Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association issues statement regarding grand jury finding in death of Michael Brown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                
Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association
November 25, 2014
www.EarlBGilliamBar.orgContact: Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association  at ebgbassociation@gmail.com

THE EARL B. GILLIAM BAR ASSOCIATION SENDS ITS CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF MICHAEL BROWN  AND THE IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI COMMUNITY 

San Diego, CA – The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association is deeply disturbed that the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri, after considering the evidence in the shooting death of Michael Brown, reached the conclusion that Darren Wilson should not be indicted and tried for the death of Michael Brown. Our thoughts are with the family of Michael Brown who lost a loved one and the community of Ferguson that is still mourning this preventable death.

While we share in the frustration of many, we ask those displaying their displeasure with the decision to organize in a peaceful and legal manner. We join with the position of other Bar Associations in calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue federal charges against Officer Darren Wilson.

The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association remains steadfast in its commitment to educate and inform San Diego residents of their constitutional rights when interacting with members of law enforcement. This year we have worked with San Diego’s Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman in an attempt to improve the relationship between the police force and the San Diego community. We will continue to strive to hold all those who perpetrate harm upon our community accountable for their actions and we will pursue all possible means to avoid occurrences of such harm. We must all come together as a community to work together to ensure that those in positions of power do not abuse their privilege.

For complaints related to Ferguson, please contact the FBI 24 Hour Hotline at 314-589-2500. E-mail: stlouis@ic.fbi.gov

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Established in 1982, the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association is the largest association of African-American judges, attorneys, and legal professionals in San Diego. Its mission is to represent the interests of the African-American legal community in San Diego County. EBGBA is committed to defending the legal and human rights of all citizens, promote the administration of justice, eradicate the root causes of racism, promote the professional and personal interest of its individual members, and preserve high standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession. For more information, visit www.earlbgilliambar.org

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