MSNBC is reporting that the judge in the secret Grand Jury trial of Darren Wilson for the murder of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown may not release the evidence if the officer is not indicted.
In the event of a “no true bill” vote in the case, the witness testimony and other evidence presented to the mostly white Grand Jury may remain secret — something that will surely exacerbate tensions between the community and police.
Reporter Trymine Lee said that “this would be a big breach of trust — the little bit of trust that the community may have had that the prosecutor’s office was working in good faith. Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said if Darren Wilson is not indicted that he would release to the public every shred of evidence that the Grand Jury saw over the past few months.”
“Folks have already been thinking that this was not a transparent investigation,” he said. “So this would be a huge blow in this community. Remember, emotions are already kind of tense and churning as we wait for this announcement.”
Lee said that this was unexpected, given McCulloch’s prior promise of transparency.
The Grand Jury did not come to a decision as expected on Friday, and will be meeting again on Monday. Watch Lee’s report, below: