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Ferguson grand jury verdict is a call to action

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced Monday night that Ferguson (Mo.) Police Officer Darren Wilson has not been indicted in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

With that, the long and agonizing wait that began shortly after the clock struck noon on Aug. 9 ended.

That afternoon, the lives of Darren Wilson and Michael Brown were forever locked together in the struggle between race and class, between crime and punishment, between right and wrong.

On that summer afternoon, when Officer Wilson confronted Brown, who’d been accused of stealing a box of cigars from a local store, Wilson took on the role of judge, jury and executioner.

Just 61 seconds after he happened upon the young man, Brown’s bullet-riddled body lay dead in the street. It would remain there for four and a half hours.

There are those who say Brown earned his fate through his actions. They say he should never have stolen cigars, or walked in the street.

They say that Officer Wilson’s version of events — where Brown supposedly rushed at the officer and left him fearing for his life — justifies Wilson’s actions.

But there are also those who say otherwise.

Click here to read the rest of this column on Newsworks.

Photo: Solidarity with Mike Brown. Hands up don’t shoot. Protest against police brutality. August, 2014. Click here to see the original photo by Debra Sweet/ Flickr Creative Commons


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Solomon Jones is an Essence bestselling author and award-winning columnist. He is the creator and editor of Solomonjones.com. Click here to learn more about Solomon

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chick mclusky

Hey Solomon……teach your children to respect authority and listen to police !! Tell ur children to never try to atack an officer of the LAW…..and finally teach your children to not strong arm rob stores!!! This kid follows these simple rules of life and guess what …….today he would be alive !!!! Does the African American community take any blame for anything or does just pushing all blame on white people make it easier for the failures of teaching children how to live in a civilized society ..sorry Solomon your wrong and I used to enjoy your articles in the daily news but no longer buy this paper …..your view on this subject is pathetic at best