(Family Photo/ Facebook)
Midday August 9, 2014, eighteen year old Michael Brown was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown was black, Wilson is white. Beyond those few facts, the info available to the public is largely incomplete, one-sided, hearsay, self-serving, unclear or contradictory. The police are naturally reluctant and many times legally prevented from releasing information about the ongoing investigation. What little official info released, such as the past histories of the officer and the deceased, is carefully parsed. Into that void, factoids, spin, speculation and outright misinformation flows.
The St Louis County Police Department assumed control of the investigation and their finding are being presented before the Grand Jury. Results are expected to be unsealed about mid-November. Wielding the might of the FBI, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is conducting a multi-pronged investigation for possible civil rights violations by Wilson and the Ferguson Police Department as a whole.
|Al Sharpton and Mike Brown's Body|
|Protesting at the St Louis Cardinals Game|
(Mariah Stewart - The Huffington Post)
Outside activists continue to press their own Ferguson-camouflaged agendas. After the riot could no longer be extended, they immediately started pushing to replace the St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney for what could be seen as a deficiency of melanin. Recently, several vocal supporters interrupted a performance of the St Louis Symphony. A small group protested outside the St Louis/ Dodger playoff chanting “Justice For Mike Brown” and were countered by some foul-mouthed fans chanting “Let’s Go Darren”: a bad show all around. Violence seems to be the goal of the few: a shooting of a Ferguson cop resulted in a night long confrontation in front of the Community Center, orchestrated by 5 to 10 angry activists.
If I had to guess what will happen - based on what little is known - I think Officer Wilson will be indicted for excessive force: for the last two shots that went into Michael Brown’s head from above. It will be far too easy for the GJ to refer the questions around those two shots for resolution by trail. Then, unlike today's ongoing media barrage, a jury will be presented with the totality of facts and explanations and theories from both sides. Officer Wilson will have to hope for an unbiased, intelligent, wise and above all, brave jury. And just like the first Rodney King and George Zimmerman trials, despite all the efforts of the activists and the media, I feel the cop will be acquitted.
What happens then?… I have only fears.