August 22, 2014 8:11 pm -

Among the 12-member grand jury hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case, there will be only three black jurors.  The grand jury will consist of six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man.

[su_center_ad]The Associated Press reports:

Paul Fox, director of judicial administration for St. Louis County Circuit Court, confirmed the racial and gender makeup of the grand jury on Friday. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has said it will be several weeks before a decision is made on whether to charge Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9.

The ages and hometowns of the jurors weren’t released. A judge is expected to consider Monday whether to make that information public.

The Justice Department also is investigating Brown’s death.

Attorney Robert P. McCulloch will be prosecuting the case. His father, a police officer, was killed in the line of duty when McCulloch was 12-years-old. Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown dead, never filed an incident report.

So far, this  all seems to be theater. This process needs to be a level playing field if we want to get to the truth.

H/T: My BFF @ComgenKDT with thanks. [su_center_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

48 responses to Only 3 Blacks Among 12 Grand Jurors To Hear Evidence In Ferguson Case

  1. mea_mark August 22nd, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    There stalling hoping people will get tired of protesting and then they think they can release news that there is no indictment and the people will just accept it. I cry BS, it is a mind game by the local officials to get what they want, justice be damned. I hope the Feds nail them to the cross for their crimes against justice. If the Feds don’t, the people will and it may not be pretty.

    • Pistol-Packing August 22nd, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      No No No, it is a ver simple answer. What percentage of people voted in last election, and what percentage was black ???

      • Chinese Democracy August 23rd, 2014 at 5:17 pm

        because as u are assuming poor black people just dont vote. To busy stealing cigars

  2. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker August 22nd, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Surprise, the deck is stacked from the get-go. Now who would have thought?

    • Pistol-Packing August 22nd, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      SURPRISE !!!! Why is that ???

  3. NW10 August 22nd, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Sad that Officer Wilson will probably not even get indicted. And even if he is, he’ll walk like Zimmerman did. This is what you get when you live in a country in which white bigots are allowed to cling onto their racist stereotypes and treat black people like second rate citizens, as opposed to human beings.

    • Pistol-Packing August 22nd, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      HAHAHAHAHA Angry much ???? Please explain how in a county that is over 70% Black, of why white people will be able to kling on to their bigotry ??

      • NW10 August 23rd, 2014 at 8:52 am

        why white people will be able to kling on to their bigotry ??

        You forget that the police force is majority white, and that a majority of the arrests and tickets were of black people. If it wasn’t racial profiling, then it should be equally balanced.

        • Pistol-Packing August 23rd, 2014 at 9:53 am

          The majority of the town is black….

          • NW10 August 23rd, 2014 at 10:51 am

            Which should be irrelevant, but it isn’t, because the majority white FPD decided racial profiling is much easier than actually going after suspects for their behavior.

          • Pistol-Packing August 23rd, 2014 at 10:53 am

            Ohhhh, you would really hate what my next comment would be…

          • NW10 August 23rd, 2014 at 10:59 am


            Key points:

            What’s actually happening is that law
            enforcement has come to depend on racial profiling to “solve” or “prevent” crimes. Profiling is a law enforcement practice in which people are targeted for suspicion of crimes based on common characteristics among criminals that have been caught and arrested previously, including race. Racial profiling is simply lazy police work, because they use these profiles to generalize about particular groups of people based on their looks rather than their actions. Effective police work requires a close look at specific behavior, not a person’s skin color or the way they wear their hair.
            This begs the question, how many crimes by white people are
            overlooked because law enforcement is targeting “the black guy”? In a post-racial society, shouldn’t we be looking at how people behave and act, rather than lumping them together based on skin tone?

            The effects of this profiling are devastating. Statistics show that white people use drugs far more often
            than blacks, yet blacks are far more likely to be arrested for
            possession. That makes no sense, especially given that black people are a smaller proportion of the population and they are more likely to be in poverty. Think about it; if black people are using and selling so many drugs, who are they getting them from? Not only do whites use cocaine at twice the rate of blacks, but black people only control 2.7 percent of
            the wealth, making it highly unlikely that they are making regular trips to Peru.

