Anybody who has ever seen “Law and Order” or “Discovery ID” know that when a judge empanels a jury they are instructed not to read the paper or watch the TV coverage of their case. In the case of the Ferguson announcement made yesterday, it wasn’t a regular jury it was a grand jury. This panel met once a week and returned to their lives in between, and knew exactly what was going on in their community.
This grand jury lived in and near Ferguson, they dealt with the stench of violence in August, they knew their decision would most probably light the fuse of violence again– only this time it would be much worse.
This group of 12 people stood however, as a wall of justice in front of the lynch mob demanding that Officer Wilson be strung up whether or not he was criminally responsible in the shooting of the Michael Brown. They sought justice knowing that this was a case of whether a Officer Wilson was justified in shooting his gun resulting in the horrible and tragic death of Michael Brown, while the racial agitators and the media saw the case as a white police officer targeting killing the unarmed young black man who stood on the other side of the policeman’s gun.
This was the ultimate post-racial grand jury. Instead on focusing on the racial hatred injected into this tragedy by the agitators and talking heads looking for fame and a buck, this grand jury took its own sweet time focusing on all the evidence instead of racial rhetoric.
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Anybody with half a heart understood that Michael Brown should not have died–nobody– especially a child, a teenager should die so young. No parents should go through what the Browns are going through with the death of a child, but the heartbreak surrounding the death of Michael Brown has little bearing on the grand juror’s job.
These jurors studied the evidence and applied the law to the conduct of the cop, as to whether he acted reasonably and lawfully in the circumstances he encountered Brown. They ignored the TV reports which decided Officer Wilson was guilty of a crime despite their limited access to the evidence.
The grand jury put the heartbreak aside and; they did the right thing.
The St. Louis grand jury says there was not sufficient evidence to charge Wilson with breaking Missouri criminal law. The racial agitators and the mainstream media may not understand or accept the decision. But that’s not the grand jury’s problem. Darren Wilson was not charged because that is the American way; we do not consider the sentiment of the community, agitators or the media to charge a man when the evidence proves his actions were justified, nor do we consider it to set free a man when the evidence shows he committed a crime. We only use evidence. This grand jury used nothing but evidence and deserves our thanks.
This grand jury followed the instructions written in Deuteronomy chapter 16, verses 18-20
You shall set up judges and law enforcement officials for yourself in all your cities that the Lord, your God, is giving you, for your tribes, and they shall judge the people [with] righteous judgment.
You shall not judge unfairly: you shall show no partiality; you shall not take bribes, for bribes blind the eyes of the discerning and upset the plea of the just. Justice, justice shall you pursue