Today Ferguson prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced at the press conference that the grand jury voted not to indict Officer Darren Wilson with the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. During the Q&A session after the official announcement, McCulloch said something rather unusual, unexpected which I find to be completely out of line, and frankly, selfish and cold-hearted:
“You need to keep in mind that these grand jurors poured the hearts and souls into this process. Their term was scheduled to end in early September, and they gave up their lives, they set their – they put their lives on hold, they put their families on hold, they put everything on hold so that they could come in and do their civic duty. And it was a very emotional process for them.”
Ferguson Prosecutor Robert McCulloch Gives Bizarre Press Conference
Excuse me?? The grand jurors put their lives on hold??? Oh, cry me a river. Michael Brown didn’t get the chance to put his life on hold for whatever reason — he had it taken by six bullets.
Additionally, you think this was a very emotional process for the jurors? What the hell do you think Michael’s family is going through now? Has been going through, and will continue to go through for the rest of their lives?
The jurors may have had to give up their families for a few days, but the Brown’s gave up their son, actually had him taken, for the rest of their lives.
To Robert McCulloch: That was a cruel, cold thing to say. It only shows that you care more about your jurors than you do about a young black man from a poor section of town who was in the wrong spot at the wrong time. Your jurors were not the victims. Michael Brown and his family were, and still are, the true victims here.
McCulloch went on to say that the social media is to blame for the tension in the months following Brown’s death. Maureen Johnson, a Twitter user and an author, tweeted a perfect response, “Social media isn’t the problem, shooting children is the problem.”
Social media isn't the problem. Shooting children is the problem.—
Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) November 25, 2014
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