Tuesday Reads: No Justice, No Surprise

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Season’s Greetings?

Well, I usually start these things with a “Good Morning” but with the disappointing news from last’s nights ridiculous display by Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

Ferguson Prosecutor Robert McCulloch Gives Bizarre Press Conference

B3Qfhn0IYAA3VfkSt. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced on Monday night that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a press conference that many found baffling, unwieldy and inflammatory.

McCulloch said the grand jury “gave up their lives” while deliberating.

The prosecutor also repeatedly lashed out at the media, blaming the internet and “the 24-hour news cycle” for the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where Brown was shot and killed in August. He continued talking for several minutes before revealing the much-anticipated grand jury decision.

B3QpGz1IEAAu2jv“The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything to talk about, following closely behind with the non-stop rumors on social media,” he said.

Media figures and social media users lashed out at the notion that cable news and Twitter were to blame for the tension in the months following Brown’s death, rather than the death itself.

“Social media isn’t the problem,” author Maureen Johnson said. “Shooting children is the problem.”

 

Go to the link to see the full statement via video. You can also see how some folks reacted to it from last night’s live blog.

Another look at the funky ass statement here: Bombshell evidence laid out in death of Michael Brown – NY Daily News

I don’t know about “bombshell” there was nothing new in the information…just confirmation of what was “leaked” earlier to the press.

Next up, I will first give you two links…they are both to the same thing, the huge document dump as promised by McCulloch at his press conference.

The testimony the grand jury heard in the Michael Brown case : stltoday.com

That link has the items in large files, you will need to download them and then extract the documents.

The Guardian has the documents individually:

Darren Wilson not indicted: read the full grand jury report | US news | The Guardian

Both have search features.

Photo below of Michael Brown’s mother when she heard the decision:

Reuters photo that was all over Twitter last night.

Reuters photo that was all over Twitter last night.

When you get a chance, take a look at these links:

 

Ferguson, goddamn: No indictment for Darren Wilson is no surprise. This is why we protest | Syreeta McFadden | Comment is free | The Guardian

I’ve been dreaming of death. Seeing pictures of death. Seeing pictures of bloody sheets hanging on clotheslines.

Just days before Michael Brown and his brown body encountered a white police officer and a gun in Ferguson, Missouri, the 18-year-old child said that to his stepmother. She told the world of this foreshadowing during Brown’s funeral two months ago, as anger turned to tears, and this small community ignited a wave of protests and activism that would continue for more than 100 days – and will begin anew, starting right now.

In the months since, all of the leaks and all of the tweets warning that there would be no indictment for Darren Wilson – that instead there would be black“violence” and a perpetual “state of emergency” – have served as constructed preparations to manage our disappointment, for the big reveal that our criminal justice system was still as broken as it ever was. And now that the grand jury’s decision has arrived in the form of a smirking white prosecutor, all of the agony of that wait has culminated in nothing more than the sum of our grim expectations, to ignite cynicism and an old rage.

Today, Mike Brown is still dead, and Darren Wilson has not been indicted for his murder. And who among us can say anything but: “I am not surprised”?

As BB pointed out yesterday: It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did | FiveThirtyEight

A St. Louis County grand jury on Monday decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson in the August killing of teenager Michael Brown. The decision wasn’t a surprise — leaks from the grand jury had led most observers to conclude an indictment was unlikely — but it was unusual. Grand juries nearly always decide to indict.

Or at least, they nearly always do so in cases that don’t involve police officers.

Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” The data suggests he was barely exaggerating: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.

Brown Family Attorney: Prosecutor ‘Changed the Rules’ | Mediaite

Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump has been critical of the Grand Jury process in Fergusonsince before the decision was announced Monday evening, and he remained so Tuesday morning in an interview with Savannah Guthrie on Today.

“[Bob McColluch] didn’t recommend any charges or anything,” Crump said. “He put all the evidence out there and said let’s just be fair to everybody. And this is different than what I’ve ever seen in my twenty years of practicing law.”

RELATED: Brown Family Attorney: We’ll ‘Explore Every Legal Avenue’ if No Indictment

“So the question becomes, if for 28 years he has been prosecutor before the grand juries and he didn’t do it this way, was he being unfair to them? Why change the rules now when it’s our children lying on the ground? We want the same justice, we want equal justice, that you do for everybody else. Don’t change the rules on our children.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an open thread….feel free to post links to anything you like.


45 Comments on “Tuesday Reads: No Justice, No Surprise”

  1. Morning all, Jake is having high sugar levels, so I am going awol right nowl

  2. bostonboomer says:

    In Aug. Chief Jackson admitted that Wilson could not have heard the radio call about the “robbery.” Now suddenly Wilson was “responding to the radio call.”

    And supposedly Brown was so huge and gigantic that Wilson felt “like a five year old holding onto Hulk Hogan.” Give me a break. Brown was 6’4″ My brother is around that size and I’m sure weighs more than 200 lbs. What Wilson really meant is Brown was a large black guy. Jesus. He was only 18! I don’t believe for one minute he was trying to kill a police officer.

    Is anyone in the media going to question this bullshit?

