Will the fate of police officer Darren Wilson be a political one? Will the Grand Jury who is hearing the case against him ignore the masses who are threatening to “take action if he is not indicted”? Will political pressure from this administration and Eric Holder sway these people from just looking at the facts and the evidence in the case, or will fear enter the equation? And will Ferguson be used as a political tool to help win the Senate for the Democrats?
This week leaks were beginning to emerge about what witnesses and evidence were saying in the Grand Jury testimony and it is increasingly going in the officer’s favor. Officer Wilson has given his account of what happened on that day and he details the fact that Michael Brown, “the gentle giant”, physically assaulted him while he was inside the police car. Wilson reached for his gun while Brown tried to grab it and the gun went off hitting Brown in the arm. There was physical evidence of Brown’s blood on the gun, in the vehicle and on the officer’s clothing.
Witnesses also have said that after the confrontation in the car, Brown ran away, then turned back and advanced on the officer. Never, the witnesses said, did Brown have his hands in the air in surrender. Of course this differs from the report of Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson who claims that Brown was attacked by the officer and while trying to run away was shot. He says that Brown had his hands in the air and was surrendering when he was shot in cold blood. Johnson seems to be one of the few witnesses who saw it that way, but his story has become the slogan for this case; “Hands up…don’t shoot!”
The evidence is pretty compelling in favor of Officer Wilson. There were visible signs that he was violently punched and scratched repeatedly by Brown and struggled for control of the gun when Brown reached for it which makes a pretty good argument that his life was in danger. An officer has wide latitude to use lethal force when they feel that their life is in danger.
All of the evidence is not yet in and no decision has been made, but even if everything favors Officer Wilson will they let him walk free or will he be a victim of political correctness and fear. If all the evidence clears him, will the jurors do the right thing or will they bow to pressure?
Unfortunately, this case was decided by a lynch mob before one piece of evidence was heard. Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and numerous others weighed in on the guilt of the officer and fueled the anger that spilled out into the streets. The media stoked it as well and it mirrored the same scenario as the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. Threats and promises of violence have swirled around Ferguson since the very beginning and the unrest is growing daily. What will happen if indeed the Grand Jury chooses not to indict?
As if the threats are not enough, the Democrat party is using Ferguson as a last ditch effort to get the African-American vote to turn out in the mid-terms. They know for a fact that there is little interest in mid-terms as it is, and the passion for Obama has evaporated so there is no motivation for his most loyal supporters to turn out. The only card they have left to play is the race card. Already in Georgia, pamphlets are being circulated among the black community warning them that if they don’t vote another Ferguson will happen in their town. This is being played out in tight races all across the country and it is a Hail Mary pass to say the least.
It will be interesting to see if intimidation works or not. Hopefully justice will prevail in this case. If the decision favors Wilson and if Ferguson does indeed burn, as has been promised, I hope Holder, Sharpton, Jackson and all of the other race baiters can live with the outcome of what they created.