Ferguson: No Indictment

I must say that I was a little surprised there wasn’t an indictment of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown last night. They could have indicted Wilson on first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter.

I was also surprised about how terribly managed this whole issue was from start until now – especially why officials waited until 8:00 p.m. local time to release the information. It’s almost like they waited until primetime.

Considering the outcome, I wasn’t surprised that there were riots in Ferguson.

I watched CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News coverage of the event throughout the evening. Around 1:00 a.m. (Montana time) I turned the TV back on and CNN and MSNBC were still live, and I heard one reporter say 12 buildings were burning in and around Ferguson.

Throughout the evening I often thought how hard it is to find neutral reporting these days.

FOX News reporting seemed to favor Police Officer Darren Wilson, MSNBC’s reporting seemed to favor teenager Michael Brown. CNN tried to be neutral, but a few of their reporters seemed to be very much against Officer Wilson.

From the testimony we found out that Michael Brown had stolen some cigars from a local store and Officer Wilson first saw Brown and a friend walking in the street. Wilson told them to move to the sidewalk. Brown supposedly responded to the police officer with an expletive. That is when things went downhill. The police officer saw the stolen cigars and called for backup.

The Associated Press (AP) reported, “As he tried to open the door, Wilson said, Brown slammed it back shut. Wilson said he pushed Brown with the door and Brown hit him in the face.”

Additionally, the AP reports “Wilson said he drew his gun and threatened to shoot if Brown didn’t move back, fearing another punch to the face could ‘knock me out or worse.’”

You can read more of the Associated Press report with highlights of the testimony HERE.

There were mistakes made on both sides. I imagine officer Wilson wishes he would have waited for backup to arrive before engaging Brown and his friend. I imagine the family of Michael Brown wishes he would have obeyed the police officer from the beginning.

Our justice system is far from perfect. Only a few people heard all the testimony and these people were members of the Grand Jury. They decided not to indict.

It’s not over for Officer Darren Wilson. There’s a Federal investigation going on that will deal with civil rights violations. Then there’s the family of Michael Brown who may file a civil wrongful death lawsuit.

One thing that is over is the young life of Michael Brown. We should all be sad about that.

 

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2 thoughts on “Ferguson: No Indictment

  1. I wonder why so very few people were not and are not supportive of Officer Wilson. Moore is a thug, he broke the law at the convenience store. Stealing is stealing. Moore then met Officer Wilson who told the two of them to get out of the middle of the street, only then did the officer realize the two were the ones involved in the strong arm robbery. From the instant Moore and Wilson met to the end was only 90 seconds. Moore was the aggressor at every point in the store and in the street. With the evidence against Moore and the Feds side by side throughout the investigation, I doubt the Feds will do anything. That is unless Obama and Holder want to make this a race issue. However the evidence does not support that. I also doubt the Moore family will win a civil suit but it will be resolved between the City of Ferguson and the Moore family. It is sad that Mr Moore died, but he had several choices the morning into the afternoon…it’s really sad that he chose to break the law, assault a police office and then charge him.If I were in Officer Wilson’s shoes,and thank God I am not, I would have done the same thing. Funny how Al Sharpton was nowhere to be found since it was disclosed that he owes the IRS $4.5M!

    • Hi Barry – I think the “Moore” you write about is Michael Brown. As for support, some polls I have seen show that people thought the grand jury decision was correct. I think some of Officer Wilson’s supporters were afraid to voice their support. As for Al Sharpton, he was at the family press conference this morning in Ferguson. -JmB

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