The Missouri grand jury investigating the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a Ferguson city policeman has concluded its business and chosen not to indict the police officer, Darren Wilson, in the death of Michael Brown. As the news of the grand jury proceeding slowly leaks out into the cold light of day, it becomes apparent that stories changed with the frequency of a cat or an inebriated house guest playing with the remote control. But regardless of what standards the grand jury employed in gathering and evaluating information, the reality is that it has finished its business and the shooter-cop will face no consequences - at least at the state level.
At one point in his testimony, Officer Wilson apparently described his victim as a "demon." I would hate to think that there are police in my little community carrying firearms and military hardware who are fixated with "demons." That particular terminology might have been helpful to Wilson's case if there were any fundamentalist Christians sitting on the grand jury - and in Missouri that is a likelihood.
But - it's over. The decision was not a surprise, and indeed some news reports two days ago suggested that police in Ferguson and areas around St. Louis were warning gun shop owners to take measures to protect their merchandise because they had advance word that Officer Wilson was not going to be indicted. The decision was not a surprise, but it was disappointing. Police shootings of black children, and black teens, and even black adults has become the twentieth-first century version of lynchings. The shootings are street justice with no appeal - and no consequences.
America should be a much better place than that.