Most people who watched the press conference given by St. Louis country prosecutor Bob McCulloch likely came away wondering what, exactly, had just happened. As The New York Times editorial board explains, it was a disaster from start to finish.
The Times notes that even before the press conference — in which McCulloch announced that no charges would be issued against Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown — McCulloch was screwing things up with a purpose.
Instead of sorting through the mountains of evidence for the grand jury, McCulloch let the grand jury do it themselves. Then, the deliberations — which usually last a few days — went on for three months. “And since grand jury proceedings are held in secret, the drawn-out process fanned suspicions that Mr. McCulloch was deliberately carrying on a trial out of public view, for the express purpose of exonerating Officer Wilson,” reported the Times.
This was all before the disastrous press conference:
Mr. McCulloch took a reckless approach to announcing the grand jury’s finding. After delaying the announcement all day, he finally made it late in the evening, when darkness had placed law enforcement agencies at a serious disadvantage as they tried to control the angry crowds that had been drawn into the streets by news that the verdict was coming. Mr. McCulloch’s announcement sounded more like a defense of Officer Wilson than a neutral summary of the facts that had led the grand jury to its conclusion.
If McCulloch was a fan of the Times, we doubt he is now.