What, you may ask, does a tragic police-involved shooting have to do with the brutal rape and murder—50 years ago—of a woman from Queens, NY? That's easy...
Learning absolutely zero from its absurdly inaccurate and biased coverage of the Genovese case, the media did it again—big time—with the Mike Brown/Darren Wilson matter. Everyone seems to remember that "38" witnesses to Kitty's death "did nothing."
Yet, no one seems to remember the name of the vile perp Winston Moseley, or that Genovese was at least his third murder victim. Nor, do they remember that Moseley was caught precisely because the public chose to "get involved," by reporting his suspicious behavior to the police the following day, which led to his arrest.
For what it's worth, there were nowhere near 38 actual witnesses, although that seems to be the number of people interviewed by the police. More than that, there are those who insist their calls to the police precinct went unheeded, and when the cops did show up later to investigate the murder scene, one resident said bitterly "You should have come when we called."
But the Kitty Genovese story is only and forever about how the terrible people of Kew Gardens, Queens refused to get involved—as if the perp didn't even exist.
Likewise, we can debate excessive force in the Mike Brown case, but no one seems to care that had he not acted like a vicious thug, which no one disputes, he would surely be alive today.
Oh yeah. The "official" tainted version of the Genovese case came from the NY Times. What a surprise.