A tidal wave of self-explanation, self-justification and finger pointing has preceded the imminent announcement of the grand jury’s decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department criminally will be charged with killing Michael Brown and brought to trial. It’s all to blunt criticism or responsibility for missteps in handling the case that might affect the outcome. And there have been many.
Leid Stories turns its attention today to the biggest missteps in the case—the roles of the Rev. Al Sharpton and the lawyers he brought in to represent the family of Michael Brown. What they did, and what they failed to do, have produced the net result of the case being used to satisfy a number of hidden agendas but not the purported No. 1 priority of justice. The grand jury’s ruling, whichever way it goes, is linked directly to these missteps.
“The people’s attorney general,” Alton H. Maddox Jr., returns to discuss how the actions (and non-actions) of Sharpton and his legal team make them as responsible as the system for impeding the course of justice in Ferguson and in the Fergusons of America.