There appears to be a collective amnesia across much of America right now. Have we forgotten that there is precedent for taking down actual armed killers, mass murderers even, without the use of deadly force? Are the people we “trust” (and I use that word so loosely) to “protect” (Loose wording, once again) us so incompetent and full of fear that the mere appearance of a young, black male engaged in petty crime brings out a homicidal rage?
Think of all of the mass murderers who were apprehended and brought to trial, people like Timothy McVeigh and James Holmes, whose violence is indisputable. They were given a fair trial. I don’t care what your opinion is. I don’t care if you believe that Michael Brown had his hands up and was completely innocent or if you see him as public enemy #1 the big bad black boy who was a thief and was attempting to assault an officer of the law. That is irrelevant. We have a justice system in place. No individual should be allowed to be judge, jury, and executioner. Even if that individual is white, carrying a badge, and alone with a black “thug”. (Their wording. Not mine.)
I’m disgusted. I have one minor point to address. None of us were in the room with the grand jury yesterday, but if the news reports during the time were true, the grand jury looked over more evidence than is typically shown. For those of you who don’t follow law closely, a grand jury convenes to determine if there is enough evidence to bring forward an indictment. They are typically shown the best evidence that is the most damning to the defendant. From what I’ve heard reported yesterday, the grand jury was shown all of the evidence in the case. This is not customary. Is there anything you or I can do about this? Of course not. I’m just tossing it out there as one more symptom of a very sick system.