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Thursday, November 27, 2014

An Unraveling Ferguson Grand Jury Ruling And A Flawed Prosecution

A couple of days ago I published this piece. The brief screed includes an intriguing Twitter GeoTag light-show as the St. Louis County Prosecutor handed the nation the results of the Darren Wilson Grand Jury late Monday evening.

The piece also includes my commitment to avoid Darren Wilson celebrity moments with a specific statement, I would report on findings as the Wilson case unravels. The case will unravel to a point a federal probe of the Grand Jury proceedings. The legal process enacted by the Prosecutor and local law enforcement officials will come under scrutiny despite, the reality Wilson will never serve one second in prison. 

Let's move into the unraveling. 

How many times have you heard Wilson shot Michael Brown from a distance of 35 feet. A key point as Wilson claims he was afraid of the "demonic" black man teenager as he was charging (with at least four gunshot wounds) and approaching a 21 foot safety zone. 

Detailed review of the distance the last 148 feet of Michael Brown's life.

It appears the "demonic" black man teen was well beyond the supposed cop safety zone and he was being chased by Wilson.

If you haven't witnessed the Prosecutors utter discombobulated legal charade, I offer a link (below).

November 24, 2014
St. Louis County Persecutor, Bob McCulloch, Press Conference after the Grand Jury ruled no indictment of 18 year old Michael Browns killer (cop). I will add my perception of McCulloch's dissertation in support of a desired Grand Jury ruling.

It should be noted McCulloch chose to hold the press conference at 9:00PM EST; bizarre at best considering law enforcement anticipation of major civil unrest. Another salient point, the Prosecutor appears to have not only staged a press conference at which he indicted key witnesses to the murder, there are reports he misrepresented information and case dynamics in support of the ruling.

Of critical significance, why would any law enforcement team hold a ruling until mid-evening? Could the prospect of anticipated civil unrest replete with looting have offered validation on East Ferguson as "an area" that require on guard are all times policing? An area in which the young Brown was a denizen, thus providing condemning eyes and minds paradigm fodder to support the ruling. There is nothing more attention garnering than young black people or desperately poor black people rioting and looting.

What a visual!

Such visuals garner disproportionate treatment in the media and incites negative reactions in the minds of condemners who then lash out with universal contempt for all protesters.

Oh  those crafty meme developers!
I posit the mid-evening press conference was staged for a specific purpose. The fact that the "on-the-ready " State Guard was not called-in to protect property is also perplexing and telling.

During the ruling justification press conference, McCulloch spoke of one witness he felt was credible: Witness 10. Apparently, most other witnesses were deemed non-credible and still otherswere referred to as liars. On Tuesday evening, Witness10 drew a apropos amount of review via the very competentBob McCullochstaff and Lawrence O'Donnell.

Witness 10 via MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell (14 minutes and worth every second).

Earlier today Public Broadcast System (PBS) published an infographic that resembles Chemistry Table. The table requires a level of persistence and study most will not expend as level of assimilating words and retaining visual relationships across a table faded into our age of 140 characters and web memes. PBS also provided summary (below). 

The chart above doesn’t reveal who was right or wrong about what happened that day, but it is a clear indication that perceptions and memories can vary dramatically.

Here’s a breakdown of the data we found:

  • More than 50 percent of the witness statements said that Michael Brown held his hands up when Darren Wilson shot him. (16 out of 29 such statements)
  • Only five witness statements said that Brown reached toward his waist during the confrontation leading up to Wilson shooting him to death.
  • More than half of the witness statements said that Brown was running away from Wilson when the police officer opened fire on the 18-year-old, while fewer than one-fifth of such statements indicated that was not the case.
  • There was an even split among witness statements that said whether or not Wilson fired upon Brown when the 18-year-old had already collapsed onto the ground.
  • Only six witness statements said that Brown was kneeling when Wilson opened fire on him. More than half of the witness statements did not mention whether or not Brown was kneeling.

As the unraveling ensues and develops, a few more cases of scrutiny and analysis are worth a quick review.

O'Donnell and guest performed more than credible legal and law enforcement analysis (9 plus minutes). If O'Donnell and his guest provided such a detailed analysis and passed the analysis to O'Donnell's viewers in less than 10 minutes, I can only imagine the depth and scope of additional legal analyses.

The National Bar Association filed a lawsuit for shooting documents, in August 2014. On the day of McColloch's press conference, the Bar expressed official dissatisfaction with the St Louis County (Darren Wilson) Grand Jury proceedings. It is important to remember, the proceedings have experience strategic leaks since received the case in late summer. 

My limited media viewing hasn't yet yielded one legal mind who has indicated total support for McCulloch's legal proceedings. From reports of his Grand Jury instructions, leaks, and associated proceedings to his unconventional capstone press conference, McCulloch's motives and mission aren't finding good legal landing spots.

The Daily Beast published a noteworthy piece of one writer's perspective on three unanswered questions about Ferguson. 

Unanswered questions and legal maneuvering aside, Darren Wilson Grand Jury transcript is also drawing scrutiny. A quick view of Wilson's transcript indicates a well prepared witness, to counter any item from witness testimony we all saw on cable news networks. If you have an interest in reading the now well traveled and viral transcript it is available here

My personal thoughts form the actual shooting the cop was well coached and prepared that included a convenient visit to a local hospital with accompanying lies of a fractured jaw.

If you need to see the after effects of a fractured jaw.....

The guy on the right appears to have fought through a professional MMA match and definitely has a fractured jaw.  The guy on the left.....

Well, I have suffered similar looks via shaving, shoveling snow and after swatting a mosquito from my cheek.

I will end this piece with a couple of Facebook posts that embody information supportive of an unraveling Grand Jury proceeding that should lead to some level of federal review.

Post by Salon.

A fitting close: Dorian Johnson Story 

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