A Michael Brown verdict is likely coming very soon to listeners across the nation who have been following the highly publicized case. The slain black teen’s father, Michael Brown Sr., opened up to a large group of supporters this week, hoping for an “end to racial profiling” and requesting peace in light of an anticipated court decision this week. CNN News reports this Thursday, November 20, 2014, that a St. Louis County grand jury is expected to reach a decision possibly as soon as this Friday afternoon.
In a tenuous case following the early August incident of white police officer — Darren Wilson — shooting a black teen in Ferguson, the upcoming Michael Brown verdict will no doubt be an emotional one. Michael’s father made a public statement to a group of followers this Thursday, thanking them their support in trying to end police intimidation and racial profiling, but urging that no violence result.
The grand jury is currently considering whether it will officially indict the white police officer in question, Darren Wilson, who is accused of shooting and killing Michael Brown of Ferguson earlier this year. The St. Louis legal panel that is congregating this Friday morning may very well serve as the final session prior to the indictment. A decision regarding the possibility of Wilson being charged is also expected to be coming soon, revealed local law authorities.
Michael Brown St. took the opportunity while such crucial decisions hang in the balance to address his family and community supporters. The father mentioned that while he and his loved ones are still “hurting” over the death of the teen, peaceful measures need to be taking in standing up to racial profiling and the related problem of police intimidation.
“My family and I are hurting. Our whole region is hurting. I thank you for lifting your voices to end racial profiling and police intimidation, but hurting others or destroying property is not the answer,” Michael Brown Sr. said. “No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change — positive change — change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone.”
The Epoch Times also announced this week that despite Michael Brown Sr.’s warning pending the verdict, not everyone is staying patient. A militant organization has purportedly slated a $5,000 reward for anyone who can give details regarding the location of Darren Wilson, the police officer “and killer of the black teen,” says the press release.
While the grand jury is still deciding if Wilson should be found guilty of any criminal or wrongful action in the fatal shooting, the 28-year-old white cop has been given paid leave and sent into hiding for his own protection. His whereabouts are desired by the group.
The RbG Black Rebels is the name of this militant account, and they say they are very “determined” to find Wilson and learn more details about the Michael Brown shooting. The $5,000 reward for information leading to his renegade capture is real. The group claims, however, just to ask him some serious questions related to the case and pending verdict. In a social media post, RbG Black Rebels wrote:
“We are paying $5k cash for location of Ofc. Darren Wilson. Real $, no joke, no crime we just wana get his photo an ask him a few questions,” it said. “If we had a ‘Bounty on his Head’ we wld’nt post that. We just wana get photos&statement from Ofc. Wilson,” it said. “He is still a paid city employee … We’re not here to make threats so dnt threaten us. Especially if you’re local n we can find out who/whr u are.”
Where do you stand on the Michael Brown verdict and upcoming jury decision? Do you agree with Brown’s father’s statements to stay calm in light of the pending judgment and continue unite together to end racial profiling? And what of this “rebels” group’s interest in finding their own form of justice? Answers will likely be given later this weekend on this strained criminal case.