Thursday, December 18, 2014

Was Key Grand Jury Witness in Michael Brown Case a Racist, Mentally Ill, Lying Ex-Felon?

From Democracy Now!:

As protests continue across the country over the police killing of Michael Brown, new questions are being raised about the grand jury that failed to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Brown. Many questions center on a woman identified in the grand jury documents simply as "Witness 40." She told the grand jury that Brown charged at Wilson "like a football player." Earlier this week, the website identified Witness 40 as Sandra McElroy. The website described her as a "bipolar Missouri woman with a criminal past who has a history of making racist remarks and once insinuated herself into another high-profile St. Louis criminal case with claims that police eventually dismissed as a 'complete fabrication.'" It now appears McElroy may have lied about witnessing the shooting, which occurred 30 miles from her home. On Tuesday, Rev. Al Sharpton said the report about Witness 40 gave new hope to the Brown family. He told the New York Daily News it shows the grand jury was "not a fair process." We speak about the case with editor William Bastone. He is the lead author of the article exposing the identity of Witness 40.

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Serious, non-deluded, non-racist observers already pretty much know that the Darren Wilson grand jury proceedings were a total sham, a whitewash, consciously designed to let Michael Brown's murderer walk without facing justice. It was so totally obvious that it makes complete sense that it's starting to fall apart, and the exact details of how this miscarriage of justice happened were almost fated to come to light eventually.

I just didn't expect it to happen so quickly. And I didn't expect the Ferguson prosecutor to have done such a crappy job with it. But here it all is, in it's absurd and infuriating glory.