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The Political Agitator response: I know everybody ain’t as ignant as the DA was. Anyone who seen how the the Grand jury was handled know that that mess won’t right and if they say it was, then they are in denial or just don’t give a damn about justice. It is all about the process and nothing to do with the people involved. The color of the people can change but the damn process should always be the same.
Subsequent to a previous report from Lawrence O’Donnell, the Missouri Attorney General has confirmed with “Last Word” that instructions given the Michael Brown grand jury describing the police “use of force” laws was incorrect and misleading.
The background of this situation: Lawrence O’Donnell reported that after reviewing the transcripts of the grand jury, his analyst discovered that the assistant district attorneys working for Bob McCulloch gave the jurors an outdated copy of Missouri law, which stated all that was required for an officer to use deadly force is their “reasonable belief” that there was a threat.
In 1985, in Tennessee v. Garner directly before Darren Wilson’s testimony giving the impression that all that was required under the law for Wilson to kill Michael Brown with impunity was his belief that he was in danger, without the additional requirement of probable cause for such a belief.
The Missouri AG now proclaims that was wrong, and that the Missouri Law needs to be changed and updated to reflect the Supreme Court’s ruling. (Source: Read more)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2014
Attorney Roy Miller
ATTORNEY ROY MILLER CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF FERGUSON, MO PROSECUTOR
Attorney Roy Miller
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Attorney Roy Miller of Macon, Georgia, states that “if the District Attorney was serious about getting an indictment on Darren Wilson, he would have done as usual and made an arrest. This should have been done before sending the case to the Grand Jury. Probable Cause is usually first established by the arresting officer when an arrest is made and the Grand Jury then basically agrees or disagrees. Why change actual legal procedure, just for one man?”
Miller adds: “In every criminal case that I have been involved during my 24 years of practicing criminal law, a felony arrest always happened first… before a case went to the grand jury to consider dismissal or indictment (move forward). This did not happen with officer Darren Wilson, because he was never arrested; however, other men arrested for a felony had it happen to them. Why is this important?”
He continues, “Because when an officer makes an arrest, he has already established that probable cause exists. So when it goes to a grand jury, the grand jury usually follows the sworn statement and the expert opinion of the arresting officer’s finding that probable cause exists. The grand jury should not make the first opinion on probable cause and to do so appears to be a due process violation of the United States Constitution.”
Miller continues, “By Ferguson Police not doing this, they did not expose officer Wilson to the same negative procedure in which they have placed other felony arrest suspects. Almost all the time in major felony cases, an arrest supplies to a grand jury an opinion of probable cause that they follow. If an arrest was stratigically omitted, this would be disgusting and illegal conduct for a prosecutor. I feel that the Prosecutor should be suspended immediately and investigation should begin. Integrity is at issue and possible present misconduct should be prevented. Prosecution for the murder of Michael Brown seemed to have worked hardest for the defendant.”
Attorney Roy Miller can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (478) 978-7526
The Political Agitator response: SMDH!
Reacting to five members of the St. Louis Rams coming onto the field for Sunday’s game displaying the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ gesture, a St. Louis police officers fraternal organization is demanding the team discipline the players, and that the team and league issue a formal apology, reports KSDK.
In a statement released Sunday evening, the St. Louis Police Officers Association condemned the display, calling it “tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.”
Prior to player introductions before Sunday’s game, five players — Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt — came out onto the field first with their hands in the air prior to being joined by their teammates. (Source: Read more)
Former NBA star Charles Barkley recently called Ferguson looters “scumbags,” praised police officers who work in black neighborhoods, and said he supports the decision made by the grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting.
“The true story came out from the grand jury testimony,” Barkley said, adding that he was made aware of “key forensic evidence, and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson’s story…” He continued, “I can’t believe anything I hear on television anymore. And, that’s why I don’t like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because they (the media) love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn’t do that. They never do that when black people kill each other.” (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: Now let’s talk about this!
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White Americans feel like they are being singled out because of the color of their skin rather than any actions they’ve taken. That’s how black people feel. Every. Single. Day.
In 1971, a riot broke out at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York during which prisoners demanded more political rights and better living conditions. About 1,000 inmates out of 2,200 took control of the prison, holding 42 staff members hostage. Negotiations went on for days before state police stormed the prison, resulting in 43 deaths. Attica has since become a pop culture reference in movies, songs, and TV shows. Even children’s shows like SpongeBob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Sabrina: The Teenage Witch have referenced it. The word “Attica” is no longer about what happened in that prison 43 years ago, but is now simply a synonym for political oppression. (Source: Read more)
Ferguson Missouri discussion about the Michael Brown Grand Jury verdict. A retired police officer talking about what should have taken place at the murder scene.
Good information from this law enforcement officer.
He talked about all of the mistakes from the scene all the way up to the Governor’s office. I say it again, so many folks are focusing on Black on Black crime and the looting and don’t want to talk about the real facts that will either justify or not not justify whether Officer Darren Wilson acted properly.
Until folks decide they are going to deal with making sure law enforcement follows their own policies and procedures then nothing is going to be accomplished. But Ferguson authorities are keeping the folks distracted so they will not have to respond to the real questions.
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The Political Agitator response: I am going to continue to do what I do and have been doing since the late 80’s being and advocate for justice. I just wish I could retire from my day job and do what I do on a full time basis versus.
