In the wake of the news that Ferguson, Missouri, police Darren Wilson will not be indicted for killing Michael Brown, you’ve probably seen lots of reports of destruction and anger, and far fewer about the despair of black men as they contemplate the message the grand jury’s decision sends about the value of their lives.
Here’s a great corrective. BuzzFeed’s Joel Anderson captured this image, and Twitter user @HeyMyNameIsWill contrasted it with the images of the protests offered by cable TV.
There has been no day in court with the rules of prosecution and defense in place – yet. If there is a wrongful death suit in a federal court, then uniform federal standards for police nationwide apply. That doesn’t include Missouri’s state law which says a police officer may shoot an unarmed suspect.