Monday evening at approximately 8:15 p.m. in Ferguson , Missouri, the Grand Jury’s decision was announced that Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the death of Michael Brown.
Officials ask for calm in the wake of the verdict made by the Ferguson Grand Jury. For more information check with CNN and FoxNews this breaking news.
Grand jury made up of three black jurors and nine white are among the 12 member Grand Jury who heard evidence in the Michael Brown case. Local business owners spent the weekend boarding up their establishments, and Michael Brown’s family have publicly called for calm, no violence and no rioting.
A Grand Jury has to render their decision based on laws and not emotions. The family has asked for four and one-half minutes of silence before any peaceful demonstrations. It was reported that the body of Michael Brown lay in the streets for four and one-half hours before being removed.
Area law enforcement announce they are prepared to meet any challenge that would involve rioting and lawlessness. Wilson could possibly face civil law suits and/or a federal investigation.
Citizens and law enforcement are asking for peace and calm. The greatest hallmark of America has been that laws were made to protect the innocent and to punish the guilty in a court of law.
No matter how heinous a crime committed in America, the perpetrator has the same rights as everyone else and is presumed innocent until found beyond a shadow of doubt to be either innocent or guilty. It has always been that the presumption of innocence could only be overridden by facts that proved a person guilty.
News coverage has repeatedly talked about retaliation of the mob in Ferguson if Darren Wilson was not found to be in violation of any law in the death of Michael Brown. The people who served on the Grand Jury are duly elected to find the facts of a case before putting anyone through a trial, and they are bound by law to deal only with the facts and not human emotions.
The news media has been rampant with suppositions, speculation, and even fabrications which only adds fuel to the fire.
These past days since the death of Michael Brown, the protesters in Ferguson, for the most part, have been peaceful and law abiding. They have the right in this country to protest and to be heard… but there are those who have not been peaceful.
This horrible unfortunate event that took a young man’s life, destroyed the life of another as well as destruction of businesses in town cannot be justified or rectified by mob justice.
Pray for Ferguson, pray for our nation, pray for the lessons of Martin Luther King to override the input of supposed leaders who only flock to hotbeds of contention and are nowhere to be found afterwards.
Pray that there will be no more violence and that both sides could come to the table in common decency to map out a new way and a new day for Ferguson that will be positive.
The Bible says where there is no fuel, the fire goes out. Pray that those who really care about their families, the city, and their nation, and for their own safety will not participate in an uprising that will accomplish none of the goals for which they stand.
Today is the time to decide right from wrong. And never does two wrongs make a right. Destroying property and putting people’s lives in danger will not bring back Michael Brown or any of the other black teens that have been killed.
Nor will prosecuting and imprisoning Darren Wilson – even if he is guilty of a crime – change Ferguson. People taking responsibility for their own lives and decisions and working toward productive goals will be the change that Ferguson and other cities need.
According to the 2010 Census of Ferguson, MO at that time there were 21,203 inhabitants. It shows that 6,088 were children under the age of 18 and there were 2,189 senior citizens. This puts another face on the citizens of that city. What a few do, and what some outsiders do, will make a huge impact on this group of helpless people.
Granted Ferguson has a lot of “coming together” to be done and it will take time and a process; but from such measures will come real change that will allow that city to be more sufficient and productive that will benefit of all the citizens; young, old, and in between.
However, violence is not the answer. A community made up of parents, churches, and schools will have to make Ferguson a better place to live by the decisions that they make.
While the father of Michael Brown wears a threatening T-Shirt that says, “No justice – No Peace,” all the rioting, looting, and killing will never bring Michael’s Brown’s parents peace. That will not come from violence. Violence and peace cannot co-exit.
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