    • John Tarter August 23rd, 2014 at 8:39 am

      If there was no crime then there should be no indictment. See, if things don’t go your way then justice isn’t served, right?

      • NW10 August 23rd, 2014 at 8:49 am

        If there was no crime then there should be no indictment

        In which world is firing six shots, including two fatal head shots not a criminal act? Oh yeah, which the perp is black and the person is firing “in self defense” because he/she is white. Thanks for proving my point.

        • trees August 23rd, 2014 at 4:34 pm

          “In which world is firing six shots, including two fatal head shots not a criminal act?”

          In our world, when a police officer has reason to believe his, or the life of another, is in jeopardy….

          He has a duty to act.

          Events can move quickly, and a large powerful being can kill without having a weapon. He can overpower another who does have a weapon, or he can simply use his size and strength to extinguish a life.

          If you value your life, don’t attack someone with the authority to end it.

          William, a retired officer, can perhaps explain this to you. I don’t think William would probably not hesitate in shooting someone who was attempting to take his weapon away from him.

          Personally, it makes no sense to me that the officer tried to grab a 270lb man through the window of the vehicle that he, the officer, was sitting in. It does makes sense that as he was attempting to exit the vehicle and that as he was exiting he was assaulted by his suspect. The video footage from the convenience store confirms that Michael Brown will act aggressively, and that Michael Brown will come at you if you challenge him.

    • olford August 23rd, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Sir what country do you live in ?

      • NW10 August 23rd, 2014 at 1:38 pm

        I live in the United States. Why do you ask?

        • olford August 23rd, 2014 at 4:56 pm

          What you just described above is not how we roll in USA unless your hanging out with the low-class liars that spew hate and rebellion against God and the principles of our country. It’s low a percent of people that follow those lies, but there are some misinformed folks. P.S. They are anti-American low-information people that don’t love freedom and liberty, because that requires responsibility and they really don’t want any of that.

          • mea_mark August 23rd, 2014 at 5:01 pm

            You were politely asked not to troll the people leaving comments here. You are done, good bye.

  4. Tommy6860 August 22nd, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I can see the wingers defending the ethnic make-up of this, by claiming this jury has more than enough African-Americans on this one, than what was on Trayvon Martin’s murder trial (which was zero, IIRC).

    I’ll bet that had this been a white guy murdered under the exact same circumstances by even this white cop, info would been released and this cop would be in trouble. Had the ethnic roles been reversed in this killing, the cop would have been eviscerated.

    • Pistol-Packing August 22nd, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Actually, the right wing doesn’t even have to go that far… Just look at voter poll turnouts and you will have your exact reason why… Or look at my post..

    • John Tarter August 23rd, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Yeah, that’s why OJ wasn’t convicted. There were 2 white folks brutally murdered by a black man who got off scot free. But hey what can you do, that’s the justice system we have.

      • OldLefty August 23rd, 2014 at 8:51 am

        They did not meet the burden of proof.

      • MiAtheistGal August 23rd, 2014 at 8:57 am

        Yeah, the fact that OJ was filthy freaking rich had nothing to do with that case.

  5. Pistol-Packing August 22nd, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    WHOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAA there little boys and girls….. Before one more person complains, let look at this. Jury duty is called thorough voter registration. In the last election there was only 12% voter turnout. In a cit that is over 70% black.

    Hence, if you dont like the makeup of the grand jury, there is only one goup of people to blame. And no others. So take all your negative comments and *&#!? it….

    • John Tarter August 23rd, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Facts don’t matter to the grievance crowd. Everything hinges on race and this incident is no exception.

      • NW10 August 23rd, 2014 at 8:50 am

        Facts don’t matter to the grievance crowd

        Says the very right wingers just making things up. I know this because it was stupidest man on the Internet Jim Hoft who made up the orbital eye fracture lie that Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter are accepting as legitimate fact.

        • Carla Akins August 23rd, 2014 at 4:51 pm

          From a network that went to court to prove they could lie to the public when reporting “news”.

      • OldLefty August 23rd, 2014 at 8:53 am

        Facts don’t matter to the grievance crowd



        That’s why right wing media does so well.

