Ferguson, Mo. – St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, after failing to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, has released Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony in the shooting death of Brown.
In addition to Wilson’s testimony, the prosecutor has also released the full grand jury report, including witness interviews, forensic evidence, and medical reports that the grand jury took into evidence. The grand jury of seven men and five women met on 25 days over three months and heard more than 70 hours of testimony.
One of the most troubling aspects regarding Darren Wilson’s testimony comes from the fact that he was allowed so much time to concoct whatever narrative he felt would give him the best opportunity at creating the facade of a justifiable shooting when testifying before the grand jury.
Had proper procedure been followed, Wilson would have been made to produce a written statement/incident report shortly after the shooting. Instead, Wilson had months to fit the facts of the shooting to a seemingly coached narrative that would best exonerate himself from culpability in the killing of Brown.
Another extremely troubling revelation to come from these transcripts is shown when prosecutor Kathi Alizadeh, rather than actually explaining the law to the grand jury, in regards to deciding guilt or innocence based on the evidence, seemingly pushes the grand jury to not indict Wilson by giving extremely convoluted instructions.
The following screenshot is of a transcript of the prosecutor’s instructions to the grand jury, which gives a clear view of how the prosecution operated in this case.
Does this look like the instructions of a prosecutor that is actually looking to indict someone, as is her job, or rather attempting to assist in exonerating them?
It seems clear that the deck was stacked in Darren Wilson’s favor with prosecutors making statements such as this. A prosecutor actually looking for an indictment would never explain the law in this manner and it speaks volumes as to what their actual motives were, to not indict Darren Wilson.
Read Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony for yourself and let us know in the comments whether you think his testimony to the grand jury was credible, or if it was simply another canned performance by a cop, using the standard ” I was in fear for my life” line, in an attempt to justify the use deadly force.
Retired Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis stated it in plain terms:
After reading all of Wilson’s testimony it’s very clear that Wilson said what he felt he needed to say to not be held responsible for killing Brown. His testimony seemed completely coached. Did I believe what he said? Not for a second!
You can find all the grand jury testimony/evidence at this link. Share this so everyone can hear what the grand jury heard/saw and come to their own conclusions.
Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.