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National Center of Victims of Crime Release on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision


November 25, 2014
Contact: Tara Ballesteros

Kim Goldman, sister of Ron Goldman and National Center board member, speaks-out on how they sought justice after the O.J. Simpson acquittal 

WASHINGTON, DC – The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson on charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown. This does not mean that Michael Brown’s family is without other avenues to justice.   The Justice Department is pursuing civil rights investigations of the Ferguson police department as well as Officer Wilson which may identify the parties at fault and hold them responsible. Furthermore, the victim’s family may find broader recourse through the civil justice system. 

Kim Goldman, board member of the National Center for Victims of Crime, and sister of Ron Goldman commented, “After the jury in my brother’s case found O.J. Simpson not guilty, our family turned to civil courts for accountability. The civil process allowed for additional facts and evidence that ultimately held O.J. Simpson responsible for my brother’s murder. It gave us the opportunity to be heard and was the move towards justice that we so desperately sought.”

A civil lawsuit will allow the family to be represented by an attorney of their choosing, rather than relying on the government to represent their interests. A civil lawsuit will provide a public forum for the airing of evidence and the cross-examination of witnesses. 

While the criminal case is only concerned with the actions of Officer Wilson and the relatively narrow question of whether they were legally justified, the civil case can explore the larger question of the training and practices of the Ferguson Police Department and whether the department promoted a culture that contributed to the outcome of the altercation.

The National Crime Victims Bar Association (NCVBA), a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, and its attorney members throughout the country are committed to serving crime victims through the civil system. Every victim deserves their day in court.

For additional information about the National Center for Victims of Crime and its programs please visit www.victimsofcrime.org .   

The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them.  For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.