    • gp says:

      Even if Jackson was telling the truth, even though it is an obvious lie, how do they get from a shoplifting incident to this? Shoplifting isn’t much for police officers to be bothered with in this day and age. I see no justification in the use of deadly force. Shooting that kid that many times is nothing less than straight out murder. It is obvious. The injuries to Wilson do look faked. Looked like he had rubbed his face hard. Almost everything the police has said about the case is a lie and not even convincing ones at that. Just sad and tragic that our police have the right to kill people at any time.

    • NW Luna says:

      Those photos show Wilson looking like an unscathed bully who’s trying not to grin at getting away with murder.

    • RalphB says:

      According to what I read, Darren Wilson is around 6’4″ and about 210 lbs. He appears to be a coward who was terrified of the large black teenager, so he murdered him.

      I suspect that cowardice is a contributing factor in a lot of these killer cops. If they are going to be afraid of the job, they have no business being cops in the first place.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      “What Wilson really meant is Brown was a large black guy. Jesus’

      Michael Brown, Jr. was 6’4″ weighed about 292, Darren Wilson was 6’4” and weighed over 200lbs and Wilson thought he was facing the HULK. Bullshit!!! The trump card in all of this is that greatest of all equalizers, WILSON had a gun, Brown didn’t. Dr. Baden testified that the shot that was likely the first shot to hit Michael Brown was fired from a distance of at least 3 feet because Brown had no gunshot residue on his body or at the wound site. The key words there are “at least”. That sort of debunks the testimony of Wilson who said he could feel Brown’s finger on his finger as it was on the trigger while the two supposedly tussled for the gun inside of the car. No doubt the shot was fired from Wilson while he was in the car.

      Then there is the blood trail that extends 21 feet farther out than where the body eventually came to rest. The prosecutor acts as if the only way that could happen was if Brown was charging Wilson. I disagree with that. It could have happened as Brown turned to surrender and Wilson began firing on Brown as Brown fell forward to his death. Hell he was 6’4″, all he had to do was take 3-4 steps forward while falling to move 21 feet. It’s all such bullshit totally tilted in the direction that is most favorable to Darren Wilson.

  3. Fannie says:

    Yet another scar added to the deep scars that America has been suffering from for a 1,000 years. As I sit here and read, and see that I have always been living in this world, it’s nothing new, progress towards blacks has not been made. I am saturated with white men defining and explaining on mainstream media why I should believe them, and trust in a systems that protect and serve up justice.

    Living in Idaho, I just spoke to a woman, a Mormon, a neighbor, and her feelings were “a battle between the races” would eventually happen sometime in the future. I asked her why the 200 year old church does not have a black leader, or a woman for that matter in the church. I asked her if the church fears blacks and women, and she gave that go away look. I wonder how many other people feel like we are somehow “less than human”.

    • NW Luna says:

      why the 200 year old church does not have a black leader, or a woman for that matter

      Too threatening to the status quo of power, would be my guess. And all those without power who have bought in to the brainwashing.

      The Christian faith arose from a street preacher who said: “Love thy neighbor as thyself” and “As you do unto the least of them, so you do unto me” and “You without sin cast the first stone.” No, he did not say you should battle between races.

      Gentle hugs to you, Fannie.

    • Sima says:

      I guess it’s the future because ‘a battle between the races’ is happening now. It’s been happening for a long, long, long time too.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      “I asked her if the church fears blacks and women, and she gave that go away look. I wonder how many other people feel like we are somehow “less than human”.”

      You nailed it Fannie. “Less than human” or “not as good as” seems to be part of the formula of exclusion used in the Power equation.

  4. dakinikat says:

    Legal Experts Explain Why The #Ferguson Grand Jury Was Set Up For Failure http://sp.lc/1Fokog5

    • ANonOMouse says:

      It definitely was setup for failure. The prosecution behaved more like a defense team for Wilson. The Prosecutor had his department present to the grand jury to cover his own ass because he knew, even before he saw the evidence, that he wasn’t going to prosecute Darren Wilson. SHAME!!!!!!

  5. ANonOMouse says:

    I’m going to say this and I’ve not heard anyone else say it, but I’m sure I’m not the only person who has thought it. Yesterday around noon I heard that the jury had reached a decision. I fully expected that decision would be read to the public within the hour and if not postponed until the next morning, instead the Prosecutor announced around 4-5PM that he would read the verdict at 8PM CST. The first thing I thought was, WHY??????????? Why read a decision that you know has the potential to incite violence or negative reactions at 8PM in the evening? Why allow those who may act out in angry or destructive or violent ways the cover of darkness to commit their acts? Why not wait until 8AM and read the verdict? And why did the Prosecutor not instruct Law Enforcement to pull the necessary enforcement agencies into position to protect businesses in the area before the decision was read? Does anyone remember the Harlem Riots, the Chicago Riots, the Watts Riot? I remember them and I remember that the majority of the damage was done to minority owned business and minority neighborhoods. Surely there are people old enough in St. Louis Law enforcement to remember those riots. And that’s what I’m thinking happened in Ferguson last night. I THINK THEY DID REMEMBER. I hate to sound conspiratorial but it seems to me that there was very little attempt to stop the destruction of property and businesses in what is predominantly a black neighborhood. This morning I heard Bernie Kerik say (paraphrasing) the officers were afraid of overreacting and being judged for their actions. HORSESHIT!!!!!! Law Enforcement knew full well that the scope of anger was going to explode at the announcement and yet, even after the Governor had declared a State of Emergency a week ago and activated the National Guard and State Troopers, there was little evidence of them last night and local PD did little to protect businesses. How convenient. And it all makes me wonder what would have been done to prevent the destruction of property if a predominantly white neighborhood or white owned businesses were under the threat of violence or destruction.

