This no way to spend a Thanksgiving vacation watching the Ferguson community react to the news that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted. Instead of being able to talk to you guys about it, I’m listening to the TJMS on the app.
But now that I think about it, it’s no weirder than anything else related to this horrific chain of events.
From the moment we all learned Michael Brown was gunned down by a cop in a place called Ferguson, Mo., things were sketchy. Because the police force waited so long to release a statement or to identify the officer involved, the people in the community had hours and even days to wonder and conjecture about what actually happened. And even more importantly, the police had hours and even days to put their own spin on what happened.
Now, months after the killing, Ferguson’s county prosecutor and others have had a chance to privately put on a trial, hear witness testimony and examine physical evidence that led a secret Grand Jury to decide Darren Wilson would not be indicted.
As if that wasn’t enough to cause people to explode in violence, they waited hours until after the decision was made to announce it to the public—long enough to give people time to seethe and eventually boil over and long enough for the media to be ready to broadcast the reaction to the world.
They were asking for it, even before the day the decision was made. They kept building up to it for weeks, everyday adding more kindling to the fire.
When’s the best time of day to riot? At night. So they announced there would be no indictment at 9:15.
It looks to me like they wanted a riot and it was the perfect time and place for it to happen…with no National Guard to stop it.
Sybil was absolutely right when she said the Governor of Missouri should have made the prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, step down. Not only has he been involved in a highly publicized case where he refused to indict policemen for shooting down two unarmed suspects in 2001, his father, brother, nephew, and cousin all served with the St. Louis police and his mother was a clerk. Could he have done the fair thing and indicted Officer Darren Wilson? Yes. Could the closed trial have presented evidence that proved Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown? Yes. But why do it behind closed doors if you’re really interested in gaining the trust of the public or if you really care about improving the relationship between law enforcement and the community?
The whole thing was put on to gain sympathy for Darren Wilson and cause the conversation to be more about rioting in the streets than the killing of another black unarmed teenager.
As long as property has more value than a black person’s life nothing will ever change.