In­dict the sys­tem, says lawyer

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ST LOUIS: A lawyer for the fam­ily of Michael Brown said on Tues­day that a grand jury’s fail­ure to in­dict the po­lice of­fi­cer who shot the un­armed black teenager was “com­pletely un­fair” and said the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem was “bro­ken”.

“The process should be in­dicted,” at­tor­ney Ben­jamin Crump said at a press con­fer­ence a day after the grand jury, an in­ves­tiga­tive panel, de­cided not to charge po­lice of­fi­cer Dar­ren Wilson over the Au­gust 9 killing in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri.

The St Louis County pros­e­cu­tor’s an­nounce­ment on Mon­day set off protests and ri­ot­ing, which left dozens of busi­nesses looted and burnt.

Crump ac­cused the pros­e­cu­tor of favour­ing the po­lice and said a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor should have been ap­pointed.

“We ob­ject pub­licly and as loudly as we can,” he said.

He pro­posed that re­forms in the wake of the Fer­gu­son un­rest should re­quire all po­lice of­fi­cers in the US to wear video cam­eras to in­crease trans­parency, es­pe­cially in cases like the Brown shoot­ing.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said the Fer­gu­son sit­u­a­tion had sparked “nec­es­sary con­ver­sa­tions” about race and po­lice prac­tices.

“The frus­tra­tions that we’ve seen are not just about a par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dent. They have deep roots in many com­mu­ni­ties of colour.”

There was “no ex­cuse” for vi­o­lence, he said, and “no sym­pa­thy at all for de­stroy­ing your own com­mu­ni­ties”.

Re­forms came not from de­struc­tion but “be­cause peo­ple vote, be­cause peo­ple or­gan­ise, be­cause peo­ple mo­bilise”, he added. – Sapa-dpa

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