Friday, October 24, 2014
76 days ago Darren Wilson, a police officer with the Ferguson Police Department, shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown who was running away from him following a tussle with Wilson at Wilson’s police vehicle that ended with Wilson shooting Brown in the arm. Six independent eyewitnesses to the shooting said he had stopped running away from Wilson, turned around and raised his hands in the universally understood signal of surrender. Instead of arresting him, which he has been trained to do, he executed him with his gun.
I believe Wilson should have been arrested, charged with murder and tried in a court of law.
Instead, he is a free man today and likely to remain so.
A grand jury is investigating the shooting, but an avalanche of selected leaks from unidentified officials beginning last Saturday and media reports spinning the information in a manner that is uniquely favorable to Wilson suggests that the grand jury is being manipulated into not indicting Wilson and the public is being groomed to accept that decision without complaint.
I believe the unidentified officials in the St.Louis County prosecutor’s office, under the direction of Bob McCulloch, and the Ferguson Police Department who are engaged in a conspiracy to literally ‘whitewash’ Darren Wilson’s criminal conduct by intentionally misleading and corrupting the grand jury investigation.
The people of Ferguson were and continue to be incensed by the failure of the police to arrest, charge and prosecute Wilson for murder.
Since the shooting, they have engaged in a series of mostly peaceful public protests.
Instead of respecting their constitutional rights to peaceful assembly and protest, the police responded wearing full military gear with tear gas, rubber bullets and mass arrests.
Amnesty International has released a 23-page report today documenting human rights abuses by the Ferguson Police Department. The report was compiled by Amnesty International observers who monitored the mostly peaceful demonstrations.
As awful and frustrating as matters are today, we are headed toward an uncertain future that could get much worse.
Please take a few minutes today to read this important document and tell us what you think in the comments below.