“They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace. They acted shamefully, they committed abomination; yet they were not ashamed, they did not know how to blush.” Jeremiah 6:14-15 (New Revised Standard Version)
The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, a network of progressive faith leaders and congregations serving African-American communities in the United States, joins the family, friends, and neighbors of Michael Brown, Jr. and other people of conscience and moral insight in Ferguson and St. Louis County, Missouri in condemning the decision by a grand jury, led by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, to not bring criminal charges against Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, Jr., an unarmed black teenager, on August 9, 2014. The decision to not prosecute Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, Jr. is yet another example of the way the people who control the machinery of justice condone extra-judicial executions of persons of color. As people of faith, we are outraged that Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges and trial before an impartial tribunal after shooting an unarmed teenager to death.
Throughout human history, every society has recognized the evil of allowing people who intentionally kill their neighbors to escape the risk of sanctions. As was the case concerning the Biblical account of the death of Abel at the hands of his brother Cain, the blood of Michael Brown, Jr. “is crying out” to God for justice. But from the moment Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, Jr. to death on August 9, 2014, the world witnessed a calculated and coordinated strategy by law enforcement and civic leaders in Ferguson and St. Louis County, Missouri to shield Wilson, the undisputed killer.