Grand Jury Testimony Unlikely To Be Released in Michael Brown Shooting

Monday, November 24, 2014

Good morning:

Prosecuting Attorney Bob Culloch has publicly stated that a transcript of the proceedings before the grand jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting will be released, if the grand jury decides not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

Jason Sickles at Yahoo reports,

For three months, prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch has said he would seek a rare court order from Judge Carolyn Whittington immediately releasing nearly all evidence should Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson not be charged. Grand jury proceedings usually remain secret.

“We’ve asked the judge to do that, and the judge has agreed that she will do that, if there is no indictment,” McCulloch said during a radio interview with KTRS in September. “There’s no probably about it, it will be released.”

On Sunday, however, the court said, “Judge Whittington has entered no such order and has made no such agreement,” according to director of judicial admnistration Paul Fox.

I do not believe Judge Whittington will order the evidence released.

Grand jury proceedings are secret in order to protect witnesses from potential public criticism, condemnation and retaliation. Not even their identities can be disclosed, much less their testimony, especially in an extremely controversial case like this one where threats to kill have been uttered and public officials are preparing for a war to break out. The situation is so tense that Governor Nixon has preemptively declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard.

Under these circumstances, where public disclosure of witness identities and testimony could be a death sentence, I cannot imagine that a judge would lift the veil of secrecy. I certainly would not risk people’s lives to provide political cover for McCulloch’s decision to try Wilson in secret.

There is only one way to handle this case properly and that is to charge Wilson with murder and accord him a public trial with due process of law.

To be clear, I have never believed McCulloch was operating in good faith.

Since August 9th when Darren Wilson killed an unarmed Michael Brown at noon on a quiet residential street in Ferguson before witnesses who described an execution, he has been working diligently to protect Wilson by shepherding him through a secret grand jury investigation.

I believe he knew the transcripts would not be released to the public, but chose to assure everyone that they would be released in order to place public attention on the judge who would refuse to release them and thereby conceal his misconduct.

Voters need to get rid of this racist schemer next time around.

171 Responses to Grand Jury Testimony Unlikely To Be Released in Michael Brown Shooting

  1. Malisha says:

    After the shooting, Darren Wilson “In no apparent distress,” right after thinking he was about to be killed, then fearing “hostility” and realizing he killed someone, and all like that? Remember Fogen being the same — no apparent distress — by the time the EMTs took his vital signs in the cop car right after HIS kill?

    And we got around to believing Wilson took a punch to the face? I still have that in the Fogen category of the smashes to the head.

  2. Malisha says:

    OK, I’m really interested in the bizarre piece of writing known as the diary of “Witness 40.” First of all the person claims that the reason s/he was even IN Ferguson was that, like a zoo, s/he was visiting there to see people s/he referred to as “niggers” and specifically because s/he hoped to stop calling them “niggers” and stop hating the whole race because of something that happened “40 years ago.” So this person was accustomed to referring to African Americans as “niggers” to start with.

    Is this person a reliable witness to anything? Is it believable that the person is IN Ferguson that day at that time — so the person does not work?

    Then you have the information that the person was told to “Lay yo stupid ass down,” as if somebody (who, one of those bad people that Witness-40 was trying to learn not to hate?) was advising caution while there was gunfire?

    If anybody can tell me where to find the text of that whole “diary entry” (really? Not likely) I would most appreciate it.

    • Concernedczen says:

      And then the accounting of the shooting reads like a witness statement not a diary entry. Bet the entries we saw were the first entries of the ridiculous piece of fiction

  3. At least the Ferguson hashtag makes it easy to block all the bigots. So there’s that.

  4. Malisha says:

    Just occurred to me: According to Wilson, Brown “looked like a demon” after having been SHOT. Jeez. Maybe he was angry? Maybe he was in pain? Maybe he was very sick because one or more of his internal organs was pierced and his body was reacting? So now there are rules for how a black man should LOOK after he has been half killed, is that it? He should perhaps smile, look nice, look like an ANGEL? Not like a “demon”?

    • MDX says:

      A person wounded and looking at the barrel of a gun about to kill them will have a look of extreme terror, I would presume. Just like a person about to be killed would scream in a manner that is out of the ordinary.

      Wilson stole Brown’s final look just as Zimmerman stole Martin’s final cry.

  5. Malisha says:

    So…Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown because Brown “looked like a demon.” So delusional white cops are on the force who are free to kill people when they hallucinate, right? Or did I get that wrong. Did it go like this: “I’m a white authority figure so I’m on god’s side; he’s a black so he’s a demon so I’m allowed to kill him”?

