Ferguson Prosecutor Gives Free Pass To Witnesses Who Lied Before Grand Jury
The St. Louis prosecutor in charge of the Ferguson grand jury today acknowledged that witnesses “absolutely lied under oath” before the panel, but said that none of the perjurers--including the unmasked "Witness 40"--would face criminal charges.
During a KTRS radio interview, Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said that, “Early on I decided that anyone who claimed to have witnessed anything would be presented to the grand jury,” even if investigators questioned their truthfulness.
McCulloch (seen above left) said that he opted to present “anybody and everybody” to the grand jury, adding that it was the responsibility of panel members to judge the credibility of individual witnesses.
Referring to “Witness 40,” whom TSG identified this week as a 45-year-old St. Louis woman named Sandra McElroy, McCulloch said she “clearly wasn’t present” when Michael Brown was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson.
Pictured above, McElroy, who twice testified before the Ferguson grand jury, claimed that she witnessed the deadly August 9 confrontation while standing on a nearby sidewalk. Her account, which matched Wilson’s version of the incident, included the claim that Brown battered the cop before rushing at the officer “like a football player, head down.”
McCulloch said that the woman’s sworn account was taken “right out of the newspaper,” adding that he believed grand jurors attached little credibility to her testimony.