Dec 01 2014

Ferguson Evidence Flawed from the Start

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It wasn’t just Walmart workers who chose the biggest shopping day of the year to make their demands. Activists angered over the St. Louis Grand Jury decision to not indict former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson with charges relating to the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, also called for a boycott in protest. In fact, under the banner of #blackout, protesters shut down the St. Louis Galleria Mall.

Solidarity protests were held in cities around the country. In Oakland, activist occupied a BART station and shut it down, leading to more than a dozen arrests. In Los Angeles, where the largest number of people outside Ferguson were arrested – more than 300 – people blocked freeways.

In Ferguson itself, tensions remain high as people continue their protests despite a short lull during Thanksgiving. A church attended by Michael Brown’s father was burned down in the past week. Some suspect members of the KKK of being behind the possible arson attack.

Meanwhile, since the Grand Jury decision was announced last week, legal experts and scholars have examined the evidence released, and the procedure itself, concluding that the entire process could have been flawed right from the start. Darren Wilson has reportedly been paid half a million dollars for sharing his story with the press, saying that he had a clear conscience.

GUEST: Lisa Bloom is the legal analyst for The Today Show, NBC News, and Avvo.com. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Swagger and Think, and has written numerous articles for such outlets as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and more. She runs her own law firm in Los Angeles called The Bloom Firm. She wrote the book, “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It.”

For more information on Lisa Bloom, visit www.thebloomfirm.com and www.lisabloom.com

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