The National Bar Association Is Calling ‘BS’ On Ferguson Grand Jury – Calling For Federal Charges

The conventional wisdom about grand juries is that a prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich and normally, getting past the grand jury is a breeze. It’s the trial where a defense attorney has to prove his or her chops.

That’s not what happened in Ferguson, MO, though, when Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson was not even given a trial in the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, and the largest association of African-American lawyers and judges in the country are saying that something went very, very wrong in Ferguson. They are calling for federal charges to be brought up.

In a press release issued Monday night, they said:

The National Bar Association is questioning how the Grand Jury, considering the evidence before them, could reach the conclusion that Darren Wilson should not be indicted and tried for the shooting death of Michael Brown. National Bar Association President Pamela J. Meanes expresses her sincere disappointment with the outcome of the Grand Jury’s decision but has made it abundantly clear that the National Bar Association stands firm and will be calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue federal charges against officer Darren Wilson. “We will not rest until Michael Brown and his family has justice” states Pamela Meanes, President of the National Bar Association.

This isn’t the first time the National Bar Association has had an opinion on a nationally-known trial. They were also very critical of the not guilty finding of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

“The verdict,” stated NBA President John E. Page “says an unarmed college-bound Black teen can be profiled, stalked, confronted and killed by an armed neighborhood watchman with hollow tip point bullets. We express our heartfelt condolences to Trayvon Martin’s family on this tragic verdict. We also say ‘Enough is Enough – It is NOT OK to kill our youth’.”

The fact is the jury delivered a not guilty verdict. The TRUTH is justice has not been served. In these most challenging of times, we are called upon to act. We must move from outrage to action. It starts today with the NBA and YOU!

“Injustice anywhere,” as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said “is a threat to justice everywhere.” We have work to do to achieve justice for Trayvon Martin. As social agitators, the members of the NBA are continuing the struggle for “equal justice under the law” for Trayvon Martin. At the forefront of this struggle are NBA members Daryl Parks (Past NBA President) and Ben Crump, of the Tallahassee, Florida law firm Parks & Crump, LLC, that are representing Trayvon’s family in advocating for “equal justice under the law.” We proudly stand with them.

As for Ferguson, the National Bar Association is encouraging people to call the FBI 24 Hour Hotline at 314-589-2500. Perhaps federal charges will be filed.