He is the one who is taking the "know nothing" position, not those who rightly understand that Brown was a thug.
These men were expressing a community-wide sense that the official keepers of order are morally bankrupt.
Right, John. LOL. Only an over-educated moron would write such a thing.
Just as during the robbery, Brown was certainly thinking that those who think robbery is wrong are morally bankrupt. Brown was a paragon of morality, don't you know...