Officer Who Killed Michael Brown Not Indicted #BlackLivesMatter

UCLA Students Protesting Grand Jury Decision. Nov. 25 2014.
UCLA Students Protesting Grand Jury Decision. Nov. 25 2014.

On August 9, 2014, Darren Wilson, A white St. Louis County police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-yr old black boy, in Ferguson, Missouri. There has been unrest in the United States since.

Two days ago, on November 24, 2014 – after three months of deliberation, a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson. Some are pleased at the decision, many are outraged.

The county prosecutor Robert McCulloch, and Wilson’s supporters say that he was only doing his job and defending himself. In his 4-hour testimony during the grand jury trial, Wilson described Brown as “superhuman” and a “demon.” With descriptors such as these, it seems that much of his fear stemmed from racial bias. The witness testimonies are not in agreement as to whether Wilson was in danger. The law permits use of force where there is a reasonable belief that one is in danger.

UCLA students and people all over the country are protesting the decision, because it means that the grand jurors didn’t find that Wilson’s killing of Brown was a serious crime worthy of an actual trial.

It is important for all who weigh in on this to keep in mind that this is not a lone case. It is part of a longstanding tradition of police brutality towards black people. We all hope that there will be a radical change in the system as a result of this. Black Lives Matter.

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/us/witnesses-told-grand-jury-that-michael-brown-charged-at-darren-wilson-prosecutor-says.html

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/25/us/national-ferguson-protests/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/24/366370100/grand-jury-reaches-decision-in-michael-brown-case

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/13/us/ferguson-missouri-town-under-siege-after-police-shooting.html?_r=0

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