Grand Jury Decision: Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Will Not Be Indicted in Killing of Mike Brown

10808287_10152822717302489_445277025_nAfter weeks of endless media speculation (often bordering on inflammatory and unethical journalism), the grand jury finally rendered their verdict and decided not to formally indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Mike Brown.


My position since day one has been that I simply wanted the truth to come out. I’m really not sure how this entire situation turned into some kind of a debate where each “side” seemingly had a “team” for which they were rooting (Team Wilson vs. Team Brown). But I’ve maintained since the very beginning that all anyone should have wanted from this tragedy was for justice to prevail. Though I guess in this case, “justice” is a subjective term.

While many focused on an officer shooting an unarmed man, that was never really the issue. Nobody was disputing that Mike Brown was unarmed and that Darren Wilson shot and killed him. The issue was whether or not Wilson was justified for using deadly force.

And even though the official evidence presented to the grand jury apparently corroborated much of what Wilson said happened that day, for many that doesn’t matter.

In fact, no matter what the grand jury’s decision ultimately turned out to be, the “side that lost” was going to find fault with their decision. For people who think Wilson is a cold-blooded murderer, any evidence that supported his story will simply be dismissed by Brown supporters with claims that it was manipulated or fabricated by those trying to cover for him. And if Wilson had ended up being indicted, those on “his side” would have said that the grand jury caved into public pressure to indict him out of fear over the violence that might occur if they didn’t.

The truth is, this stopped being about Darren Wilson and Mike Brown weeks ago. The media drove such a divide on this issue, endlessly speculating on anything and everything they could to drive views and ratings to their websites or networks, that this story was no longer about finding the truth based on actual facts. Instead it became a battle between those who “picked a side,” with each side hoping to prove their opposition wrong.

It’s like I said earlier today on Twitter, the media was the main culprit that helped create such a racial divide on this issue. Then they had the audacity to act “shocked” that the racial divide they helped make much worse was suddenly such a driving force behind this story.


But in the end, the grand jury’s decision really doesn’t make a whole lot of difference to many people who’ve been following this story. Most people have had their minds made up for weeks and their anticipation of this decision was based upon their desire to find out if “their side” was right. For many, their ultimate decision about this case had very little to do with listening to the official facts of the case that were presented to the grand jury. They just wanted to hear validation that their “side” was right, no matter what the facts ultimately turned out to be.

In the meantime, I truly hope that we won’t see any kind of violence following this decision because that doesn’t do anyone any good. It doesn’t help Brown’s family or the communities where that violence might occur. And no matter what, all of our thoughts should be with Brown’s parents. Because no matter what “side” you took on this story, the fact remains that they lost their son. It doesn’t matter if you think that his death was justified or you think it was murder, nothing will bring him back to them.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Kim Serrahn

    This is only the beginning.

    • YHWAY

      Nice positive attitude slim

      • Kim Serrahn

        I’m very positive, positive that this country could be on course to burn to the ground.

      • YHWAY

        I hope they arrest every thug and put them in jail. Why they are at it, all the protestors. Note- no Caucasians out looting

      • Charles Vincent

        Unfortunately its human nature to react this way and you’re most likely correct(hopefully not in my lifetime though).

      • Kim Serrahn

        nor mine.

      • Cufffook

        You need Jenny Craig

      • Kim Serrahn

        What’s Jenny Craig got to do with anything?

  • djallyn

    i couldn’t have said it better.

    • YHWAY

      You could have, You could have said nothing jack arse

      • djallyn

        I’m thinking that maybe YOU should be the one not to speak.

        I was agreeing with Allen Clifton — this hasn’t been about Wilson or Brown, this has been all about the media ginning up a story by driving a wedge.

        They probably have more media people in Ferguson right now than they have actual people who live there.

      • Bah

        Yea but how many in the media are black??? Not too many. #underrepresentation

      • djallyn

        I would say about 12 percent — which is about the same percent as the population at large.

      • Bah

        Yea well it’s not 13 percent. You must hate poor black people since they aren’t represented, you’re probably a KKK sympathizer.

      • Cufffook

        You are a fookin moron. Just shut up

      • djallyn

        Is that your automatic go-to Bah? That if someone says something that you have trouble believing or understanding, that the default response is that they are “racist” or an equivalent thereof?

      • Bah

        They either have to be racist or a bigot. Duh!

      • djallyn

        That has got to be the most asinine thing I have ever heard, Bah.

        BTW: do you have any idea what MY ethnicity is?

        Not that it really matters outside of this whole thing being rather ironic.

      • Bah

        You should never feed a troll.

  • Cops never get retribution done to them, ever. That’s why Communities are safer when police departments don’t exist there.

    • YHWAY

      You are a fookin moron. Without police, you would be toast.

      • Jennings Missouri disbanded their police and crime went down. The department itself was a source of the crime. A BAD police department is worse than NO police department. Communities should have the power to pull the plug on bad ones.

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    • Jim Bean

      From which community without a law enforcement presence did you derive that statistic?

      • Jennings Missouri disbanded their PD and crime went down. Because the police were the source of a lot of the crime. Corrupt police departments are worse than NO police department. Ideally a good police department protects their community without issues.

        All communities should review whether their PD is doing their job honorably or whether their PD is a source of criminality that the community would be better off without.

        The Jennings PD (which Darren Wilson was a member) was so corrupt, that it was decided to pink slip the whole department as the subculture was totally rotted.

        Police Department =/= collection of virtuous persons.

  • YHWAY

    God Bless Darren Wilson. A true American hero

  • Robbie Newall

    calling it now. darren wilson will be shot in the next couple weeks if he is back on duty.

  • CHUGALUG

    It wouldn’t have mattered what the decision was, Ferguson was gonna burn. Thugs just gotta be thugs it’s just their culture. They are taught to distrust the cops from birth

  • CobrayRPB

    For once the author on this website said something that wasn’t completely idiotic. 5he media has the lion’s share of blame for this, however the left wing as a whole is culpable too. They make everything about race, they enable cretins like Sharpton and Jackson, and they create this grievance industry characterized by the victimology narrative issued to every racial instance. If you are a person of color you are automatically a victim and even more so if your assailant is white. Let’s just look the other way when it comes to black on black crime. The left wing has done more damage to the black community with it’s soft racism and lowered expectations. That’s why they created white privilege. It is the ultimate boogeyman that explain a series of failures since the ushering in of The Great Society. Left wing social engineering never works

    • Bah

      Whatever dude. It’s clear, Allen hates blacks. We all know he secretly hates the president because of his lack of support. End the execution of young black mAle. Lefts up don’t snoot!

  • Bah

    Just another white privileged racist from Texas.

    • #grandjury

      Just another Shine from Ferguson.

      • Bah

        It’s obvious, Allen Clifton just can’t see it. He is blinded by his racist tendencies from the Midwest.

    • Cufffook

      A true American Hero. Darren Wilson.