First let me say that there are certain facts about this case that are irrefutable. For example:
1) A young black man who was completely unarmed was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson.
2) The police department initially reported that Mike Brown (the victim) was killed 35ft from the SUV of the officer. Later, it was revealed that this was incorrect, and that Brown really died 150ft from the car. This is understandable, clearly. I mean, they’re not too far apart, right? It’s not like that’s four times the first stated distance, right?
3) Mike Brown had stolen something from a store prior to the incident. (X)
4) Darren Wilson DID NOT know of this theft prior to their altercation. Brown was stopped for jaywalking. For those of you who don’t know, jaywalking is that misdemeanor that no one takes seriously including the cop that sees me doing it on a weekly basis whenever the opportunity presents itself. Even when I go up to them literally the next day, all they do is smile and say good morning before stopping traffic to allow me to get to the other side of the road (I should include here that I feel that this is because Ferguson’s police department has serious issues that I will address later). Details are fuzzy regarding whether Wilson learned of the robbery at some point during his interaction with Brown. The Ferguson police department has given conflicting statements on the issue.
5) Eyewitness testimonies conflict with each other. Some support the scene described by Wilson, where Mike Brown allegedly charged at him as he was under fire. Some support a scene in which Mike Brown faced the officer, surrendered, asked him not to shoot, and then was killed. Physical evidence of the bullet wounds can be used to support either version of the story. The wounds suggests that Brown was bent over and had moved closer to the officer at some point. This could have been in surrender, and after having been shot, being bent over in pain. This could also have been charging into the bullets being fired at him (which is really odd behavior for someone who, at the very most, was only high on marijuana).
6) Ferguson police demonstrated blatant disrespect and apathy about the situation by driving over and allowing their dog to urinate on the Mike Brown memorial. Source.In case you didn’t believe that one. And another because I didn’t believe it and I had to really look into this.
7) The Grand Jury decision requires at least nine of twelve votes.
8) The Grand Jury was made up of nine whites and three blacks.
9) Grand Juries are usually given a list of charges on which to choose from to indict the suspect. The St. Louis County prosecutor did not suggest any charges against Darren Wilson.
10) Grand Juries don’t usually hear testimony from the defendant. Darren Wilson gave a four hour testimony.
11) The grand jury heard MANY accounts of the situation and viewed evidence that is far more than typical.
12) Darren Wilson and Mike Brown are VERY SIMILAR in size.
In conclusion: this situation is so difficult. One thing is clear: this IS a RACE ISSUE. The outburst of protests spurs from the distrust of white police officers in an area dominantly populated by African Americans. The outburst of protests spurs from the distrust of police from African Americans EVERYWHERE because racial profiling is not some concept that some people invented for sympathy. It really happens and it is really detrimental to everyone involved. The police are also not releasing consistent evidence or information regarding the case, which leads me to believe that this case was SERIOUSLY mishandled.
Do not assume everyone is innocent until proven guilty. There was no trial. There will be no chance to prove him guilty. There was no chance to prove Mike Brown guilty. Do not forget this.
Also, in case you missed it, the literal KKK has a position on this particular issue (X). There are alleged ties between Darren Wilson and the KKK (X)(X). Wilson also literally compared Brown to a demon during his testimony.
Police officers, in theory, should have enough training to arrest one unarmed man. Police officers should not have to resort to fatal means of self defense after two punches. Police officers should wear body cameras we should do that as a country because the amount of distrust that many situations like this creates too much fear in all communities especially when you are taught that these people in uniforms are here to protect you.
DO NOT forget that this is not about one crime that could quite possibly go unpunished. This is about an entire country that was founded on the concepts of equality, freedom, liberty, and justice for all being so racist that it will allow the killer of an 18-year-old black man to walk free without so much as a trial. A country that takes abortion more seriously than the death of an actual, fully formed human being with a family who had gotten to know and love him over the course of their lives. The news will paint this all in a negative light, but they are distracting from the big picture.
Protests are meant to make noise in a nation where no one sees what is going on. No one is listening.