Wednesday, November 12, 2014, the Grand Jury meets today in St. Louis County. Twelve St. Louis County citizens have been sitting on the Grand Jury viewing evidence and hearing testimony from witnesses and those involved in the Officer Darren Wilson killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson in early August. The Juries decision has been anticipated for days now, and locals are betting on exoneration. Those demanding a different outcome from the Jury are supplying up with bricks, molotov cocktails, you name it, as the rioters from the summer have promised a war unlike anything St. Louis has ever seen. That threat, should not influence the Jury from making the right decision based on what they have seen and heard. I am confident they will make the right decision.
The public does not have access to the facts, the evidence and testimony presented to the Jury; but yet adamant protesters and rioters can pass judgement. The jury will pass judgement based on the facts presented, protesters on a biased opinion of an outcome they are demanding. For much of the summer they marched chanting for justice. That’s not justice.
You want police brutality, harassment, profiling, especially between the races stopped? Rioting, vandalism, arson and assault on police officers or anyone will not help your cause. If you are true to your cause, protest peacefully if you must, it is your right. Breaking the law especially with violence will only set you back. It will not improve racial relations not only with law enforcement, but the entire community.
The Grand Jury decision will place Ferguson and the St. Louis region back in the national, possibly world spot light once again. What kind of impression do we want on display. Our behavior, our actions can be positive; but if there is rioting as before, the repercussions will last for a long time. We will be looked upon as a dangerous region, too dangerous to live, to visit, to even pass through. Who would want to come here, if they have to come in fear? The economy in the area could suffer, jobs could be laid off or lost. Businesses were hurt and some went out of business in Ferguson from the first round. Hopefully that is the only round. We can not let this happen, and we don’t want anyone else hurt or killed.
Behavior is learned and our children are watching us.