The Madison County Record Aug. 12, 2014, 5:24am

To the Editor:

Was it justified? That is the one question to be answered in the shooting death of Michael Brown. If the answer is no, the courts will deal with the crime. If the answer is yes, then the police officer goes back to work.

Yet, before the investigation is complete, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board has rendered its verdict on the Editorial Page; “Michael Brown didn’t get due process.”

An important area of North County is in tatters, caused by rioters determined to take other peoples' stuff, and the Post decides this is the time to further stoke the fires.

Already there is talk on St. Louis media that while the rioting is not justified, it is understandable. Understandable? What has taking other peoples' stuff got to do with the death of an 18 year old? What is it about social and economic conditions that can justify the looting and the burning a QT gas station?

The next morning after the QT was burned; some said the riots are symptoms of hopelessness brought on by a lack of economic opportunity. When adults show any acceptance of rioters, that acceptance becomes an invitation to the next round of rioting.

The St. Louis media, St. Louis commentators, and politicians must think twice before talking once.

Lee Presser

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