Breaking: Ferguson officer Darren Wilson escapes indictment in murder of Black teen

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Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson walks free after grand jury declines to indict him in the murder of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown.

By Carmen Glover

Basking in the glow of a captive media and international attention, Robert McCulloch, St Louis County prosecutor, chided journalists for doing their jobs, then he read a lengthy soliloquy that stated Officer Darren Wilson, who is White, will not face charges in the murder of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown.

Unarmed teenager Michael Brown was executed by police.

Unarmed teenager Michael Brown was executed by Police Officer Darren Wilson. On Monday, Nov. 24, the grand jury declined to charge Wilson with a crime.

According to McCulloch, the grand jury came to the conclusion that “there was no probable cause,” to indict Wilson. “They are the only people who have heard and examined ever witness and every piece of evidence,” he said of the grand jury, which was comprised of nine Whites and three Blacks. Only nine votes are needed to render a decision. It seemed unlikely that a decision would have been made to indict Wilson from last week when Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to be deployed, announced a state of emergency, requested FBI presence and created a fortress of armed officials around the city of Ferguson.

Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, parents of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, who was killed by police officer Darren Wilson.

Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, parents of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, who was killed by police officer Darren Wilson, asked for peaceful protests after grand jury declines to indict Wilson.

Angry supporters of Brown, who have been protesting since his August 9 murder, would have had no reason to protest an announcement of an indictment, therefore the drawn-out preparation days in advance of the announcement and the dramatic presentation by McCullouch was long on theatrics and short on substance. However, in his presentation, McCullouch delivered what could be described as a rousing defense of Wilson and his actions, while snidely denigrating the many witnesses who came forward to recount their versions of what transpired on that fateful day when Brown was killed by Wilson. In  a statement released by their lawyers, Brown’s parents expressed their disappointment and made a call to action, stating:

President Obama speaking after the grand jury result, asks for calm.

President Obama, speaking after the grand jury result, asks for calm, while stating that the situation in Ferguson is not just about Ferguson, it’s about America.

“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen. Join us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this county wears a body camera. We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.”

Speaking out from the White House, President Obama described a “deep distrust” that exists “in many parts of the country” between law enforcement and communities of color. He said “this is not just about Ferguson,” and said that race relations need to change. —OnPointPress.net.

 

New York’s anti-police brutality march highlights national plight

Marchers voice anger against police brutality.
Marchers voice anger against police brutality.

According to estimates, more than 4,000 demonstrators marched peacefully on Staten Island in New York on Saturday, August 23 to seek justice for victims of police brutality across the nation. The marchers gathered early, many arriving via buses, eager to voice their displeasure against the national scourge of police brutality that disproportionately targets African-American and Latino males, many of whom are unarmed.

Protesters march in Staten Island while police provide security.
Protesters march in Staten Island while police provide security.

Shouting various slogans to honor the memories of specific victims, the marchers expressed themselves in an orderly manner, with the full support of police officers and honorary marshals who kept the crowd controlled. “I can’t breathe,” some yelled, shouting the last words heard being uttered by Eric Garner, the Staten Islander who was killed when police officers subjected him to an illegal chokehold.

Marchers share their anti-police brutality messages in New York on Saturday, August 23.
Marchers share their anti-police brutality messages in New York on Saturday, August 23.

“Hands up, Don’t shoot,” others shouted, in honor of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, whose murder at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri, has roiled the nation for two weeks with Ferguson only returning to a period of calm after the visit and public support from U.S Attorney General Eric Holder, who shared his “humiliation” at being targeted by police in the past due to his skin color.

March against police brutality.
March against police brutality.

