(AllHipHop News) As most of the nation focuses on the latest controversial grand jury decision in the death of an unarmed Black man by a police officer, the last highly publicized investigation is still being analyzed. The death of Eric Garner may be in most of the headlines at the moment, but many observers are still asking questions about the death of Michael Brown.
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell is one of the leading figures shining a light on the inaccuracies in the grand jury proceedings of Brown’s killer Darren Wilson. The host of The Last Word has spent significant portions of his show inquiring about the prosecution presenting the wrong law to the Wilson grand jury.
Assistant district attorney Kathi Alizadeh gave the grand jury members an outdated 1979 Missouri law that stated it was legal for a police officer to shoot a suspect that is fleeing. That particular law was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985.
When Alizadeh corrected her error weeks later, she did not explain the correct case-law to the grand jury. When a grand jury member asked for clarification about the Supreme Court decision, Alizadeh replied, “Just don’t worry about that.”
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has replied to O’Donnell’s investigative pieces. The former Republican, current Democrat, says the state now needs to amend its laws on police officer’s use of deadly force.
Koster told The Last Word in a statement:
Among the problems that Ferguson has brought to light is the need to update Missouri’s use of deadly force statute. This statute is inconsistent with the United States Supreme Court’s holding in Tennessee v. Garner. Consequently, it is important this statute is amended by the Missouri legislature to incorporate the Garner decision and to avoid confusion within the criminal justice system.
Watch videos of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell segments about the Darren Wilson grand jury below.