    Because it’s either one or the other. If the picture of a “demon” is “a 6’3″ black man who does not belong to your daddy’s plantation” then it’s perfectly comprehensible.

    If a man killed his wife because she had a confrontation with her during which he said “she looked like a demon” would he get off?

    If a woman killed her husband because he had a confrontation with her during which she said “he looked like a demon” would SHE?

    • That quote spoke volumes. But yes, basically today a person wearing a badge can murder someone in the street from more than 150 feet away, and then get on with his life, which includes getting married to a fellow KKK member- while the rest of us serve 8-year prison sentences for driving sober and obeying the traffic laws, in Kentucky. Yup. That sounds about right.

      Also: Orbital blowout fracture my ass.

  6. Ferguson/Missouri State Highway Patrol Police Scanner:

    http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/17925/web

  7. Sophia33 says:

    • MDX says:

      And he looks like a fairly strong 210 pound man.

      Funny how weight becomes the total determinant of strength in this farce and two dimensional size was so all important in the Zimmerman white wash.

  8. Sophia33 says:

    Guys Wilson was almost as tall or as tall as Mike Brown. He is 6’4″? WHAT?! He was not a puny man. OMG!

  9. concernedczen says:

    Prof, please look at witness 40’s diary. It looks like a complete fabrication to me. What’s your take? I feel like witness 40 was never really at the scene.

    • Sophia33 says:

      From what I have read so far, a lot of it seemed contrived. Darren Wilson’s whole testimony seems contrived. Did you read the part where Wilson said Mike Brown allegedly told him he was too much of a pussy to shoot him?

      • Malisha says:

        Yeah, that read like “you got a fuckin’ problem homie?”

      • PhillyBoyRoy says:

        Naturally Wilson was compelled by law to show Mike Brown he was no pussy.

        Pussies don’t shoot surrendering teens in the skull. Only real men do that.

        Lots of dialogue in Killer of Children Darren Wilson’s version of the story. Everyone must have been talking extremely quickly because the whole incident only lasted about 90 seconds.

        • Sophia33 says:

          I know. They had a whole Shakespearean soliloquy going on. “To murder or not to murder, that is the question. Whether it is nobler in the minds eye to suffer the slings and arrows of a mouthy kid or to shoot him 7 times and kill him.”

      • concernedczen says:

        I haven’t read DW’s testimony, but the bizarre diary entries from Witness 40 read like complete fabrications. No one writes a diary like that. With a bunch of short entries and then a long accounting of the shooting with enough details to support DW. I don’t think that witness was anywhere near the shooting.

    • Malisha says:

      I couldn’t make witness-40’s diary open to read it. How did you get it to open up so you could read it?

        • PhillyBoyRoy says:

          Stupidity.

          It’s like if I commit murder, and then I produce a handwritten “diary” belonging to a kid down the street to use as my alibi.

          “I was working the night shift at the Dunkin Donuts when Mr. Roy walked into the store. He ordered a black coffee, two jelly donuts, and a newspaper. He ate one of the donuts and left the other one in the bag. Maybe he was going to eat it later I dunno LOL. Anyways he sat down to read the paper from about 12:00AM when he made his purchase and did not move from that table until 3:33AM which was exactly when the murder occurred. No one will believe me so I am telling you, Diary.”

          • bettykath says:

            t was written by a white teen, barely old enough to drive We know that white folks don’t lie. [sarcasm]

          • Malisha says:

            OK I answered my own question, found the “diary” here:
            http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1370734-witness-40-journal-entry.html

            Peculiar damn piece of “writing.” 8 a.m. this moron decides to drive into the ghetto so s/he can get to know the “black race” but damn if s/he doesn’t have one of those turrble turrble speriences, which s/he records in detail, concluding that nobody would believe what s/he said anyway.

            Oh no? Why not, pray tell? S/he’s a white person whose philosophical daddy always said you can’t hate the whole black race because of something “one man” did 40 years ago. Sounds credible to me! So s/he leaves the scene of the crime and writes stuff in her diary rather than giving her statement to the white police who have now flooded the area.

            THIS is CREDIBLE?

            My take on this is that the “friend” who was calling the radio station and saying Michael Brown “bum-rushed” the officer then noticed that the entire web lit up with people saying she was full of crap, so she either wrote out this ignorant piece of bullshit or she got someone else to do it, off a script designed to make people (who were not used to or interested in critical thinking) believe that an eye-witness nobody interviewed was coming in with new information in the 11th hour.

            S/he could reveal the “diary” to the GJ and it couldn’t be destroyed by bloggers first.

  10. PhillyBoyRoy says:

    I remember the King acquittals – this feels 100x worse because there was no trial at all.

    I stand 100% behind looters and rioters.