The New York march was an important reminder that a united response is required in order to consistently attack police brutality. The date for the march was symbolic as well. Organized by Garner’s family and the Reverend Al. Sharpton, the march occurred exactly 25 years after African-American teenager Yusuf Hawkins was brutally beaten with bats and murdered by a mob of white young adults in Bensonhurst. Despite the time that has elapsed since Hawkins’ murder, black men and boys continue to be unjustly targeted by police officers and other segments of society for harsh treatment, often leading to death. Marching, organizing and coordinating efforts for change are vital tools that must be utilized consistently to address this attack on black life.–OnPointPress.net

The Justice Dept needs to take over the investigation and prosecution in Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder has been involved in the Ferguson Police investigation so far.

Attorney General Eric Holder has been involved in the Ferguson Police investigation so far.

After a brief moment of calm, Ferguson continues to be roiled by ongoing unrest as law enforcement officials clash with protestors who are angry that no charges have been filed or arrest made of Darren Wilson, the police officer who executed unarmed teenage Michael Brown. With emotions on edge, and tensions raw, Missouri Governor Ray Nixon called in the National Guard and schools remain closed today. The impasse between the citizens in Ferguson and law enforcement officials show no signs of abating any time soon.

‎Speaking to MSNBC on Friday, August 15, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay described St.Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch as “out of order” and ill-advised for lashing out at Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to place the Missouri Highway Patrol in charge of security.

Mayor Slay was accurate in his assessment of the St. Louis prosecutor, who characterized the governor’s action in placing Captain Ronald Johnson in charge of security as “illegal.”

More frenzy occurred at night as citizens and law enforcement remain at odds.

More frenzy occurred at night as citizens and law enforcement remain at odds.

But apart from the St Louis prosecutor putting his foot in his mouth with his irresponsible statements, his sentiments raise a far more serious question : Can a prosecutor who espouses such bias fairly seek justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was murdered by police officer Darren Wilson?

Tear gas has been used on multiple occasions to disperse crowds; unruly or not.

Tear gas has been used on multiple occasions to disperse crowds; unruly or not.

It is clear that the prosecutor is incapable of being neutral in this matter therefore it is incumbent on US Attorney General Eric Holder to immediately seize control of the investigation and entrust the prosecution of this case to legal minds in his office. Judging from the chaotic and inconsistent statements provided by St. Louis Police chief Jay Belmar when be identified the murderous cop, who has allegedly fled town, it is unlikely that ‎any form of Justice will emerge in this case unless the prosecution is conducted by a special prosecutor or the Department of Justice itself. Regardless of the option that is ultimately chosen it is clear that outside intervention is necessary in order for Btown’s family to obtain justice. –OnPointPress.net.

Across the USA, residents unite to honor victims of police brutality

Highway Patrol chief Ron Johnson eased tensions among the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

Highway Patrol chief Ron Johnson eased tensions among the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

By Carmen Glover

Across the United States residents gathered to peacefully protest police brutality in a National Moment of Silence on August 14 at 7:00 p.m.‎ Below are images from select cities.

#NMOS14 at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

#NMOS14 at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The NMOS14 campaign was organized via social media and quickly gathered steam.

#NMOS14 at Union Square in New York City.

#NMOS14 at Union Square in New York City.

Among the many names invoked at various NMOS14 events were Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old murdered by an unnamed police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, which has sparked nationwide protests; Romarley Marley, Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Anthony Baez and Amadou Diallo who were unarmed when they were killed by police officers in New York City; Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager who was killed by overzealous neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Florida and Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old father who was killed on New Year’s Eve in Oakland, California, inspiring the award-winning movie “Fruitvale Station.”

#NMOS14 in Houston, Texas

#NMOS14 in Houston, Texas

The NMOS14 protesters came together after President Barack Obama took a break from his vacation to address the nation about Brown’s murder and the ongoing clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. US Attorney General Eric Holder also released a statement expressing concern about the situation in Ferguson. Shortly afterwards, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon held a press conference with county executive Charlie Dooley and Captain Ron Johnson, both African-Americans, at his side.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

During the press conference, Nixon announced that he spoke to both President Obama and Attorney General Holder and that he was placing Ferguson’s security in the hands of the Highway Patrol, under Captain Johnson’s leadership. Johnson informed the gathering that he “grew up in Ferguson” while Dooley siad he was “saddened” by what he has seen since Brown’s death. Johnson walked with the protesters, talked to them and the media, and soothed the anger that had erupted when the Ferguson police force deployed officers in riot gear, SWAT teams, tear gas and military weapons to intimidate, harass, bully, beat and arrest the residents and media.-OnPointPress.net.

