It’s been over a month since Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson killed teenager Mike Brown. The killing sparked an intense round of (mostly peaceful) protests of people outraged by Brown’s killing and the killings of other unarmed Black males in this country, such Eric Garner in Staten Island, John Crawford in Beavercreek, OH and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles (all also killed this summer). Protesters have been calling for Wilson’s arrest, but the officer instead fell into obscurity. He popped back up on Tuesday to appear in court in front of a St. Louis County grand jury.
Wilson testified for four hours. His defense on the premise that he and Brown tussled and a struggle ensued forcing him to shot the teen multiple times in Ferguson. Eye witnesses say that Brown was down in a position of surrender when Wilson shot him. Still,other witnesses say it is unclear what Brown was doing when he turned while attempting to fleeing the scene.
Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch vows to bring all of the witnesses in to testify in front of the jury and bring “all the evidence” in hopes that the 12 person body will come to a favorable decision. He expects a decision by mid-October, but the hearing has been extended until January, so there is more time to put a case together.
Ed Magee, a spokesman for McCulloch’s office refused to give details about whether or not any witnesses have testified yet. Nevertheless, this is what those close to the Ferguson cause have been waiting for.