Sadly, it appears that Darren Wilson, the police officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is probably not going to get a fair trial.
When you have a sitting governor of the State of Missouri calling for a 'vigorous prosecution' of that officer, long before any charges have even been filed, it speaks volumes, either rightly or wrongly, about what is likely to happen to Wilson. Basically, the Governor, by his words, has already charged him with murder. Add to this, the fact that a Grand Jury has been convened in record time while separate investigations are still underway. And those investigations are sorely needed because, as it stands right now, there are no consistent eye witness accounts of what actually happened that day. In fact, it has been reported that a dozen witnesses agree that Brown actually charged the police car before the shooting.
With all that, one can easily conclude that the railroad tracks are being quickly laid to convict Wilson in an effort to simply stem the rioting.
Illegal rioting and looting should not be a reason to set aside the very principles of our legal system where an accused receives a fair and impartial trial with equal justice under the law. The Governor's words surely have tainted the jury pool should Wilson be brought to trial.
Missouri gov calls for 'vigorous prosecution' of Ferguson shooting case: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/20/missouri-gov-calls-for-vigorous-prosecution-ferguson-shooting-case/
Grand Jury to Probe Ferguson Teen’s Death: http://time.com/3144915/ferguson-michael-brown-grand-july/
FBI Investigating Ferguson Police Shooting of Teen Michael Brown: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/michael-brown-shooting/fbi-investigating-ferguson-police-shooting-teen-michael-brown-n177761
‘A dozen witnesses’ say Ferguson teen attacked cop before shooting: http://nypost.com/2014/08/19/witnesses-say-ferguson-teen-attacked-cop-before-shooting/
Shooting Accounts Differ as Holder Schedules Visit to Ferguson: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/us/shooting-accounts-differ-as-holder-schedules-visit.html