After US Attorney General issues statement MI Gov places highway patrol in charge of security

US Attorney General Eric Holder issues statement on Unrest in Ferguson , prompting MI Governor to place the Missouri Highway Patrol in charge of security.

US Attorney General Eric Holder issues statement on Unrest in Ferguson , prompting MI Governor to place the Missouri Highway Patrol in charge of security.

US Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement about the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Read the full statement below:

“This morning, I met with President Obama to discuss the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Like the President, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Michael Brown. While his death has understandably caused heartache within the community, it is clear that the scenes playing out in the streets of Ferguson over the last several nights cannot continue.

For one thing, while the vast majority of protests have been peaceful, acts of violence by members of the public cannot be condoned. Looting and willful efforts to antagonize law enforcement officers who are genuinely trying to protect the public do nothing to remember the young man who has died. Such conduct is unacceptable and must be unequivocally condemned.

By the same token, the law enforcement response to these demonstrations must seek to reduce tensions, not heighten them. Those who peacefully gather to express sympathy for the family of Michael Brown must have their rights respected at all times. And journalists must not be harassed or prevented from covering a story that needs to be told.

At a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message. At my direction, Department officials have conveyed these concerns to local authorities. Also at my direction, the Department is offering – through our COPS office and Office of Justice Programs – technical assistance to local authorities in order to help conduct crowd control and maintain public safety without relying on unnecessarily extreme displays of force. The local authorities in Missouri have accepted this offer of assistance as of this afternoon.

Department officials from the Community Relations Service are also on the ground in Missouri to help convene law enforcement officials and civic and faith leaders to plot out steps to reduce tensions in the community. The latest such meeting was convened in Ferguson as recently as this morning. Over time, these conversations should consider the role that increased diversity in law enforcement can play in helping to build trust within communities.

All the while, the federal civil rights investigation into the shooting incident itself continues, in parallel with the local investigation into state law violations. Our investigators from the Civil Rights Division and U.S. attorney’s office in Missouri have already conducted interviews with eyewitnesses on the scene at the time of the shooting incident on Saturday. Our review will take time to conduct, but it will be thorough and fair.”-OnPointPress.net

President Obama defends journalists’ rights to work freely in Ferguson, MI

St. Louis and Ferguson Police fired tear gas at crowds to disperse protesters.

St. Louis and Ferguson Police fired tear gas at crowds to disperse protesters.

By Carmen Glover

President Barack Obama took a break from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard to address the nation regarding the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri and defend the rights of journalists to work.

“Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their job,” President Obama said’ defending journalists’ First Amendment rights in reference to the stunning images and reports of journalists being manhandled, harassed and arrested, while reporting on the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by an unnamed police officer on Saturday, August 9.

President Obama issues statement about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

President Obama issues statement about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

“I know that many Americans have been deeply disturbed by the images they have seen from the heartland of the country,” President Obama said.”I have already tasked the Justice Department and the FBI to investigate. I made it clear to the US Attorney General to investigate exactly what happened. It’s important to remember how this happened. We lost a young man, Michael Brown under tragic circumstances.”

St. Louis and Ferguson police officers in riot gear face off against protestors and journalists.

St. Louis and Ferguson police officers in riot gear face off against protestors and journalists.

While the president supported protesters’ rights to peacefully assemble he made it clear that violence toward or by the police was unacceptable. “There is never an excuse for violence against police,” he said. “Now is the time for transparency to see that justice is done. Now is the time for peace.”-OnPointPress.net

President Obama addresses Michael Brown’s murder; police kill more black males in MI, LA

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President Barack Obama releases belated statement on Michael  Brown’s murder in Ferguson, Missouri.

