Grand Jury Decision: Will Ferguson Explode?
The grand jury convened to decide whether or not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is expected to return a decision some time in November. Seeing as how multiple leaks have given us clues as to which way the decision is likely to go, Ferguson officials are deeply concerned that violence will erupt following the announcement.
To that end, the St. Louis County Police Department has begun stocking up on riot gear. Following what happened in the weeks following the August 9th shooting, one can hardly blame them for being prepared. They’ve started amassing tear gas, sub-lethal ammunition, and plastic handcuffs in anticipation of the decision, which could easily lead to mass rioting in the streets of Ferguson.
A collection of school superintendents have urged the St. Louis County prosecutor to announce the grand jury’s decision on a Sunday, fearing that students will be put in jeopardy if the announcement comes on a weekday. At the very least, they’re asking officials to make the announcement after 5:00 pm. Such a strategy could be difficult to swing, though, considering the extraordinary amount of national attention the case has received.
Leaks from the grand jury hearing have already convinced many Americans that Wilson was justified in the August homicide. Brown’s blood was found on Wilson’s gun and inside his vehicle, supporting the officer’s story that Brown attacked him. Additionally, many eyewitnesses have corroborated Wilson’s version of events. While the case is far from settled – these leaks have not given us a well-rounded look at the evidence – the outlook looks grim for those who want to see an indictment.
The Contemptible Liberal Media
The media is wholly and completely responsible for any violence that might accompany a dismissal of charges. National news organizations chose sides in this case from the very beginning, and they have hardly backed off their chosen narrative even in light of a mountain of conflicting evidence. They have portrayed the Ferguson protestors as expressing righteous outrage, adding fuel to the fire whenever they get the chance. They did the same thing with the Trayvon Martin case, which miraculously came to a conclusion without accompanying riots.
At least two things need to happen when everything is settled. One, we need to see a widespread movement that requires police to videotape everything they do. This is for the safety of the police and the safety of the citizenry. If there was video footage of the Ferguson shooting, we would have a much better idea of what really happened. Two, we need to have a serious discussion about the media’s willingness to jump to conclusions. There’s no way to force news outlets to report their stories in an unbiased manner without constricting free speech, but a groundswell of public opinion could effect change.
Because of the liberal media, millions still believe that George Zimmerman got away with murder. Because of the same media, Ferguson could wind up reflecting the 1992 LA riots once the grand jury’s decision is revealed. And because of race-baiters like Sharpton, Jackson, Holder, and Obama, blacks nationwide will continue to blame a “racist” system for holding them down.