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Did St. Louis County Prosecutor Help Raise Money for Darren Wilson?

| by Michael Allen

A grand jury's decision not to prosecute Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was announced on Monday night by St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch.

As prosecutor, McCulloch led his team in gathering evidence and testimonies, which he presented to the grand jury.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, McCulloch is president of The Backstoppers Inc., a group that raises money for police officers and their families in Missouri and Illinois.

An anonymous person(s) sold pro-Darren Wilson T-shirts online in August, noted AddictingInfo.org.

The T-shirt page (which is no longer up) included the following text, per Web.archive.org:

"I SUPPORT OFFICER D. WILSON" is an officer inspired design to show support for officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri. Donations from purchases will be divided between a fund set up for Officer Wilson at www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson as well as The BackStoppers Inc. organization which can be visited at www.backstoppers.org for more information. Thank you for your support and thank you to all police officers out there serving and protecting!

However, The Backstoppers Inc. stated in October on its website, "Contrary to recent posts on social media, BackStoppers is not participating in or has benefited from any fund raising activity involving the Ferguson matter.  We scrutinize our contributions and if we receive funds involving the Ferguson matter, those funds would be rejected by the Board of Directors."

In more Ferguson news, a St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office investigator testified to the grand jury that he didn't take measurements or pictures at the scene of the Michael Brown killing on Aug. 9.

The investigator, who was not identified in the grand jury papers, claimed that his camera's battery had run out on Aug. 9 and he didn't change the camera battery during the four hours that Brown's body lay on the street.

The investigator claimed that St. Louis County police were taking pictures at the scene, so he didn't feel the need to duplicate their efforts, but added that he didn't try to get copies of their pictures.

The investigator also said that he didn't take any measurements at the scene.

Newsweek reports the investigator told the grand jury, "I got there, it was self-explanatory what happened. Somebody shot somebody. There was no question as to any distances or anything of that nature at the time I was there.”

Sources: Newsweek, AddictingInfo.org, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Web.archive.org