By Carmen Glover

On Tuesday, August 12, US President Barack Obama issued the following statement regarding the police execution of unarmed 18-year-old college-bound male Michael Brown, a resident of Ferguson, a suburb in St. Louis Missouri:

“The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.”

Unarmed teenager Michael Brown was executed by police.

Unarmed teenager Michael Brown was executed by police.

President Obama came under fire by angry citizens who roundly criticized him for speaking out immediately after news broke that actor Robin Williams committed suicide in his California home‎ but remaining silent about the brutal murder of the unarmed African-American teenager. Brown was killed on the afternoon of Saturday, August 9 while Williams’ suicide was announced on Monday, August 11.

Eric Holder

US Attorney General Eric Holder’s office is investigating the murder.

President Obama’s statement came three days after Brown’s murder, as anger has exploded into ongoing protests, clashes with police officers in Ferguson and refusal by the St. Louis police department to reveal the name of the officer who murdered Brown, as previously promised. In the meantime, various reports have indicated that another black male was shot and killed in St. Louis overnight, a black woman was shot in the head and an unarmed black male was shot and killed in Los Angeles by police.

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The murders and shootings have riled up the psyches of African-Americans across the country and has garnered international attention as the open season on black males seem to continue unabated. -OnPointPress.net.

FBI, Justice Department, now involved in Missouri murder probe

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August 9, sparking uproar and riots.

The announcement by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the US Department of Justice on Monday, August 11 that they will be involved in probing and oversight following the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is welcome news.

US Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division will monitor the situation.

US Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will monitor the situation.

The FBI announced that they will take over the investigation while, US Attorney General said he has instructed the civil rights ‎division to “monitor” the situation. The feedback was provided after peaceful protests devolved into looting and rioting on Sunday, August 10. The police officer who allegedly pumped 10 bullets into Brown’s back has been placed on “paid administrative leave,” according to the St. Louis Police Department but no information was provided about his identity .

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar addressing the media regarding murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar addressing the media regarding murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Missouri Police Chief. Jon Balmar said the investigation is “complicated” while stating that he agreed with the FBI’s involvement. ‎Meanwhile, MSNBC reported that she Rev. Al Sharpton would be meeting with Brown’s family and that the local NAACP will convene a community event.

Protestors initially demonstrated peacefully before some resorted to rioting and looting.

Protestors initially demonstrated peacefully before some resorted to rioting and looting.

Brown’s murder represents another addition to the exhaustive list of Black males who are executed in the United States with impunity, often at the hands of the police or overzealous vigilantes such as George Zimmerman’s murder of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, a crime foe which Zimmerman escaped punishment; and the recent murder of unarmed father and grandfather Eric Garner in New York, whose life was squeezed from him with an illegal chokehold‎ administered by police officers. EMTs failed to provide help when they arrived at the scene.

 Lesley McSpadden, (l) is consoled by her husband, Louis Head (r ), after her son, Michael Brown was shot and killed by police. Brown's parents join a long line of African-Americans forced to mourn the death of a child at the hands of police.


Lesley McSpadden, (l) is consoled by her husband, Louis Head (r ), after her son, Michael Brown was shot and killed by police. Brown’s parents join a long line of African-Americans forced to mourn the death of a child at the hands of police.

Brown’s death causes simmering anger to explode in the Black community as the war on black males continues unchecked. But looting and rioting is not the answer. Who benefits from such disorganized and unlawful actions? Certainly not the affected families.

With the FBI and Justice Department taking an active role in probing all the details of what happened to Brown, it’s important for peaceful protests to continue, but cooler heads need to prevail because rioting and looting are foolish distractions which will impede, rather than advance the quest for justice.-OnPointPress.net-