The attorney for the Michael Brown family says the family is hoping a United States Justice Department investigation produces the indictment they couldn’t get in St. Louis County. And civil rights activist Al Sharpton has told an audience in Ferguson that the federal investigation might bring better results than the county grand jury because “It has been the legacy of the civil rights movement that you always had to go to the federal government and could not depend on states.”
St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch says the grand jury had not issued any indictments against officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Junior.
Brown Family lawyer Benjamin Crump recall the family objected to the county prosecutor running the case through a grand jury from the start. And he says McCulloch’s questioning of officer Darren Wilson proves the point: “He testified for four hours and you had to scratch your head…to say ‘when is the prosecutor going to cross-examine the killer of an unarmed person.’ A first year law student would have did [sic] a better job of cross-examining the killer of an unarmed person than the prosecutor’s office did.”
Crump says the family and its supporters hope Congress passes a Michael Brown Law that would require every police officer, nationwide to wear a video body camera so “we won’t have to play this game of witnesses memories and secret grand jury proceedings. It would just be transparent.”
Sharpton calls Brown’s death part of a national movement, saying the goal is greater accountability in policing. “Michael Brown will not be remembered for the ashes from the buildings burned in Ferguson. He will be remembered for new legislation and the upholding of laws that protect citizens in the country,” Sharpton said.
Although Brown’s father had been billed as a speaker at the news conference, Crump has described him as too emotional to answer questions.