MSNBC reports that a grand jury could being hearing the evidence in the fatal shooting of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson on Wednesday.
Ed Magee, the spokesman for the St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, spoke to MSNBC and said that they were going to attempt to present the evidence from the August 9 shooting before a grand jury on Wednesday. Magee stressed the word “attempt.”
On Monday, Governor Jay Nixon announced no plans for a curfew, and also signed an order that moved the National Guard into the area, so they could “assist” in restoring peace and order to the community. Monday also saw the release of Brown’s autopsy, which shows that he’d been shot six times, including twice in the head.
The release of the autopsy has intensified demands for Darren Wilson, the officer implicated in the killing, to be arrested and charged with the teen’s death. The county conducted its own autopsy soon after Brown’s death, and Eric Holder has ordered a separate federal autopsy as well. The results of the autopsy increased the pressure on McCulloch, who already had his feet to the fire. McCulloch is the man responsible for probing the shooting and filing charges where necessary. He was already facing widespread calls to step aside from the investigation amid questions of his ability to remain impartial.
According to MSNBC, McCulloch told the St. Louis Post Dispatch on Sunday that he hoped to install a grand jury “within days,”
African-American members of the community have questioned whether or not McCulloch would be able to stay neutral and if he can investigate impartially. Civil rights activist Martin Luther King III told a small group outside of the Greater Grace Church in Ferguson that McCulloch, who was white, has “displayed so much bias that he needs to remove himself from the case” and that it “would be a great victory for this community.”
Civil rights activists aren’t the only ones calling for McCulloch to hand over the case, according to MSNBC, “Numerous local elected officials, including Rep. Lacy Clay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, as well as the local NAACP, also have called for McCulloch to hand over the investigation.”
McCulloch’s spokesman didn’t return MSNBC’s request for a comment.