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AP: Credibility Concerns In Michael Brown Investigation

From a doing the best they can to sew doubt Associated Press:

Credibility concerns in Missouri shooting probe

By DAVID A. LIEB | August 18, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — After a week of violent clashes between police and protesters, Missouri authorities leading the investigation into the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager are increasingly facing questions about whether their eventual findings can be seen as credible among residents who are highly distrustful of those in charge.

Here we go. It’s going to be the OJ trial, all over again. Or worse.

The coming days and weeks will be crucial as grand jurors begin hearing evidence that will help determine whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is charged with a state crime for the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

And the media certainly doesn’t want the jury pool tainted.

The U.S. Justice Department is conducting a separate civil rights investigation, which could mean there are two decisions about whether to charge Wilson, who is white [!].

The state’s case is being overseen by St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch, who is white [!], and remains in charge despite mounting pressure to step aside from some local residents and black St. Louis area officials who believe he cannot be impartial.

Because a black prosecuting attorney could not possibly be biased. — But good God almighty, look how low we have sunk.

[U]nder Missouri law, it "would be highly, highly, highly unusual" for a prosecutor to step aside merely because of racial tensions in a high-profile case, said Peter Joy, a Washington University law professor who directs the school’s Criminal Justice Clinic. That’s because in Missouri, "the buck stops with the head prosecutor" in each county…

Don’t worry. Race will always trump any traditions or precedents.

Part of the skepticism stems from McCulloch’s past. He comes from a family of police officers and, in 1964 when McCulloch was 12 years old, his father was fatally shot while responding to a call. Others point to a 2001 case, where McCulloch brought no charges against two officers who fired 21 shots into a vehicle, killing two black men during an attempted drug arrest.

A McCulloch spokesman told The Associated Press the prosecutor has no plans to step aside from the Brown case. "The people of this county have placed their trust in me," McCulloch told TV station KMOV. "I’ve been as fair and impartial and done as thorough of a job as we could." …

Mr. McCulloch is kidding himself.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, August 18th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “AP: Credibility Concerns In Michael Brown Investigation”

  1. Reality Bytes

    What is truth? – Pontius Pilate: gotta admit, ol Pontius today in America.

  2. yadayada

    if you think MO is burning now, wait til officer Wilson is exonerated. the rodney king riots are going to look like a super bowl after party….




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