Tensions are ratcheting up again in the St. Louis area, after an off-duty St. Louis police officer working as a security guard shot and killed and 18-year-old male last night:

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer was off-duty, working a secondary job for a private security company, when he fatally shot an 18-year-old male Wednesday night.

Police say the teen had opened fire on the officer. The officer was unhurt.

Relatives of the teen who came to the scene said the victim had been unarmed. They identified him as Vonderrit Myers Jr., 18.

Teyonna Myers, 23, of Florissant, said Myers was her cousin.

“He was unarmed,” Teyonna Myers said. “He had a sandwich in his hand, and they thought it was a gun. It’s like Michael Brown all over again.”

There’s that name invocation again. Michael Brown.

It is beyond bizarre to hear the way the name of a strong-arm robbery suspect who allegedly attacked a police officer mentioned as a martyr, and yet, that is precisely how Michael Brown has been mythologized.

The urban legend being crafted around the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting of Michael Brown is amazing to watch from a folklore perspective, as activists sanitize and elevate Michael Brown, while simultaneously demonizing Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown.

As this mythology is being crafted, expectations are also being woven into the story. Among the “lessons” being offered are insinuations that police treat minorities unfairly and that police are quicker to fire upon them that they are other races, and that police officers will shoot at minorities mercilessly, far beyond the number of shots needed to resolve the conflict.

None of these assertions appear to be true, despite their acceptance as conventional wisdom in some circles.

Recent studies have shown that the opposite is in fact true, and that both white and black officers are actually quicker to fire on white suspects than black suspects, even though data suggests that black suspects are more likely to open fire on police.

In fact, if last night’s shooting occurred as claimed with Myers opening fire on the officer, then it becomes another data point suggesting that the study is correct.

The “rest of the story” of last night’s shooting appears to be that Vonderrit Myers’s “sandwich” was manufactured by Ruger, and that it fired three shots at the officer before it jammed. That apparent reality is irrelevant to those crafting the mythology, of course. Myers’s death is already being woven into the folklore of those seeking “social justice” in the Ferguson/St. Louis area, where anger, fear, and hate has long ago supplanted reason.

Reality is irrelevant to a “reality-based” community where perception is far more important than what actually is. The narrative of Michael Brown’s shooting being crafted asserts Darren Wilson is a murderer, without question, and that anything less than a murder conviction justifies the violent destruction of whatever rioters can reach.

And make no mistake… activists are plotting violence if they do not get the judicial lynching of Darren Wilson that they want.

Darren Wilson, the man and police officer allegedly brutally attacked by a strong-arm robbery suspect the size of an NFL lineman, is irrelevant.

Darren Wilson, the symbol is on trial, and he must be burned at the metaphorical stake, regardless of facts and evidence.

This is the mob’s mentality.

If the grand jury does not charge Darren Wilson—which is a distinct possibility—there will be more rioting. There will be more looting. There will be more police officers attacked, and more private businesses burned. There may be killing.

It could quite easily blow up into another situation like the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, which is why law enforcement agencies and the Missouri National Guard are prepping for that eventuality.

In Ferguson—and increasingly in the wider St. Louis area—the mindset among the aggrieved population is incredibly poisoned and self-reinforcing, verging on a mania.

Put bluntly, they don’t want anything remotely approaching justice under the law. They want revenge.

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