Personally, I've found the amount of misinformation going around on social media from both sides to be disheartening, especially on Twitter. If you're commenting on the substance of the grand jury decision and you haven't yet gone through all of the evidence that was before the grand jury, you are by definition commenting from a position of ignorance. My posts on social media, going back to when this happened, come out in favor of Brown. That's still my stance. But I can't blame the grand jury itself or say that those people were biased or wrong without looking at all of the evidence they had to work with. There are some things that can be said, in general, without looking at all of that evidence, though: 1. The prosecutor didn't appear to want an indictment here. You've probably all heard the expression that a good prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. That's because the process is stacked against the defendant. Typically, the prosecution comes in and puts on just the evidence they need to get an indictment. They don't throw every piece of evidence in. The grand jury is only there to decide if there is a probable cause for an indictment, and if there is then during the actual trial all of the evidence comes in. The process used here was unusual, and I don't think it served the interests of the community to conduct this as a trial-but-not-a-trial; 2. The law is too permissive when it comes to police use of violence. Whatever the evidence showed, the grand jury had to apply Missouri statute, which gives a great deal of leeway to police in their use of deadly force. That sort of law needs to be changed by state legislatures, and Missouri isn't the only jurisdiction that has such laws. It is too easy for police to start shooting and then provide a legal justification for it; and 3. The unrest in the Ferguson area is emblematic of a historical, and systemic problem between law enforcement and minority communities in the St. Louis area. All of this bad feeling wasn't created out of thin air overnight with the shooting of Michael Brown. The only way to fix the problems that exist there are to address the larger problems, which means continuing to look at this issue long after the Brown case has faded from the headlines. It is also important to make sure you have a command of the facts when talking about the case, and aren't simply repeating inflammatory falsehoods. So far this morning I've seen misstatements of the autopsy reports, misstatements about Brown that favor the police, and a picture of the KKK from an old news story being circulated around Twitter with the caption stating it was from last night in Ferguson, and a bunch of mindless Twits retweeting it. That doesn't do anyone any good.