This was how the sky looked yesterday evening.
An unsteady calm has settled over the region for the moment. However, the last time things “calmed” down to any degree was on Saturday, and in seems there’s validity to the theory that the constant rain that day reduced the violence. After all, last Sunday and the Monday that followed it were arguably the most violent days to date. Sunday, after all resulted in the activation of the National Guard. I’ve been fortunate that I personally haven’t had to be in Ferguson since Sunday Night/Monday Morning. It is interesting that while last night, Tuesday Night 8/20/14 was relatively calm, the night was rocked with severe thunderstorms.
The Grand Jury is already in session, hearing evidence and deciding the fate of Ofc. Darren Wilson. There has been a large push by the media and those in the community to demand that St. Louis County Prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, recuse himself from the case. The argument against McCulloch has resulted in one of the most backwards and absurd point of views I’ve ever heard.
As far as I’ve seen, no one has accused McCulloch of misconduct or racism. However, there’s this notion that he is unqualified to prosecute this case in particular because he actively has working relationships with officers during the course of his official duties. The absurdity is that ALL prosecutors have working relationships with officers. Unless every prosecutor independently prosecuted a different case in a different county for every case, there is no way for them to not have a relationship of some kind with the police. In fact, dealing with police for better or worse is sort of a job requirement. Interestingly no one is accusing McCulloch of having a personal relationship or even a close working relationship with Darren Wilson specifically, which to me is evidence that the argument is baseless.
What’s more, there’s been some focus on McCulloch’s family history and the fact that he is the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty by a black man. If that discredits him from working cases involving officer related shootings and black men, why has it not been a problem before now? Why has it not been a problem until a large segment of the public prejudged this case?
Speaking of prejudice, Jay Nixon called for a “vigorous prosecution.” Yet, McCulloch is the one who is not objective here?
Below are some pictures I’ve been compiling of the events of the last eleven or so days. Most are from Instagram or the media. If you have any pictures or video that you think are worth watching, link to them in the comments section.