In his address to the public announcing there would be no charges against Officer Darren Wilson, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch stated that the young man's shooter exercised the same rights which all American's have to defend themselves if they fear for their lives. Somehow, I don't think these rights would stand up to the same scrutiny under different circumstances. Try putting Michael Brown's shoe on the other foot. A white Police Officer strikes a black youth for trying to tell him what to do. The youth retaliates by firing 12 shots at the Police Officer, killing him in the street. The black youth would be sent to trial by a grand jury's decision in three minutes, not three months. He'd be a cop killer and sitting on death row. As the case rests today under these same circumstances, the public is told Darren Wilson did his job.
Michael Brown was only 18 years old. He was no saint. He disobeyed a Police Officer. He struck a Police Officer. He broke the law and he should have been punished, not murdered. He should have been given a chance to reform himself through the proper channels of a justice system we're supposed to trust. Instead, he was given a death sentence in the middle of the street. Michael will never see a day in court for his wrongs- and neither will Officer Darren Wilson for his. Today we were all told two wrongs make a right.
Tonight I was compelled to draw a portrait of Michael in memoriam. Tonight I stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, MO as the city feels their unrest. Tonight I stand in solidarity with every black youth who has been gunned down instead of being sent to trial.