Macon NAACP upset about Michael Brown’s grand jury decision
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Monday night’s grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson on the shooting death of Michael Brown has made an impact on Middle Georgians.
Macon NAACP President Gwen Westbrooks says she is very upset about the decision.
“If the roles were reversed and Michael shot Wilson, then he would have been indicted,” Westbrooks said. “Race played a major issue in this decision.”
The U.S. Census Bureau reports Macon is almost seventy percent African-American.
That is very similar to the demographics of Ferguson.
“This could happen in Macon, and it almost did when Sammy Davis Jr. died,” Westbrooks said.
Sammy Davis Jr. was an African-American man who was shot after an incident with Macon law enforcement.
Someone complained about Davis approaching them for money, deputies were called and the man was shot.
The officer involved in the shooting was not charged for the incident.
“If I find out that if they’ve done something that is not right, I will take care of it, whether it be suspension or termination or whatever needs to be done,” Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said. “We want to ensure the public that we are on their side.”
Some Macon residents were very upset about the decision.
“I think he should have been indicted because he shot the man twelve times, “ Ashley Spokane said. “Nobody deserves to be shot like that for anything.”
“Black men are being targeted by the police and it has gotten to the point that I am fearful,” Anthony Richards said.
Some residents were in support of the decision.
“We have the best justice system in the world, and if they made that decision we need to stand by it,” James Smith said.
NAACP Macon is planning a vigil Saturday for Michael Brown and wants the public to continue non-violent protests.