Three weeks after Ferguson shooting we're still in the dark about what happened there [Letter]

September 04, 2014

It's been more than three weeks since Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. After all that time, the average citizen has learned little factual information. I don't mean about the current closed grand jury investigation but things we as citizens should know and reporters could report.

First, what do we know of Michael Brown? Did reporters interview family and friends to get an insight into who he was? Was he, as the video in the store implied, a bully? What kind of student was he? Had he been in trouble previously? Did he play sports? We know so little considering the great number of reporters who covered the story for weeks.

What about the riot? How many stores were looted? How many stores were destroyed? What is the fate of the looters who were arrested? Are the police using camera evidence to find who they were?

Finally, what do we know of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's visit to Ferguson? Did he interview Officer Wilson? Did he view video of the incident in the store? Did he make recommendations as to the pursuit of looters?

I thought the networks worked more to fan the flames than get the facts. Why?

David G. O'Neill, Princess Anne

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