The Police, Prosecutor: Gross negligence in collecting evidence, bias in its presentation.
- Update: Whether there has been a miscarriage of Grand Jury justice is gaining traction, see National Bar Association: some members speak out/. And, the common sense question: Shall a shooter, any shooter, be allowed to make no statement at all at the time, nothing recorded, and so be able to frame his later position according to what witnesses (who have made statements) said, and that that the shooter then adopts as the viewpoints most favorable to him, on which to base his own narrative.
The expert on Morning Joe on handling teens in confrontational situations cannot be found easily on the website, see http://www.msnbc.com/topics/ferguson, but she had important information denigrated by Joe who wanted none of it. Teens different from adults, communications differences that a white cop could misinterpret, all that? cut off. Go back to it, viewers who can stand it, find the expert.
I. A. Legitimacy. Apparently this grand jury had been convened before the incident, so the Grand Jury itself and its selection appear to be according to law.
II. Next logical step.
Convene a People's Grand Jury, Ad Hoc, to examine released official and observed Other evidence. The agenda: even if a shooter cannot be indicted, did the victim deserve to die. This is different from the determination of who can convict a policeman, ever.
This People's Grand Jury Ad Hoc, without reference to the state-determined "probable cause of a crime" as to the state-supported shooter, could effectively clear the name and exonerate the dead as inculpable: not able to be found guilty of anything related to the shooting, the teen Michael Brown.
III. Media and the Expert C. J. Roberts.
Can this kind of Grand Jury, a People's Grand Jury, get traction itself. Ask a boss. The alternatives open to a policeman confronted by a young belligerent are many, and why these were not part of training is culpable in itself, so the time is ripe.
- Other Grand Juries assess evidence chosen and presented with discretion by the prosecutor to address "probable cause".
- Let this People's Grand Jury address probable cause that evidence was so mishandled, uncollected, unrecorded, and so given to the policeman over time so he could manipulate his own story accordingly, as to render null and void the adjunct idea to absolving the policeman, that the victim was guilty.
*Artful Dodger, illustration by Kyd, Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist