Who’ll think of the children? In Ferguson, Mo., someone did. Protest organizers had recently presented police with a 19-point list of demands, or rules of engagement, in the event that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is not indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
One demand was a 48-hour notice in advance of the grand jury announcement, but the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office has reached an agreement with the Hazelwood School District that the school will be given a three-hour advance notice to “allow us enough time to transport students home safely.” If the announcement is made on a weekend, school superintendents will be notified 24 hours before the media to facilitate “emergency preparedness.”
That takes care of the younger set who just want to get home from school safely, but what about the protesters who’ve worked so hard these past months? What’s the “win” for them if Wilson isn’t indicted?
That was an actual question asked by MSNBC’s Trymaine Lee. Michael Brown’s parents have gone all the way to the United Nations to demand the immediate firing of Wilson, while local groups have organized, marched, attended council meetings, blocked highways and even disrupted symphonies to put pressure on the Ferguson police. Oh, and they also burned down the local QuikTrip, broke windows and looted some other businesses. So what do they get in exchange for “laying it all on the line” if not an indictment?
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