Members of Brown’s family did not speak Tuesday during a press conference. Instead, the family’s attorneys voiced their opinions regarding the grand jury process that led to Wilson’s non-indictment.
“The process is broken,” said Attorney Benjamin Crump, who claimed that Wilson’s “veracity” and “credibility” were never challenged during his four-hour testimony before the grand jury . “The process should be indicted.”
The grand jury process wasn’t the only thing Crump slammed. Prosecutors were also blasted as Crump stated that the prosecution had “a symbiotic relationship with the local police.” The attorney also mentioned that “a first-year law student would have done a better job” than the prosecutor’s office of cross-examining Wilson.
Crumps comments mark the latest development to occur following Monday’s announcement that a grand jury would not indict Wilson for fatally shooting Brown on Aug. 9. In addition to the announcement, testimony from Wilson various eyewitnesses was made public as part of thousands of pages of grand jury materials. Upon looking through the released materials on Monday, Crump stated, “we saw how completely unfair this process was.”
Although they were silent Tuesday, Brown’s family addressed the grand jury’s announcement in a statement Monday night, saying in part:
“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.”
Once the grand jury’s decision was made public, about 1,000 protestors reacted Monday night by taking to the streets of Ferguson, breaking into and burning at least a dozen buildings. The actions resulted in the arrest of at least 80 people in the St. Louis area, the Post noted, adding that additional protests took place in New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver and Oakland, California, among other cities.
In a video that was uploaded to Facebook, Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, tearfully addressed a crowd Monday night as she reacted to the grand jury’s decision.
“They still don’t care,” says McSpadden in the video. “They’re never gonna care. I’ve been here my whole life.”
In addition to the Brown family and their attorneys, the Rev. Al Sharpton was present at Tuesday’s press conference to weigh in on the press statement issued by St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch.
“I’ve never seen a prosecutor hold a press conference to discredit a victim,” said Sharpton, who also shared a message in response to violent protestors. “There’s another way other than to explode. “That doesn’t get us justice. We need to show a better way.”
“If you’re on Michael Brown’s side you walk with dignity,” he added. “If you do anything to harm others, you’re on your own side.”
To see footage from the Brown family’s press conference, check out the video below: