Greetings MCBA Members
Mound City Bar Association endorsed a letter dated January 5, 2015 submitted by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) to the Honorable Maura McShane, Presiding Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit in Missouri, requesting that the court conduct a thorough investigation of the grand jury proceedings that resulted in the non-indictment of former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The letter notes that transcripts of the grand jury proceedings reveal questionable prosecutorial tactics that compromised the integrity of the proceedings. In light of this, the letter asks the court to convene a new grand jury and appoint a special prosecutor pursuant to Missouri law. Please click here to read the letter in its entirety.
Mound City Bar Association saw the confusion in the community as we awaited the grand jury's decision in the killing of Michael Brown, Jr. There was an obvious need to educate the community on the grand jury process and the elements of various crimes for which Officer Darren Wilson could have been charged. In response, we created a series of community videos, posted here.
Mound City Bar Association is committed to supporting the community, after the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown which occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. He was killed after being shot multiple times by Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. On August 11, the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened a civil rights investigation of the fatal shooting, and the next day, President Obama issued a statement committing federal resources to investigatory efforts.
Since August 9, this country has seen several unarmed African American men killed by police officers. MCBA is actively working to address the much needed changes to the system by proposing legislation which would hold police officers more accountable for their actions. We are also working to address the various problems with our municipal court system. If you are able to become a MCBA member, please join us in our efforts. If you are not, you may make a contribution to our efforts at http://www.gofundme.com/hmtutw.
On Sunday August 17, 2014, the National Bar Association, in collaboration and support with MCBA, held a Rally and March concerning the latest events in Ferguson. The event commenced at 3:00pm and was held at Greater Grace Church, located at 3690 Pershall Road, St. Louis, MO 63135.
A meeting from which the press took statements was held near Ferguson City Hall on August 14, 2014. Our MCBA members, including President Kendra Howard and other members of the Executive Board met and discussed legal issues related to the shooting with a consideration of the future aftermath on the commmunity. To view a photo from the meeting, please click here.
On August 23, 2014, several MCBA members and volunteers assisted with canvasing the Ferguson neighborhood, dissimentating voter registration information and our "Know Your Rights" brochure. This effort, which is referred to as "Boots on the Ground", was repeated on August 30, 2014, after an extremely positive response from the Furgeson community. To view the brochure, please click here. To view photos taken from the 23rd, please click here.
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Please find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/moundcitybar and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @moundcitybar for the latest Brown shooting developments. Also, please plan on joining us for our upcoming General Body Meeting for more information and volunteer opportunities.