A friend of mine posted an update to his Facebook account stating the “Justice for Michael Brown was dealt and achieved on August 9, 2014 when his life was ended by Officer Wilson. I politely disagreed. I offered the following explanation of why.
I would disagree with the Justice for Michael Brown part.
Sometimes, a police officer must make the decision to take another human being’s life. When that happens, they will spend the rest of their life second guessing themselves. Those who have had to make this decision know what I am talking about.
Justice for Michael Brown came, in all actuality, when the Grand Jury returned a NO BILL. That was the point that 12 citizens examined all of the evidence and came, basically, to the same conclusion that Officer Wilson came to. He had no choice but to act in self defense.
For Officer Wilson, this means that those same 12 citizens validated his decision that day. It means that he can, though unlikely that he will, rest easy in his thoughts and mind about the decision he made.
Until that NO BILL was returned, Michael Brown’s fate dangled in the wind. Not his physical being, but the fate of the justice dealt.
As police officers we are not jurors. We do not try cases on the street. We collect evidence. In this case, Michael Brown was not afforded the luxury of a trial. His decisions forced Officer Wilson to decide between going home or dying. Had Michael Brown made a different decision, there is no question there would be a different outcome.
The events of August 9th were validated as true and righteous by a jury of 12. That is the justice Michael Brown has been dealt.