Jeff Roorda, Missouri State Representative and head of the STL Police Officers Association, wears “I Am Darren Wilson” bracelet and shoves woman during the #CivilianOversight/Public Safety Committee meeting.
Hundreds of people have poured into New York’s Foley Square and Lafayette Street to voice their outrage that NYPD Officer, Daniel Pantaleo, will not be charged in the death of unarmed 43-year-old Eric Garner in July. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide, and the chokehold Pantaleo used to subdue Garner even though he was not resisting, was illegal - despite this, the grand jury decided not to indict him. This comes amid widespread protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown where the man who killed him, Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, was also not charged. Protestors can currently be heard chanting ‘Black lives matter’ and “I can’t breathe,” the last words of Eric Garner as he was killed, he screamed this 11 times as he was attacked.
Subsequent to a previous report from Lawrence O'Donnell the Missouri Attorney General has confirmed with Last Word that they instructions given the Michael Brown Grand Jury describing the Police “use of force” laws was incorrect and misleading.
The background of this situation is that Lawrence O'Donnell reported that after reviewing the transcripts of the Darren Wilson Grand Jury, his analyst discovered that Assistant District Attorney’s working for Bob McCullough gave the Jurors an outdated copy of Missouri Lawthat all that was required for an Officer to use deadly force is their “reasonable belief” that there was a threat.
In 1985 the Supreme Court amended this law to include a “probable cause” requirement underTennessee v Garner and the Jury wasn’t informed of this until 3 months later just before their deliberations, nor even at that time was the difference and relevance of this explained to them clearly.
The misleading information was given to the Grand Jury directly before Darren Wilson’s testimony giving the impression that all that was required under the law for Wilson to kill Michael Brown was his belief that he was in danger, without the additional requirement ofprobable cause for such a belief.
The Missouri AG now proclaims that was wrong and the Missouri Law needs to be changed and updated to reflect the Supreme Court’s ruling.
CNN says that the Justice Department will demand that the Ferguson police correct whatever tactics are leading to a pattern of racial discrimination. If they refuse, the Justice Department will move forward with a lawsuit to force changes. The Justice Department could also ask a judge to order court supervision of the police department’s dealings with minorities.