For the record, here’s George Stephanopoulos’ complete 45-minute interview with officer Darren Wilson, in which Wilson basically repeats the story he told the St. Louis County grand jury.
The grand jury testimony in the Darren Wilson case reveals some shockingly lax procedures by the Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments: Unorthodox Police Procedures Emerge in Grand Jury Documents.
When Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson left the scene of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the officer returned to the police station unescorted, washed blood off his hands and placed his recently fired pistol into an evidence bag himself.
Such seemingly unorthodox forensic practices emerged from the voluminous testimony released in the aftermath of a grand jury decision Monday night not to indict Wilson.
The transcript showed that local officers who interviewed Wilson immediately after the shooting did not tape the conversations and sometimes conducted them with other police personnel present. An investigator with the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office testified that he opted not to take measurements at the crime scene.
“I got there, it was self-explanatory what happened,” said the investigator, whose name was not released, in his grand jury testimony. “Somebody shot somebody. There was no question as to any distances or anything of that nature at the time I was there.”
The investigator, described as a 25-year veteran, did not take his own photographs at the scene of the shooting because his camera battery was dead, he said.
Perhaps the most outrageous thing: police never tested Wilson’s gun for Michael Brown’s fingerprints. Since one of the main points of Wilson’s story was that Brown grabbed his gun, why wasn’t this done?
George Stephanopoulos apparently won the media competition to interview officer Darren Wilson. In a preview of the interview, Stephanopoulos says Wilson told him that although he was sorry for the loss of Michael Brown’s life, he “would not do anything different that day” and has a clean conscience about what happened.
And by the way, ABC News says they did not pay for the interview.
TV nets sometimes find $$$ ways to “win” exclusive interviews. But not Darren Wilson: ABCer says “No payment, no licensing, no NOTHING.”
Here’s the live video of Bob McCullogh’s statement on the Darren Wilson grand jury decision.
People are beginning to fill the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office prepares to release the results of the grand jury investigation into Darren Wilson’s shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. We’re expecting the announcement at 8 pm Central time.
Looks like today’s the day; the Ferguson grand jury decision is expected to be announced soon.
Here’s a thread to keep up on news; I’ll be very surprised if Darren Wilson faces charges for his killing of Michael Brown. I think the fix has been in from the start.
Brian speaks with Inside Edition’s Jim Moret about secret, off-the-record meetings between reporters and Darren Wilson.
In response to a question from Chuck Todd about the overwhelming prevalence of white police officers in black communities, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani hauled out one of the right wing’s “but what about this?” non sequitur talking points — the counter-charge that most violence against blacks is committed by other blacks. Michael Eric Dyson calls it “the defensive mechanism of white supremacy,” and I have to agree. What Giuliani is saying here is that black communities have some special kind of savagery that can only be controlled by white police.
It’s a horrifyingly patronizing and racist view; “white supremacy” is no exaggeration.
Here’s an open thread to keep up on events, as it seems we may be expecting the Ferguson grand jury decision any moment. The quintessential Friday night news dump.