Ferguson decision offers opportunity for civics lesson on grand juries – News & Observer

RALEIGH — The St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager has sparked more than a nationwide debate about race.

It has provided an opportunity for a civics lesson on the workings of the grand jury, an institution of the American justice system that dates back to Medieval England.

The Missouri grand jury that met routinely for nearly three months and heard roughly 70 hours of testimony from 60 witnesses is atypical of the grand juries in North Carolina and elsewhere.

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Ferguson Missouri: Why Would Anyone Expect A Different Verdict?

Okay I am passed the day of the murder when Officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown. I have been following the timeline of events that lead up until last night since the murder.

Since I have been a community and political advocate since the late 80’s I have learned how to deal with people and issues differently. I don’t only get emotional on facts and not just my opinion. My opinion not based on facts means absolutely nothing.

The Prosecutor last night was the most ignant mess I have seen in a long time. His speech made absolutely no sense. I am not going into it because you either seen it for yourself or you can look at and make your own decision. I just can’t get over announcing the verdict after 8:00 PM after the sun has gone down when you have a street full of folks waiting for a verdict knowing that some was going to retaliate. What I believe is that even if the verdict was in favor of charging Wilson, I believe some of the folks present would still have done some ignant stuff in celebration. But that is just my ignant opinion.

My wife and my daughter asked me what did I think of the verdict? I said I don’t respond immediately because I wait to hear what others have to say. This morning on the way to work I listened to lawyer representing Michael Brown’s family had to say. He was on point. This evening I heard a local attorney discuss the issue on a local radio station and he was right on point. They both talked about the Prosecutor and the actions of the Prosecutor and I totally agree.

If I could ask some questions to people whom are involved be it Ferguson law enforcement and the family of Brown I would ask, why would Ferguson not bring in a Prosecutor from outside of the city? Why would the Prosecutor not recommend charges or no charges against the officer? Why take it before the grand jury instead of going to court and allowing it to play out in the courtroom?

The issue for me is to see what steps can the Prosecutor and system be found flawed and not following the best way to bring about true justice in this situation?

I agree the way some of the people are retaliating is just ignant however these folks are tired of this stuff and this is the way they see to get some attention “to the issue!” If they just needed attention they would just do it at anytime but they waited all the way up until last night to show their anger. I am quite sure they knew what the outcome would be because with the history of Ferguson and with the PROSECUTOR from Ferguson handling things, what more should anyone had expected? A miracle? Not!

What did “they” do to black folks back in the day? Black folks on buses and in certain places were bombed, dogs put on them and etc. but now “they” act as if black folks are doing something new. Animals come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Some even mixed!

Nope don’t make it right!

So I will now continue to follow the timeline to see how the Federal Investigation turns out.

Yes I am angry but not criminal angry. I believe in trying to find fault in the system and challenge the system to win my point. I will not get caught up with challenging folks because it would be a waste of my time.

And lastly, but race has nothing to do with this case and others where a white officer kills a black person.