The reaction among young people to the Ferguson grand jury decision has been very emotional. But that is about it. Just emotions, and little facts or logic.
Darren Wilson wasn’t indicted because there wasn’t enough evidence against him for a reasonable jury to find him guilty. In other words, there was PLENTY of reasonable doubt in the case. This grand jury spent a lot of time pouring over the evidence. Among the things they heard and saw, was physical evidence that supported the officer’s case (click to read), and also, accounts like this from the AP:
“Another witness had told the FBI that Wilson shot Brown in the back and then “stood over him and finished him off.” But in his grand jury testimony, this witness acknowledged that he had not seen that part of the shooting, and that what he told the FBI was “based on me being where I’m from, and that can be the only assumption that I have.”
The witness, who lives in the predominantly black neighborhood where Brown was killed, also acknowledged that he changed his story to fit details of the autopsy that he had learned about on TV.
“So it was after you learned that the things you said you saw couldn’t have happened that way, then you changed your story about what you seen?” a prosecutor asserted.
“Yeah, to coincide with what really happened,” the witness replied.
Another man, describing himself as a friend of Brown’s, told a federal investigator that he heard the first gunshot, looked out his window and saw an officer with a gun drawn and Brown “on his knees with his hands in the air.” He added: “I seen him shoot him in the head.”
But when later pressed by the investigator, the friend said he had not seen the actual shooting because he was walking down the stairs at the time and instead had heard details from someone in the apartment complex.
“What you are saying you saw isn’t forensically possible based on the evidence,” the investigator told the friend.
Shortly after that, the friend asked if he could leave.
“I ain’t feeling comfortable,” he said.”
Here you see photos of students from Universities across the nation participating in what is being called “Die-ins” showing their disapproval of the grand jury decision.
George Washington University
University of Chicago
Penn State University
Jackson State University
New Jersey City University
So please be smart. Many young people have been manipulated by the media to feel like this case was open and shut against Darren Wilson. That isn’t true. A much more outrageous situation is the non-indictment of a white cop in the choking death of a black man in New York. Michael Brown is no hero, and we don’t know if Wilson is even a villain.