‘PROSECUTOR FACES NEW CRITICISM OVER NO MENTION OF BROWN BEING UNARMED ‘

#AceWorldNews – FERGUSON – Nov.26 – He criticized the media. He talked about witness testimony that didn’t match physical evidence AP reported. 

And he did it at night, as a city already on edge waited to learn if a grand jury would indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch – whose impartiality has been questioned since soon after Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 – has come under renewed scrutiny since he appeared before television cameras to announce that the grand jury would not indict Wilson.

A defensive McCulloch repeatedly cited what he said were inconsistencies and erroneous witness accounts.

He never mentioned that Brown was unarmed.

#ANS2014 

#impartiality, #indict, #unarmed

‘ OFFICER DARREN WILSON RELEASED, VIOLENCE ERUPTS, FAMILY BLASTS PROSECUTORS’

#AceNewsServices – FERGUSON – Nov.25 – I started today with a post about a police officer not being indicted for killing Michael Brown. l decided to finish with this small post related to how the family of Michael Brown feel and how the US government is handling the situation.    

Missouri’s governor ordered more National Guardsmen into Ferguson on Tuesday to keep order after a night of violence over the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Michael Brown, as attorneys for the Brown family blasted the authorities’ handling of the case AP reported. 

Smoke billowed from burned-out Ferguson businesses on Tuesday and glass littered the side-walks from display windows that were smashed during the protests that erupted after it was announced that police Officer Darren Wilson wouldn’t be indicted for killing Brown on Aug. 9.

Monday night’s protests were far more destructive than any of those that followed Brown’s death, with more than a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed.

Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots, which for a time prevented fire crews from fighting the flames.

There were 61 arrests in Ferguson overnight, many for burglary and trespassing, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said.

There were 21 arrests in St. Louis, where protesters broke some store windows along South Grand Avenue, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said.

Governor Jay Nixon issued a statement saying he was calling in more National Guard troops to assist law enforcement in Ferguson, but he didn’t say how many additional troops or how long they would remain.

Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County police, said that unless his agency could bring in 10,000 officers, “I don’t think we can prevent folks who really are intent on destroying a community.” 

The grand jury’s decision means that Wilson, who is white, will not face any state criminal charges for killing Brown, who was black and unarmed.

Brown’s death inflamed deep racial tensions between many black Americans and police.

Attorney Benjamin Crump said at a news conference Tuesday that he and the rest of the Brown family’s legal team objected to St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s decision to call a grand jury and to not appoint a special prosecutor.

“We could see what the outcome was going to be, and that is what occurred last night,” Crump said.

Wilson’s lawyers issued a statement praising the decision and saying the officer, who has remained out of the public eye since the shooting, is grateful to his supporters.

“Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions,” the lawyers wrote. “Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law.”

#ANS2014 

#indict, #indictment, #violence