Darren Wilson Not Indicted In Shooting Death Of Michael Brown
The grand jury’s decision was announced on Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, who shot an unarmed black teenager to death on August 9th.
County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that Wilson will not be indicted on charges in the highly publicized case which provoked mostly peaceful protests in the small town.
[su_center_ad] In the painstakingly long announcement in which McCulloch blamed social media after offering condolences to the Brown family, he ultimately said the grand jury decided no probable cause exists against Wilson.
At issue for the grand jury was whether Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, will face charges in the shooting death of Brown, 18, who was black.
Brown was unarmed when Wilson shot him but the facts of that fatal moment are disputed.
Ed Magee, a spokesman for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said the 12-member grand jury had to decide whether Wilson should be charged with any of several possible crimes, including: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter.
The 28-year-old officer reportedly told the grand jury that he feared for his life as Brown came at him. Some witnesses previously said Brown was trying to surrender and had his hands up.
Brown, 18, and Johnson, 22, were walking in the middle of the street, heading to Johnson’s house, when Wilson confronted them, after reports of a shoplifting incident.
Wilson reportedly told the young men either “Get the f*** on the sidewalk” or “Get the f*** out of the street,” according to police and media accounts of the event.
What happened next is up to speculation, however, Johnson said that they said we’re “not but a minute away from our destination, and we would shortly be out of the street.”
Johnson said, “At no point in time did they struggle over the weapon because the weapon was already drawn on us.”
But others say there was a struggle and videos were leaked to the media by law enforcement officials, to portray the deceased as a “thug.”
Activist Shaun King writes, “For 104 days, the police have lied and said Mike Brown was killed 35 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV. It was actually 148 feet,” in a Daily Kos post which has gone viral.
Ferguson has come under fire for the militarization of their police force, a town which is inhabits only 21,111 residents, with a largely black population.
Apparently, the grand jury felt that lethal force was justifiable, a decision which has already been speculated on the Internet long before it was announced. 100 FBI agents were dispatched to the town. Schools have been shut down. Michael Brown’s family called for calm just before the anticipated grand jury decision.
Calls for peace and restraint also emanated from President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, civil-rights leaders and business owners.
Michael Brown’s name should be honored. The slain teenager’s family has asked for 4.5 minutes of silence after the announcement. [su_csky_ad]