More than a month after fatally shooting an unarmed Michael Brown, Darren Wilson got his day in court.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Ferguson police officer testified on Wednesday before a grand jury convened to investigate the shooting. An unnamed source familiar with the investigation told the paper that Wilson was “cooperative” as he testified for four hours. No further details were released.
As for which witnesses testified before the grand jury, a spokesman for the prosecution would not comment. The jury will decide whether to charge Wilson for shooting Brown on Aug. 9 once prosecutors present evidence in the case.
Speaking with the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch mentioned that an audio recording of the proceedings he ordered, as well as transcripts, will be made public if there is no indictment in the case.
McCullough’s comments come as the Associated Press discovered that he could have filed charges against Wilson himself, but chose instead to leave the decision up to a grand jury. In addition, the AP noted that McCulloch’s father was a police officer killed in the line of duty when McCulloch was a child, and he has many relatives who work in law enforcement.
Wilson’s testimony is the latest development in a case that continues to divide the country.
On Saturday, Brown’s parents were among a group of peaceful protesters that called for Wilson’s arrest in a demonstration.
“Is [Darren Wilson] getting peace? Now if he’s getting peace, I could respect him a lot better if he would come to Clayton right now, and turn himself in,” Michael Brown Sr. said.
The peaceful protest was in contrast to the actions of other protesters, who referenced concerns about whether McCullough could fairly oversee the Wilson case as ground for disrupting meetings with calls to remove the prosecutor.
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