Published On: Wed, Nov 26th, 2014

Ferguson

Jacob Gelt DekkerHere are documents and evidence presented to the Grand Jury in Clayton, Mo. which was deciding whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting of Michael Brown. The documents were released by the St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert P.McCulloch.

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The verdict of the Grand Jury was not to the liking of lynching mobs. After reviewing piles of forensic evidence and hearing fifty witnesses, the Grand Jury decided that the Police Officer acted in properly and shot the culprit after being charged physically. On behalf of protesters, slick lawyers argued that not fifty, but only five witnessed should have been heard, and the overwhelming forensic evidence was no more than a “data dump.” They called for what sounded like summary justice and preferably, summary execution of the Police Officer.

In the USA, a Grand Jury system exists to protect citizens from an overly zealous Public Prosecutor. A Grand Jury conducts proceedings to investigate potential criminal conduct and to determine whether criminal charges should be brought. It overrules decisions of the Public Prosecutor.

The mobs preferred to disregard all of the Clayton Grand Jury considerations and deliberations in the Darren Wilson/Michael Brown-case and focused on one aspect only, the Police Officer, Darren Wilson, was white and the victim, Michael Brown, black. By claiming that the shooting was racially motivated only, the mobs themselves behaved in the most racist fashion possible. With sweeping statements spokesmen of mobs uttered judgments of the entire judiciary system of the USA. Their judgment was built on this one case only, full of emotion and with total disregard for what happened, the system or its functioning.

Blinded by hate, well organized demagogues whipped up furious masses to total hysteria, burning down buildings and cars, looting and stealing, and hurting scores of people in the process. Justice by lynching mobs in Ferguson just got a totally different meaning.

Over the media, Reverend Martin Luther King III reminded listeners of Victor Hugo’s words, “Where there is darkness, crimes will be committed. The guilty one is not merely he who commits the crime, but he who caused the darkness.” Thus, the well-intended Rev. King, whose family name once stood for non-violence, added to the legitimacy of looters.

In 1969, part of Willemstad Curacao was burnt down by looting mobs led by political leader, Papa Godett. Only 5 years ago, MAN-politician Charles Cooper tried to incite crowds at the Marriott/10-10-10 meetings with burning barricades. More recently, another politician, and since assassinated, Helmien Wiels threatened the white population to send them back to Holland in body bags. Neither Cooper nor Wiels met with much rapport. Since the senseless riots of 1969, Curacao has become very riot adverse, people shy away from mass demonstrations.

We can be proud that responsible leaders rather stay away from demagoguery. We all know that problems can only be solved with constructive meeting between parties.

By Jacob Gelt Dekker - Opinion columnist for Curaçao Chronicle.

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