The "case" is the one out of Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was shot by Officer Wilson.
This commentary is both too early and too late - too late because it is already old news, and just about everyone has weighed in on it, but too early because the "truth" is still lost in the muddle of he said, she said, I saw, well, I saw.
I have spent more time than I wanted to just trying to figure out what happened, but so far I have been able to draw only a few temporary conclusions.
The original headline, "Police shoot unarmed teen", is in itself inflammatory. Add black teen, white officer. Now it's time to take sides. Who needs the facts?
What are the facts? The "teen" is an eighteen year old "kid" in a man's body, somewhere around 6'4" and 200-300 pounds. He has been caught on video tape strong arming a convenience store operator and walking off with "shoplifted" or "stolen" cigars.
The police officer is a young six year veteran of the Ferguson Police Force with a clean record.
The encounter started as a jay walking incident as Brown and a friend were walking down the middle of the street and Officer Wilson stopped them and told them to move to the sidewalk.
What happened next and subsequently is not clear. Witness accounts vary, and word choice reflects which "side" the teller has chosen to be on.
The Internet takes over here with all kinds of biased reports and awful commentary. People watching the video tape see completely different things. Eye witness accounts of the shooting vary and "Shooting him in the back" has been disproven by three autopsies. That Brown was shot six times indicates fear on the part of the officer.
Meanwhile rioting in the streets continues as peaceful demonstrators attract lawless troublemakers who attack police, and the police in response turn full military armament against the crowds. "Journalists" eat it all up.
What a mess. Of course it reflects a much deeper problem than this one shooting. Trouble has been brewing for a long time as people find themselves trapped in poverty and lack of opportunity. This shooting was a last straw. Now the folks there say they will continue to demonstrate until the police officer is charged and arrested, for murder.
What if he's not? What if he was justified? What if it was just unintentional bungling?
The "truth" will probably make no one happy.
What do I think? As of now, it looks like a young thug collided with a lone officer, both felt threatened, the "kid" resisted, the officer bungled the encounter, and the one with the gun won.
Of course there are no winners.