In Brief—This is an examination of the evidence and facts in the tragic killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. The grand jury has found insufficient evidence to indict Officer Wilson. Such is justice in America.
Racism is politely defined as a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others. Put more directly, it is intolerance and discrimination that poisons the mind of the believer.
Racism can range from a dominating evil monster to a tiny mouse in the corner and, rarely, to an absence of racism altogether. The Ferguson, Missouri police department and Officer Darren Wilson fit the monster analogy to a T.
To those living in an isolated cave, on November 25th, the Grand Jury freed Officer Darren Wilson from an indictment for murdering an unarmed black, Michael Brown on August 9. To understand the travesty of their finding, it helps to know a little about the grand jury, the prosecutor and the procedure.
”Grand Jury” sounds impressive, doesn’t it, but it’s a centuries-old anacronism that is one-sided and easily manipulated by a biased prosecutor. Essentially, it is a legal body that is supposed to investigate potential criminal conduct and determine whether criminal charges should be brought against a named individual. A defence attorney is not allowed. In Missouri, the grand jury is composed of twelve people, nine of which will decide whether to bring charges; interestingly, nine were white and three were black. The grand jury’s findings indicate that the result was less than unanimous and since all juror and witness names were deleted from the documents, we don’t know which of the twelve disagreed with the results.
Writing as a lawyer, here’s why I consider the grand jury’s decision to be a travesty.
1) Missouri’s governor Nixon, holding a political finger to the wind, refused to appoint an independent prosecutor. Hmm-m-m?
2) St. Louis County’s prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, having refused to step aside, was consequently chosen to lead the farce parade. McCullough is acknowledged as a police-friendly prosecutor. He comes from a police family and his police officer father was killed by a black man. In one grand jury case absolving the police in a killing, McCulloch said of the two unarmed black men slain by police, ”These guys were bums.” Translated, he meant that the police were entitled to execute the suspects. I must add that only three of the thirteen officers present were willing to testify that the dead suspects were threatening the officers.
3) McCulloch’s acolytes presented Officer Wilson to the grand jury and allowed the officer to give his version of the killing. Is it even remotely possible that Wilson was honest and unbiased in defending his position? Have I mentioned that a defense attorney is not allowed to appear before a grand jury?
4) McCulloch stated to reporters that the other eyewitnesses were not credible because their testimony differed. It must be noted that eyewitness testimony is often unreliable. That said, it appears that the common thread from eyewitnesses shows that the slain victim was surrendering, not running toward Wilson, after being hit by Wilson’s shots. Their testimony was essentially discounted. Why? Because most were black?
5) A white contractor who was only fifty feet from the killing testified that the victim, Brown, was staggering, not running, toward Officer Wilson while attempting to surrender. The witness stated that the victim was clearly vocalizing his surrender as well as having arms partially raised although one may have sustained a wound. Was this testimony discounted?
6) The Ferguson Police Department issued several inflammatory statements regarding Michael Brown before the grand jury began its work. Some of the statements proved to be false according to reports. Query: Could these statements have influenced any of the grand jurors hearing the evidence?
7) I have listened several times to the shots being fired by Officer Wilson. They come in quick succession. Put together with the testimony of eyewitnesses, this suggests that Officer Wilson was intent on killing Brown, not capturing him. Without getting in Wilson’s head, we can only speculate that racism or lack of adequate training was the cause. In light of the reputation of the Ferguson police officers, not to mention other Missouri police departments, racism is a considerable factor among police. Us versus ”Them.”
In sum, the grand jury finding that Officer Darren Wilson is not guilty of any indictable offense is a travesty. In my view and in the views of many informed people, Wilson should be tried for murder. The evidence, despite prosecutor McCullough’s best efforts to prove otherwise, shows that Darren Wilson deliberately killed Michael Brown. One eyewitness described Wilson’s actions as, ”Down outright murder.”
A small part of my research on this case, one I’ve been following closely from the beginning, came from The Intercept, a new adversarial online endeavor to show America and the world as it actually is, not as the mainstream media and governments would have us believe. I urge you to read The Intercept’s articles regularly to counteract the blue-pill vision of the world. The truth will set you free…if you keep an open mind.
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