The grand jury convened to consider filing charges against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, has been widely criticized for numerous problems including potential prosecutorial misconduct and jurors being given instructions that had previously been found to be unconstitutional. Even more disturbing is new information that one of the jurors is an active member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Kent McKirk, formerly of Walker Louisiana, was until recently known only to the public as juror 8 in the proceedings concerning the killing of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson while on duty. That changed drastically after McKirk was outed yesterday, by his sister, as being a member of the Dixie Ranger Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
Kent McKirk’s sister, Julie Wilson, approached members of local Louisiana news station, DQLA6, after what she describes as a hateful and disturbing conversation with her brother concerning his involvement in the case.
“My brother and I don’t agree on a great many things”, Ms.Wilson told DQLA6. “He has chosen to follow in the footsteps of my parents and hold mindless hatred in his heart. Despite all I still love him, but I believe he has the wrong of it by too far this time.”
He came to visit and detailed parts of his involvement in the Grand Jury to me”, stated Ms. Wilson. “He takes my disapproval of his involvement in the Klan as a personal affront and often calls me horrible names for what he says is betraying my race. I think he wanted to gloat and upset me. He told me that he sat as juror in the matter of the ‘hero officer that had shot that thug monkey’, and that he was glad it had been him and not some traitor like me.”
“Now all of this I would expect from him”, said Ms. Wilson. “But then he starts going on about how he was pushing a few other of the white jurors who were unsure. How he swayed them. He laughed in my face and said he thought the police man was lying, probably guilty, but that it didn’t matter because no white man should go to jail over something so small as a dead n*****. And im sorry for using those words but I want you to know what he said, and all the hate behind it. I don’t know if its justice or not to let that police man go, but for sure no justice was coming from Kent. I just can’t let it stand quiet.”
DQLA6 attempted to speak with Mr. McKirk about the remarks he made to his sister but he refused to comment and slammed the door on reporter Paul Horner. Subsequent attempts to contact him were also unsuccessful.
Whether or not this new information will result in a new grand jury being convened to consider charges against Officer Wilson has yet to be seen. Presently the political winds in Missouri seem to blow the way of seeing the whole issue buried and forgotten. Perhaps these new developments will force them to change their course.