Federal Justice Department Exonerates Officer Darren Wilson
Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 25, 2015
Following the Michael Brown shooting by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014, Officer Darren Wilson was judged guilty by many, even before facts were known. This narrative was created by many in the mainstream media and Civil Rights leaders. Tensions came to a head when a Grand Jury refused to bring charges against Wilson. That led to riots only in Ferguson, as well as protest, sometimes violent, in other cities.
Irrespective of the Grand Jury’s findings on the Brown shooting, the Obama Administration through Atty. Gen. Eric Holder had the Justice Department do an extensive investigation to determine if Wilson’s actions involved federal Civil Rights violations for victim Brown. Last week the New York Times reported that the Justice Department and FBI found no violations and that there will be no indictments against Darren Wilson
The Times reported that the Justice Department’s investigation was intense, including interviewing 200 people, analyzing cell phone audio and video data, Wilson’s gun, as well as other physical evidence analyzed at an FBI laboratory. In addition the Times reported: “The federal investigation did not uncover any facts that differed significantly from the evidence made public by the authorities in Missouri late last year, the law enforcement officials said.”
It would be reasonable to now expect comments from Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and others relating to their inappropriate jumping to conclusions on the Ferguson shooting. It would also be reasonable to expect apologies to Darren Wilson who was vilified to the point that he is no longer employable. However, the perpetrators of the false narrative have no shame. In fact, the Justice Department continues pursuing that narrative by indicating it will continue investigating the Ferguson Police Department, an obvious attempt to cover up the Fed’s inappropriate behavior in this matter.
The emotional and often violent reaction to the Grand Jury decision concerning Daren Wilson, and to some extent against police in general, was outrageous, but sadly expected. Many on the Left benefit politically and sometimes financially by stoking racial tensions.
The rule of law is a requirement for any successful democracy. More specifically, without it the weakest in society are most at risk. Those in the media, politicians, and community leaders who used the Michael Brown shooting to inflame racial tensions created a lynch mob mentality that not only setback race relations in the US, but also resulted in significant damage to property, mainly in minority communities.
After news that the Justice Department would not file charges against Darren Wilson, Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke courageously came out with a blistering attack of some responsible for creating and spreading the false narrative concerning the Ferguson shooting, as seen in the video clip below. His strong comments include:
“I don’t expect anything intelligent to come out of the mouth of Al Sharpton. We know he is a charlatan. Al Sharpton ought to go back into the gutter he came from. The police officer is owed a lot from him, Eric Holder and the President of the United States.”
Immediately following the Michael Brown shooting, and later the Grand Jury findings, the mainstream media gave nightly coverage to the false narrative that the Brown shooting was racially motivated and that he was an innocent victim. The lame coverage of the Justice Department’s confirmation of Darren Wilson’s innocence demonstrates a motivation dangerous to democracy.