St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch (D) was criticized as much on Monday night for the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson as for his 20-minute statement leading up to it.
Instead of immediately announcing that Wilson would not be prosecuted for shooting and killing 18-year-old Michael Brown this past August, McCulloch opened by blaming social media and the media in general for supposedly pushing a distorted narrative of the shooting.
The Huffington Post called McCulloch’s statement “bizarre,” while CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin described it as an “extended whine” that was “completely inappropriate.”
Five Thirty Eight reported that the grand jury’s decision was a statistical rarity; out of 162,000 federal cases in 2010, grand juries opted not to indict in just 11 instances.
McCulloch was also blasted online even before he finished his remarks:
What McCulloch is describing procedurally is so far removed from normal criminal procedure it's unrecognizable.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 25, 2014
This is a prosecutor presenting a full fledged defense.
— Lauren Wilson (@laurendotwilson) November 25, 2014
"Darren Wilson never stood over Mike Brown's body" – Bob McCullough pic.twitter.com/TAe2gYGLoR
— Jay (@JayChillinBro) November 25, 2014
Robert McCulloch: "And so in conclusion, Michael Brown wasn't 'unarmed'; he had two arms and both were black. Case closed." #Ferguson
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) November 25, 2014
McCulloch said grand jury members "gave up their lives." Not sure I'd put it that way.
— jasoncherkis (@jasoncherkis) November 25, 2014
Bob McCulloch just dissed a media member, says black men are "not being killed with impunity." Says it's happening to white men, too.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 25, 2014
McCulloch is actively working to discredit EVERY witness. #Ferguson
— deray mckesson (@deray) November 25, 2014
Prosecutors typically don't take ppl they believe to be innocent before a GJ. This was a politically-driven punt.
— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) November 25, 2014
McCulloch often says he's an advocate for victims of crime. I think the Brown Family, who still haven't gotten a phone call, would disagree.
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) November 25, 2014
"No young man should ever die," McCulloch says. You mean be killed. You mean be allowed to be killed without repercussion. #Ferguson
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) November 25, 2014
A word on McCulloch’s statement: blaming media for the “challenge” of investigation simply means “we’re mad we couldn’t control this story."
— Steven Schrag (@smschrag) November 25, 2014
"only three [of 12] jurors needed to agree that there wasn't enough evidence to charge Wilson" http://t.co/rC8PMdzkkc
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 25, 2014