The shooting of Michael Brown has been one of the most emotional events to have occurred in the African American community for decades. Millions of people were convinced that Officer Darren Wilson was in the wrong when he shot Brown and that he was a cold blooded killer.
But according to a report from The Washington Post, it appears that the grand jury doesn’t even believe that there is enough just cause for charges to be filed against Wilson for what happened on that tragic day. This leads some to wonder where the protests are to go from here, and whether justice was miscarried. There is also the possibility that witness accounts of Brown lunging at Officer Wilson may have been founded.
No matter what the outcome is, Ferguson is currently a powder keg of anger toward the local police department. There are also protests taking place all throughout the US that serve as reminders that no matter what happens in this case, police brutality is a serious problem in America.
Washington, DC – Activists with the Project 21 black leadership network say a new Washington Post report that the Eric Holder-led Department of Justice will not charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson with federal civil rights charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown is evidence that the time has come for healing.
“Protestors called for the Eric Holder-led Justice Department to investigate this case. It seems to have concluded its investigation. What more is there to protest?” asked Project 21’s Christopher Arps, who lives near Ferguson and attended perhaps the first prayer vigil related to the shooting. “It is now time to begin the healing process.”
Although the Justice Department will not confirm it, a law enforcement official said to have been briefed on the federal investigation told Sari Horwitz and Kimberly Kindy of the Washington Post: “The evidence at this point does not support civil rights charges against Officer Wilson.” Another unnamed source in law enforcement told the Post: “The evidence we have makes federal civil rights charges unlikely.”
“Eric Holder’s ‘Department of Injustice’ has concluded its civil rights investigation into Darren Wilson. Like the phony civil rights case against George Zimmerman, it should never have commenced,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper, a legal commentator who taught constitutional law at George Mason University and is a former U.S. House of Representatives leadership legal counsel. “A civil rights investigation isn’t a political stunt or a chit to be used whenever convenient. The lives of too many Americans were given in order for its genesis. Shame on Eric Holder for abusing it this way.”