The book focuses on both the atmosphere and the evidence in the grand jury room where the death of Michael Brown, Jr., was examined. Brown, an 18-year-old black youth, was shot and killed by Ferguson (Missouri) Police Officer Darren Wilson in August of 2014. The disposition of this bellwether case continues to reverberate through other black deaths at the hands of police officers in this country.
The critique illuminates several uninvestigated anomalies in the case, and highlights the need for grand jury reform. Holder is a veteran journalist and a former associate editor of the Mountain Xpress. She currently writes a legislative column for The Urban News, and produces her own website, Politically Purple NC.
A discussion of the book’s process and findings takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Malaprop’s Bookstore is located at 55 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. A book signing will follow the event, which is free and open to the public.