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No Justice, No Peace: Darren Wilson Likely To Avoid Civil Rights Charges In Shooting

In an eye-opening piece run by the New York Times late Friday evening, federal government officials close to the Justice Department’s investigation of Michael Brown’s death state that the evidence they’ve seen so far does not support a civil rights charge against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. An unarmed Brown was shot to death by Wilson on August 9th. The officials who spoke with the Times say that Wilson testified that Brown scuffled with him in his vehicle and caused him to fear for his life, leading to the fatal shooting.

The Times pointed out throughout the article that the information on Wilson’s testimony came only from federal officials and not from the Ferguson Police Department. Also, the federal investigation into both Wilson and the Ferguson PD is still ongoing. However, based on the content of the article and the appearance that federal authorities are taking Wilson at his word, confidence that an indictment will happen from either the St. Louis County Court or the Justice Department is not very high.

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Perhaps the part of the article that will be the most disheartening and frustrating for protesters in Ferguson is the following:

In September, Officer Wilson appeared for four hours before a St. Louis County grand jury, which was convened to determine whether there is probable cause that he committed a crime. Legal experts have said that his decision to testify was surprising, given that it was not required by law. But the struggle in the car may prove to be a more influential piece of information for the grand jury, one that speaks to Officer Wilson’s state of mind, his feeling of vulnerability and his sense of heightened alert when he killed Mr. Brown.

Police officers typically have wide latitude to use lethal force if they reasonably believe that they are in imminent danger.

The officials briefed on the case said the forensic evidence gathered in the car lent credence to Officer Wilson’s version of events. According to his account, he was trying to leave his vehicle when Mr. Brown pushed him back in. Once inside the S.U.V., the two began to fight, Officer Wilson told investigators, and he removed his gun from the holster on his right hip.

Currently, a grand jury is convened to hear evidence and provide a recommendation as to whether or not Wilson is indicted with a crime. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has suggested that we should hear from the grand jury no later than mid-November. In a somewhat unorthodox move, Wilson testified in front of the grand jury for four hours last month. Typically, if someone is standing accused of a crime and it is referred to a grand jury, that person tends to not testify in the proceedings. However, it is well within the person’s right to do so.

Activists and protesters in the Ferguson area are starting to get a feeling that a non-indictment is coming soon. The perception isn’t just coming from the length of the grand jury hearing or the notion that McCulloch is unable to be objective when it comes to investigating law enforcement. Much of that perception is coming from what is seen as the local media’s attempt lately to change the narrative regarding law enforcement and the protesters. Specifically, stories run by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

and the major local news stations where they’ve tried to frame protesters as violent and dangerous while also trying to portray local police in a more positive light. Essentially, they are trying to give the moral high ground to the police ahead of the likely scenario where Wilson is allowed to walk.

This latest article from the NYT will only feed this pessimism more. It would seem that morale should be at an all-time low among Ferguson activists. Besides the ever-growing likelihood that Wilson will walk, other changes in the area have not occurred. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson is still on the job. McCulloch has not recused himself from the investigation. The racial disparities among the staffs of the Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments and they way they handle law enforcement in the communities continues seemingly unabated.

However, there is a resilience among those on the ground. While it began as getting justice for Mike Brown, it has grown into something much more. Brown’s death was an awakening for many in the area. That awakening moved to different parts of the country and world. Many of those people from all over made their way to St. Louis last weekend to take part in Ferguson October. Now, it is a full-fledged movement.

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And that movement is gaining momentum. It isn’t going to stop. People, no matter their race or nationality, are demanding change in our society. They don’t just want equality, fairness and opportunity. No. They demand it.

 

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  • Who do you believe? me or your lying eyes?

    I would love to see a reenactment of the 'struggle' in the SUV. Since it is all a lie.

    The bad guys love to dress in black.

    • I have one question. Does officer Wilson carry his gun on his right side? If so, then this young black man had to reach across the officers chest to even get close to his gun. The so called scuffle, doesn't make sense to me. Just another Policeman lying to save his own skin and all the other officers nodding their heads in agreement.

