Mayor Kasim Reed on Ferguson decision: ‘It’s one of the worst decisions by a grand jury I’ve seen in my lifetime’

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recently shared his thoughts on the failure of a Ferguson grand jury to bring charges against Darren Wilson. During a recent interview with rolling out at a Thanksgiving turkey drive, Mayor Reed revealed that he believed injustice took place in the killing of Mike Brown and failed indictment of Wilson.

“I think it’s one of the worst decisions by a grand jury that I’ve seen in my lifetime,” Mayor Reed said during the interview. “What it says about a district attorney who, rather than just bringing a charge, which he certainly had the ability to do, is that he never really wanted to bring a case to begin with. I think it was a really bad day for the people of Missouri and a very bad day for the country. The fact of the matter is that you should not be able to kill an 18-year-old boy, shoot him more than 10 times, and not have to face a jury of your peers. In this case, I think it was certainly appropriate to proceed with a trial so that his mother and father would receive a fair hearing.”

After the decision was announced on Nov. 24, residents of Ferguson began protesting and there were also instances of violence. Since then, Americans across the country have marched in protest to support Mike Brown’s family and to speak out against the grand jury’s decision.

During a recent interview with ABC News, Wilson appeared to have very little remorse for killing Mike Brown. He stated that he would do the same thing again if faced with the same set of circumstances.


A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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