    If Obama advises against it, that’s what you gotta do.

  11. Sophia33 says:

    Wilson called Mike Brown a demon in his testimony.

    • PhillyBoyRoy says:

      Funny how the aggressive killer demon thug is dead and the kindly polite officer of the law is alive and well with not so much as a bump on his head.

      Funny how that works. The killer always seems to live on to explain how he faced imminent death.

      “He had the most aggressive look I had ever seen!”

      Hm that’s unfortunate. Good thing you gunned him down; looks apparently can kill, but not as well as bullets to the head.

      Wonder how Wilson looked (aggressive? psychotic? smiling?) to Mike Brown as Wilson gunned him down while he was surrendering.

      Wonder what kind of look Mike Brown saw in Wilson’s eyes as he was shot through the eye and skull.

      I’m actually not too upset because the arrogant racist testimony of Child Killer Darren Wilson will certainly encourage a vigilante act. He is not safe.

  12. Malisha says:

    Wilson’s testimony is ridiculous You would have to be an imbecile to believe it.

    Or, if you weren’t an imbecile, you could believe it if you were, say, a racist who wanted to promote white cops killing black kids, that would work too.

    Notice the Fogenlike quality of the little story he told?

    “His hands were all over me.”
    “I politely asked him to get on the sidewalk.”
    “He said ‘you fuckin this and that blah blah’ back to me.”
    “He grabbed my gun.”
    “He had the most aggressive look I have ever seen on a person.”
    “He had his hand in his waistband.”
    “I thought he was gonna kill me.”
    “There was blood all over me.”
    Oh…but no skipping. Instead, Michael Brown “kind of hopped.”

    Notice, too, that Brown delivered half a dozen murderous blows BEFORE handing off the cigars to his friend to free up that other hand. Miraculous!

    It’s Fogen redux.

    • Malisha says:

      Oh my I just realized: Wilson forgot to say that he was screaming “Help Help Help” the whole time.

      • Sleuth says:

        If Officer Child Killer was familiar at all with the people in the neighborhood, his encounter with the young African American teens should have gone something like this:

        “Hey Big Mike! Whose your friend?, How y’all doing today? Now tell me why y’all walking in the middle of the street? Why don’t y’all get back on the sidewalk before you get hit by a car. Now Big Mike, tell me, am I going to have to call your grandma?”.

        According to his friend “Jay”, Officer Child Killer preferred patrolling the African American neighborhood where the crime rate was higher than the predominately white neighborhood he could have patrolled which had a much lower crime rate.

        By now, we all know the real reason he preferred the African American neighborhood.

        Officer Child Killer was nothing more than a thug with a badge and a license to commit an execution in broad daylight.

    • MDX says:

      How ironic that McKlanner waxed poetic about how witnesses get confused about “details”, yet Wilson has minute events about a so-called fight that he remembered clear as a bell.

  13. Sleuth says:

    BBC News is reporting that since the announcement by the GJ, a 30 day state of emergency has been declared for the state of Missouri.

    It was not stated why, and for what reasons.

  14. sparger says:

    http://apps.stlpublicradio.org/ferguson-project/evidence.html

    Document from the hearing at St. Louis Public Radio station. Wilson’s testimony is ridiculous You would have to be an imbecile to believe it.

    • Malisha says:

      Oh, also, at the end, the prosecutor asks, “Anything else you want to say?” “No, we’re good.” “We’re good.” As in: I told all my lies and you didn’t challenge me on anything so we’re fine.

    • Sleuth says:

      Officer Child Killer is an imbecile, but doesn’t believe his story because he knows he, they, Chief Jackson & FPD, and McColored & Co. fabricated it. That’s why he can’t explain it in clear terms.

      You know what they say about liars, especially pathological ones like this Fergustan crew.

      I just went over to take a peek at his medical records, hoping to find out body weight.

      What I noticed while scrolling through, was that the diagnosis was: ALLEDGED ASSAULT!!!

  15. Sleuth says:

    The prosecutor also was critical of the media, saying “the most significant challenge” for his office was a “24-hour news cycle and an insatiable appetite for something — for anything — to talk about.”

    Yeah, like those leaks reported by the St. Louis Dispatch and other news organizations which came directly from McColored & Co.

    The very things McColored enumerated during his 45 minutes of babble where basically the same information leaked to the press.

    Anybody else noticed?

  16. Sleuth says:

    There is no way we’ll ever see the evidence of Officer Child Killer’s purported injuries because they do not exist, never happened, and the GJ knows this is true.

  17. Malisha says:

    Just feel paralyzed with dismay.
    We are SUCH a poor country.
    We don’t have enough guts to clean drek up off the street.
    Instead we slap a badge on it and hand it a gun.

