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Kanagaroo Kourts: Darren Wilson Prosecutor Defends Police officer, Smears Dead Teen

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On Monday November 24th prosecutor Robert McCulloch held a press conference to announce that the grand jury investigating the shooting death of teen Michael Brown had declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson on any charge. Prior to the announcement it was suspected that McCulloch had no intent to prosecute Wilson (http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-fix-is-in-for-the-Darr-by-Danny-Weil-ACLU_ACLU_Excess_Grand-Jury-141102-750.html). It was suspect because if McCulloch intended to indict Wilson, it would have been accomplished in a one day grand jury proceeding, rather than the three month fiasco that ensued. The fix was in from the beginning, as I stated earlier this month.

McCulloch's press conference confirmed suspicions that he had no intent to prosecute Wilson. During the press conference he laid out "facts", building a case in support of Officer Wilson. McCulloch then went on to accuse Michael Brown of robbing a convenience store, despite the fact that there were no charges or trial to support this allegation.

After the conference, McCulloch went on to release the grand jury transcript which included Officer Wilson's testimony, knowing full well the media would report on Wilson's testimony. He was right of course, which is how he worked to sabotage the Grand Jury from the beginning.

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An indeed, CNN (the Corporate News Network) and other news outlets reported Wilson's uncorroborated testimony as if it were a factual account of events. In this testimony Wilson, claimed Brown punched him ten times and grabbed for his gun and that Wilson saw the face of a "demon" in Brown. Nice touch the demon part for it plays right into the hands of the right-wing racist Christian Right.

Bizarrely, McCulloch seemed to act as Wilson defense attorney rather than his prosecutor. And painting the victim, Brown, as both a robber and an assaulter smeared the name of the deceased teen whose voice was not heard at the grand jury proceeding. This was repugnant and of course a betrayal of justice.

McCulloch had to know smearing the dead teen and releasing Wilson's testimony would inflame protestors and result in violence. As would doing so after dark. However, this may have been his intent, to incite violence, and portray protestors as law breakers and justify a heavy-handed police response. It as if McCuuloch was taunting the Brown family and setting them and us up for a full spectrum police riot.

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For the media to report Wilson's testimony as if it were a factual account of events, demonstrates subliminal institutionalized racism. Since when is a murder suspect's uncorroborated and unchallenged testimony treated as a factual account of events?

While we will never know whether officer Wilson's account is truthful, journalists and the general public should know it is more than likely Wilson was coached by police on what to say at the grand jury proceeding, how to deal with the corporate media and how to inflame violence.

Prosecutor McCulloch's conduct was both disrespectful to Michael Brown, reprehensible and defiant. It reveals him as little more than a white-hooded racist in prosecutor's garb.

The fact that Barack Obama, the nation's first African American president, failed to muster any outrage at the disrespectful treatment of Brown, and the overt racism in Missouri, once again demonstrates a betrayal of his promise of Hope & Change.

Indeed, the uprising sparked by Michael Brown's death may be a response to Obama's indifference to the plight of African Americans. After all, under the Obama regime African Americans have fared worse than under Bush (http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Sordid-Obama-legacy-an-by-Danny-Weil-Budget_Corporate-Greed_Corporate-Obama_Corporate-Spying-141108-335.html). Obama's betrayal of College students that sparked the Occupy Wall Street demise is just one other example.

From voter suppression, to victimization at the hands of the criminal justice system, Obama has paid little heed to the problems African Americans face on a daily basis. Doesn't this seem to you odd for someone who is a community organizer in Chicago?

For me it doesn't for I understand he was never elected by the people, but by an entrenched one percent who looked to him to mollify the breakdown of society after the 2008 debacle and assure that no one went to jail while pouring the US Treasury into the military.

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The verdict was a sad day for America and even a sadder one for the families and protestors who had the courage to stand up to the racism and inequality inherent in the decrepit system we call capitalism. More killings of young black men will occur and the same playbook will be used. It is time to organize a movement that can fight back and halt the killings of young black men that has become a sport in America.

 

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