I did not intend to write about what is happening in Ferguson, MO so soon, but this question needs to be asked. Why has Officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot Michael Brown, already being tried and convicted before the full facts are known about what happened on August 9? No, a trial has not been conducted, but a grand jury will soon be convened. No, Officer Darren Wilson has not sat in a trial before a jury of his peers, but he has already been convicted in the court of public opinion. That public opinion seems to run as high as the Governor of Missouri.
You can watch the video of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s statement below, but let me include a quote of the most important part, via The Gateway Pundit. Pay special attention to what Governor Nix says around the 3:24 mark in the video.
…Amid all the pain and distrust and anger, we’ve also seen tremendous acts of grace, courage, and kindness as the people of Ferguson try to maintain peace, while they call for justice for the family of Michael Brown. In Ferguson, people of all races and creeds are joining hands to pray for justice. Teenagers cooking meals for law enforcement officers. Community leaders demonstrating courage and heroism throughout the night in standing against armed and violent instigators…
…But we will not be defeated by bricks and guns and Molotov cocktails. With the help of peaceful demonstrators, pastors and community leaders, Captain Johnson and law enforcement will not give up trying to ensure that those with peace in their hearts are not drowned out by those with senseless violence in their hands.
Second, a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.
The democratically elected St. Louis County prosecutor and the Attorney General of the United States, each have a job to do.
One important question keeps playing over and over in my mind. Why is the Governor of Missouri calling for a vigorous prosecution so the family of the deceased Michael Brown can receive justice? Should he not be calling for a vigorous investigation so the full facts can be discovered and released? Does he completely ignore the possibility that Darren Wilson may very well have been justified in shooting Michael Brown?
The truth is, we do not know what happened between Officer Wilson and Michael Brown. There was certainly a scuffle and a shot fired inside Wilson’s police unit. That seems to suggest that Brown had instigated a fight with the officer by reaching through the window. At any rate, would it be too much to ask of the public officials, of the public themselves, to wait until the investigation is concluded, before they start calling for a vigorous prosecution of Officer Wilson?
This is exactly the kind of rush to judgement I decried in my previous post about the events in Ferguson. We are a nation of laws, but the law has been given no opportunity to do its job in Ferguson. And Governor Jay Nixon is helping nothing by making the kind of public statement he just released. It is a travesty of how our system of laws is supposed to operate. Clearly, no matter how this turns out, or what the facts actually are, America will not be better off after Ferguson has receded into the background of history.