Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s Record On Prosecuting Police Shootings: "Four times he presented evidence to a grand jury in such a case and didn’t get an indictment; now he can add a fifth."
|Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch: Everyone who understands the grand jury system |
knows "you can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich" if you wanted to. McCulloch
was the man responsible for presenting a weak case to the grand jury so that Darren
Wilson would not be indicted for the murder of Michael Brown. During the grand jury
proceedings McCulloch illegally leaked secret grand jury testimony to the media in an
attempt to assassinate the character of the victim, Michael Brown — proof he wasn't
serious about getting an indictment of killer cop Darren Wilson. The black citizens of
Ferguson wanted McCulloch to recuse himself from the case because he has many
family members who work for the police and his policeman father was killed in the
line of duty by a black person. McCulloch insisted on staying on as prosecutor - some
believe he was seeking revenge for his father's death.
Bob McCulloch’s pathetic prosecution of Darren Wilson
By Dana Milbank
Ferguson reminds us that we still have a race problem in America. But the face of this problem is not Darren Wilson’s. It’s Bob McCulloch’s.
Wilson, the Missouri police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, is the target of most public ire. But no responsible person thought Wilson’s killing of Michael Brown was premeditated. Even if prosecutors tried him on lesser charges of involuntary manslaughter, they might well have come up empty – and most people would have accepted that result of a fair trial.
What causes the outrage, and the despair, is the joke of a grand-jury proceeding run under the auspices of McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor. In September, I wrote that it appeared he wasn’t even trying to get an indictment; he had a long record of protecting police in such cases, and his decision not to recommend a specific charge to the grand jury essentially guaranteed there would be no indictment.
When McCulloch announced the inevitable result Monday night, he prefaced it by blaming the press and social media for whipping up emotions in the case with inaccurate information. He went on to ridicule witnesses who had given inconsistent testimony. He hid behind the grand jurors, as if he hadn’t orchestrated their decision with the finesse of conductor Christoph Eschenbach: “Anyone suggesting that somehow it’s just not a full and fair process is just unfair to these people” who “gave up their lives” to deliberate.
McCulloch essentially acknowledged that his team was serving as Wilson’s defense lawyers, noting that prosecutors “challenged” and “confronted” witnesses by pointing out previous statements and evidence that discredited their accounts. “Physical evidence does not change because of public pressure or personal agenda,” McCulloch lectured piously. “Physical evidence does not look away as events unfold.”