WASHINGTON — WHEN Ferguson flared up this week after a grand jury failed to indict the white police officer Darren Wilson for killing the unarmed black youth Michael Brown, two realities were illuminated: Black and white people rarely view race in the same way or agree about how to resolve racial conflicts, and black people have furious moral debates among ourselves out of white earshot.
These colliding worlds of racial perception are why many Americans view the world so differently, and why recent comments by President Obama and the former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani cut to the quick of black identity in America.
From the start, most African-Americans were convinced that Michael Brown’s death wouldn’t be fairly considered by Ferguson’s criminal justice system. There were doubts that the prosecution and defense were really on different teams. The prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, looked as if he were coaching an intramural scrimmage with the goal of keeping Officer Wilson from being tackled by indictment. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: Absolutely! Nobody can tell people’s story like they can tell their own, but, there ARE some dedicated journalists who will.
Yara Allen said: …and there you have it, folks. People have been saying it all along, “Don’t believe the hype.” Nobody can tell people’s story like they can tell their own, but, there ARE some dedicated journalists who will. Go there, whoever you are, with your compassion, your cameras, and your determination to tell the real stories; go there and see to it that this does not get swept under the proverbial rug. Help them tell their stories. PLEASE. God bless the foot soldiers who risk life and limb to see justice done.
WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! We’re home safely, y’all…thanks for the love and concern. There is soooo much that I could tell you but just know these two things:
1. Don’t believe everything you see on the media outlets. Being there in the community where Mike Brown was killed and spending time with the people (AFTER THE CAMERAS LEFT) really opened our eyes to things that mainstream media isn’t catching on film…so we don’t see what’s REALLY going on. The people are genuinely hurting, scared, angry, fed up and fired up and they aren’t going away quietly. Still…there are things happening to them that the cameras don’t catch.
2. Rev. Barber is…AMAZING! We went in with about 180 people or more, including the national NAACP President, Cornell Brooks, and the local NAACP. There were people from other states as well. News cameras were everywhere!!! Many residents (not all) got very angry and hurled insults at us claiming that we were there for our 15 minutes of fame! It got pretty bad. Long story short, when the marchers and the media left..who stayed? Right…Rev. Barber and four more of us from NC NAACP. What we saw was nothing short of a miracle. The insults were still coming from about 10 really angry people. About 25 minutes went by and Rev. Barber began walking around the memorial…slowly…praying in silence. After about the fourth time around, the residents began to get silent and join in and we completed 7 times around. It calmed the people and opened the way for discussion, which started with “energy”. They were soon comfortable with the fact that we weren’t there for the cameras. Rev. Barber listened to them and talked with them. The loudest “heckler” ended up embracing and thanking him for being there! I heard him tell Rev. Barber as they embraced, “Old school, I’m sorry man if I turned you off with my language…but I’m angry” We shared hugs, stories and promises to meet again. Sisters hugged me and I apologized on behalf of all of those who have exploited their pain…even if those who have done that never apologize, I felt that the residents were owed that much. One older lady called me down on the steps where she was sitting. She embraced me and laid my head on her shoulders and we….just…cried. I looked over to see the crowd around Rev. Barber, still listening, and thanking him again. Then, out of concern for us, they asked us to leave before 5:00….not out of fear that residents would harm us, we had bonded with them at that point. I won’t go into details about it, not just yet…but this is why I say, don’t believe everything you see on t.v..
May (God) bless the people of Missouri.
May (God) continue to bless Rev. Barber and the NC NAACP team as well as others who are not exploiting the pain of the people for their own self interests
Damn I get so sick and tired of ignant damn Black folks calling in talking about what about how many Blacks have been killed by Blacks over the years? Hell ok! I got that! But what does that have to do with questioning white cops killing Black folks and it appears that it was not justified. Just justify white cops killing Blacks and we will stop the questioning.
Damn this woman just called in and said President Barack Obama ain’t saying anything. Sharpton got her straight because he has been on National TV several times and he has ordered the Justice Department to investigate.
Damn another woman talking about why majority Black in Ferguson and the DA has been running unopposed. This is not only just true in Ferguson but in many states.
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An assistant medical examiner who helped perform a private autopsy on Michael Brown and whose medical credentials were called into question by CNN this week wonders why the network is only now bringing accusations against him to light.
“Why are you guys bringing this old stuff up, but yet you guys used me on your program several times?” Shawn Parcells, the Kansas-based assistant examiner, said of CNN in an interview with The Daily Caller on Friday.
Parcells aided forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden in the Aug. 17 autopsy on Brown, who was shot to death on Aug. 9 by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
FERGUSON, Mo. — Demonstrators are marching from Ferguson to the Missouri governor’s mansion in Jefferson City to protest the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Several people gathered in Ferguson on Saturday at the site where Brown was killed. The 120-mile march to Jefferson City will take seven days and was organized by the NAACP.
North Carolina NAACP President Reverend William Barber is one of the thousands participating in the march. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: I totally agree! This was a very good article. But I really love the comments about the role of the Grand Jury but folks who want don’t want real justice don’t talk about the real issue at hand but continue to do everything they possibly can to justify killing black folks.
The Ferguson grand jury operated in an unorthodox way in the Darren Wilson case: The prosecutor, Robert McCullough, presented all the evidence and then took a hands-off approach designed to shift responsibility for securing an indictment from himself – the government – to a group of citizens. That’s not a legal failure, that’s politics.
Police officers are so rarely held accountable for killing even unarmed black and brown people, that no one was really surprised at the outcome this time. People have lost faith in the system, which repeatedly tells them black lives don’t matter. (Source: Read more)