      • The stuff you people desperate to defend Brown come up with is hilarious. Brown, who was 6' 4" can't simply reach across Wilson and grab his gun because it's on his right side????? Why not? I can reach in my own SUV, open the center console and and grab something from is all the way in the center of the car. I'm 2" shorter than Brown was. Did Brown have a withered limb that only you know about? I hate to break it to you but Brown's blood was found in the SUV and on the gun and the forensic evidence outweighs your silly supposition by about 100 to 1. At least one witness also testified before the grand jury saying Brown's hands were not up at the time of the shooting. More and more evidence and witness statements are going to come out backing the officer's account and many of you are going to look very very foolish, if not down right delusional.

        • Basically you are hilarious. Comparing a console to a man setting in a seat with a holstered gun that is deep on his right side is difficult. And then making things worse, you ignore the testimony of someone who was there stating that the cop was pulling him into the car. And yes, he fired 2 shots on the car. All that is known. It is common knowledge Brown was shot once in the car.

          Stop making a fool of yourself. The cop has had months to make up his story. The real testimony comes from eye witness yards away eyes. You are desparate to convict Brown not caring one bit that you could be shot by cops just as easily

        • You people, really Rich B ,clearly a racist remark. But I didn't expect anything less. As the scriptures have said whatsoever a man Soweth that shall he also reap. God's law no one is above it. Trust and believe.

  • Was there are doubt this would happen? Cops lie, and all the "Good People" believe them. Either way, this creep's career as a cop is over in Ferguson. But, he'll find another racist force to join ---

  • Johnson's story was given to the cops immediately, Wilson has had months to decide what his story is.

    If a man as big as Brown was attacking him while setting in his car, how did the cops ever have a chance to pull his gun? That gun is not in a position for a man fighting for his life to draw that easily given his position in the seat.

    I dont think its going to be too hard to predict what will happen if Wilson walks

  • Come on now. ferguson is so corrupt & racist no wonder decent folks can't get a fair trial or a fair anything.

    Has the young man who was walking with Mr. Brown give his statement yet? He stated that wilson, first cut them off with his suv after cussing at them. Then wilson forcefully swung opened his suv's door which bounced off of Brown back onto wilson. {I can imagine the young men snickering about that.} Next wilson grabbed Brown by the collar and tried to pull him in the suv. {There he could lie and state Brown was going for his gun or is doing some sort of harm to him. At the least outside prying eyes.)

    So when did wilson become scared for his life? After he approached the young men & proceeded to disrespect them as if in some jim crow era?

    Maybe it was after the young men decided to continued on their way? Nah? How about when he pulled Brown into his vehicle? Perhaps wilson was scared when Brown was running away from him?

    wilson became scared when Mr. Brow...

    • Sounds like a good piece of fiction writing. How did Brown's blood stains get on the SUV's door? Your secnario didn't offer any explanation.

      Why no comment about Brown's thieving activities and his assault of a woman?

      The inequalities in the pollice department's hiring prractices cannot be justified. But that doesn't justify Brown's illegal activities.

  • Comments from ignorant or stupid individuals makes Ebola the more scarier. Partisan writing or commentaries are trying to create a climate of fear of something we do not really have a handle of yet. What we need is a concerted effort to isolate the disease through the medical means and the people by not creating the climate of hysteria. On the political side, the funding cuts for much needed research is going to point the finger right where it hurts. You have blamed enough. This time the blame is going to boomerang on the blamers themselves.

  • Who Is That Mystery Megadonor Trying To Buy A Judge's Election In Missouri?

    So just what the heck is going on? Democrats and liberals on the ground in Missouri would tell you that somebody is trying to purchase the judgeship, and they have some suspicions about some Koch-esque Missouri multi-millionaires who might be behind the RSLC's interest in the race.

    Why would they do that? Because Cole County, home to 75,000 people, contains Jefferson City, the Missouri state capital. So in most cases where somebody is suing the state government, those cases are heard in the Cole County Circuit Court. It is similar to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals at the federal level, in that case an appellate court with an outsized influence.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/missouri-judge-race-big-outside-money

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