|The Department of Justice will drop civil rights investigation of Officer Darren Wilson, but the narrative remains...|
Scholarships for black students at the once lily-white - now completely black - Normandy High School (issued by the Michael Brown Chosen for Change nonprofit) are now being granted in honor of Michael Brown. [Churches offer scholarships at Michael Brown's School, Fox2Now, 1-13-15]
Because the notion of Officer Darren Wilson executing a defenseless, angelic, "hands up, don't shoot" Michael Brown is commonly accepted by blacks, white people (especially teachers) are fearful of Ferguson-related discussions taking place in schools. [Ferguson Commission hears from youth, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1-10-15]:
Another common refrain was the frustration students feel when they can’t talk about Ferguson-related issues at school. While most area school districts don’t have policies prohibiting discussion, and superintendents say they encourage it, some teachers and principals won’t allow it, teenagers said.
Among those students was DeAnna Harper, a senior at McCluer North High School, who said some of her teachers have stymied the conversation out of concern they’d lead to tense hallway situations. As a result, some of her classmates don’t have a chance to talk about race and policing with others who may not share their views, she said."... tense hallway situations," meaning black kids lacking impulse control are prepared to avenge Michael Brown. [Students in north St. Louis County schools walk out in protest, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12-2-14]:
The situation outside Hazelwood East High School was more turbulent. A dozen St. Louis County police cars blocked more than 100 students on Dunn Road from both sides, and some students gathered around vehicles and taunted police officers who stood outside their cars. They were outside for about an hour before they went back into their school. Police made no arrests.
The walkouts were organized through social media Monday and Tuesday. Ferguson-Florissant, like many other nearby school districts, had canceled classes Monday due to the weather, making Tuesday the first day of classes since the grand jury announcement.
“We are standing up for the black men,” said Darris Hodge, a junior at McCluer. “We want justice.”But what is "justice?"
A white cop protecting himself from a charging black man who had thoughts of using the formers gun to kill him with?
Isn't that justice?
Well... we now know what justice really is. [U.S. Not Expected to Fault Officer in Ferguson Case, New York Times, 1-21-15]:
Justice Department lawyers will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., after an F.B.I. investigation found no evidence to support charges, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and his civil rights chief, Vanita Gupta, will have the final say on whether the Justice Department will close the case against the officer, Darren Wilson. But it would be unusual for them to overrule the prosecutors on the case, who are still working on a legal memo explaining their recommendation.
A decision by the Justice Department would bring to an end to the politically charged investigation of Mr. Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Missouri authorities concluded their investigation into Mr. Brown’s death in November and also recommended against charges.
The F.B.I. investigation, however, painted a murkier picture. Mr. Wilson told investigators that Mr. Brown tussled with him through the window of his police car and tried to grab his gun, an account supported by bruises and DNA evidence. Two shots were fired during that struggle.
What happened next as the confrontation moved into the street is in dispute. While some witnesses were adamant that Mr. Brown had his hands up, some recanted their stories. Mr. Wilson testified that Mr. Brown charged at him, and other witnesses backed up his account.
“I’m backpedaling pretty good because I know if he reaches me, he’ll kill me,” Mr. Wilson told a state grand jury, in testimony that investigators said was consistent with what he told the F.B.I. “And he had started to lean forward as he got that close, like he was going to just tackle me, just go right through me,” Mr. Wilson said.