Ferguson unrest…


FergusonDr. Michael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire, commented that it is understandable that the Ferguson community should be profoundly angry at and upset by the shooting of an unarmed black youth by a white police officer.  This scenario is uncomfortably common in this country, shootings of blacks by white cops.  We are reminded all the time, explicitly and more often implicitly, by the media of the analogy to lynchings, performed largely by white southerners in the early half of the last century.  Despicable stuff.  Despicable times.

However, as what often happens in cases such as the Ferguson “lynching,” the truth slowly emerges and that exact analogy slowly breaks down.

  • First, we do not have an accounting of the perspective of the officer.
  • Second, we have no forensic exam results yet.
  • Third, we have only eye witnesses’ who were black passersby (and with inherent biases of their own).
  • Fourth, the victim is apparently not the ‘totally innocent kid’ who simply was minding his own business walking down the middle of a side street with a friend. Just a few minutes earlier he had stolen a high priced box of cigars from a convenience store, and shoved aside the store clerk on exiting the establishment.  The latter made a quick call to the police, and this information was reportedly broadcast to the police in the area within 2-3 minutes.
  • Fifth, within 10-12 minutes of the “cigar theft”, the young man was dead.
  • Sixth, within 24 hours of the incident, our black president, who had no business commenting on the event before ALL the facts were in (did Obama learn NOTHING from the Trayvon Martin shooting?), was publicly mumbling/grumbling about the shooting.
  • Seventh, this country is still largely white. This majority is represented in nearly all businesses both private and public (except of course the NFL and the NBA).

Ferguson 3Yes, this was a tragedy, for the victim, for the family, for the community, for all owners of the looted stores from the huge majority of black rioters–now five nights in a row.  I suspect we will see it as a huge tragedy for the police officer.  We will learn something more akin to the truth as this story unfolds.


About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see: https://michaeloconnellmdnh.wordpress.com/

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