November 25th, 2014 11:17 EST
Ferguson Grand Jury: No Probable Cause to Indict Darren Wilson! Justice Prevails!
A grand jury did not indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August.
The grand jurors heard every witness and examined every piece of evidence. They put their lives on hold, took their civic responsibility seriously and arrived at the only conclusion that the forensic evidence and the witness testimony allowed:
They did not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown because there wasn`t probable cause that a crime was committed.
The grand jury wasn`t entrusted with determining if the Ferguson Police Department had a history of treating blacks in a discriminatory manner. In my opinion it`s axiomatic that the Ferguson has a long history of treating blacks like second-class citizens.
The grand jury wasn`t supposed to decide if the Ferguson Police Department is too militarized, treating residents like enemies in a war zone instead of citizens they are sworn to serve and protect. The militarization of police is a nation-wide problem, not just a problem in Ferguson.
The grand jury had a limited mission: Was there probable cause that Darren Wilson committed a crime in the killing of Michael Brown.
A democracy respects the rule of law, and we mustn`t cast aspersions on the members of the grand jury. They had an extremely difficult and unenviable task, and they have rendered their decision.
If you disagree with their decision, you have a constitutionally-protected right to protest, and a duty to urge Congress to pass laws to rein in the police.
But the looting and rioting that took place almost immediately after the grand jury`s decision was announced was the antithesis of democratic action.