Police Union: 'Justice Needs to Go Both Ways'
(CNSNews.com) - Sergeant Kevin Ahlbrand, president of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police, says the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown has been vilified in the press and by politicians before the facts are known.
"Justice needs to go both ways," Ahlbrand told Fox News's Megyn Kelly Tuesday night.
"We routinely don't comment on these cases until the facts are in. But we thought it was very necessary that we say, hey, we're open for a very thorough investigation, but we're very concerned about the due process rights of Darren."
On Wednesday, a grand jury is expected to begin hearing evidence to determine if Officer Darren Wison should be charged in Brown's death.
"You know, when a police officer has to take a life, that is the worst possible thing he can do in his job," Ahlbrand said. "It's a very traumatic experience, and now he's facing death threats from people, his family is facing death threats, and nobody is standing up for Darren and we have to stand up for him."
According to the Associated Press, Office Wilson received special recognition at a Ferguson City Council meeting in February for his role in responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle, then struggling with the driver and detaining him until help arrived. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the suspect was preparing to sell a large amount of marijuana.
Ahlbrand said he doesn't know if Wilson will testify before the grand jury. But he doesn't think the grand jury will indict him: "My personal belief is that they will not return an indictment, based on the facts that I know right now."
Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed is demanding that St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch step aside and let a special prosecutor handle the case.
She has warned that failure to indict Wilson will make the Ferguson rioting up to this point "seem like a picnic compared to the havoc that will likely occur, because the black community will never accept that there was an impartial investigation from (McCulloch's) office."
In a statement Tuesday night, Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, urged a "vigorous prosecution" to "achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown." But Nixon also refused to remove the "democratically elected" St. Louis County prosecutor.
Daryl Parks, one of the attorneys representing Michael Brown's family, told Fox News he believes the evidence shows that Michael Brown was trying to surrender when he was killed.
"Quite possibly, whatever happened at the car probably made him (Wilson) mad. And so, whatever his mind set is, he got out of the car it caused him to take the action he took. He had shot Michael once, Michael turned around, Michael was wounded, there was no reason to continue shooting him...He didn't have to kill him like that."
And what if Michael had been charging toward the officer, as some witnesses have said?
"Even if he was," Parks said, "he was already shot and wounded, he was a wounded man. So he wasn't a real threat to the officer at that point."
"If the grand jury doesn't indict, will you accept that?," Megyn Kelly asked Parks.
"Not necessarily, I think the grand jury has enough probable cause to at least charge the officer," he replied."They need to come down with an indictment."