As I begin typing this post, it’s about 8:10 p.m. ET, 50 minutes or so prior to the announcement concerning the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson. They are making the decision if Officer Darren Wilson should be indicted for shooting and killing Michael Wilson in Missouri.
Update (9:25 p.m. ET): No indictment. We’ll see how the evening goes. It’s interesting they will be releasing as much evidence as possible – without naming witnesses – to help all of us better understand the available evidence. Hopefully people will take the time to review all of the information released.
Update (10:25 p.m. ET): For those of you protesting. If you’re anywhere near people throwing rocks, bottles or trying to turn over police cars. Near other protesters breaking store windows? GO HOME. If you don’t, you are part of the problem. I don’t want to hear one protester bitching about police brutality. Not. One. Word. You’ve got your chance to head home … be on your way now…
Update (10:55 p.m. ET): This is a personal observations just from my perspective sitting on a couch. There seemed to be a mix of folks – white and black – on the street “facing off” with law enforcement. All the folks I just saw breaking the windows at McDonald’s and looting the Ferguson Meat and Liquor store were black.
Update (11:04 p.m. ET): Interesting. Fox News just reported a group of protesters joined hands to stop people from looting a business establishment. Good job and thank you to those folks.
And back to my original post…
In my opinion, Wilson is not guilty of anything. I think he shot Brown in self-defense. We’ll hear from the grand jury soon enough, and if there is a no-bill (no indictment) there still is the federal government’s Department of Justice who has stuck their nose into this for no other reason than angry “protesters.”
About those protesters. There may – most likely will – be some bad actors who will loot and burn. I’d like to suggest it is the peaceful protesters who must point out these troublemakers and demand they be removed.
Here’s the problem. I don’t think the peaceful protesters will do this. They will not take responsibility for bad actors who happen to be “protesting” at their side. It’s not them. It’s not their fault. It’s not their responsibility.
I expect you’ll see hundreds of protesters together, many with video cameras recording as they claim to be “media,” and many will be baiting law enforcement and trying to get a reaction. Within those hundreds, there will be the criminal troublemakers – hidden by masks – throwing rocks and committing other crimes that really should and must result in arrest.
As I mentioned above, I expect those not involved with the criminal activity will not take it upon themselves to demand those criminals leave, or point them out to law enforcement. They won’t say a thing, and they won’t leave the group.
What is law enforcement to do? They will be in a no-win situation here. You’ll see those “peaceful” protesters complaining about police brutality, without mentioning a word about the anonymous criminal throwing rocks and looting the stores marching with them they pass as a group.
I really hope I’m wrong.