Today marks continued moments of unrest, frustration, and disappointment for the family of Michael Brown and their supporters who learned last night that Darren Wilson wouldn’t be charged in the teen’s murder.
St. Louis County Prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, delivered the news on a heavy silver platter to the press and the millions of people watching via cellphones, laptops, and television sets. While some praised McCulloch for his detailed announcement, it’s hard not to notice the constant underlying shade towards the media and the witnesses whose testimonies didn’t perfectly line up with the scientific evidence presented to the jury.
During his announcement before the people, McCulloch managed to play the blame game and make a mockery of the witnesses who came forward to discuss how they watched a murder unfold before their very eyes. McCulloch was able to explain why verbal testimonies didn’t matter much because, law.
If you couldn’t bear to watch the announcement Monday night, take a look at it above and a few of the most bizarre statements below:
“When attorney General Holder announced a criminal investigation just days before the shooting, he pledged that federal investigators would be working with local authorities as closely as possible at every step of the way.”
The announcement starts off probable but his tone is immediately defensive, already giving us the answer many didn’t want to be true.
“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.”
Social media was the first to spread the news of Brown’s death, followed by reports focusing on the effects of the shooting. While it might have been a lot for audiences to take in, information is vital to accommodate the public’s right to know.
“The 24-hours news cycle and its insatiable appetite for any and everything to talk about, following closely behind were the nonstop rumors on social media.”
The blame shifts from the media to the people who posted photos, videos, and more of the incident. Guess it’s easy to call first-hand accounts rumors these days.
“I recognize, of course, that the lack of accurate detail surrounding the shooting frustrates the media and the general public and helps breed suspicion among those already distrustful of the system. Yet those closely guarded details—especially about the physical evidence—give law enforcement a yard stick for measuring the truthfulness of witnesses.”
McCulloch contradicts his own statements before announcing the grand jury’s decision. Setting up his argument of physical versus verbal evidence, the attorney makes it his biggest selling point in the announcement.
“Many witnesses to the shooting of Michael Brown gave completely inconsistent statements by other statements they made and also conflicting with the physical evidence.”
Victim shaming again.
“Witnesses on social media, interviews with the media and even during questioning by law enforcement claim that Officer Wilson stood before Michael Brown and fired many rounds into his back….Wilson didn’t stand above Brown.”
“Darren Wilson never stood over Mike Brown’s body” – Bob McCullough pic.twitter.com/TAe2gYGLoR
— Jay (@JayChillinBro) November 25, 2014
“Their burden was to determine based upon all of the evidence if probable cause exists to believe a probable crime was committed and if Darren Wilson was the one who committed that crime.”
Is it a burden for the jury or for McCulloch? Dana Millbank of The Washington Post questions this after it is revealed that the attorney’s father (a police officer) was killed by a black man and throughout his 23-year career, four similar police shootings he presented to a grand jury received no indictments.
“The law also allows all people to defend themselves in certain situations…I detail this for two reasons; first so that everyone will know that, as promised by me and Attorney General Holder there was a full presentation and investigation for all evidence and appropriate instruction of law to the jury, to the grand jury. Second, to the caution of those in and out of the media that will pounce on a single sentence or a single witness and decide what should have happened in this case, based on that tiny bit of information.”
If witness statements were picked apart, why shouldn’t all of the evidence be given the same treatment?
“Physical evidence doesn’t change over public pressure or personal agenda. Nor does it block out or add to memory.”
Physical evidence is likely to be flawed, like the many statements given.
“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.”
VIDEO CREDIT: Real Clear Politics
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