Every day, police claim they have enough probable cause to arrest citizens for the most mundane things, like taking photos or asking questions, which are both protected by the Constitution.
Yet we sat here for weeks wondering if a grand jury would find enough probable cause to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing an unarmed teenager whom he confronted for walking in the middle of the street.
Because that is all a grand jury does. Determine whether there is enough probable cause to proceed with a trial. It’s not a determination of guilt or innocence.
The grand jury did not find enough probable cause despite several witnesses who individually claimed the same story; that Michael Brown was shot and killed while trying to surrender.
What difference would it make if one witness said Brown had his arms straight up before he was shot and another witness said he had his arms straight down – one of the “contradictions” in witness statements highlighted by the prosecutor in his justification of the decision.
Wilson claimed that Brown had reached into his car for his gun, which sparked a struggle, leading to Wilson’s gun being fired inside the car. That was when Brown ran off, before stopping, turning around and come charging back, forcing Wilson to open fire.
Brown’s friend, the closest eye witness to the incident, claimed that Wilson had grabbed Brown by the neck while he was walking down the street, pulling him into the car, sparking a struggle, which was when the cop’s gun went off. Brown then broke free and started running away, which was when Wilson stepped out of his car with his gun drawn, ordering him to stop.
Brown then stopped, turned around and held his hands up before Wilson opened fire several times, killing him, which is why Hands Up, Don’t Shoot became the chanting phrase during each protest.
Sure, you can bring up the alleged convenience store robbery, but that is typical jackboot thinking that is more suited for Saudi Arabia than the United States; the mentality that an person shall be sentenced to death without trial in a public execution for stealing.
We’re supposedly a country of laws where everybody is treated equally in the court system, but everybody knows that’s bullshit.
Had it been the other way around, had Michael Brown shot Darren Wilson in a questionable shooting, he would have been indicted months ago.
In fact, there would have been no need for a grand jury because the fact he killed a cop for any reason at all is enough probable cause to put him on trial.
So why should cops be treated any differently?
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