Local NAACP members rally against Michael Brown grand jury decision

Local NAACP members rally against Michael Brown grand jury decision

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Local activists joined members of the NAACP tonight letting their voices be heard in reaction to the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Their message during the rally was to fight for equality for black people especially males in the country.

Local defense attorney Richard Hagler says the prosecutor in the case presented evidence from both sides and we have to let the judicial system take its course.

"That is our system that's the way it works and i think you have to respect that. I think it's sad that a lot of people are turning it into an excuse for violence. I don't believe Michael Brown's family have expressed that's what they want to see, and the problem is it accomplishes nothing, so many of the people are destroying the property of local business owners of people that live on the community and often times the most severe agitators aren't even from the community," he said.

Hagler adds no one wins in the case because Michael brown is now dead and both brown's family and the officer's life is now changed forever.

Former CSU professor Judy Purnell she says we are repeating history and she is saddened for the country right now. She says this reminds her of the Kerner Commission and police relations following the Detroit riots in the late '60s.

"We must start educating people in the area of race relations. Lack of knowledge, America doesn't understand us. We all need to stop being two  nations right now African Americans are a nation within a nation, we need to become one," she said.

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