Our hearts feel heavy as the final decision to not charge officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown sinks in. St. Louis Country prosecutor Robert McCulloch made the devastating announcement moments ago and although we are incredibly saddened we are not surprised as Black life doesn’t seem to matter as much as our White counterparts. McCulloch’s idiotic speech didn’t help either. While setting out to lift the judicial system on high, he shunned witnesses, the media and blamed everyone else for the tragic shooting…everyone except Darren Wilson.
McCulloch began his speech addressing Brown’s family. “First and foremost, I would like to extend my deepest symbol these to the family of Michael Brown. As I have said in the past, I know that regardless of the circumstances here, they lost a loved one to violence. I know the pain that accompanies such a loss knows no bounds,” he said. But McCulloch’s speech quickly turned left as he focused his attention on the media and the “underlying tensions between the police department and a significant part of the neighborhood” instead of Darren Wilson, who committed the murder.
“On august 9, Michael brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. Within minutes, various accounts of the incident began appearing on social media. The town was filled with speculation and little if any solid accurate information. Almost immediately, neighbors began gathering, anger began brewing because of the various descriptions of what had happened and because of the underlying tensions between the police department and a significant part of the neighborhood. The St. Louis county police conducted an extensive investigation of the crime scene. Under varying trying circumstances and erupted very at least once by gunfire. continuing after that, they along with the agents of the FBI at the direction of attorney general Eric Holder, located numerous individuals and gathered additional evidence and information. Fully aware of the unfounded but growing concern in some parts of our community that the investigation and review of this tragic death might not be fair, I decided immediately that all of the physical evidence gathered, all people claiming to have witnessed any part or all of the shooting, and any and all other related matters would be presented to the grand jury. 12 members of this community selected by a judge in may of this year-long before the shooting occurred. I would like to briefly expand upon the unprecedented cooperation of the local and federal authorities.”
McCulloch seemed more interested in discrediting the testimonies of the witnesses. Before revealing the grand jury’s decision, he explained the grand jury process.
“My assistants begin presenting to the grand jury on august 23 the evidence was presented in organized an orderly manner. The jurors gave us a schedule of when they could make. All 12 jurors were present for every session and heard every word of testimony and examined every item of evidence. Beginning august 20 and continuing until today, the grand jury worked tirelessly to examine and re-examine all of the testimony of the witnesses and all of the physical evidence. They were extremely engaged in the process asking questions of every witness, requesting specific witnesses, requesting specific information and asking for certain physical evidence. They met on 25 separate days in the last three months, heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses and reviewed hours and hours of recordings of media and law enforcement interviews by many of the witnesses who testified. They heard from the three medical examiners and experts on blood, DNA, toxicology, firearms and drug analysis. The examined hundreds of photographs, some of which they asked to be taken. The examined various pieces of physical evidence. They were presented with five indictments ranging from murder in the first degree to involuntary manslaughter. Their burden was determined based upon all of the evidence if probable cause existed and that Darren Wilson was the person to commit the crime. There is no question that Darren Wilson caused the death of Michael Brown by shooting him but the inquiry does not end there.”
Finally, he announced, “After their exhaustive review, the grand jury deliberated and made their final decision. They determined that no probable cause exists to file any charges against officer Wilson and return a no true on each of the five indictments. The physical and scientific evidence examined by the grand jury combined with a witness statement supported and substantiated by that physical evidence held the accurate and tragic story of what happened. The very general synopsis of the testimony and the physical evidence presented to the grand jury follows — as I have promised, the evidence presented to the grand jury with some exceptions and the testimony of the witnesses called to the grand jury will be released at the conclusion of this statement. At approximately 11:45 a.M. On Saturday the ninth of august, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was the dispatch to an emergency involving a two-month-old infant having trouble breathing. At about 11:53 a.M., Wilson heard a radio broadcast of stealing in progress at a market in. The broadcast also included a brief description of the subject. A black male, wearing a white t-shirt and a box of Swisher cigars. Officer Wilson remained with the mother and the infant until EMS arrived. Officer Wilson left the apartment complex in his police vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe SUV. An additional description of the suspect was released at that time.”
Read the full transcript, here.