  18. Sleuth says:

    Today, President “Obama gave posthumous medals (Presidential Medals of Freedom) to family members of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were slain in 1964 as they participated in a historic voter registration drive in Mississippi”.

    Is it just a coincidence that the GJ’s decision to not indict Officer Child Killer was announced the very same day?

    http://www.galvestondailynews.com/news_ap/politics/article_ad2bef5d-a89d-5ab6-88b2-e02893085c78.html

  19. Malisha says:

    Looks like he’s a degraded throw-back with a shaving scratch on his little cheeky-poo. On the other hand, he might have a touch of psoriasis on his scalp. Boo Hoo!

  20. concernedczen says:

    Zach Green ‏@140elect · 4h4 hours ago
    If I wanted to turn protests violent, I’d fill the streets with police then announce the decision late at night. Oh, already done… #Ferguson

  21. MDX says:

    I am mad and in shock.

    Please tell me that these photos of Wilson from Daily Kos are a hoax.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/24/1347252/-Photos-of-Darren-Wilson-Released

    I see no injuries of any significance.

    • Sophia33 says:

      Not a hoax. MSNBC showed the same photos. No injuries.

      • MDX says:

        Wow, just wow.

        Did they post those pictures to rub it in our faces?

        • Sleuth says:

          Just check out the link posted by sparger at approximately 12:20 a.m. regarding some of the evidence that’s online.

          Click on Officer Child Killers medical records where you will see the diagnosis of ALLEGED ASSAULT.

          No headache, just a couple of scratches to the neck.

          And to think Michael Brown was so big and strong, and the only alleged damage he could manage to do to Officer Child Killer was barely there scratches.

          So much for transparency.

    • sparger says:

      Those are clearly life threatening injuries. They are so severe that is looks like a normal human head.

  22. Malisha says:

    I am receiving requests to sign petitions to ask the feds to indict Wilson but I don’t even care if Wilson’s indicted; I want the feds to indict McCullogh. HE is the one who practiced the federal offenses and HE is the corrupt official. Wilson is just a racist murderer.

  23. YQ says:

    I’m seeing that the Police have chosen to guard the HQ, and fled their patrols on Florissant, leaving those businesses for loot. Most of the cops in that area are in front of their department?

  24. Am I seeing clouds of tear gas in those pictures?

  25. Rigged. And pretty much Ground Zero for how broken and manipulated that phase of the criminal justice system really is. Wonder how many innocent people this same guy has steered his hand-picked grand juries to indict, based on a lot less. Dying to know how much evidence he has hidden and how much perjury he has suborned, in his other cases.

    • Malisha says:

      I am absolutely sure that he’s a practiced corrupt fraud. He can indict whomsoever he wishes and he both creates and destroys evidence. There is a lot he should lose. There is a lot he should lose. A lot he should lose. Because there is nothing he can learn since he wants only to do POWER and to feel his foot on the neck of his victims. There is a lot he should lose.

  26. Brown Family Statement
    We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
    While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.
    Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
    We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.
    Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.

  27. bmaz ‏@bmaz 26m26 minutes ago
    In 30 years of criminal law, I do not think I have ever seen a more craven travesty and malignant contortion of justice.

    • Malisha says:

      More to come and more will mean worse.
      The racism in our country has gone completely out of control. Half of the new screaming about it is rage that a Black man became president; they are still stinging because of that. Also, they (the white male racist contingent) feel emasculated. Not that, technically, they could be…I’m just sayin’…

  28. Malisha says:

    If grand jury transcripts were to be revealed publicly, I wouldn’t believe a word of them. Since the minority of the grand jury would not have been involved in making the decision for a no-bill, and since only the minority would have any incentive to get the REAL truth out about what took place there, the prosecutor could promulgate any made-up faked-up fraudulent lying bullshit he wanted to, redacted to the extent he thought fashionable or cute, and that would stand because the minority, who would want to tell the truth about what took place, would know that they would immediately be:
    (a) disbelieved and (b) prosecuted for violating the secrecy of the grand jury (if not found to be “bum-rushing” and killed outright). Once you have a gestapo force ruling a town (a county, a state, a region, a nation) as WE HAVE, nobody can speak truth to power for very long. Once you have a gestapo force carrying out protected murders, there is no peaceful answer to anything. We must resort to self-defense because our law is not a defense.

  29. JohnAmato ‏@JohnAmato 3m3 minutes ago
    Bob McCulloch actually said the grand jury “gave their lives” to the process. OMFG #Ferguson
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  30. Malisha says:

    I predict that Darren Wilson’s life-as-he-knows-it is over.

