PSLS Director, Dima Khalidi, made the following statement in response to the Ferguson Grand Jury's failure to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
PSLS views the non-indictment of Michael Brown's killer, Darren Wilson, as part and parcel of wider problems of government targeting of black, brown and dissident communities, and state violence against dissent. Even while Wilson walks free, hundreds of thousands of black and brown people languish in jail for non-violent offenses; Rasmea Odeh is in jail for failing to recognize the legitimacy of her tortured confession and imprisonment by Israeli authorities; and Michael Brown – along with innumerable other young souls – is dead.
The Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision not to indict is one more in a long line of structural injustices that have been endemic to the U.S. system of justice. We are saddened by this outcome, after such passionate and dedicated mobilizing by the communities most affected by US policies of over-policing and lack of accountability for the criminal acts of those in power.
PSLS will continue to protect the right to advocate for Palestinian rights and humanity. And we stand with communities across the country fighting for their right to live, be treated with basic human dignity, and to find justice.