Why did the prosecutor not get an indictment of Officer Wilson in Ferguson? Why the lengthy and protracted Grand Jury proceedings.
“The panel of nine white and three black members heard 70 hours of testimony from 60 witnesses and three medical examiners” before they finished work. The transcripts are public record.
If after a day or two of work they had declined to indict they would have been pilloried in the press as they are now. They are on record, however, and all attacks must of necessity reference the record.
For example, Ezra Klein at Vox had an analysis that did not say, but seemed to strongly imply the cop was not displaying absolute fidelity to the truth. Now, one can say about Klein that what Mandy Rice Davies said about Lord Astor, “He would say that, wouldn’t he” as Mr. Klein is reliably à gauche. It may be unfair to say that he would have gargled razor blades rather than see merit in the policeman’s case, but then again, maybe not.
The truth is, no matter what the outcome, either side would conclude what they wanted, but with a huge amount of recorded testimony, Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch has covered himself.
He will still be attacked as the Michael Brown’s partisans would only be satisfied by a lynching.
Are Klein and others being irresponsible in pushing the oppression narrative. For a balanced look at the question we offer a post by Scott Alexander at Slate Star Codex. The man is no right wing fanatic. Of course to some of the more paranoid scare mongers, you don’t have to be a right wing fanatic to be a right wing fanatic.