Target: Chris Koster, Missouri Attorney General
Goal: Demand criminal trial for police officer who shot unarmed black teenager
Recently, a grand jury in the state of Missouri decided not to send Darren Wilson, a white police officer who shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, to trial. The jury cited conflicting evidence and testimony from the officer himself as their reasons but many believe he was not indicted because of systemic racism as the evidence against him was substantial. To ensure justice for the victim and to set a precedent for police officers who use force against unarmed civilians, this case must be tried in criminal court immediately.
The decision not to go to trial has sparked days of protest across the nation. The overwhelming opinion is that Officer Wilson is guilty of murder, but is being shielded by his white privilege and the relatively low value placed on the lives of young black men in American society. Officer Wilson claims that he was physically assaulted by the victim, but even if true, that hardly warrants shooting him six times.
Another disturbing fact about this case is that the grand jury making the decision was not representative of the community in which the crime took place. Many rightly point out that since the jury of 12 had only three black members and the final decision required only nine votes, the choice not to go to trial may have been racially biased.
This is not a freak event. A disproportionate number of police shooting victims are black or Hispanic and a large percentage of them are unarmed. Often the perpetrators of these shootings are given paid leave, not tried at all, or even given early retirement with pensions.
If there is even a chance that any these claims are true, a public criminal trial must be held to determine whether or not the officer is guilty. Please sign below to demand a full criminal trial for Officer Darren Wilson and justice for Michael Brown, Jr.
Dear Attorney General Koster,
The recent grand jury decision, in your state, not to send a white police officer to trial over the murder of an unarmed black teenager paints a perfect picture of racism in the 21st century. As you well know, this decision has sparked protests across the nation that demand one thing: justice. I stand with these people that see through the jury’s claims of conflicting evidence and demand that Officer Darren Wilson have a full criminal trial for the murder of Michael Brown, Jr.
It is widely believed that Officer Wilson is guilty of murder, but is being shielded from a trial by his white privilege. Others claim that the grand jury that chose not to indict him was not representative of the community in which the crime took place and may have been racially biased. If there is even a remote chance that either of these things are true, then a full and public trial must be held. I demand justice for Michael Brown, Jr. and for all like him whose lives have been cut short by police brutality.
I urge you to follow your conscience and do the right thing.
[Your Name Here]
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