    I hope tonight is not a repeat of last night, but until the justice system in this country works the same for everyone, EVEN POLICE OFFICERS WHO COMMIT MURDER, there will be no confidence in the Criminal Justice System. HOW COULD THERE BE????!!!

    No Justice, No Peace, No Violence!!!!

    • ANonOMouse says:

      He needs to be relegated to Pariah status. If only these rapes could be prosecuted nothing would say justice louder than this “serial rapist” spending what’s left of his sorry ass life in prison. And to think how he’s weaseled his way through life, scamming the public with his benevolent “daddy” image while shaming the black community at every turn in the road for not having the wherewithal to rise to his standards. Now the truth outs him as a gutter dwelling rapist. What a shameless sociopath and hypocrite.

  6. Boo Radly says:

    Oh those devilishly clever Missouri lawmakers – from the police force, Police Chief, DA, and Gov. Nixon – today he just kept repeating how awful and unlawful last night’s protesters were – but, he will now protect businesses etc. Now? why not last night? He was asked repeatedly why not last night – he and the PC Thomas Jackson must have taken tap dancing from the same teachers. The charade continues from the very incident site and day – who is fooled by these cretins? To answer the question – why wait til 8 pm to announce – it makes the visual so much more striking – Ferguson on fire! They let it burn on purpose and I would not be surprised if they paid people to start the fires. Bless Darren Wilson’s tiny heart – he was scared – scared by a teenager. running away from him. Darren looks to have suffered razor rash. Scarier still – Darren’s “brothers and sisters” – fellow officers in blue – are all so thankful Darren is safe! They are just one big hard working family – now they will have more reason to shoot first and not bother with questions period. There is zero accountability – that”s why they all wear those goofy smirks – plus they enjoy being diabolically evil. I bet they are all just doing like they always have. After weeks of calling up the National Guard – they were not used last night. The DA is certifiable – been doing things his way, way too long. Those pesky media reporters – just stirring things up. By the way – those reporters’ lives are on the line. Nothing would make Missouri lawmakers happier than for something to happen to them. Unfortunately, this could happen in many many other states. The last election turnout was 37%?? Lot of people have given up – that’s what happens when you have to struggle to survive.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I wish the reporters who have covered this story on the ground would become more than conveyors of what’s happening in front of them and do some serious investigative reporting.

      • NW Luna says:

        Agreed. Wilson’s photographs give the lie to his being hit by Brown. Let alone being worried that another blow would be fatal to him. Since Wilson lied about that, why should we believe anything else in his testimony? The officer who interviewed Wilson afterwards somehow failed to document that conversation in writing as required — how convenient. /s And it goes on and on.

        At least more of the media could do some cross-comparison and point out the contradictions. But they seem mostly to just parrot the official police BS. Are they being edited or are they cowards too?

        I’m angry and sickened.

  7. Hey y’all, I haven’t seen any news online or on TV all day, so I need to catch up…but I did see just now that the jury got the wrong instructions on use of lethal force? (MSNBC) Something else about a juror saying the prosecutors did not tell them they were not supposed to find the asshole “guilty” just find probable cause to have a trial.

  8. Boo Radly says:

    There are peaceful – huge protests in cities across the nation! The one in NY is beautiful –
    there is no lead organizer – thousands walking. Boston, Atlanta, Dallas – there are many more whites than blacks which some how encourages me to have some faith in our citizens.

  9. RalphB says:

    Congress Poised To Eliminate Key Tax Breaks For Middle Class, Provide Permanent Tax Breaks For Corporations

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has reached a compromise with House Republicans on a package of tax breaks that would permanently extend relief for big multinational corporations without providing breaks for middle or lower-income families, individuals with knowledge of the deal tell ThinkProgress.

    Under the terms of the $444 billion agreement, lawmakers would phase out all tax breaks for clean energy and wind energy but would maintain fossil fuel subsidies. Expanded eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit would also end in 2017, even though the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that allowing the provisions to expire would push “16 million people in low-income working families, including 8 million children into — or deeper into — poverty.” The proposal would help students pay for college by making permanent the American Permanent Opportunity Tax Credit, a Democratic priority.

    Meanwhile, two-thirds of the package would make permanent tax provisions that are intended to help businesses, including a research and development credit, small business expensing, and a reduction in the S-Corp recognition period for built-in gains tax.

    The costs of the package will not be offset.

    Fucking Harry Reid and the Democrats are selling out already. President Obama says he will veto the bill in it’s current form.