    • Sophia33 says:

      Yes. He is a half a million dollars richer and negotiating his “resignation” from the police force. In other words, he is negotiating his severance and pension.

      • Malisha says:

        You are right. And there is more, I believe, that is going to happen. And his new wife will be a domestic violence victim before long (not that she won’t “deserve it”).

      • Malisha says:

        Don’t begrudge him a few dollars; he has to be able to afford his viagra pills!

  31. Malisha says:

    Blames the media because he’s afraid to blame “the Blacks” and he is the one to blame.

    • Disappointed says:

      I’m so tired and disgusted that Black Americans do not get the same treatment as I do. You all matter. We all matter. My heart is broken. I do not think I can get invested again. Trayvon Martin Jordan Davis and Michael Brown I am sorry the Justice in this country did not work for you or took 2 trials to work. Peace and please be safe. I’m out for a while I need to regroup.

  32. That’s it, I am done listening to McCullough’s self-serving testimony and justifications. What a huge waste of time and money, for this POS script to be read in the middle of some night.

  33. RL Miller ‏@RL_Miller 2m2 minutes ago
    fuck you, Bob McCulloch.
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    BigBoi ‏@BigBoithedog 2m2 minutes ago
    A corrupt prosecutor who presented corrupt evidence to a corrupt grand jury. Wow.
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  34. Rachel ‏@CraneStation 41s42 seconds ago
    With a straight face, he is blaming the internet, as well as the witnesses and the media.
    #Ferguson
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    bmaz ‏@bmaz 46s47 seconds ago
    Jesus, McCulloch is a dissembling piece of shit.
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    Giacomo Luca ‏@glucakfvs 4m4 minutes ago
    #BREAKING — Robert Mcculloch prosecuting attorney in the Ferguson case releasing Grand Jury decision now. @kfvsnews
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    David Corn ‏@DavidCornDC 55s56 seconds ago
    McCulloch makes a shift: blames the media. #Ferguson

  35. Diamonique says:

    McCulloch is doing a lot of CYA here.

  36. With a straight face, McCullough is not only lying through his teeth, but he is somehow managing to blame the media and the witnesses that he failed to call, for this murder.

  37. David Corn ‏@DavidCornDC 4s4 seconds ago
    McCulloch tying his investigation to the FBI and feds. #Ferguson
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  38. willisnewton says:

    checking in here, watching nbc live stream. thread headline no longer operative since McC reports he will do an end run around the judge claiming MO sunshine laws allow him to release GJ records. A spokesman for his office already seems to confirm they will distribute PARTIAL records from GJ hearings. IN other words, the parts THEY want the press to report on. No doubt it will contain any and all dirt they have on the dead, unarmed teenager.

    sick sad world. JUSTICE FOR MIKE BROWN.

  39. Wouldn’t Wilson be in custody already, if there was going to be an indictment- assuming they already decided, right?

  40. Malisha says:

    Cullogh is dirty and if the feds do not nail him, they are dirtier than he is.

  41. I have a really slow connection, but at any rate, I am watching the livestream here:

    http://www.local21news.com/template/corp/package/ferguson/breaking/?wap=0/

  42. Sophia33 says:

    USA Today reporting that family has been told that the officer won’t be indicted. CNN is saying that Wilson has not been told to turn himself in. “Most” of documents are being released from grand jury after announcement. Governor giving 20 minute statement afterward. Do the math. It is what we thought from the beginning. No indictment.

    • Malisha says:

      Time to see that it’s legal for white cops to kill black kids in our country, without cause of any sort. We need to admit this. Nobody needs 20 minutes to understand this.

    • willisnewton says:

      thats just a pre-gloat leak from the Wilson camp. The NYT is willing to carry water for them by reporting it. Means nothing yet.

  43. Oh dear, Larry Elder is not making sense:

    Larry Elder ‏@larryelder 6m
    If no indictment, wouldn’t it make sense for protestors to wait until the evidence–which will be made public–is examined?
    #Ferguson

    • Sophia33 says:

      I saw that nonsense on twitter. I won’t use the names that I feel like using.

    • Malisha says:

      Let’s examine this evidence: Darren Wilson ran after and fired more than nine shots into/at an unarmed non-threatening teen-ager and killed him, then swaggered back and forth on the street for four hours while the body lay there marking the pavement with blood. Let’s examine it. Let’s see: um … this really gets complicated … so … OK the cop killed the kid? What does that mean? Wow, it’s so complicated! I mean, it’s not like you could just figure something like that out in a couple of months or anything. It takes a lot of waiting for all the evidence to get in. … yeah, hard to figure out.

      • racerrodig says:

        I love ya and all, but you forgot about the hands in the air surrendering part.
        Not to mention the construction worker who said to the effect….hey, he was surrendering……his hands were in the air.
        Evidence like that is all one would need in the real world.

