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    Some witnesses who testified in front of the grand jury investigating the killing of Michael Brown "were not telling the truth", St. Louis county prosecutor said, insisting the jurors were "in a perfect position to assess credibility" of witness accounts.

    MOSCOW, December 20 (Sputnik) – Some witnesses gave false testimony about the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, said Robert McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney for St. Louis county, Missouri.

    McCulloch explained he wanted to put anybody, who witnessed the incident, on the stand. "My determination was to put everybody on and let the grand jurors assess their credibility, which they did. These grand jurors poured their heart and soul into this," McCulloch told in an interview with KTRS, a local radio station. The jurors were "in a perfect position to assess credibility" of the witnesses, McCulloch added.

    "I thought it was much more important to present anybody and everybody. And some [witnesses] clearly were, yes, not telling the truth, no question about it," McCulloch said. However, St. Louis county prosecutor’s office does not intend to file perjury charges against anyone, he added.
    There were people, who came in and, yes, absolutely lied under oath. Some lied to the FBI. Although they were not under oath, it is a potential offense, a federal offense.

    "I thought it was much more important to present the entire picture and say, listen, this is what this witness says he saw, even though there is a building between where the witness says he was and where the events occurred. So they couldn’t have seen that. Or the physical evidence did not support what the witness was saying," McCulloch explained.

    The St. Louis county prosecutor mentioned one witness, who "clearly wasn’t present when this occurred, and she recounted this statement that was right out of the newspaper about Wilson’s actions, right down the line, even though I’m sure she was nowhere near the place."

    "My job is not to get an indictment. My job is to seek the truth and … justice, to do what is right and what is appropriate. That’s what we did in this case," McCulloch stated.

    In August, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American teenager, was shot dead by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. In November, a grand jury decided not to press criminal charges against Wilson, sparking nationwide protests against police brutality and unfair sentencing.

    Protests Over Grand Jury on the Ferguson Shooting (107)


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