Gabriel “Jack” Chin Comments on Ferguson Grand Jury for New Republic (11/24/14)

Gabriel “Jack” Chin commented for media including the New Republic and the Washington Times on thenews that a Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri would not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the killingof Michael Brown. Though the decision triggered protests across the nation, Professor Chin said theGrand Jury’s action was not unexpected.

“A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich,’ the saying goes, but that never applied to police,” Chin said.“Of course, society requires police to carry guns and orders them to use them when necessary;therefore, they get the benefit of the doubt in close cases. I can’t recall an on-duty police officer beingcharged for homicide without clear and strong evidence of criminality. Ambiguous, unclear, evensuspicious circumstances are insufficient.”
“Even if you could have gotten an indictment, what good does it do to get an indictment and then haveyour case thrown out?” Chin said in an interview with the Washington Times. “You go ahead and do aweak grand jury presentation, but if you do it in a case that’s actually weak, how are you going to feelwhen you are prosecuting a case that you really shouldn’t be prosecuting?”
Gabriel "Jack" Chin, who joined the King Hall faculty in 2011, is a prolific and much-cited criminal andimmigration law scholar whose work has addressed many of the most pressing social issues of our time.

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