The regularized police occupation of Ferguson, Missouri

Reblogged from “Hidden Cause, Visible Effects” with gratitude. I strongly endorse the recommendation to read the transcript of the testimony of Dorian Johnson on the link below. Since we have been denied the right to see the killer cop tried in a public trial, this is as close as we’ll ever get to being able to judge for ourselves whether there was ‘probable cause’.

Hidden Cause, Visible Effects

The man who was with Michael Brown the day he was murdered is Dorian Johnson. His testimony to the Grand Jury is posted on, and you can read it (and download it) here.

Just from reading the testimony, I think any fair-minded person would say that Johnson is a truthful and open witness. He was so treated by the prosecutors. He was something of a role model to the younger men in the community who came up to him and asked about how he was able to transition out of poverty and violence to be able to hold a job and have an apartment of his own. (Consider that fact, reader. Having a job and apartment are considered difficult feats requiring guidance to young men in certain parts of this country!) He had lived in the neighborhood about eight months and had a girlfriend and daughter.

The encounter…

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One response to “The regularized police occupation of Ferguson, Missouri

  1. Tonight I read Dorian Johnson’s testimony to the Grand Jury. I encourage others to read it; read it and tell me there was not “probable cause” for a jury trial.

    Here’s the definition of “probable cause”:
    “Probable cause is a level of reasonable belief, based on facts that can be articulated, that is required to sue a person in civil court or to arrest and prosecute a person in criminal court.”

    It is a far lower legal standard than “Beyond reasonable doubt”:
    “The standard that must be met by the prosecution’s evidence in a criminal prosecution: that no other logical explanation can be derived from the facts except that the defendant committed the crime, thereby overcoming the presumption that a person is innocent until proven guilty.”

    Darren Wilson was not indicted due to a lack of “probable cause.” Darren Wilson was not indicted because the District Attorney (and others) did not want the evidence presented in an open court of law.

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