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Evidence in shooting to go before grand jury in days, county prosecutor says

By By Steve Giegerich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT)

Published: Sat, Aug. 16 5:38 p.m. MDT

 A message of love adorns the parking lot of the burned QuikTrip on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, along W. Florissant in Ferguson. The parking lot has been an ongoing location for protestors seeking justice for Michael Brown. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan)

A message of love adorns the parking lot of the burned QuikTrip on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, along W. Florissant in Ferguson. The parking lot has been an ongoing location for protestors seeking justice for Michael Brown. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan)

(Laurie Skrivan, AP)

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Saturday that a grand jury will begin hearing evidence in the Michael Brown shooting case next week.

“We are doing it as we go along” rather than wait to present entire body of evidence to grand jury, McCulloch said in a brief phone interview.

Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer a week ago.

Meanwhile, a law enforcement source confirmed Saturday that federal authorities had opposed the release of surveillance video that showed Brown stealing from a convenience store shortly before he was shot.

The Ferguson police department wanted to release the video on Thursday; Justice Department asked it not to, believing the video would roil the tense community further, and successfully prevented the video’s release at that time.

Friday’s release of the video occurred over the objection of federal authorities, the source said. A copy of the video has also been in possession of federal investigators and there were never any plans to release that copy.

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1. Meckofahess
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 16, 2014

Wow, federal authorities didn't want to release the video of Mr. Brown committing a theft and assaulting a store clerk, but they insisted on releasing the name of the officer who unfortunately may have used excessive force (remains to be determined) in the line of duty despite death threats that had been made toward him. Is there something wrong with this picture? Perhaps we should be reminded that a person does not have to be "armed" in order to present a clear and present danger to the life and safety of another person. Let the facts come out and then lets discuss responsibility. Meanwhile, let's hope and pray the citizens of Ferguson will be responsible and law abiding citizens which they have not been so far in the wake of this sad incident.

2. John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT,
Aug. 16, 2014

It is absolutely shameful how the usual cadre of left-wing politicos has used this tragic episode to advance their own interests.

This cadre has no real concern for public safety. Indeed, it appears to care little for the young man who is dead, or for the law enforcement officer who was involved. They cry outrage merely because that is what they think will get them the most votes.

Make no mistake: racism must be swiftly and severely condemned. But so too must lawless hooliganism. Anyone who puts his own interests over the fight against the twin monsters of racism and crime has cast shame on everything America stands for.

3. not here
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO,
Aug. 17, 2014

@ Meckofahess:

May I ask you this please. With the local authorities releasing the video, please tell me what they hoped to gain? Maybe it was a ploy to take away from the officer shooting a unarmed person? After all the chief did state on TV the officer had no idea that the teen robbed any one.