No Indictment of P.O. Darren Wilson in Killing of Michael Brown
Written by LiRon Anderson-Bell on November 24, 2014
900AM-WURD is committed to ongoing coverage of the August 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, MO. Keep reading for a synopsis of activity around the case, including video coverage of the Philadelphia observance of #NMOS14, recent guest interviews on WURD, and links to news summaries.
November 24 Update:
To the dismay — but not the surprise — of many in our community, the St. Louis County grand jury convened to determine whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown has not brought criminal charges against him.
The announcement came just after 8:30 p.m. in Ferguson, an odd decision given that St. Louis County prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch likely knew of the grand jury’s decision several hours prior and presumably alerted both the Brown and Wilson families of the outcome. McCulloch held a 30-minute press conference with media from around the world in which little new information was shared; he largely posed rhetorical questions and repeated information leaked over the last several weeks about the content of the grand jury proceedings. He indicated that the evidence reviewed by the jury would be made public immediately.
Earlier in the day, Michael Brown’s parents issued statements asking protestors to be calm, no matter what the outcome, and to ensure that their son’s death was not in vain. President Obama also held a short news conference in which he repeated the pleas for peaceful demonstration, and also advised restraint on the part of law enforcement in Ferguson and other locations around the country where there may be protests.
Mumia Abu-Jamal released a recorded statement about the grand jury’s decision, which included the following prediction: “The name ‘Ferguson’ joins an ancient line of place names of pain, loss and Black death. Places like Birmingham, Philadelphia, and now, Ferguson. It will have a meaning all its own…”
November 18 Update:
In anticipation of a grand jury ruling on the indictment of police officer Darren Wilson at any moment, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has taken the extreme measure of declaring a state of emergency and activating the Missouri National Guard. While Nixon insists this pre-emptive declaration is just a precaution, civil rights organizations worldwide have blasted the decision as an incendiary move that may actually antagonize an already tense atmosphere.
October 14 Update:
Have we forgotten about Ferguson, MO and Mike Brown? “Wake Up with WURD” took an in-depth look at what the Ferguson protests look like now – including what Philadelphians can do to help. On this show:
- María E. McCabe, an intern minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration. She has been a television journalist, Leadership Communication consultant, homeschooling mom and lifelong social activist. She works in the areas of economic and racial justice. She and the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration have committed to picket every day until Darren Wilson is convicted.
- Anyabwile Love, a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the department of African American Studies at Pennsylvania State University.
- Alexis Templeton of Millennial Activists United, a youth activist group seeking justice for Mike Brown.
On “The MOJO,” Stef Renee interviewed Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change. Mr. Robinson updated us on recent activity in Ferguson, MO, including #FergusonOctober, which took place the weekend of October 11. Hundreds of people from all across the U.S. converged on St. Louis, MO for a weekend of resistance, standing shoulder to shoulder at a national rally and march calling for full accountability for the police killing of Mike Brown. #FergusonOctober participants demand accountability for all Black and brown people harmed, killed, and targeted by systemic police brutality.
WURD has featured a steady stream of important voices on the crisis in Ferguson. Catch up on the summer’s podcasts below:
Check out WURD’s related posts:
“Ferguson Protests Go Beyond Race” – Solomon Jones (10/14/14)
“Social Media vs. Protest” – Keaton Nichols (8/18/14)
“Ferguson, MO Police Block Media Coverage of Michael Brown Shooting Protests“(8/16/14)
“Lawyers for Michael Brown Hold Press Conference with Rev. Al Sharpton” (8/12/14)
“#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Sweeps Twitter to Protest Media Portrayals of African Americans” (8/11/14)
On 8/14/14, Philadelphians gathered in Love Park to observe the #NMOS14 (National Moment of Silence) movement sparked by blogger @FeministaJones. 900AM-WURD brought our cameras to the park to keep vigil with those on site and hear their thoughts:
Fred Hampton, Jr. was live in Ferguson in late August, sending field reports from the scene along with photos:
We also encourage you to read coverage from other news sources, both inspiring and enraging. We’ll continue to talk about all of it here on WURD and want to hear from you in the comments below.
USA Today – “Support Spreads for Officer in Ferguson Shooting” (8/19/14
TheRoot.com – “31 Arrested, 2 Shot As Ferguson Unrest Continues” (8/19/14)
The Atlantic – “Reparations for Ferguson” (8/18/14)
SolomonJones.com – “Brown’s Mom: Arrest The Killer of My Son” (8/18/14)
Huffington Post Black Voices – “Michael Brown’s Family: What Else Do They Need To Arrest Killer Of Our Son?” (8/18/14)
The Guardian – “Ferguson Police Officer Was ‘Doing His Job,’ Say Supporters” (8/17/14)
Gawker.com – “The Price of Blackness” (8/17/14)