Inquiry Continues into Darren Wilson Grand Jury, Michael Brown Shooting

It has been more than a month since the grand jury returned with no indictment in police officer Darren Wilson’s murder of Michael Brown, but despite the dismissal there has been little closure surrounding the case. Now, as more details come out about the grand jury investigation itself, the investigation could potentially reopen, and those who led the jury to their decision may become a part of it.

The grand jury results were released in late November, declaring that there wasn’t enough cause to indict Wilson for the death of the unarmed 18-year-old African American teen. Since then prosecutor Bob McCulloch has been under intense scrutiny for his handling of the grand jury, from overwhelming the jurors with evidence and witness accounts, many of which were already deemed not credible by the prosecution and allowed into the trial anyway, to not providing clear instructions on what the jury could indict on or what they were even looking for.

Accusations hit fever pitch when McCulloch admitted he allowed an “eyewitness” to enter testimony for the case, despite knowing that she not only wasn’t actually at the scene but had made up her entire story based off of news reports she had read about the incident.

Now, jurors themselves are fighting back in an unprecedented way. According to mutiple news sources, one grand jury member is suing McCulloch himself for “mischaraterizing” the grand jury process. The juror wants to be able to speak publicly about the case — something that is currently not allowed for grand jury investigations — accusing the prosecutor of giving an inaccurate representation of what the jurors did and believed.

According to Ryan Reilly at Huffington Post, the lawsuit states that, “From Plaintiff’s perspective, the presentation of evidence to the grand jury investigating Wilson differed markedly and in significant ways from how evidence was presented in the hundreds of matters presented to the grand jury earlier in its term,” and that, “In Plaintiff’s view, the current information available about the grand jurors’ views is not entirely accurate — especially the implication that all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges. Moreover, the public characterization of the grand jurors’ view of witnesses and evidence does not accord with Plaintiff’s own.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, who is representing the juror, claims that the current lifetime ban on speaking about grand jury cases is a violation of the juror’s first amendment right to free speech.

The suit against McCulloch isn’t the only continuing effort to bring justice in the Michael Brown case. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has also demanded an inquiry into McCulloch’s actions surrounding the Wilson investigation. “The NAACP Legal Defense Fund* wrote an open letter to Missouri Judge Maura McShane asking her to investigate Ferguson prosecutor Bob McCulloch and his team for misconduct,” writes Judd Legume at Think Progress. “The NAACP notes that, under Missouri law, McShane has the authority to investigate McCulloch and appoint a new special prosecutor to handle the case against Darren Wilson. Such a move would effectively restart the case against Wilson for killing Michael Brown, after no charges were filed against Wilson during last year’s grand jury proceeding. ”

Among the group’s charges are accusations that McCulloch and his team “knowingly presented false witness testimony to the grand jury,” that McCulloch and his team “presented incorrect and misleading statements of law to the grand jury and sanctioned unlawful juror practices,” and that McCulloch and his team “provided favorable treatment to the target of the grand jury proceedings,” according to Legume.

Of course, an investigation into McCullouch’s conduct will do nothing to bring back Michael Brown, nor will it likely even result in action against Wilson, who allegedly benefited from a massive fundraiser after the shooting. What it can do, however, is give community members faith that maybe, just maybe, police really will be held accountable for the unnecessary violence they commit against civilians, especially people of color. Until law enforcement believes there will ever be punishment for their brutality, there will never be safety on the streets.

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56 comments

Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei3 years ago

John d.,

I see that your rightwing incompetency continues unabated, even now a year later. No surprise there, really. If there is one thing that all you members of the Club of Idiots have proven that you have in common, it is that you all have no way to process "lessons learned", and thereby little hope for improving your intellectual disabilities. And so you repeatedly fall for the 1st Amendment trap our prescient forefathers left for lugnuts like you, just as your political leaders are now doing out in public.

Cletus
......Dumbf**kistani Slayer

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John d.
John d3 years ago

John D. wrote of Michael Brown, " 6' 5" - 290# with his arms in the air ... " as if arms in the air was an aggressive position. What is a non-threatening position?

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman3 years ago

John D. thinks he lives in an all-white town. How does he define white? Many who are considered to be white have Africans in their background.

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman3 years ago

Donn M. wrote, " ... Brown was killed by Wilson, but so far as we know the criminal suspect was not murdered. ... "

What is your evidence that Michael Brown was a criminal suspect?

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman3 years ago

John D. wrote of Michael Brown, " 6' 5" - 290# with his arms in the air ... " as if arms in the air was an aggressive position. What is a non-threatening position?

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman3 years ago

John D. wrote, " ... white cop doing his job in trying to arrest a cheap petty thief ... "

As far as I know, Darren Wilson was not aware that Michael Brown had been charged with petty thievery, if, indeed Michael Brown was so charged.

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman3 years ago

John D. wrote, " ..All of the looting of the NIKE shoe stores and NOT ONE PAIR OF WORK BOOTS !!!"

I was not aware that NIKE sold work boots. Also, does the Ferguson area have job openings that require work boots?

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Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm4 years ago

John……there are inquiries into the garnd jury cse and how it may have been mishandled.
The inqiiries will determine if the grand jury was ALLOWED to hear what they NEEDED to hear in order to make the right decision.

YOU dont know anymore than the rest of us about this case. We all know what the media decided tp tell us. Depending on what media we decided to listen to can nd most times does pollute our mind with opinion nd not facts. Lets wait and see what the inquiry comes up with eh??? The cop wasnt much smaller thn the person he shot.
So lets put the victimhood of the cop to rest eh??


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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei4 years ago

John d -- .......that's right, because the most important take-away from my posts to you are the "bad words", right?

You are so typical, full of the fake "victimization" you rightwingers cower behind when you types are called-out in public for being the malignant, racist dimwits you are.

You might not believe in Him, but I'm thanking Him anyway for building into you the nifty counterbalance to your impaired intellectual skills...that being your fervid need to publicly advertise your deficiencies to the rest of us, again ....... and again ..... and again ....

Face it, you need to decide whether you are fulfilling God's will or you are so abjectly stupid that you have fallen for our forefathers' well-laid trap for you uber-idiots.

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John d.
John d4 years ago

The more jacksh*t Does any one besides me hate to talk to potty mouth people like him -

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