Sorry but there is very great wrong being done in this Officer Wilson case.
Whatever anyone thinks of the verdict, this was the verdict of a Grand Jury – 12 people decided this, of which three were black. The witnesses exonerating Wilson were black. Just as with the Casey Anthony case, despite widespread unhappiness about the verdict, the jury had to come down on the basis of the evidence – they had no choice.
Two subsequent things have happened:
1. Officer Wilson was forced to resign with no severance pay. The mayor, a Democrat fearful of the black population, has made a point of telling blacks Wilson got no money from the city after Saturday, that he would have to find a job as he had no money coming in from the city.
That’s an extraordinary statement, given that Wilson is officially exonerated.
That mayor is duty bound to accept a Grand Jury decision, until an appeal is upheld and that includes severance pay.
There is obviously the right of appeal for the defence and that’s fine but this pre-emptive action is simply wrong. It says the officer is guilty, on the mayor’s say-so. It’s meant to placate the mob and as you’d guess, it hasn’t done in the least, not with that lot of rioters and looters.
But the reason for the resignation is lame – the mayor caves in because a bunch of crims threaten the police with violence? Since when did the law officially capitulate to crime?
2. Now comes the equally extraordinary and non-legal decision of the National Bar Association to comment, as an association, on the decision. Not only that, it takes the prosecution to task for not trying hard enough to get an indictment.
Stop for a moment and think about that. This association is telling a Grand Jury it did it wrong, go back and try again. It’s no bloody business of the Association.
So I began to wonder just who these people were who so blatantly flouted legal procedure and then I found it:
The National Bar Association is the United States’ oldest and largest network of largely African American attorneys and judges. This week they questioned not only the decision of the grand jury, but it’s tone.
Ho ho ho. So I went back to their statement and here is the unbiased tone [remembering that they themselves are complaining about the tone of the Grand Jury]:
The National Bar Association is questioning how the Grand Jury, considering the evidence before them, could reach the conclusion that Darren Wilson should not be indicted and tried for the shooting death of Michael Brown.
“We will not rest until Michael Brown and his family has justice” states Pamela Meanes, President of the National Bar Association.
A law association questioning the verdict and saying they will not rest until the opposite verdict comes in? Sorry, that is so outrageous and confirms to this writer that what characterizes that demographic in society is that the Rule of Law has no meaning to them.
This could be seen in the response on the street to the verdict, the damage to businesses and the refusal of the mayor to order the militia to enforce order on the street.
The U.S. has a major political problem and it’s straight down party lines.
Over here, meanwhile, we have a similar problem, straight down political lines. One side says get out of the EU, get self-determination back and curb immigration. The other side says let’s have open slather and it’s quite OK for Dave to be slapped down by Merkel and have to u-turn. We are, after all, under German [EU] control.
Not for a long time have I seen political division so sharp and so along traditional lines. The only group doing anything to blunt these divisions is UKIP in the UK.