investigates grand jury in Ferguson shooting: NY Times
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[October 02, 2014]
(Reuters) - The St. Louis County
prosecutor is investigating the grand jury that is considering whether
to indict the Ferguson police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed
black teenager has ignited weeks of protests, the New York Times
The investigation was set off by a message posted on Twitter, in
which the poster claimed to have a friend on the grand jury and said
there was not enough evidence for an arrest, the Times reported on
The grand jury is considering whether to indict officer Darren
Wilson for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug.
"We just got the information this morning and will be looking into
the matter," Edward Magee, a spokesman for county prosecutor Robert
McCulloch, told the Times.
Reuters could not independently verify the report. Requests to the
prosecutor's office for information were not immediately returned.
Grand jury proceedings are supposed to remain closed to the public.
The shooting took place at midday in a residential neighborhood of
the mostly black town of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. It has
since sparked angry and sometimes violent demonstrations that have
continued as the grand jury meets.
Brown's family, protesters and civil rights leaders have demanded
that Wilson be charged with a crime. Many protesters, who refer to
Wilson as the "killer cop," have pledged that there will be
widespread civil unrest if he is not.
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Wilson, who has been in hiding since the shooting, spent nearly four
hours telling his version of events to the 12 members of the grand
jury last month, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Larry
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