The FBI issued warnings to law enforcement agencies around the nation that a grand jury’s decision on whether a Missouri police officer will face charges for killing Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, “will likely” lead to attacks on police officers and key infrastructure.
Violence could erupt following the decision whether or not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown.
The FBI said in a bulletin,“The announcement of the grand jury’s decision … will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure.”
An announcement by the grand jury appears to be imminent, because local law-enforcement agencies and the National Guard are standing on alert for eruptions in the black community if Officer Wilson is not indicted by the grand jury.
There are leaks coming out of the grand jury inquiry that many witnesses to the shooting, black citizens themselves, have testified that Michael Brown, who had just robbed a convenience store, had attempted to kill Officer Wilson with his own police weapon, and when shot in the process, Brown refused to submit to arrest, but charged the officer.
When the shooting first occurred, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and several other federal law enforcement authorities flocked to Ferguson, stirring up racial hatred in the black community, vowing that Officer Wilson would pay for his crime, notwithstanding the facts to the contrary.
Now that the process has been followed, and the facts have been determined by the grand jury, no matter what its decision in the case, A.G. Holder should be the one to announce the verdict, putting the authority of the Administration and Justice Department behind the decision, and asking all citizens, including black citizens, to reflectively support the decision, and to refrain from additional looting and violence.
Of course, we at The Federalist Press anticipate that Holder and others in the Administration have no interest in facts, truth, or peace, and will do nothing to cool the boiling tempers that have presided over months of violence in the troubled community.