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St. Louis Grand Jury Fails To Indict Darren Wilson For Death Of Michael Brown

The grand jury has failed to return an indictment against police officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Not that it wasn't expected. Still, this was only a probable cause proceeding, and the corroborated testimony of more than five eyewitnesses seemed like pretty compelling testimony to at least try Darren Wilson for the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Now we know their decision. It feels unjust.

Watch the live stream of the crowd reaction above.

Charles Pierce:

Jesus Mary, this Bob McCulloch guy may be the single greasiest public servant I've ever encountered. I've never seen a DA who was so damned proud of himself for putting a grand jury on automatic pilot. (See, "Ham sandwich, indictment of.") And I've never seen such a perfect mixture of condescension and willful nonfeasance in my many years of watching how law enforcement in this country operates. This, after all, is a guy who once personally wrangled a grand jury to discover the identity of a whistleblower. This is a guy who once lied through his teeth about another police shooting, this one involving a car that allegedly "charged" a couple of officers, much as Michael Brown allegedly "charged" Darren Wilson.

The kindest evaluation of McCulloch's record is that he is a very active prosecutor with a very clear sense of what he can make a grand jury do, if he chooses to do so, which he did not in this case, for reasons that are far from unclear. In the most high-profile case of his career, prosecutor Bob McCulloch insisted he was just a feather in the wind, just gathering evidence so the grand jury could make up its own mind, not directing it at all. And then, Monday night, he hummina-hummina'ed for seven full minutes before announcing the least shocking news of the day. Darren Wilson did not commit a crime by shooting Michael Brown dead in broad daylight in the middle of the street. But Bob McCulloch, public servant, knows what the real problem with this investigation was.


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"The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything to talk about, following closely behind with the non-stop rumors on social media."

Social media. He actually fking said that.

Nothing good will come of this. Nothing at all.

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