This linkage is a matter of perception and not fact, but that perception creates facts like the overwhelming belief that minorities are more responsible for crimes than they are.
Michael Brown (allegedly) shoplifted some cigars. When I was a year older than Brown, I shoplifted a cassette tape. Brown's criminal act made him a "thug" and "no angel" and was released by the Ferguson police as a non-sequitar defense of shooting him dead in the street. I got a fine and the humiliation of a court hearing and that was pretty much that.
The biggest lines are these:
But, Al Sharpton... blah blah blah.