There’s a real fascination to watching a movie like “Dumb and Dumber.”
You watch it and think to yourself — “Wow, those guys ARE really dumb. I’m glad I’m not that dumb.”
The Ferguson, Mo. version of “Dumb and Dumber,” unfolded Monday night.
“Dumb and Dumber,” is a movie and the Ferguson version is a sad reality.
I just can’t believe people are that dumb.
St. Louis County police reported more than 150 gunshots fired during a night of looting, arson and clashes between demonstrators and police. Several dozen people were arrested.
Cars were burned and windows were broken. Several businesses were looted before more than a dozen buildings were set on fire in Ferguson.
The violence erupted after a grand jury declined Monday to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August death of Michael Brown, who was accused of robbing a convenience store and scuffling with Wilson, who felt his safety was in jeopardy.
None of the violence makes any sense.
It doesn’t make any sense why these lawlbreakers are roaming city streets in the first place. It’s hard to understand why anyone would put themselves in harm’s way.
The perpetrators are simply criminals looking for any reason to break the law and steal something for themselves. The criminals destroyed home-owned businesses and stole items for their personal benefit.
The grand jury did their due diligence determining whether Officer Wilson should face criminal charges.
Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said the jury of 12 people met on 25 separate days over three months, hearing more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses, including three medical examiners and experts on blood, toxicology and firearms.
McCulloch has also faced personal tragedy. He was 12 when his father was filled in the line of duty as a police officer.
“They are the only people that have heard and examined every witness and every piece of evidence,” he said. “Jurors “poured their hearts and soul into this process.”
Brown’s family asked that the public “channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.”
I’m maybe come to a conclusion.
Maybe “Dumb and Dumber,” is the new reality.