A True Story of Murder in America
by Jill Leovy
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The Saint Louis County grand jury’s decision not to issue an indictment of police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown was at once appalling and entirely predictable. Grand juries usually defer to the will of the prosecutors who marshal the cases on their dockets, and Robert McCulloch, the district attorney in the Ferguson case, has a long track record of siding with the police during his twenty-five year career. This, too, can hardly come as a shock given his strong ties to the law enforcement community: McCulloch’s father, brother, nephew, and cousin were all Saint Louis police officers, and his father was killed in an incident involving a black suspect.
But while the formal legal system remains largely indifferent to such reflexive displays of white privilege and pro-cop bias, white
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