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Ferguson Grand Jury Courageous in Face of Unrest

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Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 12:42 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Ferguson, Mo. erupted right after the “No Indictment” decision. Two things are clear:
  • The system worked. Despite the certainty of riots, and the very real threat of harm to themselves, should they not indict, the 12 grand jury members had the courage to make the right call.
  • A growing faction has completely rejected the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wanting nothing to do with his belief in a colorblind society. Instead, they are choosing to fight for a segregated America, one that favors one class over another. To so callously trample on the sacrifices made by America’s civil rights pioneers is abominable.
Here's the bottom line of the Ferguson debacle:
  • What genius decided to tell the world that the grand jury reached a conclusion, but wouldn’t announce their findings until hours later? Doing so only increased the tension and allowed protesters to organize. Most idiotic, why would they wait until after dark to announce it?
Everything should have already been secured, so what have they been doing for the last week? Rioters gained the tactical advantage since darkness provided a cloak of invisibility to their actions and identities:
  • What’s the point of mobilizing Patton’s Third Army if you take a hands-off approach? Doing so was either sheer incompetence or an attempt to placate the masses. So the message is, no matter how big law enforcement’s presence, you can riot with without consequence if you just yell “racism” and “police brutality.” The bad guys gamed the system, and those in charge took the bait.
  • The national media is a laughingstock. Their sensationalistic and often shoddy reporting is bad enough — sorry — but there were never tanks rolling through Ferguson. Their stammering and constant redundancy demonstrated that without the crutch of a teleprompter, many are pathetic. They should also get their hearing checked, since many kept asking the same thing. For the last time. The vote of the grand jury, by statute, is confidential. Stop asking that question.
  • Critics accused the prosecutor of giving too much information to the jurors. No joke. In other words, providing every piece of evidence to get to the bottom of what really happened was a bad thing. Those making that argument made up their minds months ago.
  • The grand jury sifted through testimony and physical evidence to determine which witnesses were credible, and just as important, which were not. Yet that is disregarded by many wanting to blame everyone except the one most responsible for Michael Brown’s death — Brown himself. The spectacle of people resorting to violence under the fallacy that racism was involved is more appropriate for a banana republic.
  • Stop with the politically-correct but categorically-untrue no one wanted violence line. Many did, mainly as an excuse to loot. There would have been some lawlessness no matter what the jury’s outcome.
  • Do those protesting since the August 9 shooting actually work, or have protesting and agitating become bona fide professions? And since the investigation was ongoing, what was being protested?
  • The Brown family didn’t help their cause by testifying before the United Nations Committee on Torture, “… we have to bring it (the shooting incident) to the U.N. so they can expose it to the rest of the world...” They certainly have the right to disagree with the judicial process, but this is still America. We don’t answer to the United Nations.  That was a major mistake, as it alienated many who may have been sympathetic to the family’s plight.
  • The feds’ ongoing investigation violates Constitutional protections against double-jeopardy.  The odds could be stacked against Officer Wilson if federal grand jurors, after witnessing the bedlam in Ferguson, are afraid of being responsible for another riot.  We’ve seen it before, when Los Angeles policemen were imprisoned when a federal jury found them guilty in the Rodney King case after they were acquitted by the state.  To think the federal jurors didn’t base their decision in light of the Los Angeles riots that followed is fantasy.
  • Brown’s death is a tragedy. It’s time to address issues that have been given lip service but, in truth, ignored, from education to incarceration.  They can only be solved if people look at reality.  Don’t hold your breath, though, for as a wise man once said, “There’s what people want to hear, there’s what people want to believe, there’s everything else — and then there’s the truth.” 
Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.
 
 

 

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The system worked. Despite the certainty of riots, and the very real threat of harm to themselves should they not indict, the 12 grand jury members had the courage to make the right call.
Ferguson in Crisis
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Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 12:42 PM
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