National Bar Association sees holes in the Non-Indictment of Officer

In an article titled “National Bar Association calls for Federal Charges against Darren Wilson” by Onomastic for The Daily Kos it is reported that “In 2010, the last year for data on the number of federal criminal cases and grand jury decisions, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.  Newspaper accounts suggest, grand juries frequently decline to indict law-enforcement officials. A recent Houston Chronicle investigation found that “police have been nearly immune from criminal charges in shootings” in Houston and other large cities in recent years. In Harris County, Texas, for example, grand juries haven’t indicted a Houston police officer since 2004; in Dallas, grand juries reviewed 81 shootings between 2008 and 2012 and returned just one indictment. Last night, the National Bar Association, "the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges," issued a statement calling for Federal Charges to be brought against Officer Wilson”.

Now many will say that this is happening because of the one sentence of “the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges," and try so very hard to detract the meaning of all this.  Media will search the archives and find other avenues to approach this event but all in all it will come back to one glaring and undeniable fact.  Darren Wilson shot and killed an unarmed person.  The fact that he initiated contact without awaiting back up and the fact that no other means to subdue the offender was used.  Maybe Darren Wilson felt in fear of his life but to chase after instead of awaiting back-up to assist in the apprehension is true police training.  Especially after just surviving a suspected physical confrontation with this same person.  Darren Wilson was not in fear of his life, he was upset and angered that he had just been bested and no man is ever used to dealing with that.  


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