      • It’s astonishing how broken our criminal justice system really is.

    • Malisha says:

      Evidence of what? Evidence of lack of need for someone who murders a teen-ager to pay society for what he has done? Or should they just make him a judge and skip all the stuff in the middle?

      • That would likely be the hand-picked made up crap that McCullough selects to spread around on the very internet that he managed to blame for the murder, I suppose.

      • Sleuth says:

        Malisha,

        When it was announced within the past few days that Officer Child Killer would be resigning from the police department, I knew then McColored and Co. had made a back door deal with him.

        This whole matter of sending it to the GJ was just what we all thought. They conducted a secret trial, which is suppose to be illegal, so I thought.

        Then, they basically made a back door “flea” bargain deal with menace to society.

        BTW, whatever happened to the African American woman who was co-assigned to the State’s mockery of a GJ?

        Don’t remember her name, but have not heard anything more about her since it was announced in late August or September that she would be the lead in the GJ investigation.

  44. Malisha says:

    No one should call the police on ANYONE any more, unless they really WANT the person shot dead.

  45. Natalie Jackson ‏@NatJackEsq 3m3 minutes ago
    Great short video explaining how #Ferguson Prosecutor McCulloch passed the buck & set this Grand Jury up for failure:

  46. stltoday:

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY • St. Louis County Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a 13-year-old boy from Florissant who they believe has run away to join protesters in Ferguson.

    Avery Gales was reported missing at 11 a.m. on Nov. 15. He is described as black, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 105 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. A photo of him was not immediately available.

    Well, let’s just hope and pray the cops don’t kill this one too. Not necessarily good, when the police are on the ‘lookout,’ given the recent shootings.

    • Sophia33 says:

      At the same time, bless this little man’s heart. From the mouth of babes. It’s a shame that a child feels the need to speak up for himself when many adults won’t. But like you Crane, I am concerned that the police are on the “lookout”.

  47. MDX says:

    If they make a no-bill announcement during Monday Night Football, the players who give a shit should walk off the field. And, although they would be maligned, time and tide would make them heroes.

  48. ay2z says:

    DOCUMENTS ARE TO BE RELEASED!! Tonight, tomorrow, whenever, says the news report coming out of NBC news Channel 5

    (via http://globalnews.ca/news/1689289/ferguson-grand-jury-makes-decision-officials-expected-to-announce-later-monday/)

  49. justin from info ‏@justinstoned 3m3 minutes ago
    All Eyes on the Front line: #Ferguson PD Livestream via @bassem_masri http://ustre.am/1hxt6

    • Sleuth says:

      Thanks a bunch, Crane. The link is showing very well. They seem to be blocking the intersection at Floursaint Rd. (?)

      • I am not sure. I am following the Ferguson thread on Twitter to find out from people who are there. I have only vague childhood memories of visits to St. Louis and playing with other little kids outside- a long time ago!

        • Two sides to a story says:

          there was a commotion about 5 minutes ago when protestors mentioned KKK at PD, but not much happened except yelling.

  50. Hi everyone, Crane-Station here. Fred is not feeling well this evening, so he is under the covers eating soup. We are both keeping a close watch on the events.

    Wonder why they keep changing the time.

  51. Sleuth says:

    Just heard about a half hour ago that the GJ decision will be announced tonight around 9 p.m. (EST).

  52. Sophia33 says:

    No access to cable. Is there a way that I can get the Ferguson decision online. Any place where Ferguson is being filmed live and broadcast online?

  53. Malisha says:

    WHY make an announcement about the GJ decision at NIGHT?

    • Sophia33 says:

      Because they want an excuse to shoot and kill more black people.

    • MDX says:

      So they can test out the night vision equipment given to them by the military as “protect and serve” becomes “bait and kill”.

      For example, they can disperse a crowd and a few who think they have cover in the woods can be “targeted”.

    • Disappointed says:

      My thought is at dark you won’t see the officers face who is shooting at the protestors.

    • Nef05 says:

      Ask a larger question, Malisha. Why has every single action, including this presser, the officials in this case have taken seem to be done with the purpose of inciting a riot. From releasing the video of MB in the convenience store while refusing to release Wilson’s name to the police overreaction to the first protesters to the oh-so-obvious leaks in the grand jury to scheduling this presser at night, while sending out a media notice hours ahead of time – allowing “instigators” time to get into place; have they not done the exact opposite of what a group of responsible officials would do? Are we to believe the entire lot of them are that stupid? Racist, yes. Stupid? ALL of them? I just can’t buy that.

