It’s clear that Al Sharpton doesn’t want to talk about the evidence presented to the Ferguson grand jury. Here’s proof that Sharpton doesn’t want to talk about the evidence:
AL SHARPTON: Last night the appearance by the district attorney made it clear to everyone why we had little faith in a state prosecution. I have been out involved in civil rights all my life. We have seen cases go ways that we felt were right and ways that we felt were wrong. I have never seen a prosecutor hold a press conference to discredit the victim. Where he went out of his way to go point by point in discrediting Michael Brown Jr. who could not defend himself. How do you, in explaining how you are not indicting a man to kill try to convict a young man for shoplifting — they can’t explain the tape — tried to convict him for interfering in the police car when you don’t hear his side of the story? Have you ever heard a prosecutor go in a press conference to explain to the press why the one that did the killing is not going to trial, but the victim is guilty of several things that no one has established?
First, Michael Brown wouldn’t have needed defending if he hadn’t punched a police officer after looting a convenience store. That means Michael Brown wasn’t an innocent “victim” who was gunned down by a trigger-happy police officer looking for an opportunity to kill a black man.
Next, the only way Robert McCulloch could “go point by point” is by having overwhelming forensic evidence that supported the fact that Michael Brown acted in an unlawful, violent way that horrific day in Ferguson.
Third, Sharpton’s sensationalist remark that Michael Brown didn’t get to tell his side of the story about him attacking Officer Wilson isn’t important from a criminal justice standpoint. The forensic evidence supports Officer Wilson’s testimony.
Some eyewitness testimony was discredited. Most of the discredited testimony came from Michael Brown’s friends. At Mr. McCulloch’s press conference last night, a Fox News reporter asked if any African-Americans testified that Officer Wilson wasn’t the attacker. McCulloch said that several African-Americans’ testimony verified Officer Wilson’s testimony and agreed with the forensic evidence.
What happened wasn’t that law enforcement whitewashed the killing of an innocent African-American youth. What happened was that the forensic evidence and some eyewitness testimony verified Officer Wilson’s testimony.
In the end, the evidence didn’t support Al Sharpton’s intentionally inflammatory statements.