Group seeks new grand jury in Ferguson police shooting case

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Posted: Jan 06, 2015 3:20 PM
Group seeks new grand jury in Ferguson police shooting case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is asking a Missouri judge to convene a new grand jury to consider charges against the Ferguson officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The letter submitted Monday to St. Louis County Circuit Judge Maura McShane also requests an investigation of the grand jury proceedings that led to the decision not to indict Darren Wilson. The white police officer shot Brown, who was black and unarmed, on Aug. 9.

The fund says its review of the grand jury proceedings raised "grave legal concerns," including confusing instructions to jurors and the decision to allow testimony from witnesses who lied. The organization is also seeking a special prosecutor to replace St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch.

Messages left Tuesday with the judge were not returned. A spokesman for McCulloch declined to comment.