Attorney For Michael Brown’s Family States That The “Process Needs To Be Indicted”


Attorneys representing slain teenager Michael Brown, along with Reverend Al Sharpton, held a press conference in St. Louis, Missouri, Tuesday to discuss Monday night’s announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in Brown’s death. Wilson shot and killed Brown on August 9th, leading to months of protests in and around Ferguson. After St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced the grand jury decision Monday night, protests in Ferguson turned into violent rioting, with numerous buildings razed to the ground by Tuesday morning.

Benjamin Crump, one of the family’s attorneys, started off the press conference by addressing the way McCulloch announced the grand jury decision, how McCulloch presented evidence to the grand jury and the prosecutor’s close relationship with local law enforcement. When discussing how the legal system continuously seems to not work when it comes to men of color being killed by police officers, Crump said, “The process is broken. The process needs to be indicted.”

Below is Crump’s portion of the press conference, courtesy of MSNBC:



Crump pointed out that he and others had “strenuously objected” to McCulloch handling this case due to his “symbiotic relationship with police” back in August. The attorney said that the family’s other lawyers, Anthony Gray and Darryl Parks, had predicted back then that this would be the end result if McCulloch was allowed to continue as the prosecutor. Per the evidence from the grand jury was dumped on media late Monday evening, Crump highlighted that it was apparent that McCulloch didn’t even bother cross-examining Wilson when he came in to testify, even though it was supposed to be McCulloch’s job to try to gain an indictment and fight for the victim in this case.

It isn’t just the attorneys and close associates of Michael Brown’s family that feel McCulloch and his office deliberately sabotaged the grand jury hearing so as to allow Wilson to walk. On CNN Tuesday morning, legal analyst Sunny Hostin lambasted McCulloch’s handling of the case after she had a chance to look at the evidence. Specifically, she criticized how Wilson’s testimony was handled by prosecutors. She claimed that he was treated with “kid gloves” and that many of Wilson’s statements should have been torn apart in cross-examination.

“It appeared to be… very fanciful. When a prosecutor has a prospective target, a suspect, a defendant — a prospective defendant — inside of the grand jury, that’s the prosecutor’s chance to cross-examine that person. These prosecutors treated Darren Wilson with such kid gloves. Their questions were all softballs, he wasn’t challenged, he wasn’t pressed. It was just unbelievable to me the way they treated him.”

After another CNN legal analyst, former George Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara, said that the forensic evidence seemed to favor Wilson’s testimony and superseded any inconsistencies in his statements, Hostin shot back at O’Mara, claiming that no witnesses actually corroborated key elements of Wilson’s testimony, specifically that Wilson told Brown to get down on the ground.

“The other witnesses that came forward said that they didn’t hear him say that. So again, I found his testimony to have not been tested by the prosecutor, which is highly unusual. He wasn’t cross-examined, he was treated with kid gloves in front of the grand jury. And I found his testimony to be fanciful and not credible.”

Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Raw Story:


10 Replies to “Attorney For Michael Brown’s Family States That The “Process Needs To Be Indicted””

  1. As much as I respect the Rev I think he needs to sit this one out. Its not what he is saying or doing is wrong but racist America will make him the issue and not the execution, state sanction without a trial if people don’t want to go there.

  2. Officer Wilson’s statement does not make sense, unless Michael Brown had a death wish? Wilson states he feared for his life because after he shot him in his hand then he fled, running about 30 feet, turned around and started charging him. Why would a unarmed teen charge a armed shooting officer?
    He’s lying because he was pissed at Brown for hitting him and wanted him to pay…..with his life!
    This police dept. and the DA needs to go……all confidence lost!

  3. Thanks for the link Dj….it’s even worse than I thought! So, since McCulloch is falling on the sword for officer Wilson, protecting him at all costs, shouldn’t the justice system go after him? Clearly he has demonstrated unethical behavior. Or is he immuned to any repercussions?

  4. The only repercussions would be 1. Do not spend any money on Black Friday or instead patronize POC businesses. 2. Burn that bitch ass of a city St. Louis down. Remember Nelson Mandela NEVER gave up the armed struggle against apartheid and it seems the only thing that will get their attention will be we demand to be treated as equal human beings.

    I hate to go there but what else is there to do? We cry for justice and they spit on us. We are not criminals but our black skin might as well be a star of David in Nazi Germany.

  5. Lets call it White Friday no shopping at all at corporate stores. If you must but from local stores at least your money will be going to real hard working Americans instead of the 1% who with their connections help pay for the situation we are in

  6. Golly Gee dj. Don’t you understand that every thinking person will charge a policeman from 35-148 feet away? Even at 35 feet, WE ARE FASTER THEN A SPEEDING BULLLET. This young man was all already injured, the Cop wasn’t afraid for his life, he was doing what hate does best. KILL

  7. Brown was unarmed? Being armed with fists ablazin’ is NOT being unarmed. He had no business assaulting the officer inside his police vehicle, and trying to get his gun. Brown’s blood was inside Wilson’s vehicle and on Wilson’s gun, confirming what Wilson said.

    I have read, that Wilson’s last shot happened when Brown was about 4 feet away from him. You just don’t let a 6′ 4″, 292 lb person get to you, especially, if he had already assaulted you, and when he won’t “get down” on the ground. It doesn’t matter if his arms are up in the air or not… he shouldn’t keep moving towards the cop when told to “get down”.

    This article is an instigator. What about the justice for those who had their businesses vandalized, burned to the ground, or looted? What about the justice for those who had their cars vandalized, or how about people who were murdered because terroristic, racists blacks didn’t like the witnesses testimonies? Such lawlessness is NOT backed by the U.S. Const…

  8. Have your dumbass seen the murdering coward pic? If that assault then the best part of your uncle ran down your mommas leg

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