Thanksgiving spent in the St. Louis area brought the events in Ferguson, MO closer to this Springfield boy. As a Christian, when writing about things in the news, sometimes slowness is not sloth, but wisdom. The Grand Jury gave their decision on the Darren Wilson case. Rioting & looting broke out in the St. Louis area. It seems to be out of the news now. But whose fault was this?
Was it the Grand Jury’s? They ruled on the evidence as they were instructed. If you do not believe this, then you should work in a civil manner to correct it. If the jurors were biased, work in the system to correct this failure. Your Examiner does not agree with you.
Was it Darren Wilson’s fault? The Grand Jury says no. According to the evidence they were given Officer Wilson did not act contrary to his training or authority. He used deadly force to defuse a life threatening situation for himself and bystanders. He subdued a violent assailant in the only manner he could. His first shots were to prevent Brown from attacking him further. His final shots were in self defense. Had those shots not been fired, who would have been the victim after Brown killed Wilson? If you don’t believe this, once again you differ with your Examiner.
Was this a problem with the way Michael was raised? Are his parents at fault? Don’t blame your parents for your own short comings. People have been raised in very bad situations and have grown up to overcome these problems and improve their own life. You do not have to be a victim of your environment.
Have the police department of Ferguson, MO been lax in hiring minorities? They may have, but the shooting of this young man by a police officer had nothing to do with their difference in race. There will be a Federal investigation. The Attorney General of the United States has assured us of that. When those findings are revealed, if they agree with the evidence released by the Grand Jury, Wilson will not be found guilty of shooting his assailant because he was black. If a different ruling is made it will be on new evidence.
Who does that leave? Brown had an initial encounter with the officer who was still in the police cruiser. As he was walking away he decided to turn around. According to some witnesses he raised his hands. Other witnesses stated that he then charged the officer. Injuries from the gunshots corroborate this version. Had the victim kept his distance, there would have been no excuse for a policeman shooting an unarmed man. If those testimonies had been substantiated by the forensic evidence, Wilson should have been indicted.
This tragic event could have been prevented. The evidence and testimony provided to the Grand Jury proves this. The problem is that the one who could have stopped this series of events, chose not to for some unknown reason. Sadly it resulted in his death. Once again it is left to you to agree or disagree with the findings. Use logic not emotion. That is what the jury had to do.