in terms of deescalating the situation and in organizational a credible investigation into all aspects of what happened. It’s a good, important piece. Take a look.