I think not.
There are no winners. Possibly all losers.
I waited as long as possible to draft this post, but the Ferguson prosecutor held off on releasing the result of no indictment for the police officer.
I have to say, that surprised me. I almost figured that they'd wait until after the evening news to keep the clamour down. But then as night settled, I thought 'would it be wise to announce after dark?'.
From what I could gather to the months leading up to this, that facts of the case meant little to nothing for most sides. This case was all based on emotion. But I worried that with acquittals from Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman, grand juries or trial juries would convict to avoid conflict in the press and / or the streets - regardless of evidence.
I haven't heard how the vote was split - or if it was.
For a MO Grand Jury, it has to be at least nine of 12 votes. Nine of the jurors were white.
The only only only way the Grand Jury vote could even possibly go over with the citizens of the town would be if all 12 voted to not indict.
This decision not to indict won't help a thing racially in Ferguson.
The thought crossed my mind whether a non-indictment would be better than a trial where the officer was acquitted. What would bring more understanding? What would bring less upheaval?
I don't know that it helps that days before a verdict, the mayor, the governor and the president all call for calm. It get that the dominoes are in place to fall, but it seems that the assumption that the first one would fall is already in place.
I don't know how police can help contain crowds when it is the police who are being rallied against. I see a never ending cycle of protests and attempted containment - and nothing good is going to come out of this. Violence on both / either side will breed violence and opportunities for lethal mistakes.
I'm going to bed with too little information and too little known about the fallout.
Again, no good can come out of this. I just don't know if this is the best case scenario.
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