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"The public outcry for social justice and growing anti-police sentiments have ignited violence and turmoil not only in the St. Louis area, but across our country. I believe proper communication of the truth could have prevented much of the destruction. It is my hope that this book reveals the need for truth and transparency from leaders, media and bystanders who harness the power of the internet at their fingertips."

About the Author

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country.  When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus.  After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn't have to die, a non-fiction narrative. Follow Dye on his blog CopsPerspective.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: The Peppertree Press (November 9, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614933820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614933823
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,341,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Michael Brown shooting and its aftermath dominated cable news for weeks. It was first reported (based mainly on the eye-witness report of a friend of Michael Brown) that police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed this young unarmed African-American male in cold blood while he had his hands up, trying to surrender. Riots followed. Reporters descended on Ferguson in flocks. The White House and Justice Department sent representatives to the funeral. Officer Wilson received death threats and had to resign.

We now know, based on forensics, bystander testimony, grand jury and US Justice Department investigations, that all the initial assumptions were wrong, that the rush to judgment by the news media, White House, Justice Department and Civil Rights organizations was based on lies. Author Ken Dye, a former homicide detective in the St. Louis County Police Department, has done a masterful job of detailing the truth. All the evidence is in his book--forensics, eyewitness testimony, statements and reports. Bottom line: Michael Brown robbed a convenience store and attacked Officer Wilson.

And yet, in spite of all this evidence, the name Ferguson is still used as a rallying cry for those who want to believe the men in blue is the enemy. Worse, we have yet to hear apologies from reporters, the White House or the Justice Department for perpetuating this lie. Shame on all them for jumping to conclusions before the evidence was in. Shame on them for destroying the reputation of an honest cop. And thanks to Ken Dye for setting the record straight!
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An outstanding and well documented myth buster. The media greatly distorted the accounts of this unfortunate event and contributed significantly to the continuation and escalation of hostilities. It was nothing short of a feeding frenzy for many, not all, of the printed and electronic media. Ken Dye, a veteran cop of a bygone era does an fantastic job of setting the record straight. It is unfortunate that there was no medium by which the actual facts could have been presented to the public at the time, but on the other hand, for the most part the rioters, thieves and arsonists were not interested in the truth, it did not serve their agenda. The politicians, especially Governor (you can call me Jay) Nixon, Senator McCaskill and State Senator Nasheed pandered to the demonstrators before actually determining what the true facts were. The fact that Dorian Johnson was not indicted for perjury before the Grand Jury remains the eighth wonder of the world in my mind. If you are still unclear regarding the events leading up to and during the Ferguson unrest, don't miss this opportunity to learn the truth.
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After Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson had requested that 2 boys use the sidewalk, the chain of events that happened after would send shock waves throughout the nation. None of this had to happen. The author clearly lays out the false statements by the people involved and those bearing false witness. I didn't realize just how slanted everything was until I read "Michael Brown Jr. Didn't have to Die." If you want the facts give this one a read. I think you will be surprised.
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Ken Dye’s book, Michael Brown, Jr. –didn’t have to die, allows you to walk a mile in the shoes of Brown and the deputy who shot the fatal bullet.
I often wonder when did the news turned into a rating game instead of dispatching the news. We routinely listen to analysis of videos of events and hear opinions from the celebrity journalist. What happened? Did Americans suddenly turn into zero-thinking sheep who need to be led to follow the loudest person’s opinion?
So, what choice do we have? Whom should we believe? Most of us cannot go and sit in court to listen to the evidence or pay for hundreds of transcripts to make our own decisions. I say no way; I am not going to listen to the loudest bully on the television. Thanks to author, Ken Dye, we have a choice. His book, Michael Brown, Jr. – didn’t have to die, gave actual excerpts of testimonies given in court, showed test reports on gunpowder residue, revealed transcripts of interviews from eyewitness. Eyewitness who were proven right and wrong by evidence that followed.
As the reader, I did know the author’s opinion? Yes, but only by the occasional comment inserted here and there. The author never forced his opinion on the reader by only giving a one-sided report. He presented the actually news reports and quoted the real words spoken at the press conferences with the dates so you could check it out for yourself. Whether the author agreed with what was said or not, he reported it. In fact, for me, the author’s occasional comments added interest and some zing to the reading. The author took the drudgery out of sieving through hundreds and hundreds of reports and transcripts so I could have answers many questions. Pages of facts to fill in the holes that the evening news left gaping open.
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Wonderful book, tells the truth about what happened in Ferguson and how the media and government was hell bent on causing riots and destruction by distorting the facts and interviewing witnesses that weren't even at the scene of the incident.
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