The oldest and largest group of African-American attorneys and judges is urging Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to file federal charges against Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, AL.com’s Leada Gore reports.
The National Bar Association released a statement “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.”
“The National Bar Association also questions the makeup of the grand jury that consisted of nine Whites and only three African-Americans in a town comprised of sixty-seven percent African-Americans,” the group wrote in a related statement.
“Officer Wilson’s deadly use of force against an unarmed teenager still goes unanswered for in the Ferguson community. The National Bar Association wants the evidence fully weighed by a jury accurately representing a fair cross-section of Ferguson.”
The organization added that it “is deeply concerned whether a victim of excessive and/or deadly force by the hands of a police officer in St. Louis County can receive fair and equal justice,” and to that end is petitioning the Department of Justice to file charges against Darren Wilson, as well seek action to revoke Darren Wilson’s peace officer license.
The association’s president, Pamela Meanes, said that “we will not rest until Michael Brown and his family have justice.”
Attorney General Eric Holder told National Public Radio yesterday that the federal investigations “will be conducted rigorously and in a timely manner so that we can move forward as expeditiously as we can to restore trust, to rebuild understanding, and to foster cooperation between law enforcement and community members.”