For the many white people working in public defense, that is a comfortable position in the wake of the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson. I am deeply disturbed by the comments that are already beginning to surface. People who distrust the government for a living suddenly take their guard down and say, "Respect the system". It sounds very much to me like a variation on the phrase, "Just wait until we have all the facts". In reality, it was prosecutor Bob McCulloch's intention to frame the public's perception of the process to make it seem like all of the facts have come out. But wait...is that what a grand jury is for? I don't think so. A grand jury exists to determine if probable cause exists that a crime was committed. (No, I'm not an attorney but I looked it up on Wikipedia asshole.) My experience with the probable cause standard is that it is disastrously low. If it's not then there are hundreds upon thousands of cases that need to be revisited.
It is doubly difficult because in most cases the criminal defense crowd would cheer for a prosecutor hedging on the side of the defendant in a grand jury hearing, maligning the reliability of eyewitness testimony, or urging restraint in finding against the defendant. But if we look again and observe the context of McCulloch's choices, we can see why that is impossible. He did not need a grand jury to charge Darren Wilson, so why did he chose one? He didn't need to present so much testimony to argue for probable cause, so why did he? The sad reality is that Bob McCulloch wanted the grand jury to look like a trial. A trial where Wilson was found not guilty but never had to face blistering cross examination or truly have anything at risk. McCulloch, like many prosecutors, manipulated the system and got what he thought was just. That is hardly a system any of us should trust.
If you are advocating for anyone to trust it, I think you need to look a little closer at yourself and ask where you are really placing your allegiance.