The Grand Jury has been meeting for several weeks on the Michael Brown killing by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. A decision is expected by next weekend according to County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch.
Why I believe the Grand Jury in St. Louis County will get it right: I mentally placed myself on that Grand Jury. Knowing that the protesters, blacks in particular, want Wilson convicted and to serve a life sentence, possibly even executed; I asked myself, what would I do? I would do the right thing, regardless of the pressure from the public to indict. After listening to witnesses and reviewing all evidence of the event; if the evidence points to self-defense by Wilson, my decision would be not to indict. You may think that is the obvious decision; but protesters believe you should give them what they demand, right or wrong. Their threats are to intimidate the Jury into giving them what they want. Some believe a Jury would indict Wilson just to save us from the riots and violence that would follow if not indicted. I have more faith and confidence in the Jury then that. I do not believe this Grand Jury will send Darren Wilson to trial, possibly to prison if he defended himself, innocent of murder. I wouldn’t, I would not want that on my conscience, living with it for the rest of my life just to appease a vengent public, I don’t believe this Grand Jury wants that either. I want to make the right decision, one I will not have to answer to my Creator.
On the other hand, if the evidence is without a doubt pointing towards guilt of Darren Wilson, I would vote to indict. He would deserve his fate. I would not want a guilty man walking free. That too would lie on my conscience to do the right thing.
It is good we do not know the names of the Grand Jury members. Repercussions could flow towards them from either side of either decision. That should make the right decision more comfortable for the Jury. Regardless, it’s a decision that will always be with them.