There was a dark shadow cast over the grand jury in the Micheal Brown case from the start; a number of people were calling for Prosecutor Bob McCulloch to step aside and let someone else handle it from the beginning. McCulloch refused. The conclusion: there wasn’t enough evidence for the case to go to trial.
This is despite: a conflicting timeline, conflicting video evidence, conflicting stories…
Despite all of this, the grand jury decided that there wasn’t enough evidence to go to trial.
If there ever was a case that should’ve gone to trial, it was this one. What happened in St. Louis wasn’t just a miscarriage; it was an outright fraud. It couldn’t be anymore obvious that something had gone wrong; the best example of this is “Witness #40.” The prosecutor included all of her testimony, but if you study the records, you find that it becomes one of the most disturbing aspects of the entire case.
The Smoking Gun did some research on Witness #40, and they uncovered her name: St. Louis resident Sandy McElroy. And McElroy is a character. McElroy waited four weeks after the shooting before she called the cops, and by the time she gave the St. Louis police a statement on September 11, McElroy’s account dovetailed into the general outline released to the media.
In the weeks leading up to it, however, she commented on Facebook regarding the shooting, as most individuals are wont to do during times of controversy. She “liked” a comment that reported Johnson had admitted he and Brown stole cigars before the confrontation.
On August 17, another commenter wrote that Johnson and others should’ve been arrested for starting riots and giving false statements in regards to Brown having his hands up at the time of the shooting. McElroy wrote of the “hands-up” claim that “The report and autopsy are in so YES they were false” [sic]. An odd comment from someone who claims to have been at the shooting. Finally, McElroy wrote on August 17 “Prayers, support God Bless Officer Wilson.”
She continued to monitor the case online even after meeting with police, giving a fully detailed testimony that can be read here.
While you’re free to draw your own conclusions, Shaun King, writing for The Daily Kos, sums up the logical one in a salient statement:
Sandy McElroy was never near Canfield Drive on August 9. She completely fabricated her entire story weeks after Darren Wilson killed Mike Brown. During their interrogation of her, Sandy McElroy was completely shredded by the FBI as a racist, a liar, unstable, and more. They proved in their own interview, with evidence, that McElroy lied about ever being there, about how she left the scene, about key details of the case that she claimed she witnessed, and more.
Furthermore, Sandy McElroy, beyond being a convicted felon, had a record in St. Louis of interfering with investigations and making preposterous claims about connections she had to cold cases. All of this was known to St. Louis officials. Her extreme racism was not private, but public, and was discussed at great length with the FBI before she was ever allowed to testify before the grand jury.
You must understand, then, that Sandy McElroy, whose testimony matches that of Darren Wilson’s better than any witness who testified, was only called to the grand jury, not once, but twice, and allowed to present concocted physical evidence at that, because she was a neutron bomb for this case. Not ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE proving that she was there could be found and scores of evidence that she made the entire thing up was presented weeks before she was ever allowed to testify before the grand jury, but it was all deliberately ignored.
Not only was it negligent to allow Sandy McElroy to testify, it was a deliberate attempt at poisoning the grand jury, who stated to her on record many times that they did not believe she was lying. Furthermore, her testimony has been used to champion the credibility of Darren Wilson time after time by conservative media who seem to not care at all about her character or credibility.
All by itself, I believe the inclusion of Sandy McElroy as a witness before the grand jury is grounds for a new grand jury. Her testimony did irreparable damage to the case—which was clearly her intent from the start.
All that translates into, “Mr. Murdoch, she’s ready for her close up.”