I haven’t had anything to say about the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO, or about the subsequent violence, because neither I nor anyone else seems to have all the facts; however, here’s my basic take on the general situation, regardless of what the actual facts ultimately prove to be:
1) The family of Mike Brown, and the people of Ferguson, are entitled to a thorough and objective investigation of the incident;
2) The policeman who shot Brown is entitled to due process;
3) Looting continues to be a morally dubious exercise of one’s pursuit of social justice. Regardless of the tenseness of the situation, those who possess the legal authority to act are not excused from their obligation to restore and maintain order.