As the prosecuting attorney for the Ferguson case, Robert McCulloch, explained the Grand Jury’s decision regarding the police officer who defended himself from the attack of the young man, he expressed that “some of the eyewitnesses” said they did not actually see the incident. They qualified themselves by saying that they passed on what they heard others say.1 That is not only a lie, but a violation of due process of law. It is not an issue of the integrity of the prosecuting attorney.2
It is a good thing that we are not living under the Mosaic Law described in the Old Testament. During the judicial processes of the Mosaic Law, a false witness was to be charged and the sentence executed according to the false charge made. Moses recorded it,
16 “If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing, 17 “then both men in the controversy shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days. 18 “And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, 19 “then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you. 20 “And those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you. (Deut. 19:16-20 NKJ)
In other words, those who lied by saying they saw Officer Wilson shoot the young man “who was running from the scene,” were charging the officer with killing the young man without provocation. Most people would call that murder. Therefore, because that is not factual as the Grand Jury determined, the false witnesses who lied, would be charged with the same sentence and executed, per the Mosaic Law.
Freedom of speech does not mean fabricating a story to fit “our world view.” Our words matter and maybe that would restore order and harmony to the community.
1http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/25/us/ferguson-grand-jury-mcculloch/ accessed on November 25, 2014.
2http://www.newsweek.com/ferguson-prosecutor-robert-p-mccullochs-long-history-siding-police-267357 accessed on November 25, 2014.