      Are we watching the bright shiny object while something equally as sinister, but far more covert, is taking place in the background while our attention is rightfully focused on MB, his family and LEOs who receive no consequences for their actions? Is there a reason high ranking MO officials want Ferguson to burn?

      Is there a reason someone wants businesses run out of Ferguson and property values to drop? If we look back at Ferguson in a couple years and follow the money, will we find that a large campaign contributor to a high ranking official has suddenly come into possession of property in Ferguson, at rock bottom prices?

  54. Malisha says:

    “I’m gonna ask a judge to reveal the transcript of the Grand Jury” is an abominable lie, meant to mollify people about the goodness of the racist bastard who ordered (as if from a catalog of KKK party favors) the no-bill. He knows damn well the judge will not do that; if any judge DID do that his career would be over in 10 seconds. And it wouldn’t work, because the order would be overturned within 24 hours. It’s all theater.

  55. PhillyBoyRoy says:

    This is another right-wing / moderate-racist Democrat (see daily kos) argument:

    Well, if he’s not indicted, it will be because the grand jury saw the facts and decided not to, and then when they release the transcripts, we will all know the TRUTH, instead of what the media reports.

    Obviously it’s nonsense, but it’s something they’ve been peddling.

    • Two sides to a story says:

      that sounds more like a commenter than an official Kos line. On the other hand, they do have bloggers with various opinions.

    • a2nite says:

      There are quite a few kossacks whom have varying levels of anti-black bias & bigotry. They use “reasonableness” as a dodge & cover. A few are lawyers.

      Many don’t get that the law is wrong especially giving this killer special treatment. It is unfortunate that the victim & his family is being disrespected because the evil racist DA is on the side of killer/criminal cops. #FTP

      Evil in America is winning.

    • MDX says:

      You must be referring to the comments by one who goes by a name similar to caffeine-babble and the lick-spittles who who worship her 🙂

      Their worship of the presumed “objectivity” of mostly whites doing their duty avoids a rather logical premise that was part of our nations founding – checks and balances.

      How can one expect Brown to get justice in a proceeding wherein there is no person ardently assembling the evidence in his favor?

      Do they really believe that the prosecutor or those he selected, who rely on the police in a close working relationship, are going to ardently go against Wilson?

      True justice demands a vigorous prosecution on behalf of Brown and an equally vigorous defense on the part of Wilson.

      The above is at the heart of why police commit hundreds of homicides in the USA per year and only a few are deemed a crime.

      Think about that.

      They kill people with a probability, based on our “perfect” justice system, of >99.5% justifiable.

      No logical person would accept those odds as being valid.

  56. Sleuth says:

    Professor,

    You and/or Crane need to go check your inbox.

  57. YQ says:

    Go with God everyone. We may or may not have lost a battle of the manifestations of our beliefs in fairness and Democracy but the war will be ongoing.

    OR

    Even though we have won the battle, there will always be the ongoing war on our righteousness which has to be fought for the betterment of our coexistence.

    I certainly hope people aren’t as idiotic as I sometimes think them to be, but history has shown me otherwise. Peace and blessing to everyone.

  58. Disappointed says:

    I just read a news story. A person replied using Twitter name iamdarrenwilson. He basically said to the people who want to lynch him fuck off. Well actually that’s what he said. :/

  59. Two sides to a story says:

    #Ferguson trending like wildfire on Twitter.

  60. Two sides to a story says:

    Some news outlets are saying the announcment may come later today, which sounds almost like an indictiment. Cuz they;d need 48 hours for LEO and NG to be ready for a no bill. But I’m likely hoping too much.

    • concernedczen says:

      I don’t think there is any chance of an indictment and remember even if he is indicted, it will be this corrupt prosecutor’s office who prosecutes him. There will be no justice from this route.

      • Two sides to a story says:

        True, but it can lead to change anyway, because there will be ongoing protests and more people involving themselves in community activism both in Ferguson and around the country. Kelly’s Army has not let up in S Cali and he was killed in 2011, cops indicted in 2012, and they walked in 2013. We will never forget, nor will anyone who is following any case of murder by cop. We will change this eventually.

  61. Two sides to a story says:

    GJ decision reached in Darren Wilson case but no announcement of what it is yet, since there;s a 48-hour notification to LEO.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/grand-jury-reaches-decision-in-case-of-ferguson-officer/2014/11/24/de48e7e4-71d7-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html

  62. willisnewton says:

    here is the tweet where i learned about this development:

    it says, “Just informed by a fellow lawyer that she saw a judge’s brief to block release of gj info. A month ago.”

