The Rarity Of a Federal Grand Jury Not Indicting, Visualized

Via the phenomenal Kim Katrin Milan;

“A data point from FiveThirtyEight’s coverage of Monday night’s events in Ferguson is worth pulling out. “U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010,” the site’s Ben Casselman writes, “the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.”

That data is from a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and covers October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010. Over that time period, over 193,000 federal offenses were investigated, about 16 percent of which were declined for prosecution. That leaves just over 162,300 offenses that the government tried to prosecute. And the grand jury decided against doing so 11 times, finding no true bill or a lack of evidence to do so.…/the-rarity-of-a-federal-g…/…

This is INCREDIBLY important. I’ve noticed a lot of people seem to misunderstand. The non-indictment was not about a conviction or a guilty/innocent sentence for Darren Wilson. This was about whether or not there was enough evidence to take him to trial in the first place. Had he been put on trial, the odds of him being convicted would have been even lower.

Notice how incredibly rare it is to not grant a case the bare minimum of a trial. Especially in the face of conflicting testimonies and overwhelming evidence that there is more to the story, it’s outrageous (racist) that the Grand Jury would come to such a rare conclusion.

There are a few more routes to justice at this point, although their effectiveness is debatable:

-The Justice Department can press federal charges (they’re being urged by the National Bar Association to do so)
-The Justice Department can bring charges against Ferguson PD
-The Brown family can bring a civil suit against Darren Wilson

(It’s worth noting that many civil rights era cases needed to go to the federal government before anything got done.)”



The Daily Show Wastes No Time Addressing Crisis in Ferguson

Once again, The Daily Show kills it

“forget that in Ferguson 94% of the police are white and 63% of the people are black
forget that 92% of police searches and that 86% of car stops are for black people
forget that the white municipal government finances nearly a quarter of it’s annual budget through the fines and penalties disporportionally leveled against the black portion of the population
forget that the history of this town includes this tasty nugget,
-News reporter speaking, showing image of three heavily armed police officers-
’52 year old man named Henry Davis said that four Ferguson police officers beat him, then charged him with damaging government property because his blood had gotten on the officers uniforms’
So let me get this straight, you guys got tanks, but you can’t keep a couple of tide sticks around? Because here’s, here’s the problem with everything that’s going on in this conversation. This isn’t all about just one man and killed in one town. It’s about how people of colour, no matter their socio-economic standing face obsticales in this country with surprising grace.”