LA Protests After Grand Jury Decides Not to Indict Officer Darren Wilson
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The Grand Jury made its decision yesterday morning and later that evening, Prosecutor Robert McCullough delivered the decision. As expected, it was a no indictment for police officer, Darren Wilson. Prosecutor McCullough went on to add that the physical evidence did not support indictment. Was this decision custom-made for the Prosecutor and the Ferguson Police Department including Darren Wilson who fatally shot and killed 18-year-old black teenager, Michael Brown in August of this year?
Right from the start, there was very little transparency about the case. Instead of releasing an incident report, they released a video showing Michael Brown shoplifting a box of cigars at the right time to cloud the issue. The issue being that a white police officer from their department had shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. After the shooting, the body of Mike Brown was left where the shooting took place for 41/2 hours. Why was he left there for that amount of time and how long does it take to taint evidence? The Prosecutor in this case, Robert McCullough, brings his own brand of problems to the case. His father was killed by an alleged killer, Eddie Steve Glenn, a black male. McCullough also has deep family ties to the police and his past entanglements with the black community called for his removal from the case altogether. He refused and last night, he delivered the decision of "No Indictment," looking somber, apologetic and sympathetic to the Brown family for the loss of their son BUT how much of this Grand Jury decision was custom-made to get exactly the decision they wanted? Let's look at the jury make-up. It consisted of 3 blacks and 9 Caucasians. They needed 9 votes to deliver a unanimous decision. Need I say more?
McCullough told reporters that eye-witness accounts of what happened during the incident were unstable and unbelievable at times. However, he did mention that Darren Wilson's version of what took place was believable and he had acted as a police officer should. Megan Kelly of Fox News quickly picked on that and held up Darren Wilson's transcript as the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Pictures of Wilson's injuries were flashed around and it was hard to see a swelling if any. What about Mike Brown's injuries? Not only was Michael Brown no longer the victim, he was the person who perpetrated his own death. Haven't we heard this all before? Every time a law enforcement officer shoots a black male, it is self-defense even though the victim is unarmed and the law enforcement official is holding the gun. How long did Darren Wilson have to come up with his version of what took place? Why wasn't there an incident report filed after the shooting? His version of what took place seems to be water-tight so the question is, how much help did he get to come up with the version that was guaranteed to set him free? Unfortunately, Michael Brown wasn't there to give his side of the story. We would have heard something very different I am sure. If eye-witness accounts were unreliable, how about the video that emerged showing white construction workers at the time of the shooting throwing up their arms and saying, "He had his hands up and he shot him!" Unbelievable too or just inadmissible?
How many bullets does it take to kill an unarmed 18-year-old? Six were fired and the officer said he feared for his life. If that's the case, why was the last fatal shot fired when Brown was already on the ground, was he still a threat then? Something stinks royally here and it isn't Mike Brown. Remember Brown was unarmed during the confrontation and if anyone had anything to fear, it was Brown who was faced with a belligerent officer holding a gun who was intend on provoking an aggressive response by shouting, "Get the f*** on the sidewalk!" instead of asking nicely. Even if Mike Brown had taken a $48 box of cigars, he did not have to die like a dog, shot six times and left to stew in the heat for 41/2 hours until the police department decided that it was time to pick up the body.
Killer cop goes free? Some may say a definite, "Yes!" Was justice served in this case? Did a young black male have to die for jaywalking or for taking a box of cigars because in the end when all is said and done, that is what happened. As for officer Darren Wilson, I wonder what he will say as he looks in the mirror? "Phew, that was a close call!" or "I did everything according to the law?"
What is it officer Wilson?