After 115 days the Grand Jury decided that there was no probable cause to charge officer Darren Wilson with the shooting death of Michael Brown. Protestors were angry and showed it well into the night in Ferguson Missouri. I myself waited for this decision to come down. With the social media outlets on fire, today it proves difficult to get the facts on any case. The prosecutor did a good job of explaining how this had an impact on the Grand Jury during his press conference that came at about 20 after 9 PM ET. To my understanding, it is best to hold the conference at night, when children and people are less likely to be in the streets or in businesses.
I want to recap what I have learned throughout this ordeal. Officer Darren Brown was dispatched to a store because a young man had stolen a pack of cigars. Upon getting to the location and placing Michael Brown inside his vehicle, accounts stated that Brown began assaulting the officer. At this time, I am in the grey area on what really happened, but what is the law in Missourri? I know that here in California the use of force has to be equivalent to the force with which is being used upon you. For instance, if you bring a gun to the knife fight, you are likely to be charged if you kill the man. If an intruder breaks into your home without a weapon and you shoot him, you can be charged. If that is how I am reading the law correctly. So this officer shot down a "kid" for stealing a package of cigars? I looked around on the internet for more information on who is in question here, at pictured is the officer:
Officer Darren Wilson
He is a pretty big "kid" for 18 years old. I can definitely see that there would be immenent danger felt by the officer of his size. Another account, that I don't belive was attested was the officer, and other witnesses stating that as they were fighting inside his vehicle multiple shots rang out, heightening the fear level I am sure, in the officer.
This is a tragic event. A tragedy for Michael's family and for the Brown Family no doubt. This is an ordeal that has our hearts in it. The President addressed the Nation in a conference last night that called for peaceful protests. As he was speaking, the anchor for CNN was avoiding violent measures that outpoured in Ferguson. I wanted to take a moment or two, to give thanks to the reporters who do ultimately put their lives on the line to bring the news to us. Thank you! Many businesses and local's in Ferguson are picking up the aftermath of last night's decision. My heart is also with you during these trying times.
So what's next? The State Dept of Justice moving foward? Is this a step closer to eliminating racial issues? In an effort to make both sides transparent, I believe placing camera's on all officer's chests while on duty. This is something that Michael Brown's family is fighting for. If it isn't aready in Ferguson and small towns all over it will be one day. Big Brother is approaching these situations and will be coming to a town near you. Please feel free to share your thoughts and insights. My statements are in no way reflective of anyone and not meant to hurt you.