During a special edition of Afternoons with Amos, Indianapolis reacted with anger, sorrow and a desire and strong resolve for action in the aftermath of the decision by a St. Louis County Grand Jury not to press charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the death of 18 year old Michael Brown. A huge number of callers of different ages, backgrounds and philosophies called into the two hour program expressing their outrage at the grand jury’s decision, the attitude and handling of the case by St. Louis Prosecutor Robert McCulloch and expressing their sympathies and prayers to Michael Brown’s family. The publication by Prosecutor McCulloch of evidence heard and seen by the Grand Jury, especially the testimony of Officer Wilson further angered the community and listeners.
Here, Afternoons with Amos shares with our community some key evidence in the case. The photos shown here taken a couple of hours after Michael Brown was killed. They show the position of where Brown fell from Wilson’s fusillade of bullets (shielded by the orange barrier) and the position of Officer Wilson’s police car. Click the Link to Read the Full Testimony of Officer Wilson Before the Grand Jury. ENTIRE GRAND JURY TESTIMONY OF OFFICER DARREN WILSON Appearing on Afternoons with Amos, veteran Indianapolis attorney and former NAACP President Roderick Bohannon emphasized that the case presented to the Grand Jury was slanted in that Officer Wilson was able to define his story early in the process to the grand jurors and in Bohannon’s words “He (Wilson) framed the narrative”. Many callers expressed strong feelings that the decision should be a wake up call to the Black community to get serious about exercising the community’s greatest power – the right to vote. Other callers said it was important that young people show responsibility and respect for law enforcement. Other callers disagreed and said that law enforcement has repeatedly shown disrespect to Blacks especially young Black men. Minister Nuri Muhammad of the Nation of Islam Mosque #74 in Indianapolis echoed many of the callers’ feelings of outrage. But Minister Nuri emphasized that exercising economic power was a strong weapon of protest and urged the community not to shop or buy on Black Friday, or “White Friday” as Minister Nuri told listeners. Several subsequent callers echoed Minister Nuri’s call saying Blacks should hold off on Christmas spending as a protest over Ferguson. Indianapolis Urban League President Tony Mason said that it was time for the community to come together to insure that Ferguson doesn’t happen in Indianapolis. Mason said that Black leadership would be coming together Wednesday, Nov 26 in a public display of unity. Rev. Michael Jones, Vice-President of the National Action Network/Indianapolis and Pastor Progressive Baptist Church said the issues raised by Ferguson were critical. Rev. Jones echoed feelings of Benjamin Crump, attorney for Michael Brown’s family, who’s calling for law requiring police officers to wear body cameras. Congressman Andre Carson who also called into the program echoed that call. Rep. Carson also expressed concern over the actions of Officer Wilson during his encounter with Michael Brown. Rep. Carson said that it seemed that proper police training wasn’t used by Wilson, especially procedures on the use of deadly force based on the behavior of a suspect. Click the Media Player to Hear Indy’s Reaction on Afternoons with Amos to the Injustice of the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision. ©2014 WTLC/Radio One. Part 1 Runs 51 Minutes. Part 2 Runs 44 Minutes.