Michael McDonald, Ferguson Native, Speaks About Mike Brown Shooting

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Former Doobie Brother, Steely Dan backup singer and Ferguson resident Michael McDonald has now shared his thoughts on the shooting of Michael Brown and the ensuing unrest it spurred in the north-county town. McDonald grew up in the St. Louis area, spending fourteen years of that time in Feguson itself.

McDonald speaks through a letter issued by his attorney. "I pray this tragic event and the still greater issue that it heralds will be faced and dealt with in an honest and responsible manner by the residents of Ferguson and the people in its leadership positions," he writes. "That whatever appropriate federal agency is needed to investigate this tragic incident properly, will be deployed post haste to address the questions and frustrations of this community as satisfactorily as is possible, and although nothing can restore this young mans life, I pray that Ferguson can hold together as a community whose common interest is justice. No matter what that looks like in the end."

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

McDonald then addresses what he perceives to be a disparity in treatment between white residents and people of color. "What I think needs to be honestly examined by the larger national community, is the difference between what constitutes a valid reason for use of deadly force when a young white male is the suspected perpetrator of a crime and what those standards seem to be when the suspect is African American."

"Seems to me, we don't hear of many incidents of young unarmed white males being gunned down for running away from police, or even for resisting arrest."

Read McDonald's full statement below:

As someone who spent his first 18 yrs in the St. Louis area, (14 of them in Ferguson Mo. ), I pray for the family of Michael Brown and the entire community that is originally my home town to which I still feel a strong connection.

I pray this tragic event and the still greater issue that it heralds will be faced and dealt with in an honest and responsible manner by the residents of Ferguson and the people in its leadership positions. That whatever appropriate federal agency is needed to investigate this tragic incident properly, will be deployed post haste to address the questions and frustrations of this community as satisfactorily as is possible, and although nothing can restore this young mans life, I pray that Ferguson can hold together as a community who's common interest is justice. No matter what that looks like in the end.

However on a larger landscape, mustn't we ask ourselves why we're hearing more and more about the incidents of young black males being gunned down by law enforcement not just in my home town of Ferguson Mo. But all over this country.

What I think needs to be honestly examined by the larger national community, is the difference between what constitutes a valid reason for use of deadly force when a young white male is the suspected perpetrator of a crime and what those standards seem to be when the suspect is African American.

Seems to me, we don't hear of many incidents of young unarmed white males being gunned down for running away from police, or even for resisting arrest.

In this and all individual cases we must look to forensics and eyewitness accounts to try and get to the truth. However, I don't think that this is the time for any of us to ignore this obvious discrepancy.

How many tragic losses of this nature must we endure before we're called to conscience on this issue.


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Dan Blake
Dan Blake

Yeah that's true, I've been really off my game lately.

Jon Robertson
Jon Robertson

He was in the doobie brother and steely dan too.

Dan Blake
Dan Blake

Who gives a rat's ass what that dude thinks? Seriously he had like one popular song that didn't have a damned thing to do with where this jerkoff is from. It's not like he's doing shit to help, just running his mouth as if he was in anyway relevant.

Paul Phares
Paul Phares

You say it best....When you say nothing at all.

John Salkowski
John Salkowski

THE CASTAWAY, ON AIRPORT ,1ST TIME I HEARD THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL, ONLY HE IS BETTER. J J

Donny Cox
Donny Cox

Hey Mikey Mcdonald Did some lady with the last name of Seavert babysit u when u was a kid

Rodney Landers
Rodney Landers

A most historic native artist's , well chosen & spoken words , on recent tradegy , bravo

Lynn Croxton
Lynn Croxton

I could never understand a word he sang, so it's nice to see him quoted in print. lol

Gary Reinhardt
Gary Reinhardt

So glad been waiting for his comment patiently lololol

Peggy Long
Peggy Long

Can't plp just let this be for awhile to calm things down. Gzzz!!!

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

I Keep Forgetting that MM is from Ferguson.

Adam C Gabor
Adam C Gabor

I just picture him singing this whole article

DZerach
DZerach

@RiverfrontTimes sigh no one remembers "takin it to the streets." Too bad the man is locked into a tour schedule that is on overdrive.

Timothy Gooch
Timothy Gooch

I did not state the part you quoted to be fact. I believe what I stated inferred that it is an obvious conclusion based on the facts that we do have. It definitely is a fact the the suspect was not shot while running away. And while resisting arrest would be a part of the assault on the officer it skews the seriousness of the facts surrounding it. It wasn't resisting by flight or even wrestling to get away it was actively assaulting the officer while trying to disarm him and then charging the officer again. I I get so sick and tired of hearing people from all over the world recite the circumstances that an officer shot an unarmed person who was surrendering with his hands up. The FACTS clearly show that isnt the case. The proliferation of the hands up dont shoot and biased media reporting along with politicians speaking out of thier ***es only keeps this mindset going instead of trying to get the real story out there. And while I'm on my soapbox. For people who have said they have the right to speak and protest they sure dont believe everyone has that right. I havent heard much on the news about the people supporting the officers same rights to due process being assaulted by the crowd down there.......

cwienke
cwienke

"If I have to listen to Ya mo be there one more time, I'm gonna yamo burn this place to the ground" - 40 Year Old Virgin

Scarlette Junior
Scarlette Junior

Gooch, facts? "He was shot because the officer feared for his life! It is still up to the grand jury to decide if the officer was justified in his belief".......

fightingwords
fightingwords

@thewayoftheid And now I'll spend the next hour listening to him on Spotify. "You don't know me, but I'm your brother...."

RonaldGorr1
RonaldGorr1

@Here_ISound_Off That is because most people are thankful for our police and we trust and respect them. We believe them.

Timothy Gooch
Timothy Gooch

I understand that you only "liked" it but that puts it up under your name and spreads the posts which has the same result as reposting it.

Timothy Gooch
Timothy Gooch

Shawn you are driving me crazy when you repost things that have an obvious slant and distort the truth. And I therefore feel the need to comment to make sure the truth is told. He wasnt shot for running away or resisting arrest. Its pretty obvious now with all that has been put out that he was shot because he severely assaulted the police officer and tried to take his gun. He was shot because the officer feared for his life! It is still up to the grand jury to decide if the officer was justified in his belief but your constant reposting of these things is inflammatory and goes against the peace that you want! Stick with what is known and quit posting things that try to distort the facts!

aworldfullofshitzine
aworldfullofshitzine

The guy was running away from the officer kinda hard to convince a logically sane person who even has half their brain turned on that some one is a threat to you while they are running away. Whom was shot at a distance of at least 35 feet away unarmed. 

And before bringing up anything about the alleged robbery; 

The US Supreme Court decided this issue in Tennessee v. Garner. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_v._Garner

Prior to the Garner case, police could shoot a fleeing suspect that had committed a felony. However, since the Garner decision, police can not shoot a fleeing suspect unless allowing him to escape is a danger to society.

An unarmed Jaywalker is much of a threat to the general public.

aworldfullofshitzine
aworldfullofshitzine

That would be the officer's word. We can't fully expect a man whom executed someone from 35 feet away to tell the whole truth. And once an unarmed individual is not within striking distance of you at that point they no longer become a threat to you. It is ludicrous and an insult to our collective intelligence to say you feared a man running away from you. So no you can't keep shooting them. The "Kill" shots were made at 35 feet away from the original stop.

Any officer whom makes such a statement is going to be called into question. 

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