The only sorta-well-liked cop in Ferguson was accused of being a gang member because he was in a college fraternity.
The media. Race. Stereotypes. Reality. These four things don't mix well together. Take, for example, the story of Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson. That's a pretty serious name, "Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson," and as the man appointed to lead law enforcement's response to the unrest in Ferguson, he's been one of the few people in uniform to make a sincere connection with the protestors in Ferguson, with his speech on Sunday and my talking to people on the street. Granted, his watch has still been tumultuous at nighttime and not as peaceful as promised, but it's also clear his control over the police on the ground is limited.