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article imageOp-Ed: Police change story in Ferguson case

By Robert Weller     Nov 25, 2014 in Politics
Ferguson - Although St. Louis cops made much to do of witnesses changing stories in the Michael Brown killing, investigators themselves made a significant change in their description of what occurred.
Police had said officer Darren Wilson did not even know Brown was a suspect in the robbery of $50 worth of cigarillos when he shot him dead.
St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch , in describing information that led to a grand jury to not indict Wilson, said the officer had seen Brown carrying cigarillos.
That information may have been critical in underpinning the jury’s decision to accept Wilson’s claim that he was right to confront Brown walking down a street.
McCulloch did not mention this change in the narrative. He focused considerable attention on the media, both professional and social, to get the story out within minutes of the July 2 shooting.
He did not mention Brown’s body lay in the summer sun for four hours on the street. It is hard to imagine what kind or professional forensic examiner would allow a body to risk such contamination.
McCulloch left everyone guessing on the key question of how far Brown was from Wilson when he was shot at least six times. No mention was made of Brown carrying any kind of weapon.
Did Wilson shoot Brown because the young black man had bloodied his face with a punch through an open car window. Or did he fear a new attack. Or did he believe Brown needed to be shot to make sure no more cigarillos went missing?
The same authorities who had leaked that Brown had marijuana in his blood stream didn't mention that. Although arguments continue to this day about marijuana, few would claim it makes people aggressive. Quite the contrary.
Grand juries are used to build cases when public evidence isn't there. Prosecutors cherry pick the evidence they want. No one is present to speak for the defendant.
It remained unclear how much of a role prosecutors, and police investigators, played in the decision of the 12 grand jurors to accept some testimony and disregard others.
One thing is clear. There is a disturbing pattern of prosecutors clearing cops who have killed blacks in questionable circumstances across the nation.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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