Why are Americans in uproar over #FergusonDecision?

Last night, the Grand Jury in the Mike Brown trial, announced their decision that Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot down the young man on 9 August 2014 would not be indicted.

Thousands of American citizens who disagree with the decision have taken to the streets in protest of the decision, with the belief that justice could only come with an indictment of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot him.

In previous protests, protesters have touted signs such as "Justice for Michael Brown" - a plea for accountability over the young man's death.

Photo: Demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown in August with the two main slogans of tha campaign “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “Justice for Michael Brown.” Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Xolani was joined in studio by Khalil Osiris, former member of the _Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, _a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization active in the US from 1966 until 1982.

Now Osiris is an internationally recognised expert on restorative justice practices and cognitive behavioural personal change. In his counsel he stresses the point that he did not go to prison because he was in the Black Panther Party for Self Defense or because he made a mistake - he went to prison because of his choices.

Osiris explains that in the case of the Ferguson decision the negative reaction of so many Americans is due to people's perception that the processes of justice cannot be trusted.

Osiris also explains the bouts of violent protest amongst the widespread peaceful protests following the Grand Jury's decision.

The question that we need to ask is how do we challenge what we see or perceive, or is in fact an injustice, in a way that better serves and than we have historically. That for the African-American community has been the unanswered question, we've protested, we've marched, we've had civil disobedience and there has been a long history of a growing number of youth who say that this ideal that we are going to be non-violent in our protest in the face of brutal, absolutely horrific acts of violence is unacceptable.

Prof Khalil Osiris

Listen to Xolani's interview with Khalil Osiris below:


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