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