President Obama was right about Ferguson when he told the American people last week, “We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make.”
If the president meant what he said, there are two immediate steps he would take.
First, he would tell Attorney General Eric Holder to stand down.
As former mayor and federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani has noted, given that the grand jury found not enough evidence to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, Holder ought to stand down in his attempt to bring a federal case.
Remember, several African-American witnesses have corroborated Wilson’s version of events, as did the forensic evidence.
Second, President Obama would never again have the Rev. Al Sharpton at the White House. In American life today, it’s hard to think of any figure more opposed to the idea of respecting a grand jury’s considered decision than our Rev. Al.
Certainly he showed that in Ferguson, immediately dismissing the grand jury’s decision because it wasn’t the indictment he’d demanded.