Prosecutor Bob McCulloch revealed in a radio interview with KTRS Radio in St. Louis that some witnesses who spoke to the grand jury that ultimately decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown “clearly” lied under oath.
“Clearly some were not telling the truth,” McCulloch said, speaking extensively for the first time since he announced the grand jury decision.
“Early on I decided that anyone who claimed to have witnessed anything would be presented to the grand jury,” McCulloch said in the interview.
One woman who claimed to have witnessed Wilson fatally shooting Brown was Sandra McElroy, whom McCulloch said “wasn’t present” and “recounted a story right out of the newspaper.” McElroy, whose testimony was discredited by authorities, reportedly admitted to trying to raise funds for Wilson.
McElroy wasn't the only person whose testimony came under scrutiny. Dorian Johnson, a friend of Michael Brown's who was with him at the time of the shooting, had to officially backtrack on a key part of his story. Although there were calls for him be charged for perjury, McCulloch ultimately decided not to do anything about him either.
McCulloch also spoke about his decision to announce the grand jury decision after dark on November 24th. “There was no good time to make the announcement,” McCulloch said. “Whatever was going to happen was going to happen.”
McCulloch told KTRS that the nighttime announcement was made in anticipation of the riots and protests that would occur, particularly so that schools and business could have ample time to decide whether or not to open the following day. The longtime prosecutor called those who rioted following the grand jury decision “common criminals.”