    This case is a sad reflection on the state of things. I think McCullough is highly highly suspect but that it was the cowardice of Governor Nixon that saddens me the most. He could have appointed a special prosecutor from the first week and this case would already be on trial. He didn’t want the responsibility, and peoples lives are on the line to protect his ass for re-election.

  63. Greg Beasley says:

    The FBI and Justice Department are a joke and don’t seem the wee bit concerned that the KKK leader Frank Ancona hanging out with cops at the Ferguson department. It is quite obvious there is a KKK connection to multiple police officers there. They should be doing a serious investigation into that department for conspiracy to coverup a murder.

    • Two sides to a story says:

      Feds work in slo-mo when they do work.

    • Sleuth says:

      Greg, I agree. You know what else is a joke?

      During an interview back in August, the murderer’s friend, “Jay”, said something to the effect that, “He would never do something so stupid”, and “He preferred patrolling the African-American neighborhood of Ferguson to that of white neighborhoods whose crime rates were much lower”.

      I was really thought “Jay” was going to tell the interviewer the murderer preferred patrolling the African-American neighborhood of Ferguson because he really enjoyed all the free meals of collard greens and cornbread at “Mrs. Mattie’s” house, a fictional elderly African American woman.

      You know, like what McSnitch (fogen) said about him and Shellie tutoring and making boloney sandwiches for the 2 “colored” children.

      Well what the murderer did was not only stupid, it was criminal. Now we know the real reason he preferred patrolling the African-American neighborhood of Ferguson.

      We know, and the murderer knew and knows, he would have never received an award/commendation for arresting a white man who was parked in his car, in his own yard committing a crime similar to, or same as, the one committed by the African American man.

      Who’d thunk, a cop would receive an award/commendation for simply doing his job? It’s not like he saved a resident of Ferguson from a near drowning.

  64. Sleuth says:

    Professor, regarding the identities of the GJ:

    Yes, I also agree that we have been “led to believe” the identities of the GJ are secret, and never to be revealed. However, about 30 years ago in Florida there was a major drug case involving “big time” drug lords as defendants.

    The members of the jury were sequestered in a hotel for over a month. The trial ended as a mistrial due to one of the court clerks recognizing one of the jurors.

    The juror was a young black man, about 20 years old. According to the news article, he had been arrested as a juvenile while riding in a car with a friend. The friend’s car was stopped by police who found a gun under the drivers seat. The case went to court, and adjudication was withheld, due to neither party having previous run ins with the law.

    It is alleged that during the voir dire process (?) the young man was asked if he had ever been arrested and served time in jail or prison, he answered no.

    So after a mistrial was called, a warrant was issued for the arrest of the young man who was charged with perjury as a result of his answer during voir dire.

    The article went on to say it was suspected by the prosecution the young man had been paid by associates of the drug lords to throw the case which was later proven not to be true.

    The article not only mentioned the name and address of the young man, but also the names and address of his parents. Worse than that, a “SWAT TEAM” (not exactly sure what they were called) set up and secured a five mile perimeter of his parents home in search of the young man, eventually going to the home of the juror’s parents. As a result of their actions, the young man’s father had a heart attack.

    Although the names of the other jury members were not leaked to the press, the name of this young jury, as well as his parents were.

    • That sounds like a regular trial jury and the perjury charge appears to have been unwarranted because he was not convicted of a crime and probably had a good faith belief that the case was dismissed and the matter cleared off his record.

      The prosecution’s reaction was ridiculously over the top and unjustified IMO.

      BTW, he should not have been charged with possession of the weapon because it was not in his car and it was under the driver’s seat and not in plain view. Knowledge and intent to exercise dominion and control over the gun are necessary elements of a possession charge.

      • Sleuth says:

        Professor,

        Thanks for the correction, and the additional background information regarding “Knowledge and Intent”.

        I really do hope the names of the members of the Ferguson GJ are not made public.

        Once again, you have succeeded in helping me to increase my knowledge base on numerous subject matters.

        My thanks to you and Crane, for all you do to keep us informed and enlightened.

  65. Sleuth says:

    Professor, like you, I never once thought McCollough would ever have the evidence presented to the GJ released after they made a decision.

    If he was speaking in good faith, he would have had the murderer arrested, booked, and released once he made bail, to present at trial. And should have done this by the end of August. To be transparent after the fact, serves only to keep the flames burning.

  66. Two sides to a story says:

    STL officials certainly have a lot to hide. What a tangled web they have woven to protect a cop they should indict.

  67. a2nite says:

    Too late to get rid of him, looks like he has the job for life.

    Another white man will get away with murder z& the racist criminal injustice system covers for him.

    I think he’ll be like evil Furman a fixed news fixture (Darren the cop).

    I would hope that there a way to get at the evidence, FOIA perhaps.

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