As the shock waves slowly wear off from a Missouri Grand Jury refusing
to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown,
many still feel great anger and distrust toward prosecutors,
criminal defense attorneys, and the entire American Justice System. And while much of the evidence
that was presented to the grand jury is now public, it will not change
the opinions of those who called, and still call for criminal charges
against the police officer.
Media Influence in the Ferguson Case
Long before the evidence was made available, people formed deeply entrenched
opinions about what should be the outcome of the case. What seemed like
minutes after the shooting, the media descended upon Ferguson to tell
the story of what had happened. Like all stories, whoever is telling it
gets to put a spin on it. Unfortunately, that spin shaped the perception
of many before the blood even dried at the crime scene.
Many high profile cases have proven no different. From the time that Casey
Anthony’s daughter was found dead, she was cast as the villain and
the story line was set in motion. When the jury found her not guilty –
and essentially went off Hollywood’s script – there was outrage.
Only a small handful of witnesses were actually at the scene of the shooting
and know what happened. They have talked to detectives and ostensibly
to the grand jury. I was not there and really don’t know what transpired.
I do know that a grand jury didn’t find sufficient evidence to charge
Darren Wilson and that if the public’s opinions and expectations
weren’t so drastically influenced by media coverage early in the
game, perhaps half a town wouldn’t be in ashes.
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