        • olford August 23rd, 2014 at 1:18 pm

          What right wing media ? There is hardly any such thing any more, or any creditable media source. They are all propagating trash.

          • OldLefty August 23rd, 2014 at 2:22 pm

            What right wing media ?


            Are you kidding??

            Between talk radio and Fox you get at least 90 hours per week of propaganda, word for word.

            The rest of the media is as corporate as the pharmaceutical, oil and financial companies who supply ad revenue.

          • olford August 23rd, 2014 at 4:47 pm

            But it sounds like you follow their garbage truck of communist crowd controlling myths.

          • OldLefty August 23rd, 2014 at 5:02 pm

            It’s mutual, I’m sure.

            You sound like the very sucker about which David Frum said, “Republicans have been Fleeced, Exploited And Lied To’ by a Conservative Entertainment Complex”.

            You also sound like someone who has no idea what a communist is.

            By the way, what does communism have to do with the history of racism or media in this country?

          • ChrisVosburg August 23rd, 2014 at 8:20 pm

            There’s plenty of them, you just don’t want to read them, preferring instead to get your news from like-minded “independent thinkers.”

            This is probably why you so foolishly believe that you have the right to refuse to serve on a jury.

      • Denise August 23rd, 2014 at 11:08 am

        So I take it you don’t watch Fox, which never has facts. Facts don’t matter to the ignorant who wish to remain ignorant.

    • MiAtheistGal August 23rd, 2014 at 9:01 am

      That’s simply an argument to pull potential jurors from some larger pool than voter registration. Like, driver’s licenses.

      And, as an involved community is a strong community, surely no one would object to a larger juror pool.

      • mea_mark August 23rd, 2014 at 9:22 am

        It is, see reply to PP.

        • MiAtheistGal August 23rd, 2014 at 9:33 am

          That’s awesome. I’m just too damn lazy this morning to look it up myself. 🙂

      • Pistol-Packing August 23rd, 2014 at 9:55 am

        i dont disagree with pulling from the motor vehicle list.

    • mea_mark August 23rd, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Jurors are pulled from … Source list: The list or lists from which citizens are selected to receive a jury summons. Potential jurors are selected randomly from the voter registration list and the department of revenue’s driver’s license records and may include other lists such as the property tax rolls.

    • ChrisVosburg August 23rd, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Voter turnout in a municipal election is traditionally kinda small. Hell, here in LA, where we’re all big city sophisticates, voter turnout in our last municipal election was 21%.

      In any case, jury candidates aren’t pulled from lists of voters casting ballots, they’re pulled from list of registered voters, so it’s kind of irrelevant.

  6. Denise August 23rd, 2014 at 11:05 am

    How is that possible, when whites are in the minority,? Yet, many whites cannot understand why blacks are angry.

    • olford August 23rd, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      One cannot make anyone go to jury if they don’t want to. Please encourage more people to step forward and get involved with the justice system.

      • Carla Akins August 23rd, 2014 at 5:48 pm

        Failing to report for jury, or attempting to get out of it through deception is punishable by a fine or jail time. It’s called a summons for a reason.

    • Chinese Democracy August 23rd, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      I think the jury pool comes from the county.. the county probably has more whites than blacks? Not sure dont live there. Just a guess

      • Carla Akins August 23rd, 2014 at 5:45 pm

        In Missouri all juries, local juries are pooled from driver’s license data and non-driver identification holders as well as registered voters. I believe Federal juries are done the same – they just serve for something like 18 months. They may be called several times if needed or not at all.

        • ChrisVosburg August 23rd, 2014 at 8:08 pm

          FWIW, grand juries in St Louis County are pulled from the same pool as those sitting on petit (ordinary) juries, but as you know, grand juries are different, They are selected by a Judge, and there’s no prosecutor or defense lawyer to object to this or that candidate. In fact there’s no defense at all.

          Incidentally, blacks comprise 23% of the population of St Louis county, which oddly does not include the city of St Louis. This comports roughly with the percentage of blacks on the grand jury (25%).

  7. Johnny Dangerously November 23rd, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I’m an officer Wilson supporter, but I think it sucks that there is only 1 black male on this jury. If this were reversed I’d be outraged.