I am watching the announcement by the St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch concerning the decision of the grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown last August.
McCulloch is making a very thorough, detailed synopsis of what did and did not happen. He is also handling hostile questioners in the media very effectively, especially to the British journalist who asserted that the Ferguson Police were killing young black men with impunity. While a very large crowd has gathered in Ferguson things are calm so far. Hopefully this calm will prevail. This will be a challenge given the provacateurs in the crowd who seek to further their agendas by causing unrest. I suspect that most of those who seek to cause said unrest do not reside in Ferguson, Missouri.
I had feared that the grand jury would give into the pressure to indict Wilson to avoid a riot. Of course, there are those intent on starting trouble regardless of the grand jury’s decision. The grand jury made the best decision based on the information available to them.
Although Darren Wilson might not face criminal charges, but he is certainly not out of the woods. The Department of Justice may pursue action against him for alleged civil rights violations against Brown. Of course, the Brown family will very likely pursue a civil action as well.
UPDATE: So much for calm. There are reports of shots being fired. Hopefully no one got hurt.