Anti-LGBTQ Activist Scolds Anderson Cooper For Having A Child

Michael Brown (screen capture via YouTube)

Anti-LGBTQ activist Michael Brown scolds Anderson Cooper for having a child in an op-ed on CharismaNews.

Dear Anderson,

Isn’t it an amazing feeling to be a father? To know that the precious little baby that you hold in your arms is, in a real sense, your own flesh and blood? That in a unique way, he carries part of you in his very life and soul? Yet when I saw the announcement of his birth, I felt sadness more than happiness. Sadness for him and for you.

Anderson, a boy deserves his mother, yet if I understand your plan correctly, your son will not be raised together by her and by you. That’s what saddens me the most.

To be clear, I don’t believe that you simply chose to be gay one day. I don’t believe that any more than I “chose” to be straight.

And I don’t mean that you won’t try to be an amazing dad. And a devoted dad. And a caring dad.

[snip]

In many ways, you are a private person, and I’m not trying to intrude in your life. And you may simply write me off as a hateful gay basher.

But it is love that compels me to write. What is best for Wyatt Morgan Cooper?

Brown has a longtime antagonistic history with the LGBTQ community.

From railing at Netflix because the streaming company wouldn’t let a so-called ‘straight pride’ organization use their logo for advertising, to calming evangelicals that Donald Trump still hates gays even though he tweeted about Pride Month, to leading a hate march during Charlotte, North Carolina’s Pride Parade.

So, yeah, I’m definitely writing him off as “a hateful gay basher.” Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck…

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Ferguson Police Chief Is Out; Leaves With $100K Severance Package

File this under “Gee, that took too long.”

Via Buzzfeed:

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned Wednesday in a “mutual decision” between him and city administrators, Mayor James Knowles said during a news conference.

Jackson, who led the department during at the time of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting, city unrest, and a federal report that criticized local law enforcement for rampant racial discrimination and a focus on generating revenues over public safety, will walk away with a severance package worth roughly a year’s salary, Knowles added.

Jackson’s severance package will pencil out to about $100,000, Knowles said. That’s despite leading the department for only about five years. Ferguson’s former city manager, John Shaw, received a similar severance package when he resigned this week.

Department Of Justice To Recommend ‘No Charges’ Against Ferguson Police Officer

According to the New York Times, the Department of Justice has apparently concluded it’s investigation into civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown. Reports say no charges will be will filed against the officer.

The investigation by the F.B.I., which is complete, found no evidence to support civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, the officials said.

A broader civil rights investigation into allegations of discriminatory traffic stops and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department remains open, however. That investigation could lead to significant changes at the department, which is overwhelmingly white despite serving a city that is mostly black.

The state authorities concluded their investigation into Mr. Brown’s death in November and similarly recommended no charges.

There is a high legal bar for bringing federal civil rights charges, and federal investigators had for months signaled that they were unlikely to do so. The Justice Department plans to release a report explaining its decision, though it is not clear when.

Officer Darren Wilson Speaks to ABC News About The Shooting Death Of Michael Brown

In an exclusive one on one interview, Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9th, tells ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he never shot towards Brown’s back.

In addition, Wilson says that he feared for his life because the teen reached into his car, and grabbed for his gun.

Wilson said that he was sorry that Brown had died, but “he would not do anything differently that day,” according to Stephanopoulos. “He did what he was trained to do. He was simply doing his job.”

When asked if the incident “would have gone down any differently if Michael Brown were white,” Wilson reportedly replied “Absolutely not,” adding that he has a “clean conscience.”

Watch the preview below, and for more tune in to ABC World News Tonight

Michael Brown’s Family Makes Public Statement: “Profoundly Disappointed”

The family of Michael Brown issued a statement in reaction to the news that no charges would be brought against Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of the teenager:

“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.

While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you 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.

Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.

We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.

Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.

Michael Brown’s parents will hold a press conference Tuesday at Noon.

NY Times Reports Officer Who Killed Ferguson Teen Feared For His Life

MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki and Amanda Sakuma discuss the recent New York Times article which reports that Police Officer Darren Wilson’s version of events in the deadly shooting of teenager Michael Brown says he was pinned in his car by Brown and feared for his life.

This version of the shooting doesn’t jive with other witnesses at the scene.

A grand jury in Missouri is currently deliberating whether or not to indict Officer Wilson on any charges. An announcement from the grand jury is expected sometime between mid-November and January.